Dr. Sergio Cortes Leading The Way In The Fight Against The Zika Virus

Every expectant mother is riddled with concerns regarding the health of her unborn child. Her greatest fear is that something might happen that would affect the developing fetus in utero that could result in complications during labor or in long-term birth defects.

In the tragic case of Marilia Lima; civil servant, sociologist and lawyer from Brazil, these fears have become a grim reality after the birth of her son Arthur.

Suffering from microcephaly, a disorder that has been connected to the little-known Zika Virus, Arthur was born with a small head and severe brain damage. He is continually fretful, difficult to placate and is riddled with health problems ranging from his eyesight to the use of of limbs and he is unable to properly nurse.

In an interview with Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, contributor for National Public Radio, Lima says, “It’s still something that doesn’t feel real to me yet, but I am at the point where I can’t think. I just have to act. I have to take care of him, look after all his needs.”

Even more unfortunate, Arthur is only one out of an estimated 3,500 other children that have been diagnosed with microcephaly since May of 2015.

Due to the recent epidemic of Dengue and negligence on the part of several health officials, Zika has been allowed to spread rapidly presenting an alarming concern to citizens of Brazil and more than a dozen other countries. This is why Dr. Sergio Cortes, CMO Chief Medical Officer Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz, is working to educate and inform people as to how to properly differentiate between the viruses.

Thanks to Dr. Sergio Cortes’ findings that have been reported on this Dino.com.br article it has been discovered that the Aedes Aegypti, or yellow fever mosquito, is not only a transmitter for Dengue but also the Zika and Chikungunya viruses.

Although the symptoms of the diseases are very similar there are some distinct differences that Dr. Sergio Cortes believes can discern between each disease. He has determined that high fever, body aches, and splotchy red spots on the skin are common symptoms but muscle soreness and pain behind the eyes seem to be exclusive markings of Dengue; while itchy, red eyes are characteristics of the Zika Virus and joint pains are signs of Chikungunya.

While there is not any vaccine or known treatment for the Zika Virus, an antidote is being developed by the Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo to combat the disease. Currently it is in the second stage of research but Dr. Sergio Cortes reports that the drug is expected to pass to the third stage to be manufactured on an industrial scale soon. Dr. Sergio Cortes can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter and reports his research on his website.

No Cell Phone Company Can Beat FreedomPop’s Prices

AT&T and Verizon are well-known cell phone companies that have great service, but who know they had prices that were over $100 or more for unlimited plans? Post Bulletin featured an article about these companies bringing back unlimited plans, which they stopped doing years ago because they didn’t want to lose money. Unless a person has a plan that includes cable television or satellite TV, they couldn’t get an unlimited plan with Verizon or AT&T, and even still, the price is pretty high. Many love to use the Internet on their phone, so switching to FreedomPop may be the best choice.

It may seem difficult or too expensive to get a teenager cell phone, especially if there’s more than one teen in the household. With companies like FreedomPop, it’s possible to get each person in the household a cell phone, especially teenagers who may talk on the phone more than the average person. With FreedomPop, there is no worry about how long a teenager talks on the phone if the unlimited plan is purchased, which is only $20 monthly. With such a low-cost for the unlimited plan, there’s no worry about how long a teen stays on the phone or them going over any limits because it’s all unlimited.

Even adults may take their time on a cell phone and talk for many hours, so it’s a good idea to get everyone in the home the unlimited plan for only $20 a month. Even if every person in the household gets an unlimited plan, five people will only pay $100, which is what a single person may pay for a single cell phone plan with any other service provider. FreedomPop can easily save anyone money, especially a family with several people, so why not choose FreedomPop over any other service provider?

For those who are interested, FreedomPop also offers Internet service for the home or office as well as unlimited Wi-Fi service for a low-cost of only five dollars per month. Those who start off with the FreedomPop cell phone plan may be so satisfied that they choose to look into the other plans that FreedomPop has available, which is completely understandable.

Stephen Murray: How To Select A Good Private Equity Investment Firm

Are you in search of a private equity investment firm? Looking for the most reliable company that offers investment services in the private equity arena? If you are a beginning investor or if you are simply looking for information on how to get into the investment field, look no further than Stephen Murray CCMP Capital.

CCMP Capital is a private equity firm which specializes in buyout and development equity transactions. The firm invests in retail, consumer and services; energy; healthcare infrastructure; media and telecom; industrial; and financial services sectors. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital prefers to make investments in Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America.

There are many investment firms out there offering a vast range of financial services and investment solutions but you need to keep in mind that not all of these firms can meet your needs. It is imperative that you research the various companies and services that they offer before making a decision.

