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Make More Money Today With These Affiliate Promotion Tips!

Online marketing has paid off in a big way for many people. Take your time and do the research that will help your business turn profitable returns. Read on for some tips to make your web marketing venture a success.

Wise investments promoting your business can pay off big in the world of web marketing. Invest your money in affiliate marketing strategies by using different websites and services that can advertise for you. Google, Facebook and Yahoo will allow you to yield good results if you use them properly.

Your affiliate status might not benefit if you are offering only the most in-demand products on the Internet. Quality is important, but you must recognize the quality product can be something that isn’t necessarily extremely popular. It goes without saying that the more popular the product is, the more competition there will be in that marketplace. In this situation, you may not make much profit.

Always evaluate the right products you wish to link to ahead of time. It may take you a while to discover the best way to organize your site’s affiliate links, but once you’ve struck upon a successful formula your profits will rise accordingly.

Before choosing an web marketing company, figure out how that company tracks orders made on websites other than their own. You do not want to lose hard-earned commissions because the company can’t credit your affiliate ID for a transaction placed by your customer over the phone.

Check out the referral plans which your affiliate partners offer. Many companies offer referral rewards for directing new customers toward their business. Some even offer a percentage of commission on sales for referred business. You may find yourself in a favored position, depending on your industry, to refer to affiliate companies.

Online Forums

An effective form of affiliate marketing is review your products in online forums to advertise the products your are promoting. Writing about and putting product reviews on the web is a great way to display the usefulness of your product. Use online forums as another medium to discuss the effectiveness of the product and the help that it has given you. It is important to place an affiliate link onto the page every time you write about something so readers can easily find the website.

Apply this information to your affiliate marketing business. By using the tips provided to you and continuing to become knowledgeable about affiliate marketing, you will be successful.

Zafgen Announces Additional Weight Loss and Cardiometabolic Data from Phase 1 Studies of Beloranib in Obesity at American Diabetes Association’s 72nd Scientific Sessions®

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PHILADELPHIA, June 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Zafgen, Inc., the world’s first biopharmaceutical company dedicated to addressing the unmet need of severely obese patients, today announced new data from two Phase 1 studies of beloranib, a selective methionine aminopeptidase 2 inhibitor (MetAP2), which showed significant weight loss and improvements in cardiometabolic risk markers in severely obese women.  Treatment with beloranib was associated with improvements in weight loss and triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, waist circumference and diastolic blood pressure, with no evidence of major tolerability or safety issues.  Body composition measured in one study indicated a reduction in fat mass with beloranib.  The data will be presented in a poster session at the American Diabetes Association’s 72nd Annual Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia on June 10th at noon EDT.

Beloranib, a novel obesity therapy that utilizes a unique mechanism of action, is being studied for its ability to restore balance to the production and utilization of fat.  The Phase 1 trials were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of twice-weekly intravenously administered beloranib in severely obese women with a body mass index (BMI) of 39.1 plus or minus 3.7 BMI kg/m2.  Individuals received 0.9 mg/m(2), 3 or 6 mg beloranib (beloranib N=17) or placebo (N=11) twice weekly over a 25-day period (7 doses).  Patients were allowed to eat normally and were not counseled to change their exercise habits.  The trial enrolled 34 subjects of which 28 completed the study.

After 25 days of treatment, subjects treated with beloranib had lost significantly more weight (mean plus or minus SE: 4.3 plus or minus 0.4 kg; p<0.001, paired t test for change from baseline) versus the group that received placebo (-0.6 plus or minus 0.5 kg, NS).

Additionally, subjects treated with beloranib showed improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors including reduced triglycerides (mean plus or minus SE: -34.4 plus or minus 8.8 mg/dL), LDL cholesterol (-34.1 plus or minus 8.0 mg/dL), waist circumference (3.9 plus or minus 0.9 cm), and diastolic blood pressure (-4.5 plus or minus 2.1 mmHg; all p<0.05, paired t test for change from baseline), and C-reactive protein (-64%, p<0.001) whereas there was no change with placebo. 

There was a trend for beloranib to be associated with a reduction in the percentage of subjects with metabolic syndrome that did not reach statistical significance.  Body composition, measured in one study by bioelectric impedance, (N=9 beloranib 3 and 6 mg, N=8 placebo) indicated expected reduction in fat mass with beloranib.

