Could you accurately spot a victim of human trafficking and know what to do?

Erica Rodgers explains the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis of understanding human rights.

Youth for Human Rights National Office Director Erica Rodgers explains the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis of understanding human rights.

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Legal expert Isabelle Vladoiu gives not only a legal perspective, but also practical information on indicators of trafficking and ways citizens can forward tips to officials who can follow up and take appropriate action.

Human Rights training graduates

Attendees receive certificates of participation at the end of the trafficking awareness training.

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

“What Are Human Rights?” educational booklet provided free of charge by Youth for Human Rights International

Youth for Human Rights will conduct training for social workers, teachers, advocates and citizens in Washington, DC, for Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Putting an end to human trafficking starts with acknowledging its existence and gaining the skills to properly recognize and report it.”

— Erica Rodgers, Director of Youth for Human Rights National Office

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 30, 2019 / — Would you know how to accurately spot a victim of human or sex trafficking? Do you feel confident in your ability to report it to the correct authorities while maintaining your own safety? Youth for Human Rights International will be conducting training in spotting and preventing human trafficking on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, to teach attendees the skills necessary to help save lives from this criminal enterprise.

During the month of January, advocates, organizations and individuals unite to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, with hundreds of thousands in the United States. According to the Department of Homeland Security, human trafficking is “modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” The victims of this crime in the U.S. are men and women, adults and children, foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. Victims are of all genders, ages, races, countries and socioeconomic statuses.

“The horrors of human trafficking remain largely hidden but are often very prevalent in our communities,” said Erica Rodgers, Director for Youth for Human Rights International’s US National Office in Washington, DC. “Putting an end to human trafficking starts with acknowledging its existence and gaining the skills to properly recognize and report it.”

As human trafficking is an issue that touches every community, including cities, suburbs and rural towns, Youth for Human Rights International’s National Office is launching an initiative to help prevent it in local communities through human trafficking training.

At the training attendees will learn:

• What human trafficking is and how it classifies as modern-day slavery and a human rights abuse.

• How to recognize potential red flags and know the indicators of human trafficking.

• How to safely report victims, helping them find the assistance they need while keeping yourself safe.

The training will take place from 2-4 pm on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in the Fraser Mansion, 1701 20th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20009. Those interested in attending can do so by going to:

Furthermore Youth for Human Rights International has been working to prevent human trafficking on a national and international level for over a decade. Raising awareness of human rights is the necessary undercut to this and so many other human rights issues. Article four of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

To read all of the human rights as listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights go to: or for descriptive videos of each of the 30 human rights go to

About Youth for Human Rights:

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings such a through art series, concerts and other interactive community events, including regional and international human rights summits bringing youth together from across whole sectors of the world. Their most recent campaign has included #KnowYour30 with the deliberate purpose of increasing awareness of the 30 human rights every person has — and how they are a part of everyday life. To learn more about human rights go to For a documentary on Youth for Human Rights and its founder, go to

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Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner Reveals What Autoimmune Disorders Cause Eye Problems

Dr. Mark Fleckner

GARDEN CITY, NY, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 / — Ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner says, “There are over 80 different autoimmune disorders, and some can cause eye problems.”

If you have an autoimmune disorder, then you are well aware of how it can change the body, nerves, and joints.

The eyes are also affected by these disorders and can pose a significant risk to your vision. Sadly, there are a lot of people who do not know many details about whether their eyes are undergoing changes.

One such immune disorder attacks and inflames the blood vessels in the back of the eye on the retina, which can affect vision. Yet, it typically manifests itself as a vascular problem. The name of this disorder is autoimmune retinopathy.

This underlines the importance of sticking to a routine of eye appointments. It is the most effective way to receive the proper treatments and medications. In doing so, you can lessen the impact the autoimmune disorder will have on your vision.

Dr. Mark Fleckner advises that everyone should get an eye screening, especially if they are at the age of 40 and above.

“No matter your age, if you start to experience changes, such as cloudiness, blurriness, pain, dryness, or light sensitivity, contact your local eye professional,” says Dr. Mark Fleckner.

Seeking help can change the course of a likely severe eye condition for the better.

Dr. Mark Fleckner is a highly-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist. He practices in New York and specializes in eye conditions that affect the retina.

Here is a list of some autoimmune disorders linked to vision health:

– Behcet disease
– Lupus
– Multiple sclerosis (MS)
– Psoriasis
– Reiter’s syndrome
– Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
– Sjogren's Syndrome
– Graves’ disease
– Type 1 diabetes
– Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease
– Uveitis

Another way autoimmune disorders can cause eye problems is from the medication needed to deal with these ailments. Some are known to affect eyesight as a side effect.

Talk to an ophthalmologist about your autoimmune disorder and the medications you are taking for it—it is vital to the health of your eyesight.

