ONE: Torres lone Filipino to win in Myanmar card

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort China’s Chen Lei battered Burn Soriano on the ground to earn a technical knockout victory 1:06 of the second round of their bantamweight fight.Chen remained undefeated after seven fights while Soriano lost his second straight match and is now at 3-4.Chinese flyweight Ma Hao Bin (9-1) submitted Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero with an armbar 4:51 into the first round.Ma, who won his sixth straight fight, locked Toquero in an early guillotine choke but the Filipino managed to break free.Thai Pongsiri Mitsatit finished off the Philippine contingent with a convincing victory over Jeremy Miado in the strawweight division.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mitsatit blocked Miado’s takedown attempt to transition to a full mount where he landed an elbow that forced the Filipino to verbally submit 4:23 into the fight. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “This victory is so sweet. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym immediately. I am ready to climb the ladder and face the biggest names that the organization has to offer,” said Torres.“It is truly an honor to compete with a talented competitor like my opponent. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her. I tip my hats off to her and her skills. This bout will be beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDea (0-2) managed to shock Torres with a knee to the head but the Filipino again managed to bring the fight to the ground to earn the judges’ nod.Torres, however, was the only Filipino fighter to come out of the card victorious. FILE – Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJomary Torres followed up her debut win in ONE Championship with an impressive decision victory over Nita Dea of Indonesia in their atomweight bout Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.Torres (3-0) beat Dea, a grappling specialist, at her own game as she outwrestled her throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Rep Roberts opens Lansing office announces staff

first_img Categories: Roberts News State Rep. Brett Roberts this week officially opened his Lansing office to serve 65th House District, and also announced key contact information for residents to reach him and his staff.“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of the 65th District,” said Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “I am always committed to putting the interests of the district first, and one way to accomplish this is by always having my Lansing office open. I encourage residents of the 65th District to visit or call my office whenever they have a concern or want to discuss an issue.”Legislative staffers Caitlin Boyle and Tony Mosesso will join Roberts in his Lansing office. Boyle, a graduate of Michigan State University, previously worked in the state Senate, and will serve as Roberts’ legislative assistant.  Mosesso, also a graduate of Michigan State University, previously worked in the Senate, and will be the constituent relations and legislative assistant.Rep. Roberts’ office is located at 124 N. Capitol Ave., Room 999, Lansing, and the office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents can contact Rep. Roberts at (517) 373-1775, by e-mail at BrettRoberts@house.mi.gov and online at RepBrettRoberts.com.The 65th House District includes parts of Lenawee, Jackson and Eaton counties.### 09Jan Rep. Roberts opens Lansing office, announces stafflast_img read more

Tele Columbus HQ German cable operator Tele Columb

first_imgTele Columbus HQGerman cable operator Tele Columbus’s management confirmed their full-year financial guidance on the back of respectable Q3 results, despite a delay in the launch of the group’s new unified brand, PŸUR.Tele Columbus’s revenues grew by 4.3% to €123.3 million in Q3, while normalised EBITDA rose by 7.2% to €68.3 million.The company added 15,000 internet and 17,000 telephony revenue-generating units in the quarter taking its internet and telephony totals to 564,000 and 545,000 respectively, and blended ARPU rose by 5.5% to €17.20. The number of TV customers has declined by 2.3% year-on-year to 2.38 million, but the number of premium TV customers rose by 2.4% to 432,000.The group commercially launched the PŸUR brand on October 4, providing a unified identity for its constituent offerings. Tele Columbus said it had made progress integrating the former Primacom and Pepcom networks. The company recently struck an agreement with Vodafone to acquire its stake in Munich-based service provider Kabelfernsehen München Servicenter (KMS).Ronny Verhelst, outgoing CEO, said: “We have had an ambitious plan for 2017, and the company is responding well to the challenge.Clearly, projects remain to be finished but we are making very good progress.”His replacement, Timm Degenhardt, said: “The company is preparing the platform for sustained organic growth; all important elements are there, or are being prepared, and I look forward to bringing it all together with the team.”last_img read more

For more information please visit Antonios link

first_imgFor more information please visit Antonio’s link @ http://www.onemissionbuzzoff.org/shavethefro3 One Mission Buzz Off is just like a walk or road race, participants raise money by asking family and friends to sponsor their participation.  The Nazzaro Center teenagers will be hosting a bake sale this Thursday, May 23rd from 3:30-6:00pm in the Nazzaro Lobby. *Advertisement*center_img Local teen, Antonio Romano, is participating in the One Mission Buzz Off. Buzz Off is an event where people come together to shave their heads in honor and support of kids with cancer. last_img read more

