Dr. Carlos Ayala Wins Prestigious Vitals Patients’ Choice Award

Seventh Annual Vitals Patients. Choice Award Recognizes Dr. Carlos Ayala for Outstanding Care Based on Patient Feedback

Mcallen, TX — July 24, 2015 — Vitals, a leader in providing online transparency tools and data that help consumers find top doctors and make informed decisions about their medical care, is pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Ayala has been honored with the prestigious 2014 Vitals Patients. Choice Award. The Award, now in its seventh year, is a widely recognized distinction bestowed on doctors by the people they care for — their patients.

Each year, Vitals receives millions of patient-reported ratings on various components of their doctor’s care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care.

Vitals Patients. Choice Award winners must receive an overall rating of at least 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0). Winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions. Of the nation’s 1 million active physicians and dentists, just 5 percent qualified for this honor in 2014.

Dr. Carlos Ayala commented on the recognition:

About Carlos Ayala: a short profile by and about the honoree:

Dr. Carlos Ayala served over 26 yrs active duty in the U.S. military and recently retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan and supporter of our nation’s veterans. Dr Ayala specializes in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Balloon Sinuplasty, Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Allergy. Dr Ayala is Double Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons His office is located at 800 E Dove Ave Suite F & G Mcallen, Tx 78504

“Doctors recognized with a Vitals Patients. Choice award are committed to the patient experience,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “We commend these doctors for bringing both compassion and expertise to the practice of medicine.”

Following the publication of Dr. Carlos Ayala‘s selection for the Vitals Patient’s Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Carlos Ayala to The Registyr™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor’s custom wall plaque is shown here.

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Carlos Ayala‘s profile on Vitals.com.

About Vitals
Vitals is reinventing the way people shop and save on their medical care. We support effective decision-making through cost, quality and access data, as well as reward and incentive programs. Vitals leads the market with the first transparency and engagement platform that achieves measurable savings for consumers through a retail-like approach to purchasing health care services. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access better, more affordable care.

MIS® Implants Technologies and NBMolecules® conclude a License and Supply Agreement for use of the novel technology SurfLink® for treatment of MIS dental implants

The unique bio-mimicking traits and the cost-effectiveness of the SurfLink® surface treatment are clear differentiators from all competing solutions.

BAR LEV (IL) and GLAND (CH) July 27, 2015 – MIS Implants Technologies Ltd and Nano Bridging Molecules SA announced today they have concluded a License and Supply Agreement for the advanced surface treatment technology SurfLink®, manufactured by NBMolecules®. “We are very proud of this commercial agreement with MIS, which will allow patients to benefit from the unique combination of a leading quality dental implant and a unique bio-mimicking surface” says Bjorn-Owe Aronsson, Executive Director and Founder of NBMolecules®.

The agreement between the world leading dental implant company MIS and the start-up NBMolecules® will give MIS the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell their titanium based dental implants with the clinically proven SurfLink® surface.

SurfLink® consists of a permanently bound layer of phosphorous-rich molecules, which is applied to the implant surface to enhance osseointegration. The SurfLink® surface is seen as bone-like by the body.

Clinical studies have shown SurfLink® maintains marginal bone levels over time, giving reproducible clinical results and predictable osseointegration.

MIS, a frontrunner of innovation, is committed to achieve the highest possible implant surface quality to give patients the best that science can offer. “This agreement with NBMolecules® is an important stage in our efforts to offer our customers real innovation, based on cutting edge and proven technology. It will allow us to give our dental surgeons access to truly world leading dental implants” says Idan Kleifeld, CEO of MIS.

About MIS Implants Technologies Ltd.

Established in 1995, MIS Implants Technologies Ltd. is a global leader in the development and production of advanced products and innovative solutions aimed to simplify implants dentistry. Through state-of-the-art production facilities, MIS offers a comprehensive range of cutting-edge dental implants, superstructures, tools and kits, as well as extensive solutions for oral restoration and health.

MIS is deeply committed to its core values of quality, service, agility and innovation, integrity and caring, reflected in every step of its work process and supported by over 400 dedicated MIS employees. MIS products are distributed in over 60 countries worldwide through a well-established global distribution network.

