first_imgLe Locle, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe Zenith manufacture has been turning out exquisite watches for women, from enameled pocket watches to jewelry pendant timepieces, since 1865. It now launches two brand new wristwatches sure to seduce ladies with a penchant for complications and diamonds: The Zenith Star Open and the Zenith Star Moonphase.Zenith Star OpenEmbodying the philosophy of absolute performance, the Zenith Star Open pays tribute to the El Primero caliber. Right at first glance, this model draws the gaze to the expressive strength of its original cushion shape accentuated by an opening at 10:30 revealing the legendary heart of the mechanical automatic movement, El Primero Calibre 4062. This window onto the escapement thus shows the intricate inner workings of the movement: the high frequency is no longer an abstract principle, since one can actually keep track of the oscillations and see the watch beating.In order to avoid hiding this technical feat from view, readability is the keynote of the dial, which indicates the hours and minutes in the center, while the small seconds appear in a heart-shaped display at 9 o’clock. The central chronograph hand and the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock further enrich this harmonious visual symphony. The mother-of-pearl or guilloché dial, depending on the model, emphasizes the desire to achieve aesthetic perfection in each and every detail, as also exemplified in the blue Roman numerals or faceted rhodiumed hands that match the intense blue of the elegant cabochon-cut sapphire adorning the crown.Governed by the unshakeable conviction that the true perfection of a work of art is perceptible in its smallest details, the movement decoration is visible through a sapphire case back.Three models are available: a steel version set with 28 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.17 carats; a rose gold version set with 63 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.27 carats; and a rose gold version set with 263 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.57 carats. They are fitted with an alligator leather strap complete with a triple folding clasp.Zenith Star MoonphaseThere appears to be no stopping the mechanical automatic ultra-thin Zenith Elite 692 movement, housed in this instance within the remarkable cushion-shaped case of the Zenith Star Moonphase model. The epitome of slenderness at just 3.87 thick, it comprises 195 parts, beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and drives a display of the over 50-hour power reserve.It highlights a superb mechanical movement by endowing it with a technical and aesthetic dimension. The stage is superbly set for the hours, minutes, small seconds and moon phase appearing on the silver-toned dial. The latter marks off the hours and minutes on blue Roman numerals matching the deep blue shade of the exquisite cabochon-cut sapphire set on the crown.This superbly modern and distinctively elegant model gives pride of place to the functions: The small seconds indication at 9 o’clock, and the moon-phase display at 6 o’clock entirely dedicated to the path of the nocturnal luminary. On the back of the watch, a sapphire crystal reveals the intricate workings of a hand-decorated and engraved movement.Offering a splendid expression of horological refinement, this watch comes in a choice of steel or rose gold set with 28 VVS brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.17 carats, fitted with an alligator leather strap complete with triple folding clasp. Whichever the version, it consistently offers its wearer the pleasure of reading off a time that is truly unique. www.zenith-watches.comlast_img read more

first_imgApril 24, 2003AGRICULTURE: The paulownia trees are in bloom. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] The paulownias grow very fast and the agriculture department experiments to see if these trees will be useful for shading the garden crops. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] The garden crew has been busy with spring planting. Already kale and beets are ready to harvest. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors checks on the new chickens. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa] Little fluffy chicken babies. [Photo: Ayano Atsumi & Text: sa]last_img

first_imgShare195TweetShareEmail195 SharesBy Bescherelle (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 21, 2016; BBC and New York TimesIn a landmark conviction by the International Criminal Court, Jean Pierre-Bemba, 53, a former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was found guilty of two counts of crimes against humanity involving murder and rape and three counts of war crimes involving murder, rape, and pillage in the Central African Republic in 2002–2003. In the end, an international panel of judges sentenced Bemba to 18 years in prison for those crimes. “The Chamber also found that two aggravating circumstances applied to the crime of rape: it was committed (i) against particularly defenseless victims and (ii) with particular cruelty,” said the press release by the ICC. “The Chamber also found that one aggravating circumstance applied to the crime of pillaging, which the majority of the Chamber considered to be the particular cruelty with which the crime was committed.” In 2002, Bemba sent 1,500 militia members to the Central African Republic to subdue a coup against then-president Angé-Felix Patassé. In the course of doing so, Bemba’s militiamen carried out “sadistic” murders and rapes as well as pillaging of “particular cruelty,” as noted by ICC Judge Sylvia Steiner. Bemba’s conviction was the first time the ICC recognized rape as a function and tool of war. While other international courts have convicted defendants for rape as a byproduct of war, Bemba’s conviction was the first time a defendant was prosecuted by the ICC for rape as a war crime. This is likely in part due to the push by victim advocacy groups and human rights nonprofits. According to the New York Times, the militiamen said they were poorly paid and used rape as a way to reward themselves. The rapes were committed against men, women, and children, regardless of their ages, and also included gang rapes. In their summary of the sentence, the judges noted that the large number of rapes and brutality of the attacks received more weight in the sentencing process than the murders, with 18 years for rape and 16 years for murder and pillage, to be served concurrently.It was also the first time a defendant was convicted despite not having been actively involved or present for any of the crimes. According to the judges, given that the militia was under Bemba’s control, Bemba is culpable in his role as a