‘Hail To The Victors’ Taken to New Heights in a Hot Air Balloon, by University of Michigan Music Student

Stuart Carlson Performs ‘Hail To The Victors’ on a Violin in a Hot Air Balloon in Michigan.

Plymouth, MI, USA — Some people will go to great lengths to demonstrate their loyalty to the University of Michigan. Recently Stuart Carlson, a University of Michigan music student took his violin on a hot air balloon flight. Yes, that’s right – a hot air balloon flight.

What did he play? ‘Hail To The Victors’ of course! (http://bit.ly/FBHailVictors)

According to Scott Lorenz President and Chief Pilot of Westwind Balloon Co. (http://www.westwindcos.com/balloon), it started when he met Stuart Carlson at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan. “I met the Carlson family who scheduled a hot air balloon ride with my company. While we waited for the wind to die down I learned a little bit about my passenger, Stuart. I found out he was a concert violinist and composer and had recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.”

“I am glad the winds did not cooperate for our flight because when we rescheduled,” said Lorenz, “I asked Stuart to bring along his violin… and he did.”

The launch took place at Island Lake State Park where the State of Michigan has provided a “Balloon Port” for local balloonists to launch their balloons. Island Lake State park boasts over 4,000 acres with miles of bike paths and the Huron River running through the park.

“Nobody forgets their first balloon flight. It is truly an experience that cannot compare to anything else,” says Lorenz. “The sensation of flying over trees, lakes and streams, spotting deer and other wildlife is unique and inspiring. When an activity touches someone both emotionally and on a multi-sensory level people remember it vividly. “I think this flight will be burned into the memories of all those involved, I know I won’t forget it. If you really want to make a lasting impression,” says Lorenz, “a hot air balloon ride over Michigan is the ultimate ‘unforgettable’ gift.”

Flights cost $695 for a private ride which is two passengers and the pilot. All flights are pre-paid. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and PayPal are accepted. Gift certificates are available.

To really appreciate all the beautiful scenery Michigan has to offer, call a balloonist and schedule a flight today; the view is really better from above!

Westwind Balloon Company – Plymouth, MI, Flying Private Flights for TWO over Kensington Park, Brighton, South Lyon and Milford. 734-667-2098 | http://www.AboveMichigan.com | Scott Lorenz, Pilot and Owner.

About Stuart Carlson
Stuart Carlson is a native of Dexter, Michigan and a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “On March 8, 1996, I was born prematurely at the University of Michigan Hospital, weighing one pound and 13 ounces. I am a surviving twin,” says Carlson. “After emergency surgery, I spent 100 days in the hospital incubator with recorded music playing Beethoven, Mozart, and The Beatles,” says Carlson. “In late 1999, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Autism gives me a variety of strengths and weaknesses not typical in the average human being,” added Carlson. “I love being a student at the University of Michigan and I want to say ‘thank you’ to all the wonderful people who have helped me along my journey through life.” For more information about Stuart Carlson, visit: http://www.StuartCarlson.com.

About Scott Lorenz
Scott Lorenz, a commercial balloon pilot since 1982, has logged 1,650 + hours in-flight.

He has flown over Niagara Falls, The Great Wall of China, Disney World, the Olympics, Austria, Japan, Spain, Red Rock Canyon NM. He co-piloted a Guinness World Record flight to 19,000′ and a 20 hour-Gas Balloon flight from MI to KY. Westwind has been featured by FOX-2 Detroit, WDIV, WJR, NPR, The Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press and Hour Detroit Magazine to name a few and was named “most creative date” by It’s Just Lunch. In 2012 Westwind was named one of America’s Most Romantic companies for the balloon engagement flights. Scott’s Westwind Balloon Company offers unforgettable rides over Michigan’s breathtaking countryside. Balloon rides make terrific gifts for Moms, Dads, Grads, the Boss and anybody who wants to enjoy life!!

Media Contact:
Scott Lorenz
Pilot and Owner
Westwind Balloon Company

Executive Career Solutions (UK) Introduces New Offers

Following the initial UK launch of Executive Career Solutions, the company has introduced new offers laying the foundations for a successful executive job search.

Newbury, United Kingdom — Following the initial UK launch of Executive Career Solutions (http://www.executivecv.net), the company has introduced new offers laying the foundations for a successful executive job search. These services are designed to help CEO, Executive and Director-level individuals begin to plan and execute next career moves.

Knowing where to start or what is required for a successful executive job search can be difficult to define. Whether this is part of a wider career planning or executive mentoring programme, Executive Career Solutions has designed relevant services laying the foundations with clear actions for enabling executives to begin making progress towards making their next career move. This is based on developing an executive CV and value proposition to make people stand out from the crowd. Getting the CV and value proposition right may often help executives and directors achieve goals much quicker by making a better impression and presenting themselves more effectively.

The idea is to get through candidate pre-selection processes with the intention of being invited to interview based on what the company is looking for. As with anything, this process is often subject to employer expectations, wider job market factors and individual job hunting approach, so interviews can never be guaranteed.

