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Simulare Medical announces patent-pending Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator

Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, lifelike, and invaluable training tool that will reduce patient risk, decrease training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons globally.

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Simulare Medical, a Division of Smile Train, Inc., has launched the newest innovation in its growing line of high-fidelity cleft surgical simulators, the first and only Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator (patent-pending). To celebrate the launch, training workshops are being held today at the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in Fort Worth, Texas and in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao in the Philippines in partnership with the Philippines Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS).

Developed by leading plastic surgeons to help accelerate the learning curve in cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgical training, the Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, lifelike, and invaluable training tool that will reduce patient risk, decrease training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons globally.

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization. For more than 20 years, Smile Train has supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5 million+ children globally.

“This latest innovation advances our vision of providing care for every cleft-affected person and demonstrates our commitment to leveraging technology to further education and change lives,” said Susannah Schaefer, President and Chief Executive Officer at Smile Train. “We’re deeply invested in continuing to evolve training that creates more sustainable health systems. We look forward to seeing this Simulator have a positive impact on cleft surgeons at the beginning of their career and longtime professionals looking to refine their skills as well as on our beneficiaries — regardless of the type of cleft they have.”

Though children around the world suffer from both unilateral and bilateral clefts, traditional cleft lip/palate simulators have only addressed unilateral clefts. This Simulator goes beyond that, introducing a tool that can address bilateral clefts (i.e., involving both sides of the mouth). This additional functionality opens the doors for surgeons and trainees to be able to treat more children with refined techniques. 

Built with 3D technology, the Simulator uses printed materials to resemble the anatomy and different kinds of tissue, such as skin, muscle, and fat, found inside the mouth to create one of the most realistic models available today. In addition to the advanced technology, the musculature and soft-tissue layers were developed from literature descriptions and consultations with expert cleft surgeons. When local surgeons have access to the most advanced tools, it builds their capacity to provide the best care possible and empowers them to perform surgery safely no matter where they are in the world. 

“Surgeons in low- and middle-income countries often face significant barriers to ongoing training. This simulator is more than just a revolution in training technology,” said Dr. Roberto L. Flores, the Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director of Cleft Lip and Palate at NYU Langone Health, and Member of Smile Train’s Global Medical Advisory Board. “It’s a way to advance equity, ensuring that a talented surgeon in Malawi has the same training opportunities as a surgeon in Dallas, and that babies born with a unilateral or bilateral cleft lip/palate have access to the same standard of care no matter where they live.”

“The Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) is honored to be a part of this global launch,” said Dr. Benjamin G. Herbosa, PAPRAS President. “This technology does not only allow us to provide more opportunities for learning, but also helps to encourage and inspire new surgeons to learn more about cleft surgery.  We recognize Smile Train’s investments in innovation to further empower cleft professionals around the world.  We are grateful to be a partner in this endeavor,” adds Herbosa.

With Simulare Medical handmaking its Simulators at its facilities in Canada, the division can ensure that each product is high-quality and will have an even greater impact on the patients who benefit from it. In international studies and training workshops, Simulare Medical surgical simulators are consistently recognized as a high-impact, hands-on, and low-cost way to develop and enhance surgical skills with no risk to patients.

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Protect every journey with Pacific Cross Travelsafe Insurance Plan

Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.

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Pacific Cross Philippines is excited to share significant enhancements to their Travel Insurance business — not only are they offering improved plans and benefits with their new roster of products, but they are also introducing MyTravelsafe, their revamped digital platform, to ensure that comprehensive protection is within easy reach of travelers. 

Whether you are traveling abroad to beat the heat, or looking for a quick beach get-away, Pacific Cross offers a variety of packages designed for worry-free travel.  Whether you’re solo backpacking across Europe, enjoying a family trip at an Asian destination, or having a blast with friends on a weekend excursion, you can trust a Pacific Cross plan to protect you on every journey. Pacific Cross Travelsafe Plans offer a variety of benefits and options — local and international protection, Peso, Dollar and Euro Plans, benefits for single and multi-trips, as well as individual and family coverage, among others. 

The new Pacific Cross MyTravelsafe portal allows travelers to access Pacific Cross offerings online, anytime, anywhere. With the process made more accessible and convenient, clients can be assured they have high-value travel protection at affordable rates right at their fingertips.

This increased accessibility also makes it possible for travelers to access the other key features of their travel insurance like medical treatment benefits, coverage for usual travel inconveniences such as flight and baggage delays, travel insurance for Seniors aged 76 and above, more extensive coverage for loss of gadgets, loss or damage of sporting equipment, mobile phone charges, and trip cancellation, among others.   

