Month: April 2015

AMI Announces Fender® Eric Clapton Stratocaster® Guitar Giveaway

Jukebox and social media users can enter to win a guitar from music legendrnrnPHILADELPHIA, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AMI Entertainment Network has partnered with Reprise Records and Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to give a lucky fan a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster guitar in celebration of his new retrospective, Forever Man.rnrnStarting April 28th, AMI jukebox users and social media fans can enter for a chance to win. Entries can be made through any participating jukebox on the AMI network by touching the Eric Clapton promotional screen or directly through AMI Jukeboxes Facebook page by visiting the Contest tab. One grand prize winner will be awarded a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster guitar, valued at $1,600. Two runners-up will win vinyl copies of Clapton's new retrospective, Forever Man. Users can enter to win once a day until May 12th.rnrnAMI jukeboxes can easily be found in your local area using the AMI BarLink app. Download the free app for Apple or Android devices and search for locations near you. It only takes a few steps to add funds to your wallet and start playing songs on the jukebox using your smartphone!rnrnWith 51 tracks spanning three decades of Clapton's solo career on Reprise Records, Forever Man is a new compilation of classic studio tracks, live tracks, and a bonus Blues-themed disc. Featuring the Grammy Award-winning tracks "Change the World," "Tears in Heaven," and "Bad Love" and including material from Clapton's Grammy Award-winning albums From The Cradle and Unplugged. Forever Man will be available everywhere on May 11th.rnrnFor full contest rules and more information about AMI's digital jukeboxes and other products, check out www.amientertainment.com or follow AMI on Facebook.rnrnAbout AMI Entertainment Network: AMI Entertainment Network has been developing cutting-edge entertainment solutions for bars and restaurants for more than a century, from the dawn of the jukebox to the digital age. Featuring the latest in content and technology, AMI jukeboxes and Tap TV provide everything you need to connect with today's tech-savvy patrons. From music to video to mobile, AMI provides 360 degrees of entertainment. For more information, please visit: www.amientertainment.comrnrnAbout Fender Musical Instruments Corporation: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world's leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® fretted instruments, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel® among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.rnrnFor more information, contact:rnMegan DePaul 215.695.3143rnmdepaul@amientertainment.comrnrnSOURCE AMI Entertainment NetworkrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.amientertainment.com

Tick season is here and Giroud Tree and Lawn gives tick control tips to protect outdoor activity lovers from Lyme Disease

Preventing tick bites is a must for anyone in the Philadelphia area, who loves outdoor activities. With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme Disease cases, Giroud Tree and Lawn provides Tick control strategies to protect people from ticks and tick borne diseases such as Lyme Diseasern

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 27, 2015

Tick control is essential between now and October to protect family and pets from Lyme Disease and other dangerous tick borne illnesses. With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that Pennsylvania has the highest number of Lyme Disease cases in the country for the past five years, Giroud Tree and Lawn provides Tick Control strategies homeowners can use to prevent tick bites.

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The first step in tick control is to know where ticks thrive. "Ticks usually live around the fringes of a yard," explains Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree and Lawn and ISA Certified Arborist. "Preferring shade and seeking protection from the sun, ticks hide out in ground level vegetation such as high grasses, underbrush, shrubs and woods."

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Besides identifying tick habitats, there are several tick control actions homeowners can take to protect family members," These include:

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1. Clean-up Overgrown Areas: Eliminate shady tick habitats. Clean up overgrown areas and prune trees and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.

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2. Create a Tick Barrier: Use woodchips, mulch or gravel to create a 3 foot barrier, like a firewall, between your lawn and unmanicured areas or stone walls.

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3. Limit Groundcovers: Pachysandra and other popular groundcovers provide a perfect habitat for ticks. Restrict the use of groundcovers in areas frequented by family and pets.

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4. Apply Deer Repellant: Deer are the primary carriers of ticks to your property. Professional treatments are available that safely repel deer from your property. The best products are odorless, water-resistant and must be applied every three months for year round protection.

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5. Treat High Risk Areas: PA Certified applicators can treat high risk areas with a targeted pesticide application now and again in September/October. Additional treatments may be required in areas with the highest tick populations.

