May 4 2018A researcher at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded two grants totaling more than $4 million to support osteoarthritis research. A $3.4 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund research on the mechanisms behind the development, progression and prevention of osteoarthritis. A $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense will fund pre-clinical research on novel drug candidates that may have the potential to regenerate cartilage and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.”Osteoarthritis is a looming public health problem with few solutions on the horizon,” says grant recipient Denis Evseenko, MD, PhD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, stem cell and regenerative medicine at the Keck School. “With these concurrent research efforts, we hope to translate our foundational knowledge about joint cartilage development into clinical therapies that would improve millions of lives.”Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTFirst safe, reliable, noninvasive way to monitor rheumatoid arthritisNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerOsteoarthritis, caused by injuries and everyday wear and tear, is the most common joint disorder in the United States. Its prevalence is steadily growing due to longer life spans and increased obesity rates. It is estimated that by 2032, nearly 30 percent of people age 45 and older will be diagnosed with the disease. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, though pain medication can help improve quality of life. Those severely affected by the disease may opt for joint replacement surgery, but the procedure can be cost-prohibitive and may require revision surgery after a number of years.Evseenko hypothesizes that genetic and pharmacologic manipulation of the body’s glycoprotein 130 (gp130) receptor molecule could decrease the effects of arthritis by slowing cartilage degradation, or perhaps even building new cartilage. Gp130 is a complex receptor responsible for processing the body’s signals to grow cartilage in the embryo and cause chronic inflammation in adults. One method for targeting gp130 is using drug candidates similar in structure to the small molecule, “Regulator of Cartilage Growth and Differentiation 423” (RCGD 423). RCGD 423 was discovered in Evseenko’s laboratory, and his recent research suggests targeting gp130 with RCGD 423 spurs cartilage growth while lowering inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. If the pre-clinical research data holds true, he hopes to launch clinical trials for an injectable therapy to delay the progression of arthritis among those in early stages of the disease. Source:https://keck.usc.edu/
May 31 2018Genetic counseling for cancer patients has become standard of care at academic medical centers, but patients cared for at community-based medical practices across the United States may not have access to these resources. Video and phone sessions can close that gap and bring genetic counseling to patients who would not otherwise have the chance to receive it, according to a new study from the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center.Researchers conducted a randomized, controlled trial to determine whether patients at community practices would undergo genetic testing after a remote phone or video counseling session and found 77 percent of patients chose to do so, compared to just six percent in the group of patients that were offered usual care options for genetic testing, such as driving to a center with genetic counselor or having genetic testing with their doctor and without the assistance of a genetics professional. The study’s lead author, Angela R. Bradbury, MD, an assistant professor of Hematology-Oncology, will present the findings at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago.Germline genetic testing helps doctors identify patients at increased risk for cancer who may benefit from additional or early screening or other cancer prevention interventions. This testing includes detection of BRCA mutations, which are linked to a drastically increased lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancers, as well as pancreatic and prostate cancer. Genetic counselors work as part of a patient’s healthcare team and can help patients and providers understand how genetic and familial risk contribute to cancer risk, they can make recommendations for the most appropriate genetic testing and provide guidance on how to understand genetic results and what they mean for a patient’s healthcare. Currently, only 37 percent of patients who undergo testing meet with a counselor beforehand.Bradbury and her team randomly assigned 115 patients who were candidates for genetic testing into two groups – one that received a phone or video counseling session and one that were provided information on how they can get genetic testing. All participants were patients at primary care practices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.Related StoriesGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationLiving with advanced breast cancerNew study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosaOf the 71 patients in the group offered remote genetic counseling services, 55 of them (77 percent) went on to complete the counseling. Just two of 36 patients (six percent) in the usual care group completed genetic counseling. In addition, 55 percent of patients in the remote services arm proceeded to actual genetic testing, leading to the identification of four genetic carriers. Only 17 percent of patients in the usual care arm underwent testing, and no carriers were identified.”The data definitively show the impact of remote genetic services, and it’s clear from this study that this telemedicine approach improves on what community practices can do on their own,” Bradbury said. “That said, it’s noteworthy that just 56 percent of patients who underwent remote counseling went on to undergo genetic testing. It shows we still have work to do to help equip patients with this information, which can be life-saving in some cases.”Bradbury also noted another important area to address: the discrepancy between patients in the usual care arm who underwent counseling and those who underwent testing.”The data confirm that some people in community practices are getting testing without going