During Christmas, provisional exports of silver jewellery from India touched $73.85 million. "The rising prices of gold coupled with the economic slowdown across the world have brought about a change in the consumption pattern. Consumers are favouring white metal jewellery over gold items. Whether in the US or in Europe, sterling silver jewelleries have become extremely popular because consumers find them affordable. Consumers who preferred white gold and platinum jewelleries earlier are now switching over to silver," said Sabyasachi Ray, executive director, Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The eastern European nation of Poland has emerged as one of the leading markets of silver jewellery in recent times. The US and other EU nations are showing good demand, according to exporters. Demand for silver statues and antique silver pieces are gaining ground in the CIS and eastern European markets, said Suresh Hundia of Hundia Exports. The demand for silver jewellery has been spurred by the falling prices of the metal. While silver prices in the global market touched $29.92 per ounce on Monday, in India the exchange price of the metal was hovering around Rs 56,200 per kg, which is down by Rs 135 per kg. Silver exporters based in Jaipur and Delhi regions have benefitted the most from this price fall. These regions have become silver jewellery hubs. KB Agarwal of Jaipur-based ShreeJi Gems & Jewels said: "European markets are growing and we are getting good orders from there. Spain, for example, is keen to pick up low-value products, while Italy is looking at highvalue items. The US is placing orders for fashionable high-value products. Read the complete article at http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-19/news/37179953_1_silver-jewellery-jewellery-export-promotion-council-hundia-exports
India's silver jewellery exports grow in the US
Analysts are also bullish on the white metal. Data from the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council reveals that during 2011-12, silver jewellery exports grew to 44% compared with gold jewellery export growth of 30%. A new class of buyers has also emerged in the West, the council's data showed with consumers eager to invest less than $100 for jewellery articles. Silver jewellery exports for FY12 stood at $694 million (Rs 36.81 billion) as against $484 million Rs 25.67 billion) in FY11. Prithviraj Kothari, president of the Bombay Bullion Association said he was very bullish on silver and that the country could export more this year than last year. "From an investment point of view, if there are more jitters around as seen in Europe and the US, investors in both the regions would turn to park their funds in gold and silver. And jewellery articles are a big investment option these days," he said. Jain added that the swing in global risk sentiment, the prevailing crisis in Eurozone, tension in the Middle East, especially in Iran, and movement of the dollar would be key factors to determine the price of the precious metals. "Though gold has universal acceptance and remains a desirable investment option despite prices jumping 120% in the past three years, in the short term consumers will turn to silver. This has clearly been seen with exports of silver jewellery from India," he said. Khan added that the jump in sales was recently also quantified by a Nielsen/National Jeweller survey. The Silver Promotion Service of the Washington-based Silver Institute recently released the third of its annual surveys of silver jewellery sales with sales growing overall in 2011. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.mineweb.com/mineweb/content/en/mineweb-silver-news?oid=150679&sn=Detail
"To protect the interests of small artisans, the customs duty on articles of jewellery and of goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares and parts thereof is being increased from 10 percent to 15 percent," an official statement said. It said an import duty differential between jewellery and the primary metal is needed to protect millions of artisans who depend on the labour-intensive industry after the duty on gold was increased in stages to 10 percent on August 13. In the absence of any duty differential, it said, "there is an apprehension that Indian jewellery makers would not be able to compete with cheaper imports, particularly when majority of the imported jewellery is machine-made as compared to handmade jewellery in India." The differential was 8 percent in the case of gold jewellery and 4 percent for silver jewellery in January 2012, when the government previously revised the levy on gold jewellery. "The government has taken the right step by hiking the duty on gold jewellery. This will help protect domestic artisans," said P C Jewellers Managing Director Balram Garg. Gold jewellery imported during 2012-13 stood at USD 5.04 billion. In the April-June quarter of the current financial year, it was USD 112 million. India imports the maximum jewellery from Thailand. Related Stories Jewellers, exporters welcome import duty hike Besides providing a level playing field for domestic jewellery makers, the hike in jewellery duty seeks to contain imports of gold ornaments. The customs duty on articles of jewellery had not been increased in line with the changes in duty rates on gold, silver and platinum since January 17, 2012, the official statement said. Until now, the customs duty on both the primary metal and the articles of jewellery/goldsmiths' or silversmiths' wares were the same at 10 percent, it added. The government hiked the import duty on gold last month for the third time in 2013 as part of measures to contain the widening current account deficit. The duty on silver and platinum were also increased to 10 percent. Besides, the customs duty on gold dore bars, ore or concentrate was increased to 8 percent from 6 percent. Further, the RBI also restricted the import of gold on a consignment basis by banks. Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said gold imports would be contained below 845 tonnes shipped in the previous financial year. Gold imports in value terms fell to USD 650 million in August, from USD 2.2 billion in July. India is the largest importer of gold, which is mainly utilised to meet demand from the jewellery industry. High gold imports strained India's current account deficit, which touched a high of 4.8 percent of GDP in the 2012-13. PTI For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://zeenews.india.com/business/bullion/bullion-news/import-duty-on-gold-silver-jewellery-hiked-to-15_84741.html
The project will facilitate final development, regulatory review, and introduction of the one-year contraceptive vaginal ring containing Nestorone- and ethinyl estradiol in USAID-priority countries. It will expand availability and increase affordability of the three-month Progesterone Vaginal Ring (PVR) in developing markets for postpartum breastfeeding women. The project will also build collaboration with commercial outlets, social marketing providers, and not-for-profit providers to ensure broad availability of and access to the methods. The Council will lead the initiative and will work with a consortium that includes WomanCare Global, Andr-maco, and QPharma. Dr.
official source http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131210/Population-Council-partners-with-USAID-to-introduce-new-line-of-contraceptive-rings.aspx
Restricting antibiotics use unlikely to stop spread of drug resistance in typhoid fever
Kaiser Health News : Capsules: Does Knowing Medical Prices Save Money?
Typhoid fever is transmitted by consuming food or drink that is contaminated with Salmonella Typhi bacteria and the disease is linked to poor sanitation and limited access to clean drinking water. The disease can be treated but there is widespread drug resistance to common antibiotics and resistance to the recommended, more specialised antibiotic therapy for typhoid fever is increasing. Researchers at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Wellcome Trust Vietnam Research Programme, created twelve laboratory strains of Salmonella Typhi bacteria with one or more genetic mutations that confer resistance to the recommended antibiotic therapy for typhoid fever, fluoroquinolone. Typically, when bacteria develop antibiotic resistance it comes at a cost and when the drug is absent, they are usually weaker and less able to compete for food and resources than strains that are not resistant. Dr Maciej Boni, a Sir Henry Dale Fellow funded jointly by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society at the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, who co-led the study, said: "When we grew different strains of Salmonella Typhi in the lab, we found that half of the antibiotic resistant strains had a growth advantage over their parent strain, even in the absence of antibiotic, enabling them to predominate in the population." Dr Stephen Baker, also a Sir Henry Dale Fellow in the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, said: "Currently, the control of typhoid across Asia and Africa relies on treatment with fluoroquinolones but resistance is rising.
official site http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131210/Restricting-antibiotics-use-unlikely-to-stop-spread-of-drug-resistance-in-typhoid-fever.aspx
Studies expose high prevalence of epilepsy and other neurological disorders in US Veterans
"Appropriately diagnosing and treating Veterans with TBI and PTSD is notoriously difficult," said Tung T. Tran, MD. "It involves a multidisciplinary approach to include both epilepsy and mental health specialists." Another study from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas reviewed the results of video-EEG (VEEG) monitoring data for veterans of OEF/OIF from the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center from January 2008 to May 2013 (Poster 2.042 / Abstract 1748542). The study uncovered a comparatively higher prevalence for psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES) among OEF/OIF veterans who completed the VEEG monitoring. Among patients with a definitive diagnosis of PNES, 63% of the subjects had PTSD alone, 50% had mTBI alone, and 41.3% had a combination of the two. Alarmingly 90.6% of subjects with PTSD who received definitive VEEG diagnoses also had PNES.