Investing is a very complex area of the financial services industry, and only knowledgeable professionals possess the skills to advise and guide you properly. That’s where Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on blogs.wsj comes in. The company has been in business for many years and only hire the best professionals available. They offer services that help clients reach their financial and investment goals.

When you consult with a financial services or an investment professional, you will be required to provide them with details of your financial situation and your expectations. The professionals will go over every detail with you and determine the best option for you.

It is important to consider factors such as reputation, reliability and experience. With Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, you do not need to worry about these because the company comes highly recommended in the industry. All you need to do, is get in touch with their office and they will walk you through the entire process of registering as a their client. They have a lot of information on their website for those who want to learn more about the many benefits of choosing CCMP Capital as their investment firm.

Stephen Murray was a private equity investor as well as a philanthropist. He was the President and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital. Mr Murray was also a founding partner of CCMP, and he worked hard to ensure the growth and success of the company. He was a renowned investor and lots of businesspeople and companies all over the world have actually benefited immensely from the outstanding services of Stephen Murray. He passed away on March 12. He was 52.

Jon Urbana’s Life through the Lens

Who is Jon Urbana? Jon is a multi-faceted human being with a multitude of talents and passions. He is a musician, an athlete, a philanthropist, a photographer and videographer, and an entrepreneur. For a more detailed description of Jon and his many interests you can visit his about.me profile or watch the accompanying video.

Amongst all the things Jon Urbana participates in, he has a wonderfully designed WordPress blog that he publishes on quite frequently. There he expresses his passions through great photography, music, video’s, and writing’s about his passions.

A specific post on his blog that is worthy of mention is this incredible high definition shot of the most delicious and rustic looking coffee beans. It’s titled “brew me, please

Another post that catches the eye is this fantastic video of a short and amazingly produced film called “The boy with a camera for a face” This is a stunning piece of art made by an inspiring film producer. It’s a whimsical and fun short film about a boy who was born with a camera as a face.

Jon’s food photography is incredible also and he catches the most amazing angles and high definition shots of food. One of these food pictures that inspires a desire for fresh and organic vegetables is entitled “colors“. It’s a wonderfully photographed piece of outdoor art that captures the incredible colors that a bright parachute can express.


One video on his Vimeo account captures a time-lapse of a stadium, and the imagination and sends you to the far east and makes you want to explore the eastern world in search of incredible spices and chilies. This post is entitled “Untitled“.

On a post entitled “Libations” he takes a great shot of a classic cocktail and gives a shout out to a great new restaurant in Kalamazoo.

New York Real Estate in 2015 – Setting Records all around

Various elements influence how the real estate market performs. Sometimes the market is down and other times, it enjoys a good run. An article in the New York Times took a look at the performance of real estate in New York City in 2015. From the article, it is clear that 2015 was the year that New York real estate prices went up with some record breaking sales. Shaun Osher, the CEO of Core, a brokerage firm, said, “We shattered just about very record…” and said 2015 was the year of the big sale.

Luxury Neighborhoods

New York real estate offers numerous luxury residence choices with projects like 520 Park, 432 Park, 220 Central Park South, and 56 Leonard. A Triplex in Central Park South bought for $200 million by Hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin, will double the current record and become the most expensive single residence in the nation after the close of the deal.


Different parts of New York saw some big sales with the largest sale (7th in the country) being of a penthouse in the One57 skyscraper that cost $100.47 million. The Extell development project also saw some other big sales like that of a 6-bedroom residence, known as the Winter Garden, at a price of $91.54 million, which is the city’s second most expensive. An apartment on the 86th floor sold for $47.37 to Guoqin Chen, of Hainan Airlines. One57 is undoubtedly making a name as a desirable investment choice for foreigners.

Condo Sales

There are also some records in condos such as the sale of the penthouse on the 78th floor South Tower of the Time Warner Center for $50.92 million. The same unit sold for $37.5 million in 2009. Two apartments sold for $45 million and $35 million at 202-unit 15 in Central Park West. A Triplex in 1 East 62nd Street belonging to the late Joan Rivers sold for $28 million

Co-ops and Townhouses

Co-ops and Townhouses were not left behind with the record-breaking purchase of an 834th Fifth Avenue duplex at $77.5 million. The previous record was for $71.28 million. For townhouses, the most expensive was for $37 million.

Getting a Piece of NYC through Town Residential

In the NYT article, Pamela Liebman, CEO of Corcoran Group, says that sales of luxury residences will increase with continued demand for NY real estate. Town Residential is one of the real estate firms to look at for luxury homes. Town Residential handles marketing, leasing and sale of developments.

Since 2010, the firm has made it possible for buyers to find the most luxurious units in different part of NY City.