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New White Paper from Gaggle Shares Research and Strategic Approaches for Addressing Increase in Students’ Mental Health Crises


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Day in and day out, we work with districts that are using Gaggle as part of a more holistic program to identify students who need interventions or require additional support services.

Research shows that more than two-thirds of students ages 13 to 18 require some level of professional help for a mental health condition. Yet, a majority of students with a mental health disorder do not receive the treatment they need. To help educators understand and respond to this deepening crisis, Gaggle has published a new white paper that examines research on adolescent mental health and identifies ways in which school districts can effectively identify and support students in need. In addition, during a free webinar on Oct. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. (EDT), a panel of experts will provide K-12 district leaders with insights into the causes of this crisis and resources districts are using to address the wellbeing of the “whole child.”

The white paper, titled “What Research Says About Students’ Increased Mental Health Crises and How Gaggle Can Be the First Line of Defense for Districts,” reveals research documenting student mental health issues, social trends, and risky student behaviors. It then explores causes of rising mental health concerns, including academic pressure, social media, and childhood trauma.

“Anxiety and depression are on the rise, suicides are increasing, and students are engaging in an alarming number of high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, sex, violence, and self-harm,” said Jeff Patterson, Gaggle CEO. “The crises in student mental health, particularly in middle and high school, are forcing school districts to become more proactive in the ways they identify and provide services to support students in need.”

To help school administrators and educators take the next step, the white paper outlines solutions that are successfully being implemented in schools, including student support services, school-wide interventions, social-emotional learning programs, and community partnerships. In addition, the paper describes how districts are using tools such as Gaggle to provide visibility into students’ online activity on school-issued devices so they can step in and take appropriate action to protect students from harming themselves and others.

During the Oct. 10th webinar, “Addressing the Crisis in Adolescent Mental Health: How Districts Can Identify and Support Struggling Students,” a panel of education experts will discuss current research and what two districts — one in Texas and one in Idaho — are doing to address these problems. They will discuss topics such as funding additional student services, introducing social-emotional learning, conducting schoolwide interventions, and creating a community-based action plan, among others. The free webinar will be held at edWeb.net and hosted by the School Safety community on edWeb. To register for the webinar, visit https://home.edweb.net/webinar/schoolsafety20191010/.

“Districts understand that improving students’ mental health is as important as keeping students physically safe on campus. As outlined in this white paper and the upcoming webinar, there are a number of ways in which schools are effectively supporting the well-being of the ‘whole child’ and creating a safe physical and emotional learning environment for all students,” said Patterson. “Day in and day out, we work with districts that are using Gaggle as part of a more holistic program to identify students who need interventions or require additional support services. Whether they call Gaggle their first alarm system or their safety net, it provides reassurance that they are doing everything possible to enhance their students’ safety and well-being.”

For a free copy of the white paper, visit https://news.gaggle.net/student-mental-health-report.

About Gaggle | http://www.gaggle.net

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit http://www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

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How Physical Therapy Can Help Manage Pain and Reduce Opioid Use


No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Recently, physical therapist Sarah Wenger teamed with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and YourUpdateTV, to discuss the dangers of prescription opioid use for most non–cancer-related pain treatment and safer alternatives, including physical therapy, for managing pain.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/4NmgVA59n0g.

Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain. Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. More than 20% of Americans live with chronic pain. Prescribing rates continue to remain very high in certain areas across the country – in 16% of U.S. counties, enough opioid prescriptions were dispensed for every person to have one.

Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education—and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases. Physical therapists treat people of all ages and abilities and empower them to actively take part in their own care. To ensure the best possible care, physical therapists often work with other members of a health care team.

For more information on how to get involved, visit ChoosePT.com.

About Sarah Wenger:

Sarah Wenger, PT, DPT, is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. She received her master of physical therapy degree from Arcadia University in 1997 and her doctor of physical therapy degree from Temple University in 2002. She also is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. She has published and presented on a range of topics related to her areas of expertise in chronic pain, underserved populations, and clinical reasoning, and she provides pro bono services in a community-based clinic. With an interdisciplinary team, Wenger developed a chronic pain clinical reasoning model and psycho-education program called Power Over Pain.

