The Washington State Legislature is scheduled to end their regular session on Sunday, April 28th but need to pass three budgets before they can adjourn. 12th District Senator Brad Hawkins is hopeful they will have proposed budgets in the next couple of days after Senate and House negotiators complete their work.“Once you back out all the similarities and just focus on the differences which is what the budget negotiators are now doing, they’re making progress.”Hawkins says they will have about a day to review the operating, capital and transportation budgets before they vote on them and try to make changes. He says the primary differences are the capital gains tax, assessments on insurance premiums, real estate taxes and funding DNR.The Republican did say that he voted against a bill that guarantees rest and lunch breaks for nurses, but not because he isn’t supportive nurses or the idea of breaks.“My concerns is, does that set a precedent and are there going to be other employee-employer disputes that are going to come to the Legislature to be resolved. It was pretty messy and I think we would be wise as a legislature to not step our foot into those waters in future years.”The bill did pass the legislature and Hawkins expects it will be signed by Governor Inslee, but noted it did not include a limitation on the number of works worked that had been proposed.Hear our entire conversation with Sen. Brad Hawkins from April 25th’s Morning Report where we discuss Apple Blossom, getting the pen when the Governor signs your bill and more: Audio Playerhttps://www.kpq.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Brad-Hawkins-on-AM-Report-4-25-19.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Source:https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/17907/mass-vaccinations-will-not-prevent-ebolavirus-outbreaks-new-research-shows May 9 2018Prophylactic mass vaccination programs are not a realistic option in the battle to prevent new Ebolavirus outbreaks, a University of Kent-led research team has shown.The findings come as the World Health Organization has announced a new Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Kongo.The team analyzed the prospects for various Ebolavirus vaccines and found that, for the foreseable future at least, Ebolavirus outbreak control depends on surveillance and the isolation of cases.The researchers’ analysis revealed that very high proportions of potentially affected populations would need to be protected by vaccination to establish herd immunity, i.e. the level of immunity that prevents virus transmission within a population.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchResearch reveals how mirror therapy relieves phantom limb painScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchThe study, entitled Herd immunity to Ebolaviruses is not a realistic target for current vaccination strategies identified that, in the critical phases of many Ebola virus outbreaks, the average infected individual infects four or more other people, which enables the virus to spread rapidly.At this level, 80% of a population would need to be immunized to prevent outbreaks, even if a highly effective vaccine that protects 90% of individuals after vaccination was available.Such vaccination rates are currently unachievable. In a vaccination trial during the West African Ebola virus epidemic, only 49% of individuals who had been in contact with Ebola virus patients could be vaccinated. Thirty-four per cent of contacts refused vaccination although they had been exposed to the disease.There are currently no clinical vaccine candidates available that protect against all four human-pathogenic Ebolaviruses. It also remains unclear, say the researchers led by Professor Martin Michaelis, of Kent’s School of Biosciences, whether the available vaccine candidates provide the long-term protection that is required for the sort of prophylactic mass vaccination program that could prevent Ebola, which becomes repeatedly introduced into the human population from animal reservoirs.A large vaccination program would also be costly and impractical, the study points out. Costs for current Ebolavirus vaccine candidates are estimated to be in a range of US$ 15-20 per dose, with some 462 million people living in the areas affected by Ebolavirus outbreaks, many of them in very remote rural areas.In the absence of a realistic prophylactic mass vaccination program, the reasearchers conclude that clinical vaccine candidates will need to be focused on health care workers who are often involved in disease transmission, potentially in combination with the vaccination of patient contacts.