About Nano Bridging Molecules SA

NBMolecules®, a privately held Swiss Medical Device company founded in 2002, is dedicated to developing and licensing out advanced surface treatments for bone anchored implants. NBMolecules® is ISO 13485 certified and SurfLink® is its first surface technology, which is manufactured in-house. SurfLink® has been developed over a period of 15 years and has been proven to achieve true bone integration. NBMolecules® is committed to excellence in both science and product quality. A small core team manages the NBM’s day to day business. Over 65 contracts with research institutions and other external service providers have been established, and the company continues to grow.

For more information, please visit www.NBMolecules.com and www.MIS-implants.com or

Contact:

Bjorn-Owe Aronsson
Nano Bridging Molecules SA
info@NBMolecules.com

MIS® Implants Technologies and NBMolecules® conclude a License and Supply Agreement for use of the novel technology SurfLink® for treatment of MIS dental implants

The unique bio-mimicking traits and the cost-effectiveness of the SurfLink® surface treatment are clear differentiators from all competing solutions.

BAR LEV (IL) and GLAND (CH) July 27, 2015 – MIS Implants Technologies Ltd and Nano Bridging Molecules SA announced today they have concluded a License and Supply Agreement for the advanced surface treatment technology SurfLink®, manufactured by NBMolecules®. “We are very proud of this commercial agreement with MIS, which will allow patients to benefit from the unique combination of a leading quality dental implant and a unique bio-mimicking surface” says Bjorn-Owe Aronsson, Executive Director and Founder of NBMolecules®.

The agreement between the world leading dental implant company MIS and the start-up NBMolecules® will give MIS the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell their titanium based dental implants with the clinically proven SurfLink® surface.

SurfLink® consists of a permanently bound layer of phosphorous-rich molecules, which is applied to the implant surface to enhance osseointegration. The SurfLink® surface is seen as bone-like by the body.

Clinical studies have shown SurfLink® maintains marginal bone levels over time, giving reproducible clinical results and predictable osseointegration.

MIS, a frontrunner of innovation, is committed to achieve the highest possible implant surface quality to give patients the best that science can offer. “This agreement with NBMolecules® is an important stage in our efforts to offer our customers real innovation, based on cutting edge and proven technology. It will allow us to give our dental surgeons access to truly world leading dental implants” says Idan Kleifeld, CEO of MIS.

About MIS Implants Technologies Ltd.

Established in 1995, MIS Implants Technologies Ltd. is a global leader in the development and production of advanced products and innovative solutions aimed to simplify implants dentistry. Through state-of-the-art production facilities, MIS offers a comprehensive range of cutting-edge dental implants, superstructures, tools and kits, as well as extensive solutions for oral restoration and health.

MIS is deeply committed to its core values of quality, service, agility and innovation, integrity and caring, reflected in every step of its work process and supported by over 400 dedicated MIS employees. MIS products are distributed in over 60 countries worldwide through a well-established global distribution network.

About Nano Bridging Molecules SA

NBMolecules®, a privately held Swiss Medical Device company founded in 2002, is dedicated to developing and licensing out advanced surface treatments for bone anchored implants. NBMolecules® is ISO 13485 certified and SurfLink® is its first surface technology, which is manufactured in-house. SurfLink® has been developed over a period of 15 years and has been proven to achieve true bone integration. NBMolecules® is committed to excellence in both science and product quality. A small core team manages the NBM’s day to day business. Over 65 contracts with research institutions and other external service providers have been established, and the company continues to grow.

For more information, please visit www.NBMolecules.com and www.MIS-implants.com or

Contact:

Bjorn-Owe Aronsson
Nano Bridging Molecules SA
info@NBMolecules.com

Dr. Carlos Ayala Wins Prestigious Vitals Patients’ Choice Award

Seventh Annual Vitals Patients. Choice Award Recognizes Dr. Carlos Ayala for Outstanding Care Based on Patient Feedback

Mcallen, TX — July 24, 2015 — Vitals, a leader in providing online transparency tools and data that help consumers find top doctors and make informed decisions about their medical care, is pleased to announce that Dr. Carlos Ayala has been honored with the prestigious 2014 Vitals Patients. Choice Award. The Award, now in its seventh year, is a widely recognized distinction bestowed on doctors by the people they care for — their patients.

Each year, Vitals receives millions of patient-reported ratings on various components of their doctor’s care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care.

Vitals Patients. Choice Award winners must receive an overall rating of at least 3.5 or higher (out of 4.0). Winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions. Of the nation’s 1 million active physicians and dentists, just 5 percent qualified for this honor in 2014.

