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Is social media in your budget? “It should be!” – says PRimage

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

In her work as a PR consultant and social media strategist, that’s the advice that PRimage managing director, Judy Viitanen, gives to clients and associates.

Social media allows companies to interact directly with customers – and create buzz!

http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1008951&ecid=a6506033675d47f881651943c21c5ed4

Playtex Tonique Contour Bra – Perfect for curvy ladies says PRimage!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

PRimage love the newly launched Tonique Contour bra from Playtex: it has all the comfort of a wireless bra, yet with the uplift of a push-up bra – and makes your décolletage delicious!  The secret lies in the Tonique Contour’s ‘Flexi-Support’ panel — a discreet curve of plastic which sits under the breast to give support and enhance shape. For many curvy women the comfortable moulded shape will be a real winner! That’s the verdict from Judy Viitanen – she has modelled the new-style bra and says: ‘It is definitely the best fitting and supportive bra I have ever worn. It boosts my curves and gives me a super silhouette – and it’s so comfortable. I absolutely love it!

http://www.womanandhome.com/fashion-advice/531090/this-bra-makes-us-feel-younger

HOUSING – PRimage NEWS BYTES

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Here at PRimage we regularly monitor the trending topics in the housing sector – in the UK and across the pond.  Some recent news and stats that have caught our attention ….

In the States there is a lot of debate on ownership versus rental …. It seems that in 71 percent of the cities in the U.S., owning is now currently cheaper than renting.

In 2011, 1.4 million new households entered the rental market due to foreclosures and demographics — i.e., the 80 million members of Gen Y are at their prime time for starting new careers, getting married and having kids. At the same time, the number of new homes being built has dropped substantially. As a result, the demand for rental properties has skyrocketed.

Bank of America is launching a pilot program that will allow homeowners at risk of foreclosure to hand over deeds to their houses and sign leases that will let them rent the houses back from the bank at a market rate.

A survey released earlier this month from the National Apartment Association and Houston-based J Turner Research gives multifamily owners insight into an important demographic: college students.

http://multifamilyexecutive.com/student-housing/naa–j-turner-survey-gives-multifamily-owners-insight-into-college-age-demographic.aspx

Social networks rocking all over the world in 2012! PRimage comment

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

New forecasts suggest that 1 out of every 5 people in the world will logon to a social network at least once a month. Those 1.43bn social network users represent an increase of 19.2% over last year. Think that’s something? By 2014, the forecast is that it will be 1 in 4. America is way out in front, but since almost everyone in America already has a Facebook account, other countries have a chance of catching up.

Check out India with nearly 50% of the US number. And Brazil with their 45.4 million Facebook users.

HAPPY 2012! Love and best wishes from Judy Viitanen and PRimage

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

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In 2012….I hope the kindness you’ve given to others returns many times to you.
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
The foresight to know where you’re going,
And the insight to know when you’re going too far.
May hope, love, and warmth be in your heart’s possessing,
And may the New Year bring you and yours many blessings.
Happy New Year!

Judy Viitanen

NHS Bill: Sound bites round-up

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

PRimage has been busy assessing reactions from various healthcare bodies to the NHS Bill, announced this afternoon … Lansley has had to contend with a huge amount of criticism of his NHS reforms, much of it dramatically expressed, by many of they key organisations representing doctors and other NHS organisations. Public supporters have been hard to find amongst the host of warnings and reservations! Judy Viitanen especially enjoyed the Titanic analogy used by Unison, who said that the Health Bill is a ‘disaster’ of Titanic proportions’ and which threatens to sink our NHS”

Here’s a listing of top line sound bites …
RCGP
‘makes sense’ for health professionals to be involved in the planning of services, but the proposals risk ‘destabilising the NHS and causing long-term harm to patient outcomes’

‘we must guard against fragmentation and unnecessary duplication within a health service that is run by a wide array of competing public, private and voluntary sector providers, that delivers less choice and fewer services, reduces integration between primary and secondary care and increases bureaucratic costs’.

Patient choices as outlined in the Bill ‘run a risk of destabilising the NHS and causing long-term harm to patient outcomes’. The RCGP has also yet to receive sufficient evidence to be reassured the plans would prevent this from happening.

BMA
The BMA said ploughing ahead with the reforms at the speed proposed was a ‘massive gamble’.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council at the BMA, said: ‘The BMA supports greater involvement of clinicians in planning and shaping NHS services, but the benefits that clinician-led commissioning can bring are threatened by other parts of the Bill.’

‘Forcing commissioners of care to tender contracts to any willing provider, including NHS providers, voluntary sector organisations and commercial companies, could destabilise local health economies and fragment care for patients.

‘Adding price competition into the mix could also allow large commercial companies to enter the NHS market and chase the most profitable contracts, using their size to undercut on price, which could ultimately damage local services.’

Royal College of Physicians
Supports the shift towards putting clinicians and patients in the driving seat but is concerned the Bill doesn’t require specialists to be at the heart of commissioning.
‘The scale and pace of change – and the challenge of unprecedented efficiency savings – should not be underestimated. Neither should the risks if we get this wrong.’

