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How Over-The-Counter Medicines Could Impact Your Blood Pressure


Would it surprise you to know that nearly half of all adults in the country have elevated blood pressure, and most don’t even know it? Yet only 30% have spoken with a healthcare professional about the adverse effects some over-the-counter medicines can have on their blood pressure. Recently, Dr. Mitch Elkind, American Heart Association’s Chief Clinical Science Officer, conducted a satellite media tour to share precautionary measures that people with high blood pressure need to take before using over-the-counter medications, especially if they have pre-existing conditions or are on other medications. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: High blood pressure, (also referred to as hypertension) is when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels, is consistently too high. The best way to know if you have high blood pressure it is to have your blood pressure checked. How to use a home blood pressure monitor Be still. Discuss how to use your home blood pressure monitor with your health care professional. Don't smoke, drink caffeinated beverages or exercise within 30 minutes before measuring your blood pressure. Empty your bladder and ensure at least five minutes of quiet rest before measurements. Sit correctly. Sit with your back straight and supported (on a dining chair, rather than a sofa). Your feet should be flat on the floor and your legs should not be crossed. Your arm should be supported on a flat surface, such as a table, with the upper arm at heart level. Make sure the bottom of the cuff is placed directly above the bend of the elbow. Check your monitor's instructions for an illustration or have your health care professional show you how. Measure at the same time every day. It’s important to take the readings at the same time each day, such as morning and evening. It is best to take the readings daily, ideally beginning two weeks after a change in treatment and during the week before your next appointment. Take multiple readings and record the results. Each time you measure, take two readings one minute apart and record the results using a printable (PDF) tracker. If your monitor has built-in memory to store your readings, take it with you to your appointments. Some monitors may also allow you to upload your readings to a secure website after you register your profile. Don't take the measurement over clothes. If you get a high blood pressure reading If your blood pressure is higher than 180/120 mm Hg and you are experiencing signs of possible organ damage such as chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain, numbness/weakness, change in vision or difficulty speaking, do not wait to see whether your pressure comes down on its own. Call 911, as this is an emergency. A single high reading is not an immediate cause for alarm. If you get a reading that is slightly or moderately higher than normal, take your blood pressure a second time and write the results of the two measurements down. Consult your health care professional to verify if there’s a health concern or whether there may be any issues with your monitor. If your blood pressure readings suddenly exceed 180/120 mm Hg, wait five minutes and test again. If your readings are still unusually high, contact your health care professional immediately. You could be experiencing a hypertensive crisis. AHA recommendation The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the health care professional determine whether treatments are working. Home monitoring, or self-measured blood pressure, is not a substitute for regular visits to your physician. If you have been prescribed medication to lower your blood pressure, don't stop taking your medication without consulting your health care professional, even if your blood pressure readings are in the normal range during home monitoring. Understanding Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications and High Blood Pressure Look for warnings related to high blood pressure medication. Always read the labels on all over-the-counter medications, especially if you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Look for warnings to those with high blood pressure and to those who take blood pressure medications. If you have high blood pressure and certainly if you are on prescription medication, consult your health care professional before taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements. Be careful with supplements or natural (naturopathic) remedies. There are no special pills, vitamins or drinks that can substitute for prescription medications and lifestyle modifications. Talk to your health care professional before taking any over-the-counter drug or supplement that claims to lower your blood pressure. They may not work as advertised and/or may interfere with other medications. In fact, some can even raise your blood pressure. Decongestants may raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure should be aware that the use of decongestants may raise blood pressure or interfere with the effectiveness of some prescribed blood pressure medications. Be aware of over-the-counter cold and flu preparations that contain decongestants as well. Discuss any medications you wish to use with your health care professional. Check the sodium content. Some over-the-counter medications are high in sodium, which can also raise blood pressure. Look at the active and inactive ingredients lists for words like “sodium” or “soda.” Note the amount of sodium in the medication. People with high blood pressure should consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day from all sources — one dose of some over-the-counter medications can contain more than a whole day’s allowance. Other drugs and substances that can raise your blood pressure include: Alcohol Amphetamines Antidepressants Atypical antipsychotics (for example, clozapine and olanzapine) Caffeine Cocaine Oral contraceptives Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (for example, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) Systemic corticosteroids (for example, prednisone and methylprednisolone) Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without discussing with your health care professional. To learn more visit: About Talent Mitchell S. V. Elkind, MD, MS, FAAN, FAHA is a tenured Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University, and the Chief Clinical Science Officer at the American Heart Association as of September 2022. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and he trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston, MA. He completed a fellowship in Vascular Neurology and Neuroepidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Elkind holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Elkind’s research focuses on stroke prevention, inflammatory and infectious biomarkers in stroke risk prediction, atrial cardiopathy, immune therapy for acute stroke, and vascular causes of cognitive aging. He is the second neurologist to serve as President of the American Heart Association (AHA) in its 100 year history, from 2020-2021. About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on, Facebook, X, or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