commander of the army. “Mr. Bemba was a person effectively acting as a military commander, who knew that the MLC forces under his effective authority and control were committing or about to commit the crimes charged,” said the press release. Bemba has already served eight years, as he as been imprisoned awaiting trial and sentencing since 2008, and those eight years will be deducted from his sentence. As such, he will only serve another ten years. However, Bemba may be eligible for release in just four years because, according to the New York Times, “It has been customary at international tribunals to deduct one-third of the total sentence.”Yet, advocacy groups are not forgetting the gravity of the decision overall. Nonprofit Human Rights Watch said the sentence gave “a measure of justice.” According to Geraldine Mattioli-Zeltner, HRW’s international justice advocacy director, “Other commanders should take notice that they, too, can be held accountable for rapes and other serious abuses committed by troops under their control.” According to the press release, the issues of victim compensation and where Bemba will serve out the remainder of his sentence still remain in question. The court proceedings include more than 5,000 civilian victims who may be eligible for compensation.—Shafaq HasanShare195TweetShareEmail195 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShareTweet POLICE have confirmed that the man who died following a one vehicle road traffic collision last night Dripps. #The accident happened on the Roguery Road, Toomebridge. The 22-year-old was originally from the Magherafelt area. A PSNI spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing and police would continue to appeal for information or anyone with dash-cam footage to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 1462 14/5/19.”The road was closed for a period while the scene was examined but has since been re-opened.Co Derry man Calvin Dripps tragically dies in one vehicle road crash was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:center_img Co Derry man Calvin Dripps tragically dies in one vehicle road crashmagherafeltRoguery RoadTOOMEBRIDGElast_img read more

first_imgThe long-running breast milk vs. formula debate made headlines earlier this week.The New York Times reported that the Trump administration had tried to remove language from a WHO resolution that would, according to reporter Andrew Jacobs, “promote and protect breastfeeding around the world, especially in developing countries” and limit the promotion of infant formula.President Donald Trump tweeted his rationale for the U.S. position: “The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.”Public health professionals have a different perspective: In poor countries, a mother’s decision about breastfeeding can be critical for her baby’s survival. That’s because formula carries special risks for low-income families.The first problem arises because powdered formula requires a dependable source of clean water, which is not available to some 780 million people, according to the World Health Organization. “In countries where women live in poor households with poor sanitation, it becomes a matter of life and death,” says Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. “If the water is not clean, formula becomes a death sentence for the infant.”Even in the best of circumstances, formula feeding has disadvantages. According to decades of research analyzed and summarized in a 2016 Lancet series on breastfeeding, the harm caused by formula feeding includes increased risk of diarrhea and respiratory infections. In addition, according to the Lancet series, more than 800,000 formula-fed infants who die each year could be saved by breastfeeding mostly by reducing diarrhea, respiratory infections and malnutrition from diluted formula. Breast milk has been proven, over decades of research, to be unarguably the best nutrition for babies with its nearly perfect mix of easily digested vitamins, protein and fat. In addition, new research in the July 2017 JAMA Pediatrics has shown that beneficial bacteria from the mother colonize in the baby’s gut, helping the infant establish a healthy microbiome — bacteria in the intestine that help fight disease throughout life. Because the bacteria are unique to mother and baby, the establishment of the microbiome has been called nature’s first personalized medicine and cannot be replicated in formula.Harms from formula-feeding fall disproportionately on poor women in poor countries, says Perez-Escamilla, not only because of unsanitary drinking water but also because of poverty. Purchasing formula can use 30 percent or more of an impoverished family’s income, he says. “Then, women start diluting the formula to make it last longer,” he says. Drinking watered down formula leads to malnourishment, illness and even death. “And then, too, the money spent on formula is not available for other things the baby might need, like health care,” he says.No additional research is needed to prove that breast milk is the gold standard of nutrition for infants, says Dr. Adriano Cattaneo, an epidemiologist retired from the Unit for Health Services Research and International Health, Institute for Child Health “Burio Garofolo,” in Trieste, Italy.He has grown tired of pointing out and defending the proven benefits of breast milk for mothers and babies. “From a scientific point of view, carrying out research on the benefits of breastfeeding doesn’t make sense. Would anybody carry out research on the benefits of breathing, chewing, hearing, passing stool?” says Cattaneo.”The burden of proof should fall on those who propose alternatives to breastfeeding,” Cattaneo says in an email interview with NPR. “Formula feeding lags far behind … breastfeeding in terms of safety and benefits. So we should never talk of the benefits of breastfeeding. We should talk about the harms of formula feeding.”Cattaneo argued in 2007 in an editorial in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health that research should center on effective methods to encourage and support women in breastfeeding. That was the goal of the resolution at the meeting of the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May.As for the belief that poor women who are themselves malnourished cannot adequately provide breast milk for their babies — that’s not true, says Cattaneo.”I’m very aware of the arguments from Trump,” says Perez-Escamilla of the president’s assertion that many poor women “need access to formula.””Many poor women are undernourished, and that spreads the notion that their milk is low quality and low quantity,” he says. “But their milk is still better than formula.”Cattaneo agrees. “When the formula industry says that mothers in low-income