May 29 2018Twice-weekly football training combined with dietary guidance improves fitness level and cardiovascular health profile in untrained 55-70-year-old women and men with prediabetes. Also leads to healthier weight loss than through normal dieting.This is the conclusion of the world’s first trial involving football and dietary guidance in older prediabetics, carried out in the Faroe Islands by football researchers and physiologists from the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark.The purpose of the trial was to investigate the health-related potential of combining advice on healthy eating with recreational football training, and the results have just been published in the acclaimed Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.”What we’ve seen is that the combination of recreational football and dietary guidance is highly effective; more effective than we dared hope. The trial participants derived significant positive effects on both their cardiovascular and metabolic health profile,” says Magni Mohr, project leader and associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark.Improved cardiovascular health was determined by an increase in physical fitness and a decrease in blood pressure. The changes correlated well with what the researchers had found in previous trials and are estimated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 50% – assuming that the participants maintain their improvements.Improved metabolic health profile was determined by a decrease in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and body fat percentage compared with the group that only received dietary guidance. Both groups showed a decrease in resting blood sugar, with no significant between-group differences.A more effective way to lose weightThe combination of football training and guidance on healthy eating was more effective for metabolic health and a healthier way to lose weight than dietary guidance alone. Part of the explanation for this is that football training produces larger muscles:”Individuals who combine dietary guidance with football training can lose a significant amount of weight while at the same time achieving an increase in muscle mass and functional capacity. This is very different to the results of normal dieting, where the individual loses weight but becomes physically weaker because they both lose fat and muscle mass,” says Peter Krustrup, professor of sport and health sciences at the University of Southern Denmark, who has 15 years’ experience of studying the health-related effects of football.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusThe trial participants were untrained women and men aged 55-70 years. At the age of 60 or 70, individuals generally need to strengthen their physique. So it is far from optimal for them to diet without training at the same time. They do not want to further weaken their physique, which would be the result of an ordinary diet.”An absolute winner for middle-aged and elderly women and men with prediabetes””The study provides evidence that we can prevent type 2 diabetes through an intervention combining exercise and diet. The figures from the study also show that football is an effective and broad-spectrum form of exercise that works for both women and men. You could say it’s an absolute winner,” says Peter Krustrup.The idea of football for 60 and 70-year-old female patients is new. But the study showed that so-called Football Fitness – a form of football with the focus on a thorough warm-up, ball drills in pairs and games on small pitches – is also suitable for 70-year-old women with prediabetes. The participants enjoyed the training and did not sustain any serious damage to muscles, bones or joints.”Normally, you wouldn’t think of football as something for 70-year-old women, but we saw excellent attendance even though the training took place in the winter. The participants formed good relationships, had fun together and enjoyed the social aspect so much that many of them are still participating in Football Fitness,” concludes Magni Mohr, who helped implement the training and testing in the Faroe Islands.About the studyThe study was carried out in the Faroe Islands, with the participants recruited from a national cohort of prediabetics.50 individuals – 25 of each gender – underwent a 16-week intervention comprising dietary guidance and twice-weekly football training sessions lasting 30-60 minutes. The duration of the training increased progressively from 30 minutes per session in the first 2 weeks to 60 minutes per session in the final 10 weeks.The participants were 55-70-year-old untrained men and women who were prediabetic, had poor physical fitness and were predominantly overweight. Half had weak bones (osteoporosis). Source:https://www.sdu.dk/en/om_sdu/institutter_centre/iob_idraet_og_biomekanik/nyt_iob/prediabetes_recreational+football
In the fall of 2013, emails arrived in the inboxes of dozens of scientists informing that their work had been chosen for scrutiny by a project aiming to replicate 50 high-impact cancer biology papers. The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, an ambitious, open-science effort to test whether key findings in top journals can be reproduced by independent labs, has stirred concerns in the community. Almost every scientist targeted by the project who spoke with Science agrees that studies in cancer biology, as in many other fields, too often turn out to be irreproducible. But few feel comfortable with this particular effort, which plans to announce its findings in coming months. Leaders of the project say it will ultimately benefit the field by gauging the extent of the reproducibility problem in cancer biology.To read the full story, see the 26 June issue of Science.