Unison
The public sector union, called the Health Bill a ‘disaster’ of Titanic proportions’. Karen Jennings, head of health at Unison, said: ‘This Titanic health bill threatens to sink our NHS. The only survivors will be the private health companies that are circling like sharks, waiting to move in and make a killing.

‘Lansley has turned his back on the warnings from across the medical establishment that these changes are unnecessary, undemocratic and unlikely to deliver improvements in patient care. We need a U-turn from the Government.’

Unite
Bill is ‘a charter for private profit at the expense of patients care’.
‘It is clear that one of the biggest influences on Tory ideology regarding health policy has been the massive and insidious lobbying by the  private healthcare companies, which have opened their cheque books for David Cameron big-time.’
‘The GP consortia, the supposed vanguard of this so-called reform programme, will be juggling financial decisions with the help of the private healthcare companies they will buy-in, versus the needs of their patients – this is a stark conflict of interest. Patients should always come first.’

The Nuffield Trust
Reforms are ‘broadly in the right direction’ but they will have to be judged on the extent to which they deliver – with minimum disruption – sustained improvements to patient care during a period of major financial challenge for the NHS.

‘The NHS is at a fork in the road. It embarks on this period of reform with much strength but the pressures it faces over the next four years will continue to rise. ‘Given the reforms over the past 20 years the Government’s decision to devolve more responsibility to the front line is logical. However, this approach carries significant risks in today’s financial climate and needs to be managed very carefully.’

General Healthcare Group
The UK’s largest private hospital group, welcomed the proposed reforms and said it was ‘only right’ the NHS, private and third sector providers worked together in austere times.
‘In our view, the challenge for instituting these reforms will be about maintaining the pace of change and how instability during the period of transition is minimised.’

The King’s Fund
The Bill signals the biggest shake-up of the NHS since its inception
‘But, while the government’s reforms have the potential to improve the NHS, they will be implemented against the backdrop of the biggest financial challenge in its history. ‘Finding the £20bn in efficiency savings needed to maintain services must be the overriding priority, so the very real risk that the speed and scale of the reforms could destabilise the NHS and undermine care must be actively managed.’

NHS Confederation
Urged MPs to ‘forensically analyse’ the Health Bill.

‘We support the objectives behind this legislation but there are huge risks and major uncertainties associated with it. ‘The system is already geared up for change and we can not afford for these reforms to fail – the public will not forgive us. The focus in parliament has to be on making this work on behalf of patients.’

CBI
‘We support the Government’s plans to modernise the NHS, because this will lead to better services for patients, and ensure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. ‘Allowing the best provider to deliver healthcare services, whether they are a private company or a charity, will spur innovation and choice. But bidders must be able to compete for contracts on a level playing field.’

Judy Viitanen on Twitter@JVPRimage

Friday, March 19th, 2010

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Health Headlines – from PRimage News Bytes

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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Here are the health news bytes that caught the attention of Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team in the past week.  If you would like to know more, or to receive our daily PRimage News Bytes e-Bulletin Profiler, foc, please contact judy@primage.org 
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  • Unneeded surgery may be costing the NHS millions
  •  Fears grow over flu pandemic stockpiles
  • Care Quality Commission will ‘do a number’ on weakest NHS performers
  • NHS out of pocket as contract ends for cataract treatment centre
  • London’s primary care trusts gain world class commissioning back-up
  • NHS spends £350m on management consultants
  • Obama says health overhaul could save trillions
  • NHS like ‘alphabetti spaghetti, says Cameron
  • Vitamins ‘undo exercise efforts’
  • Recession ‘more damaging to men’s mental health than women’s
  • Genes linked to high blood pressure
  • City dwellers face higher cancer risk
  • Spain relaxes rules on morning after pill
  • Sweden to sell state-owned pharmacies

 

 

 

 

 

Our favourite headline is: ‘Emotional intelligence helps women get the most out of sex’

Health news this week … of interest to PRimage

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Here are a few of the health headlines which have caught the attention of Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team.  Hope they interest you.  If you would like to know more about our daily News Bytes Profile, please contact judy@primage.org.

Over-40′s health check

1.5% pay rise for dentists and doctors

Pubs must offer smaller glasses of wine

Sisters ‘make people happy’

PCTs fail to raise awareness of Diabetes

Polypill could soon be a reality

Bowel cancer levels soar among under-30′s

Shopping spress linked to ‘time of the month’

Welsh medics want free prescriptions for English

Many over-45′s ignore STI risks

Warning on prostate cancer screening

Happy Spring Equinox!

Friday, March 20th, 2009

This is the Spring Equinox, a day of equal light and dark, and the first day of the astrological year. The beauty of Spring is its promise of new life and new beginnings. Nothing is certain. Tremulous shoots of grass and sweet crocuses pop their heads, days are warmer, but nights can freeze. New life, new ideas, creativity, and hopes can be dashed — yet, if nourished, can take deep root and create long standing foundations.And this first day of Spring is a lovely, sunny day — enjoy!