10 months agoMkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarez

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mkhitaryan faces exit if Arsenal complete move for Denis Suarezby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal’s move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez could force Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave the Emirates.The Armenian international, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury, has failed to impress since joining from Manchester United last January. And The Sun claims the Gunners are ready to sell Mkhitaryan in order to make room for Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be on the verge of joining the north London club, having previously worked with manager Unai Emery at Sevilla.Suarez, who started his career at Manchester City, has played 17 minutes of league football this season. last_img read more

Jack Nicklaus Celebrates Success Of Together For The Children Campaign

first_imgMiami Children’s Health Foundation, the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Health System, celebrated the success of its Together For The Children Campaign on Thursday, October 13 with more than 300 guests in attendance at a special preview unveiling of the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion (APCP), a new six-story tower within the campus of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.Patty McDonald, Lucy Morillo, Jack Nicklaus, Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Barbara, Alex Soto, Nicklaus patient Ralphie Mario Murgado, Dr. Narendra Kini and Michael FuxThe construction of the new 212,000 square-foot state-of-the-art family centered facility, was one of the priorities of Together For The Children, which surpassed its original fundraising goal of $150 million, two years ahead of schedule. The structure is the first freestanding pediatric facility of its kind in South Florida, dedicated to the care of children with complex and specialized needs.“We are incredibly excited and humbled by the overwhelming generosity of the community, corporations and other private donors who joined our Together For The Children Campaign and made this accomplishment a reality two years ahead of schedule”, said Lucy Morillo, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “This campaign has been a truly remarkable endeavor and speaks volumes on how we are committed to providing children everywhere the best care possible.”First Family of Golf, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Chairs of the Together For The Children Campaign were on hand for the ribbon cutting alongside Dr. M. Narendra Kini, CEO for Miami Children’s Health System, Mario Murgado, Board Chair for Miami Children’s Health System, Alex Soto, Board Chair for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Marile Lopez, Board Chair for Miami Children’s Health Foundation.The event also served as backdrop for the announcement of a $1.5 million pledge from West Coast University in support of nursing education at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. This generous gift demonstrates the joint commitment to nursing education, which will ensure the continued delivery of nursing care to children through family-centered bedside manner. During the program, Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor presented a certificate of appreciation to mark this historic occasion. Also in attendance were State Representatives Frank Artiles, Jose Felix Diaz, Alex Ferro, and Erik Fresen, Commissioners Steve Bovo and Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Secretary of the Agency for Health Administration Justin Senior, School Board member Dr. Martha Perez, and MCH Foundation Celebrity Ambassador Erick Cuesta.The new facility is making possible the relocation of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s three internationally recognized intensive care units (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to a new state-of-the-art setting, enhancing the care environment and offering additional family-centered amenities.For more information about the Together For The Children Campaign please visit www.mchf.org/donate or contact Lisbet Fernandez-Vina at 786.268.1845 or lisbet.fernandez-vina@mchf.org.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. read more

Jamia publishes Tagore in Urdu

first_imgJamia Millia Islamia  has published Tagore Shanasi, a comprehensive study on Rabindranath Tagore in Urdu.The study has been done by the university’s Department of Urdu under the Tagore Research and Translation Scheme funded by the Ministry of Culture. The book has been authored by renowned critic and author Shamim Tarique and has been published by leading Urdu publishing house, Maktaba Jamia Limited. Spread over 15 sections, this 180-page book deals with different facets of Tagore and his works. Besides Tagore’s time-period, family, birth, childhood, education, his interest in nature, visits and journey, marriage, household affairs, his character and personality, Tarique has thrown light on the creative journey of Tagore i.e. his poetry, music, drama, story, novel and painting. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tarique has discussed at length Tagore’s association with Santiniketan, the university he founded, and his role as a teacher. He has also looked at important signposts such as his winning the Nobel Prize. He has also reflected on Tagore’s thought and philosophy, his concept of nationalism, his poetic vision, his final journey and his creations and publications.‘All those pure hearted scholars should be saluted who provided the new bases of understanding Tagore,’ said Tarique who dedicated the book to the spirit of nationalism that is finely manifested in Jamia Millia Islamia, the 92-year-old university. Ten thousand copies of the book have been published and will be distributed free among the scholars and general readers.last_img read more