About APTA:

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 100,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy.

About YourUpdateTV:

YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media (http://www.dssimon.com). It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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Proscia® Issued U.S. Patent Covering System and Method of Processing Medical Images for Inspection or Analysis


Proscia, a leading provider of digital pathology software, has been granted U.S. Patent No. 10,346,980 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patent applies to techniques for processing and analyzing medical images.

For more than 150 years, the standard of care for diagnosing tissue biopsies has been based on a pathologist’s interpretation of patterns using a microscope. This interpretation determines the presence of cancer as well as the aggressiveness of malignancies. Unfortunately, because this human assessment is inherently subjective, it can compromise the accuracy of diagnosis and ultimately, the success of patient outcomes.

Today, specialized scanners capture images of tissue samples prepared on glass slides, giving rise to digital pathology. These whole slide images offer resolution and clarity equivalent to that provided by a microscope and can be viewed on a computer workstation. Significantly, computational models leveraging artificial intelligence can also analyze this image data, generating new insights into how we understand cancer; however, technical limitations pose a barrier to performing this analysis in practice. Specifically, the sizes of whole slide image files, ranging from hundreds of megabytes to dozens of gigabytes, present difficulties for computer systems attempting to manipulate, read, and analyze them.

The computer processing of whole slide images, as well as the retrieval and visualization of image analysis results, in acceptable time frames remains a long-standing problem. U.S. Patent No. 10,346,980 covers broad techniques for delivering much-needed efficiencies for overcoming these challenges and making whole slide imaging a viable component of the traditional pathology workflow.

These techniques allow for the efficient parallelized analysis of whole slide images, as well as the rapid delivery of rich quantitative and spatial information, in a digital pathology viewing environment. Integrating image viewing and analysis visualization supports high-throughput tissue research, helping to drive breakthrough advancements in the fight against cancer. It also enables computational pathology workflows for diagnosis, allowing pathologists to read and analyze cases more rapidly and with higher levels of accuracy.

The newly granted patent reflects Proscia’s commitment to transforming the practice of pathology with intelligent software. Concentriq™, the company’s flagship digital pathology platform, incorporates the proprietary techniques covered in the patent to improve laboratory speed and quality, support personalized medicine, and address the growing demand for pathology services.*

More information on Concentriq by Proscia can be found here.

About Proscia

Proscia is a software company that is changing the way the world practices pathology to transform cancer research and diagnosis. With the company’s Concentriq digital pathology platform and pipeline of AI algorithms, laboratories are leveraging new kinds of data to improve patient outcomes and accelerate discoveries. Proscia’s team of technologists, scientists, and pathologists is bringing a fresh approach to an outdated industry, helping the world to keep pace with the increasing demand for pathology services and fulfill the promise of precision care. For more information, visit proscia.com.

*Proscia’s products are for research use only.

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center Goes Live with Gozio Health’s Mobile Wayfinding Platform


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Gozio is pleased to partner with the largest healthcare provider in southeastern North Carolina and assist them with leading their community to outstanding health. Joshua Titus, CEO and Founder Gozio Health.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) announced the launch of their mobile wayfinding platform developed by Atlanta-based Gozio Health. The hospital-branded mobile platform provides system-wide navigation guiding patients from their home to the correct parking location and within four feet of their appointment destination inside the hospital.

The platform also gives patients and visitors immediate access to physician directories, medical records via MyChart, Urgent Care wait times, and locations of cafes, pharmacies and the closest restrooms on their smartphones. The platform provides turn-by-turn navigation inside six New Hanover hospital and healthcare facilities. New Hanover is also including access to 58 off-site clinics.

“Gozio is pleased to partner with the largest healthcare provider in southeastern North Carolina and assist them with fulfilling their mission of leading their community to outstanding health,” said Joshua Titus, CEO and Founder Gozio Health. “Hospitals that prioritize a patient-centric approach to care recognize how Gozio’s customizable platform directly improves in network retention, attracts new patients, and positively impacts the healthcare system’s bottom line.”

Gozio Health hospital partners see significant rates of patient engagement from their mobile wayfinding platforms. Statistics based on adult, university and children’s hospital systems show that once the app is installed to navigate to a destination within the hospital system, over 85 percent of users return to schedule appointments, access medical records, search physician directories; access urgent care wait times and view hospital amenities.