November 09, 2023 10:57 AM Eastern Standard Time

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AmeriLife Gives Back Foundation Names Honor Flight Network as Inaugural Partner


AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, announced today that its philanthropic arm, the AmeriLife Gives Back Foundation, has chosen the Honor Flight Network as its inaugural, national partner. Founded in 2022, the AmeriLife Gives Back Foundation honors the company’s legacy of giving while helping to connect its growing business, philanthropic and volunteer endeavors. The foundation – through donations of time, money and other resources – focuses on causes that enable the senior community in furtherance of AmeriLife’s commitment to helping people live longer, healthier lives. “As a values-driven company, giving back is in AmeriLife’s DNA and has been an important part of who we are for more than 50 years,” said Scott R. Perry, chairman and CEO of AmeriLife. “I’m incredibly excited that we’re joining forces with the Honor Flight Network, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our partnership.” The Honor Flight Network is a national nonprofit that honors America’s military veterans – especially those who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War – by bringing them, free of charge, to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials that commemorate their sacrifice and service. Since 2005, Honor Flight Network has transported more than 300,000 veterans from all 50 states and Puerto Rico to our nation’s capital, and continues to expand its network of more than 125 hubs across the country in an effort to serve even more veterans and their families. In doing so, the Honor Flight Network and its partners deliver gratitude and appreciation for veterans’ contributions to our freedoms, offering them an opportunity to meet other veterans, remember the fallen, and share their stories and experiences. “Honor Flight Network is tremendously grateful for the generous support from AmeriLife,” said Meredith Rosenbeck, CEO of Honor Flight Network. “We are fortunate to call them a valued partner, recognizing and validating our important mission to honor America’s heroes. In joining forces with Honor Flight, AmeriLife is setting the standard of giving with gratitude, and we look forward to a rewarding partnership ahead.” “We’re privileged to be counted among Honor Flight Network’s partners and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship,” added Jim Quinn, Chief Financial Officer for AmeriLife. “Today’s donation opens up exciting opportunities for AmeriLife’s employees and partners to volunteer in support of future Honor Flight Network trips, helping to create memorable experiences for so many of our nation’s heroes.” For more information on the Honor Flight Network and to support its mission directly, donate or volunteer today at To learn more about the AmeriLife Gives Back Foundation, visit us online at ### About Honor Flight Network The Honor Flight Network was formed in 2005 with a mission of honoring our nation’s veterans by bringing them to Washington, DC to visit the memorials and monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifice. The Honor Flight Network is currently comprised of over 130 hubs throughout the country dedicated to carrying out the Honor Flight mission. In addition to World War II veterans, the organization transports those who served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, intermediary operations, and in special cases of terminal illness or injury, veterans from more recent service eras. Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 250,000 veterans to Washington D.C. For more information, visit About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as a leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and 120 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details AmeriLife Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 Honor Flight Network Marion Watkins +1 202-302-4937 Company Website

November 09, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The 8wonder Winter Festival reveals 11 hit songs and Viet Nam’s top artists performing with Maroon 5

