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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterSeabourn is enhancing its Ventures by Seabourn expedition programme in northern Europe this summer, giving guests on board Seabourn Quest new opportunities to experience the region’s picturesque destinations.Designed for small groups, Ventures by Seabourn excursions enable guests to explore stunning waterways and fjords, secluded inlets and scenic islands via Zodiac inflatable boats or double sea kayaks launched from the unique fold-out water sports marina on board all Seabourn vessels.The optional excursions are led by an expert team of scientists, scholars and naturalists with a guide-to-guest ratio of 1:14 maximum.Guests travelling on board Seabourn Quest during its northern Europe season will be offered more than 30 Ventures by Seabourn excursions this year, including:Puffins, Eidorers and Guillemots on Vigur Island – Discover Iceland’s small island of Vigur, home to a harmonious gathering of thousands of birds, a beautiful landscape and Europe’s smallest post office.Fjord Journey through Prins Christian Sund – Experience the dramatic high mountain faces and scoured rock massifs by Zodiac, while looking for icebergs and waterfalls engorged by meltwater.Extensive Fjord Exploration to Trollfjord – Join the resident naturalist on a Zodiac to explore the sheltered fjords of Norway and the Lofoten Islands, discovering flora and fauna while watching for moose.As part of Seabourn’s ongoing focus on enrichment, guests will also enjoy a strong on board academic program, with Seabourn Conversations from the ship’s impressive expedition team, including: Ignacio “Iggy” Rojas, Ventures Leader aboard Seabourn Quest and expedition cruising expert; Dr. Coleen Batey, a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow; Luciano “Luqui” Bernacchi, a mountain, ski and naturalist guide who has more than 20 years of experience; and Kara Weller, an Alaska native with a background in research for universities on both sides of the Atlantic.“Building on the success of Ventures by Seabourn in Antarctica, our Northern Europe guests will have access to intimate and exclusive new ways to see this stunning landscape,” Seabourn Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Sales John Delaney said. “With a wide selection of exciting excursions and meaningful enrichment content led by a world class expedition team, Seabourn continues to ensure our guests experience the very best that our worldwide destinations have to offer.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Intel has confirmed details of its new Compute Sti

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first_imgIntel has confirmed details of its new Compute Stick, an HDMI dongle that will enter the market against rivals such as Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick. Showcasing the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Intel said that the Intel Compute Stick will transform any HDMI display into a “fully functional computer.”The device will come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 or Linux and will feature a quad-core Intel Atom processor, built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage.“It’s everything you love about your desktop computer in a device that fits in the palm of your hand,” said Intel.For consumers the device will support social networking, web browsing and streaming media such Netflix, Hulu or games, according to Intel.The firm first unveiled the device at an Intel investor conference in Santa Clara, California, last November but did not give details of its capabilities beyond saying it could be inserted into the port of a smart TV or other monitor.Intel said the device will launch later this year, and is reportedly gearing up for a March release.last_img read more

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The Chechen groups that threaten the security of t