Dr. Carlos Ayala commented on the recognition:

About Carlos Ayala: a short profile by and about the honoree:

Dr. Carlos Ayala served over 26 yrs active duty in the U.S. military and recently retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan and supporter of our nation’s veterans. Dr Ayala specializes in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Balloon Sinuplasty, Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Allergy. Dr Ayala is Double Board Certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons His office is located at 800 E Dove Ave Suite F & G Mcallen, Tx 78504

“Doctors recognized with a Vitals Patients. Choice award are committed to the patient experience,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “We commend these doctors for bringing both compassion and expertise to the practice of medicine.”

Following the publication of Dr. Carlos Ayala‘s selection for the Vitals Patient’s Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Carlos Ayala to The Registyr™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor’s custom wall plaque is shown here.

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Carlos Ayala‘s profile on Vitals.com.

About Vitals
Vitals is reinventing the way people shop and save on their medical care. We support effective decision-making through cost, quality and access data, as well as reward and incentive programs. Vitals leads the market with the first transparency and engagement platform that achieves measurable savings for consumers through a retail-like approach to purchasing health care services. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access better, more affordable care.

Derek Muhs of HCMC and WA Health Care Nominated for Excellence in Branding & Marketing

Derek Muhs

Health Care Management China (HCMC) today announced that Co-Founder and Vice Chairman Derek Muhs has been nominated for Excellence in Branding and Marketing by the Awards Jury of the 6th Annual CMO ASIA AWARDS, to be held in Singapore on August 11, 2015.

HCMC and WA Health Care are nominated for “Best brand in private health care center in China”. The Asia Awards for Excellence in Branding & Marketing is a premium forum bringing elite marketers, brand custodians and creative heads together to collaborate and recognize excellence in the industry. Other nominees and speakers on the agenda include General Electric Healthcare, Twitter, Grant Thornton International and Standard Chartered Bank.

HCMC and its group of health care initiatives, including WA Health Care, have been recognized for their promotion of health care education and illness prevention across China. See one of their former health campaigns about the state of health in China here

Sunless Tanning Salons in Nixa, Missouri

tanningThere are numerous salons providing Sunless tan services in this Christian County City, in Missouri. The salons provide varied types of tans and have various methods to provide sunless tanning services. All of them use tanning booths and beds technologies to achieve this. Owners of salons in this city strive to provide the desired hygiene, happy temperament and customer experience so that they can attract the many sensitive members of the society. The tanning units themselves are designed to provide a quick service to complement the latter, making the existing salons be on the competitive edge.

In order to understand how you manage to get a tan, you must first understand the types and effects of exposure to ultra-violet rays, comprising of UVB and UVA, as tanning bed technologies employ this to give desired results. When your epidermis is exposed to the UVB rays, it produces melanin beginning the color alteration process. When introduced to UVA afterwards, the melanin oxidizes giving a golden brown color to the skin. To achieve the precision of these kinds of rays, the Nixa, MO tanning beds are complemented with unique bulb lighting emitting the preferred rays. The beds could be complemented with low pressure or high pressure bulbs.

For instant results, it would be advisable to seek for the ultrabronz tan bed, which is complemented with high pressure lamps and is comfortable. It may be termed as a luxurious method since you tan as you lie down on a soothing mattress, on one side then the other. As for the tanning booths of the city salons, you get to have customized options to select from. Salons here have experienced consultants who are able to advise you on the perfect shade and deliver it in less than 3 minutes in the booth. Most of the salons in Nixa provide tans that can last for one or two weeks.

Salons here have numerous skin care products that are of benefit to you, just seek advice from the experienced skin tanning consultants. Get that skin that has the perfect tan, no wrinkles and no lines by selecting the best salon with the best versa spa and sunless tan options. The better thing to do so that you are able to manage to pay for the best service in the Nixa salons would be to check out the various membership packages available and join in.

Being a member means you get to enjoy certain treats at reduced prices and hence maintaining a regular schedule. Some salons have developed computer applications and made them accessible for clients and potential customers to register for their memberships online. Most of them have websites that flaunt their tanning beds and other amenities so that potential customers can have a look beforehand.

Tanning helps to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, acting as a natural mechanism to defend your skin through pre-mature exfoliation of the body.

Resources That Veterans Should Know About

Resources For Veterans

Yesterday I was talking with my friend about mountain climbing.

We’re new to the sport, and completely no experience when it came to knowing where to go, what to do and how to do it.