The most common adverse events were nausea, infusion site injury and headache.  Most events were of mild/moderate intensity and tended to be self-limiting.

“The need for new, effective agents for the treatment of obesity has never been greater,” said Tom Hughes, president and CEO of Zafgen.  “Options for people suffering from severe obesity are particularly limited because these patients are often beyond reach of other agents and have co-morbidities that put them at higher risk of serious, costly complications and death.  We look forward to progressing clinical studies with beloranib, which is a promising new option for those with the most severe form of this disease.”

Research continues to show that obese and lean individuals metabolize fat differently.  Studies indicate that once a person becomes obese, the body undergoes certain metabolic changes and is “programmed” to make and store more fat, making it much more difficult to reduce body weight. These metabolic adaptations that take place in obese people impair the normal release and breakdown of fatty acids from adipose tissue.  Simultaneously, the body becomes much more efficient in diverting calories from food and storing them as fat.

About Beloranib
Beloranib is the first compound in its class that works by targeting a key enzyme called methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP2) that controls the production and utilization of fatty acids.  Inhibitors of MetAP2 reduce the production of new fatty acid molecules by the liver and help to convert stored fats into useful energy.  Beloranib is being developed as a twice-weekly subcutaneous injection for severe obesity.  Zafgen holds exclusive worldwide rights (exclusive of Korea) for development and commercialization of beloranib.

About Zafgen, Inc.
Zafgen is an innovative company dedicated to addressing the unmet need of severely obese patients by bringing beloranib, a first-in-class novel medicine, to market.  Founded in 2005 as a virtual company, Zafgen brings together leading experts in obesity and metabolic disease to address the underserved and growing population of patients who are severely obese.  Zafgen’s singular focus is on advancing novel therapeutics for patients suffering from severe obesity and obesity-related disorders.  The company is located in Cambridge, MA.  For more information, visit zafgen.com.

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Tips And Tricks For A Successful Web Marketing Business

An internet marketing system attracts so many potential businessmen because it appears easy to manage and cheap to start. Part of the reason is because you don’t have to buy, ship or handle any product. That said, you need to dedicate a lot of time and energy into your marketing strategy before you’ll see any sort of profit, let alone an income that alone will sustain you.

Make sure that your partners don’t take advantage of cookies, and certainly don’t do it yourself. You can end up annoying your visitors. At worst, it can break important affiliate customer tracking chains or even spread viruses.

As an affiliate marketer, you want to be transparent in letting people know what you are doing. Give your site’s visitors a positive impression by describing your service clearly. One of the best ways to interact with your customers is with utmost honesty. If you visitors see your online marketing program as a logical extension of your site, they are much more likely to buy something from your affiliates.

Your affiliate status may suffer if you choose to market some of the web’s most popular products. Quality is important, but you must recognize the quality product can be something that isn’t necessarily extremely popular. Fierce competition will likely go hand in hand with a very popular product. You may find it difficult to make a profit.

As far as getting your hands on the money is concerned, it is best to select an affiliate company which offers multiple payment options. While some businesses pay you via a monthly check, others can electronically send money to your bank or offer you e-wallet choices.

Text services can be very helpful in online marketing. Although this is a new service, many affiliates are already using it to communicate with customers as well as promote new affiliate offers and products.

Remember to always link your site with those within a similar niche. Unless the link is sports related, placing a link on an affiliate site can not help you. Links that are relevant to your product and website are far more likely to be clicked on by your visitors.

Be sure to understand your public when choosing affiliates. This will both increase traffic to your website, and make your audience feel as if you know both what they want and know what makes them tick.

To make your affiliate efforts pay off, be sure to select partners with ratios that reflect a large volume of sales. A 1% transformation equation is a favorable gauge.

If you have banner ads, you should put a trivia question on one and make it so that the user has to visit your site in order to get the answer. A lot of people will want to click on the banner for the game or the quiz. You can encourage customers further by offering discounts for correct answers.

Your goals should increase as you get better. Your profits will keep expanding if you continue to set high standards and chase them with dedication. It may seem frustrating at times, but if you stick with it, it can be very rewarding.