Jim ORourke a Casey Research Explorers League h

first_imgJim O’Rourke, a Casey Research Explorers’ League honoree, will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame on January 10, 2013. Alongside Jim, Pierre Lassonde (Franco-Nevada Mining Corp.) and Chuck Fipke (Dia Met Minerals) will also be inducted. I highly recommend that everyone go through the Explorers’ League honoree list annually, as well as the Casey Research NexTen to see how much of your resource portfolio is handled by the best in the resource business. I’ve been lucky to have so many great mentors who have taught me the ins and outs of the junior-resource investing world, such as Rick Rule and Doug Casey – but none were harder to get an initial meeting with than Jim O’Rourke. Getting him to take a meeting with me back in 2006 was a feat of endurance. I literally called every day for two months. After getting bounced emails because his inbox was full, I stopped leaving messages until it was cleared out – and then the process was repeated. Let this be a lesson: never give up. Finally, one day Jimmy answered the phone. As it turned out, he was out of town for most of those two months, and his assistant took down his messages. He figured that I’d call again, so that was how we met. Back then I didn’t call him “Jimmy” – he was “Mr. O’Rourke.” That was the beginning of a great relationship with one of the true legends in mining. Over the last seven years, I’ve been on the board of Copper Mountain; I’ve watched Jimmy put together a great team and build the third-largest producing copper mine in Canada. He did all this during one of the most difficult markets in the last fifty years. Jimmy’s passion, drive, and energy motivates everyone around him to give more than their best. Jimmy is shy to take any recognition for his current and past achievements, and is always the first to pass around the recognition to the mine site workers, geologists, engineers, the office admin, the suppliers and yes, even the bankers (that’s how nice Jimmy is – he is even nice to the investment bankers). His work ethic is incredible and sets a standard that I try to emulate. Together we’ve spent countless weekends in the office going through financing options and corporate strategies. He would always make time to listen to all my ideas and questions. He was always patient and always willing to educate, for which I’m extremely thankful. It was a complete blast for me, as I became close to someone who was willing to share his 50 years of knowledge in the business. Jimmy, you’ve been a great mentor and friend, and congratulations on being inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame. I look forward to being at your induction ceremony in January. Investing in the resource sector would be easy if there were more Jim O’Rourkes around. That is exactly what the point of the Casey NexTen is all about. Who is going to be the next Jim O’Rourke? Who will be the next the Lukas Lundin or Ross Beaty? I’m a big believer that there are characteristics the Casey Explorers’ League Honoree’s all share. They are the foundation for success, which creates the metrics upon which the Casey NexTen list is based. If you’re investing in the junior resource sector or want to learn “who’s who in the zoo,” you need to know who the NexTen are, and why they are on the list. Don’t you want to be invested in a company whose president will be inducted into the relevant Hall of Fame? You should, because it would most likely mean you’ve invested in a winner, which means big profits for yourself. In January, we will be announcing our newest Casey NexTen honorees. Until then, familiarize yourself with current NexTen group. Do your portfolio a favor and follow these rising stars. Additional Links and Reads Chevron Appeals Argentina’s Asset Embargo (Petroleumworld) Ah yes, Argentina… Where oil and gas dreams go to die… Being the fourth-largest producer of oil in Argentina doesn’t mean your assets are not at risk. First YPF, now Chevron. Even before the YPF issue happened, in both our newsletters and publicly we have stated that investors looking to invest in Argentina’s conventional and unconventional assets should stay away. The “wrath of Cristina” continues. USA to Beat Both Saudi and Russian Oil Production by 2020? (New York Times) According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), not only will the US beat Russian and Saudi oil production, but it will be energy self-sufficient by 2035. The story makes great reading, but I can’t remember the last time the IEA was right in its projections. I also think Putin would disagree with the report. Comeback Time for Coal? (New York Times) This is an interesting piece on what is going on in the global coal markets. Is it time to jump back into your favorite coal companies? The Casey Energy Report has discussed coal extensively; if you’re interested, you should try out our risk-free three-month trial. This was a good piece, though overly optimistic for the current conditions.last_img read more