through counseling first, and previous studies have shown that patients have lower levels of knowledge and lower satisfaction when that happens,” Bradbury said.The study also compared the effectiveness of the two telemedicine options and preliminary findings suggest that videoconference leads to a greater increase in knowledge and a greater decrease in depression when compared to baseline than phone sessions. The authors note this finding is preliminary and points to a need for further research. Susan M. Domchek, MD, executive director of the Basser Center for BRCA, was a co-investigator on the study, which was supported by the Basser Center for BRCA.Bradbury will present the findings as an oral abstract in the Health Services Research, Clinical Informatics, and Quality of Care session on Friday June 1st at McCormick Place in Room S404 at 4:45 Central. Source:https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2018/may/using-telemedicine-to-bring-genetic-counseling-to-community-cancer-care
Jun 5 2018African-Americans are still much more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than white Americans. A new paper on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community shows that despite recent drops in HIV diagnoses across every population in the US, there are still great disparities between ethnic groups. The paper was led by Cato T. Laurencin of the University of Connecticut in the US and is published in Springer’s Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.A decade ago Laurencin and his team published a call for action paper that highlighted high numbers of HIV diagnoses in the African American community. This follow-up paper now draws on data from surveys such as the 2010 United States Census and the 2016 HIV Surveillance Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Worryingly, the paper’s analysis shows that the trends highlighted 10 years ago have continued and in some regards worsened. For male and female populations in 2016, Blacks were 8.4 times more likely than whites to be diagnosed with HIV, whereas in 2005 they were 7.9 times more likely. Specifically, the number of Black males diagnosed with the disease in 2005 was 9,969 and increased by 29% to 12,890 in 2016.Related StoriesNovel method can help clinicians identify individuals most in need of PrEPHIV persists in spinal fluid even after long-term treatment and is linked to cognitive deficitsPrevalence of anal cancer precursors is higher in women living with HIV than previously reportedBlack male-to-male sexual contact was the most common form of transmission of HIV and the number of men that have sex with men who were diagnosed with HIV increased 154% from 4,020 in 2005 to 10,233 in 2016. Laurencin and his team point out that if this trend continues, one in two Black men who engage in sexual contact with men will receive an HIV diagnosis in their lifetimes.The number of African-American females diagnosed with HIV through heterosexual contact increased by 75% from 2,392 in 2005 to 4,189 in 2016, and there was also a 76% increase in HIV diagnoses among heterosexual black men in the same time period.”It is clear that much more needs to be done to address the fact that African-Americans continue to be overrepresented across all categories of transmission,” said Laurencin.Laurencin and his team recommend a five-fold plan aimed at healthcare practitioners and community advocates. The plan includes working to eliminate prejudices and unconscious biases when treating patients, and employing new technology and techniques to help prevent or eradicate HIV/AIDs. Working towards reducing secondary factors such as incarceration rates, poverty, STDs and other circumstances that increase the chances of contracting HIV is also another recommendation.”While higher rates of poverty and prevalence of negative socio-economic determinants in African-American are important underlying factors, we believe that a concerted, re-dedicated effort – as seen with other national health emergencies such as the opioid crisis – can create meaningful change in the decade to come,” said Laurencin.Source: https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/research-news/all-english-research-news/african-americans-still-disproportionately-affected-by-hiv/15816098
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 24 2018Testing how well people remember past events in their lives could help medical professionals make early predictions about who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Arizona.Researchers administered an “autobiographical memory” test to a group of 35 healthy adults, about half of whom carry the gene variant APOE e4 — a known genetic risk factor that nearly doubles the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. As a group, those with the genetic risk described memories with much less detail than those without it.Sometimes called a disease with a clinically silent beginning, Alzheimer’s is difficult to detect early even though changes in the brain related to the disease may begin to happen years or even decades before an individual starts to exhibit memory difficulties, said UA neuropsychologist Matthew Grilli, lead author of the new research, which is published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.”This raises a huge challenge for developing effective treatments,” said Grilli, an assistant professor and director of the Human Memory Laboratory in the UA Department of Psychology. “The hope is that in the near future we will have drugs and other treatments that could potentially slow down, stop and even reverse some of these brain changes that we think are the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. The problem is that if we can’t detect who has these hallmarks early enough, these treatments may not be fully effective, if at all.”Grilli’s goal is to help pick up on brain changes much earlier, before they begin to have an obvious effect on cognition and memory.He and his UA colleagues Aubrey Wank, John Bercel and Lee Ryan decided to focus on autobiographical memory, or people’s recollection of past events in their lives, because this type of memory depends on areas of the brain that are vulnerable to early changes from Alzheimer’s disease.”When we retrieve these complex types of memories that have multimodal details, they’re highly vivid or rich; they come with narratives, context and backstories,” Grilli said. “We’ve learned through cognitive neuroscience that the ability to recreate these memories in your mind’s eye depends on a widely distributed network in the brain, and it critically depends on regions of the brain that we know are compromised early on in Alzheimer’s disease pathology.”In autobiographical interviews, study participants, who ranged in age from early-50s to 80, were asked to recall recent memories, memories from their childhood and memories from early adulthood with as much detail as possible. The interviewers — who did not know which participants had a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s — recorded and scored participants’ responses, evaluating which details added to the richness and vividness of the memories and which did not.