VinFast Auto

PHU QUOC, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 9 November 2023 - 8Wonder Winter Festival, co-organized by VinFast and VinWonders, today announces that 8Wonder Winter Festival will showcase a unique integrated visual art stage setup to support Maroon 5 for the highly anticipated show. This news comes as 8Wonder Winter Festival exclusively reveals Maroon 5 will play a full set that includes 11 of their record-breaking hits will feature in Phu Quoc. Vinpearl is also delighted to announce the top Vietnamese artists performing at the festival this year. When taking the stage on December 16 in Phu Quoc, Maroon 5 will play a full setlist for more than 75 minutes, including global hits like This Love, Moves Like Jagger, One More Night, Sugar, Don't Wanna Know, Sunday Morning, Girls Like You, Memories, Animals, Maps, She Will Be Loved, and more. Supporting Maroon 5 will be contemporary Vietnamese (Vbiz) stars, including Toc Tien, Justatee, Phuong Ly, Double 2T, Gray D and DJ 2Pillz. Every performance at the 8Wonder Winter Festival ranging from Rap, R&B, Pop, Rock and Soul will offer a lively, colourful and spontaneous musical atmosphere that will captivate 12,000 spectators with "Infinity Wonder." In addition to this feast of musical talent, the visual stage concept of the 8Wonder Winter Festival 2023 will also add to the creative setting. The stage at Tropicana Square will provide an integrated visual art installation to augment and elevate each musical act. Việt Nam’s own brand of contemporary music festival is ready to take the spotlight and become globally recognised as it combines the "world pop-rock monument" with A-list artists of the Vietnamese music scene. In addition to this, the "Twilight till First Light" theme offers the audience hundreds of unique "festivals within a festival" experiences, continuing from dusk to dawn. From 3pm on December 16, visitors can participate in festive activities at the dedicated dining and entertainment complex, Grand World. These activities include a street food festival, the Wake Up Santa Parade, fire dancing and street circus performances, festival-themed face painting and many more. Also, following the climax of 8Wonder are a series of after-party activities: the Gondola aristocratic boat race festival, Wake Up Camping by the beach, the Corona-by-night after-party and an immersive laser light show at the Love Lake. Supporting this festive season, visitors can also check in with a range of lively activities at Phu Quoc United Center: an 8Wonder-themed mermaid show, the Wonder Eco Christmas featuring amusing parades, the Waikiki Water Battle with water games, vibrant DJ music, or exploring the showcase zone, experiencing electric cars and receiving surprising gifts. By featuring a world-class immersive "festival of festivals" musical journey that transcends time and space, the 8Wonder Winter Festival will be a key catalyst in elevating Phu Quoc United Center and Phu Quoc island as the "most sought-after festive destination" on the world tourism map. Contact Details VinFast Media Contact Company Website

November 09, 2023 08:40 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Three Cryptos That Traders Are Buying Today: Ripple, Everlodge and PancakeSwap

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According to the on-chart data, Ripple (XRP), PancakeSwap (CAKE), and Everlodge (ELDG) are three cryptocurrencies that are showcasing a buy sign on the chart today. Each crypto is showcasing a solid level of momentum and is trading high into the green zone. But just what kind of returns can they provide? To find out, we will go over each one of them individually. Summary Ripple can rise in value to $1.26 by the end of 2023 PancakeSwap to increase in value to $3.04 by the end of Q4 Everlodge is projected to grow 30x at launch Ripple (XRP) to climb to $1.26 by the end of 2023 Ripple (XRP) also showcased a bullish performance on the daily chart. Specifically, the crypto increased by 12% in the last 24 hours. However, Ripple is also up 38.2% on the monthly chart, signifying positive market sentiment. During the past week, the XRP crypto traded between $0.568484 and $0.725864 in value. Currently, the Ripple market cap is at $38,811,782,186, making it the fifth largest crypto. Based on the current on-chart data, the Ripple price prediction places it at a value of $1.26 by the end of 2023. PancakeSwap to surge in value to $3.04 by the end of 2023 PancakeSwap (CAKE) is trading into the green zone after significantly increasing in value. During the past 14 days, the PancakeSwap crypto is up 104.6% in value. Moreover, during the past week, the crypto saw its low point at $1.22, with its high point at $2.43. In addition, the PancakeSwap market cap is at $549,279,108, making it the 82nd largest crypto. Based on this level of momentum, it's showcasing a buy signal. According to the PancakeSwap price prediction, it can surge to $3.04 by the end of 2023. Everlodge (ELDG) to feature a dedicated Launchpad But Ripple and PancakeSwap were not the only two cryptos to grab attention. Everlodge is an upcoming real estate marketplace that can enable anyone the opportunity to engage with the real estate market starting with a low cost, whilst also getting passive income. The upcoming marketplace will feature unique blockchain technology that can disrupt the industry completely. Each property will get digitized and then minted as an NFT. What this means is that instead of paying millions of dollars to own a property, investors can co-own it at just $100. This way, whenever the property is rented out, they can get capital passively. In addition, there is a dedicated Launchpad through which property builders can raise capital from the community. However, early investors in these projects can get massive ROI. ELDG is the native crypto that can be staked for passive income as well, but it can also be used for governance. Now, during Stage 6 of the presale, the token is offered at $0.023. At launch, analysts project that the cryptocurrency can climb in value by 30x upon its listing on Tier-1 CEXs. As a result, it also showcases a buy signal on the daily chart. Visit Everlodge Contact Details Everlodge Media Team