countries are too sick and malnourished to breastfeed, that is false. Breast milk is of excellent quality even if a mother is sick or malnourished. Quantity is also adequate, except in rare cases of terminal disease or very severe malnutrition.”There are few medical conditions and treatments that rule out breastfeeding, says Perez-Escamilla. Today, even women who are infected with HIV can follow the same recommendations for breastfeeding as uninfected women, provided they are on anti-retroviral therapy. “Women receiving some types of chemotherapy, or on some types of antidepressants or who are substance abusers should not breastfeed,” he says. “But overall, there are very, very few situations where she cannot breastfeed.”Nestle, along with Danone, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Abbott Laboratories, is one of the four leading corporations selling infant formula around the world.In 1977, Nestle’s formula practices made headlines when a boycott was announced in the U.S. in response to what breastfeeding advocates termed “aggressive marketing” of formula, especially in poor countries.Then and now, Nestle has defended its practices.In a statement emailed to NPR this week, Nestle said: “Nestlé strongly supports breastfeeding and has not wavered on this position. We have not, nor would we ever, lobby any governments — including the US government — to oppose breastfeeding policies anywhere in the world.”A study on industry practices by Save the Children finds that the top six formula manufacturers sometimes use marketing practices at odds with the code of marketing practices for infant formula drawn up by the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO. The International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes includes a call for no promotion of breast milk substitutes to the public, no gifts to mothers or health workers, no free samples to pregnant women or mothers and no sponsorship of meetings of health professionals. The report found cases of companies paying doctors to recommend their milk formulas and offering coupons, contests, gifts and other incentives to mothers to buy formula. The results are in line with earlier findings of ARCH, Assessment and Research on Child Health, an organization that investigates how foods for children are promoted. ARCH’s 2016 study of Tanzania, Cambodia, Nepal and Senegal found similar promotional activities by formula companies.”At the end of the day, it is the woman’s decision to decide how she wants to feed her baby,” says Perez-Escamilla. “It should be a truly informed choice on a level playing field. But that is impossible in low-income countries in an environment that is pushing them to formula feed.”Susan Brink is a freelance writer who covers health and medicine. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester, and co-author of A Change of Heart. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_imgA disabled campaigner has sent an 80-page dossier of evidence to the new first minister of Wales in a last-ditch bid to persuade him to abandon plans to close the Welsh government’s independent living grant scheme.Nathan Lee Davies has written to Mark Drakeford with just two months left until the planned closure of the Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG), which was itself set up as an interim scheme following the UK government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund in June 2015.Davies, who has led the Save WILG Campaign, told Drakeford in an open letter this week that closing WILG would leave disabled people with high support needs “at the mercy of cash-strapped Local Authorities who seem intent on cutting vital support packages across the board with no guarantee that further cuts will not follow”.He said that local authorities “seem to be treating disabled people as a burden”.Davies points out in the letter that Drakeford had promised – during his successful campaign to lead the Welsh Labour party last year – that if an independent evaluation of the WILG closure showed the new system “not working as well as the old one” then he would be “prepared to reverse it”.WILG was set up by the Welsh government – with UK government funding – as a short-term measure to support former ILF recipients when the fund was closed in June 2015.But the Welsh government is now closing WILG and transferring the funding to local councils, and by April the 22 local authorities will be solely responsible for meeting the support needs of all former ILF-recipients in Wales.Davies said the “deep dive review” of cases in which WILG recipients were having their support cut was “full of errors” and had failed to consult the disabled people who will be affected.He pointed to his own experience at the hands of his local authority, Wrexham council, which he said had treated him “abysmally”.Davies, who has a life-limiting condition, said that the process to reassess his support needs, due to end in September 2018, had still not been completed and was having “a negative impact” on both his physical and mental health.He described how his social worker had laughed when he suggested he needed 24-hour support and told him that no-one in the borough received that level of support.He said that the lack of overnight support in his current social care package meant he had to stop drinking at 8pm at night and get ready for bed at 10pm, and often had to call his 68-year-old father to assist him in the night, even though he lives a 10-minute drive away and has arthritis in both hands.The dossier, which has already been shared with the deputy health and social services minister Julie Morgan, includes a description of a day in his life, from last January, showing the poor level of support he already receives – even before the closure of WILG – and the pain and indignity this exposes him to, as well as the lack of choice and control in his life.Davies says: “It is 2018 and I am still being treated like a second class citizen. “I have a progressive condition of the nervous system which is accelerating at quite a rate, yet I still have the same amount of inadequate care and support hours that I did in 2010 when I first began independent living.”He updated this by posting a new blog yesterday, showing that little had changed in the last year.In the dossier, he warns the Welsh Labour party: “I do not want to spend the last days of my life completely unnecessarily fighting against the party I have defended and campaigned for across many years.