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first_img The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the [Olympic] games are controlled by us, and they will not move in the Syrian territory’s direction without coordinating with us. Any coverage of Ukraine or Syria that ignores these facts disgraces itself. The New Message The new message I’ve been seeing lately is this: Obama is screwing up and making us look like wimps! We need to be powerful, not wimps! What that actually means is, “We should confront Putin and show him who’s tough! We’re still the biggest badass!” That kind of emotion, of course, leads toward war. Along with this emotionalism travels a peculiar fear found in empires: If we don’t rule the world, everything will break down into death and darkness. The Brits believed this not too long ago, as did many others, going back to the Romans and beyond. Here are a few passages from mainstream media that have caught my eye: “The collapse of the Pax Americana under Obama has freed up Russia and China to begin their campaigns of territorial expansionism.” Last year, lots of powerful groups tried to get a war going in Syria. It seemed to me that the necessary ground work hadn’t been done and that they might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, that’s how it happened. And by “necessary ground work,” I’m not referring to the military operators the US government had in Syria for a year or two prior; I’m talking about making the American populace eager for a new war. That’s a crucial and often ignored factor. What has been catching my eye the past week or so is a new series of efforts to stir up war fever in the US, and I’d like to give them some coverage. Since the mainstream ‘news’ in the US has become almost completely trivialized and neutered, I think it’s important for the rest of us to fill the gap as best we can. First Points Before I get to what I see as the new war propaganda, I want to point out what all the ‘respectable’ voices are ignoring: This leaked recording (embedded in video) is from February 6 – before the deposing of the Ukrainian boss that started the current mess. In it, you’ll hear US State Department officials deciding who should be the new boss of the country, once they’ve had their way. This is clear, uncontested proof that it was the State Department who got things going in the Ukraine. Whatever we think of Putin, it must be acknowledged that these guys stirred it up. This video contains conversations of high Turkish officials planning a fake attack to start a war with Syria. “Russia has taken over Crimea and threatens further aggression. Now is the time to act…” “Putin has given speeches almost identical to Hitler’s 1938 Berlin address.” “Instead of a post-American world ushering in a stable multilateral order, it will revert back to a chaotic Lord of the Flies situation.” Leaked documents have shown that the Saudis are pushing very hard for a war in Syria (intended, presumably, to weaken Iran). They go so far as to tell Putin that they control terrorist groups, including those who could attack in both Russia and in Syria. (Think about that!) Here’s a direct quote from what they said to Putin: This leaked recording (embedded in video) features an Estonian foreign minister talking to an EU official. In it, he says that the snipers who were said to be killing on Putin’s orders were actually working for the people the US was putting into power. “Fear That Obama Will Let Russia Seize Control Of Internet.” To this I’ll add one more thing: Millions of people currently believe that Russian troops have invaded the Crimea, which is completely false. Honestly, I’m not sure that this will work. However hungry the military-industrial complex may be, Joe and Jane Average are just not eager for another war. And I think Putin’s smart enough to withhold any Pearl Harbor-like attacks. Even a big terrorist attack might only prove that the intel state has failed again. I’m not sure that people can maintain an endless blind faith in Jack Bauer; at some point, they will say, “That was only a TV show.” That said… That said, “Washington Worship TV” continues and they’re still working toward war. Obama just paid a call on the Saudis, who remain desperate for their war in Syria. They’re so desperate, in fact, that they’re working with the Israelis on it. (War makes for strange bedfellows.) And on his way to Arabia, Obama called on the Pope. What these meetings were really about, who knows. Backroom deals between intel agencies take place all the time. No one’s going to admit what the conversations are about, but one can certainly imagine that a deal was underway to give Putin the Crimea in return for the war in Syria that NATO and its friends wanted. The leaks mentioned above (especially the Turkish leak) may have delayed matters, but since it has never appeared on “the news,” most people have never heard about it. Perhaps the push for war in Syria will continue. But, it may be that NATO and their allies have given up on their war in Syria and are trying to punish Putin for standing in their way. (It’s likely that Russia was the source of those leaks.) That would involve bloodshed in the Ukraine… as if the Ukrainians haven’t suffered enough in the past eighty years. The Bottom Line The bottom line is that several groups are very eager for a new war. Toward that end, they’re working to stir up emotions. Rationally convincing people to kill and be killed, of course, isn’t terribly effective. What we have to do now is to keep our heads and be a voice of reason for our friends and neighbors, even if they don’t like it. War is not salvation; it’s hell. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

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Jony Ive Reportedly Felt That Tim Cook Wasnt Interested in Design

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first_img Next Article –shares Steve Dent This story originally appeared on Engadget Jony Ive Reportedly Felt That Tim Cook Wasn’t Interested in Design Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images via engadget Register Now » Jony Ive’s departure was made official last week, but may have begun years ago because of Apple’s shift in focus from design to operations, according to the WSJ and Bloomberg. Citing multiple unnamed sources, the reports stated that Ive was “dispirited” by Tim Cook’s lack of interest in design, especially considering the close synergy he shared with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. At the same time, Ive was coming into Apple’s offices much less often than before, “straining the cohesion central to product development,” the WSJ stated.Ive reportedly started showing up at Apple’s offices less often after the release of the Watch. Rather than an iPhone peripheral, Ive saw it was a fashion accessory, clashing with Apple executives over how to position it. The resulting device, at $349, sold only 10 million units (a quarter of the forecast), while “thousands” of copies of the $17,000 gold version went unsold, according to the WSJ.Much like many Apple fans, Ive was supposedly frustrated with the change in company culture from the one — established by he and Jobs — where design ruled. He was not only disappointed by the fact that Tim Cook “showed little interest in the product development process,” but also that Apple’s Board was increasingly filled with directors that had no experience in Apple’s business.Ive was promoted to Chief Design Officer shortly after the launch of the Watch, but only came to the office a couple of days a week, according to Bloomberg. Meetings were often moved to San Francisco where he lived, and even to hotels, homes of employees and other venues. “The team craved being around him,” said a WSJ source close to Apple leadership at the time. “He’s engaging. Him being around less was disappointing.”Ive created numerous iconic projects with Apple, often as a result of discussions, debates and arguments with Jobs. That includes iconic products like the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MacBook Air, Apple Watch and even Apple’s new headquarters. However, recent products like the HomePod and iPhone X models have enjoyed less success, and Apple recently killed its AirPower charging pad, which Ive imagined as a catchall for Apple devices. According to the WSJ, however, “engineering tests found it behaved more like a dorm-room hot plate.”Now his new design firm, “LoveFrom,” will reportedly be paid “millions of dollars a year to continue to work with Apple,” the WSJ said. That could give Ive the best of both worlds, only working on the stuff he wants for Apple without having to deal with internal politics. Add to Queue Ive was often absent from key product meetings, according to the WSJ. July 1, 2019 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Applelast_img read more