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Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control provides detailed recommendations for families to follow before going outdoors and after coming inside. Before going outdoors, treat boots, clothing and camping gear with products containing permethrin and protect skin using a repellent with 20% or more DEET. After coming inside, check clothing and body for ticks and shower within two hours.

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For more information on tick control actions contact Giroud Tree and lawn at 215-682-7704 or go to: http://www.giroudtree.com/contact-us.

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About Giroud Tree and Lawn rn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green . Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to diagnose, treat and maintain tree and lawn health. The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

HHM’s Independent Collection Rallies around Autism Awareness Month

The Independent Collection, together with all 115 HHM Hotels, has partnered with Autism Speaks to raise awareness for Autism Awareness Month this April.rn

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Philadelphia (PRWEB) April 23, 2015

The Independent Collection, together with all 115 HHM Hotels, has partnered with Autism Speaks for the second year running. Joining landmark buildings around the world in Lighting it Up Blue (LIUB) in tribute to autism awareness for the month of April, the hotels have labeled this year's campaign with Autism Speaks “Traveling There Together” and have extended their partnership to include fundraising and other engaging awareness events and activities.

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“HHM has dedicated themselves to this cause and Independent Collection hotels are setting the example on how to inspire and rally for a cause. I’m in awe of the enthusiasm that our hotels and their staff are bringing to this campaign,” said Foiz Ahmed vice president of Independent Collection hotels. “The excitement at IC hotels is palpable!”

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Throughout the month of April, all HHM associates are raising awareness by wearing puzzle-piece pins, collecting donations from guests at check out and placing cards in all guestrooms with information on Autism Sleep Disorders – a prevalent symptom of those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. By participating in the Light it Up Blue Campaign, HHM hotels join more than 10,000 landmarks, businesses, communities and homes is a worldwide campaign, including such iconic buildings as The Empire State Building in NYC, Niagara Falls in Canada, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and even the International Space Station. HHM is the only hotel company partnering with Autism Speaks for this campaign.

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In addition to all of HHM’s activities supporting Autism Speaks, Independent Collection hotels are also hosting events and promotions at their individual properties. At the Boxer in Boston, the staff is dressed in blue and the bar has concocted specialty (blue) cocktails with proceeds going towards autism awareness, research and outreach. On April 15, The Graham Georgetown held a spectacular event on their rooftop, which was attended by over 170 clients and VIPs, and raised an impressive $25,000 toward the cause. In sunny California, Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara hosted a “Fun in the Sun” event featuring activities such as a Ping Pong Toss, Arts & Crafts and a bake sale for an audience of corporate clients, locals, United Way and the Autism Society of SB.

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The campaign lasts until the end of the month and donations are encouraged at the HHM Fundraise Your Way website.

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About The Independent Collection: The IC is a growing collection of cultivated and intimate lifestyle hotels located in unique residential neighborhoods of gateway cities across the US. Founded in New York in Tribeca and then Brooklyn, it has grown to Boston’s West End, Midtown Village in Philadelphia, Washington’s Capitol Hill and Georgetown, down to Miami’s South Beach and west to Hotel Milo Santa Barbara across the last five years. This distinctive hotel concept is renowned for its authentic connection to the local communities, personalized service and residential comforts. Independent Collection hotels are created for the independently minded traveler and invite guests to experience the true spirit of the city. Learn more by visiting http://www.independentcollection.com.

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About HHM: Formerly known as Hersha Hospitality Management, HHM operates 115 hotels across the United States. It provides turnkey hotel management, asset management and receivership for properties with leading brand affiliations through Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. HHM also operates 28 independent hotels ranging from The Rittenhouse Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond property in Philadelphia, to the Larkspur Landing hotels, all-suite extended stay properties in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Its highly experienced team is accustomed to serving as a fiduciary to publicly traded companies, joint ventures, institutional real estate owners and private investors. Additional information on HHM can be found at http://www.hhmhospitality.com.

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About Autism Speaks: Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $525 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 60 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

Philadelphia Insurance Partners with Arbor Day Foundation to Plant 80,000 Trees

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Bala Cynwyd, PA (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant 80,000 trees and offset 2,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2015. The PHLY 80k Trees initiative launching on Earth Day 2015 will support planting through two of the Foundation’s signature programs: Replanting Our Nation’s Forests and Community Tree Recovery.