Chinese authorities say they are investigating a b

first_imgChinese authorities say they are investigating a batch of medication that is suspected to be tainted with HIV. According to local media, the batch contains more than 12,000 doses of human immunoglobulin — intravenous treatments used to boost weakened immune systems. China’s National Health Commission said in a statement that on Tuesday it asked medical institutions to stop using the suspect medicine, seal it and monitor any patients who might be impacted. It launched a recall of the product, which it says was produced by Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical Company.”A group of experts sent by the National Medical Products Administration has arrived in Shanghai for site inspection at the company,” the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. “All the related production and inspection records have been sealed.”The South China Morning Post describes the company as a “biotech company specialising in the production and sale of blood-based medical products,” and says it is controlled by a state-owned company. It’s not yet clear whether any patients contracted HIV from the medication. The National Health Commission said “experts believe that the risk of HIV infection in patients using the drug is very low.”Tainted medical products aren’t a new issue in China. Historically, blood transfusions are a common way that HIV has spread in the country. And there has been a pattern of rural residents contracting HIV as they sold blood, as NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reported nearly a decade ago. Avert, an HIV and AIDS organization, said that in the 1990s “negligent blood donation activities” cause a “dramatic increase in the spread of HIV across China.” China has taken steps to tackle the issue, the organization added, and “in 2010 the government announced that all collected blood products were screened for HIV.”Last year, according to the BBC, Chinese authorities announced that the “number of people contracting HIV [through transfusions] has been reduced to almost zero.” Instead, most of the new cases were contracted sexually. Still, the number of people in China known to be living with HIV is rising. The Economist recently reported that Chinese authorities say about 850,000 people are HIV positive – “almost three times the number in 2010.” However, that’s likely due to better detection and more testing options, the publication says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azure

first_imgNew Quick-to-Deploy and Fully Functional Enterprise Software License Now Available on Azure MarketplaceBlue Prism, a global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), announced a free enterprise trial of its connected-RPA platform on Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace. The trial is designed to be a quick-start deployment to introduce new users to the benefits of a Digital Workforce on Azure with easy access to a fully functional, short-term version of Blue Prism connected-RPA.New users will now be able to access Blue Prism’s award-winning RPA software on Azure through a quick and easy installation process – no additional components needed. This limited trial experience will operate on Azure Marketplace as a single, fully functional Blue Prism instance on a virtual machine free of charge for the trial period; users need only pay for Azure cloud consumption.This marks a continued expansion of Blue Prism’s strong partnership with Microsoft, through which customers can leverage Blue Prism’s intelligent automation capabilities on Azure, as well as take advantage of existing API integrations with Azure Cognitive Services, Machine Learning and Text Analytics.Marketing Technology News: Wix and FaZe Clan Launch Global Partnership“The ability for users to download a fully functional enterprise license trial version of Blue Prism enables enterprises to overcome one of the major roadblocks in benefiting from automation – initial investment. Mid-tier organizations that have had difficulty in obtaining buy-in for initial testing to prove ROI now have the free option of quickly deploying Blue Prism through Azure to experience RPA, opening the door to large intelligent automation and AI projects,” says Mike Smart, Senior Analyst at NelsonHall.Trial users will have access to resources, tutorials, and training materials that demonstrate work queues and automations possible through the Blue Prism platform. Blue Prism currently offers integration with Microsoft Azure, Bing and Excel for the Azure Marketplace trial; future trial versions will include additional features, plus integration with Microsoft Cognitive Services.Marketing Technology News: Seal Software Announces Executive Leadership Changes“This trial is a free, fully functional enterprise license on Azure Marketplace designed for quick deployment, and it doesn’t require additional components for users to start experimenting with automations,” says Chris Bradshaw, CMO at Blue Prism. “We are making our Digital Workforce more accessible and easier to consume. This also means giving users a complete and comprehensive set of automation capabilities so they can innovate, create and drive disruption—all from the Azure cloud.”As a cloud-focused company, this announcement also falls on the heels of Blue Prism announcing its intention to acquire Thoughtonomy. Thoughtonomy also leverages Microsoft Azure to accelerate automation projects in the cloud without burdening users with the need to set up a dedicated support infrastructure. It gives users access to RPA as a readily available service via Azure as well as immediate access to artificial intelligence (AI) technologies through Microsoft Cognitive Services, including text analytics, text and speech translation, Language Understanding Intelligent Service (LUIS), and computer vision, as well as Azure Machine Learning and Analytics.Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch Artificial IntelligenceAzure MarketplaceBlue PrismNewsRobotic Process Automation Previous ArticleAussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten MarketingNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Philip Inghelbrecht, CEO and Co-Founder at Tatari Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on Azure PRNewswireJuly 16, 2019, 12:31 pmJuly 16, 2019 last_img read more

