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FILMART and EntertainmentPulse open today

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Monday, March 11, 2024

EntertainmentPulse, which runs parallel to FILMART,.gathers global industry leaders for engaging conversations on a variety of industry topics and for collaboration opportunities."

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  • EntertainmentPulse, which runs parallel to FILMART,.gathers global industry leaders for engaging conversations on a variety of industry topics and for collaboration opportunities."
  • The Thai Ministry of Culture set up a dedicated Thai Pavilion and organised Thai Day on the first day of FILMART.
  • FILMART has partnered with Votion Studios, a Hong Kong-based creative tech company, to set up a virtual production studio at the event.
  • Notably, the inaugural Rhythm of Martial Arts Music Concert took place today led by Music Director Dr. Mui Kwong Chiu.

Entertainment Expo Hong Kong kicks off

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Friday, March 1, 2024

HONG KONG, Mar 1, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 20th edition of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, which is being held from 24 February to 14 April, promises to be an arts and culture extravaganza showcasing the best of Hong Kong film, television, music and digital entertainment across 10 events.

Key Points: 
  • HONG KONG, Mar 1, 2024 - (ACN Newswire) - The 20th edition of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, which is being held from 24 February to 14 April, promises to be an arts and culture extravaganza showcasing the best of Hong Kong film, television, music and digital entertainment across 10 events.
  • The annual Expo attracts international stars, directors and entertainment industry elites to Hong Kong and is pleased to announce Leon Lai as this year's Expo ambassador.
  • Alongside the three founding events, Hong Kong International Film and TV Market, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and Hong Kong Film Awards, seven core programmes will showcase Hong Kong's status as a leading business hub for the creative industries in Asia.
  • Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Expo is sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK), the Film Development Fund and the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR.

Jelqing: the latest in a long history of attempts to enlarge the male member

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Posts advise that stretching a semi-erect penis could add up to an inch in length and girth by exploiting the body’s repair mechanisms.

Key Points: 
  • Posts advise that stretching a semi-erect penis could add up to an inch in length and girth by exploiting the body’s repair mechanisms.
  • Jelqing is just the latest in a long line of dubious penis enlargement techniques stretching (sorry) back millennia.
  • The ancient Greek method of lengthening the foreskin with a kynodesme (dog leash) seems positively mild compared with ancient Indian methods.
  • Penis pumps are also used for erectile dysfunction, but unlike some online claims, they don’t lengthen the penis.

Surgical interventions

  • Fillers are increasing in popularity, particularly hyaluronic acid (HA) injections.
  • HA is popular because it is doesn’t generate an immune response.
  • Surgery to cut the suspensory ligament anchoring the penis is the most widely accepted surgical elongation method.
  • A recent review concluded that evidence for supporting surgical procedures for penis enlargement is weak and the complications are under-reported.

Not needed, in most cases

  • A micropenis, usually diagnosed at birth, is where the penis is 2.5 standard deviations less than the average stretched penis length (2.3 to 2.5cm depending on ethnicity).
  • It is typically caused by a deficiency or imbalance of hormones such as testosterone or human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), or genetics.
  • The female vagina is on average 2.5 to 3.8 inches deep, but lengthens during sexual arousal to accommodate a penis longer than this.
  • The female genitalia have multiple erogenous structures that can result in orgasm, so penile length isn’t the key characteristic.

A closer look at jelqing

  • The top two consist of numerous spaces that are surrounded by smooth muscle, which keeps most blood out of the spaces.
  • During an erection, the muscles relax allowing blood to flow in, filling these spaces, and enlarging penile volume.
  • While the theory sounds good, smooth muscle cells in the penis don’t respond in the same way skeletal muscle does.
  • If jelqing, or any other trend, was really that effective, we would have seen evidence of it in medical journals, and the sale of extra-large underwear would be making the headlines.


Adam Taylor does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Which Test is Best? OB-GYN Lauren Streicher, M.D. Offers Expert Advice on Selecting Pregnancy Tests

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lauren Streicher , M.D., OB-GYN, clinical professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, addresses the most common questions about purchasing pregnancy tests, providing expert insight on which test to choose.

Key Points: 
  • Lauren Streicher , M.D., OB-GYN, clinical professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, addresses the most common questions about purchasing pregnancy tests, providing expert insight on which test to choose.
  • “When speaking to patients, I find there is still a lot of confusion as to which at-home pregnancy test is right for them.
  • Whether actively trying to conceive or not, having access to accurate and reliable pregnancy tests can alleviate any uncertainties.”
    Dr. Streicher sheds light on the following considerations regarding purchasing at-home pregnancy tests:
    How do at-home pregnancy tests work?
  • Pregnancy tests detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy that is found in urine.

Sony Semiconductor Solutions to Release SWIR Image Sensor for Industrial Applications with Industry-Leading 5.32 Effective Megapixels

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

ATSUGI, Japan, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation (SSS) today announced the upcoming release of the IMX992 short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) image sensor for industrial equipment, with the industry's highest*1 pixel count, at 5.32 effective megapixels.

Key Points: 
  • In this context, the capacity to sense not only visible light but also light in the invisible band is in demand.
  • This, in turn, helps achieve a compact form factor that still delivers the industry's highest*1 pixel count of approximately 5.32 effective megapixels on the IMX992, and approximately 3.21 effective megapixels on the IMX993.
  • Furthermore, enabling Dual Read Rolling Shutter (DRRS)*2 outputs images from the sensor in two distinct types.
  • Minimizing the image quality differences between wavelengths makes it possible to use the image sensor in a variety of industrial applications and contributes to improved reliability in inspection, recognition, and measurement applications.