Acuo Technologies verstärkt europäisches Geschäft und erzielt erfolgreiche Ergebnisse beim Connectathon in Bern, Schweiz

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- Herstellerneutrale Archivtechnologie gewinnt an Fahrt auf globalem Gesundheitsmarkt

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota, 10. Juni 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Acuo Technologies®, weltweit führend im Bereich leistungsfähiger Software und Dienste für medizinische Inhaltsverwaltung und Datenmigration, verkündete heute ein deutliches Wachstum für das Geschäftsjahr 2012. Die strategischen Investitionen von Acuo in die Etablierung seines Geschäfts und Handelsnamens innerhalb Europas in 2011 werden sich schon in 2012 und auch darüber hinaus auszahlen.

Acuo hat eine Reihe von Zusagen aus dem Vereinigten Königreich und größere europäische Angebote erhalten, die bei vollständiger Umsetzung dazu führen, dass die universelle klinische Plattform (Universal Clinical Platform – UCP) als Grundlage für klinische Inhaltsverwaltung und -bereitstellung bei mehr als 75 Krankenhäusern in ganz Europa dienen wird. Aufgrund dieses Wachstums hat das Unternehmen in der Region Personal für wichtige Positionen eingestellt und wird dies auch in Zukunft tun, um den Umsatz zu steigern, Umsetzungen durchzuführen und um eine betriebliche Aufsicht in Unterstützung des expandierenden europäischen Kundenstamms von Acuo bereitstellen zu können.

Acuo freut sich ebenfalls, in die engere Auswahl bei einer Reihe von anderen Gelegenheiten gekommen zu sein, die das Wachstum beschleunigen und die Präsenz des Unternehmens in der Region verstärken könnten. „Ich freue mich, verstärkte Marktakzeptanz und ein beispielloses Wachstum des Marktanteils von Acuo in Europa feststellen zu können”, erklärte Jeff Timbrook, CEO von Acuo Technologies. „2012 verspricht ein außergewöhnliches Jahr für uns in mehreren wichtigen Regionen zu werden und wird im verbleibenden Jahr die weltweite Akzeptanz von Acuo und seines Leistungsvermögens verstärken, um Gesundheitsdienstleistern auf allen Märkten zur Seite zu stehen. Acuo wird sich auch weiterhin für Umsatzwachstum und Produktinnovation im Dienst des weltweiten Marktes für VNA-Unternehmenstechnologie einsetzen.”

Mit der kürzlich erfolgten Expansion in Europa war es angebracht, IT-Anbieter auf dem europäischen Connectathon 2012 in Bern, Schweiz einzubeziehen. Dieses Projekt ähnelte der Integration mit IHE-Profilanwendern auf dem nordamerikanischen Connectathon, der im Januar 2012 in Chicago stattfand.

Acuo freut sich mitteilen zu können, dass seine Produkt-Suite für die Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) alle Integrationstests für die Profile der XDS.b Registry und Repository sowie  Document Subscribe (DSUB) beim europäischen Connectathon erfolgreich bestanden hat. Durch vollständig integrierte Unterstützung von XDS und XDS-I bietet UCP die Möglichkeit, alle Arten von nicht-DICOM-Inhalten durch eine auf Normen basierende Architektur zu verwalten. UCP schließt eine eingebettete XDS-Registry und -Repository ein und bietet dadurch auf IHE basierende Grundbausteine für den Austausch von Gesundheitsdaten.

Über Acuo Technologies

Acuo Technologies, mit Hauptsitz in Minneapolis, Minnesota wurde in 2000 mit dem Ziel gegründet, die erste unternehmensweite, kooperative, universelle klinische Plattform (Universal Clinical Platform – UCP) als Lösung für medizinische DICOM und nicht-DICOM Bilddaten zu entwickeln. Gegenwärtig unterstützt Acuo die Anwendung von UCP rund um die Welt, darunter an Standorten in Afrika, Australien, Europa sowie Nord- und Südamerika. Für weitergehende Information über die Bereitstellung überlegener medizinischer Inhaltsverwaltung und Datenmigration, bei vereinfachter Bedienung und reduzierten Kosten, besuchen Sie bitte www.acuotech.com.

DICOM ist ein eingetragenes Markenzeichen der National Electrical Manufacturers Association, infolge seiner Veröffentlichungen der Normen für digitale Kommunikation von medizinischen Daten.

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Affiliate Promotion Is Not A Difficult Business If You Know What You’re Doing

Affiliate promotion is about establishing business relationships. Learn who you should be addressing through the audiences of others that have related websites. Even though you would not want to deal with competitors in this area there are always related fields you can link yourself with. Hard work alone will not be enough to make your business profitable. The advice in this article will help support your efforts.