“But I will if I have to. Please don’t make me.”The dossier also includes a letter from a director of Disability Wales, Trevor Palmer, in which he says the planned WILG closure has “created serious disruptions” to his life, with local authority “incompetence and lack of understanding” that has led to his support package being “substantially” reduced. A Welsh government spokesperson said: “We believe that disabled people’s ability to live independently should not be compromised by any changes to the way in which support is arranged for those people who previously received payments from the WILG.“The first minister has just received Mr Davies’ open letter regarding the WILG and will carefully consider the detailed points it makes.“He has asked the deputy minister for health and social services to consider what further action may be necessary to ensure disabled people in receipt of the WILG are not adversely affected by this change.  “The deputy minister has provided Mr Davies and the National Assembly’s petitions committee with details of the deep dive review.“She also met Mr Davies at his home to hear his concerns and discuss the issues raised in his dossier.”He said the deep dive review had seen the 22 Welsh local authorities audit all cases where they intended to cut the WILG element of people’s support.This found planned reductions in about 157 cases, and increases in support in a similar number, out of 1,174 people.He claimed that the cuts had taken place because “some people had developed a need for healthcare rather than social care while some, due to their support being provided in a different way or being of a different type, had a reduced need for care overall”.He accepted that two questionnaires, commissioned from the All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities, had had a low response rate, but he said that responses to it “have been positive about the way assessments have been undertaken and the outcomes people have received”.Charlotte Walton, Wrexham council’s head of adult social care, said: “We cannot comment on any individual’s care and support needs. “However we do not accept the allegations being made. “We have carried out all of the WILG reviews in a person centred and inclusive manner and working with the individual recipients of the fund [has] enabled them to achieve positive outcomes from the reviews.”Davies said he would now push for a meeting with the first minister.He said: “I am not going anywhere and will continue to fight this until justice is served.”Picture: Nathan Lee Davies with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

first_img Next Article Enroll Now for $5 This story originally appeared on Reuters 1 min read March 25, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Add to Queuecenter_img Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Verizon Communications Inc. said an attacker had exploited a security vulnerability on its enterprise client portal to steal contact information of a number of customers.The company said the attacker however did not gain access to Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) or other data.CPNI is the information that telephone companies collect including the time, date, duration and destination number of each call and the type of network a consumer subscribes to.  Krebs On Security, which first broke the news of the breach, said a member of a underground cybercrime forum had posted a new thread advertising the sale of a database containing the contact information on some 1.5 million customers of Verizon Enterprise.The seller priced the entire package at $100,000, but offered to sell it off in parts of 100,000 records for $10,000 apiece, Krebs added.The vulnerability, which was investigated and fixed, did not leak any data on consumer customers, Verizon said in a statement on Thursday.The company is currently notifying customers impacted by the breach.(Reporting by Amrutha Penumudi in Bengaluru; Editing by Diane Craft and Cynthia Osterman) Image credit: Foap | k_luang Verizon Hacked, With Data of 1.5 Million Customers Stolen Cyber Attackslast_img read more

first_img Source:https://newsroom.uw.edu/news/researchers-classify-alzheimers-patients-6-subgroups Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 5 2018Researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease have created an approach to classify patients with Alzheimer’s disease, a finding that may open the door for personalized treatments.”Alzheimer’s, like breast cancer, is not one disease,” said lead author Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor in general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “I think a good drug might fail in a clinical trial because not all the subjects have the same kind of Alzheimer’s.This study, published in the recent issue of Molecular Psychiatry, involves 19 researchers from several institutions, including Boston University School of Medicine, the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Indiana University School of Medicine.The researchers put 4,050 people with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease into six groups based on their cognitive functioning at the time of diagnosis and then used genetic data to find biological differences across these groups.”The implications are exciting,” said corresponding author Paul Crane, professor of general internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We have found substantial biological differences among cognitively defined subgroups of Alzheimer’s patients.”Identification of cognitive subgroups related to genetic differences is an important step toward developing a precision medicine approach for Alzheimer’s disease.The participants received cognitive scores in four domains: memory, executive functioning, language, and visuospatial functioning.The largest group (39%) had scores in all four domains that were fairly close to each other. The next largest group (27%) had memory scores substantially lower than their other scores. Smaller groups had language scores substantially lower than their other scores (13%), visuospatial functioning scores substantially lower than their other scores (12%), and executive functioning scores substantially lower than their other scores (3%). There were 6% who had two domains that were substantially lower than their other scores.