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The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams Offensive Settlement

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first_imgClass Action Lawsuits Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson The Uber driver behind the lawsuit that threatened the company’s business model is now objecting to settling the case.In April, Uber announced that it had reached a $100 million settlement agreement in a court case that had gone on for three years. Douglas O’Connor filed suit against the company in 2013, claiming that Uber had misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and that they should be employees.The culmination of the case was announced in April with a $100 million settlement for drivers in California and Massachusetts.But in a court filing on Monday, O’Connor is now objecting to the settlement that bears his name, saying that it shortchanges drivers of billions.O’Connor said:”I am compelled to submit this declaration objecting to the class action settlement on behalf of myself and on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of other Uber Drivers in the State of California — and throughout the Country — who were at first given hope and a voice by the lawsuit bearing my name but now feel utterly betrayed and sold-out by an unjust settlement result that only benefits Uber.”In his objection, O’Connor claims that he never saw a copy of the settlement before Uber announced it in April. After it was announced, he claims that he was pressured into quickly signing the 100-page document.After reviewing the settlement, O’Connor doesn’t believe that the agreement is in the best interests of Uber drivers.He wrote:”Having now had the full opportunity to review the O’Connor settlement agreement, it is apparent that under the agreement, Uber drivers are being sold out and shortchanged by billions of dollars while sacrificing the determination of their classification as employees.”He initiated the case against Uber three years ago because he felt that the company misclassifying its drivers was “the most significant hazard to the economy and public safety,” he says. The settlement doesn’t answer that question.O’Connor says in the objection:”Unfortunately, the magnitude of this generational threat was given short shrift in the O’Connor class action as almost no meaningful discovery or depositions were taken, but where the average Uber driver will now receive an offensive settlement worth less than a tank of gas. I cannot in good conscience support this disastrous settlement agreement.”Uber declined to comment on the objection. Shannon Liss-Riordan, his former attorney, said that the things O’Connor is saying “are simply not true.”Liss-Riordan wrote in an email to Business Insider:”The case was at risk of being gutted by the Ninth Circuit and we made the choice we did, in consultation with our clients. Mr. O’Connor was not a lead plaintiff, and had not been certified to represent the class, but I kept him in the loop because the case bore his name. I believe the settlement was in the best interests of the class, in light of the risk we faced if having the case pulled out from under us by the Ninth Circuit. But if the court disagrees and thinks the settlement should not go forward for some reason, I would be more than happy to plow forward with it and do what I need to do.” Next Article May 17, 2016 Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Biz Carsoncenter_img 3 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider –shares The Driver Who Sued Uber Slams ‘Offensive’ Settlement Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

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Samsung Mobile Recovery Suffers Blow as Galaxy Notes Catch Fire

