It is the utmost quest for every professional to deliver with efficiency to the clients. More so, medical practitioners have no choice but to do their very best and hopefully combat the worst of conditions and halt the damage at least if not restore normalcy. Medical practitioners especially physicians dealing with cutaneous conditions are faced with a greater challenge pertaining to diagnostic procedures in particular.
Skin conditions vary greatly both in composition and extent thus physical examination and laboratory analysis may not be efficient in aiding a practitioner both in diagnosis and treatment where surgery may be necessary in particular. This is a clear call for more advanced equipment for more reliable diagnostic findings to enable the practitioners do a better job.
Modern technology equipments are a necessity in skin treatment.
Advanced technology has stepped up techniques to help dermatologists get more precise findings in the diagnosis of skin lesions. Ultrasound has played a great role in helping the experts deal with skin conditions with precision.
Ultrasound is noninvasive yet effectual application in detecting and verifying cutaneous and subcateneous tissue conditions, skin tumors and lymphatic node conditions. Over the years, ultrasound has proven to be effective and reliable and has thus evolved into a standard diagnostic method in developed countries.
Some cutaneous related conditions as those affecting the subcateneous may be challenging to detect and examine due to size and location from the skin surface. Very tiny nodal metastates can be quite difficult to assess and thus a scan would be more effective in locating and analyzing such tumors. Ultrasound is also effective in detecting benign tumors or tissue accumulation which may be located in radiation fibrosis or postoperative areas where they may not be palpable. Besides, palpation has been proven to provide inaccurate findings even with an experienced physician.
Ultrasound analysis is not only reliable but also provides additional information that may be reliable in the extraction and treatment of a tumor about the surrounding anatomical structures, exact location from the surface and the dimension of the lesion as well as its pattern. The effectiveness of ultrasound will help avert vessels trauma where tumors may be located in intramuscular positions when performing surgical processes.
Among the many, both invasive and noninvasive tools developed to aid effective diagnosis, ultrasound effectiveness surpass them all. Ultrasound superior sensitivity owing to its use of high frequency has subsequently been responsible for its unmatched effectiveness.
The Handbook of Skin Ultrasound is home to the varied applications of ultrasound and demonstrations of its effectiveness. This book is highly commendable for dermatologists and all practitioners who deal with cutaneous conditions. It is full of insights on those conditions and explicitly demonstrates the worth of using ultrasound to assess them.
This program is specifically put in place to encourage Ohio students to read literature critically. It is a program that enhances librarian and teacher involvement in young adult literature programs and also aimed at commending authors of such literature. The teen category was introduced in 2003 and was added to the, then existing Buckeye Children’s Book Award.
Established way back in the year 1981, Buckeye children’s Book Award was founded through a collaboration of a number of institutions whose endeavor bore the program. These include; The Ohio Library Council, The Ohio Council of English Teachers and Language Arts, The state Library of Ohio, Ohio Council Of International Reading Association and The Ohio Educational Library Media Association.
The Buckeye Children’s Book Award Program Council is comprised of librarians and teachers. The program is sponsored by a number of agencies as listed here;
- The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA)
- State Library of Ohio.
- The Ohio Council of Teachers Language Arts (OCTELA)
- The Ohio Library Council (OLC)
- Ohio Council International Reading Association (OCIRA)
- The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science.
After nominations, the council is tasked with the preparations of the master voting list and posting it on the website. They then announce the results after tabulating. It is the responsibility of the council also to maintain the BCBA and TBBA websites. Reinberger Children’s Library Center at Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, hoards the BCBA archives.
Since the establishment of the program way back in 1981, the Ohio teens and children had the privilege to vote for their favorite books. 48 winners from popular authors have been awarded up to now. Those books that have previously worn the awards are no longer eligible for nomination.
Some of the previously awarded lucky winners of Buckeye Children’s Book Awards include;
- Seven Realms 2011, Book 2 by author Williams Chima, which was published by Hyperion in the year 2010.
- The Death of Jayson Porter 2010, a book by Jaime Adoff which was published by Hyperion/Jump at the Sun in the year 2008.
- The Hunger Games 2009, by Suzanne Collins published by Scholastic Press in the year 2008.
- ECLIPSE (Twilight Saga Book 3), a book by Stephenie Meyer published by Little, Brown Young Readers in the year 2007.
- The Da Vinci Code 2007, which is the eldest winner by Dan Brown, which was published by Bantam in the year 2005.