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionThe participants came from five studies, and it took more than two years to standardize the neuropsychological test scores across all the studies in order to detect meaningful patterns. The mean age was 80, 92 percent self-reported white race, and 61 percent were female.The investigators used genome-wide genetic data to find out if the subgroups are biologically distinct.Investigators found 33 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) – specific locations throughout the genome – where the genetic association was very strong for one of the subgroups. These genetic relationships were stronger than the strongest effects found by an earlier and much larger international consortium study where Alzheimer’s disease was treated as a single homogeneous condition.Several years ago, the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project Consortium published the largest genome-wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease and found about 20 SNPs associated with Alzheimer’s disease risk.This study found 33 additional SNPs with even stronger relationships with a single subgroup.The study also found a particularly strong relationship between a particular variant of the APOE gene and risk for the memory subgroup. The APOE e4 allele is a very strong risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease for people with European ancestry, and it also appears to influence which cognitive subtype of Alzheimer’s a person is likely to develop.People can currently find out if they have an APOE e4 allele with direct-to-consumer testing; however, the researchers note that many people with an APOE e4 allele never develop Alzheimer’s disease, and many who don’t carry any known genetic risk factor nevertheless end up with the condition.While world leaders want to find a cure for Alzheimer’s by 2025, so far no one has been able to develop an effective treatment let alone a cure. But this study suggests that thinking of Alzheimer’s disease as six distinct conditions may provide a way forward.”This study is not the end, it’s a start,” said Mukherjee.​last_img read more

first_img Source:https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2019/breast-cancer-patients-weigh-in-on-addressing-financial-burdens.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019A qualitative study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health yielded nine patient-driven recommendations across circumstances that include changes to insurance, supportive services and financial assistance to reduce long-term, breast cancer-related economic burden.The study appears online March 6 in the journal Cancer.U.S. breast cancer patients experience considerable economic burdens compared with those who have other types of cancer. The financial burdens are often exacerbated for patients who are managing treatment side effects, particularly breast cancer-related lymphedema, swelling of the arms or torso commonly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during breast cancer surgery.Over 250,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. Lymphedema affects nearly 35 percent of U.S. breast cancer survivors, and results in an estimated $14,877 in out-of-pocket costs in the first two years of a diagnosis for patients who develop lymphedema. Previous research suggests that 10 years post-diagnosis, breast cancer survivors with lymphedema have over double the health care costs as those not affected by lymphedema.”No one should have to make a choice between their health and their money. Yet breast cancer survivors face incredibly high prices that can lead to severe financial hardships, even bankruptcy,” says lead author Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology. “These recommendations offer ways to adapt a range of policies and practices that would make it more likely that breast cancer survivors can afford and attain the care they need.”Previous studies of breast cancer patients focused on provider and insurer perspectives on reducing costs, but not the patient, notes Dean. “This study offered breast cancer survivors a voice to tell us what they think should be done to make their lives better,” says Dean.For the study, interviews were conducted with 40 long-term breast cancer survivors from New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2015. Participants were chosen to ensure a range of ages, lifestyles and severity of lymphedema. Of the 40 participants, 24 had lymphedema. The interviews were designed to better understand the financial problems participants faced after cancer, what types of issues they may have had with insurers, who they asked for help and what they thought should happen so that future breast cancer survivors could avoid high costs.The interviewees offered nine actionable recommendations: Provide assistance with understanding what is covered under insurance and how to navigate changes when switching to a new insurance provider Ensure high-quality insurance that covers required and elective cancer services with low co-pays, premiums and deductibles Expand insurance coverage for lymphedema-specific supplies and lymphedema management, including long-term physical therapy and complementary and alternative medical treatments Address psychosocial costs by expanding support groups and buddy services Expand the availability of home health care services after cancer treatment Provide domestic assistance with household chores, child care and transportation Expand eligibility for financial aid and social services to those who are not in poverty Provide financial counseling or navigation throughout the diagnosis and treatment process Expand policies that protect employment and medical leave to offer more acceptable leave timecenter_img Related StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedPrevious recommendations included affordable insurance, prompt information on costs and access to financial navigation and peer support. In this study, recommendations include institutional changes and policies that patients see as setting or driving costs.Patient-driven recommendations to keep insurance costs low have been criticized for potentially driving up costs for insurers. As a counter argument, the authors offer an example: In one state, expanding coverage for lymphedema services and treatment lowered patient out-of-pocket costs and lymphedema-related hospitalizations, while having a less than 0.1 percent impact on costs for insurance claims and less than a 0.2 percent impact on insurance premiums after 10 years.Several states (California, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia) have passed legislation that expands lymphedema treatment coverage under existing insurance. Congress has considered, but not yet passed, legislation that would do the same across the nation.Survey participants offered several ideas for changes to private business services and nonprofits. For example, mortgage deferment services, which are currently used for other reasons besides health, could be used to reduce expenses that could then be used for cancer treatment.While many nonprofits currently have charitable assistance programs, study participants suggested that eligibility for assistance be determined by whether or not the patient has access to additional resources, rather than on poverty guidelines. Additionally, physicians and health providers could make referrals for financial counseling services during the course of care.The researchers suggest that without changes, the out-of-pocket costs will continue to pose a challenge for the growing number of breast cancer survivors in the U.S.last_img read more