Looking for a Career in Banking Consider These MBA Programs

first_img RelatedFinancial Times Reveals Top Finance MBAs for 2017The business end of business school has become a great cause of concern, particularly since the bubble burst in ‘08. MBAs need to be more technically adept and more comprehensively schooled to remain competitive in the financial services industry. As is the case with any major investment, the question is…May 16, 2017In “Featured Home”The Top Finance MBAs in TorontoThe finance industry has always gone hand-in-hand in the MBA. Even as MBAs are becoming increasingly popular in other industries, finance is still the biggest MBA job sector and accounts for 22 percent of all MBA jobs, according to the 2014/15 QS TopMBA.com ‘Jobs and Salary Trends Report.’ The Toronto…December 22, 2016In “Featured Home”Top MBA Jobs: Senior Financial AnalystWorking in financial services is one of the most coveted career paths for MBA graduates. It pays well; you can find a job anywhere in the world; and top companies recruit in finance. Unfortunately, all that means that there is a lot of competition. It can be tough to break…June 25, 2019In “Advice” regions: Boston / Chicago / New York City / Philadelphia / San Francisco About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella For MBAs who seek positions in finance, investment services, commercial and investment banking, or in the emerging universe of Fintech, a degree with a banking focus may be just the thing to pursue.Here is a glimpse at some of the top schools for banking MBA programs. The Top Banking MBA ProgramsAt the top of many lists for the most sought after finance and banking MBAs is University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. With a heavy concentration on analytical and theoretical concepts, the Wharton Finance MBA trains students for high level financial management careers in firms, governments, and non-profit organizations. Statistics and mathematics are of primary importance in this degree, as are analytical tools.At the executive education level, Wharton offers a partnership with the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. The program is designed for those who seek advancement into executive positions within banks, financial services firms, and holding companies. Those eligible for the certificate must have least five years of experience in three of the following areas: credit administration, accounting, economics, financial statement analysis, or operations.NYU’s Stern School of Business is another top destination for banking MBA hopefuls. Offered through Stern’s finance department, the banking specialization readies graduates for positions in corporate treasury, investment or commercial banking, and financial management.Stern’s banking curriculum spans topics such as bankruptcy management, microfinance, governmental policy and global banking, and more. A Stern MBA can offer a competitive edge in M&A, public finance, sales and trading, asset management and equity/fixed income research.Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s top ranking finance department will also equip MBAs with the tools to advance in these fields by way of a deep focus upon experiential learning. The Asset Management Practicum, for example, allows students to manage a portfolio that includes the school’s endowment. Via mentorship from prominent alumni, Kellogg finance MBAs observe and take part in a rotating number of roles such as analyst, trader, and portfolio manager.Kellogg also offers a Private Equity and Venture Lab, an Analytical Consulting Lab, and NUVention Courses, which initiate collaborative learning with students and faculty of the medical, engineering and law schools.Next on the list of top finance and banking MBA programs is MIT’s Sloan School of Business. Geared toward either the career financial professional or to those who have decided to change careers, Sloan’s Finance MBA awards a Certificate of Finance in addition to the diploma.Students in the Sloan Finance track receive immersive training through real-world projects, presented by companies and other teams of students. Corporate finance, investment management, hedge fund management, venture capital and public finance are but a few of the areas the MBA covers. With regular speaking engagements from experts in the field, the Sloan MBA provides exposure to current trends and issues vital global and domestic banking and finance.Sloan students on the finance track also participate in onsite ‘banking days’ in New York, London, and Boston.Columbia Business School is another leader in training MBAs for the most sought after banking careers. Columbia finance MBAs take a core course in Corporate Finance, advancing into electives such as social venture investment, pension and institutional investment, and international commercial transactions.At the Berkeley Haas School of Business, MBAs who choose a finance concentration have the benefit of firsthand exposure to companies such as Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, and Visa through the Haas@Work program. With a “focus on customer-centered and design-thinking based approaches to applied innovation,” Haas prides itself upon social responsibility in all concentrations.Advancing from core studies in corporate finance, Haas MBAs gain valuable tools in modeling. They can also pursue areas as private equity, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and asset pricing.Banking MBA CareersWith a number of current jobs and internships available in research analytics, wealth management, credit risk and treasury management pricing, MBAs with a banking specialty are well poised to succeed. Looking for a Career in Banking? Consider These MBA Programs Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