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To achieve the goal of planting 80,000 trees, PHLY is engaging its employees, independent agents and brokers, and policyholders in a paperless initiative. For each new agent enrollment in direct deposit of commissions, PHLY will plant ten (10) trees on behalf of the agent. For each new policyholder enrollment in electronic billing, PHLY will plant fifteen (15) trees on behalf of the customer.

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Healthy trees provide habitat for wildlife, clean water for communities, and decrease the risk of flooding by increasing soil stability and reducing storm water runoff in urban areas. Record wildfires, storms, and other natural disasters have destroyed millions of trees in forests in recent years. Over one million acres are in desperate need of replanting according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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“Weather- and climate-related events involving property damage and business disruption have drastically impacted the insurance industry,” said Bob O’Leary President and Chief Executive Officer of PHLY. “By partnering with Arbor Day Foundation to support the planting of 80,000 trees, we are not only taking steps to ensure that generations to come will benefit from our forests, but providing security to our policyholders.”

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Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees with more than one million members and programs making a positive difference to the environment including Replanting Our Nation’s Forests and Community Tree Recovery.

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“The Arbor Day Foundation is delighted to share a common goal with PHLY of being responsible stewards of the environment,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “PHLY’s investment will enrich our local forests and surrounding communities.”

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PHLY will also plant one tree for every dollar donated by PHLY employees and the public at PHLY.com/Trees. Thirty PHLY volunteers will be participating in a two-day volunteer planting tour in Bastrop, TX, led by Arbor Day Foundation’s local and on-the-ground partners. The planting tour will take place during the fall 2015/spring 2016 planting season.

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For more information about the initiative please visit http://www.PHLY.com/Trees.

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About Philadelphia Insurancern
Philadelphia Insurance Companies designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance products incorporating value added coverages and services for select industries. In operation since 1962, the Company, whose commercial lines insurance subsidiaries are rated ’A++’ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and ’AA-’ for counterparty credit and financial strength by Standard & Poor’s, is nationally recognized as a member of Ward's Top 50, National Underwriter’s Top 100, and one of the Top 150 Workplaces in America. Policies are underwritten by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company. The organization has 49 offices strategically located across the United States to provide superior service. For more information, please visit http://www.PHLY.com.

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About Arbor Day Foundationrn
Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Philly Pretzel Factory Celebrates National Pretzel Day with Free Pretzel Giveaway

140-Plus Unit Booming Pretzel Franchise Gives All Guests Free Pretzels on April 26, 2015rn

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Philadelphia (PRWEB) April 21, 2015

Whoever said there is “no such thing as free” will eat their words on Sunday, April 26, when Philly Pretzel Factory gives away a free pretzel to every guest who enters the store in celebration of National Pretzel Day. Additionally, Philly Pretzel Factory locations will award the first 100 customers in line with a card redeemable for a free pretzel every day throughout the month of May.

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“National Pretzel Day is our favorite holiday because it gives us a chance to show our appreciation to our loyal fans who have been enjoying our fresh baked pretzels for 17 years,” said Dan DiZio, CEO and co-founder of Philly Pretzel Factory, a 140-plus-unit pretzel chain born and raised in Philadelphia. “Our customers have helped us achieve great success over the years and it’s great that we’re able to celebrate alongside them and thank them.”

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After launching its free pretzel initiative on National Pretzel Day in 2008, Philly Pretzel Factory saw thousands of fans enter its stores for a savory treat. With momentum from the success of previous years, franchisees across the nation are preparing for the big day. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been a huge help in promoting the national holiday, and many fans have turned to these platforms to interact, connect and bond with the brand on a more personal level.

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“The Philly Pretzel Factory experience goes beyond the walls of our locations – it is a lifestyle,” said DiZio. “We’ve garnered a significant following through daily promotions, giveaways and exciting announcements – and with more than 206,000 fans on Facebook – we can’t wait to see customers celebrating across the United States.”

