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Through consistent growth, fueled by our superior quality, innovative products and unrivaled customer service, we now manufacture in a 20,000 square foot facility in Anaheim, CA. Employing over 40 people in Anaheim, we also have a national sales team that represents the finest frames in America to college and university bookstores throughout the USA.

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Seniors! Graduation is only Two Months Away! Now it's your chance to give back to the GW Power & Promise Fund by orderin...
03/14/2013

Seniors! Graduation is only Two Months Away! Now it's your chance to give back to the GW Power & Promise Fund by ordering your frames here: http://GeorgeWashington.universityframes.com/!

The process is as easy as one, two, three!

Step 1: Choose the frame style, mat color and other features to customize to your order.
Step 2: Place your order from the comfort of your own home.
Step 3: Your Diploma Frame arrives at your front door to show off that well deserved diploma!

Alex Pyron, a GW assistant biology professor, studied snakes’ DNA to learn the history of Sri Lanka’s native species.Mar...
03/14/2013

Alex Pyron, a GW assistant biology professor, studied snakes’ DNA to learn the history of Sri Lanka’s native species.

March 13, 2013
By Kurtis Hiatt

Alex Pyron’s research focuses on the slithering subjects of some people’s nightmares.

The GW assistant biology professor studies snakes, determining how one might be related to another and, in some cases, uncovering a new reptilian group altogether—like when he and a team of researchers discovered a new genus of the blindsnake on the island country of Sri Lanka, just off the southern coast of India.

Using DNA sequencing to determine its relationship to other snakes, Dr. Pyron thought the blindsnake the team uncovered—right in the yard of an environmental agency office—would be a new species. It turned out to be much bigger than that.

“When we sequenced it, we discovered that it was an entirely new lineage of blindsnake,” Dr. Pyron said. “It’s still a blindsnake, but a new genus, a group of blindsnakes that had never been discovered or described.”

Along with the discovery of the new group, Dr. Pyron and researchers confirmed the identity of 60 known species of snakes in Sri Lanka, using DNA sequencing technology on 40 of them to help researchers understand how various snakes are related to each other and their evolutionary relationship to other species around the world.

Their findings, which appear in the March edition of the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, show just how rich snake biodiversity is on the island.

“We found that Sri Lanka has been colonized by snakes at least five times by totally different snake groups, which have each diversified heavily within the island,” said Dr. Pyron, a Robert F. Griggs Assistant Professor of Biology.

That means that even though researchers know a lot about the snakes on the island, there’s still more to be discovered—and previous research to be corrected.

“The DNA data are telling us new stories about how they are related, completely contradicting what we thought we knew,” he said. “It tells us that Sri Lanka is a much bigger hotspot for biodiversity than previously known, and harbors massive richness.”

Researchers can also use the findings to draw conclusions about evolutionary biology and species diversity more broadly.

For his part, Dr. Pyron will continue studying species diversity in Sri Lanka with a new $16,000 award from the National Geographic Society. It’s just that this time, he’ll be studying lizards.

GW researchers surveyed and studied hundreds of centers across the country to find out.March 13, 2013Nearly all of the n...
03/14/2013

GW researchers surveyed and studied hundreds of centers across the country to find out.

March 13, 2013

Nearly all of the nation’s community health centers provide family planning services but just 1 in 5 offers access to a full range of contraceptive services, such as birth control, condoms and sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment, finds a new report from the George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

The report—Health Centers and Family Planning: Results of a Nationwide Study—is the result of a survey of 423 health centers that receive federal grants, and in-depth case studies of six of those centers. Researchers from GW included Susan Wood, associate professor of health policy and executive director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, and Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy.

Researchers found 87 percent of all health centers provide a “typical” package of family planning methods, defined as dispensing birth control pills plus one other contraceptive method such as condoms, implants or intrauterine devices, along with offering sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment.

But it isn’t all good news: The study also found wide variation in the scope and quality of care, reporting that half of all health centers lack the ability to dispense birth control pills onsite, despite their high effectiveness and low cost.

“This report breaks new ground in our understanding of health centers’ role in family planning,” said Dr. Wood, the study’s lead author. “Our findings underscore the opportunities and challenges in strengthening access to this vital service.”