Gozio Health

Gozio Health transforms indoor navigation and significantly improves patient experience with an experiential wayfinding platform specifically designed for hospitals and healthcare systems. Gozio’s feature-rich, mobile platform revolutionizes patient engagement and not only puts patients and visitors on the best path to their destination, it gives the provider organization an important pathway to the patient. Gozio’s platform optimizes the patient journey beyond wayfinding with API integrations of EHR, urgent care and emergency department wait times, Save My Spot scheduling for urgent care, virtual visits, and more. In addition to numerous industry awards, the wayfinding solution from Gozio has earned the exclusive endorsement of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit http://www.goziohealth.com or find Gozio Health on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Dan Randall, MD, MPH, Named Deputy Editor of Internal Medicine for DynaMed®


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Dr. Randall’s deep experience in internal medicine will enhance our current topics, providing an optimal experience to healthcare professionals looking to make evidence-based clinical decisions.

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) the provider of the clinical decision support tool DynaMed®, has appointed Dan Randall, MD, MPH, as Deputy Editor of Internal Medicine. Dr. Randall brings with him more than 20 years of experience as an innovative leader in clinical, educational and administrative medicine.

Dr. Randall is currently at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, where his roles have included Chief of Internal Medicine for the Peabody practice. He is also an Associate Reviewer at NEJM Knowledge Plus and has served as Clinical Instructor/Hospitalist at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, master’s degree in public health from John Hopkins School of Public Health and medical degree from the University of Rochester. Dr. Randall is ABIM board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

EBSCO maintains a rigorous editorial process that includes subject-specific experts reviewing topics using a proprietary, evidence-based methodology and quality assurance process. DynaMed allows clinicians to access the latest evidence-based information on thousands of topics and specialties. As a deputy editor, Dr. Randall will oversee the internal and general medicine content in DynaMed. He will supervise medical writers and editors, along with external peer reviewers, to ensure that physicians and healthcare professionals have access to the most current, relevant, evidence-based clinical information.

Senior Vice President of Medical Product Management, Betsy Jones, says the addition of Dr. Randall complements the existing vision for content across DynaMed. “Dr. Randall’s deep experience in internal medicine will enhance our current topics, providing an optimal experience to healthcare professionals looking to make evidence-based clinical decisions.”

For more information about DynaMed and its editorial team, visit: https://www.dynamed.com/.

About EBSCO’s Health Resources

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, medical research information and healthcare business intelligence for the healthcare industry. EBSCO users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE® Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO’s health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the research platform favored by libraries around the world.

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Holmes

Communications Director

978-356-6500 x3485

jmholmes@ebsco.com

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ValidCare Launches National Program to Share CBD Real World Evidence with FDA


“The FDA has invited the CBD industry to offer safety and efficacy data to support its science-based approach to regulations,” said Vince Saunders, CEO of CBDAmerican Shaman. “We are excited to gather and share additional data through a trusted, independent party. Transparency is good for everyone.”

ValidCare, the market intelligence platform for the canna-based product industry, announced a first-of-its-kind National Consumer Experience Program to gather CBD Real World Evidence (RWE) directly from consumers through November, 2019. The goal of the industry-wide program is to collect large amounts of consumer data via its CBD+me™ app to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) questions on the safety and efficacy of cannabis-derived products. Data will be shared with the FDA while protecting company-specific intellectual property and consumer identities.

Recent comments from the FDA reinforce the need for safety and efficacy data to appropriately regulate the pathway for hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). Lowell Schiller, Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy at FDA, suggested CBD should stand for “Collect Better Data” when speaking at a hemp industry event in mid-August(1). “The FDA has invited the CBD industry to offer safety and efficacy data to support its science-based approach to regulations,” said Vince Saunders, CEO of CBDAmerican Shaman. “We shared significant in-house data with FDA during the comment period in July. Now, we are excited to gather and share additional data through a trusted, independent party. Transparency is good for everyone. We appreciate ValidCare’s sponsorship and encourage all CBD brands to join this important program.”