Before you select any affiliate marketing program, you should investigate exactly how each company credits sales that are made outside the confines of the website. Lost orders can lead to losing profit from commissions.

Once you have a proven success rate, it may be time to ask the program for a raise. The affiliate promotion program will want to keep you aboard if you generate a lot of sales and would be more inclined to give you a pay raise.

Popular Products

Marketing popular products may spell trouble when it comes to your affiliate status. Quality is always something you want to market, but quality products are not always popular products. Marketing extremely popular items also means dealing with a lot of competition. A profit may not occur in this instance.

Sign up with an internet marketing company which always adds new products to it’s lineup. Choosing a company that is constantly innovating will make sure that you always have a new product to promote to keep your commissions flowing regularly. Avoid partnering with companies that focus on fads or have a very limited product line.

There are lots of different affiliate programs to choose from. One might allow more or less freedom than another, and, of course, programs often offer different products.

Research different affiliate websites because each one is different. Some can be hard or aggravating to navigate. When you care about your business you will not affiliate yourself with someone with a bad reputation. Not only is this helpful, but it also builds trust and encourages purchases.

One way that a business name is spread quickly is to use different paid programs that google offers. Use the ad space to drive visitors to your website by incorporating the keywords most used by potential customers.

You should be truthful about what you are doing in your business. Be upfront about your affiliate ties and describe them on your site. When visitors feel that you are dishonest about the relationship you have with your retailers, they may bypass your site, purchasing the product they desire directly from the merchant.

Your goal is know your target market and determine the best ways to meet their needs; not to lure potential buyers away from another website and entice them to visit yours. Applying the advice contained in this article will allow you to succeed in your affiliate promotion endeavors.

Effective And Efficient Ways To Improve Your Affiliate Promotion Results

One vague way to describe the business relationship you will maintain as an affiliate marketer is the word partnership. The company above you might not be there to help, but you can learn from their mistakes and successes. You have to put in a lot of hard work, though sometimes that will not be enough. The following tips will fill in the missing pieces.

When you are starting out in online marketing, it can be helpful to sign up with affiliates that provide the products or services that you like to sell. Joining several different affiliate network will provide you a collective source of income. Research any affiliates that you plan to campaign for to be sure that you feel comfortable working with them and their products.

One way to get started in the online marketing game is to sell a group of themed products from different vendors. By doing this, you are allowing your niche market to have a larger variety of links.

Secret Links

So called “secret links” can be a subtle, yet effective strategy. You can put links on your website’s text that will not stand out to your readers. Be honest with your readers, even if you use secret links. Be sure to talk to your clients about the context of the link so they will not be surprised by its content.

When getting into web marketing, try to work with companies that produce multiple products. If you want repeat business, and want to get involved with a solid, reputable company, find one releasing multiple products so that your commissions never dry up. Companies based on fads or a single product won’t give you the results you want.

To help earn money, affiliates like to use text services. This is still a relatively new service, but already there are thousands of affiliates using this text service to keep their customers informed and to promote new products and affiliate offers.

Websites for online marketing do not carry the same weight. Some of these websites may be poorly designed, making it hard for the prospective customer to use them. While this is far from ideal, the proactive website owner will not let a poorly-designed affiliate site keep him or her from making money. In addition to being downright helpful, this approach encourages trust and future purchases.

When selecting prospective affiliates, do so with purpose and with a clear idea of who your target audience is. You will not only boost visits but you will be speaking to your audience. You will let them know you know what they want.

You can improve your internet marketing success by setting cut off points for customers to make purchases at a special rate. If your product is available on a limited basis, customers might feel more inclined to buy it. You can increase sales greatly this way.

For any kind of marketing to work, you need to be familiar with your target audience. You’ll need to work hard for your readers’ needs to be met. Knowing what brings people to your site is the first step in marketing success. What are they interested in?

In online marketing programs, lifetime commissions are rarer than ever. They do still exist and the rewards are worth the time to try to search them out. When a webmasters sells a products, they will receive a commission from the affiliate vendors that sent it to them. In general, you will only receive a commission if a customer that has filtered through your program makes a purchase in a specific time frame. This is why they are worth finding.

