Archives for July 20, 2016




Acclaimed for their high-energy, acoustic Americana music played with passion, skill, and humor, the Los Angeles-based band The Hollow Trees is set to launch their fourth album of upbeat, top-tapping folk music for families, Hello Friend! This was released  on July 1st.

Blending an Americana cornucopia of musical styles that includes folk, bluegrass, jug band, Western swing, country, blues, and jazz, The Hollow Trees offer a great mix of old-time chestnuts, obscure gems, and fun, new original songs. The band, noted for tossing off clever wordplay combined with excellent musicianship, has been compared to Asleep at the Wheel, the Jim Kweskin jug band, and even The Hoosier Hotshots.

“What Do You Want on Your Taco?” is not only a spirited opening number with clever rhyming lyrics and a delightful sing-along chorus, but the band also manages to imbue a list of taco ingredients with the empowering idea that in creating a life for oneself, “the choice is up to you.”

An album high spot is the jazz novelty song “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants),” which can be previewed HERE. Also noteworthy is “My Dog Has Fleas,” whose lyrics and music fit The Hollow Trees like a glove and will bring a smile to those caught up in the current ukulele craze.

The Hollow Trees are: Gregory Hollow Tree (a.k.a. Greg McIlvaine, guitar, vocals, kazoo), Traci Hollow Tree (a.k.a.Traci Green, vocals, jug), David Green (drums), Adam Levy (bass, vocals), Mike Flanagan (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals),Katie Cavera (plectrum banjo, ukulele, vocals), Phil Parlapiano (accordion, vocals), Leah Ashton, Tia Simone, Nina Kasuya (vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin, guitar).

Previous albums by The Hollow Trees include Wacky’s Tackle (2010), Welcome to Nelsonville (2008), and The Hollow Trees (2005).

Hello Friend! will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, The Green Bean in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood, Grow Kid Grow in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, and at all Hollow Trees shows.

Check out The Hollow Trees’ website HERE.

The Hollow Trees on YouTube

The Hollow Trees on Facebook

The Hollow Trees on Twitter

Credit: The Hollow Trees.

Beginning July 26 – ‘Sessions at the Circle’ Live Jazz at The Shops at Columbus Circle This Summer Free Concert Series Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center Takes Center Stage Beginning July 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center is curating free “Sessions at the Circle” this summer at The Shops at Columbus Circle on Tuesday evenings from6 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, July 26 through August 30. In addition, various retailers from The Shops will style the musicians and also provide special offers for shoppers.


Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

10 Columbus Circle – Second Floor Mezzanine Level



Credit: The Shops at Columbus Circle.

Summer Must-Haves for the Kids!

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Heading to the Beach or the Pool with the Kids this Summer? These products are a must-buy!

*NEW* Australian Gold SPF 50 Kids Lotion, $8.99, National Drug Retailers.


Specially formulated with sensitive skin in mind to neutralize pH while remaining Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free and Amine Free. The antioxidant enriched formula is designed to provide total sun protection while naturally soothing and conditioning skin.


More info:

  • Kid safe – Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free and Amine Free
  • Kakadu plum extract, a native Australian fruit, works to boost efficacy of sunscreen while protecting from free radicals
  • Tea tree oil is a powerful antioxidant that works to gently cleanse smooth skin
  • Aloe Vera provides natural soothing and conditioning to skin
  • Provides Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Water resistant for 80 minutes
  • Signature Australian Gold fragrance


 The next two are new favorites of mine!

Hello Kitty Lip Balm SPF 30, $1.99, National Drug Retailers

Treat your lips to a tropical vacation with the Tangerine Tango flavored Hello Kitty SPF 30 Lip Balm that helps prevent sunburn and protects dry, chapped lips. Australian Gold combines cutting edge sun care with skin caring ingredients like Jojoba, Sunflower Seed Oil, Pomegranate and Vitamin E to deliver sun protection with exceptional skin care.