first_imgThis means that doctors who help these patients should be aware that they have a high risk of bleeding and should therefore not prescribe too much anticoagulant medicine.”Kasper Adelborg, Aarhus University Blood clot in the heart: Forty per cent higher. Blood clot in the brain: Twenty per cent higher. Blood clot in the legs and lungs: over three hundred per cent higher. Bleeding: Two hundred per cent higher. Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerHe adds that with each individual patient there is still a need to weigh up the overall risk of a blood prop and bleeding, which includes taking into account the patient’s age, medical history, other diseases, lifestyle etc. before choosing a treatment.Major preventative potential:The new study, which has been published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, corroborates previous studies, though researchers have not previously looked at the entire group of hematological cancer patients together – and neither were there any studies covering so many years. Additionally, previous studies have either focused solely on blood clots or bleeding.Kasper Adelborg emphasizes that there are major differences in the prognoses for the different patient groups. For example. only a few children develop a blood prop of suffer bleeding in the years after suffering from leukemia, while far more patients with e.g. bone marrow cancer develop blood props and/or bleeding.”The potential for prevention is particularly large in the latter group,” he says.In relation to the population as a whole, the study shows the heightened risk for hematological cancer patients: Source:Aarhus UniversityJournal reference:Adelborg, K. et al. (2019) Risk of thromboembolic and bleeding outcomes following hematological cancers: A Danish population‐based cohort study. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. doi.org/10.1111/jth.14475. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 27 2019New Danish research may help direct focus towards the serious complications that on average every fifth hematological cancer patient suffers. This is according to medical doctor and PhD Kasper Adelborg from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, who has studied the cases of 32,000 hematological cancer patients between the years 2000-2013. Hematological cancer includes leukemia, bone marrow cancer and cancers of the lymph nodes.”This is a broad group of patients with very different disease experiences depending on the type of hematological cancer. Some patients have a particular risk of suffering blood clots, while others have instead a higher risk of bleeding such as e.g. gastrointestinal bleeding,” says Kasper Adelborg, before stating that the new knowledge can be used for even better prevention and individualized treatment:”If a person has a high risk of suffering a blood clot, treatment with anticoagulant medicine can benefit some patients. But anticoagulant medicine is not desirable if the risk of suffering bleeding is higher. This is a difficult clinical problem, but our study can set goals for what carries most weight for each individual type of cancer,” he says.One example is the disease myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which is a type of bone marrow cancer. Here the study showed that the risk of bleeding within ten years was approx. fifteen per cent, while the risk of suffering a blood prop was lower.last_img read more

Traditionally, EEG brain scans are used to diagnose medical conditions such as epilepsy or sleep disorders. More recently, EEG brain scans have been introduced as a way to detect emotions which opens doors beyond the medical field. Researchers are looking into e-learning applications, and developers of virtual games are exploring the possibilities of emotion-based e-gaming. Such application domains require real-time emotion detection, which can be achieved through wireless EEG headsets.Challenges in EEG electrode placement, and user comfort for long term usage are the key deterrents in using EEG signals beyond clinical purpose. Imec’s EEG headset combines user comfort with its cutting-edge low-power technology, active high-quality EEG dry-electrodes from Datwyler and advanced software to accurately monitor in real time frontal EEG signals that are related to emotional state. The system contains a headphone jack and is Bluetooth (r) compatible for music streaming. With the integration of music playback, the system can not only measure, but also influence the emotions of the person that is wearing the headset. With the help of Artificial Intelligence our headset can learn the personal musical preferences of the wearer and compose and playback, in real-time, music that fits his preferences and influences his emotions to achieve the wearers’ desired emotional state. The machine learning algorithms to achieve this were developed by Osaka University under the Center of Innovation (COI) Program integrating personalized emotion classification and real-time music composition into the system.”Imec’s extensive expertise in this domain is a result of nearly a decade of work in creating circuits and compact systems for wearable EEG monitoring,” stated Chris Van Hoof, senior director connected health solutions. “Leveraging the expertise of our project partners: Osaka University and Datwyler, we could develop a new type of EEG headset that will be vital for clinical research on emotion estimation in therapeutic environments or for neurofeedback through aural stimulation for relaxation, cognitive enhancement and memory improvement purposes. Since the headset is pre-fitted with electrodes, this eliminates the need for expertise in electrode placement and can be used on a regular basis with minimal setup time. We’re excited about how the headset can be leveraged in the gaming community to develop enhanced and more immersive games.” “Our expertise in machine learning and personalized emotion classification helped us to build a unique EEG system that links music that is offered through the headphones with emotional changes,” stated professor Masayuki Numao from the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) ,Osaka University. “We have achieved this Brain Melody system by combining model-based emotion recognition with techniques for real-time music composition and musical expression.””We are excited to be part of imec’s endeavour in creating the paradigm shift in wearable EEG monitoring,” says Ronny Vrijens, Head of New Product Development at Datwyler Pharma Packaging International. “Together with imec, we have significantly improved the reliability, EEG signal quality, and ease of integration of the dry electrodes used in this new EEG headset.” Explore further Citation: EEG headset for emotion detection (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-eeg-headset-emotion.html At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Jan. 9-12, 2018, imec and Holst Centre will demonstrate a prototype of an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that can measure emotions and cognitive processes in the brain. The headset is a major breakthrough in emotion measurement for therapeutic, learning and gaming applications. Wireless EEG headset for emergency room and intensive care unit patients Provided by IMEC Credit: IMEC 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. read more