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first_img Samsung Mobile Recovery Suffers Blow as Galaxy Notes ‘Catch Fire’ –shares Image credit: Reuters | Kim Hong-Ji Next Article The recovery in Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s mobile business suffered a blow on Thursday as reports of exploding batteries forced the firm to delay shipments of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, and knocked $7 billion off its market value.Investors drove the stock to two-week lows after the global smartphone leader told Reuters late on Wednesday the shipments had been delayed for quality control testing, and that shipments to South Korea’s top three mobile carriers had been halted.Faults with the new premium flagship device could deal a major blow to the South Korean giant, which was counting on the Galaxy Note 7 to maintain its strong mobile earnings momentum against Apple Inc.’s new iPhones expected to be unveiled next week.”This is some major buzz-kill for Samsung, especially given all of the hard-earned excitement that products like the Note 7 have been garnering lately,” IDC analyst Bryan Ma said.”The pending Apple launch puts all the more pressure for them to contain this quickly. The timing of this couldn’t have been worse.”Samsung did not comment on what problem it was trying to address or whether other markets were affected besides South Korea.Sister company Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. said that while it was a supplier of Galaxy Note 7 batteries, it had received no information to suggest the batteries were faulty.Several people posted images and videos of charred Galaxy Note 7s online and said their phones had caught on fire.”Be careful out there, everyone rocking the new Note 7, might catch fire y’all,” one user said in a YouTube clip showing a burnt Note phone. It was not immediately possible to confirm the veracity of the clip.Samsung’s shares, which hit a record high of 1.694 million won last week, fell 2 percent, and Samsung SDI tumbled 6.1 percent, versus a 0.1 percent fall for the broader market.Several South Korean media reports, without citing direct sources, said Samsung will soon announce a plan to recall affected Note 7 phones and replace their batteries as opposed to giving the users a new device. A Samsung spokesman declined to comment on the reports.Damage controlLast year, production problems for the curved displays for the Galaxy S6 edge model resulted in disappointing sales, and Samsung risks a repeat this year if it cannot address the Galaxy Note 7 problems quickly.Its mobile profit is on track to post annual growth for the first time in three years, thanks to robust sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices that it launched in March to critical acclaim.The Galaxy Note 7 received similar praise, raising expectations for strong sales in the second half. Samsung said in August demand for the new handset, priced at 988,900 won ($882) in South Korea, was far exceeding supply, pushing the firm to delay the launch in some markets.HDC Asset Management fund manager Park Jung-hoon said it now appeared inevitable that Samsung’s smartphone average selling price and profits would miss lofty second-half expectations.”Apple is supposed to show off the iPhone 7 next week and this issue has emerged, so the current state of things do not look good,” he said.Though a components pick-up will buttress overall profits, Park said mobile operating profit might decline by up to 200 billion won for July-September.The mobile division accounted for about 54 percent of Samsung Electronics’ January-June operating profit of 14.8 trillion won.Hyundai Securities said in a report that the Galaxy Note 7’s problems should be resolved within a “few weeks”.The brokerage retained its third-quarter operating profit forecast of 8.5 trillion won.(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates and Simon Cameron-Moore) 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List A model demonstrates iris recognition function of Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone. Faults with the new premium flagship device could be a major setback for the South Korean giant. This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 4 min read Reuters Add to Queue Samsung Galaxy September 1, 2016 Apply Now »last_img read more

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Costs of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program may be higher than expected reimbursement

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first_img Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2018/10/15/costs_of_medicaredi-V3wp.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 16 2018For some healthcare providers – especially those serving racial/ethnic minority and low-income patients – the costs of delivering a new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may be much higher than the expected reimbursement, reports a study in the November issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by @WKHealth.Payments may cover as little as one-fifth of the costs of delivering recommended diabetes prevention services in “safety-net” healthcare settings, according to the brief report by Natalie D. Ritchie, PhD, of Denver Health and Hospital Authority and R. Mark Gritz, PhD, of University of Colorado School of Medicine. “While many MDPP suppliers are needed to reach all Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes, insufficient reimbursement may be a deterrent,” the researchers write.Analysis Suggests $661 Gap Between MDPP Costs and Payments The MDPP is an innovative program to prevent diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries. A previous report on the National Diabetes Prevention Program suggested that educational and coaching sessions over one year reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in older adults at high risk. The MDPP targets older adults meeting criteria for “prediabetes” – estimated to be present in about 48 percent of US seniors.Under a “pay-for-performance” scheme announced last year, healthcare providers will be reimbursed for MDPP services based on patients’ attendance and weight loss. The program targets a five percent reduction in body weight, which can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes. But there are concerns about whether reimbursements will cover the costs of MDPP services – particularly in minority and low-income populations, who have a disparately high risk of diabetes.Drs. Ritchie and Gritz analyzed the costs of and expected reimbursement for providing MDPP services to 213 Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes or other diabetes risk factors in Denver’s safety-net healthcare system. Most patients were of minority race/ethnicity (41 percent Hispanic, 32 percent black) and classified as low-income (about 70 percent).Average projected reimbursement was about $139 per patient, based on coverage rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Consistent with previous studies, outcomes of the MDPP intervention were not as good in this group of largely minority, low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Average weight loss was just under two percent, which may still be beneficial for reducing diabetes risk. Less than five percent of participants met all milestones (attendance and weight loss) needed to reach the maximum payment of $470 for a full year of services.Related StoriesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsUranium toxicity might have caused obesity and diabetes in Kuwait, finds new studyDiabetes medications mask euglycemic ketoacidosis at the time of surgeryBy comparison, the costs of delivering the program were estimated at $800 per patient. Subtracting the average payment of $139, there was a $661 gap between the costs of the program and the expected payments. Expenses for coaching staff accounted for a little over half of the costs of providing MDPP services. “Even if program delivery costs were reduced and Medicare beneficiaries performed better in the future, it appears that an unsustainable funding gap might likely remain,” commented Dr. Ritchie.Preventing diabetes is a major priority for improving health and reducing healthcare costs in older Americans. The introduction of the MDPP offers an “unprecedented opportunity to provide lifestyle intervention to Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes,” the researchers believe.Their study adds to concerns that reimbursement provided by Medicare will fall short of covering the costs for providing MDPP services – especially for healthcare providers serving diverse, underserved patient populations. The payment gap could limit access to recommended diabetes prevention services and contribute to widening health disparities.Drs. Ritchie and Gritz present an analysis suggesting that reimbursing the full beneficiary cost of $800 per patient would pay for itself within the first year due to healthcare expenditures avoided – and bring an even larger return on investment in subsequent years. The authors conclude: “The high economic and societal costs of diabetes and the importance of reducing health disparities suggest that financially sustainable payments are necessary to ensure benefit access, while yielding cost-savings for Medicare.”​last_img read more