HCG Secure Hires Mike Stapleton as Chief Technology Officer to Enhance Consumer Experience with Digital Tools and Platform

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Mike Stapleton is an IT executive and software systems architect with over 30 years' experience in the healthcare and financial services industries.

Key Points: 
  • Mike Stapleton is an IT executive and software systems architect with over 30 years' experience in the healthcare and financial services industries.
  • The company is partnered with all major carriers to provide technology enabled sales and marketing services focused on Medicare insurance.
  • HCG Secure is excited to be working with Mike and to leverage his depth of experience and expertise to best serve the middle market.
  • Mike's enthusiasm for HCG Secure's mission, coupled with decades of relevant strategic technology experience are sure to improve broker and consumer experiences across both sales and member engagement channels.

A brief history of pregnancy tests – from toads and rabbits to rosewater

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Tests for women to use themselves at home were first marketed in the 1960s.

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  • Tests for women to use themselves at home were first marketed in the 1960s.
  • They work by detecting the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in urine – which is produced primarily by cells in the placenta during pregnancy.
  • Blood tests can tell you the answer a mere 11 days after conception and urine tests a few days later.
  • Of course, a positive pregnancy test doesn’t necessarily lead to a baby – one in five will end in miscarriage.

The role of urine

    • Indeed, three ancient Egyptian papyri show that urine was being used as long as 4,500 years ago.
    • Many variations of tests using urine have been found throughout history.
    • Indeed, in a number of medical recipes from the medieval period onwards, a needle placed in a woman’s urine was said to turn red or black if she was pregnant.
    • That included uroscopy (medical examinations of the urine), but some women did it anyway.

Modern methods

    • Another option was to boil the urine – white streaks meant she was pregnant.
    • It was in the 1930s that there were the first suggestions that the seed tests, described in ancient Egypt as magical, shouldn’t be dismissed.
    • Later, live toads (the preferred species was the African clawed toad) were used instead and injected with women’s urine.
    • But all these methods were expensive and not 100% reliable.

Expanding Access to Women’s Health Fresenius Kabi Launches Generic Fertility Treatment

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Fresenius Kabi announced today it has launched Ganirelix Acetate Injection, a generic fertility drug, as part of the company’s expansion in women’s health.

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  • Fresenius Kabi announced today it has launched Ganirelix Acetate Injection, a generic fertility drug, as part of the company’s expansion in women’s health.
  • Ganirelix Acetate Injection is available immediately from Fresenius Kabi in 250 mcg/0.5 mL prefilled syringes.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230710582430/en/
    Now available: Fresenius Kabi Ganirelix Acetate Injection.
  • Ganirelix Acetate Injection is the third product offering in Fresenius Kabi’s Women’s Health portfolio, which includes Chorionic Gonadotropin for Injection, USP (hCG) and Progesterone Injection, USP.

Quest and Proov Collaborate to Bring Novel Home Fertility Test to Women Through questhealth.com

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

SECAUCUS, N.J., July 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Women seeking to start or expand a family can now access the Proov Confirm PdG home collection kit for assessing fertility through questhealth.com. Available through a collaboration with the consumer-initiated testing business of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and Proov, maker of at-home fertility and hormone tests, the Proov Confirm PdG test is the first and only FDA-cleared PdG (progesterone metabolite) home test kit to confirm successful ovulation.

Key Points: 
  • Available through a collaboration with the consumer-initiated testing business of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and Proov, maker of at-home fertility and hormone tests, the Proov Confirm PdG test is the first and only FDA-cleared PdG (progesterone metabolite) home test kit to confirm successful ovulation.
  • While the Quest site currently features over 75 test services, from comprehensive health panels to allergy and STD testing, most are based on the laboratory test services of Quest Diagnostics rather than over-the-counter at-home test kits from third-party providers.
  • It involves a urine test, similar to an at-home pregnancy test, with results visible to the eye in 5-10 minutes.
  • The Proov Confirm test joins several other Quest tests to aid fertility assessments and family planning on questhealth.com , including:
    • Ovarian Reserve Assessment Marker (AMH) Test (NEW), which measures women's ovulatory egg supply and potential effect on fertility.

HCG Fund Management, LP to Purchase Loans Facilitated by Shopify Capital

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

HCG Fund Management LP (“HCG”) has entered into an agreement to purchase loans facilitated by Shopify Capital, the capital arm of Shopify, Inc (“Shopify”).

Key Points: 
  • HCG Fund Management LP (“HCG”) has entered into an agreement to purchase loans facilitated by Shopify Capital, the capital arm of Shopify, Inc (“Shopify”).
  • Enabled by technology, the contemplated transactions will offer HCG the opportunity to assist Shopify in making commerce simpler, more participatory, and more accessible.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230627501111/en/
    Pictured are HCG Fund Management LP Co-Founders: Hadi Habal, Chief Executive Officer and Jose Penabad, Chief Investment Officer (Photo: Business Wire)
    “We are excited to work with Shopify.
  • Through this relationship, HCG seeks to continue fulfilling its mission of transforming the future of finance and private credit through trust, innovation, and capital.