Their numbers now stand at more than 700, and the center’s breeding and caretaking protocol are now standard. “We feel as if our job is done,” says the center’s director, John French. The airlifted birds—and others remaining to be transferred—will now become part of captive breeding flocks. This young whooping crane was raised by white-suited humans at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland. Today, 33 whooping cranes were airlifted from Maryland to Louisiana, marking the beginning of the end of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) 50-year effort to help save these endangered birds. Scientists at USGS’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland, spearheaded the recovery of Grus americana, whose numbers had once dropped to fewer than 20 in the wild. To bring back the majestic 1.3-meter-tall birds, biologists developed innovative methods, including using puppets in the shape of crane heads to teach chicks to feed and to follow ultralight aircraft on migratory flights. World’s biggest whooping crane breeding program winds down By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 17, 2018 , 1:35 PM JONATHAN L. FIELY/USGS PATUXENT WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER
Navid Folpour/Flickr As you age, your cells divide over and over again, leading to minute changes in their genomes. New research reveals that in the lining of the esophagus, mutant cells run rampant, fighting for dominance over normal cells. But they do this without causing any detectable damage or cancer. Host Sarah Crespi talks to Phil Jones, a professor of cancer development at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, about what these genome changes can tell us about aging and cancer, and how some of the mutations might be good for you.Most Western farmers apply their pesticides using drones and machinery, but in less developed countries, organophosphate pesticides are applied by hand, resulting in myriad health issues from direct exposure to these neurotoxic chemicals. Host Meagan Cantwell speaks with Praveen Vemula, a research investigator at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bengaluru, India, about his latest solution—a cost-effective gel that can be applied to the skin to limit pesticide-related toxicity and mortality.This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Download a transcript of this episode (PDF)Listen to previous podcasts.About the Science Podcast[Image:Navid Folpour/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
The Deceased Pope who was Exhumed, Dressed in Papal Vestments and Put on Trial. By the 9th Century AD, the Western Roman Empire had been destroyed and Italy, under the rule of Charlemagne, had been carved up into Papal States. The Kingdom of Italy as it was known was plunged into centuries of war and disharmony with each of these states vying for power and superiority.Arguably the most powerful and the most dangerous office one could seek during this epoch was the Papacy. It was in this period that the Pope alone had the power to crown rulers and so those seeking to rule became very interested in who was wearing the Mitre.Charlemagne (left) and his eldest son, Pepin the Hunchback. 10th century copy of a lost original from about 830.Known to religious scholars as the ‘Nadir of the Papacy’ this period is infamous for its stories of corruption and murder as the rich and powerful of the Papal States fought to place their chosen clergymen on the top throne.Formosus was a 9th century bishop and missionary who vaunted as the bishop who brought Catholicism to Bulgaria. He was accused of aspiring to the bishop-hood of two places and of wanting the papacy for himself.Pope Formosus.The charges were laid against him by then Pope John VIII who promptly had him excommunicated. Pope John VIII was not to last long himself – he was the first Pope to be executed by his own people.Once Pope John VIII was out of the picture, the Papacy became somewhat of a carousel with three Popes and three deaths happening in quick succession. Somewhere amid all this murder Formosus got his old job back and was elected Pope in 891.Pope John VIII.By most accounts, Formosus was just as power-hungry as the rest. The Medievalists report that Formosus was enemies with Guy III of Spoleto, the Holy Roman Emperor at that time, and conspired to overthrow his lineage and put Arnulf of Carinthia in his place, which he did on February 22, 896.Historic Noblemen and their ridiculous nicknamesFormosus’ victory was very short lived as he passed away in the April of 896 and his replacement, Boniface VI, died 15 days after receiving the Papacy. Unfortunately for Formosus, the next in line was Stephen VI — his long time enemy and supporter of the Spoleto’s.The list of popes buried in Saint Peter’s Basilica includes the recovered body of Pope Formosus. Photo by Maksim CC BY-SA 3.0Stephen VI’s reasons for what happened next are clearly political when viewed through the lens of history. At the time Stephen VI accused Formosus of perjury, breaking canon law, coveting the papacy and illegally serving as bishop. His hatred for Formosus was so strong that he ordered his body exhumed and put on trial.The farce that followed is known as the Cadaver Synod and is one of the more bizarre episodes in papal history. The corpse of Formosus was dressed in papal vestments and taken to court where he was interrogated by Stephen VI. Speaking in defense of Formosus was a deacon who, understanding his place in the proceedings, said very little.Vatican City – August 21, 2008: St. Peter’s Basilica at sunset from Via della Conciliazione. Vatican City State, Rome, Italy.It may come as no surprise that Formosus was found guilty on all counts; he was deemed unworthy to have been pope and his corpse was stripped of the papal vestments, his consecration fingers were chopped off and his body dropped in the Tiber where it was rescued by his supporters and secretly buried. By the end of the ordeal, Stephen had fallen out of good graces and was imprisoned then strangled in his cell.Read another story from us: The Severed Head of a Martyr now Displayed in an Irish ChurchOver the next two years, with the blessing of a new Holy Roman Emperor and three successions of popes, Formosus was cleared of all charges and his body was eventually given a pope’s burial and interred in St. Peter’s Cathedral.