Learn about how the disorder you have might be impacting your eyes. Looking at the side effects medications you take can cause you to better understand if they are hurting your vision.

Regular eye appointments provide the opportunity to ask questions and get solutions before problems increase.

To learn more about ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Fleckner, visit his website:

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Skip Drish Tampa’s 3 Reasons to Enroll Your Kids in Horseback Riding Lessons

Skip Drish of Tampa

TAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 / — In this digital age, many kids find entertainment indoors more often than out, and getting kids engaged in physical activities can be a challenge. But one of the best ways to motivate many children and teens is with the help of an animal friend. Horse-riding, in particular, can be beneficial to kids of all ages. Skip Drish of Tampa, FL, an avid horseback rider, explains three reasons to consider enrolling your child in an equestrian program.

1. Boost physical health.
Although horses do most of the “work” in equestrian sporting events, from racing to rodeos, horseback riding also requires physical awareness and effort on the part of the rider. An isometric exercise, riding requires the rider to utilize the core muscles and inner thighs and pelvic muscles to maintain balance and stay upright in the saddle. Practicing this long-term can improve posture and spinal health as well as muscle tone. Advanced riders build even more strength from using the leg muscles to coordinate with the horse during complex or fast riding sessions.

2. Improve mental health.
Skip Drish noted mental health is of equal importance to physical health, and horse riding is a great way to reduce stress* and boost confidence. Research* indicates, in addition to reducing the stress hormone cortisol, riding a horse can also improve learning, memory, and problem-solving abilities, which could drive kids’ success in the classroom and beyond. Interacting with animals, including horses*, has also been shown to have emotional benefits and reduce anxiety and depression.

3. Cultivate character.
In 2006, the American Youth Horse Council sponsored a study that found participating in consistent horse riding activities can contribute to character development and life skills acquisition in kids and teens. One of the study’s co-authors, Ann Swinker, Ph.D., a professor of Animal Science at Penn State University said, “Handling, riding, and caring for a horse or pony can develop a host of positive traits in a child, including responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline.”

More on Skip Drish Tampa

Skip Drish is a true Renaissance man who has worn many hats throughout the decades. After serving in the U.S. military as a Military Police/Investigations Corporal and Squad Leader in the U.S. and Europe from 1981 to 1984, during which time he earned a U.S. Army Medal for Heroism in the line of duty, he served in various roles within local, state, and government law enforcement arenas, beginning with a position as a Chicago Police Department officer. He has also worked in security, medical services, and investigations. If that weren’t enough, Skip Drish helms his own construction firm, Worldwide Contracting, Inc. Headquartered in Lutz, Florida, the company has affiliate offices in Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, and Texas. Skip Drish said he is looking forward to expanding with more national offices in the future.

Skip Drish of Tampa has also earned numerous certificates and licenses throughout the decades, including a 100-ton boat captain’s license and International Convention of Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers certifications. When he is not providing maritime tours or aid himself, he trains others at local and state levels in subjects such as CPR-AED-First Aid and Search and Rescue – Airboat, ATV, Motor and Equestrian Operation. In addition, he is a consultant for Range Operation for Firearm Manufacturers and Advanced Driving Techniques (VIP Services), Gang & Terrorism Task Force Officer and Homeland Security Advisor in the U.S and abroad.

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James Weatherstone Explains How to Choose a Skilled Nursing Facility

James Weatherstone

HUDSON VALLEY, NY, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 / — At some point, you may find it’s no longer safe or healthy for you or an elderly loved one to continue living at home. In this situation, a skilled nursing facility may be an optimal choice, particularly if the person in need of assistance has a medical condition that requires daily care or observation. Licensed Master Social Worker James Weatherstone, who has a decades-long career in the medical field, including several years as the director of a skilled nursing facility, offers four tips for choosing the right facility for your family’s needs.

4 Steps for Choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility

Make a List of Priorities

Before you ask for recommendations or search for facilities in your area, make a list of priorities. For instance, you may want a facility close to friends and family to make visiting easier. Alternatively, you may want a faith-based facility. You or your loved one’s medical needs will also factor in. For instance, if your loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s important to choose a facility with specialized dementia care. If you require hospice care, make sure the facility you choose offers this.

Get Recommendations & Reviews

Ask friends, family members, and your medical care providers for recommendations, James Weatherstone advises. The best way to get an authentic look at what a facility is like on the inside is by speaking with those who have first-hand experience. You can also cross-check personal referrals with online reviews to get a broader sense of a facility’s reputation.

Take Tours

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of prospects, schedule times to tour each facility. When you visit, ask if the facility has Medicare and Medicaid certification. Also, check for handicap accessibility, including ramps, guard rails, and grab bars, as well as emergency call buttons. Observe the interactions between staff and residents and see if residents appear happy and well-cared-for, James Weatherstone suggests. Patients should have dietician-approved meals and around-the-clock medical care, as well as access to social and stimulative activities like game and movie nights, book clubs, or exercise classes.

