IAPAM Announces 2012 Symposiums with Botox ® Training for January 28-29 and March 3-4

In its Aesthetic Medicine Trends 2012 overview, the IAPAM forecasts that in 2012, patients are more likely to opt for minimally-invasive, less expensive anti-aging treatments such as Botox ®, dermal fillers, laser skin rejuvenation & laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. To help physicians enter this lucrative market, the IAPAM offers the industry’s leading dermatologist-led Aesthetic Medicine Symposium with Botox ® Training in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 28-29 and March 3-4, 2012. At the IAPAM’s Symposiums, physicians learn and receive everything they need to start offering Botox ® and other in-demand aesthetic medicine procedures this New Year.

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 13, 2012 -- As reported by the IAPAM (http://www.iapam.com) in its Top Aesthetic Medicine Trends for 2012, “the market for anti-aging treatments will continue to grow in 2012. With new technologies, as well as new ways to bundle and market existing procedures, the trend toward more minimally invasive procedures does not appear to be going away any time soon.” The IAPAM’s Jeff Russell shares that, “as we have seen with our past annual trends predictions, the key is creating an anti-aging program for each patient’s needs. Patients just do not come in for Botox ®, they want a combination anti-aging treatments which often includes: neurotoxins, dermal fillers and skin rejuvenation with chemical peels, microdermabrasion and skin care.”

Therefore, the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums http://www.aestheticmedicinesymposium.com are specifically designed by physicians for physicians, to educate and train on the top cosmetic procedures like: Botox ®, dermal filler injections, lasers for skin rejuvenation & laser hair removal, medical microdermabrasion, and medical grade chemical peels. The IAPAM’s Symposiums have integrated the most important clinical, aesthetic medicine business, and Botox ® training ALL into one weekend, including:

- dedicated instruction from board-certified dermatologists, who are true experts of the skin and cosmetic injectables;
- hands-on practice in the best injection techniques;
- Botox ® training at a multi-million dollar medical practice, not in a hotel room; and
- an environment that does not allow exhibitors, giving physicians more time for education.

Attendees also have the opportunity to:

1. Attend the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Practice Start-Up Workshop (http://www.iapam.com/bootcamp.html) on Monday, January 30 or March 5, 2012, a program highlighting the latest information on medspa business development and social media marketing.
2. Attend the IAPAM’s hCG Training (http://www.hcgtraining.com) on Friday, January 27 or March 2, 2012, which covers hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) for weight loss, prescription appetite suppressants, ketogenic diet based programs, meal replacements and B6/12 injections.

To date, over 950 physicians (MDs, DOs, NPs, PAs etc.) and their staff (RNs, MAs, practice managers, etc.), have attended the IAPAM’s Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums and hCG Training http://www.hcgtraining.com seminars. The dates for the next Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums are January 28-29 and March 3-4, 2012, in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.

Consider adding aesthetic medicine modalities to your medical practice this New Year! Physicians who have attended the Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums with Botox ® Training testify (http://www.iapam.com/category/testimonials) to their comprehensiveness, and the year of practice support from the IAPAM definitely makes this program different than the others.

For additional information or to register for the January 28-29 or March 3-4, 2012 Aesthetic Medicine Symposiums, please contact the IAPAM at 1-800-219-5108 ext. 704, or visit http://www.aestheticmedicinesymposium.com.

Botox, Botox Cosmetic and Juvederm are trademarks of Allergan, Inc. Dysport, Restylane, Perlane are trademarks of Medicis, Inc.

About the IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: Botox ® training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website (http://www.iapam.com) or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 x704

FRA welcomes news on successful Brazilian deforestation policies

FRA has welcomed news that anti-deforestation policies in Brazil seem to be working, according to new figures.

Seattle, United States, January 13, 2012 -- Forestry Research Associates (FRA), a research and analysis consultancy, has welcomed news that anti-deforestation policies in Brazil seem to be working, according to new figures.

The latest data from a report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science show that as the deforestation rate of rainforest in the Mato Grosso region reduced, the rate of food production increased.

FRA claims that this illustrates how the policies introduced by the government of Brazil have helped to encourage more sustainable use of already-deforested areas.

The figures were compiled by Marcia Macedo of the University of Columbia after analysing deforestation rates and comparing them with soya production between 2001 and 2010. The analysis showed that some 91 per cent of the soya production increase in the last half of the period occurred in previously cleared rainforest, rather than on land cleared at the time for the purpose.

The report’s authors wrote: "The land-use transitions observed during the post-boom period-and the case of 2009 in particular-suggest that when market conditions favoured expansion, producers expanded into areas previously cleared for pasture rather than forest areas."

FRA’s analysis partner, Peter Collins, announced FRA’s take on the situation. “We are pleased to see that there is now more evidence to support the Brazilian government’s efforts to try to reduce deforestation in the Amazon.”

He added, “We support several reforestation projects and forestry investment projects in the Amazon region, which are also being helped along by the government’s policies.”

An example is the plantation project run by Greenwood Management, which offers investors the chance to buy up sections of plantation forest, which is planted with non-native timbers. Government policies that ban government subsidies for steel firs that use charcoal made form native timbers has increased use of plantation-grown timber in the steel industry, explained FRA.

About Forestry Research Associates

Forestry Research Associates is a research and advisory consultancy that focuses on forestry management, sustainability issues and forestry investment around the globe.

Media Contact:
Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Tel: (206) 316 8394

Art is 'better investment bet than equities' claims AAA

A new index shows that art is indeed one of the top alternative investment options for 2012, according to AAA.

Boston, MA, USA, January 13, 2012 -- A new index shows that art is indeed one of the top alternative investment options for 2012, according to Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

The Mei Moses All Art index showed that the art market outperformed the equities market for the second year in a row, with art growing in value over the year by an impressive 11 per cent.

AAA claims that this increase, which is measured through an analysis of the price at which artworks sold in auction houses throughout 2011, shows alternative investments are becoming serious contenders against traditional asset classes. AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson explained, “A few years ago, anyone but the super-rich would have overlooked art as a possible way to make cash from investments, but this is all changing, as alternatives become more and more mainstream.”

This is, according to AAA, down to the fact that stocks and shares are simply not as attractive as they used to be. Mr Johnson continued, “The average investor may still have a bad taste left in their mouths as a result of the global economic crisis and may well be looking for somewhere less volatile or more ethical and independent to put their cash.”

Art has received a boost from the growing Chinese market, as the population in the Asian country gets wealthier as their economic power strengthens. The Financial Times, explained, "Strong growth in Chinese demand and high prices for the work of popular artists such as Andy Warhol."

AAA supports ethical and alternative investments all over the world, with an emphasis on those that can have a positive impact the environment and communities in developing countries. One example is the forestry investment project run by investment firm Greenwood Management. They offer investors the chance to buy up sections of plantation forests in Brazil that are planted with non-native timber crops that bring in returns once felled and also provide alternatives to timber and charcoal from native species.

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320