on the main page http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131210/Studies-expose-high-prevalence-of-epilepsy-and-other-neurological-disorders-in-US-Veterans.aspx
State highlights: Union, Calif. Hospital Assn. at odds over organization, ballot issues; Ind. hospital cuts worry nurses; N.C. Medicaid overhaul changes
In November, the union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, filed two initiatives for the 2014 ballot that would limit hospital prices and cap executive compensation at nonprofit hospitals (Mason, 12/6). The Associated Press : Indiana Hospital Cuts Create Uncertain Future For Nurses Recent staffing cuts at hospitals in Indiana and around the country are forcing nurses and other health workers to shift the focus of their job searches and leaving them wondering about their futures (12/8). The Associated Press : Scope Of N.C. Medicaid Overhaul Proposal Changes Several months ago, Gov. Pat McCrory's administration proposed a dramatic overhaul of what he's repeatedly called a "broken" Medicaid system -- one beset annually by hundreds of millions of dollars in shortfalls (Robertson, 12/8). Kaiser Health News : Capsules: Does Knowing Medical Prices Save Money? CalPERS Experiment Says Yes In an effort to raise awareness and rein in what can seem like the Wild West of health care, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the second largest benefits program in the country, and Anthem Blue Cross started a 'reference pricing' initiative in 2011.
hop over to this website http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131210/State-highlights-Union-Calif-Hospital-Assn-at-odds-over-organization-ballot-issues3b-Ind-hospital-cuts-worry-nurses3b-NC-Medicaid-overhaul-changes.aspx
Viewpoints: Optimism about Obamacare; 834 errors; can-you-keep-your-doctor debate
The Council Will Lead The Initiative And Will Work With A Consortium That Includes Womancare Global, Andr-maco, And Qpharma.
The status quo has left people rightly fearful, and when people are afraid, change is even scarier (Ezra Klein, 12/7). The New York Times : When Bishops Direct Medical Care Beyond new state efforts to restrict women's access to proper reproductive health care, another, if quieter, threat is posed by mergers between secular hospitals and Catholic hospitals operating under religious directives from the nation's Roman Catholic bishops. These directives, which oppose abortions, inevitably collide with a hospital's duty to provide care to pregnant women in medical distress. This tension lies at the heart of a federal lawsuit filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union (12/8). Los Angeles Times : Fiscal Idiocy: What States Refusing Medicaid Will Cost Their Citizens One ever-popular piece of political theater is for governors to go to Washington to demand a fair return on the money their citizens pay to the federal government. You know the drill: Governor calculates that his or her state receives only 80 or 90 cents back on every dollar the people pay, throws conniption, takes junket to DC, accompanied by TV cameras.