Consider Independence

Many people are reluctant to move to a skilled nursing facility because they fear losing independence and a sense of personal identity, says James Weatherstone. This is a valid concern and some skilled nursing facilities do a better job than others at preserving and respecting patients’ independence and autonomy as much as the patients’ condition allows. While many people in need of skilled nursing care cannot do all of the things they used to, a good nursing facility should encourage residents to make their own decisions as long as they are mentally able. This includes, for example, deciding what to have for dinner, or what classes and activities to participate in, as well as their bed and wake up times. Older adults who maintain some independence tend to be happier and healthier, James Weatherstone said.

More on James Weatherstone

Based in Hudson Valley, New York, James Weatherstone has held several social work-related posts over the years, including Director of Social Services at Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center Inc., also known as Campbell Hall Senior Center, a facility with over 100 residences. Prior to this, he was also a paid social work intern with the Veterans Administration. In his years in the field, James Weatherstone was highly-regarded by coworkers, administrators, and patients. His compassion and expertise, as well as his strong work ethic, were recognized throughout the Hudson Valley mental health community.

Today, although James Weatherstone has moved on from his post at Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center, he continues to advocate for mental health awareness and better social services for patients and their families.

To learn more about James Weatherstone, his credentials, and career, visit

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Additional Vein Care Specialist Accelerates Growth of World-Renowned Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers

Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers announced today that Julia Bryant, PA-C has joined the world-renowned center as a Vein Care Specialist.

Julia Bryant was carefully selected among many candidates. She shares our obsession of providing world class patient experience and care. We are very excited to be adding her to our team”

— Chris Pittman, M.D., CEO of Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers

TAMPA, FL, USA, December 30, 2019 / — Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers announced today that Julia Bryant, PA-C has joined the world-renowned center as a Vein Care Specialist. Julia will be responsible for providing varicose vein, spider vein, and lymphedema care to patients at Vein911 Vein Treatment Centers in Tampa, Clearwater, and Wesley Chapel, Florida locations. Julia will also contribute to executing the strategy of Vein911® by ensuring that patient experience continues to be a benchmark for the medical industry.

Julia is a Florida native who graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science. While she attended Furman University, she competed as a four-year scholarship athlete in cross country as well as track and field. After graduating from Furman University, Julia earned a Master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology with Honors from Barry University followed by a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from South University. Julia has previous medical experience in the Urgent Care setting.

Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers has established itself as one of the leading vascular vein centers in the United States. The centers are led by Christopher Pittman, M.D., FAVLS, FACR, a Board Certified Interventional Radiologist and Diagnostic Radiologist as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and is one of the world’s leading experts on Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, which is the future of vein care available today. Vein911® recently added Marlin Schul, M.D., RVT, MBA, FAVLS, the current President of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society and a leading researcher on venous and lymphatic disease.

“Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers has been fortunate to experience a period of exponential growth,” said Chris Pittman, M.D., FAVLS, FACR, Medical Director and CEO of Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers. “Julia Bryant was carefully selected among many candidates. She shares our obsession of providing a world class patient experience and world class patient care. We are very excited to be adding her to our team.”

About Vein911® Vein Treatment Centers
Vein911® is a leading provider of both medical and cosmetic vein care including varicose veins, ankle swelling, restless legs, night cramps, venous leg ulcers, and cosmetically disturbing veins of the hands, face and legs. Our world-class vein treatment centers offer state of the art technology within elegant and comfortable surroundings and a family atmosphere. Our non-surgical medical procedures include Venefit procedure using ClosureFast Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, which is the future of vein care available today at Vein911®. Our cosmetic procedures include Visual Sclerotherapy, the gold standard treatment for spider veins, and VeinGogh, an immediately effective treatment for facial veins. Vein911® is the varicose vein and spider vein treatment center of choice for physicians and their patients who are experiencing vein disease. Our vein treatment centers are conveniently located throughout the Tampa Bay area and are led by world-renowned, Board Certified, vein care specialist physicians.

Doug Pace
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2020 Should Launch Zero Tolerance on Psychotropic Drugging of Foster Youth

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2020 should be the year to launch a government zero tolerance policy to using mind-altering drugs on children, especially those in foster care.

After inadequate government assurances to track and curb psychiatric drugging of foster youth, CCHR says its time for a zero tolerance policy on their use

2020 should be the year to launch a government zero tolerance policy to using mind-altering drugs on children, especially those in foster care.”