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National Pretzel Day began in 1983 when Philadelphia Rep. Robert S. Walker declared his favorite food was deserving of its own holiday. In April 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 National Pretzel Day to honor and recognize the importance of the treat to the state’s rich history of German immigrants.

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During the time of the first declaration, but long before Philly Pretzel Factory was built, DiZio already had a knack for selling the knot-shaped delights. At the age of 11, DiZio would ride his bike to the corner of Southampton and Roosevelt Boulevard to sell his own pretzel creations. The young entrepreneur would sell five pretzels for $1, averaging total sales of 1,000 pretzels per day. After giving a cut to the supplier, DiZio would pocket $100 and ride home.

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In order to turn his pretzel stand into something much bigger, DiZio teamed up with college buddy Len Lehman in 1998 to create the first Philly Pretzel Factory blueprint. Since then, the brand has grown from a single location in Mayfair to 148 locations across the U.S., and has moved into previously untapped states in 2014 including Virginia, Tennessee and Florida.

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“Since we have added a presence in new markets over the last year, we are excited to see more families and their communities enjoy a snack on us for the special day,” said Marty Ferrill, President of Philly Pretzel Factory.

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As the world’s largest Philly-style bakery, Philly Pretzel Factory bakes fresh, delicious soft pretzels delivered to customers “served hot outta the oven.” Each pretzel, made from a mix of only the finest and freshest ingredients, is hand twisted to ensure quality and authenticity.

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ABOUT PHILLY PRETZEL FACTORY:rn
Philly Pretzel Factory offers consumers a fresh, healthier choice of a satisfying snack with their fresh-baked pretzels that are “served hot outta the oven.” Philly Pretzel Factory was founded in 1998 by college buddies Dan DiZio and Len Lehman and has grown into the largest Philly style pretzel bakery in the world, feeding customers at 148 franchised locations primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, expanding from New York to Florida. Philly Pretzel Factory’s menu offers the traditional Philly style pretzel and also includes pretzel twists, mini pretzels, rivets, pretzel dogs, cheesesteak pretzels and a variety of mustards. These products can be found in a stand-alone bakery, transportation and entertainment venues, and in the nation's largest retailer, Walmart. For more information on Philly Pretzel Factory, visit http://www.phillypretzelfactory.com. To inquire about franchise opportunities, visit http://www.ownappf.com.

Spring Insect and Disease Problems Can Destroy Tree Health and Giroud Tree and Lawn Provides Tree Service Warning Signs for Homeowners

It’s Spring in Philadelphia and many trees are under attack from insects and diseases that can weaken or destroy tree health. Giroud Tree and Lawn provides tips on how to identify Spring’s most destructive pests and the tree service actions required to keep trees healthy.rn

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Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

As Spring takes hold in Philadelphia, tree insects and diseases are emerging. According to Giroud Tree and Lawn, many trees are facing formidable problems that can weaken or destroy tree health. Early detection and targeted treatment are among the tree service keys to controlling destructive tree insects and diseases.

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“As we roll into May, healthy deciduous trees should display a full crown of lush, green leaves,” explains Lou Giroud, President of Giroud Tree and Lawn and ISA Certified Arborist. “Evergreens should have new buds and vibrant color. The picture is significantly different for trees with insect or disease problems.”    

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Sick trees display clear warning signs. Homeowners should be alert for any of the top five symptoms:rn
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2. Late or Partial Leaf-Out: Tree leafs out later than others of the same type, has lack of new growth, dwarf leaves or only some sections of the tree leaf-out. rn
3. Decay: Mushrooms or shelf fungi growing out of the root system or trunk of a tree, cavity or peeling bark.rn
4. Insects: Signs of insect activity on the leaves, branches or trunk. Heavy hitters for Spring are Aphids, Leaf Miners, Lacebugs and Soft Scales.rn
5. Excessive deadwood: Dead branches can be a serious safety hazard to people and property.

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Ash trees in particular are under attack in the Philadelphia region from Emerald Ash Borer. Treatment is the only option to protect Ash trees from this 100% fatal pest which has destroyed millions of trees in over 20 states. Additionally, Eastern Hemlocks are being destroyed by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. This pest can also be controlled but treatment must be carefully timed for when the Adelgid is most vulnerable

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Early detection is the key to saving trees suffering from insect or disease problems. Homeowners concerned about tree health, should contact a tree service company with ISA Certified Arborists. The Arborist will inspect the trees, diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action.