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Microgel powder reduces infection and promotes healing

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first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 14 2018While making smart glue, a team of engineers discovered a handy byproduct: hydrogen peroxide. In microgel form, it reduces bacteria and virus ability to infect by at least 99 percent.Hao Meng’s doctoral project focused on biocompatibility testing and pulling a sticky amino acid out of mussels. Glue-like catechol shows promise for smart adhesives — a small jolt of electricity can turn the stickiness on and off — but that’s not its only potential use.”In the process, Meng discovered the chemical reaction generated hydrogen peroxide as a byproduct of oxidation,” says Bruce Lee, associate professor of biomedical engineering and Meng’s PhD advisor at Michigan Technological University. “She started thinking, what if we could use the hydrogen peroxide?”The answer is yes, and the technology that makes this portable, healing disinfectant possible is the subject of a new paper published in Acta Biomaterialia. The work brought together an interdisciplinary team of engineers to explore not only the tech development but also the material’s physical and biological properties. The coauthors include Caryn Heldt, James and Lorna Mack Chair in Bioengineering, and Megan Frost, interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology as well as an associate professor of biomedical engineering and an affiliated associate professor of materials science and engineering.Just like Jello After Meng first observed that her reactions created hydrogen peroxide, she started considering the best form to put the byproduct in. She wanted lots of surface area to power the chemical reaction and she wanted a way to reuse the material. So, the team made a microgel.”The gel is just like jello,” Lee says. “It’s a polymer network with a lot of water in it. And just like jello, we start with a liquid and solidify it into a shape.”Microgels are like tiny bubbles of jello. To the naked eye, the dry form is a nondescript powder. Suspend it in a solution with neutral or a slightly alkaline pH, such as distilled water or a saline solution like contact lens cleaner, and the hydrogen peroxide cycle gets rolling. Left to its own devices, the micron-sized microgels generated between one to five millimolars over four days. Once the microgel powder is dried again, the material basically resets, sits safely contained in a small bag, and can be reused. It’s like an on-demand bottle of disinfectant — without the bulky bottle and hazardous storage issues.Antimicrobial and AntiviralRelated StoriesNew research could help design algae that produces fuels and cleanup chemicalsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersThe inspiration for that iconic brown bottle in the medicine cabinet didn’t start in a lab; the body naturally produces hydrogen peroxide to help heal cuts and the substance has been widely used medicinally to kill off bacteria and even viruses. Because the microgel powder continues to create and release hydrogen peroxide, its potency remains high, especially compared to the old-school cotton ball technique.The team studied the microgel’s effects on two common bacterial strains and two structurally different viruses. That includes the thin-walled and gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis, as well as the more impenetrable and gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli). They also looked at the extremely resistant non-enveloped porcine parovirus (PPV) and easier to inactivate enveloped bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). Because of the hard protein casing around PPV, which makes it and other non-enveloped viruses more resistant to biocides, the team was pleasantly surprised to see that the microgel still reduced the virus’ ability to infect cells by 99.9 percent. (In technical terms, that’s a three log reduction value of infectivity.) With BVDV, they observed a 99.999 percent reduction in infectivity.From Camping to BattlefieldsThe possibilities are almost endless. Wherever a small bag can go, so could this technology. Whether it’s backcountry travel, space stations, remote clinics or war zones, a little bit of healing to prevent infection can go a long way. While Lee and his team say the tech is not quite ready for Amazon Prime, they are hopeful that the work shows promise for a variety of applications, perhaps even with antibiotic resistance.”We haven’t tested any antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains yet, but the more we can get away from using antibiotics in the first place, the better,” Lee says. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. We want to demonstrate under what conditions it promotes healing and how a cell responds to it. Hydrogen peroxide at high concentrations can also kill cells, so we need to have a balance that changes for different cell types.”Lee recently received funding from the Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health through the Defense Medical Research and Development Program to continue this line of research. What started with a sticky protein’s waste will be refined into a lightweight, portable and recyclable microgel powder with enough oomph to kick even the most stubborn bacterial and viral infections. Source:https://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2018/november/microgel-powder-fights-infection-and-helps-wounds-heal.htmllast_img read more