November 08, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Cigar Association Urges OMB to Reject FDA's Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban

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The Cigar Association of America (CAA) said that it asked the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during a November 6 meeting to withdraw the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Flavored Cigar Product Standard (FCPS) banning flavors in cigars, which it said would cost the industry nearly $4 billion in sales—up to 47 percent of industry sales—and destroy 16,000 jobs. CAA president David Ozgo stated, “We presented evidence to OMB that FDA’s proposed flavored cigar ban dramatically fails to meet the criteria necessary for such a ban under the Tobacco Control Act, offering little or no public health benefit while having a devastating economic impact on the industry.” Ozgo noted, “FDA claims the product standard will reduce youth usage of cigars and that prohibiting flavored cigars will address health disparities in minority adult subpopulations. CAA showed OMB government data demonstrating that neither of these claims is true.” FDA Ignores Science on Health Effects & Clear Economic Impact In order for FDA to impose a flavored cigar ban through a FCPS, the law requires that the Agency consider: whether the potential product standard is appropriate for the public health, taking into consideration scientific evidence concerning the risks and benefits to the population as a whole; the increased or decreased likelihood that existing users of tobacco products will stop using such products; and, the increased or decreased likelihood that those who do not use tobacco products will start using such products.   “FDA’s Flavored Cigar Product Standard fails on all three accounts,” Ozgo charged, “Youth usage rates of cigars, and of flavored cigars in particular, are at all-time lows and these low rates reflect a stable and sustained trend.”   The 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey (“NYTS”) showed past 30‐day youth cigar use at 1.85% and past 30‐day youth flavored cigar use at 0.83%. The recently released 2023 NYTS data showed past 30‐day youth cigar use has declined to 1.6%. While the flavored cigar use data has not yet been released, it is expected to follow the trend at under 1% of use.  Other government surveys reflect similar trends. In fact, the most recent Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Survey (PATH) showed that past 30-day youth usage of cigars was only 0.70% and past 30-day youth usage of flavored cigars was just 0.14%. In addition to unsupported youth usage claims, CAA demonstrated FDA failed to show that adult subpopulation health disparities are associated with flavored cigar use or that banning flavored cigars would remedy these disparities among Black, Non-Hispanic Americans. CAA did so despite the fact that FDA is required by law to base its decisions not on subpopulation impacts but on impacts to the population as a whole. 1 (See note 1) “FDA’s claims aside, there is simply not a pattern of use of these products that raises a concern of public health that can justify eliminating an entire category of products, while depriving adult consumers of the right to choose these products” he said.  While the public health case is non-existent, FDA’s proposal would have dramatically negative economic consequences. A recent study by the Policy Navigation Group showed the flavored cigar ban would reduce retail sales by nearly $4 billion, up to 47 percent of industry sales, causing some 16,000 people to lose their jobs. FDA Recently Lost in Court After Ignoring Scientific Evidence CAA and other industry groups recently convinced a court to reject the Agency’s effort to regulate “premium” cigars. More particularly, the judge in the case ruled against the FDA, citing the Agency for ignoring the scientific evidence. The proposed FCPS similarly ignores scientific evidence. Ozgo stated, “Just as it did in 2016 and 2019, we urge OMB to again reject FDA’s flavored cigar proposal. There is little or no public health benefit from the proposed FCPS, but huge negative economic consequences will result. This is as bad as public policy gets. Ultimately, FDA’s proposal is a solution in search of a problem.” CAA is a national trade association representing manufacturers, distributors, importers, suppliers, and all channels of retailers in the cigar industry, and traces its roots back to the 1890s. 1 The most recent PATH data (Wave 6), collected in 2021, reports that, in the overall adult population, Black, Non‐Hispanic use of flavored cigars had fallen to 1.86% from 3.22% in Wave 5 (collected in 2019). Further, in the young adult population (18–25‐year‐olds) the past 30‐day prevalence rate had fallen to 0.76% in Wave 6 from 1.57% in Wave 5. Contact Details Frank Coleman +1 202-223-8204