I like that this one provides sun protection and doesn’t feel sticky! It goes on clear and is great for the whole family! I even use this one!


Hello Kitty Frozen Aloe Sun Cooling Spray, $6.99, National Drug Retailers

Dispenses cooling, white flakes that instantly soothe sun burned skin. The aloe formula moisturizes dry, sun parched skin and helps minimize blistering, peeling and chapping. Australian Gold combines cutting edge sun care with Asian skin caring ingredients, Yomogi, Butterfly Bush, and Green Tea to deliver sun protection with exceptional skin care.

More info:

  • Frescolat® provides instant cooling that lasts up to 30 minutes
  • Contains skin soothing extracts: Yomogi, Butterfly Bush and Green Tea
  • Dispenses soft snowflakes that absorb quickly
  • Sparkling Yuzu Fragrance (notes of Sparkling Yuzu, Juicy Kiwi and Whipped Vanilla)
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)

Specially formulated with sensitive skin in mind to neutralize pH while remaining Paraben Free, Mineral Oil Free and Amine Free. The antioxidant enriched formula is designed to provide total sun protection while naturally soothing and conditioning skin.

This one is a must-have for sunburn this Summer!



Look for them at a retailer near you this Summer! 





RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System

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This is a must-have for the medicine cabinet!

RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System!


Introducing NEW! RectiCare Complete…

A new mom can tell you that childbirth, although painful, results in a bundle of joy greater than ever imagined, and if she is lucky a “push present” from her special someone (cue that little blue box, mani/pedi combo or spa package!). However, all of that pushing can also be accompanied by something less desirable – hemorrhoids.

Certainly, it’s important to be evaluated at an early enough stage for intervention, and any pain or bleeding should be discussed with a colorectal specialist, but if the hemorrhoid isn’t severe it is helpful to know that there are topical creams that can help relieve pain, itching, swelling and also offer protection from irritation, so mom can focus on her newest, sweetest gift.

To help ease pain, new moms (and anyone who suffers from non-severe hemorrhoids) can find RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System in drugstores. Recommended by Colon and Rectal Surgeons and formulated with the highest lidocaine 5% and phenylephrine HCI 0.25% strengths available over the counter, RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System works quickly to shrink swollen hemorrhoidal tissue and help relieve the pain, itching and burning associated with hemorrhoids and other anorectal disorders.

The system includes RectiCare® Advanced Hemorrhoidal Cream and a supply of 10 “finger cots,” little covers that fit over the finger. They promote hygienic application, since the finger doesn’t come into contact with the product or the area to which it is being applied. The system also includes 8 individually packaged pre-moistened RectiCare® Advanced Hemorrhoidal Wipes which are discreet, and perhaps most important for new moms, portable and perfect for on-the-go relief.

Not all “push presents” are created equal; fortunately, there is a portable and convenient solution for the less coveted result of pushing, so mom can return to enjoying the fruits of her labor.

RectiCare® Complete Hemorrhoid Care System SRP $29.99, available at Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS.
About Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc.:
Ferndale Healthcare®, Inc. is an affiliate of Ferndale Pharma Group Inc., a fully integrated holding company. Ferndale Healthcare® targets several key specialty markets which encompass disease states that range from benign anorectal disorders to various skin conditions. The company’s mission is to provide high-quality, value-added products that help patients get back to what matters most in their lives—living well. Many of Ferndale Healthcare’s products are leaders in their respective categories.

For more information, please visit: or

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post.


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New from the self-tanning experts at Sally Hansen: AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse, a light, velvety mousse that dries in a minute to deliver an immediate natural sun kissed look.  Build to a tanned look in just one hour. The mousse, with fast-acting technology glides on smooth and quickly absorbs into skin providing an even, fast, and flawless color that develops in an hour into a tan that lasts up to seven days.  Perfect for any season, Sally Hansen: AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse is formulated with exclusive coconut water extract and provides a seamless tan leaving the skin smooth. This mousse is transfer-resistant and streak-free without the self-tanner odor.  Look flawless and get the perfect glow in minutes!