— Jan Eastgate, President CCHR International

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, December 30, 2019 / — This year highlighted the ongoing psychotropic drugging of foster care children and adolescents despite a decade of exposure of the risks of these drugs, according to Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) International. The group says 2020 should be the year to launch a government zero tolerance policy to using mind-altering drugs on children, especially those in foster care. Immigrant children being held in psychiatric institutions, including those owned by for-profit companies, deserve the same protections, CCHR says.

In 2019, CCHR International filed Freedom of Information requests to each state to obtain facts about foster care and Medicaid-covered child psychiatric drugging. For example, in New Hampshire, between 2013 and 2017 there was an average of 14,000 children aged 0 to 17 prescribed psychiatric drugs. The most prescribed drugs were psychostimulants followed by antidepressants—the latter carrying a Black Box warning of potentially causing suicide. Addictive antianxiety drugs rated third highest prescribed psychotropics.

A federal Inspector General report found New Hampshire had one of the highest rates of foster children receiving drugs for emotional issues. In response, Representative William Marsh, a doctor, recently introduced a bill that would direct the state health department to develop a more rigorous oversight program.[1]

The bill recognizes that psychotropic drugs “can have serious side effects, such as drowsiness, weight gain, nausea, headaches, involuntary movements, and tremors, among others. Furthermore, certain medications carry black box warnings from the Food and Drug Administration, including antidepressant medication and suicidality in the pediatric population, and stimulant medication and sudden death in the pediatric population.”[2]

A similar oversight law was enacted in California in 2015 where nearly 25% of adolescents in the state’s foster care system were prescribed mind-altering drugs.[3] California’s foster care system “has grown more addicted to mind-altering medication,” the chair of a powerful Senate committee told a packed public hearing in the state Capitol in 2015.[4] Since then, the number of foster care kids prescribed antipsychotics decreased by 45% and prescriptions of multiple psychotropic drugs by over 73%.[5]

However, CCHR says this does not go far enough because psychiatrists are still dictating that the unique circumstances foster care children face when displaced from their family, require a drug to control emotional and behavioral responses to these circumstances. The drugs’ side effects only exacerbate the situation, the group says.

In 2018, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, along with Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, led a bipartisan group of senators that wrote to Assistant Secretary for Family Support Lynn Johnson, urging her to implement recommendations from a recent Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report that would help foster children being drugged. Iowa was one of five states studied by the OIG. More than 35% of its foster youth are on psychotropic drugs.[6]

For several decades, CCHR has been exposing the risks of psychotropic drugs given to children and recently launched a FightforKids website as a resource for parents, including foster parents, about the dangers of psychotropic drugs and other treatments prescribed children, including electroshock.

In 2004, CCHR Texas provided information to the then State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn who released “Forgotten Children,” a report that found too many foster children on many psychiatric drugs. The Legislature in 2005 passed Senate Bill 6, which required a study of the use of these drugs in foster care, strengthened medical consent requirements, and the state’s ability to track prescriptions.[7] CCHR found that children as young as three were on antipsychotics.

At that time, an Austin American-Statesman investigation found that between August 2004 and September 2005, at least 19% of foster kids in state psychiatric hospitals also stayed longer than necessary. Yet 14 years later, it found hundreds of Texas foster children are still languishing for weeks or months in psychiatric hospitals. Nearly 600 foster kids in fiscal 2017 spent a total of almost 14,000 days in psychiatric hospitals after doctors said they were ready to leave, according to a report by Disability Rights Texas.[8]

This year, Oregon's foster care system was accused of failing to shield children from abuse when it was found they were sent to out-of-state facilities where they were drugged and suffered other abuses, including sexual and physical assault. The number of children sent to privately run psychiatric facilities had more than doubled since 2017. A report filed with the State legislature identified problematic companies that owned these facilities included Acadia Healthcare (10 clients),” “Universal Health Services (2 clients),” and “Sequel Youth and Family Services (74 clients).[9]

Since 2015, CCHR International has filed tens of thousands of alerts to state legislators about the risks found in these facilities, including the finding that immigrant children were also warehoused in Acadia facilities. An unnamed Acadia source, with over 30 years’ experience in the finance and operations of health care facilities, stated, “They’re warehousing children, because they get $650 per day from the state.”[10]

CCHR encourages foster parents and whistleblowers to use its online abuse case form to report any abuses.

CCHR is the mental health watchdog responsible for more than 180 laws that now protect patients from damaging practices. Donate to support its work here.



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Discoveries of Specific Injuries in Sexual Abuse Cases Across Australia

Comparison of three cases in South Australia with chilling similarities, across four decades, of pedophilia caused injuries.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

— Nelson Mandela, 1995

ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA, December 30, 2019 / — Over this last year, more and more cases of rectal injury from sexual abuse is emerging.

Young children are reporting this all across Australia, yet they are not believed. Even the courts have been skeptical.

However, since Rachel Vaughan, now 46, went public, this was almost unknown.