ValidCare has invited participation by all CBD product companies, including members of US Hemp Roundtable, Hemp Industries Association and/or those having achieved US Hemp Authority certification. The following companies have enrolled to date: Barleans, CBDAmerican Shaman, CBDistillery, Comfort Leaf, Elixinol, Functional Remedies, GenCanna Global, Lazarus Botanicals, MedTerra, Queen City Infusions and Restorative Botanicals.

These companies are inviting their customers to download a branded version of ValidCare’s free CBD+me app, then track their experiences with cannabis-derived products. Companies will have access to CBD Real World Evidence related to their products and consumers. “It is great to see so many leading brands demonstrate confidence in their products and their commitment to American consumers and the regulatory process. Their leadership will help benefit the entire industry,” said Patrick McCarthy, CEO, ValidCare.

“Our industry is at a critical juncture and needs to work with FDA to help validate the efficacy of hemp-derived products and instill consumer confidence in product quality,” said Chase Terwilliger, CEO, CBDistillery. “With our commitment to product quality and safety for consumers, gaining experiential data from our customers can help us create even better products and experiences.”

The CBD+me platform is available to consumers for free in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Consumers set up a profile and wellness goals for themselves or their loved one(s), journal the products they’re using and record the effects, including adverse product event reports.

References

1)    Lowell Schiller, JD, FDA. National Industrial Hemp Council, 2019. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/speeches-fda-officials/remarks-national-industrial-hemp-council-2019-hemp-business-summit-08132019

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About ValidCare

ValidCare, LLC is the market intelligence platform for the cannabis-derived product industry, powered by real-time consumer experiences. Through the ValidCare community, participants including consumers, product suppliers, researchers, and providers, come together to study, educate, measure and document the consumer experience using canna-based products. ValidCare’s proprietary app (CBD+me™) supports ongoing two-way communication, combining self-reported consumer data with advanced machine learning to deliver aggregated insights that help improve product quality, consistency, effectiveness, and the adoption of industry standards. For more information, visit http://www.validcare.com or call 844-825-4322.

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Modere Inside-Out Beauty System Delivers 360°, Scientifically Advanced Approach to Natural Radiance


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CellProof Essentials Collection

The Modere® Inside-Out Beauty System combines the company’s patented, award-winning collagen/HA nutraceutical Liquid BioCell® with the CellProof® Essentials Collection, a new trio of topical skincare essentials designed to augment the company’s recent viral hit, CellProof™ Serum.

On Saturday, September 21, Modere®, a healthy, safe and clean-lifestyle brand of dietary supplements, household and personal-care products with a presence worldwide, announced the North American launch of the Modere® Inside-Out Beauty System at their Fall Summit in Orlando, Florida. The Modere® Inside-Out Beauty System combines the company’s patented, award-winning collagen/HA nutraceutical Liquid BioCell® with the CellProof® Essentials Collection, a new trio of topical skincare essentials designed to augment the company’s recent viral hit, CellProof™ Serum.

The Modere ® CellProof™ Essentials Collection is comprised of CellProof™ Serum, CellProof™ Moisturizer, and CellProof™ Infusion Mask. CellProof™ Serum is an age-defying formula powered by BioCell Collagen® CG, recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Award for Best Collagen Peptide in Personal Care, and is backed by multi-patented Collagen/HA Matrix® Technology, a natural matrix of collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid that is Bio-Optimized™ for maximum effectiveness. The cosmetic-grade technology is combined in CellProof™ Serum with a potent botanical complex and Vitamin C to hydrate, firm, and visibly lift the appearance of dull, dry skin in minutes.

CellProof™ Moisturizer also delivers BioCell Collagen® CG to the skin to hydrate and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Furthermore, the nourishing formula provides the naturally derived antioxidant astaxanthin, a blend of advanced peptides, Vitamin C, and exotic fruit extracts to support healthy-looking skin and a more even skin tone. Decadent cocoa and shea butter leave skin exceptionally smooth, intensely hydrated, and velvety soft.

CellProof™ Infusion mask, which rounds out the collection, is curated with skin-reviving ingredients such as Ox3™, a proprietary compound that releases oxygen bubbles on contact to waken the skin and make way for two rare botanical extracts, Snow Algae and Summer Snowflake Bulb, to renew the skin. Snow Algae and Summer Snowflake work in tandem to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving skin a fresh, vibrant look.