HUSD is ready for the new school year August 21, 2018 By Linda Kor During a meeting of the Holbrook Unified School District Governing Board on Aug. 14, each of the principals provided demographic information pertaining to their schools so far for the coming year. AtSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad
Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Farhan was the youngest of three children and had joined the centre earlier this year.His parents are long-time residents of Dubai and the family resides in Karama. His father Faisal runs multiple businesses in Dubai and Kerala, the paper reported.“I had met the family during a get-together just last week. He was such a bright boy. His parents are in a state of shock,” said a close family member, who requested not to be named.After the initial investigation, the body was shifted to the forensic department at 6 pm for an autopsy. “The mortal remains will be handed over to the family after all legal and administrative procedures have been completed,” the official said. LiveKarnataka floor test: Will Kumaraswamy’s 14-month-old govt survive? Best Of Express Advertising IRCTC Tourism offers 7-day trip to Dubai, Abu Dhabi; check details here The Dubai Police said that they were notified of the tragedy at 3 pm. (Representational)A six-year-old Indian boy was found dead after he dozed off in his school bus and left behind alone for several hours in the UAE on Saturday, according to a media report. Mohamed Farhan Faisal, who hailed from Kerala, was a student of Islamic Centre in Al Quoz and had dozed off after boarding the bus. He was left behind after all other students disembarked outside the centre at 8 am, the Khaleej Times reported.The Dubai Police said that they were notified of the tragedy at 3 pm.“The child was found as the driver took the bus out to drop the students back home,” a senior police official was quoted as saying by the paper. Related News Advertising The UAE has witnessed similar cases earlier as well. In 2014, a KG1 student at Abu Dhabi’s Al Worood Academy Private School, Nizaha Ala’a, suffocated to death after being forgotten inside a bus.The news had shocked the nation and sparked a major discussion on child safety in buses.Last year, another KG1 student was forgotten inside a school for over four hours. Fortunately, the child survived, the paper reported Indian man, wife torture, starve mother to death in Dubai By PTI |Dubai | Published: June 16, 2019 11:57:41 am After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Indian man detained in Dubai for molesting minor Post Comment(s)
3 Comment(s) Abdullah said three militants attacked the party convention. “My colleague from Kokernag in South Kashmir Judge (Retd) Tauqeer Sb was just attacked by militants. While he escaped unhurt his security officer was hit & killed in the line of duty. I unreservedly condemn this dastardly attack & convey my condolences to the family of the deceased,” he tweeted.J&K Police in an official release said the policeman was killed in a “terror incident”. Police officials said they registered a case and are investigating the incident. Disappointed at proposed extension of President’s rule: J&K parties Kishtwar bus accident: J-K Guv announces ex-gratia Rs 5 lakh to kin of deceased Written by Adil Akhzer | Srinagar | Updated: July 15, 2019 3:50:50 am ‘Practice wielding broom in private before next photo-op’: Omar Abdullah mocks Hema Malini Advertising Advertising Related News NC leader Syed Tauqeer Ahmad escaped unhurt, while his PSO, Reyaz Ahmed, was killed in the attack. Party vice president Omar Abdullah termed the killing as an attack on the “party convention”. Police officials said Reyaz, was shot at in Hiller area of Kokernag. He succumbed to injuries on way to hospital.“He was brought here with bullet wounds on the chest. On arrival, doctors declared him brought dead,” said Dr Abdul Majid Merab, Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Anantnag.Police sources said Reyaz was in his civvies and without a weapon at the time of the attack. “He was at the main entrance and inside, there was a meeting going on. After hearing the gunshots, the security personnel deployed with the NC leader also fired in air,” said a senior police officer. J&K police spokesperson in an official release said that “terrorists fired upon a policeman on duty identified as Riyaz Ahmad.”A POLICEMAN posted as the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of a National Conference leader was killed after militants opened fire at him in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district during a party convention on Sunday.