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Autism could be detected early using a hearing test finds research

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first_img Source:http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2720605&resultClick=1 At present diagnosis of autism is usually made around the age of four using tests that need speech abilities. Autism is part of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that has a variety of manifestations. This new study from the team at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania says that there could be hearing problems in these children much before they learn to speak. These can be detected using tests.The test that the researchers have suggested is called the stapedial reflex testing or the acoustic reflex testing. This test measures the changes in pressure of the middle ear in response to sounds. This can assess the sensitivity of the patient to a wide range of sound frequencies. Randy Kulesza, professor of anatomy and team leader said in a statement, “Often people with autism suffer from hypersensitivity, meaning even relatively quiet sounds can feel like overwhelming noise… If parents and physicians understand that from the start, they can work to acclimate the child’s sensitivity and make his or her experience of the world much less intense and frightening.”Related StoriesStudy offers new clues to autism’s underlying biologyEyes hold clues to effective treatment of severe autism, study showsProblem behaviors may provide clues on gastrointestinal issues in children with autismAccording to Kulesza, newborns these days have their hearing tested and the results are usually binary saying if the child can hear or not. He explained that this stapedial reflex testing can provide a deeper understanding of various types of dysfunctions. This would mean that interventions can be started earlier before the symptoms appear. “Especially early in life, the brain is very plastic, meaning the right early interventions can literally train out those deficits,” Kulesza explained. “The person might not be perfectly neuro-typical but such interventions can improve function,” said Kulesza.The study team noted that children with ASD have problems with their hearing. Hearing is an important part of speech-language development which further affects the social-emotional development of the child. So if the hearing functions are addressed early, the quality of life of the child later could be improved, they suggest.Kulesza said more research in this area is needed to find the auditory interventions that could help these children. He added that acoustic reflex testing at present is not a diagnostic tool for detecting ASD. However if a child has tested positive on this, they may be started on early interventions so that their potentials are maximised. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 8 2019New research shows that a simple non-invasive hearing test early in life could predict the diagnosis of autism. The results of this study, titled ‘Structural and Functional Aberrations of the Auditory Brainstem in Autism Spectrum Disorder’, is published in the latest issue of the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).center_img Autism could be detected early using a hearing test finds research. Image Credit: Midkhat Izmaylovlast_img read more

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Maternal prepregnancy surgery linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in newborns

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first_imgUse of opioids for pain control after surgery may increase the risk of opioid dependence in women and withdrawal in their newborns.”Study’s lead author Dr. Nathalie Auger, professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Public Health Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Cannabis use during pregnancy may cause premature birth”We found that mothers who had surgery before pregnancy had 1.6 times the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome – that is, opioid withdrawal symptoms in their future newborns – perhaps because opioid use continues after surgery.”The large study included data on almost 2.2 million births in Quebec between 1989 and 2016. Of those, 2,346 newborns had neonatal abstinence syndrome and, of these, 1,052 had mothers who underwent prepregnancy surgery (14.9 per 10,000 babies) compared with 1,294 babies (8.8per 10,000) born to mothers who did not have surgery.Multiple surgeries, younger age at surgery, longer time between surgery and pregnancy, and cardiovascular, thoracic, urologic, or neurosurgery were associated with the largest risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome. There was also a strong association with general anesthesia, perhaps because this type of anesthesia is used in more complex surgeries, which can require longer use and higher dosage of pain relievers.”Physicians have the potential to prevent neonatal abstinence syndrome with careful postoperative pain management in young women,” Auger said. “Opioids continue to be overprescribed, despite efforts made to optimize postsurgical pain control through improvement of surgical guidelines and use of multipronged approaches with nonopioid painkillers or local anesthetics.”Limiting postoperative opioid exposure, reducing overprescribing and screening for opioid use in pregnant women who have had previous surgery may help reduce the risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome, she added. Source:University of MontrealJournal reference:Auger, N. et al. (2019) Maternal prepregnancy surgery and risk of neonatal abstinence syndrome in future newborns: a longitudinal cohort study. CMAJ. doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.181519. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 15 2019Babies whose mothers underwent surgery before pregnancy have an increased risk of opioid withdrawal symptoms at birth, according to a new study done at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.last_img read more