In an ultimate, 360° approach to radiant, youthful-looking skin, Modere has magnified the power of its beauty-boosting, award-winning, patented Collagen/HA Matrix® Technology by pairing the new, topical CellProof™ Essentials Collection with its internally nourishing Liquid BioCell® supplement line. Consumers can choose to complement their skincare regimen with any of Modere’s four Liquid BioCell® supplements, Liquid BioCell® Life, Pure, Skin, or Sport. All four products are scientifically shown to deliver Collagen/HA Matrix® Technology to the skin and connective tissues in an ideal molecular weight that the body can effectively absorb. Their individual formulas differ according to the conditions they are designed to target. Liquid BioCell® Life mitigates the joint discomfort and visible signs of advancing age; Liquid BioCell® Pure, Life’s sister supplement, meets the need of consumers with dietary restrictions; ingredients in Liquid BioCell® Skin bolster the benefits for lustrous, unlined skin; and Liquid BioCell® Sport contains NSF certified factors like BCAAs, L-carnitine, and Rhodiola and astragalus extracts to support optimal physical and mental performance.

Asma Ishaq, CEO of Modere, was on hand at the company’s North America Fall Summit to announce the launch: “Beauty is an inside job, a job our ingestible super nutraceutical, Liquid BioCell, does exceedingly well. Sometimes, though, we want to boost that inner shine. The Modere Inside-Out Beauty System does just that by pairing Liquid BioCell with the new CellProof Essentials Collection in an exclusive 360° approach.”

About Modere

Modere (http://www.modere.com) offers a category-leading portfolio of live clean lifestyle essentials including beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products that are equal parts safe, high-performing and scientifically designed. We believe modern health involves pure nutrition, a clean environment and safe ingredients across all our product categories. Modere brings a holistic, live clean approach to well-being, and our products reflect a commitment to excellence and innovation with tested formulas proven around the globe. The recipient of multiple third-party validations, our line includes products that are EPA Safer Choice-approved, EWG Verified™, NSF Certified and gray-water safe. The company is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels®.

Contact: Mara Quigley

Steve Allen Media

mara@steveallenmedia.com

661.255.8283

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Avalon Realty Associates Sponsors First GRIN2B Foundation Cocktail Reception Fundraiser


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Avalon is proud to support the GRIN2B Foundation and happy to assist in an effort to help individuals and families impacted by GRIN2B.

Avalon Realty Associates – a full service commercial real estate company – has announced it will be one of the sponsors of GRIN2B Foundation’s first cocktail reception fundraiser, Gather for GRIN2B. The event will be held at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston on Monday, October 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Proceeds from the benefit will fund research on GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, which is caused by variations on the GRIN2B gene.

“Avalon is proud to support the GRIN2B Foundation and happy to assist in an effort to help individuals and families impacted by GRIN2B,” said Carlo Santucci, partner at Avalon Realty Associates.

GRIN2B is a gene on the short arm of the 12th chromosome. It’s part of a family of seven genes that encode proteins to form a receptor that relays chemical messages between neurons in the brain, according to GRIN2B Foundation. Individuals affected by a GRIN2B variation can experience developmental delays, speech delay or lack of speech, and low muscle tone, among other symptoms. Associated conditions can also include seizures, cortical visual impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or intellectual disabilities.

The GRIN2B Foundation is a parent-run organization committed to furthering research on the GRIN2B gene and to providing support for individuals and families affected by variations on the gene.

Some other corporate sponsors of Gather for GRIN2B include Stratosphere Networks, Little Steps Pediatric Therapy, Accounting Concepts, Lubin Austermuehle, P.C., and Rothman Law Group.

To get more information about Gather for GRIN2B and purchase tickets, please visit http://www.grin2b.org/Gather-For-GRIN2B/. Sponsorship information is available at http://grin2b.org/sponsor.

About Avalon Realty Associates

Avalon Realty Associates is a full service commercial real estate company that provides real estate brokerage, property investment, tenant representation and property management. For over 25 years, we’ve built trusting relationships with clients and partners and proudly provide real estate services throughout the country and to our community in the Chicago metro area. For more information, please visit https://avalonreal.com/.