I received a sample and I love how easy it is to use and how I don’t look orange! It also doesn’t make my skin feel dried out and did I say how great it looks?


Sally Hansen AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse is available in 2 shades: 01 Medium & 02 Dark.

Sally Hansen AIRBRUSH SUN® Instant Tanning Mousse, SRP $13.99, hits shelves beginning July 2016.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Info and photos provided by Sally Hansen.


This July, Redbox has teamed up with 7-11!

7-Eleven Big Gulp Promotion

Throughout the month of July and August, Redbox has teamed up with 7-11. With the purchase of a Big Gulp, you will score a free movie rental!  Simple as that- quench your thirst and watch a flick for free.

And in August, you can reserve rentals to automatically be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card…every day of the month! Someone will win each day! Now, how cool is that?

Go to!

Credit: Redbox and 7-11.

Global Genes Announces RARE Champion of Hope Award Recipients to be Honored at the 5th Annual Tribute to Champions of Hope, Presented by PRA Health Sciences Philip Reilly To Receive Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award September 22-24 in Huntington Beach, CA


Global Genes is pleased to announce the 2016 award recipients who will be honored at the 5th Annual Tribute to Champions of Hope (Tribute) presented by PRA Health Sciences and during a special ceremony following the RARE Patient Advocacy Summit (Summit). These highly anticipated events will take place September 22-24, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA. Global Genes is proud to introduce this year’s Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree to be presented on Saturday, September 24th as part of the RARE Champion of Hope Awards.

The Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at this year’s Tribute event to Honoree Philip Reilly, MD, JD – an individual who has been a champion for patients throughout his career.  “Phil Reilly is a champion of patients.  He is deeply focused on the potential of science to create hope for patients.  He is a leader at this time of true progress in the rare disease field,” commented Henri Termeer, Former President & CEO of Genzyme Corporation.

Reilly earned his board certification in internal medicine and clinical genetics, his law degree, served as Executive Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, held faculty positions at Harvard Medical School and Brandeis University, is an accomplished author, and has an extensive track record in launching and building companies that develop innovative therapies for rare disease.

“Phil embodies the spirit of the Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award,” added Betsy Bogard, FOP Patient Advocate. “His commitment to understanding and addressing rare genetic diseases is unwavering. He possesses a unique ability to bring the forces of science and business to bear on the problems of rare diseases, always keeping patients and families front and center. He is relentless in the search for meaningful treatments and has brought hope and compassion to countless families.”

In addition to his role at Third Rock Ventures, Reilly is a trustee emeritus of Cornell University, an Overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College, and serves on the Advisory Board to the Boston University School of Public Health.

The Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award was created & named in Mr. Termeer’s honor because of his focus and commitment to patients that began over 25 years ago.  Mr. Termeer is a pioneer in biotech, and has committed an entire career to impacting patients with rare disease.  He has been a mentor to many, has developed best practices that have been integrated into most of the successful biotech’s, and has inspired almost all that have worked with or for him.   “Henri is someone who all of us in rare disease aspire to be like, stated Nicole Boice, Founder and CEO Global Genes.  “In fact, this award also epitomizes the spirit of all the Champion of Hope award honorees.  All of those being recognized have similar qualities; courage, focus, tenacity, inspiration, they are game changers and innovators.”

Over 350 individuals and organizations worldwide were nominated by their peers for a RARE Champion of Hope award for their notable efforts in rare disease advocacy, science, collaborative sciences, and medical care and treatment. From the extraordinary list of nominees, members from the Global Genes Board of Directors, Medical and Science Advisory Board, and other key partners selected the recipients to be honored at the 5th annual Tribute event.

