With National Doughnut Week (NDW) not far off (9-16 May) sponsor BakeMark UK is urging craft bakers to get a head start and make the most of the charitable week with a great giveaway.Since National Doughnut Week began, it has raised over £630,000 for The Children’s Trust, the charity which provides specific care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities. This year is the 25th anniversary of The Children’s Trust and NDW aims to break all previous records by raising more than £50,000. In celebration of the anniversary, BakeMark UK is offering each baker who registers for NDW the chance to win either five bags of Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate, enough to make 4,500 doughnuts, or five cases of Craigmillar Thaw & Serve doughnuts, which totals 450 topped iced ring doughnuts.To be in with a chance of winning the competition and kick off your week with a bang, bakers need to register online at www.nationaldoughnutweek.org and they will be automatically entered into the draw. For terms and conditions, visit www.bakemark.co.uk and follow the links from the home page.National Doughnut Week is a fantastic opportunity for bakers to increase profits, and raise their own profile, by involving the local community and media, as well as to raise money for charity; for every doughnut sold by registered participating bakers, money is donated to The Children’s Trust.
A major test for dietary supplements People who received omega-3 fish oil supplements in randomized clinical trials had lower risks of heart attack and other cardiovascular disease (CVD) events than those who were given placebo, according to a new meta-analysis from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Researchers found an association between daily omega-3 supplementation and reduced risk of most CVD outcomes, including heart attack, death from coronary heart disease, and death from CVD, but did not see benefit for stroke. In addition, higher doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements appeared to provide even greater risk reduction.The study was published today online in the Journal of the American Heart Association.“This meta-analysis provides the most up-to-date evidence regarding the effects of omega-3 supplementation on risk of multiple CVD outcomes. We found significant protective effects of daily omega-3 supplementation against most CVD outcome risks, and the associations appeared to be in a dose-response manner,” said first author Yang Hu, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School.While observational studies have shown an association between fish consumption and lower heart disease risk, results from randomized controlled trials have been inconsistent. Two reviews published last year did not find clear evidence for benefit.In this new analysis, the researchers did an updated meta-analysis that included three recently completed large-scale trials, which increased the sample size by 64 percent. The total population analyzed by Hu and colleagues included more than 120,000 adults in 13 randomized trials worldwide. The analysis included the VITAL trial, the largest randomized trial of omega-3s to date.The findings showed that people who took daily omega-3 fish oil supplements, compared with those who took a placebo, lowered their risk for most CVD outcomes except stroke, including an 8 percent reduced risk for heart attack and death from coronary heart disease (CHD). The association was particularly evident at higher doses of omega-3 fish oil supplementation. This finding may suggest that marine omega-3 supplementation dosage above the 840 mg/day used in most randomized clinical trials may provide greater reductions in CVD risk. Given that several million people experience these CVD events worldwide each year, even small reductions in risk can translate into hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and CVD deaths avoided, according to the researchers.“Although public health recommendations should focus on increasing fish consumption, having an overall heart-healthy diet, being physically active, and having other healthy lifestyle practices, this study suggests that omega-3 supplementation may have a role in appropriate patients,” said senior author JoAnn Manson, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School. Manson is also the director of the large-scale VITAL trial.Other Harvard Chan School authors included Frank Hu.VITAL was supported by grants U01 CA138962 and R01 CA138962 from the National Institutes of Health. Pharmavite LLC of Northridge, Calif., (vitamin D) and Pronova BioPharma of Norway and BASF (Omacor fish oil) donated the study agents and matching placebos. Related VITAL researcher JoAnn Manson outlines findings on vitamin D, omega-3
September 1, 2003 Regular News Chris Ballentine, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., Orlando, spoke at an Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Florida seminar on the topic of Insurer Avoidance of Third Party Bad Faith Claims. Jorge L. Maxion, of McIntosh, Sawran, Peltz, Cartaya & Petruccelli, P.A., was elected to the board of directors of Hope Outreach Center, Inc., an organization that provides for the economically disadvantaged, tutoring for children, senior services, and employment assistance in South Broward County. Alicia Latimore Brooks, of Brooks & Swartz, P.A., Orlando, has been elected president of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and appointed president-elect of the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. G. Douglas Harper, of Harper, Meyer, Perez & Ferrer LLP, has been named to the executive council of the Tropical Pioneers, the young professionals’ arm of the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. Lora Dunlap, of Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap, P.A., Orlando, spoke at an Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Florida seminar on the topic of Insurability of Punitive Damages. Nick Pope, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was the featured speaker of the Boys and Girls Club of Osceola County’s annual dinner. Thomas M. Ramsberger, of Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O’Neill & Mullis, St. Petersburg, has completed the Leadership Tampa Bay program that provides regional learning experiences and networking for leaders and future leaders of the three-county Tampa Bay area. Chris Tessitore, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, spoke at the quarterly meeting of Commercial Net Lease Realty Services, Inc., on Joint Venture Structures and Letters of Intent. Rodolfo Pittaluga, Jr., of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Latino Turnaround and Insolvency Network. Randi Fitzgerald, a partner of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, was a member of a panel teaching the Growth Management and Development of Regional Impact Update course at the Environmental Permitting Summer School, sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and held in Marco Island. Thomas D. Shults, a shareholder of Kirk Pinkerton, delivered a lecture titled Speedy Trial, Due Process, and Post Arrest Charging Delays to the membership of the Pinellas Count Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. David G. Shields, of Clayton & McCulloh, has been appointed to serve another term on the City of Altamonte Springs’ Planning Board. Stanley Kiszkiel, of Whelan, DeMaio & Kiszkiel, P.A., Miami, presented Dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the 2003 Florida Public Personnel Association Academy’s annual conference