For more information contact:

Carlo Santucci

847-506-1000

carlo@avalonreal.com

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Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center Now Offering First Trifocal Lens for Cataract Patients


Jacob Thomas, MD, of Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

Jacob Thomas, MD, of Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center

It’s truly one-of-a-kind and may be very helpful for those whose lifestyle requires more complete vision.

Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center now offers its cataract patients the AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Lens, the first and only trifocal intraocular replacement lens (IOL) available in the United States. Implanted during cataract surgery, the PanOptix lens is designed to provide a full range of vision with less dependence on glasses and contacts. This full range includes clear vision at near (e.g. looking at a cell phone), intermediate (e.g. looking at a computer screen), and far (e.g. watching television) distances.

“Cataract correction technology is constantly evolving, so our team is always monitoring these advancements,” says eye surgeon Dr. Jacob Thomas of Mattax Neu Prater. “When we select a new device for our patients, it’s because we believe it’s the most beneficial option for them, not simply because it’s the newest. That is why we are so excited to introduce our cataract patients to the PanOptix trifocal lens. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and may be very helpful for those whose lifestyle requires more complete vision.”

Those interested in learning more about the advanced technology PanOptix IOL should request a cataract consultation by calling Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center at (417) 886-3937 or visiting MattaxNeuPrater.com.

ABOUT MATTAX NEU PRATER EYE CENTER

With five locations in Springfield, Lebanon, Monett, Mountain Grove, and Branson, as well as an onsite surgery center within the Springfield office, Mattax Neu Prater serves patients across the Ozarks. Together, they provide surgical, medical, and primary vision care, including:


  • LASIK laser vision correction
  • Laser-assisted cataract correction with advanced replacement lenses
  • Treatment for glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cornea conditions, and dry eyes
  • Comprehensive eye exams, optical services, and contact lenses

To learn more or request an appointment at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center, call (417) 886-3937 or visit MattaxNeuPrater.com.

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Smile Design Studios Named 2019 Top Patient Rated Missouri City Dentist by Find Local Doctors


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We are so pleased to be recognized as a Top Patient Rated Dentist. We strive to provide an elevated dental experience where both the health and comfort of patients are priorities. Our team offers superior care, using the best that modern dentistry has to offer, says Dr. Simone Ellis.

Find Local Doctors recently honored Smile Design Studios as a 2019 Top Patient Rated Missouri City Dentist. This designation is based on superior ratings and reviews from actual patients. Find Local Doctors is a trusted online directory that helps consumers easily locate qualified and reputable physicians and dentists in their area. Smile Design Studios is among a premier group of dental practices receiving a large number of five-star, positive patient reviews from reputable online sources.

Smile Design Studios, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, is located at 6130 Highway 6, Missouri City, TX. Dr. Simone Ellis’s modern, state-of-the-art dental practice is equipped to address all aspects of your oral health at every stage of life. Smile Design Studio’s menu of dental services includes ways to protect and restore your teeth. This is as well as offering advanced, cutting-edge treatments to help patients attain healthy, balanced and beautiful smiles. Smile Design Studios is a professional dental practice offering cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and general dentistry services such as teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign and so much more.

When it comes to your smile, Smile Design Studios stops at nothing less than excellence. Patient reviews mention the friendly, thorough and prompt service provided by Dr. Ellis and her team. The warm, welcoming environment and expert dental care help patients feel at home and make this practice stand out from the rest.

“We are so pleased to be recognized as a Top Patient Rated Dentist. We strive to provide an elevated dental experience where both the health and comfort of patients are priorities. Our team offers superior care, using the best that modern dentistry has to offer,” says Dr. Simone Ellis.

Dr. Simone Ellis earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Rutgers University School of Dentistry. She is the founder and president of the Houston Minority Dental Society and is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), National Dental Association (NDA), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS). Additionally, Simone is a certified clinical evaluator for The Clinician’s Report and a candidate for Diplomat with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

For more information about Smile Design Studios in Missouri City, TX, or to schedule an appointment, please visit http://www.sdshouston.com or call (281)-969-7388.

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