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Register for the NCEA Business Meeting and NETT Conference
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NCEA Business Meeting Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Convention Center — Friday, Oct. 26

Followed by the

NETT Conference – Saturday, Oct. 27
International Congress of Esthetics & Spa — Sunday & Monday
Philadelphia Convention Center — Room 116

Registration for NCEA Business Meeting* must be done through NCEA
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Registration for NETT Conference* must be done through ICES
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Registration for Philadelphia Hotels (Hampton, Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott or Hilton Garden Inn)
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*Complimentary records verification of your NCEA Certified Candidate Application will be done on both Friday & Saturday when you are registered for either of these events.

 What's the Latest?

How one lady struck gold by turning an office building into an oasis
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At the ripe old age of 5, Heidi Lamar learned how to turn lemons into lemonade. It wouldn’t have been an unusual feat for a girl her age, had she decided to set up a stand and sell the refreshing drink to passers-by on a hot summer day. But even as a child, Lamar seemed to see opportunity where others might have seen impossibility — or in this case — a very cold snowy day in Seattle. More

The 5 best precious minerals in skincare
Truth in Aging (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Truth in Aging team has increasingly come across skincare products that contain mineral actives — and we're not talking about mineral makeup staple mica or the usual suspects in the sunscreen department (zinc oxide, titanium dioxide). The minerals that are getting our attention for their purported anti-aging properties are those you might find in your jewelry box (gemstones and precious metals). More

South Korean men spent $495 million on skincare in 2011
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
South Korean men spent $495.5 million on skincare in 2011, accounting for nearly 21 percent of global sales, according to global market research firm Euromonitor International. That makes it the largest market for men's skincare in the world, even though there are only about 19 million men in South Korea. More

Demand for alternative treatment on the rise in Rwanda    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Theresa Mukamuvara, a resident of Nyamirambo, Rwanda, had muscle and joint complications that got her confined to her bed since 2004. Her legs and hands were swollen while she also had a terrible backache for all those years. Despite medication, her ailments didn't heal. She couldn't move by herself as they used to just lift her even out of bed. It's now slightly over a month since she started getting reflexology treatment, but there's been a tremendous change. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Business Briefs

10 things Lady Gaga can teach you about running a business
All Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The pint-sized pop star has a staggeringly successful output: sales of an estimated 13 million albums and 51 million singles, 12 Grammy nominations, and the fastest selling song in iTunes history. The Lady is obviously doing something right. So how do you harness some of that pop music glory in your own corner of the business world? More

How to prevent your business from ruining your personal life
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For entrepreneurs and small business owners, long hours can take a toll on personal relationships, leaving your partner feeling taken for granted while you focus on growing your business. These three simple techniques can help your relationship survive tough times without adding stress to your already busy life. Here's how. More

The most useful iPad business apps
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here are 12 great apps that you might not see in your typical roundup of business apps. We chose those that were highly rated by users — not selected by iTunes as "popular," because that doesn't always mean that users like them. More

 Marketing 101

Are you making it hard for customers to buy from you?
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What every marketer should worry about most is minimizing obstacles during the buying process — even if all it means is lacing up a pair of shoes. Run through this customer pain-point checklist to see if you're in the clear. More

4 ways to integrate social media into your email marketing
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the rumors and meteoric rise of social media in recent years, email marketing is far from becoming a lost art form. Instead, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media platforms can provide serious momentum to an email campaign, and vice versa. But exactly how do you go about blending these two approaches? More

 Teaching Tips

Signs you've lost your joy of teaching
Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All who work in higher education know someone like this. We may even be like her ourselves. What has diminished her apparent joy in teaching? While the pressure to publish is quite real and has become even greater in recent years, faculty like her miss the joy of teaching by focusing too much of their immediate attention on other work responsibilities thereby missing opportunities to find greater satisfaction in teaching. More

School lunches get a 21st-century makeover
eSchool News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With new limits on calories, sodium and saturated fats, as well as increases in minimums for fruits and vegetables, schools are revisiting their nutrition management. Thankfully, there are software programs, apps and websites available to help schools, parents and students make the transition successfully. More

 Spa Clinicals

Relaxation therapies for the management of primary hypertension in adults
Cochrane Hypertension Group via The Cochrane Library    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle interventions are often recommended as initial treatment for mild hypertension, but the efficacy of relaxation therapies is unclear.

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of relaxation therapies on cardiovascular outcomes and blood pressure in people with elevated blood pressure.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Inclusion criteria: RCTs of a parallel design comparing relaxation therapies with no active treatment, or sham therapy; follow-up ≥8 weeks; participants over 18 years, with raised systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥85 mmHg); SBP and DBP reported at end of follow-up. Exclusion criteria: participants were pregnant; participants received antihypertensive medication which changed during the trial.

RESULTS: 29 RCTs, with eight weeks to five years follow-up, met our inclusion criteria; four were excluded from the primary meta-analysis because of inadequate outcome data. The remaining 25 trials assessed 1,198 participants, but adequate randomisation was confirmed in only seven trials and concealment of allocation in only one. Only one trial reported deaths, heart attacks and strokes (one of each). Meta-analysis indicated that relaxation resulted in small, statistically significant reductions in SBP (mean difference: -5.5 mmHg, 95% CI: -8.2 to -2.8, I2 =72%) and DBP (mean difference: -3.5 mmHg, 95% CI: -5.3 to -1.6, I2 =75%) compared to control. The substantial heterogeneity between trials was not explained by duration of follow-up, type of control, type of relaxation therapy or baseline blood pressure.

The nine trials that reported blinding of outcome assessors found a non-significant net reduction in blood pressure (SBP mean difference: -3.2 mmHg, 95% CI: -7.7 to 1.4, I2 =69%) associated with relaxation. The 15 trials comparing relaxation with sham therapy likewise found a non-significant reduction in blood pressure (SBP mean difference: -3.5 mmHg, 95% CI: -7.1 to 0.2, I2 =63%).

CONCLUSIONS: In view of the poor quality of included trials and unexplained variation between trials, the evidence in favor of causal association between relaxation and blood pressure reduction is weak. Some of the apparent benefit of relaxation was probably due to aspects of treatment unrelated to relaxation.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

5 things you need to know about lasers
Presented by Susanne Warfield    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation will overview the federal and state regulations that a school needs to be aware of in order to teach laser & light therapy. Learn which federal agency has oversight on equipment and employee safety issues. Understand what state agency protects the consumer through operator licensing and/or certification.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Recognize federal and state regulations affecting their laser practice
  • Apply the knowledge in order to maintain or become compliant
  • Identify the state agency that protects the consumer
  • Understand the importance of laser safety

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.

  •  Political Advocacy Position

    LED Position
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that:

  • LED devices should be used by skin care professionals
  • In addition to manufacturer supplied, device specific education, skin care professionals shall complete a course of study equivalent to that recommended by the NCEA
  • If skin care professionals wish to use LED devices, they should take the necessary education to include theoretical and practical application as part of their core curriculum or as continuing education modules

    Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that “licensed professionals” abide by federal, state and local regulations.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."

  •  Quotable Quote

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

    — Winston Churchill


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