watch this video http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131210/Viewpoints-Optimism-about-Obamacare3b-834-errors3b-can-you-keep-your-doctor-debate.aspx
Dental Assistant: Salary
Population growth, a greater percentage of elderly with natural teeth, and increasing emphasis on dental health will keep demand for dental assistants high. Dental assistants perform a wide variety of administrative and laboratory functions supporting a dental practice, with responsibilities varying widely by practice and experience level. Starting salary range The starting dental assistant salary ranges from $9.07/hour (Utah) to $12.08/hour (Alaska)*. Average salary A dental assistant's median salary is $32,963 and maximum dental assistant salaries top out at over $39,000**. There is not much variance based on institution size according to Payscale's Median Salary by Company Size Charts . For more information, visit http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/02/01/dental-assistant-salary/
San Francisco, CA Average Salary: $46,050 | See Job Openings The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in San Francisco, CA is $46,050, which is $11,910 more than the average pay in the profession. Barnstable Town, MA Average Salary: $45,410 | See Job Openings The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Barnstable Town, MA is $45,410, which is $11,270 more than the average pay in the profession. Anchorage, AK Average Salary: $44,680 | See Job Openings The annual median wage of a dental assistant working in Anchorage, AK is $44,680, which is $10,540 more than the average pay in the profession. For more information, visit http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/dental-assistant/salary
Dental Assistant Salaries and Career Options
Thats why its important for the entire dental team to be up-to-date on the latest regulatory news. For more details about these state changes, see the fall issue of DANBs Certified Press or contact the appropriate state dental board. To learn what the requirements are in your state, check out DANBs state-by-state map . You can click on any state to find information on dental assisting job titles, recognition of DANB exams, allowed dental assisting functions and requirements. If youre not sure if you or someone you work with has passed a DANB exam or earned DANB certification, you can find out easily in just a few steps! For more information, visit http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2013/09/dental-assisting-changes-across-the-country.html
Dental assisting changes across the country
Bottom line: a dental assistant helps the doctor with procedures, and a dental hygienist cleans the teeth. What steps did you take to become a dental assistant? I graduated high school in 2002, but did not go immediately to college. For more information, visit http://www.payscale.com/career-news/2007/11/sample-of-denta
The thought behind jewelry can be as beautiful as the actual piece. Jewelry often is given to commemorate momentous and milestone events in people's lives and to celebrate loving relationships. Learn more about jewelry and you will be better prepared to choose the perfect pieces to buy and sell for every special occasion. Try using a simple polishing cloth on your jewelery collection. This helps keep your jewelry shiny without the need for chemical cleansers, which can damage the pieces. Use a two-sided cloth to simply polish your jewelry as if it were composed of glass. One side is designed to polish, and the other is used to make the piece shine. To distinguish between real and fake, bring a magnet when you shop for sterling silver jewelry. By using the magnet you can quickly determine if the jewelry item is made of a cheaper metal and not sterling silver. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. If the piece of presumed silver is not marked, be skeptical that is real silver. It could very well be a fake. When purchasing jewels, you should understand which type of stone you are getting. Three different kinds of gems are available for purchase: imitation, synthetic and natural. Synthetic and natural are real stones, while the imitation ones are plastic that is colored. Natural stones are found in mines, while synthetic stones are produced by machines. Compare lots of diamonds before you settle on one to buy. Look at what you like close up, and compare them to other pieces you have seen. There are deceptive tricks that can be used to enhance a diamond, so you need to be on the lookout. Keep your jewelry pieces looking beautiful by protecting them from tarnish. When you are close to water, do not wear your jewelry. Many types of jewelry become dulled or tarnished when they are exposed to water. It is wise to place a single coat of transparent nail lacquer on jewelry in order to protect it. The stone is an important part of a piece of jewelry so should be considered carefully. Think about your skin tone, and also think about your personality as you choose your favorite stones. Neutral colored jewelry is nearly always a good buy, because they blend in well with any outfit. You want to have plenty of opportunities to show off every piece. For a gift that is as unique as its recipient, look for handcrafted or customized pieces. A unique ring, necklace or bracelet conveys respect for and appreciation of the recipient's creativity and personality. A brooch will accent your belt and will instantly add visual interest. Try pinning it at the center of your waist or near your hip. To invest in jewelry is to invest in a memory, and that is a truly priceless pursuit. It doesn't matter whether jewelry reminds you of good times you've had or hope for the future. All jewelry encompasses human emotion in some form.