Explore further 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. The social media giant said it is barring ads for “financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency.”Initial coin offerings or ICOs are a way for companies to raise funds by selling investors cryptographic assets.Fraud is common in the world of red hot digital currencies such as bitcoin.This week, for instance, the US Securities and Exchange Commission shut down an initial coin offering by a Texas company called AriseBank.AriseBank was accused of relying on celebrity endorsers such as boxer Evander Holyfield and social media to cheat investors out of $600 million of its goal of $1 billion for a currency it called “AriseCoin.”In a blog post announcing the news, Facebook product management director Rob Leathern hinted that Facebook may modify the new policy at some point to allow bona fide crypto-related businesses to advertise again.”We want people to continue to discover and learn about new products and services through Facebook ads without fear of scams or deception,” Leathern wrote. “That said, there are many companies who are advertising binary options, ICOs and cryptocurrencies that are not currently operating in good faith.””This policy is intentionally broad while we work to better detect deceptive and misleading advertising practices, and enforcement will begin to ramp up across our platforms including Facebook, Audience Network and Instagram. We will revisit this policy and how we enforce it as our signals improve,” he added. As Bitcoin, other currencies soar, regulators urge caution Facebook wants people to use the network “without fear of scams or deception” © 2018 AFP Facebook says it is banning all ads related to cryptocurrencies in an effort to fight scams. Citation: Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-facebook-ads-cryptocurrencies.html read more

© 2018 AFP Citation: Boeing reports jump in 1Q profits, lifts 2018 forecast (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-boeing-1q-profits.html The aerospace giant reported that earnings surged 56.9 percent from the first three months of 2017, rising to $2.5 billion. Revenues rose 6.5 percent to $23.4 billion.The upbeat report sent the company’s share price higher, and reflects the health of the airline industry as flying becomes much more common in the Middle East, Asia and other developing regions.A big player in China, Boeing has often been seen as vulnerable to a trade war between Washington and Beijing, a possibility that topped Wall Street’s list of worries earlier this month but has receded of late amid softer rhetoric between and the prospect of talks in coming days.Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said he was encouraged that the US planned to send a high-level trade team to Beijing. President Donald Trump confirmed Tuesday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will travel to China soon.”We know aerospace is very important to both countries and while some initial statements have been made about potential tariffs, none of those severe actions have been implemented,” Muilenburg said on a conference call with analysts and reporters. “And we’re frankly encouraged by the continuing dialogue and we’ve heard from leadership in both countries that both are seeking to find negotiated positions that will be productive for both countries.”Muilenburg said Boeing’s supply chain had not been significantly affected by tariffs on aluminum and other measures that have been implemented.Cargo demand risingIn the quarter ending March 31, Boeing notched higher commercial plane deliveries compared with the year-ago period. Planes with gains included the narrow-aisle 737 and the 787 “Dreamliner.” The aerospace giant has been consulting with customers on launching a possible “middle market” plane that would fall between its narrow-body model, which carries up to 200 people, and its wide-body design, which typically flies around 300.The company said it would raise production for the Boeing 767 plane to three a month from 2.5 due to strength in the cargo market as industrial demand picks up.Earnings in Boeing’s defense division were lifted by strong weapons volume. The company won new business from Kuwait and said it was on track with the KC-46 tanker program, a US Air Force transport aircraft contract that has led to unexpected cost increases in prior quarters.A report earlier this month by the US Government Accountability Office warned that deliveries of the first fully capable KC-46 tankers could slip to May 2019 from the current timetable of October 2018, citing a number of risks to the timeframe that need to be mitigated.But Muilenburg said the company was making “steady progress” on the project and towards delivering the first 18 tankers this year.Iranian deliveries delayedOther key questions surrounding Boeing include the status of talks with Brazilian company Embraer on a potential collaboration that must be blessed by the government in Brasilia.Boeing also could be impacted if President Donald Trump scotches the nuclear agreement between Iran and major governments that opened the door to commercial plane sales in the sanctions-constrained country.Muilenburg said Boeing has delayed deliveries of 777 planes to Iran in line with the US government process and its targets for 2018 had not accounted for them.”The plan that we outlined for your is not dependent on the Iranian orders,” he said. “If those orders do come to fruition, if we do ultimately deliver airplanes, those represent opportunities for us.” Shares climbed 2.3 percent to $336.58 in midday trading, the biggest gainer in the Dow. Boeing profits jumped, and the company upgraded its earnings forecast for this year Wednesday amid a strong commercial aviation market and as executives expressed optimism the US and China will avoid a trade war. Explore further 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. High product, labor costs lead to decline in Boeing’s profit The Boeing logo on the first Boeing 737 MAX 9 airplane is pictured during its rollout for media in March 2017 read more