Global Genes would like to congratulate the following 2016 RARE Champion ofHope award recipients to be honored at the Tribute to Champions of Hope on Saturday, September 24:

RARE Champion of Hope and Henri Termeer Lifetime Achievement Award – Philip Reilly, M.D., J.D., Author

RARE Champion of Hope – Sam and Alex Kimura, Founders, Sharing America’s Marrow (SAM)

This year’s esteemed honorees will be recognized at a special awards ceremony on Friday, September 23. Honorees include RAREChampion(s) of Hope in:

Advocacy: Gina Szajnuk, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Rare & Undiagnosed Network

Advocacy: Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, Co-Founder, Emily’s Entourage

International Advocacy: Elisabeth Linton, The Sanafilippo Children’s Research Foundation

Teen Advocacy: Peter Dankelson, #ChooseKIND Advocate, Children’s Craniofacial Association

Medical Care and Treatment: Dr. Elif Oral (FPLD), Assoc. Prof of Medicine


Director, Post-Bariatric Surgery Clinic, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism


Brehm Center for Diabetes Department of Internal Medicine University of Michigan

Medical Care and Treatment International: Chancellor Dr. Carmencita Padailla, Philippine Society for Orphan Disorder

Science: Dr. Anne Calof, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Developmental & Cell Biology, and the Center for Complex Biological Systems, University of California, Irvine and Dr. Arthur D. Lander, M.D., Ph.D., Donald Bren Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology. Director, Center for Complex Biological Systems, University of California, Irvine

Science International: Dr. Illana Gozes, Professor, The Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair, Director, Adams Super Center for Brain Studies
Collaborations in Advocacy: Kelly Ranallo, Founder/President, Turner Syndrome Global Alliance and RARE KC

Collaborations in Science and Technology: Dr. Steven Walkley, Dr. Daniel Ory, Dr. Charles Vite, Dr. Cristin Davidson, Hide and Seek Foundation for Lysosomal Disease Research, Dana’s Angels Research Trust, Race for Adam, Hadley Hope, Fight NPC (SOAR-NPC)

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Global Genes’ educational programs and the RARE Patient Impact Grant Program, which was launched at last year’s Tribute. Global Genes is pleased to also welcome PRA Health Sciences as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Tribute to Champions of Hope.

Presenting sponsor: PRA Health Sciences

To date the events’ sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Horizon Pharma, Genentech, Pfizer and Walgreens.  Additional sponsorships provided by:  Retrophin, Raptor, Genzyme, Amicus, Shire, Healthcare at Home, Novartis, Vertex, BioMarin, Mallinckrodt, Recordati Rare Disease, Inc, Biogen Idec, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Abeona Therapeutics, Chiasma Pharmaceuticals, Ambry Genetics, Akcea Therapeutics, Bluebird Bio, Janssen, Sigma Tau, Cambridge BioMarketing, Alnylam, Dohmen Life Sciences Services, BIO, Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK), Jazz Pharmaceuticals,IDIS, Marathon Pharmaceutical, Third Rock Ventures, Voyager Therapeutics, RegenxBio, Illumina and Ultragenyx.

It is not too late to become an event sponsor. To learn more about Global Genes and event sponsorship opportunities, visit


About Global Genes
Global Genes is a leading rare genetic disease advocacy organization. We work to eliminate rare disease challenges by building awareness, developing patient-focused educational tools, and funding patient care programs and early investigative research. Recognized worldwide by the Blue Denim Genes Ribbon™, Global Genes is dedicated to connection. We unite experts, advocates and patients of all ages. Together, we actively seek treatments and cures for the 7,000+ rare genetic diseases that affect 30 million Americans and over 350 million people worldwide.

About PRA Health Sciences
PRA is one of the world’s leading global contract research organizations, by revenue, providing outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. PRA’s global clinical development platform includes approximately 70 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and the Middle East, and 12,000+ employees worldwide. Since 2000, PRA has performed approximately 3,300 clinical trials globally and has worked on more than 100 marketed drugs across several therapeutic areas. In addition, PRA has participated in the pivotal or supportive trials that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration or international regulatory approval of more than 60 drugs. To learn more about PRA, please visit