Rachel had for over a decade asked the South Australian Police (SAPOL) to investigate her father, Max McIntyre (now deceased). She had detailed the abuse perpetrated by her father, and how he had cut her in the rectum with a special curved-bladed knife when she was a young girl. She said, her father used “…a very oddly shaped knife, a short little handle with a curved blade … he then held me around my waist … He put it into my rectum…”

She described the specific pain, and then how she was abused.

'Sphincterotomy’ is a surgical procedure to cut and stretch the sphincter — for medical or health purposes — but this form of home-procedure assault on very young children is simply the most terrible form of sexual assault.

As authorities did not believe her or take action, Rachel sought medical confirmation. Some years back, the nature of Rachel’s injury was confirmed by colorectal specialist Professor Nicholas Rieger, MD.

In a recent survey, it was estimated that between 10 to 14% of abused children could have suffered this abuse.

In the one case of three siblings, the authorities and Family Court did not believe the kids and sent them to live with the person they said abused them. For many years they were forced — against their will — to be separated from the very person who was protecting them — their mum. The young lad had described this injury.

The two older brothers eventually managed to escape from the perpetrator in June/July this year and found their way back to their mum. But they were unable to take their younger sister with them. And now the family is desperately trying to get her back.

In another case, a young lass had for over two years told mandatory reporters that she was abused — and that she was 'cut in the bum'. These abuses were never investigated. The court did not believe the young girl's version, despite blood-stained underwear being submitted as evidence.

None were believed.

And the young lass, she too was removed from her mum — with the Department for Child Protection (DCP) and SAPOL now claiming that she had never been abused. And if she had — well, “we’ve moved on.” The mother is desperately trying to get authorities to right the wrongs in her daughter's case. But not a single leader in South Australia is willing to put their hand up.

Earlier this month, this young lad — the escapee — had spoken to a police officer. With his mum supporting him, he asked this officer to arrange a medical to inspect his abuse injuries. The young lad, now in his early teens, wants to have a rectal examination to prove the cutting and subsequent rape. He had described these accounts many years ago but was still removed unwillingly from his mum.

The detective tried to discredit the lad’s experience — saying that he needed to have “reasonable suspicion” to investigate. He even tried to question and discredit the boy’s memory. But this young lad refused to be stood over and said that he has injuries on his body. As a young teen, he’s old enough and courageous enough to demand to be heard — and demand a medical. The conversation became heated.

There is another strange twist in the investigations of the two contemporary cases. Both kids had reported (separately) they had been cut in the rectum — with knives, and both kids described bleeding when going to the toilet or bleeding in their underwear (as did Rachel).

But, both investigating officers in these cases have the same surname.

The two escapee brothers, who are now bigger than their abuser, have warned SAPOL that should they be sent them back to live with their abuser, SAPOL will need to protect the perpetrator — as they will kill him.

The police, the child protection departments, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers need to be alerted and trained to detect this most horrific abuse injury.

Since the publication of this article, more adults have come forward and said this was done to them. And some protective parents have come forward with similar accounts about their children — and about their children trying to escape from police to avoid being sent back to live with their abuser.

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Global Ureteroscopy Market to Earn Revenue of over US$1,000 Million by 2025: QY Research

Ureteroscopy Market Research Report 2019-2025

Ureteroscopy Market

The global demand for ureteroscopy is expected to increase in future with the rising need to efficiently diagnose and treat urolithiasis.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, December 30, 2019 / — QY Research has announced the release of a new report on the global ureteroscopy market, titled “Global (United States, European Union and China) Ureteroscopy Market Research Report 2019-2025.” According to the report, the global ureteroscopy market is predicted to attain a value of more than US$1,000 Mn by the end of 2025. In 2018, the global market value reached above US$700 Mn. During the forecast period 2019-2025, the global ureteroscopy market is expected to grow at a moderate CAGR of 4.1%.

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Top Driver – Use of Robotically Assisted Ureteroscopy

The advent of technologically advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques and tools such as robotically assisted ureteroscopy for kidney exploration is predicted to benefit the global ureteroscopy market in the near future. Some of the leading factors contributing to the overall growth of the global ureteroscopy market are:

• Diversification and extension of the application of ureteroscope
• High popularity of single-use flexible ureteroscope
• Need for effective and safe treatment of kidney stone, stricture, tumor, and ureteral stone
• Adoption of ureteroscopy as a first-line treatment option for urinary tract stones
• High use of robot-assisted flexible ureteroscopy in the management of urolithiasis

However, the expensive cost of ureteroscopy procedures is anticipated to hinder the growth of the global ureteroscopy market in the coming years. The report offers a detailed study of key trends and opportunities in the global ureteroscopy market.