November 08, 2023 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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OPPO and Hasselblad Announced to Co-Develop the Next Generation of HyperTone Camera Systems Following Aesthetics


PARIS, FRANCE – Media OutReach - 8 November 2023 – At Paris Photo 2023, one of the world’s largest international art fairs dedicated to photography, Global technology brand OPPO and the legendary camera manufacturer, Hasselblad, today announced a joint venture to co-develop the next generation of HyperTone Camera Systems in 2024. Following aesthetics, HyperTone Camera Systems will usher in a new era in computational photography. The systems will initially arrive in future Find series flagships, providing users with an unprecedented mobile imaging experience beyond imagination. OPPO Imaging Director Oliver Zhang said: “Thanks to the HyperTone Camera System which follows aesthetics, the Find X6 Series is positively received by both the public and professionals. With Find N3 Series, we also brought flagship-level imaging experience for foldables for the first time. I am delighted that our collaboration with Hasselblad has now entered a new phase. By combining classic imaging aesthetics with mobile technology, OPPO and Hasselblad have developed an aesthetic system that is tailored for mobile imaging. In 2024, the two companies will launch the next generation HyperTone Camera Systems and Hasselblad camera experience that promise to continue to set new industry standards.” Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Global Marketing Manager, said: "We are very pleased to see OPPO’s latest advancements in mobile imaging, which allow people to use their smartphone to bring their creativity to life through photography. Our continued collaboration to build the next-generation HyperTone Camera Systems is a huge project, that is not just a simple inheritance of style. Instead, it is a more organic and in-depth integration of the aesthetics and technology between both brands that will provide photography enthusiasts with enhanced image quality and stylized experiences, beyond what’s achievable on typical mobile phones. I am looking forward to sharing the results of our collaboration with all the creators next year." Following aesthetics, OPPO is leading a revolution in mobile imaging As a pioneer in mobile imaging, OPPO is leading a revolution by following aesthetics rather than relying on industry traditions of certain technical specifications. This new approach allows the objective technical process to serve the subjective aesthetic of users. The Photography Aesthetics Feature Quantification Lab is made up of 10% photography technicians, 50% professional photographers, and 40% color experts. Through feature breakdown, solutions planning, and precise tuning, OPPO has created a new photography technology development system, ushering in a new era in computational photography. HyperTone Camera System OPPO’s HyperTone Camera System consists of HyperTone All Main Camera System, HyperTone Image Engine, and HyperTone ProXDR Display, to deliver end-to-end system-level imaging capabilities. In addition to Find series flagships, the technical architecture of HyperTone Camera System will empower multiple OPPO product series in the future, for flagship imaging experience with consistent aesthetics and exceptional quality. To meet users’ mobile imaging needs, HyperTone Camera System offers the first-ever All Main Camera System in the industry. It enables high image qualities for every focal length whether it’s day or night. In the Find N3, OPPO brings the stack pixel technology sensor to foldable phones for the first time, achieving performance similar to a one-inch sensor that can be fitted into a foldable. Following aesthetics, HyperTone Image Engine solves many issues in traditional computational photography, achieving fewer digital artifacts with more computation. Extra HD Algorithm, for example, improves clarity by 30% while reducing noise by 60% by using AI RAW fusion. The new algorithm requires 400% more computing power, but it results in cleaner and clearer details after processing. Photo viewing is an indispensable part of a great imaging experience. HyperTone Camera System comes with the industry-leading HyperTone ProXDR Display. By precisely recording the brightness of 12 million pixels, ProXDR technology can unlock up to eight times more dynamic range on-screen, restoring the natural tone to make viewing photos much more realistic. Additionally, OPPO is also working to make ProXDR compatible with the Ultra HDR standard. Hasselblad Portrait Mode Portrait is not only one of the most popular camera features, but it also represents the most cutting-edge innovation of computational photography. Following aesthetics, Hasselblad Portrait Mode provides portrait photography effects that lead the industry. Through the HyperTone Engine, Hasselblad Portrait Mode initiates delicate tonal changes to create a three-dimensional portrait that avoids brightening the face too much and smoothing out light and shadow. By optimizing with 45 times more skin tone colors, Hasselblad Portrait Mode offers more accurate skin tones. And with Bokeh Flare Portrait, users can get a cinematic bokeh effect that truly simulates the optical out-of-focus effect. Work shot using OPPO phones at Paris Photo In 2023, OPPO launched the imagine IF Project to break through the existing limitations of mobile imaging with global users. As a key part of the project, the OPPO imagine IF Photography Awards 2023 has received over 700,000 submissions from 51 countries and regions. The 26th Paris Photo event will be held in Paris, France between November 9-14, 2023. As the only smartphone brand participating in Paris Photo this year, OPPO presented a series of exceptional images, including the works of world-class photographers and the winning works from the OPPO imagine IF Photography Awards 2023. OPPO's presence at Paris Photo serves as a bridge for fostering cross-cultural communication, revealing new possibilities of mobile imaging to photographers, collectors and artists worldwide. Norwegian photography artist and Hasselblad Master, Tina Signesdottir Hult, acclaimed photography artist and Hasselblad master, Wang Jianjun, renowned fashion photographer and Hasselblad Ambassador, Yin Chao, OPPO imagine IF Photography Awards 2023 winner, Ahei Huan, as well as many other photographers, will attend the festival to witness the first presentation of their work shot using OPPO phones at Paris Photo. About OPPO OPPO launched the "Smiley Face Phone" in 2008, continuing to show technological goodwill and moving forward with a smile. Today, OPPO is innovating the personal technology experience with its Find N folding flagship, Find X imaging flagship and other mobile phones, multiple smart devices such as OPPO Watch and OPPO Pad, and the ColorOS software system. OPPO adheres to technological innovation and operates in more than 60 countries and regions around the world. More than 30,000 OPPO employees are committed to creating a better and smarter life for people. Contact Details Media Contact Company Website