As part of a special offer, executive CV writing services (or director resume writing services) are complemented by an extended discussion, speculative covering letter version, specific covering letter version and creation of an online value proposition using LinkedIn (aligned to the CV). Bundle deals represent a good saving on normal prices, whilst giving executives everything they need before embarking on a successful job search or career move. For executives, there is the Executive CV Bundle, whilst a similar Director CV Bundle has been created for directors. ADDED executive or director-level bundle deals are designed for more complex scenarios, strong technical bias, specific requirements, career change situations or those executive resumes requiring additional attention.

Executive Career Solutions is able to manage different scenarios for executives, directors and more technical or complex situations. According to the company, such offers follow the UK launch, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Nonetheless, such offers represent excellent value with the idea of supporting executives and directors through initial stages of developing CV and LinkedIn propositions before applying for opportunities.

Media Contact:
Nick Hughes
Executive Career Solutions
+44 7557 305752

Non-Drug Device Reduces COPD Exacerbations

Real-World Study Presented at ERS 2016, London UK.

Plattsburgh, NY, USA — Monaghan Medical Corporation (MMC) today announced results from a real-world study, evaluating the efficacy of the Aerobika® device in reducing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. These results were presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in London, and are anticipated to impact the future management of COPD patients with a history of exacerbations.

Exacerbations are a worsening of symptoms and are the most common reason for COPD hospital admissions (1). During an exacerbation, airways are compromised by inflammation and mucus buildup, causing patients to be poorly responsive to usual COPD treatments (2). Recovery can be delayed for weeks, resulting in further airway deterioration and putting patients at risk of recurrent exacerbations. In fact, approximately 1 in 5 admitted patients required re-hospitalization within 30 days (3).

Clinicians, hospitals, and healthcare systems around the globe are now focusing their attention on this critical post-exacerbation period with the goal of reducing subsequent re-admissions and maintaining the long-term health of their COPD patients.

In the 6-month study, the Aerobika® device demonstrated a clinically-significant reduction in exacerbations in as little as 30 days of treatment, when used as an add-on to usual COPD medications. “These results carry important implications for how we manage COPD patients with a history of exacerbations,” says Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, FAASM. “Adding the Aerobika® device to our current COPD treatment protocols could significantly improve patient outcomes while decreasing the burden on our healthcare resources.”

The Aerobika® device has been previously validated in clinical studies, demonstrating improvements in airway ventilation, lung function and quality of life. “This new study has validated the use of this device in a real-world setting, providing a drug-free addition to post-exacerbation therapy for COPD patients.” says Dr. Jason Suggett, Group Director of Science & Technology at Trudell Medical International (TMI), the sister company for MMC.

About the Aerobika® device study
The study profiled here is a 6-month retrospective cohort study of the hospital Charge Detail Master (CDM) claims database, conducted between September 2013 and August 2015. This real-word study involved 810 patients, 405 receiving treatment with the Aerobika® device and 405 propensity score matched controls. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients with moderate-to-severe and severe exacerbations at 30 days. Secondary measures included resource utilization and costs associated with exacerbations.

About The Aerobika® Device
The Aerobika® device is hand-held, easy-to-use, and drug-free. When the patient exhales through the device, intermittent resistance creates positive pressure and oscillations simultaneously, which stents open the airways, mobilizes and assists in moving mucus to the upper airways where it can be coughed out. This may also aid in improved drug deposition. The Aerobika® device is available in Canada, Mexico, and select European countries including the UK and Germany through TMI and in the US via Monaghan Medical Corporation. (http://www.monaghanmed.com/Aerobika)

About Monaghan Medical Corporation (MMC, USA)
MMC, an affiliate of TMI, offers leading aerosol drug delivery devices and respiratory management products including AeroEclipse® II BAN, AeroChamber Plus® brand aVHC, and the Aerobika® device exclusively in the United States. Our strength lies in product development around core capabilities in mechanical design complimented by collaboration with a state-of-the-art aerosol research laboratory. We focus on developing cost-efficient, outcome-based solutions for our customers. (http://www.monaghanmed.com)

About Trudell Medical International (TMI)
TMI designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of medical devices and is home to a global aerosol lab and research center. From the flagship AeroChamber® Brand of Valved Holding Chamber (VHC) and the latest award-winning Aerobika® device, to custom designed products and systems, our best-in-class respiratory management products are sold in over 110 countries. Their efficacy has been validated in hundreds of peer-reviewed articles from various medical journals. (http://www.trudellmed.com)

[1] O’Donnell et al. Can Respir J. 2007;14(Suppl B):5B-32B.
[2] O’Donnell DE, Parker CM. Thorax. 2006;61(4):354-61.
[3] Shah et al. CHEST. 2016 May 7 [Epub ahead of print].

For clinical inquiries, please contact:
Jason Suggett, Group Director Science and Technology
Trudell Medical International
519-455-7060 ext. 2270