Pacific Cross announces these improvements as they are awarded the 2024 Gold Award for the Travel Insurance Category in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands.

“We are pleased and honored to be in this league of trusted brands. This award is a testament to our commitment to provide value-for-money travel protection to our clients. Our customers can be assured that we will keep working hard to be worthy of their trust, and that we will use this recognition as motivation to bring continuously improving travel products and services to the market,” says Pacific Cross President & CEO Victor Tanjuakio.

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Hearing from a policyowner who found a lifeline in insurance

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

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Life is full of uncertainties, and cancer is one of the toughest challenges families can face. Here, we share the story of one of our policyowners who found a lifeline in the form of insurance.

For Cerila Espidillon, her insurance plan not only provided financial assistance but also served as a source of strength for her and her family, enabling them to confront the ordeal without worrying about the added burden of debt.

Espidillon shares her story of resilience and PRU Love:

“I have been insured by Pru Life UK since 2013. I come from a poor family and saw people borrowing money when they got sick, and people who relied on their children to take care of them. I told my husband that I don’t want our kids to worry about us when we grow older. I knew I made the right decision when I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2022. Strangely, I didn’t worry and continued with my work here in Dubai. My biggest concern was my kids seeing me sick.

“My friend and agent, Peach, helped me process my claim. It was so fast. I didn’t need to follow up because not long after I gave all my documents, the claim was already in my account. The claim not only helped me pay my hospital bills without going into debt, but also made me feel at ease knowing I am financially covered. I felt the care that Pru Life UK has for its clients. Now I can focus on my recovery and my kids. Insurance policies offer peace of mind and financial protection, especially from unforeseen incidents. If we want a better life, we need to get insurance.”

Espidillon’s story is just one example of how crucial life insurance can be for families, offering peace of mind during difficult times. To keep families protected, Pru Life UK launched PRUHealth FamLove, a yearly-renewable protection plan that shares the critical illness coverage to up to four family members in one policy. 

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Beko introduces new cooking appliance series for Filipino homes

Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

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True to its mission of “healthy living is only possible on a healthy planet,” household appliance provider Beko is committed to protect the planet by focusing on healthy living for years, raising awareness and developing energy-efficient products that make healthy living possible and convenient. Like its new line of cooking appliance which was launched at Beko’s “Powering Your Home Back to Back” event held May 9 at Conrad Hotel.

In the event, Beko showcased its commitment to redefine the cooking experience for Filipino households through the introduction of its new range of cookers which offer style, performance, and functionality for users. These cooking appliances are meticulously crafted to enhance the culinary journey of Filipino families with precision and style.

“With our New Cooking Series, we aim to empower Filipino families to embrace their culinary passion, unleash their creativity, and savor every moment shared around the dining table,” remarked Arel Atakol, regional managing director at Beko Asia Pacific.

Beko is equipped with the latest technological innovation and safety features designed to simplify and enhance the cooking process, keep users safe and meet their needs. For example, Beko’s cookers are energy efficient that can help Filipino families save money on utility bills, and can help users save time and effort in preparing meals. These cookers also have gas safety feature that prevents gas leaks by shutting down the gas supply, assuring user’s home is safe.

Aside from being an energy efficient appliance, Beko cookers also offer features designed to promote health and wellness. Beko cooking appliances feature the SimplySteam technology where ovens do the hard work for users. Available in ovens and freestanding cookers, this self-cleaning technology is a hygienic way of cleaning ovens without the need to scrub the inside.. As part of Beko’s easy cleaning solution, this technology helps soften the burnt-on food and grease along the back and inner walls, making it easier to clean and takes less time than scrubbing the oven clean.

Beko appliances are available at 1st Megasaver, Abenson, AC Marketing, AllHome, Anson’s, Appliance Centrum, Asian Home, Automatic Centre, BHF, Echo Electrical, Fair N Square, Fiesta Appliance Center, Fonts Home appliances, Gloria Bazar, Great World, J Marketing, Jack Trading, JV Valeroso Marketing, K-Alwin’z, Lazada, Lucky 4 City Appliances, Magic Appliance, Manhattan Appliance, Mike’s Department Store, NB Marketing, Ocampo’s Megastore, Our Builders, Plusign Home, POS Marketing, Pricewise, RJ Homes, Robinsons Appliances, Royal Star, RS David Marketing, Savers Appliances, SaveYour Home, Shopee, Solidmark, SM Appliance, SVC, Tiongsan, United Motoaliance, VPR Marketing, and Western Appliance.

This year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to expand its distribution to other retail channels.

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