November 08, 2023 11:59 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The genesis of stone, explores the beauty of Hualien stone sculptures

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HUALIEN, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 8 November 2023 - Located on the east coast of Taiwan, Hualien is rich in stone and minerals. This unique geology forms the renowned Taroko Gorge, Qingshui Cliff, and Qixingtan Beach, attracting domestic and foreign visitors to its majestic scenery. The stone of Hualien is the DNA of the city, integrated into daily life, with stone lining the pedestrian walkways, transportation shelters, collage and mosaic walls, to its community of stone factories, art merchants, sculptors, and artist studios. This vibrant stone culture informs the eminent “Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival.” The 2023 edition of “Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival” is titled “STONEVERSE,” symbolizing the thousands of possibilities of stone like the stars in the universe, beyond its existence as a material. The main event “Symposium” invites 10 sculptors for a month-long residency from September 30 to October 29, including Jean-Paul Chablais (France), Vincent Beaufils (France), Marino Di Prospero (Italy), Francesco Mazzotta (Italy), Raphael Beil (Germany), Roland Hoeft (Germany), Albena Mihaylova (Bulgaria), Zdravko Zdravkov (Bulgaria), Behnam Akharbin Moghanlo (Iran), Hedayat Sahraei (Iran). After 28 years of operation through “Symposium,” Hualien has in its collection 180 large-scale stone sculptures created by artists from various countries. At the conclusion of their work, stone is granted life and faceted as precious gems, integrated into the majestic scenery of Hualien, awaiting its visitors. The thematic exhibition “Detonation of Essence and Form” in a series of events will be on view at the Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum until December 24. With works from 14 artists from Taiwan, China, South Africa, Japan, South Korea, among others, the exhibition aims to showcase diverse and contemporary perspectives on stone sculpture and material across generations, covering stone sculpture, metal casting, photography, video installation, imaging, melamine board, paper pulp, and furniture design. Through consistent revisitation and interpretation of classic values, “stone sculpture” as a traditional art also continually renews itself. “Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival” is a bridge between Hualien and the world, not only in creating an exceptional space for outstanding stone sculptors from all over the world, but also sharing the beauty of Hualien with the world, and collecting the essence of stone sculpture in Hualien for our understanding and appreciation. Contact Details Tsai Yung Fu