Scientists use hairthin fiber endoscope to gain insights into hardlyaccessible brain structures

first_img Source:https://www.leibniz-ipht.de/en/institute/presse/news/detail/den-neuronen-bei-der-arbeit-zusehen-forscher-des-leibniz-ipht-machen-bislang-verborgene-prozesse-im.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018It is the first time, scientists are able to achieve high-resolution observations of neuronal structures inside deep brain areas of living mice – by the use of the most minimally invasive endoscopic probe reported thus far. Using a hair-thin optical fiber, the researchers can look into deep brain areas of a living mouse as if through a keyhole. Recently introduced methods for holographic control of light propagation in complex media enable the use of a multimode fiber as an imaging tool. Based on this new approach, the scientists designed a compact system for fluorescence imaging at the tip of a fiber, offering a much smaller footprint as well as enhanced resolution compared to conventional endoscopes based on fiber bundles or graded-index lenses.”We are very excited to see our technology making its first steps towards practical applications in neuroscience,” says Dr Sergey Turtaev from Leibniz-IPHT, lead author of the paper. “For the first time, we have shown that it is possible to examine deep brain regions of a living animal model in a minimally invasive way and to achieve high-resolution images at the same time,” adds IPHT scientist Dr Ivo T. Leite. Sergey and Ivo work in the research group for Holographic Endoscopy led by IPHT scientist Prof. Tomáš Čižmár, who developed the holographic method for imaging through a single fiber. Using this approach, the research team succeeded in obtaining images of brain cells and neuronal processes in the visual cortex and hippocampus of living mice with resolution approaching one micrometer (i.e. one thousand times smaller than a millimeter). Detailed observations within these areas are crucial for research into sensory perception, memory formation, and severe neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Current investigation methods are strongly invasive, such that it is not possible to observe neuronal networks in these inner regions at work without massive destruction of the surrounding tissue – usual endoscopes comprised of hundreds of optical fibers are too large to penetrate such sensitive brain regions, while the neuronal structures are too tiny to be visualized by non-invasive imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk“This minimally invasive approach will enable neuroscientists to investigate functions of neurons in deep structures of the brain of behaving animals: without perturbing the neuronal circuits in action, it will be possible to reveal the activity of these neuronal circuits while the animal is exploring an environment or learning a new task,” explains project partner Dr Nathalie Rochefort from the University of Edinburgh.Building up on this work, the research team now wants to address the current challenges of neuroscience, which will entail the delivery of advanced microscopy techniques through single fibre endoscopes. “Under the “Photonics for Life” flag of the Leibniz-IPHT and in the scope of the European Research Council funded project LIFEGATE, we will strive hard to prepare more significant advancements on this result, essentially funneling the most advanced methods of modern microscopy deep inside the tissues of living and functioning organisms,” concludes Prof. Tomáš Čižmár.last_img read more

New institute for food safety to be established in Netherlands

first_img Source:https://www.wur.nl/en/news-wur/show-day/New-institute-for-food-safety-to-open-in-Netherlands.htm ​ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 14 2019RIKILT Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA)’s Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety will merge into a new institute effective 1 June 2019. This institute will be called Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) and will be part of Wageningen University & Research. All required documents were signed in Wageningen on 14 January 2019.Unique knowledge instituteRelated StoriesPlant foods may transmit antibiotic-resistant superbugs to humansComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchNew study provides increasing evidence base substantiating vaping’s harm reduction potentialWith the merger of the two organisations, the Netherlands will be welcoming a unique knowledge institute for food and feed safety. The new institute can carry out lab work for the NVWA and the Dutch central government in a more effective and knowledge intensive manner. This merger will benefit our knowledge in the area of food and feed safety, as well as our knowledge of food fraud. Wageningen Food Safety Research is to act as an important resource during incidents and crises that affect the NVWA, the ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (MZS), as well as play a role during environmental, poisoning and food contamination incidents. WFSR will also function as an international and European reference laboratory.Owing to this joining of forces, the new institute will be able to further enhance its reputation as a world-class research center.Close collaborationRIKILT (230 employees) and the Laboratory for Food and Feed Safety (130 employees) are located in the same building and have been working closely together for some time already.The merger was effected after a long and laborious process, part of which was the political decision made in June 2018.last_img read more