This is one of the most accommodative awards ever because it doesn’t limit any author , thus one’s eligibility depends on what content he or she has to offer the young readers. The success of your book entirely lies in the hands of he young readers on whose votes your book is dependent to win the award.
New release, Janet Kay Jensen’s Gabriel’s Daughters will be available in the book stores soon after she releases it on her book launch which will take place on 21 Sep, 2013 in the US.
A California born, Janet Kay, is one profound writer noted for her original, ambitious, energetic and creative fantasy writing. Besides fiction, Janet is the co-author of, The Lover’s Cookbook and the author of an award winning novel, Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys 2007. Published by Bonneville Books, Don’t You Marry the Mormon Boys worn the gold medal award in Cultural Fiction during a Readers Favorite International Book Award contest last year.
Other books written by Janet Kay include;
- Baking Day- This is a cookbook that was published at Writer Mag.com after coming second in The Writer Magazine’s memoir/essay contest 2011, an event that was sponsored by Gotham Writers Workshops.
- The Inheritance- featuring in the Parable for Today Anthology (Cedor Fort Inc., 2012)
- A short story featuring in Gruff Variations whose 100 per cent profits realized from sales goes to children’s literacy support as it’s a ‘Writers for Charity’ 2012 release.
Janet Kay’s heart wrenching literally fiction, Gabriel Daughters presents us with a family that battles with some of the most challenging issues that can face a modern family. The lives of Martin’s large, polygamous yet loving family indulge you in the issues of homosexuality, polygamy and modernity and the struggles that ensue.
Through the eyes of the main character, Zina Martin, the activities unfold with the young girl discovering that she is pregnant. Ironically, Zina is impregnated by the supposedly her “sterile” teacher. The young girl is caught in between the rock and a hard place, as she is faced with yet another dilemma of being given away to a man nearly triple her tender age.
Zina embarks on a self-discovery journey as she escapes the, “enclosed polygamous town of Gabriel’s Landing, Utah” Zina embraces her new life intertwined with both triumph and tears as she can’t bring herself to deal with the ever growing longing she has for hear family and former life; an outdated lifestyle characterized with great controversies yet she cant fully liberate herself from it. Gabriel’s Daughters is one narration that isn’t only an insightful social commentary but also a mirror on which the reader’s life get a reflection. It is full of inspiration and its one book that will move you to reevaluate your own life once you read it.
Jensen, a literacy tutor and a full-time writer, is a long-time educator who’s dedicated in the transformation of individuals lives and literally her impact on the society is unmatched.
Jensen’s book, Gabriel Daughters, that will be released during the Fall 2013 is her first publication with Jolly Fish Publishers.
Dermatologists are no exceptional in the quest to render excellent services when it comes to their profession. However, there are many challenges that dermatologists are bound to face in the course of executing their duties.
Facial skin lesions constitute the greatest diagnostic challenges to dermatologists. Basically, the face may get affected by internal lying conditions such as parasitic infection in the digestive system. Unfortunately, diagnosis may take a while and mostly it is detected after treating the affected area from the surface without progress, it may then lead to further investigation to find the cause. This is simply because primary causes of skin infections are largely from external contamination while those from within are usually secondary.
Facial skin infections are mainly the ones that originate from internal health conditions. There are four skin lesions in particular that have presented diagnostic limitations to dermatologists.
These pigmented facial lesions include;
- Pigmented actinic keratosis (AK), early seborrheic keratosis (SK), solar lentigo (SL) and lentigo maligna (LM).
- Pigmented Actinic Keratosis (AK) also referred to as Solar Keratosis or senile keratosis is a premalignant condition. This condition can develop to squamous cell carcinoma and lead to cancer if left untreated, thus early detection followed with proper diagnosis and treatment would be paramount in averting the imminent danger. This condition is characterized by crusty or thick scaly patches on the skin.
- Early Seborrheic Keratosis (SK) also referred to as Seborrheic Verruca or Senile Wart is nonmalignant. These benign skin growths originate from the basal cells, keratinocystes and are characterized with slow growth and of highly differentiated cells. Though these growths may not pose any severe adverse health issues, they may result in necrosis (tissue destruction) or ischaemia (blood-flow obstruct). This occurs when the growths compress tissues or damage nerves.