2007 This can't be real? Kim's hair is absolutely perfect as she throws out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. 2007 Kim attends the Chelsea FC Soccer Party wearing frosty purple eyeshadow, lipgloss and sculpted cheeks. 2007 Wearing a glamorous half-up, half-down hairstyle, Kim is bronzed to perfection at the Celebrity Catwalk for Charity. 2007 Luxurious waves, kohl-rimmed eyes and ruby red lips complete Kim's "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" premier party look. More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/kim-kardashian-white-slit-dress_n_4391295.html
Britney Spears empathizes with Kim Kardashian's weight wars, wants 'mini-me'
However, Britney wants a third child, more specifically a little girl, for a new reason, reported the Huffington Post on Dec. 9 . "I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl," Britney revealed. "I think she would be like a mini-me. I think its going to be crazy. More: http://www.examiner.com/article/britney-spears-empathizes-with-kim-kardashian-s-weight-wars-wants-mini-me
Britney Spears admits she would like a 'mini-me' daughter to stop her feeling lonely ...and says she felt sorry for Kim Kardashian over weight gain
The originial story in Heat magazine had claimed: ''It's causing a lot of rows. Kim assumed Kanye would be fine with them doing Christmas Day at her family's home but now he wants them to do their own thing. Kim and Kanye's engagement in October (Instagram/KimKardashian) ''Kim's told him how much it would mean to her to spend North's first Christmas with her family. She has also explained how she would love to have their daughter at the family home and to continue the Christmas traditions that Kim has cherished all of her life. More: http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/kim-kardashian-gets-excited-christmas-north-west-festive-165356726.html
Kim Kardashian Gets Excited About First Christmas With North West With Festive Snap (PHOTO)
The Toxic singer was wearing a light pink fuzzy poncho with matched her baseball-style long sleeve T-shirt with hot pink sleeves. She topped off the girlish look with a pair of hot pink platform high-tops from Sketchers. Her main squeeze Lucado sported a blue trucker hat, dark denim jeans and a checked red flannel button down top. Britney's young sons Jayden,7, and Sean Preston,8, trailed behind the couple as they chomped down on frozen treats. Like mother like son: The signer's son Jayden is obviously a big fan of frozen too It's all about the correct attire: The 32-year-old wore pink as she grabbed Pinkberry with her boys Color coded: While their mother rocked pink, Jayden dressed head to toe in blue while his brother wore red While his mother was in the pink, Sean Preston was feeling the blues, as the young boy dressed head-to-toe in his favorite color. His brother followed suit, as Jayden wore a red Adidas track suit for the rainy day outing. More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2520849/Britney-Spears-felt-sorry-Kim-Kardashian-weight-gain.html
Many more were displaced. Aid agencies had a choice of shipping food directly from the donor country or using donated funds to buy locally, in this case either from the affected country or nearby countries such as Thailand and Vietnam that are major food exporters. Both approaches come with trade-offs. Shipping home-grown produce supports the donor country's farming and shipping industries, while aiding faraway communities. But shipments take longer to arrive, carry a higher price tag, and may undercut local farmers struggling to sell crops amid the post-disaster upheaval. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-Issues/2013/1207/Food-aid-Is-there-room-for-local-sourcing
School Food Gets Its Close-Up -- But Is It a Fair One?
Dayle Hayes, the registered dietitian behind School Meals That Rock , discussed this potential for misleading photos in a comment she submitted to NPR's The Salt blog: It's not shocking that DoSomething.org got young people to collect photos of gross food - they called the campaign Fed-Up and urged their followers "to start a food fight." When I viewed the photos, many were from community colleges, universities and other sites not covered by any K-12 school meal regulations. And, to further compound the inaccuracies, they did not show foodas served, but as arranged on a tray by the photographer, maybe to look particularly mysterious or unappetizing. Some schools may have had salad bars and many other items not chosen - just to make things look as bad as possible. And I also agree with Hayes that some of the Fed Up photos don't seem to be "school lunches" at all.Take a look at this one , for example: No school is allowed to sell soda as part of the federally subsidized meal program, and fruits and vegetables are now required meal components.This meal could've come from a school snack bar line (though not after the new competitive food rules go into effect in July 2014) but I suspect it might not have been purchased in a K-12 school at all. On a related note, to the extent that any of these photos were taken before this school year, they also don't reflect the huge gains made with the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the first major overhaul to school meal standards in many years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bettina-elias-siegel/school-food