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Higher levels of physical activity not linked to greater volume or activity

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first_img Source:University of GranadaJournal reference:Acosta, F.M. et al. (2019) Association of objectively measured physical activity with brown adipose tissue volume and activity in young adults. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. doi.org/10.1210/jc.2018-01312. Studies that analyze the effect of regular physical activity, from a molecular point of view, are necessary to help us understand the mechanisms that mediate the therapeutic effects of exercise in humans.”Francisco Miguel Acosta Manzano, doctoral student in Biomedicine, UGR’s International School for Postgraduate Studies Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 5 2019A study conducted by researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) has found that, in contrast to scientific thinking to date, higher levels of physical activity are not linked to a greater volume or activity of brown adipose tissue (BAT). BAT is a thermogenic organ that burns glucose and fats, releasing the energy that is produced in the form of heat.When BAT is activated, it consumes glucose and lipids, partially preventing them from being stored in other tissues, such as white adipose tissue (or common fat), which is located, for example, around the abdomen.Over the last decade, several studies have unequivocally confirmed the presence of BAT in human adults. BAT is a thermogenic organ equipped to dissipate energy in the form of heat through the so-called “uncoupling protein”. Therefore, it has been postulated that generating a greater volume of BAT, and increasing its activity, could be a potential strategy for combatting obesity and associated comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes.Researchers have tended to channel their efforts into identifying strategies to help improve BAT function safely over the long term. On this premise, previous studies have suggested that raising levels of physical activity could be an effective strategy for increasing the volume and activity of BAT. However, the data from extant studies conducted on humans are both scarce and contradictory.In this new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the UGR scientists investigate, for the first time, the link between objectively-measured levels of physical activity and the quantity and activity of BAT. The latter are measured by means of proton-emission tomography combined with computed tomography (using a radiopharmaceutical known as18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose). This study was performed on a sample of sedentary young adults, whose BAT was measured (the largest cohort of its kind to date). The sample comprised 87 women and 43 men, with an average age of 22 years.Related StoriesLiver fat biomarker levels linked with metabolic health benefits of exercise, study findsResearchers to examine if a ‘snacktivity’ approach to physical activity is effective in improving healthMobile phone app may help boost and maintain physical activity in womenThis study was part of the ACTIBATE (Activating Brown Adipose Tissue Through Exercise) project (http://profith.ugr.es/actibate), which was implemented by the University of Granada during 2014-2017. It was funded by Spain’s then-Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, via the Health Research Fund of the Carlos III Institute of Health (PI13/01393).No link identifiedThe authors of the article observed that there was no link between the levels of physical activity and the volume and activity of BAT, even after adjusting the analyses for covariables that could be influencing the results. Nor was the time spent being sedentary associated with the volume and activity of BAT, they noted. The authors concluded that, although physical activity is one of the main interventions recommended in the prevention of chronic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, other mechanisms beyond an increase in the volume and activity of BAT could be mediating its beneficial metabolic effects. These findings contradict the results of previous studies, and call into question the role of exercise in improving BAT function.last_img read more

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New sensor for measuring electric field strength

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Schematics of the sensor: the moveable and the fixed grid. Credit: TU Wien Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. A moveable grid made of silicon is displaced in an electric field, relative to another grid, which is fixed. Credit: Vienna University of Technology Journal information: Nature Electronics Tiny new sensor — compared to a one-cent-coin. Credit: TU Wien Team develops new semiconductor processing technology Explore further More information: Vittorio Ferrari, Distortion-free probes of electric field, Nature Electronics (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41928-017-0013-9 Provided by Vienna University of Technology 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 sensor developed by the team at TU Wien is made from silicon and is based on small, grid-shaped silicon structures measuring just a few micrometres in size fixed to a small spring. When the silicon is exposed to an electric field, a force is exerted on the silicon crystals, causing the spring to compress or extend slightly.These tiny movements are made visible via an optical solution—an additional grid located above the movable silicon grid is lined up so precisely that the grid openings on one grid are concealed by the other. When an electric field is present, the structure moves slightly out of perfect alignment with the fixed grid, allowing light to pass through the openings. This light is measured, from which the strength of the electric field can be calculated by an appropriately calibrated device.Prototype achieves impressive levels of precisionThe new silicon sensor does not measure the direction of the electric field, but its strength. It can be used for fields of a relatively low frequency of up to one kilohertz. “Using our prototype, we have been able to reliably measure weak fields of less than 200 volts per metre,” says Andreas Kainz. “This means our system is already performing at roughly the same level as existing products, even though it is significantly smaller and much simpler. Other methods of measurement are already mature approaches—we are just starting out. In the future, it will certainly be possible to achieve significantly better results with our microelectromechanical sensor.” Citation: New sensor for measuring electric field strength (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-sensor-electric-field-strength.html In a break from the design principle employed by all other measuring devices to date, a research team at TU Wien has now developed a silicon-based microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensor. Devised in conjunction with the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems, this sensor has the major advantage that it does not distort the very electric field it is currently measuring. An introduction to the new sensor has also been published in the electronics journal Nature Electronics.Distorting measuring devices”The equipment currently used to measure electric field strength has some significant downsides,” explains Andreas Kainz at TU Wien. “These devices contain parts that become electrically charged. Conductive metallic components can significantly alter the field being measured, an effect that becomes even more pronounced if the device also has to be grounded to provide a reference point for the measurement.” Such equipment also tends to be relatively impractical and difficult to transport. read more