Best Of Express By PTI |New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2019 5:27:27 pm ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict “We are working on how can we make the PM Fasal Bima Yojana easier, more useful, more beneficial, the minister said.During the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said more funds were allocated under the PM Fasal Bima Yojana than it was prior to 2014 during the UPA regime.Stating that now more educated people were taking to farming, he said technology was also being used in it.With regard to doubling of farmers’ income, Tomar said a big target and a roadmap has to be made and the result cannot be visible in a day. Advertising More Explained Over 10 crore Soil Health Cards have already been allotted, he said, adding work on allotting 9.82 crore cards in the second phase is underway.The government, he said, is working on zero budget farming.The Centre also took a decision on Neam coated urea, he said, stressing the farmers were getting sufficient urea and the big queues for getting it can no more be seen.The black marketing in Urea, he said, has also come to an end. Advertising Advertising Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post The Centre is working on providing Kisan Credit Cards to all farmers, the minister said.Stating the country welcomed the PM-KISAN scheme, Tomar said the scheme was not merely a slogan.”We should rise above politics and welcome it”.The work on agricultural mechanisation was underway, he said, adding that “the agricultural land and farmers would be made smart.”The Lok Sabha later approved the Demand for Grants under Control of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.N K Premachandran (RSP) withdrew the cut motion has had moved on the issue.After Tomar’s reply, Mulayam Singh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) said farmers were the poorest even though “they worked the most.” After Akali leader raises MGNREGA ‘irregularities’, central team to visit Faridkot today Related News Post Comment(s) The right convergence Union Budget must focus on reviving investment, address rural distress Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. (File Photo)Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday told the Lok Sabha that the govenrnment is working on making Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna more useful and beneficial and invited suggestions from members on the same. Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed “Earlier also there was PM Fasal Bima…Today there is focus on PM Fasal Bima. But my Prime Minister and myself do not consider this PM Fasal Bima Yojna complete scheme….“Through you, I want to tell the members that with regard to PM Fasal Bima Yojna, if they have some valuable suggestions they can give them to me in three-five days,” the minister said.He was replying to queries raised by members during the discussion on Demand for Grants under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare. Stating that all the businesses were in profit, he said the farmers were incurring a loss. Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 13 2018Increasing one’s level of physical activity may be an effective way to boost one’s mood, according to a new study from a team including scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program.The findings were published online December 12 in JAMA Psychiatry.The researchers found that increases in physical activity tended to be followed by increases in mood and perceived energy level. This beneficial effect was even more pronounced for a subset of the study subjects who had bipolar disorder. For the study, activity trackers and electronic diaries were used for two weeks in a community sample of 242 (150 women and 92 men) adults, ages 15 to 84, with an average age of 48 years. The sample included 54 people with bipolar disorder.Mobile assessments in the study included wrist-worn devices that automatically recorded levels of physical movement in real time and electronic diaries that assessed mood and perceived energy levels four times per day for two weeks. These real-time mood and energy levels were rated by study participants on a seven-point analog scale from “very happy” to “very sad” for mood and from “very tired” to “very energetic” for energy.”Systems regulating sleep, motor activity and mood have typically been studied independently. This work demonstrates the importance of examining these systems jointly rather than in isolation,” says Vadim Zipunnikov, PhD, an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Biostatistics, who led the data analyses.The findings showed that on average a higher activity level at one time-point was associated with improved mood and increased perceived energy at the next time-point during the day. (The daily time-points were personalized according to the person’s daily schedule, with one in the morning, at lunchtime, at dinnertime and before bed.) Likewise, increased energy at one time-point was associated with increased activity at the next time-point. Importantly, these associations controlled for the current levels of mood, energy and activity, respectively.Related StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiencyActivity was inversely associated with sleep duration–more activity tended to be followed by less sleep that night, and more sleep tended to be followed by less activity the next day.Tracking sleep, activity, mood and energy concurrently was particularly important in people with bipolar disorder because the changes in internal psychological states were strongly influenced by both sleep and physical activity. Many of the current interventions for mood, sleep, and physical activity focus on only one of these systems rather than considering the collective impact across multiple systems.Bipolar disorder affects nearly three percent of the U.S. adult population; depression is even more common, affecting about eight percent of U.S. adults in a given year. The research team is interested in applying this work to interventions that could offset depressive episodes in people with bipolar disorder.”This study exemplifies the potential for combining the use of physical-activity trackers and electronic diaries to better understand the complex dynamic interrelationships among multiple systems in a real-time and real-life context,” says Dr. Zipunnikov.The team is now exploring how physical activity and sleep interplay with pain, stress and alcohol use through an international consortium, Motor Activity Research Consortium for Health, to increase the generalizability and power of this work. Source:https://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2018/increased-motor-activity-linked-to-improved-mood.html