November 08, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Big and Growing Need for Senior Care: Empowering Family Caregivers to Get the Supportand Guidance They Deserve


November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to bring attention to the challenges faced by those caring for aging parents. Recently, Tatyana Zlotsky, President of A Place for Mom (APFM), conducted a satellite media tour to share vital insights and tips for family caregivers navigating the world of senior care. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: There is a big and growing need for senior care, as the number of seniors is rapidly increasing and is projected to reach over 80 million by 2040. Today, 41 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for seniors, most often the adult daughter or son of their aging parents. As the senior population grows, family caregivers face serious challenges. A Place for Mom issued its new State of Caregiving Survey, showing that an overwhelming majority or caregivers are physically, mentally, and financially at risk. 82% have had to make sacrifices to provide adequate care. Nearly all (96%) reported being emotionally drained, with more than half feeling this way often or all the time. And 75% who were employed prior to assuming the caregiver role said they have less time to focus on work or have had to quit their jobs altogether to provide care. “These findings reveal some of the hard truths being faced by caregivers as they struggle to care for their aging parents and loved ones,” said Zlotsky. “Navigating the process of finding the most suitable senior care is not easy. There are three important things to consider – care needs, costs, and lifestyle.” First is care needs. Zlotsky shared that as seniors face a variety of physical and mental challenges, they require more and more assistance with their Activities of Daily Living. A Place for Mom finds that nearly all seniors they work with need some daily support, and more than 40% need extra help associated with dementia. The second is costs. “Families need help to better understand senior living costs in their area and options on how to pay,” said Zlotsky. At A Place for Mom, two-thirds of the families they work with have shared that they do not feel prepared when it comes to senior care costs and need help to better understand options and how to pay. “Lastly, families want to find a place where their parents will feel right at home -- a warm environment that helps them experience joy and feel a sense of community,” said Zlotsky. “This is where amenities and activities play an important role in helping mom or dad with the transition.” A Place for Mom has a team of senior living advisors who help caregivers navigate this journey end to end, all at no cost to families. “We start with a simple but very important question: tell us about your mom, dad, aunt, or uncle,” said Zlotsky. The expert advisors then gather critical information ranging from mobility, medication, and bathing assistance to mom’s favorite meals and activities. They then match those needs with preferred options and budget in order to make personalized recommendations for home care or senior living options to best assist the family. For senior living specifically, A Place of Mom also serves as a concierge to help families set up tours, understand feedback, and support the moving process. Special benefits and resources for veterans and their families: There are more than 8 million veteran seniors in the U.S. And at A Place for Mom – the veteran community is critically important. In fact, more than 30% of the families A Place for Mom helps are veteran families. “Veterans and their spouses may qualify for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit to help pay for senior care,” said Zlotsky. However, A Place for Mom’s survey revealed that more than two-thirds of veteran families don’t know how to access this monetary benefit or even understand it. A Place for Mom expert advisors are knowledgeable about VA benefits for senior care and help families understand what benefits are available. Their advisors’ expertise has helped families secure more than $8 million in financial aid annually. To expand their impact and help more veteran seniors and their families, A Place for Mom is joining forces with USAA, the leading veterans organization for financial resources, with over 13M members. Visit to learn more about A Place for Mom’s services and connect with a local expert advisor. About Tatyana Zlotsky Tatyana Zlotsky is the President of A Place for Mom, Inc., the leading online platform connecting families searching for senior care with a team of expert, local advisors providing insight-driven, personalized solutions. In this role, Tatyana leads the sales and marketing teams and is responsible for delivering on the company’s mission to enable caregivers to make the best senior living decisions. Since joining, Tatyana has served in various leadership roles at A Place for Mom and has successfully helped to transform the brand and overall family experience, which helps over 300K families per year. Tatyana joined A Place for Mom from American Express, where she spent nine years driving digital transformation as the VP/GM of Acquisition and Digital Innovation and was responsible for driving revenue growth in the U.S. Small Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

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