Case in point, we needed someone to help us or guide.

A guide who could show us the musts about mountain climbing, and give us some tips to help us turn the amusement into something we could be passionate about.

So we asked for help from a good friend of ours(someone who actually climbs some of the most challenging mountains around), and he pointed us to a guide he wrote for a mountain climbing enthusiast website.

The guide was very nice, and included all sorts of information about gears, do’s and don’ts, the best mountains for climbing in each state, techniques and more.

So when it comes to the life of a Veteran, what helpful resources are out there for you?

There are only some news websites focused towards military personnel and Veterans, and forums for discussing current events and politics.

Not much else.

So I decided to create my own, and post it here for everyone to use and share.

 

Google+ Pages To Add To Your Circles

Google Plus

Google+ says there are 300 million monthly active users on the platform, and with the Communities feature, there are plenty of circles to get involved with.

1. Flagship Financial Group on Google+ Local

2. Google for Veterans and Families

3 U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

 

Twitter Accounts To Follow

Twitter

With 288 million monthly active users, Twitter is another large and popular social network. The company says 500 million Tweets are sent each day, so the opportunity for Veterans to network with others is a big draw.

4. Flagship Financial Group Twitter

5. Veterans Benefits

6. National Military Family Association

 

Facebook Pages To Follow

Facebook

Facebook is a social network launched in 2004, and has quickly grown to an average of 890 million daily active users as of December 2014. If you’re a Veteran, Facebook is a great way to network with other military members and Veterans in the community.

7. Flagship Financial Group Facebook

8. Supporting Our Veterans

9. U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

 

YouTube Channels For Veterans

YouTube

Youtube has more than 1 billion, and the company says 300 hours of videos are uploaded every minute. Check out the helpful Veterans and retirement videos.

10. Flagship Financial Group YouTube

11. Disabled American Veterans

12. Veterans Health Administration

 

Pinterest Boards To Follow

Pinterest

Another large social network is Pinterest, with 70 million users as of July 2013. Not only will you find inspirational pins, but links to articles of general interest to Veterans and their families.

13. Flagship Financial Group Pinterest

14. Operation Gratitude

15. Veterans – Celebrate them

 

Helpful Blog Posts For Veterans

Flagship Financial Blog Post

Blog posts are great for education, entertainment and information, and a lot of modern blogs are created to genuinely help people with their questions.

16. 9 Common Questions About The VA Home Loan Benefit

17. Learn More About VA Benefit Eligibility

18. A Survivor’s Guide To Benefits

Top 10 Workout Must-Haves

gymExercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping your body healthy and active, will help you have a long and fulfilling life. Here are the top 10 must haves to make that workout just a little easier.

1. Shoes
Good, sturdy shoes are a must to protect your legs, back, feet, and knees from injury. Many sports stores will even do an evaluation of your feet and running style, to help you pick the perfect shoe for your body.

2. Clothing
A comfortable pair of pants or shorts and a shirt that wicks away sweat, are a must have when it comes to a good workout. Choose clothes that don’t rub against your skin, and easily move with your body.

3. Socks
A good pair of moisture wicking socks, that fit properly, will help prevent you from getting blisters and other common problems with your feet.

4. Headphones
Nothing like music to keep you going and motivated on your workout. A good pair of headphones, that won’t slip out of your ears, are a must have for any workout routine.

5. Workout DVD
Pick your favorite fitness guru and have their video ready to go for those days where you can’t get to the gym, or go outside due to weather, or simply just want to stay at home.

5. Yoga Mat
Having your own yoga mat is a nice whether working out at home or a gym. Then you never have to wonder who used the mat before you.

6. Hand weights
Light weight hand weights are great for resistance work and strength training. Having a pair of 2lb, 3lb, and 5lb weights will help add some resistance to your workouts, helping you get the most out of every workout.

7. Knee sleeves
Knees are one of the most common problem areas that people experience, when it comes to their body and joints, when exercising. Good knee sleeves will help protect and save your knees from any further injury.

8. Fuel
Yes, it is important to fuel your body for a good and beneficial workout. Some protein, whether from a shake, bar, or natural, real foods, is important to keep you body strong during intense workout sessions.

9. Water
Keeping hydrated during a workout is the absolute most important thing to remember. Keep a full water bottle with you, or near you, the entire time you workout, to remind yourself to hydrate often.