The findings are particularly important because of the vast number of patients—women in particular—community health centers see each year. In 2011, they saw more than 20 million patients; 60 percent were women and 25 percent were women of childbearing age. And with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the number of patients these centers serve is expected to double by 2019.

“Community health centers play a key role in delivering primary care, and family planning services always have been a core primary care service,” said Julio Bellber, president and CEO of the RCHN Community Health Foundation, which also contributed to the study. “Strengthening capacity and performance is essential.”

The report also found:

Family planning services are more likely to be comprehensive at larger health centers operating in urban or suburban neighborhoods, as well as those in Western states.
Participation in Title X—a federal grant program aimed at providing individuals with family planning and other preventative health services—is the strongest predictor of health center performance and onsite access to care, including counseling and education and a number of contraceptive options. Roughly 26 percent of all health centers participate in Title X.
The most comprehensive health center family planning programs tend to be located in states with more generous Medicaid adult coverage levels, as well as in states with policy environments that support women’s health.
Barriers like poverty and competing demands of patients threaten the scope and quality of family planning services at health centers.
The study authors also made a series of recommendations to improve care, including: developing clear practice guidelines for family planning; identifying areas in need of improvement in family planning practice and providing training for them; and fostering collaborations among community health centers, regardless of whether they participate in Title X.

The companies doled out nearly $84 million in 2011 to market their products in the District, according to a report by As...
03/14/2013

The companies doled out nearly $84 million in 2011 to market their products in the District, according to a report by Associate Professor Susan Wood.

March 07, 2013

Drug companies spent nearly $84 million to market their products in D.C. in 2011, including $19 million for gifts to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, shows a new report by researchers at the George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.

“There is nothing inherently wrong with such gifts,” said Susan F. Wood, the study’s lead researcher and an associate professor of health policy and environmental and occupational health at SPHHS. “However, this report draws attention to the amount being spent on marketing drugs and raises questions about whether some heavily marketed drugs may be prescribed more extensively than is appropriate.”

While the $83.7 million that companies spent on advertising and gifts in 2011 is slightly less than 2010, it’s still an “astonishing amount,” Dr. Wood said. Hospitals and clinics got $9.7 million of that, and individuals took in $9.2 million. What’s more, the report shows that in some cases large amounts of money funnel to a small number of physicians. For example, 12 physicians in the District received gifts—grants, speaker’s fees, consulting payments and food, such as a dinner during a sales pitch—totaling more than $100,000 each in 2011.

The report also found 23 out of 158 drug companies spent more than $1 million each.

Other findings in the report include:

Of the 3,400 District physicians who received at least one food gift, 444 received 10 or more meals and 33 received 52 or more over the course of the year, suggesting some dine with drug company representatives as often as weekly.
The top 10 professional organizations in D.C., which represent health professionals in a certain specialty or demographic group, received $3.5 million. Half of the gifts were valued at $20,000 or more.
The top 10 disease-specific organizations in D.C. received $2.1 million in gifts. Because these organizations advise patients, the report said, gifts could sway them to recommend certain drugs.
The report was commissioned by the District’s Department of Health as part of the AccessRx Act that requires drug companies to file reports of their marketing activities and mandates that these reports be analyzed to determine the effect of drug marketing on health care services. It doesn’t highlight certain drugs nor does it name doctors or providers.

However, under the Affordable Care Act, drug companies will begin to publicly report gifts in September 2014, allowing patients to have access to information about the relationship between the companies and their health care providers.

Dr. Wood and her colleagues have researched drug companies previously, finding in a recent report that companies making antipsychotic drugs gave a disproportionate amount of gifts and payments to District psychiatrists who treat Medicaid patients. That may have led to inappropriate prescriptions for those patients—and children in particular, according to D.C. Council Member David Catania, who held a hearing on the issue last November.

Seniors! ! Graduation is three months away!
03/01/2013

Seniors! ! Graduation is three months away!

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A chance to give back to the GW Power & Promise Fund by ordering your frames here: http://GeorgeWashington.universityfra...
03/01/2013

A chance to give back to the GW Power & Promise Fund by ordering your frames here: http://GeorgeWashington.universityframes.com!

The process is as easy as one, two, three!

Step 1: Choose the frame style, mat color and other features to customize to your order.
Step 2: Place your order from the comfort of your own home.
Step 3: Your Diploma Frame arrives at your front door to show off that well deserved diploma!

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