Consider writing handwritten advertisements, then scan and put it on your site. Make it clear to your customers that a person is behind your website. Add personal touches to prove this. Hire someone with excellent penmanship to perform this task for you, if your own handwriting is illegible.

You should not aim to aggressively drive customers to your company. Instead, get to know your audience and appeal to what they need, so that they come to find you. The following information details how the most profitable affiliate marketers became who they are today.

Discover The Tips That Can Lead You To A Prosperous Internet Marketing Strategy

When you are just starting out with affiliate marketing, it can be helpful to take advantage of some proven tips and techniques. In the following paragraphs are some points that you can apply towards success in affiliate endeavors.

To have the most success with online marketing programs, only stick with the companies that make you the most money. One thing that you will want to consider is to give your affiliates a review. As you remove your low-performing affiliates, you will be able to set the stage for more advertisers that can help you make money.

Make sure you are keeping track of affiliate tasks assigned by email in an efficient way rather than wasting time with constant checking. Instead of working directly in your email, copy these tasks to Word. This will help you accomplish tasks faster since you will only have to refer to one document.

Text alerts are an increasingly popular way for affiliates to get the word out. Texting can be a very good way to keep customers up to date with products and services, and there are many businesses that use these services everyday.

Sports Related

If you have a sports related website, make sure the content is also sports related, as this is what your viewers are going to be expecting to see. All your affiliate links on the site need to be sports related. Links that offer the visitor something related to what initially attracted them have a much better chance of being followed.

Think about your target market when choosing affiliates. This will, of course, draw more visitors, but more importantly, it will communicate to potential customers that you know what they want and need.

Go with affiliate companies that actively support their affiliates with resources that help sell the product. These companies are in it to make profit just like you are. They will do research to know what kind of marketing will work. Good companies will give that info to their affiliates, and they can use it to sell more and make more.

Strive to earn your readers’ trust. When your readers appreciate the content of your site, they are more likely to click on your referrals.

Affiliate marketing is good way to earn some cash, but you must know how to work the system. Your goal is to increase the visibility of your website on search engine result pages. You can then earn better links from affiliates and profits.

To improve your affiliate marketing revenue, find out your market’s demographics. Your readers are the main goal so you need to ensure their needs are met. Knowing why people choose to do business with you can be very helpful. Find out what they are looking for.

A great idea for banner ads is using trivia questions on the add so that people have to click on it, and that takes them to your site for the answer. Many people cannot resist clicking on something like that. You can offer a nice discount to visitors who correctly guess the answer.

Creating a thrilling newsletter that grabs the attention of your reader will make readers interested in joining your mailing list. There was a time when such newsletters seemed novel. Now with the influx of spam you have to e very careful about how your newsletter is designed.

Know the products thoroughly that you are advertising. Only then can you be confident in your work. The products you recommend are a direct reflection on your status as a business person. The merchandise that you choose to promote helps your customers develop a form of confidence and trust in your business. In order to keep customers, you want to make sure you are promoting affordable, good products.

Be transparent about your affiliates with your audience. If you want to improve customer loyalty, you should be very forthright and honest when making referrals. If your readers feel that they cannot trust the content you write, there is a good chance they won’t click on any of your advertisements.

As you can see from the above list of tips, internet marketing can be very useful in getting your products and services the exposure that they need and deserve. These tips can help you be on your way to becoming an expert in affiliate promotion.

Acuo Technologies développe ses affaires en Europe et obtient des résultats excellents au Connectathon à Berne, Suisse

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- La technologie Vendor Neutral Archive prend de l’importance sur le marché international de la santé

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota, 10 juin 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Acuo Technologies®, le leader mondial de logiciels et de services de haute performance pour la gestion du contenu clinique et la migration des données a annoncé aujourd’hui une importante croissance de ses affaires au cours de l’année fiscale 2012. Les investissements stratégiques d’Acuo dans l’implantation de ses affaires et de sa marque en Europe, en 2011, est entrain de porter des fruits en 2012 et au-delà.

Acuo a rempli un certain nombre d’engagements dans le cadre de divers appels d’offres au Royaume-Uni et sur le marché européen. Quand ceux-ci seront complètement réalisés, la solution de la société Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) servira de fondation à la gestion et à la livraison du contenu clinique dans plus de 75 hôpitaux à travers l’Europe. Pour répondre à cette croissance, la société a ajouté et continue de recruter des collaborateurs clés au sein de la région pour stimuler de nouvelles ventes, réaliser des implémentations et fournir le contrôle opérationnelle nécessaire à l’assistance de la clientèle européenne croissante d’Acuo.