Source:https://benthamscience.com/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 26 2018Many studies have shown that the mechanism of drug-induced myocardial conditioning is enzyme-mediated through messenger RNA and miRNA regulation. In this study Orriach et al. investigated the role that miRNAs play in the cardio-protective effect of halogenated anesthetics, which are widely used in cardiac surgery. The study includes a literature review of the expression profile of miRNAs in ischemic conditions and in the complications which were prevented by these phenomena.Related StoriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Metabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchTo identify miRNAs involved in anesthetic-induced myocardial conditioning, a review was conducted of more than 100 studies. The expression is modulated by the perioperative administration of halogenated anesthetics. This is the first study of its kind.For future research in the field of cardiology, the potential of miRNAs as biomarkers and miRNAs-based therapies involving the synthesis, inhibition or stimulation of miRNAs stand out as a promising avenue. The cardio-protective effects of myocardial conditioning are related to the expression of several miRNAs. New therapeutic and diagnostic opportunities come across as cumulative evidence of miRNAs playing a role in heart disease and myocardial conditioning is revealed. While further research is needed in this direction, these studies provide new grounds for the development of new hypnotic/anesthetic agents for cardiac surgery patients.
Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/obesity/obesity-early-pregnancy-linked-pregnancy-complications Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 9 2019In a prospective study of 18,481 pregnant women in China who had never given birth before, obesity in early pregnancy was linked to higher risks of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, and large birth weight in newborns.In the Obesity study, being underweight during pregnancy was linked to higher risks for early neonatal deaths, as well as low birth weight.The findings point to the importance of an appropriate weight before and during pregnancy.”Women who plan pregnancies and their prenatal care providers may wish to weigh these findings to decrease the related risks,” said senior author Dr. Jianmeng Liu, of the Peking University Health Science Center, in China.
The results we obtained show the need to have a better understanding of the psychological variables related to the problematic use of videogames, as a possible source of dual disorders or mental disorders derived from the addiction. This will undoubtedly be the best way to be able to develop programs for the prevention of videogame abuse and its associated problems.” Transversal teamThe research team that just revealed these results at the International Congress of Dual Disorders, was comprised of the students of the Education degree, Elisa Fernández, Alicia Guinot, Fabiola López Romero, Elena Machi and María Esteve; doctor Ana Benito, clinical psychiatrist at the Mental Health unit of Torrent; and researcher for the TXP group Francisca Castellano, all under the guidance of CEU UCH professors Gonzalo Haro and Mabel Marí. The study has been co-funded by the CEU UCH and the Research Foundation of the Provincial Hospital of Castellón. Source:Asociación RUVID Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 12 2019A team of researchers from the departments of Medicine and Education Sciences of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University in Castellón (Spain) has analyzed the relation between the addiction to videogames and school inadaptation in a group of teenagers in the province. The study has been carried out under the guidance of Medicine professor Gonzalo Haro, principle researcher of the TXP and psychiatry group of the Mental Health department of the Provincial Hospital Consortium of Castellón, and Psychology doctor, co-director of the project and Education Sciences professor Mabel Marí. The results have been presented at the III International Congress of Dual Disorders, which has brought international experts on the relation between addiction and mental disorders together in Madrid.As the CEU UCH professors explain, it is believed that between 9 and 23% of Spanish teenagers use videogames every day. A use that becomes problematic when it generates psychological dependence, in other words, when it leads to problem evasion behaviors, mood swings, loss of self-control or attention disorders. Studies have already been conducted on the link between this addiction to videogames and anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, as well as with bad academic results.”Focusing on this last school aspect – highlights professor Gonzalo Haro – we have carried out, with the department of Education Sciences of the CEU UCH, a study on a total 64 teenagers aged 14 to 17 from a high school of Castellón. The objective was to assess