Podcast KHNs What the Health Surprise Fixing surprise medical bills is harder

first_imgPlus, for extra credit, the panelists recommend their favorite health policy stories of the week they think you should read too:Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentJulie Rovner: Fortune’s “Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong,” by Erika Fry and KHN’s Fred SchulteJoanne Kenen: NBC’s “Surprise Medical Bills Lead to Liens on Homes and Crippling Debt,” by Lindsey Bomnin and Stephanie GoskAnna Edney: Stat News’ “The Astounding 19-Year Journey to a Sea Change for Heart Patients,” by Matthew HerperAlice Miranda Ollstein: The New York Times’ “States Seek Financial Relief for Family Caregivers,” by KHN’s Samantha YoungTo hear all our podcasts, click here.And subscribe to What the Health? on iTunes, Stitcher or Google Play. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019 State and federal lawmakers of both parties and industry groups say they want to find a way to protect patients from getting surprise bills from out-of-network doctors and hospitals after treatment. But they can’t find agreement on a way to fix the system. Efforts to end surprise bills generally fall into two categories: setting rates for out-of-network services (which might be based on some percentage of Medicare rates) or requiring patients and providers to go through an arbitration process (a technique some states are using). Among Democratic candidates for president, the push for switching to a “Medicare-for-all” system appears to be moderating a bit as more centrists call for less sweeping changes in the health care system, hoping to avoid blowback from people who like their current insurance and a united opposition from industry groups. The Trump administration’s budget proposal would put money behind the effort to stop the spread of HIV. But while medical advances have made HIV eradication possible, obstacles remain, including the difficulty of reaching many of the communities that need the support. Surprise medical bills — when patients receive an unexpected bill from a health provider not in their insurance network — are among the few problems in health care just about everyone wants to solve. But it turns out that no one in the health industry wants to take responsibility for paying those bills. That could complicate efforts toward a legislative fix, despite bipartisan support.And the 2020 presidential campaign is already in full swing, with candidates staking out some surprisingly diverse positions on how to expand access to health care.This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Alice Miranda Ollstein of Politico.Also, Rovner interviews Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who is stepping down in early April.Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast: This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

People with untreated diabetes develop signs of Alzheimers disease at a faster

first_img Source:https://www.usc.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 26 2019Patients on medication for type 2 diabetes may be keeping Alzheimer’s disease away.USC Dornsife psychologists have found that those patients with untreated diabetes developed signs of Alzheimer’s disease 1.6 times faster than people who did not have diabetes.The study was published March 4 in the journal Diabetes Care.”Our findings emphasize the importance of catching diabetes or other metabolic diseases in adults as early as you can,” says Daniel A. Nation, a psychologist at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “Among people with diabetes, the difference in their rate of developing the signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s is clearly tied somehow to whether or not they are on medication for it.”Related StoriesMetformin use linked to lower risk of dementia in African Americans with type 2 diabetesDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomesWhy women who work are less likely to develop dementiaNation says that this study may be the first to compare the rate of developing the pathology for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among people with normal glucose levels, with pre-diabetes, or people with type 2 diabetes — both treated and untreated.For the study, the scientists were comparing the “tau pathology” — the progression of the brain tangles that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. When the tangles combine with sticky beta-amyloid plaques — a toxic protein — they disrupt signals between brain cells, impairing memory and other functions.Nation and Elissa McIntosh, a USC Dornsife Ph.D. doctoral candidate in psychology, analyzed data collected by the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative on 1,289 people age 55 and older. Data included biomarkers for diabetes and vascular disease, brain scans and a range of health indicators, including performance on memory tests.For some participants, Nation and McIntosh were able to analyze 10 years’ worth of data, while for others, they had one or four years.Among 900 of those patients, 54 had type 2 diabetes but were not being treated, while 67 were receiving treatment.Most people in the study — 530 — had normal blood sugar levels while 250 had prediabetes (hyperglycemia).The researchers compared, among the different diabetic patient categories, the brain and spinal fluid test results that can indicate signs of amyloid plaques and the brain tangles.”It is possible that the medicines for treating diabetes might make a difference in the progression of brain degeneration,” Nation says. “But it’s unclear how exactly those medications might slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, so that is something we need to investigate.”Increasingly, scientists regard Alzheimer’s disease as the result of a cascade of multiple problems, instead of triggered by one or two. The compounding factors range from pollution exposure and genetics (the ApoE4 gene, for instance) to heart disease and metabolic disease.last_img read more