Acuo est aussi ravi d’avoir été nommée finaliste de plusieurs opportunités qui pourraient accélérer la croissance et étendre les empreintes de la société dans la région. « Je suis heureux de constater que nous continuons à être acceptés sur le marché et que la part de marché d’Acuo en Europe croît incessamment », a déclaré Jeff Timbrook, PDG d’Acuo Technologies. « Je pense que 2012 promet d’être une année extraordinaire pour nous dans plusieurs régions principales. Cela renforcera l’adoption d’Acuo sur le plan mondial et sa capacité de servir les fournisseurs du secteur des soins de santé sur différents marchés d’ici 2013. Acuo s’engage à stimuler la croissance continue  de ses ventes et l’innovation des produits en fournissant la technologie commerciale VNA au marché international. »

Suite à l’expansion récente de ses opérations en Europe, il est essentiel pour la société d’intégrer des fournisseurs de services informatiques lors du Connectathon européen de 2012, tenu à Berne, en Suisse. Ce projet est similaire aux intégrations réalisées avec les agents de la mise en œuvre des profils d’IHE lors du Connectathon nord-américain  qui a eu lieu à Chicago en janvier 2012.

Acuo a le plaisir d’annoncer que sa gamme de produits Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) a réussi tous les tests d’intégration à l’European Connectathon pour les profils XDS.b et de référentiel, ainsi que pour Document Subscribe (DSUB). Grâce à un support de XDS et XDS-I totalement intégré, UCP offre la capacité de gérer tous les types de contenu non-DICOM à travers une architecture fondée sur les normes. UCP comprend un registre XDS incorporé et un référentiel, offrant ainsi des composantes pour HIE, basées sur IHE.

A propos d’Acuo Technologies

Acuo Technologies, dont le siège se trouve à Minneapolis dans le Minnesota, a été créée en 2000 avec la mission de développer la première solution collaborative Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) pour le contenu médical à l’échelle de l’entreprise, aussi bien DICOM et non-DICOM. Aujourd’hui, Acuo appuie la mise en œuvre d’UCP à travers le monde, notamment en Afrique, Australie, Europe, Amérique du Nord et Amérique du Sud. Pour en savoir plus sur comment fournir un service exceptionnel de gestion du contenu clinique et de migration des données tout en simplifiant les opérations et en réduisant les coûts, veuillez consulter http://www.acuotech.com.

DICOM est la marque déposée de la National Electrical Manufacturers Association pour ses publications de normes relatives aux communications numériques d’informations médicales.

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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for June 10

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WASHINGTON, June 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10: MAIL WITH WINDOWS

Profile America — Sunday, June 10th.  A patent was granted on this date in 1902 for something that most of us would rather not see — an envelope with a transparent window in it, usually meaning a bill.  The inventor, Americus Callahan of Chicago, called his idea the “outlook” envelope.  The idea caught on quickly, as businesses discovered that it saved them the expense and time of addressing each envelope — since the address on the letter it contained could be seen through the window.  The year Callahan’s invention was introduced, there were nearly 76,000 post offices around the U.S.  While the amount of mail has grown enormously since then, there are now just over 27,000 offices.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  440 International Calendar of Events, Those Were the Days
Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 804
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1127

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

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Bayer Animal Health Helps Swine Producers Feed the World

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JEJU, South Korea, June 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

- Leading animal health company puts future of swine production on top of agenda at pivotal meeting

Bayer Animal Health used the occasion of the 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) Congress in Jeju, South Korea, to reveal the latest programme of activities aimed at transforming livestock production.

As part of their commitment to the advancement of knowledge in the livestock community, Bayer Animal Health held the 4th International Bayer Pig Symposium in Jeju on June 10th, giving more than 200 veterinarians and swine producers from 19 countries access to the latest thinking on practical solutions to the problems raised by global changes. This was followed by a Satellite Symposium at the IPVS Congress with leading academic figures debating the future of swine production in a world of increasing consumption and decreasing natural resources.