in Ft. Lauderdale. Michael V. Mitrione, of Gunster Yoakley, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Florida. Lewis B. Freeman, founding principal of Lewis B. Freeman & Partners, Inc., was a featured speaker at the Corporate Fraud Training Conference II, sponsored by the Department of Justice in Chicago. At his seminar, Ethics in the Boardroom: A Practical Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley, he spoke on how executive officers should follow the requirements of the act. Steven L. Cantor, of Miami, spoke at the annual Wharton School of Finance Latin America Alumni Conference held in Coral Gables. He spoke on the topic of United State Tax and Estate Planning for the Latin Executive. Bruce J. Berman, a partner of McDermott, Will & Emery, Miami, was asked to join the faculty of the Annual Business Program of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges held in Orlando. He lectured to more than 100 Florida circuit judges on how to rule when confronted with pretrial motions challenging the state trial courts’ jurisdiction or venue in civil actions. David Greene, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., has been appointed as secretary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach County for a one-year term. He has also been appointed to serve on the Palm Beach County Bar Association Judicial Relations Committee for the 2003-04 year. Evett Simmons, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Port St. Lucie, has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity. In addition, she has been elected to the board of trustees for Florida Southern College in Lakeland, and to the board of directors for PACE Center for Girls, in Ft. Pierce. Hal Kantor, a partner with, and Greg Lee, an associate of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, revised and updated Chapter 8 of Florida Real Property Sales Transactions. John Finnigan, a shareholder with GrayHarris, became a member of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys. Beverly L. Hayes, an assistant attorney general with the Florida Department of Financial Services, has been elected to the board of directors of Child Advocates II, Inc. R. Blake Menzel, of Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, P.C., Nashville, TN, presented the defense perspective at the PESI nursing home seminar held in Knoxville, Tennessee, titled Nursing Home Negligence–Asserting Claims & Defending Nursing Homes. Raymond T. “Tom” Elligett, Jr., of Schropp, Buell & Elligett, P.A., and Senior Judge John M. Scheb, have written the third edition of Florida Appellate Practice and Advocacy, published by Stetson University College of Law. Whitney N. Smith, of GrayHarris, was elected to the board of directors of A Gift for Teaching, a free store for teachers to provide basic tools for learning to children in Central Florida. Gary Resnick, a shareholder of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Guedes Cole & Boniske, P.A., spoke in Baltimore at a seminar sponsored by Law Seminars International on the topic of municipal broadband. Daniel S. Pearson, of Holland & Knight, Miami, is the recipient of the 2003 James C. Adkins Award, presented annually by the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar. Michael R. Karcher, of Underwood, Karcher & Karcher, P.A., has been re-elected president of The Marine Council, a community-based advocate supporting marine interests in Miami-Dade County. Rick Zelman, of Sacher, Zelman, Van Sant, Paul, Beiley, Hartman, Terzo, Rolnick, & Waldman, P.A., has been elected a member of the board of governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Stacey Pastel Dougan, of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has been appointed to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. In addition, she was elected chair of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County. Bruce Charles King, of Carlton Fields, Miami, spoke at a National Business Institute Seminar titled Florida Construction Defect and Mold Litigation, held in Miami, where he discussed the parties involved in mold litigation, licensing issues of contractors, and suspended corporate parties. Eliane I. Probasco, an associate with Allen Dell, P.A., has been named the editor of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s publication, the Lawyer, for the 2003-04 year. In addition, she was elected to the board of directors for the Marital and Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, for a two-year term. David R. Punzak, of Carlton Fields, St. Petersburg, has been elected to the board of directors for the Pinellas Association for Retarded Children. Donald W. Stanley, Jr., shareholder at Allen Dell, P.A., has been appointed secretary for the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s board of directors for the 2003-04 year. Patrick A. Moran, of Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., was elected to the board of directors of the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Andrew L. Waks, of Waks & Barnett, P.A., Miami, participated in a seminar as a speaker for Lorman Education Services, where he presented Maritime Personal Injury in Florida. Theodore J. Leopold, a partner of Ricci Leopold, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been named to the Samford University, Birmingham, AL–Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board. Gregory A. Brooks, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of trustees of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bruce A. Blitman, of Ft. Lauderdale, presented Ten Ingredients for a Successful Mediation at the 2003 Ft. Lauderdale Claims Association’s Fourth Annual Education Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. Louis R. Battista, a partner of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock McNelis Liberman & McKee, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, co-chaired the annual Automobile Negligence Seminar for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, held in both Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Jeffrey M. Thompson and Caroline H. Cranton, of Alvarez, Sambol, Winthrop & Madson, P.A., Orlando, participated in a seminar for attorneys, nursing home administrators, risk managers, and directors of nursing, titled Nursing Home Litigation in Florida, held at Walt Disney World. Alan M. Aronson, of Rosenthal & Weissman, has been appointed to the executive board of the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County. Paul Novack, mayor of Surfside, has been named as visiting professor of law, government, and ethics, by the Catholic School of Law in Jeremie, in the Republic of Haiti. John “Jake” Schickel, of Jacksonville, was elected to chair of WorkSource (First Coast Workforce Development, Inc.) J. Michael Huey, president of Huey, Guilday, Tucker, Schwartz & Williams, P.A., Tallahassee, was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” of the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, Inc., the highest award bestowed by FPMA. Jonathan Gopman and Paul McCawley, of Greenberg Traurig, co-authored BNA Portfolio 832, published by Tax Management, Estate Tax Payments and Liabilities. Peter L. Gladstone, of Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., was granted fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Jeffrey A. Weissman, of Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., was honored as a recipient of the Paul May Professionalism in Practice Award given by the Broward County Bar Association. September 1, 2003 News and Notes