Hospital – A Lucrative End User of Ureteroscopy

On the basis of product type, the global ureteroscopy market is segmented into reusable ureteroscope and single-use ureteroscope. The report also offers deeper analysis of application segments of the global ureteroscopy market, such as ambulatory surgical centers, clinics, and hospitals. Among these, hospitals are expected to account for a significant share of the global ureteroscopy market due to high number of kidney stone surgeries performed. Opening of new hospitals with advanced infrastructure and increased investment in modern surgical equipment used in hospitals could help with further growth opportunities in the hospitals segment of the global ureteroscopy market.

North America – A Target Region with Growth Opportunities

According market experts, North America could exhibit decent growth in the global ureteroscopy market in future. Some of the key reasons for the future market growth of the developed region are mentioned below.

• High prevalence of diseases of the kidney and urinary system
• Favorable medical reimbursement policies
• Heavy presence of leading market players
• Strong demand for advanced ureteroscopes
• Better patient awareness about ureteroscopy

Key Strategy – Investment in Research and Development

The report offers comprehensive company profiling of key players of the global ureteroscopy market, including Olympus, Maxer Endoscopy, Karl Storz, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Richard Wolf, and HOYA. Companies competing in the global ureteroscopy market are anticipated to focus on investing in research and development studies to come up with more advanced ureteroscopes allowing easier and faster diagnosis and treatment of common diseases urolithiasis and nephrolithiasis.

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Examines How You Can Find Peace of Mind in the New Year for "Psychology Today"

Srini Pillay, M.D

New research points to the "Easy Button" in your brain.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, December 28, 2019 / — In 2005, Staples introduced the "Easy Button" as part of a marketing campaign to promote the idea that shopping at the store was easy. This button symbolized the fantasy that life could be easy in certain contexts. Metaphorically, wouldn't it be fantastic if there was an "easy button" in the brain? And imagine if this could be your state of mind as you entered 2020. Although there is no literal "easy button" in your brain, recent research suggests that there are ways to make experiencing the world much easier.

The big picture—recognizing the easy button: One of the ways to access this "easy button" is to switch out of your brain's default state. On a day-to-day basis, you experience the world through your five senses. This becomes your reality and you experience pleasure or pain as a result of this.

However, this sensory state confines you to a reality that is always a tug of war. It is heavily dependent on what life offers you. If you have an interesting conversation or enjoy a good laugh with friends, you'll have a good day. And if you are bored, or if you experience a loss, you'll have a bad day. But what if pleasure and pain were not your masters? What if there was something more appealing than pleasure itself?

Clues to this alternate state of mind are described in the Buddhist traditions as "tranquility" and "wisdom." You needn't be Buddhist to reflect on these principles as their implications are quite universal. Contemplating the correlates of this state of mind will help you reach it. You have to turn your eye inward for self-examination.

The fog that obstructs the path to the easy button: To start, there are five mental hindrances that disrupt your peace of mind. Each is a challenge on its own because your brain is wired to default to these states. However, paying attention to each attribute could help you reset your mind to the "easy button" mode.

The five hindrances to identify and contemplate: sense-desire; ill will; sloth and torpor; restlessness and worry; and doubt. They are challenges to all of us. Yet, if we instituted controls over each of these dimensions, it would help us to stabilize our minds to feel calmer and wiser.

Sense-desire: On the surface, it seems like too big of a challenge to eliminate sense desires. A delicious meal, relaxing massage or satisfying sexual encounter could brighten up anyone's day. Yet, the absence of these elements, as well as the resultant craving that arises, can also be a form of bondage and torture. That's why you don't want to be beholden to sense-desires for your happiness.

To start your journey toward a peace of mind that is better than sense-desire, you have to first accept that such a state of mind is possible. Then, you have to be willing to withdraw your senses from the world from time to time to experience your consciousness before it becomes intentional.

Many traditions prescribe focusing on the breath, as the practice of mindful breathing connects you with what is outside of you. In that sense, you cannot desire anything because you are not separate from anything outside of you. There's nothing "else" to desire when you are in a state of oneness with the universe. We know from research on LSD that your brain is, in fact, capable of experiencing this state.

Exercise: To begin this journey of oneness to dissolve desire, notice how your breathing in and out connects you with the world. In a quite literal way, you are in a constant exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with the world. Simply spend five minutes a day paying attention to your breath while contemplating this truth.

Ill will: Ill will is often provoked by mental states such as fear and fatigue. Anything that makes it more difficult to control your emotions will leave you susceptible to this negative feeling state. Often, ill will is experienced when your brain automatically reflects the ill will of another. And sometimes we feel like we have to defend ourselves out of pure self-interest. However, recent research indicates that self-interest may not be entirely in the interest of the self. When you feel ill will, you are also hurting yourself.