IBM Just Made a Powerful Research Tool Available to Everyone for Free

first_img 36shares This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 4 min read Jonathan Vanian Image credit: IBM Add to Queue Next Article Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. IBM has a powerful new research project that anyone can use for free.The business technology company’s research arm said on Wednesday that it’s giving everyone access to one of its quantum computing processors, an experimental technology that has the potential to quickly crunch huge amounts of data.Anyone from university researchers to tech savvy teenagers can apply through IBM Research’s website to test the processor. IBM will determine how much access people receive to the processor depending on their technology background and how well versed they are in quantum technology, explained Jerry Chow, the manager of IBM’s experimental quantum computing group.Generally speaking, in traditional computing, data is encoded in one of two states, as represented by the tiny transistors embedded on silicon chips being turned on or off. Quantum computing, however, uses particles called quantum bits, or qubits to handle the heavy duty processing.These qubits are more versatile than a typical computer bit and are not limited to being either on or off. This flexibility, in theory, allows for more powerful processing and the ability to calculate complex algorithms far faster than today’s super computers.Still, quantum computing is in its infancy and has generally been thought of as an academic project that could one day lead to powerful quantum computers for helping scientists speed up cancer research or even crack encrypted messages. Organizations from NASA to Google to Microsoft are all researching the technology and how it can one day be used in real-world situations.IBM wants to raise quantum computing’s visibility and remove some of the mystery about the esoteric technology. The company wants the project to be “broadly accessible” in the hope that it can increase interest in the technology, said Chow.The actual quantum processor is stored at IBM’s research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. in a complex refrigeration system that keeps the chip cooled near absolute zero, which is required for quantum activity to take place. Users can interact with the machine through the Internet much like they would access cloud software like email.The IBM researchers developed an user-friendly web page that includes what resembles a music bar or measure that people can play with to build algorithms. In this so-called quantum composer, users can run algorithms that manipulate the processor’s 5 qbits to get a result.“We want people to see the construction of an algorithm,” said Chow, referring to how users can run calculations tailored to the quantum processor. “To get the 17-year old kid learning that concept, I think is powerful.”Users can then compare the quantum processor’s results to a standard processor’s results to see if the quantum processor was able to come up with the correct answer. Because quantum computing is still experimental, the processor may generate an incorrect answer.This is cutting-edge technology, after all. Still, the fact that the processor works at all indicates that quantum research is paying off.David Cory, who is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing at the University of Waterloo, got the chance to play around with the technology. Cory, who has former students who work on the IBM quantum project, was impressed by the machine and said the quantum processor gave the right answer “a little more than a third of the time” for a certain calculation he tried.This particular IBM quantum technology isn’t as cutting edge as some other machines researchers use in their labs, but “it is very robust and easy to use,” he said. “I think it gives something real for people to play with,” said Cory. “That brings quantum computing a bit closer to everyone.”Chow said that IBM hopes to improve the processor and the software it built to manipulate it based on the feedback it gets from users through this project. May 4, 2016 IBM IBM Just Made a Powerful Research Tool Available to Everyone for Free Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business IBM Quantum Lab Register Now »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

Childrens air pollution exposure at school could be linked to higher overweight

first_img Source:https://www.isglobal.org/documents/10179/7035461/Obesidad+y+contaminacion+EnvInt_eng.pdf/d46e263c-40f2-4bc6-9de1-a62a3a90b548 Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Exposure to air pollution, particularly at school, could be associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity during childhood. This is the conclusion of a study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa”, performed with 2,660 children between 7 and 10 years of age from 39 schools in Barcelona.A few studies have associated exposure to air pollution with a higher risk of child obesity and overweight. However, these studies focused mainly on exposure at home, without considering the school environment.The study, published in Environment International and performed under the BREATHE project, assessed for the first time the relation between obesity and overweight risk and air pollution levels at school and home, the two microenvironments where schoolchildren spend most of their time.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOn one hand, the research team collected data on the children’s weight and height and calculated their body mass index and obesity and overweight status. On the other hand, they used sensors in the schoolyard to measure the levels of outdoor pollution – nitrogen dioxide (NO2), elemental carbon (EC), particle matter (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles -during one week in summer and another week in winter. They also estimated exposure levels to NO2, NOx, PM2.5, PM10 and PMcoarse at the home address.”We observed that children exposed to medium or high levels of air pollution at school -ultrafine particles, NO2, PM2.5 and EC- had a higher risk of obesity and overweight as compared to those exposed to lower levels”, concludes first author Jeroen de Bont, researcher at ISGlobal and IDIAP Jordi Gol. Exposure to high levels of PM10 at home was also associated with higher risk of obesity or overweight during childhood, although in this case the analysis was done with estimates of exposure levels.”The study has however some limitations, which means that the results are to be cautiously interpreted”, says Martine Vrijheid, ISGlobal researcher and study coordinator. “Being a cross-sectional study, we only have data at one time-point, and we do not have enough data to establish the nature of the association. To draw more solid conclusions, we need new longitudinal studies that follow the study participants over time”, she adds.Regarding the mechanisms linking air pollution and overweight, some animal studies suggest that pollution can induce oxidative stress, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, factors that are known to contribute to obesity”, explains de Bont.Most children were exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), both at school and home. Specifically, over 75% were exposed to PM2.5 levels above those recommended (10μg/m3) and more than 50% breathed NO2 levels above those considered as safe (40μg/m3).last_img read more