Wolfgang Müller, Head of Global Marketing Farm Animal Products at Bayer Animal Health said “At Bayer Animal Health, we are acutely aware of the challenges facing the pig industry in the years to come: the need to deliver increased productivity in a cost-effective manner while preserving resources and protecting animal health and welfare are key issues. All parts of livestock community need to work together to meet these challenges. With these symposia and other events of their kind, we will continue to bring together local knowledge, science, innovation and global expertise to help the livestock community to survive and thrive in these challenging times.”

Sharing local knowledge

The 4th International Bayer Pig Symposium, chaired by Dr Bent Nielsen, Representative of the Swine Veterinary Association of Denmark, focused on sharing local knowledge to deliver practical guidance for swine producers and vets seeking to improve swine welfare and production now and for the future.

The Symposium was opened by Dr Kees Scheepens from FarmulaOne in the Netherlands, who took the audience through the basics of the new Pig Signals® concept whilst Dr Joaquim Segalés from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain presented practical tips for designing swine vaccination programmes that maximise results while minimizing costs. Dr Kyoungjin Kim of the Pig and Health Vet Group in South Korea gave an update on the current state of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in South Korea, showing mortality rates in suckling pigs were up to 100%. According to Dr Kim, a new trend is being seen in PED infections in South Korea, with lower rates of mortality (20-30% versus 80-100%) appearing in suckling piglets in the 2011/12 winter season. However Dr Kim stressed that prevention is key to controlling PED, with those applying bio-security concepts seeing reduced numbers of outbreaks.

Finally, Dr Anders Holm of the Odder Veterinary Practice in Denmark took the audience through his efforts to raise awareness of coccidiosis infection in China with a ‘lab-on-wheels’, developed by Bayer Animal Health. Dr Holm toured China giving swine producers previously unattainable access to laboratory facilities to assess the presence of coccidiosis on their farms. According to Dr Holm, “Pig producers in China are very interested in exchanging experiences with colleagues from abroad. I also believe that European producers could learn from Chinese colleagues, as costs of buildings are reduced and diseases not yet present in Europe are frequent in China.”

‘Feeding the world…or saving the planet?

At the Satellite Symposium on June 11th, the need for practical guidance on maximising production value was debated by 400 veterinarians and swine producers from around the world. Entitled ‘Feeding the world…or saving the planet?’ the lively debate was chaired by Professor Arlette Laval, Professor of Food Animal Medicine at Nantes Atlantic College of Veterinary Medicine.

The debate gave insights into the challenges and opportunities facing swine production as population growth continues along with meat consumption levels. Dr Osler Desouzart, owner of OD consulting in Brazil, presented the case for science and technology delivering a ‘Silent Green Revolution’ to address the inequalities in access to quality meat proteins.

Dr Desouzart said, “The world population is forecast to continue to grow until at least 2100, but with growth focussed in the least developed areas of the planet, fair distribution of food availability will become critical.”

Dr Manfred J Kern from agriExcellence GmbH in Germany, examined the need to balance environmental impact with large-scale pig production. According to Dr Kern, the greatest challenge being faced by the livestock sector will be in finding ways to minimise greenhouse gas emissions and develop a new form of ‘carbon conscious pork’ with a dramatically lower carbon footprint. “Veterinary medicines will play a key role, not only in ensuring that we can keep pigs healthy and thriving, but also in helping to safeguard resources by minimising losses to disease or pandemics” said Dr Kern.

Vaccine hope for Classical Swine Fever

Bayer Animal Health also took the opportunity to present further information on the development of their new vaccine for Classical Swine Fever (CSF). Posters presented by Dr Maw-Shen of the National Chung Hsing University of Taiwan, demonstrated positive efficacy results and prevention of horizontal transmission of CSF.

Transforming Livestock Production

 ”Our activities around IPVS are a great example of our Transforming Livestock Production commitment in action. We feel that all those who attended our events have taken away a greater understanding of the future challenges they will face, but with credible, concrete guidance on what they can do to step up and meet these challenges: letting them know that we are partners in this journey” said Wolfgang Müller.

About Bayer HealthCare

The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 17.2 billion (2011), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,700 employees (Dec 31, 2011) and is represented in more than 100 countries. Find more information at http://www.bayerhealthcare.com.

With a turnover of EUR 1.190 million (2011) Bayer HealthCare’s Animal Health Division is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of veterinary drugs. The division manufactures and markets more than 100 different veterinary drugs and care products for livestock and companion animals.

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