Exercise: Identify one situation in life where you are feeling some ill will. Perhaps you are getting less than you want from a relationship, or somebody is overtly depriving you of something you deserve.

Now, think of one selfless thing to do and do it. When you do this, simply do this as an act. Avoid thinking of it as a virtue. This act is not about moral superiority. It is simply about restoring a balance of feeling good to your brain. Feeling authentically generous will change your brain to make you feel happier.

Sloth or torpor: Sloth refers to laziness or the reluctance to make an effort. Topor refers to lethargy. When you are exhausted, both of these states will seem like a natural default. And mental fatigue will make it very difficult to control your mood, thereby making your mind wander aimlessly, and increasing your distress.

When you are feeling lazy, examine what might be demotivating you. Is your physical fitness optimal? Does life feel too risky? Are you being avoidant? Or are you simply delaying gratification?

Exercise: Add regular exercise to your weekly schedule. Start monitoring the number of steps in your day so that you aim for more than 10,000 steps a day. Adding a physical component to this approach will help you feel a greater sense of vitality.

Restlessness and worry: For many of us, it's "natural" to worry, but we only think this because worry is a default state in which our attention is automatically directed to threats. This could be protective and helpful, but when overdone, all we see are threats and the world becomes a frightening place. Rather than "oneness", everything appears to be separate. Making a proactive decision to decrease worry can give you much peace of mind.

If you need money to pay your bills, have an illness, or feel like you will never meet the right "someone", it may make sense to worry. Yet, in many instances, worry, rather than leading you to possible solutions, will keep you stuck in an endless loop of mental torture.

To worry less, it helps to practice some of the principles of acceptance commitment therapy. This is a therapy in which people learn to be more willing to experience uncomfortable thoughts, feelings and sensations rather than trying to control, eliminate or avoid them (Acceptance); and they feel better when they engage in meaningful activities that are consistent with longer-term goals and values (Commitment).

Exercise: Spend five minutes a day observing your thoughts rather than controlling or judging them. Then, make a decision to engage in some activity that strongly represents your values. For instance, if you value music but have to spend time developing your startup, set aside time to listen to music you love.

Doubt: When doubt helps you to make decisions it can be helpful. However, when it is excessive, it can erode your peace of mind. Like worry, it makes people more paranoid, and they become less inclined to see the world as one. This contrasts with how one might see the world on LSD or during meditation.

Doubt is a form of self-consciousness that can become excessive. Paradoxically, it often represents a disconnection from yourself and the world. The world is in fact uncertain. Our lives are uncertain. The future is uncertain. Doubt assumes that all of these things are certain when they are not. It is a supreme form of ego-ism in which we mourn the loss of control where there is truly none.

One way to address self-doubt, as philosopher and psychologist William James suggested in 1890, is to switch from seeing yourself as "me" to seeing yourself as "I." Rather than seeing your "self" as an "object", you experience yourself as the "subject." Drug-induced ego dissolution, focused attention, loving-kindness meditation, mantra-recitation, meta-awareness, mindfulness meditation, non-dual awareness, and certain religious practices with religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism all offer an opportunity to experience yourself as part of the world.

Exercise: When you observe yourself, ask yourself, "Who is the observer?" Also ask: "If the observer were observed, what would I know about the observer?" "Can the observer be objective if the observer is part of the observed?" "If the observer cannot observe himself or herself, then is it possible that the observer cannot see that he/she/it is part of a greater whole that extends beyond our bodies?" "When we see ourselves as separate from others, is it only because we have become the observers?" While somewhat riddling, these questions, when more deeply contemplated, will lead to sensations of being that are peaceful and connected.

Summary: The "easy button" in the brain can be more easily accessed when we break through the mental fog of sense-desire, ill will, laziness, worry, and doubt. Understanding how your incoming and outgoing breath connects you with the world outside of you, being generous, engaging in physical exercise, living according to your values, and including the observer in your total self-understanding will all help to clear the fog so that the "easy button" is within reach.

It's not an overnight process, but might it not be worthwhile to remove the fog, as an experiment, to see if 2020 can be a more peaceful year for your mind?


Srini Pillay M.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, brain researcher, certified master executive coach, technology entrepreneur and musician. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of transformational neurocoaching and has been extensively featured in the media including CNN, Fox, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Fortune. He is an award-winning author of multiple books and an in-demand keynote speaker. His most recent book is “Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind”.

Pillay is the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, voted one of the Top 20 movers and shakers in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He has worked with leaders internationally in many Fortune 500 companies, and is currently an invited member of The Consortium for Advanced Adult Learning and Development (CAALD) at McKinsey &Co. and The Transformational Leadership Council (TLC). Recently, Pillay created a series of videos on “Managing Depression in the Workplace” for LinkedIn Learning.