10. Watch or heart rate monitor
Tracking your heart rate can help optimize your workout, and burn the most calories. Having a watch will help keep you on track and know when it is time to move on to the next step in your workout.

The Dangers of Mosquitoes

The Dangers of MosquitoesIf you have ever been bitten by an insect, you may simply brush it off; however, if that insect happens to be a mosquito, the results could be somewhat different. Mosquitoes can suck your blood and spread bacteria. They also spread other diseases that are dangerous to our health. Just think about the millions of cases of malaria that are diagnosed every year, and you might get an idea how dangerous mosquitoes can be.

Because of the dangers that these insects can cause, we are constantly looking for ways to keep them away from us. When swatting fails, we bathe ourselves in repellant and wear as many layers of clothes as we can put our hands on. When the hand is not quick enough, we seek out other options like racket-sized swatters and even that option seems to miss the mark. When things get beyond our control, which is usually very often, we turn to a mosquito squad to save us.

The thought of being bitten by a mosquito is not a pleasant one, so when friends and well-wishers offer solutions to our mosquito infestation problem, we tend to jump on them. Some popular advice seems to make sense, but the thought of locking ourselves inside during the periods of dusk and dawn may seem like an old wife’s tale. Sleeping under a mosquito net does not seem like a natural option either and soon they find their way inside anyway.

There may not be any simple options for getting rid of mosquitoes around the house. You can seek the services of a professional, but that does not mean you cannot do a few things for yourself. With thousands of variations to the mosquito, it might be a good idea to make a few changes to the way you keep your home, such as installing screens in your windows and doors. You might also consider removing any opportunity for them to breed by getting rid of any standing water.

Shopping for stronger insect repellants may provide you with peace of mind, and it could offer some temporary relief while you are outside getting some fresh air, but mosquito problems will need a long-term solution to deal with them. The Mosquito Squad is a nationwide franchise that offers solutions to mosquito and tick problems. This would be a great opportunity to get rid of your mosquito problem finally.

The next time you decide to let the dog out to do its business, and it starts to yelp from insects around the yard, remember that you can do something about it. You can do a lot better than locking yourself inside or spraying yourself and your pooch; you can call in the professionals.

How to Improve Your Current Smile

How to Improve Your Current SmileYour smile can be one of your greatest assets or it can be a detriment. Often, it is the first impression you give to others. We all know how important this first impression is, as someone judges whether or not they want to approach you to become friends in just a few seconds upon seeing you. It has been noted that a person’s smile is the number one feature that can make them attractive to other people. People who have great smiles radiate warmth and friendliness, and make them more approachable. Follow these tips for having a great smile.

The first way to have a great smile is to increase your awareness of your smile. People with really warm smiles seem to use their whole face, eyes included in that warm smile that makes them seem so beautiful to you. You may find standing in front of the mirror and covering your mouth, helpful to practice smiling with your eyes. Pay particular attention to what muscles you are using.

The second way to have a great smile is to focus on your teeth. Strong teeth are a good indication of good health. If you have less than desirable teeth consider cosmetic dentistry. Genesis Dental is a great place to turn to for help. They have a lot of solutions so that your teeth can become how you want them to look. Some of their services include: porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, implant retained dentures, sculpting the gum line, and orthodontic services such as Invisalign. They will work with you regardless if you have a lot or a little cosmetic work to do and provide you with high quality service and procedures.

The third way to have a great smile is to do exercises. You may find yourself laughing at this, but to become good at anything we know requires practice. If your face isn’t used to smiling, when you try to smile it will look unnatural. Practice smiling and stretching out your face muscles so when you smile it looks natural and beautiful. Doing exercises also helps to keep your lips, especially your upper lip, plump. Naturally lips tend to thin as we age, so by doing regular exercises we can help to keep them healthy and plump aiding in our beautiful smile.

Along these lines, it is important to keep your skin hydrated. Help your skin stay hydrated and healthy by staying out of the sun and by using lotions. Not only should the area around your mouth by hydrated, but in order to have a great smile your lips should always be hydrated as well. Regularly apply chapstick to your lips so they don’t dry out and crack.

Finally, a fifth way to have a great smile is to spend time watching comical movies or shows. Smiling actually makes a person feel happier, so why wouldn’t everyone want to experience this! So take the time to regularly watch something funny, so that not only are you used to smiling, but you are getting good chemicals being released into your system causing happiness and stress relief. If you follow these manageable tips, you will better your smile and leave a lasting impression.