the psychopathological and adaptational dimensions of their behavior in relation to their degree of videogame usage, using several internationally-validated tests.”Negative attitude towards school and teachersRelated StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairHow to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeAs many as 11.9% of the Castellón students who took part in this study showed a problematic use of videogames. And this same group had the most negative attitude towards school and teachers. Also, a higher degree of school inadaptation compared to the remaining 88.1%, who did not have issues with the use of videogames. “In our sample, these situations of negative attitudes and bad school adaptation have been more relevant than depression, anxiety or low self-esteem, registered in other studies on teenagers addicted to videogames,” says professor Mabel Marí.As professor Mabel Marí adds:
Four properties now have the service named Ivy, which the company credits for higher scores of two of its hotels on travel review website TripAdvisor.The service uses artificial intelligence to automatically answer common questions and requests, such as gym location and hours of operation. But trained staffers type back responses to more complex inquiries such as where Muslims should face to pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.”The window of your room faces to the East. If you pray facing the window, you will be oriented towards Mecca,” Ivy answered within two minutes.The Cosmopolitan casino-hotel also launched a chatbot a year ago, around the same time Wynn Resorts announced that an Amazon Echo would be installed in every room of the Wynn Las Vegas casino-hotel. In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, a robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher) This April 21, 2017, photo, shows an interactive tablet in a suite at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas. The tablet allows guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights, among other things. (AP Photo/John Locher) Room upgrade programs can increase hotel profits up to 35 percent Caesars Entertainment launched a texting service at its 3,976-room Caesars Palace casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in August, months after rolling it out at two boutique hotels. Senior vice president and chief experience officer Michael Marino said the service aims to improve guests’ stay after the company noticed a dip in phone calls.”It’s not like they have less needs, it’s just that something has happened over the last couple of years where people just don’t like to call people anymore,” Marino said. It takes just minutes for a room service attendant to respond to a text message asking for a soda, bringing the Diet Coke on a tray with a glass of ice and lime wedges, no need for the modern hassle of placing a phone call. At the Aria and Vdara hotels, each room is equipped with a tablet with applications that allow guests to schedule breakfast delivery, access thousands of publications and adjust temperature and lights. Travelers also can choose special rooms at the MGM Grand and The Mirage with several lighting options, including one that helps the body’s internal clock, and a device that infuses the shower’s water with vitamin C.Meanwhile, a shiny white, wide-eyed standing robot named Pepper in the lobby of the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel can answer a set of preprogrammed questions, including checkout time, how to connect to the Wi-Fi network and the location of the spa.”I’ve seen robots on TV, but never in person. It’s so cute,” said Ana Rosa Santiago, a Miami resident who took a selfie with Pepper. “I already sent it to all my family.” In this Nov. 15, 2017, photo, a robot named Pepper stands in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. Pepper is programmed to interact with guests and answer pre-programmed questions. (AP Photo/John Locher) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Las Vegas hotels bet on technology to attract, dazzle guests (2018, January 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-las-vegas-hotels-technology-dazzle.html Thousands of guests at some of Las Vegas’ casino-hotels also can get towels, food and toiletries delivered with just a few taps on their smartphone. It comes as the staples of hotel room technology—a phone on a nightstand and a flat-screen TV—aren’t cutting it anymore in the hypercompetitive world of Sin City tourism.Guests can use tablets to control room features like lights and temperature. Shower infusers and special lights promise travelers a chance to recharge. And a 4-foot-tall (1-meter-tall) robot can point visitors to the nearest ATM. In the battle for millions of Las Vegas’ tourists, voice-assisted speakers and purification systems also are part of the push to attract ever-more-demanding customers and keep them coming back.”The hotel brands or the casino brands are trying to make themselves evolve to become more relevant to a younger audience that is highly technologically enabled,” said Robert Rippee, director of the Hospitality Lab at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.Las Vegas hotels are not the only ones using such technology. The Acme Hotel Co. in Chicago put an Amazon Echo in every room and the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, California, has equipped rooms with iPads. But what sets Sin City properties apart is the volume of guests they handle, which can test the technology that must be easy to understand.”Let’s say the tablet is a Microsoft Surface, but the tablet you use is an iPad, so you immediately have a gap,” Rippee said. “You, as the user, now have to learn to use a product an operating system you are unfamiliar with. If you are here for two nights, you are going to discard it.” 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.