- Solar lentigo (SL) also known as liver spots or Lentigo Senilis are pigmented skin spots. Blemishes commonly referred to as Old-age-spot or Senile Freckle. These spots come with old age and are associated with sun ultraviolet radiation. They appear as red, brown or black patches and are mostly located on the face, neck, shoulders or arms as they often get more exposed to the sun.
- Lentigo maligna (LM) are spots resulting from skin that has been chronically damaged by sun. However, they are not invasive and are often referred to as melanoma-in-situ. If left untreated, it becomes a melanoma and is considered as invasive at that stage.
Physical examination may not be reliable in assessing the extent of skin lesions thus more advanced equipment may be of essence. Dermatologists will find the Handbook of Skin Ultrasound handy in determining the most effectual diagnosis procedures and also realize the efficiency of ultrasound applications.
Cutaneous diseases affect the integumentary system which includes; nails, the skin, hair with the related glands and muscles. This organ system protects the body from the external environment and acts as a barrier against any harmful element that would get into the body.
Dermatosis (broad spectrum diseases) is the major condition that largely affects the integumentary system. Other conditions include racquet nails and melanonychis. Basically, these conditions are classified depending on the location as; Etiology (skin conditions by physical factors) and morphology (chronic blistering conditions).
Clinical diagnosis on cutaneous diseases is made by analyzing a number of factors. These factors are varied thus gives a primary foresight of what the condition may be; hence of great importance in aiding the diagnostic process.
Some of the most pertinent factors on cutaneous diseases diagnosis include;
- Location - the place of skin lesion-occurrence whether it is on the head, arm leg or any other part of the body.
- Symptomatic conditions such as pain or itching. While pain inhibits any desire to touch the area affected, pruritus condition will instantaneously invoke a reflex to scratch.
- Duration of the infection also counts whether it is acute or chronic. Some conditions appear and get very severe within a short duration while others are persistent or recurrent with mild effects over a long period of time.
- Color - different lesions will exhibit different colors such as yellow, blue, red, brown, white or black.
- Lesion arrangement may be characterized by a linear, annular, solitary or generalized alignment as per the varied conditions.
- Morphology - the lesion may appear as papules (solid elevation of the skin with no fluid), malcule (non-elevated lesion distinguished only by color change and it’s neither depressed) or a vesicle (a circumscribed epidermal elevation with fluid).
Many of these conditions may be intact or ill-formed especially if interfered with and skin biopsy is often applied in the diagnosis. However, the Handbook of Skin ultrasound is not only a great but a reliable guide in the diagnosis of these conditions giving you more precision with the use of skin ultrasound equipments in determining the extent of the lesion and other elements of the condition in place of the skin biopsy.
The skin ultrasound findings correlated together with histological information on the skin coupled with any relevant clinical findings, both from examination and laboratory analysis can yield better efficiency both in the diagnosis and treatment processes.
The handbook doesn’t limit the users to the processes explained therein nor inhibit any other processes that are clinically applicable and that which may be found desirable or necessary by the practitioners.
The first practical handbook of skin ultrasound! Thought for beginners and advanced ultrasound users wishing to strengthen their knowledge in skin ultrasound ideal for dermatologists, sonographers, radiologists, aesthetic physicians and plastic surgeons.
Manual de Ecografia Cutánea / Handbook of Skin Ultrasound authors Dr. Fernando Alfageme and Dr. E. Cerezo are experts in their fields.
Available in Spanish and English version, paperback and Kindle version. Check this book at Amazon.com!
To get more information about Manual de Ecografia Cutánea / Handbook of Skin Ultrasound visit ecocutanea.com.
Contact: Dr. Fernando Alfageme
The American Science Fiction and Fantasy writers publicized the Nebula Award Winners with Kim Robinson clinching the coveted Best Novel Award in San Jose, California this weekend. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Omni had previously pointed out Robinson’s capability to be among the Nebula popular winners, thus it has turned out so as Kim got awarded for the best novel.
Others awarded for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing Excellency are; Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, Aliette de Bodard, Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton.