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Future of Healthcare: Progressing Immersive Environment emphasizing Illness Prevention and Lifestyle Modification

Munfarid VRXOne Pediatric Pain Distraction

Munfarid VRXOne Pediatric Pain Distraction



Healium VR

Healium VR


Healium VR

Virtual and Augmented Reality-powered Healium stories heal user’s feelings and imbibe positivity and calmness in them

Immersive technologies are revolutionizing the healthcare industry by infusing innovation in the diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures.”

— Dr. Sana Farid – Pioneer X-Reality & Ai Strategist

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 28, 2019 / — "Quality of Life Restored with Immersive Technology that can minimize burn pain and treat the phantom limb post-amputation."

In its very basic form, healthcare can be defined as a sick-care system where sick people or who are acutely ill come to get treated by medically trained professionals. Despite tremendous technological progress and medical innovations healthcare sector hasn’t seen many changes lately. Nevertheless, in the current scenario, immersive technologies are revolutionizing the healthcare industry by infusing innovation in the diagnostic as well as therapeutic procedures. Some of the most useful inventions of immersive technologies in healthcare are:
1. 3D Visualization of human organs on a 100% scale powered by XR has improved the quality of medical care.
2. Surgical training using VR is helping medical students understand the concepts of surgical techniques in a better way in a risk-free environment.
3. Use of VR for early detection and prevention of mental health conditions such as psychosis.
This trend of technological inventions will transform the sick-care system into a lifestyle modification system by implementing predictive and preventive techniques so that diseases and ailments can be prevented before they turn into a chronic illness.


"Predictions show that the XR healthcare market will touch $5.1 billion worldwide by 2025"

Immersive Technologies have broadened the horizon of the healthcare industry, transforming its treatment-centric approach into a prevention-centric approach.
For example, we can consider “Life,” a VR based example that empowers learners to train in realistic emergency scenarios to address one serious problem – High Neonatal Mortality Rate. In this regard, Naomi Muinga, a Ph.D. student at the KWTRP, expresses: “The nurses who tried out the system really appreciated how realistic the experience was. They could enter a 3D virtual hospital and practice resuscitating a newborn baby who was not breathing and carry out the steps needed to save her life.”


"Virtual and Augmented Reality-powered Healium stories heal user’s feelings and imbibe positivity and calmness in them"

In today’s competitive world stress has become very common which leads to health-related issues such as headaches, chest pain, cardiovascular diseases, depression and several other mental and physical illnesses. To relieve these increasing stress levels, StoryUP Studios developed the world’s first virtual and augmented reality platform, HealiumXR, powered by brainwaves and heart-rate. It is a biometrically controlled device providing a drugless solution for stress management. Healium stories drive humans to an immersive world where their feelings of positivity and calmness are evoked and they feel stress-free as they see themselves healing the virtual world with their positive attitude. Mary Jane Schaftel, a cancer survivor quotes, “Using Healium during my unique journey with breast cancer helped me embrace the positive things in my life; and it reinforced all the quiet joys and personal healing going on inside me.” In a broad sense, it can be said that immersive technologies have the pain-relieving power that could help people heal and live a healthy life.


"VR to be effective in building balance skills in patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease."

Traditional Healthcare systems focus on curing ailments; however, the immersive healthcare environment is keen on lifestyle modification. In the same light, the Co-founder & CEO of Munfarid and the ARVR & Ai Strategist, Dr. Sana Farid quotes, “There is a lot to be said about the way Virtual Reality has revolutionized the Special Needs Education by providing a customized approach and a unique set of learning and growth opportunities for students with disabilities, which was not possible before.” The quote clearly expresses that immersive technology has given new abilities to disabled students. Although immersive technology cannot treat disabilities completely; however, it can definitely heal the pain and suffering that people are undergoing. With this healing process, people will feel more happy and motivated, which will eventually enhance their quality of life. These examples of successful immersive technologies make people more hopeful about the future of immersive innovations that could empower human health.


Immersive technologies in healthcare are the need of the hour. To heal the pains and to promote predictive and preventive healthcare systems, innovations in the domain of immersive learning are vital. To drive such innovations, communities like the VRAR Association is working incessantly. In the context of the VRARA contribution towards immersive innovations, Dr. Sana Farid quotes: “The VRARA brings the global Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality communities closer together enabling a robust and fruitful interaction between like-minded entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts and a chance to learn and acquire knowledge from each other.” These global initiatives taken in the field of technology are paving the way for predictive and preventive healthcare solutions.

The future of healthcare is technology-oriented. In the years to come people will rely more on VR-based illness preventive solutions than on illness-cure medications. This transformation is driven by immersive technologies that are bound to change the way people perceive the healthcare system. With wearable technologies and VR/AR-based solutions, people will predict and then prevent illness instead of curing one after facing severe consequences.

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