New technology measures hormones that influence reproductive health efficiently

first_img Source:http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/college/news Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 21 2019The technology, developed by researchers at Imperial College London and The University of Hong Kong, can be used to measure hormones that affect fertility, sexual development and menstruation more quickly and cheaply than current methods.The work, published in Nature Communications, took place in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London and the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. It was tested in patients at Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.A third of women in England suffer from severe reproductive health problems such as infertility and early menopause. Doctors usually diagnose these conditions by carrying out a blood test to measure the amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the sample. Current blood tests cannot easily measure the rise and fall of LH levels which is vital for normal fertility – so-called LH pulse patterns that are linked to reproductive disorders. It is not currently feasible to measure LH pulse patterns in a clinical setting as doctors need to take a blood sample from patients every 10 minutes for at least eight hours. In addition, the analysis of these samples is time consuming as the blood needs to be sent to a laboratory and testing is expensive.The researchers behind the trial have used a novel biosensor linked to a robotic system, which they call Robotic APTamer-enabled Electrochemical Reader (RAPTER). It has the potential to transform the clinical care of patients with reproductive disorders by monitoring the hormone patterns of patients in real-time. In the study, the prototype RAPTER device was used to measure LH in the blood of patients taken every ten minutes to yield an immediate result.The team believe that it could pave the way for more personalized medicine. They hope that the technology can be developed to give clinicians a clearer picture of LH pulsatility and suggest more effective treatments based on an individual’s needs.Professor Waljit Dhillo, one of the lead authors and NIHR Research Professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Imperial College London, said:”Reproductive health issues are common amongst women in the UK and around the world. Diagnosis of some of these conditions can be lengthy resulting in delays to treatment. Reproductive health issues can also impact on women’s mental and physical wellbeing. There is a clear need for new and better ways to diagnose these conditions more quickly. Our technology will be able to give clinicians a faster and more accurate diagnosis of hormone pulsatility that affects reproductive health, which could lead to better and more targeted treatments for women.”Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchIn the study, which took place between 2015 and 2019, researchers used the RAPTER to measure LH pulse patterns from 441 blood samples of women who either had normal reproductive function, were menopausal, or had hypothalamic amenorrhea, a condition where a woman’s period stops. The large-scale device then gave an immediate reading.Working with researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, the team then used a mathematical method called the Bayesian Spectrum Analysis (BSA) to give an overall score of LH pulse levels. The results were compared with current tests to measure LH levels.The RAPTER platform was able to detect changes in LH pulse patterns in patients with reproductive disorders. It was also able to distinguish between different patient cohorts for the first time using this new technology. For example, women with menopause have high LH levels compared to healthy fertile women with normal LH levels, or women with hypothalamic amenorrhoea who have low LH levels. Unlike current methods, the test is low-cost and can provide results instantly.The team will now work on refining the technology to create a smaller sensor similar to a glucose monitoring device that can be used to continuously track changes to LH levels of patients in the clinic or remotely and could be available in the next three to five years.Professor Tony Cass, a senior author on the study from the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London, said:”We have developed technology that is able to measure LH pulsatility in patients more quickly and cheaply than current methods. We will now work towards making the technology more accessible for the clinic by reducing the size of the device, which could revolutionize the clinical care of patients with reproductive or other disorders.”Dr Julian Tanner, a senior author on the study from the LKS Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, added that the technology could also be developed to monitor other hormones such as cortisol. He added: “The detection methodology that we have developed for LH sensing is widely applicable for real-time monitoring of all kinds of biomolecules that relate to health and wellbeing. Excitingly, with further research this technology could be adapted for implanted sensors that could transform health monitoring in all kinds of contexts.”last_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