Given to this category is the sequence of the awarded winners:
Best novel award went to Kim Robinson for his book, “ 2312”; Novella award to Nancy Kress for her book, “After the fall, Before the fall, During the fall; Novelette, Andy Duncan’s book, “The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories”; Short Story Award to Aliette de Bodard for, “Clarksworld6/12”; Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Award went to Ray Bradburry for his book, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Award went to Andre Norton with, “Fair Coin”
Having mastered the art, Robinson has over the time exhibited great inspiration, distinct ability in creativity and plotting. In his book 2312, he presents the reader with realistic faulty yet engaging characters in a captivating apparition of the imminent future. On the other hand, Andy Duncan and Nancy Kress are Nebula favorites having persistently worked hard to win the Nebula affection. Aliette de Bodard has just made her mark as the rising star with her first time award win. This comes as an exceptional occurrence with the Nebula Awards as Bodard is from neither U.K nor U.S. It’s even more incredible as Bodard also had, “On a Red Station, Drifting” for the best novella.
Kim Stanley Robinson makes an impression at his Nebula Awarding.
Among the awards attendees was Gregory Bossert who is a precedent of Robinson whose fiction featured in the Asimov’s SF Magazine. Gregory apparently reported to the Omnivoracious on the ceremony happenings stating that John Scalzi, Outgoing SFWA president’s introduction speech of the Soltice award winner, Carl Sagan had been inspiringly and cordially appreciated by Nick, Sagan’s son in a moving speech. Alongside for the solstice award was Ginjer Buchanan. On the other hand, Bossert in his view, Aletts de Bodard’s exuberant joy at her short story award was a pleasant break and a more heart-felt celebration of victory than that of the Nebula veterans.
Robert Silverberg displayed his cynical and brainy personality in his, Damon Knight Grand Master Award, introduction to Gene Wolfe’s generational feat. Wolfe’s humorous yet touching acceptance speech sounded a bit funny as he said that, above all the wonderful happenings of the ceremony, all that mattered most were books, symbolically stating no place is like home (books).
Robinson crowned the ceremony by according the Grand Master Gene Wolfe great appreciation and respect for his astounding works. This sparked an up-roar of applause as the SFWA members appraised Wolfe in unison. It was Robinson’s adroit way of accepting his award for 2312 that ushered the gathering into extensive evening jubilation revelry.
In this century of high technological advancement, medication is at its peak in enabling doctors and physicians perform with greater efficiency which has brought about commendable ease to the processes involved in treatment. Handbook of Skin Ultrasound is a book that has extensively expounded and illustrated the performance of skin ultrasound. It has also shown the ultrasound relevancy in enabling dermatologists perform with greater precision as they can assess the extent of the skin and cutaneous infection thus can take a more decisive action especially when an operation is required.
Skin cysts are one skin condition that requires operation to remove. Cutaneous ultrasound will show the extent of the cyst and whether it is intact. If the cyst bursts, the ultrasound will show too. Other conditions assessed by ultrasound include nasal inflammation in particular recurrent conditions. In this handbook, you will get relevant information in detail in regard to cyst assessment according to phase showing the anechoic or hypoecheic structure of the cyst as it appears in the subcateneous tissue and dermis respectively.
For a simple cyst, punctrum (a connecting anechoic tract) to the dermis is detected and shown on ultrasound as demonstrated in the skin ultrasound handbook. It is possible also to detect a ruptured cyst in complicated cases whereby inflammation occurs in the surrounding cells to the cysts when keratin is released from the cyst on ultrasound. As demonstrated in the handbook, ultrasound clearly shows the extent of the lesion in all dimensions and the connecting tracts. Ultrasound can also perform other diagnostic discrepancies such as indicating blood flow in the cyst periphery. Skin malignancy, squamous cell carcinoma, is yet another condition that will possibly call for surgery to rectify for which ultrasound assessment is highly commendable.
Other issues highlighted on and elaborated are in this handbook are skin disease ultrasound, aesthetics, ultrasound of cutaneous diseases, surgery, technology and equipment involved with dermatology. You will gain great insights from this handbook on cutaneous ultrasound which include an estimation of the nasal pyramid cutaneous pathology, involving both tumoral and inflammatory pathology. This noninvasive aesthetic placement is of immense significance which can be seemingly instantaneous.
Ultrasound technology is a huge leap forward in an effort to assess cystic entities both for early diagnosis and proper treatment averting the possible ordeals associated with cysts. As you will find in this cutaneous ultrasound handbook, the diversity of assessment recording including recorded clips, images and video, allow dynamic envisage to detail the real condition with precision. The ability of ultrasound to define the location and monitor the changes of these conditions is not only paramount diagnostic tool but also very useful to the patients and health professionals in progressive treatment too.