KAIST research team finds cause of sepsisinduced lung injury

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 7 2019A KAIST research team succeeded in visualizing pulmonary microcirculation and circulating cells in vivo with a custom-built 3D intravital lung microscopic imaging system. They found a type of leukocyte called neutrophils aggregate inside the capillaries during sepsis-induced acute lung injury (ALI), leading to disturbances and dead space in blood microcirculation.According to the researchers, this phenomenon is responsible for tissue hypoxia causing lung damage in the sepsis model, and mitigating neutrophils improves microcirculation as well as hypoxia.The lungs are responsible for exchanging oxygen with carbon dioxide gases during the breathing process, providing an essential function for sustaining life. This gas exchange occurs in the alveoli, each surrounded by many capillaries containing the circulating red blood cells.Researchers have been making efforts to observe microcirculation in alveoli, but it has been technically challenging to capture high-resolution images of capillaries and red blood cells inside the lungs that are in constant breathing motion.Professor Pilhan Kim from the Graduate School of Medical Science and Engineering and his team developed an ultra-fast laser scanning confocal microscope and an imaging chamber that could minimize the movement of a lung while preserving its respiratory state. They used this technology to successfully capture red blood cell circulation inside the capillaries of animal models with sepsis.During the process, they found that hypoxia was induced by the increase of dead space inside the lungs of a sepsis model, a space where red blood cells do not circulate. This phenomenon is due to the neutrophils aggregating and trapping inside the capillaries and the arterioles. It was also shown that trapped neutrophils damage the lung tissue in the sepsis model by inhibiting microcirculation as well as releasing reactive oxygen species.Related StoriesAPPG report highlights need to improve identification and treatment of sepsisStudy explains why several clinical trials of treatments for sepsis have been failedScientists identify mechanism that makes babies more likely than adults to die from sepsisFurther studies showed that the aggregated neutrophils inside pulmonary vessels exhibit a higher expression of the Mac-1 receptor (CD11b/CD18), which is a receptor involved in intercellular adhesion, compared to the neutrophils that normally circulate. Additionally, they confirmed that Mac-1 inhibitors can improve inhibited microcirculation, ameliorate hypoxia, while reducing pulmonary edema in the sepsis model.Their high-resolution 3D intravital microscope technology allows the real-time imaging of living cells inside the lungs. This work is expected to be used in research on various lung diseases, including sepsis.The research team’s pulmonary circulation imaging and precise analytical techniques will be used as the base technology for developing new diagnostic technologies, evaluating new therapeutic agents for various diseases related to microcirculation.Professor Kim said, “In the ALI model, the inhibition of pulmonary microcirculation occurs due to neutrophils. By controlling this effect and improving microcirculation, it is possible to eliminate hypoxia and pulmonary edema – a new, effective strategy for treating patients with sepsis.”Their 3D intravital microscope technology was commercialized through IVIM Technology, Inc., which is a faculty startup at KAIST. They released an all-in-one intravital microscope model called ‘IVM-CM’ and ‘IVM-C’. This next-generation imaging equipment for basic biomedical research on the complex pathophysiology of various human diseases will play a crucial role in the future global bio-health market. Source:https://www.kaist.ac.kr/_prog/_board/?code=ed_news&mode=V&no=95804&upr_ntt_no=95804&site_dvs_cd=en&menu_dvs_cd=060101last_img read more

EKFs DiaSpect Tm hemoglobin analyzer used for anemia study in remote region

first_imgMay 17 2019EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics company, announces the highly successful use of its FDA cleared DiaSpect Tm (sold as Consult Hb in the USA) point-of-care hemoglobin analyzer to study iron-deficient anemia in a remote region of Ghana, West Africa. The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas, USA, took 15 nursing students on a Study Abroad Program in Bolgatanga, Ghana in summer 2018. Working at small village clinics they established that anemia is very common among women of childbearing age, sometimes leading to blood transfusions, but more commonly, death. Therefore, in addition to measuring hemoglobin (Hb) using EKF’s fully portable hand-held analyzer and confirming the prevalence of anemia, the team also provided vital nutritional education. Given the success of this program, a further 15-strong team from the University will return in summer 2019, extending their anemia studies to include the elderly who are at high risk of death from anemia.In summer 2018, the nursing students centered Hb testing on women of child bearing age. After reading current research data on anemia in Ghana, they developed an anemia focused teaching program, providing education on the dietary importance of iron and protein. They also undertook a small research project on the women’s perceptions of anemia in women and children. This study concluded that it is imperative to understand the community before conducting public health initiatives to ensure that teachings are accurate and tailored to the culture and mindset of the target audience.Using the DiaSpect Tm for the study, a total of 176 Hb tests were undertaken with a 45% rate of tests below the normal values; these results supported the pre-study desk research and hypothesis that iron-rich and high protein foods need to be increased in the women’s diets.  The educational program focused on which local foods were iron-rich or high protein and why it is important to include them in the diets of new mothers, pregnant women and those of child bearing age.Leading the nursing team and study program, Carol Agana, University of Arkansas, explained why they chose to use EKF’s DiaSpect Tm in Ghana, “The point-of-care analyzer had to be unaffected by high ambient temperatures, as well as being easy-to-use and even easier to carry. Battery life was also important for working in remote areas, so when charged up it could last a very long time, which is great when electricity is either unavailable or intermittent.  Furthermore, having virtually instantaneous hemoglobin results meant that the participants didn’t have to wait or return for these. Also ideal was the fact that DiaSpect’s sampling cuvette requires such a tiny drop of blood from a standardized finger prick procedure.” Related StoriesEKF’s PCT LiquiColor assay receives FDA clearance and validation for use on Beckman AU analyzersEKF’s Quo-Lab POC HbA1c analyzer meets international quality targets for diabetes testingEKF signs private label distribution agreement with McKesson for new hemoglobin analyzerThe DiaSpect Tm provides users with precise hemoglobin measurements (CV within run ≤1%) within two seconds of its whole blood-filled microcuvette being inserted for analysis. Palm-sized, it is easily transportable, and ideal for use in any screening setting even in challenging climatic environments, as demonstrated by the Ghana-based study.Factory calibrated against the HiCN reference method in accordance with ICSH, DiaSpect is ‘always on’ and ready to use with no re-calibration or maintenance needed. Also ideal for point-of-care settings, the rechargeable internal battery (providing up to 40 days / 10,000 tests continuous use) means no power source is necessary for weeks at a time. Furthermore, its reagent-free microcuvettes have a shelf life of up to 2.5 years and can be used until the expiration date, even after opening the bag. They are also unaffected by humidity or temperature across a wide range, making it so well suited for hot and humid climates. EKF’s contribution to our project really helped to reinforce the education, and women were so impressed that they could actually get their blood checked immediately.  Even the local women working at the clinics asked to be tested too. Our nursing staff also found DiaSpect Tm great to work with as the self-training video was easy to follow, and it being hand-held and lightweight, it was very easily transported in its protective carry case. Overall, it was a very successful program and we look forward to returning this summer.”  Carol Agana, University of Arkansas Source:EKF Diagnosticslast_img read more