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A week after Ethiopia crash questions swirl around Boeing

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first_imgWhat other US authorities sayThe Justice Department, as well as the inspector general’s office at the Department of Transportation, have both opened investigations into how the 737 MAX was certified, according to media reports.The Justice Department investigation is reportedly a criminal matter.The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation is also considering an investigation and calling on FAA officials to testify in public.When will MAX fly again?Three months is the best-case scenario, according to Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group.United Airlines is banking on this scenario after canceling flights that were scheduled to use 737 MAX 9 planes at the end of May.In 2013, the 787 Dreamliner was grounded for four months following battery problems.What is Boeing’s financial hit?The cost will depend on what the accidents’ cause turns out to be. If it is only an MCAS modification, the repair bill will be less than $1 billion, according to Ken Herbert of Cannaccord Genuity.This would be peanuts for Boeing, which is aiming for $15 billion in cash flow this year after record revenues of more than $100 billion last year.The company may still have to pay damages demanded by clients or victims’ families.In the meantime, Boeing has already lost roughly $30 billion in market capitalization on Wall Street.The company is also facing a logistical dilemma: where to store the 737 MAX aircraft it continues to produce?If the grounding and air space bans continue, can it keep building the jets, knowing it will be unable to deliver them? Mourners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia carry portraits of victims from the Ethiopian Airlines crash Preliminary results in the Lion Air crash have pointed to a possible malfunction on the aircraft’s stabilization system intended to prevent stalling, known as MCAS, or the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.American pilots have also reported encountering problems using MCAS.What does Boeing say?The manufacturer has expressed its condolences to the victims’ families, sent staff to the crash sites and says it is cooperating with investigators.Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company was finalizing a software update to the MCAS and an update for onboard manuals and pilot training.The US Federal Aviation Administration has given the company until April to carry out these changes.Sources familiar with the matter told AFP that the fix should be ready by March 25 and that it should take around two hours to perform. © 2019 AFP Explore further Citation: A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-week-ethiopia-swirl-boeing.html Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are seen at the company’s factory in Renton, Washington Boeing has also suspended deliveries of 737 MAX aircraft but has continued to manufacture them.Why such controversy?Since the Ethiopian Airlines crash, questions have arisen about Boeing’s ties to the FAA, which has offices within the company’s plants.For a decade, the FAA has allowed manufacturers themselves to certify their aircraft.FAA-accredited Boeing employees notably certified the MCAS system, sources say.Critics say the aviation regulator has been too soft on Boeing, a major player in the American export economy whose planes are also at issue in the current US-China trade talks. Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft are grounded across the world following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, casting a harsh spotlight on the plane’s safety certification and the close relationship between Boeing and American authorities. Boeing ‘finalizing’ anti-stall update after Ethiopia crash Nearly 10 days later, what do we know?What happened?On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed southeast of Addis Ababa, killing the 157 people on board.It was the second accident in five months for a 737 MAX aircraft, a product line meant to replace the 737 NG.The first crash, involving a MAX 8 operated by Lion Air, occurred October 29 in Indonesia’s Java Sea and left 189 people dead.The aircraft have been temporarily grounded or banned from airspace around the world.Are the two crashes related?Both aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff.Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said Sunday that a study of the flight data recorder retrieved from the Ethiopian plane had shown “clear similarities” to that of the Lion Air flight in Indonesia.She said the parallels would be the “subject of further study.”What have investigators found?In both cases, investigations are still underway, with the outcomes not expected for several months.The flight recorders retrieved from the Ethiopian crash have been sent to France for analysis. 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