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The findings, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, lend support to a model of dark energy known as Chameleon Theory. Hints of dark energy were first discovered in the late 1990s, when cosmologists measured the light from distant supernovas and realized that the stars were dimmer than expected, suggesting that the fabric of spacetime was not only expanding, but accelerating in its expansion. Physicists proposed the existence of a force that worked in opposition to gravity, pushing things away from one another, rather than pulling them together. [The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65919-chameleon-theory-explains-dark-energy-maybe.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Most researchers subscribe to the idea that dark energy is what’s known as the cosmological constant, a type of energy pent up in the vacuum of space itself, Baojiu Li, a mathematical physicist at Durham University in the United Kingdom, told Live Science. “This simple model works very well practically, and it is a straightforward addition to the cosmological model without having to modify the law of gravity,” he said. The problem is that leading physics theories predict that the value of the vacuum’s energy should be 120 orders of magnitude higher than what cosmologists observe from actual measurements of dark energy in the universe, said Li. So physicists have sought out alternate explanations, including Chameleon Theory. The theory proposes a new force, atop the four already known, mediated by a particle called the chameleon particle, according to an explainer in Sky and Telescope magazine. The chameleon force would act like dark energy, driving apart galaxies in the cosmos. But having an unexpected fifth force comes with its own dilemma — how come our instruments have never before seen such a particle? The theory suggests that chameleon particles, like their reptilian namesakes, can blend into their surroundings to evade detection. Rather than changing color, these particles change mass. In high-density environments, such as that near Earth, they have a high mass and are therefore difficult to detect. This is why we don’t see the effects of chameleon particles on our solar system, but rather only on extremely large cosmological scales, where, overall, matter is sparse, according to the theory. In order to test Chameleon Theory, researchers have run powerful computer simulations, spinning virtual dark matter — an as-yet-unknown substance vastly outweighing visible matter in the universe — with the four known forces plus chameleon particles to create celestial structures like our solar system, according to a statement. But until now, processing-power limitations have meant that the models could not include ordinary, visible matter, like protons and electrons. Li and his colleagues used supercomputers to finally include the ordinary particles alongside everything else and produce galaxy-scale structures. “The simulations show that realistic galaxies, like our own Milky Way, can form despite the complicated behavior of gravity in [Chameleon Theory],” Li said. The team hopes further modeling will reveal ways to distinguished the theory from other hypotheses about dark energy, he added. So do these ideas challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity, as has been widely reported? “Challenge is a strong word,” Jeremy Sakstein, a physicist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who was not involved in the work, told Live Science. To test general relativity, it’s useful to have competing theories, he added, and this new research represents a step toward making predictions about what these alternatives might see on cosmological scales. 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first_imgThe historic, laid-back Nawabi city of Hyderabad has its unique hum. It is a Muslim-majority constituency with a sizeable population of other communities.The constituency has been a stronghold of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) from 1984 and the incumbent candidate, Asaduddin Owaisi, a three-time MP, is seeking his fourth term from the seat. Over the years, the BJP has continued its relentless contest against the AIMIM but in vain. BJP’s candidate J Bhagavanth Rao is hopeful of doing well in an election which is skewed in favour of the AIMIM due to the strong Muslim voter base.Muslim preponderanceThe Hyderabad Parliamentary constituency has seven Assembly segments of Charminar, Chandrayangutta, Goshamahal, Yakutpura, Bahadurpura, Malakpet and Karwan. Barring Goshamahal, the BJP was routed in all the seats in the recent Assembly elections.Hyderabad constituency has total voter base of 19,57,772 — 10,12,369 men, and 9,45,271 women. In 2014, Asaduddin polled 5,13,868 votes against 3,11,414 votes by the BJP candidate.The split in the Opposition votes due to TRS candidate Pusthe Srikanth and the Congress plays a key role in consolidation of votes for the AIMIM. The Congress has fielded Feroz Khan.During an interaction, Owasi said he would win on the development agenda and his priority was to build a new Osmania Hospital building, to strengthen the sewerage network, making parts of the southern city flood-proof, improving the road network and local infrastructure among others. He is confident that the Hyderabad metro rail line, that is expected to run up to the Falaknuma Palace in the Old City, will be taken up after the polls.Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi, Asaduddin’s father, had represented the Hyderabad constituency and nurtured it for six terms and the baton was taken over by Asad. His younger brother Akbaruddin Owaisi has been a legislator.The BJP candidate Bhagavanth Rao believes people will support him as they want a powerful national leader such as Narendra Modi and will vote for the development agenda. He called upon voters to back the BJP so that Hyderabad could be taken up for faster development.One of the biggest challenges, particularly in the Charminar area, is the legacy infrastructure and the burden it has to take on as the city and the population grow. The challenge is to develop the civic infrastructure while retaining its heritage.Apart from nurturing the Hyderabad constituency, Asaduddin has fielded candidates in Aurangabad in Maharashtra and Kishangunj in Bihar, seeking to expand the MIM party base. COMMENT April 09, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE national electionscenter_img Hyderabad COMMENTS Elections 2019 Published onlast_img read more