Mixed emotions in emerging economies on smartphones social media

first_img Citation: Mixed emotions in emerging economies on smartphones, social media (2019, March 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-emotions-emerging-economies-smartphones-social.html © 2019 AFP The Pew Research Center report found the vast majority of adults in these countries have access to a mobile phone of some kind, with 53 percent using a smartphone capable of accessing the internet and running apps.Across these countries, a median of 64 percent use at least one of seven different social media sites or messaging apps.Most of these people say they personally benefit from the technology: more than nine in 10 say the devices have helped them stay in touch with loved ones, and nearly eight in 10 said they use them to get news and information about important issues.But when asked if mobile phones and social media have been good for society, the responses are mixed, with many expressing concerns about the impact of digital technologies on children.Some 79 percent of adults surveyed said people should be very concerned about children being exposed to harmful or immoral content, and nearly two-thirds said mobile phones have had a bad influence on children in their country.”The rapid advancement of the mobile-social package invites people to think about the role of these devices in their lives and to look around and see how they might be affecting their societies,” said Lee Rainie, Pew’s director of internet and technology research. “On the positive side, people in these nations say they reap personal benefits from the spread of mobile phones. “Yet, fewer say mobile phones and social media are bringing the same level of benefit to their societies, and a key flashpoint of their concern is the impact of mobile connectivity on children.”The report is based on surveys conducted among 28,122 adults from September 7 to December 7, 2018 in Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia.There were variations across these countries, but strong majorities said mobile phones have been beneficial for education and the economy.Most respondents said their devices are important for news but express concern about false or inaccurate information.Facebook was used by a median of 62 percent of adults in these countries, and WhatsApp by 47 percent. Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Explore further A survey in 11 emerging economies showed people in those countries happy to be connected with smartphones and social media, even if they worry about the impact of digital lifestyles on society and on children. Emerging economies catching up in smartphone adoption: surveylast_img read more

