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Pressman Toy offers games, puzzles based on ‘The Smurfs’

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Pressman Toy is launching a line of games and puzzles based both on the first movie and the classic artwork of "The Smurfs."

The line includes a range of memory, action and board games, as well as floor size puzzles and puzzles in tins, all priced under $20, the company said. Additionally, Pressman Toy also will launch a line of new products inspired by Columbia Pictures’/Sony Pictures Animation’s 3D release "The Smurfs 2," scheduled to be released next summer.

"’The Smurfs’ may be only three apples high, but these little blue folks have big staying power," Pressman Toy president Jim Pressman said. "’The Smurfs’ have been entertaining families for generations and we know families will enjoy engaging with them through our games and puzzles."

Pressman Toy’s games and puzzles are available for purchase at mass and specialty retailers nationwide.

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Upsher-Smith updates epilepsy educational website

BY Alaric DeArment

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Drug maker Upsher-Smith Labs will unveil updates to its educational website for healthcare providers who specialize in epilepsy at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in New Orleans, the company said.

The website, Epilog.us, has been expanded to include question-and-answer videos and other content from healthcare professionals and academics, the company said. The AAN meeting ends Thursday.

"Co-morbidities create some of the most challenging issues for people with epilepsy and their families," Upsher-Smith COO Tom Burke said. "Upsher-Smith is pleased to add the latest thinking on this important patient management issue to Epilog.us, our educational website for healthcare professionals in the epilepsy community."

 


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CVS Caremark, The Miracle Project aim to connect with children with autism

BY Antoinette Alexander

SAN DIEGO — CVS Caremark announced today its partnership with The Miracle Project, a nonprofit organization that creates social skills programs for children with autism through the performing arts, to expand The Miracle Project School Inclusion Program to public schools in San Diego and San Jose, Calif.

Supported by a $50,000 grant from CVS Caremark through its All Kids Can program, which is committed to helping children of all abilities, The Miracle Project School Inclusion Program will provide training programs for teachers, parents, caregivers, therapists and volunteers in the San Diego and San Jose communities to help create successful school environments for children of all abilities to thrive.

"CVS Caremark All Kids Can is committed to supporting organizations like The Miracle Project that promote inclusion and provide opportunities for children to learn, play and succeed in life," explained Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. "We are proud to play a role in providing children with autism in the San Diego and San Jose communities with the opportunity to express themselves through musical theater."

Through its musical theater programming, The Miracle Project strives to celebrate the talents and potential of young people with autism by guiding them through creative workshops and artistic programs. The School Inclusion Program teaches educators how to implement The Miracle Project curriculum in schools throughout the community.

The Miracle Project and CVS Caremark will offer a free "Unlocking Autism" training to the public in each of the two cities to teach community members how to connect children and teens with and without autism through theater, music and dance.

On April 26, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Diego’s Pioneer Day School and on May 10, CVS Caremark and The Miracle Project will host a training session at San Jose’s Campbell Community Center.

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