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About Giroud Tree and Lawnrn
Giroud Tree and Lawn specializes in tree service, tree removal and lawn care programs that make customers love doing business with the company since 1974. Serving Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, the company offers professional tree and lawn evaluation, tree pruning, tree removal, insect and disease control, fertilizing, stump removal and traditional and 100% organic lawn programs to keep lawns healthy and green . Giroud Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and have the knowledge and experience required to diagnose, treat and maintain tree and lawn health. The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service Award® every year since 2005. The “Giroud Treework for Charity” program donates free tree care services to parks, historical sites and other non-profit organizations located in the Company’s service area. For more information, visit the company website at http://www.giroudtree.com or call 215-682-7704.

Preventing Cancer with Broccoli Sprout Extract

Philadelphia, Pennslyvania (PRWEB) April 19, 2015

Broccoli sprout extract protects against oral cancer in mice and proved tolerable in a small group of healthy human volunteers, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, announced today at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

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The promising results will be further explored in a human clinical trial, which will recruit participants at high risk for head and neck cancer recurrence later this year. This research is funded through Pitt’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant in head and neck cancer from the National Cancer Institute.

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“People who are cured of head and neck cancer are still at very high risk for a second cancer in their mouth or throat, and, unfortunately, these second cancers are commonly fatal,” said lead author Julie Bauman, M.D., M.P.H., co-director of the UPMC Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence. “So we’re developing a safe, natural molecule found in cruciferous vegetables to protect the oral lining where these cancers form.”

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Previous studies, including large-scale trials in China, have shown that cruciferous vegetables that have a high concentration of sulforaphane – such as broccoli, cabbage and garden cress – help mitigate the effects of environmental carcinogens.

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Dr. Bauman collaborated with Daniel E. Johnson, Ph.D., professor of medicine at Pitt and a senior scientist in the UPCI Head and Neck Cancer Program, to test sulforaphane in the laboratory. For several months, Dr. Johnson and his team gave sulforaphane to mice predisposed to oral cancer and found that it significantly reduced the incidence and number of tumors.

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“The clear benefit of sulforaphane in preventing oral cancer in mice raises hope that this well-tolerated compound also may act to prevent oral cancer in humans who face chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and carcinogens,” said Dr. Johnson.    

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Dr. Bauman treated 10 healthy volunteers with fruit juice mixed with sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout extract. The volunteers had no ill-effects from the extract and protective changes were detectable in the lining of their mouths, meaning it was absorbed and directed to at-risk tissue.

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These findings were enough to prompt a clinical trial that will recruit 40 volunteers who have been curatively treated for head and neck cancer. The participants will regularly take capsules containing broccoli seed powder to determine if they can tolerate the regimen and whether it has enough of an impact on their oral lining to prevent cancer. From there, larger clinical trials could be warranted.

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“We call this ‘green chemoprevention,’ where simple seed preparations or plant extracts are used to prevent disease,” said Dr. Bauman, also an associate professor in Pitt’s School of Medicine. “Green chemoprevention requires less money and fewer resources than a traditional pharmaceutical study, and could be more easily disseminated in developing countries where head and neck cancer is a significant problem.”

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Additional authors on this research are Yan Zhang, Ph.D., Malabika Sen, Ph.D., Daniel P. Normolle, Ph.D., Thomas W. Kensler, Ph.D., Sumita Trivedi, M.B.B.S., and Siddharth H. Sheth, D.O., M.P.H., all of Pitt; Jennifer R. Grandis, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Pitt at the time the research was conducted; and Patricia A. Egner, M.S., of Johns Hopkins University.

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About UPCIrn
As the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in western Pennsylvania, UPCI is a recognized leader in providing innovative cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment; bio-medical research; compassionate patient care and support; and community-based outreach services. Investigators at UPCI, a partner with UPMC CancerCenter, are world-renowned for their work in clinical and basic cancer research.