Googles rebellious employees take aim at contractor firms

first_img The move follows a victory by Googlers who pushed the Mountain View technology giant to end forced arbitration for its own workers in March. Mandatory arbitration refers to the practice of requiring workers, as a condition of employment, to give up their right to sue in court over disputes and instead resolve them in negotiations that critics of the practice argue typically favor employers.”This practice denies workers the right to hold their employer accountable for violations of civil liberties, scuttling any claims of illegal action,” the group Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration said in their letters to contractor firms Adecco, Bon Appetit Management Company and CDI Corp.”Worse, forced arbitration has a chilling effect, discouraging any reports of illegal action in the first place.”The New York Times reported this week that contract and temporary workers at Google now outnumber full-time employees, with 121,000 temps and contractors globally and 102,000 full-time workers.Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The three contractor firms did not immediately respond to questions, or confirm they currently impose arbitration agreements on workers, or say how many workers they provide to Google, and in which locations. Bon Appetit Management Company said in January it had used arbitration agreements for several years.Palo Alto-based Bon Appetit Management Company operates company cafes for its clients. Adecco is a Swiss staffing company supplying workers in a variety of industries. CDI, headquartered in Philadelphia, is a staffing and outsourcing firm.The Google workers’ group wants the three companies to “stop forcing (their) workers into arbitration for all disputes—including disagreements related to discrimination, harassment, wage theft and wrongful termination—and instead make arbitration optional, according to the letters.The group’s letter campaign comes as Google workers increasingly push back against their employer. A protest against the company’s response to sexual harassment allegations, and payment of a $90 million golden parachute to Android creator Andy Rubin—who has denied claims that he forced a colleague into sex—led 20,000 employees to walk out of Google offices world-wide in November. Employees angry about Google’s work for the Pentagon prodded the company to back away from its work on the military’s “Project Maven” artificial-intelligence drone-warfare project. In August, more than 1,000 Googlers reportedly signed a letter opposing the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China. Citation: Google’s rebellious employees take aim at contractor firms (2019, May 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-google-rebellious-employees-aim-contractor.html Explore further Google workers on Thursday expanded their rebellion against company practices, sending letters to three firms they say provide contract workers to Google, asking them to end mandatory arbitration for those workers. Google updates misconduct reporting amid employee discontent ©2019 The Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Most Asean markets fall on weak China data Singapore edges up

first_imgSINGAPORE: Most Southeast Asian stock markets ended lower on Friday after weak trade data from China, the region’s biggest trading partner, spelt further weakness for the broader Asian economy.China’s June exports fell and imports shrank more than expected as a trade tiff with the United States continued to erode demand in the country.Fears of a resurgence in trade tensions also weighed on regional stocks after US. President Donald Trump said in a tweet that China was not living up to promises it made on buying agricultural products from American farmers. Singapore stocks closed slightly higher as investors bet on equities benefiting from local monetary policy easing.  Markets 11 Jul 2019 China says US trade row can be resolved through mutual respect World 08 Jul 2019 In jab at U.S., China vice president says world cannot shut China out An index of the country’s 45 most liquid stocks closed down 0.9%.     Investors now await second-quarter GDP data from China due on Monday. A Reuters poll sees growth slowing to its weakest pace in at least 27 years. Equity selling in the country was exacerbated by the central bank’s steps to curb short-term speculative capital flows in a bid to weaken the baht. A stronger local currency hurts the country’s exports. Indonesian stocks closed 0.7% lower and led regional losses, with the maximum  pressure on the benchmark coming from consumer staples and telecommunication stocks. Telekom Indonesia closed more than 2% lower, while cigarette maker Gudang Garam shed more than 3%. Tags / Keywords: Markets Seven of 11 economists surveyed by Reuters expect the central bank to ease policy in October after the island state saw its slowest economic expansion in a decade for the second quarter. – rEUTERS Related News World 04 Jun 2019 Highlights: U.S. President Donald Trump’s news conference with PM May Thai stocks ended 0.5% lower, with losses across all sectors. Oil and gas explorer PTT and hospital operator Bangkok Dusit Medical Services were among the largest drags on the benchmark. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Local stock indexes closed the week largely unchanged as buying in anticipation of U.S. monetary easing was offset by weaker economic readings.last_img read more

Parrikar had promised but he is not among us Goa BJP chief

first_img Next Parrikar had promised but he is not among us: Goa BJP chief Vinay TendulkarGoa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.advertisement Press Trust of India Panaji (Goa)July 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 23:45 IST After Parrikar, Pramod Sawant was made CM and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership, Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said.Goa BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said Saturday that even if late Manohar Parrikar had promised a full tenure to ministers of the ally Goa Forward Party (GFP), he is no more.He was responding to a claim by GFP chief Vijai Sardesai that his party supported the BJP after 2017 elections because Parrikar, who became chief minister, promised full five-year tenure to GFP ministers.Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Friday dropped all three GFP ministers alongwith independent Rohan Khaunte from his cabinet after ten Congress MLAs joined the BJP.Asked about Sardesai’s claim, Tendulkar said, “Parrikar had promised, but unfortunately, he is not amongst us. After him, Pramod Sawant was made chief minister and he has taken the decision (to drop GFP ministers) as per the directions of the Central leadership.”Sardesai had also said that he supported Sawant government because Parrikar, before his death, had taken such an assurance from him.ALSO READ | Induction of Congress MLAs into BJP is death of Parrikar’s legacy: Vijai SardesaiALSO WATCH | JP Nadda welcomes 10 rebel Goa Congress MLAs into BJPFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more