Handbook of Skin Ultrasound Vol.1, by Dr. Fernando Alfageme and Dr. E. Cerezo, available in paperback and Kindle format with Spanish and English version. This book is highly recommended for plastic surgeons, sonographers, radiologists, dermatologists, and aesthetic physicians.
Nautilus Book Awards is a book award event held annually and features books in the environmental justice and social genres. Having been awarded to prominent authors such as Deepak Chopra, Amy Goodman, The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Thich Nhat Hanh and Barbara Kingsolver, this event is considered as a major book award in the US which was established in the year 1998.
The award process.
The award comprises of monetary prizes and mainly aims at distinguishing books that inspire and transform readers in multiple categories. The categories include one silver and one gold awards made every year; 4 young adults/children categories and 24 adult categories.
The award winners in Nautilus Awards are selected in three stages and the process is presided over by a congress of professors, bookstore owners, librarians, writers, schoolteachers and editors. The winners are found through the consensus of the assembly of which is a hard thing to achieve. As a result, there are no books awarded in some years as the assembly doesn’t reach a consensus.
Major academic presses have previously been privileged to obtain the awards such as the; Princeton University Press, Stanford University Press and Columbia University Press among others and bulky commercial publishers including W.W.Norton, Penguin, Little Brown, Simon & Schuster and Random House. However, Bloomsbury and Island are some of the private independent presses that have previously worn the awards too.
Eligibility to take part in the 2013 Awards.
Unlike in the previous years where adult entries were limited to 24 categories and children/young adult to 4; there have been authorized 28 and 5 categories both in adult and children/young adult entry categories concurrently this year. In this year’s contest, self publishers, traditional publisher and small presses are all welcome to participate.
The focus this year is on books that endorse positive social transition, cognizant living and enhance spiritual growth. Value will be placed on books that guide the reader in discovering new avenues to better their lives and those of others around them by inspiring the reader.
Entries for the awards should be done for individual books and all the books registered for the contest must have an ISBN number. The entry forms should not be taped on the book but rather inserted between the front cover and the first page of your book, each book with its entry form.
Gold and silver awards shall e awarded to outstanding books that exceptionally make positive impact in contributing to positive values, nurture distinct level of wellness and exemplary leadership.
You can either choose to pay your registration by cheque or pay online. Payment made by cheque can be delivered together with book and the entry form whereas you will be required to ship your book and entry form separately on making online payment, either by credit card or pay pal. Your registration will be complete once you make the payment.
In a span of over five years now, Amazon has been of great help to aspiring novelists by enabling them live their dreams. The international contest gives chances no novelists to venture the award event and try their luck to a doorway of success in their writing. Amazon Breakthrough novel Award is not only an evolving event but is also widening its cope to accommodate more writers by increasing the categories of books to be included.
2013 publishing is officially sponsored by Amazon publishing itself thus higher royalties, quicker publishing timeline, chanced to launch books in multiple formats including eBook, print and audio with global distribution channeled. The winning novels are quickly brought to the customers at their convenience thus saving you distribution and transportation costs.
Apart from giving aspiring novelists an opportunity to get exposure to peers and readers, this year’s event comes with added advantages to the writers as the categories have been maximized as well as the number of entrants.
Age is crucial here as you need to be at least 13 years age to make an entry. If you are no of legal age according to where you reside, your parents should take charge to fill out the form as required.
Permanent residents or nationalities of Quebec, Syria, Sudan, North Korea, Cuba, Burma AND Iran are prohibited from participation, thus such a resident or nationality can’t enlist their novels for the contest nor take part.
You shouldn’t be engaged in a union; guild or organization that may hinder you in participation or restrict you in any way to fully participate.
You are not an eligible entrant if you are Amazon publishers’ weekly employee, independent contractor of or an employee of an independent contractor of any of Amazon’s publisher weekly affiliate. If you are related in any way with Amazon publishers’ weekly employee you can’t be an entrant
You should not be living with Amazon publishers’ weekly employee to become an entrant nor be a judge in the contest as well as a reviewer who takes place in the quarter finalist.
You must be available to travel to the venue except in circumstances totally beyond you ability in which the Amazon would wave your trip.
Conditions of entry;
Once you submit an entry, it represents that it is your original creation and hasn’t been copied in part or s a whole from any other work, shouldn’t infringe any copyright, privacy trademark publicity right of or intellectually right of any person.
Manuscripts submitted cannot be shopped until the contest is over.
Entries submitted with multiple authors will immediately be disqualified. You must be the only the authors of your own manuscript.
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