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerThose with the genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, as a group, described memories with much less vivid detail than those without the risk factor, despite the fact that all study participants performed normally and comparably on a battery of other, standard neuropsychology tests.”None of these individuals would be diagnosed with dementia or mild cognitive impairment,” Grilli said. “They are clinically normal, they are cognitively normal, but there’s this subtle difficulty one group has with retrieving real-world memories, which we think is because there are more people in the group who are at a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease.”Not everyone with the gene variant APOE e4, which is present in about 25 percent of the population, will develop Alzheimer’s disease, and not everyone who develops Alzheimer’s has the gene.”From this study, we can’t identify one person and say for sure this person is in the preclinical phase of Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the next stage of work that we need to do,” Grilli said. “But we know that as a group there probably are more people in the e4 carrier group that are in the preclinical phase of Alzheimer’s disease, and we think this is why they had a harder time generating these memories.”Grilli said the next step is to study brain activity in the people who struggle to generate vivid autobiographical memories to see if they have observable changes in brain structure or activation of the regions of the brain affected early on by Alzheimer’s.The hope is the work could lead to the development of a clinical test sensitive enough to the preclinical brain changes of Alzheimer’s disease that could be used to identify people who should undergo more extensive testing for early Alzheimer’s disease pathology.”The tests for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease pathology are invasive and expensive, so this new cognitive test potentially could be used as a screen,” Grilli said. “It also could be used to help clinical trials. At the moment, it’s very difficult and expensive to conduct clinical trials of new drugs because it takes a very long time to determine whether that drug has had an impact on memory. If we have more sensitive measures, we might get answers sooner, especially if we’re trying to administer drugs before obvious signs of memory impairment are detectable.” Source:https://www.arizona.edu/
Source:https://www.uib.no/en/med/119645/youngest-smoke-more Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Aug 24 2018″Since 1970, campaigns against smoking seem to have been largely successful, but the message has not been able to reach the youngest ages,” says professor Cecilie Svanes at Centre for International Health at The University of Bergen (UiB).The researchers in the large EU research project ALEC, have studied the age of 120 000 persons from 17 European countries. One of the questions asked the ALEC participants was when they started smoking between 1970 and 2009.The data showed that all age groups have experienced a decline in the numbers starting smoking in this time span, except for the age group 11 – 15 years old, especially during the last 10 years.The results showed that smoking increased most amongst young women in Western Europe, where cirka 40 per 1000 start smoking every year, compared to 20 in 1970. For young men in Northern Europe, the numbers have remained relatively constant.The study is published in PLOS ONE. Svanes is co-writer and partner in the EU-project.Related StoriesNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerStudy: Less than 50% of U.S. adults exposed to court-ordered anti-smoking advertisementsTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTThe younger the age, the stronger the addictionSvanes points out that earlier studies have shown that nicotine addiction is stronger the younger one is when staring smoking. It is therefore important to focus the anti-smoking campaign on the youngest age groups.”Society has more to win by focusing anti-smoking campaigns on the youngest. Of course, one reduces the risk of heart attack and lung cancer if you stop smoking at an old age, but society as a whole gains more by keeping the youngest age groups healthy for the rest of their life,” Svanes says.Impact on future offspringSvanes is leading one of the project in ALEC, which focus on father´s smoking habits and how it influence the health of their future offspring.”We have seen that for men who start smoking before they are 15, there are influences on any future children. For example, their offspring get asthma more often than others,” Svanes explains.”In animal tests we have also seen that it is the nicotine itself that causes the higher risk. If this is the case for human as well, it means that neither snuff nor e-cigarettes are good alternatives to cigarettes, at least not for the youngest age groups,” Cecilie Svanes points out.Facts: Smoking 1970 to 2009 11-15 year olds: the number of persons who start smoking has increased since 1990, especially amongst girls in Western Europe, where 40 per 1000 started smoking yearly between 2000 – 2009, in comparison with cirka 20 in 1970. 16-20 year olds: the numbers of persons starting smoking have plunged. It is at this age most people start smoking. 21-35 year olds: Numbers have dropped. Very few start smoking in this age group. The countries represented in the survey are, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom (North Europe); Estonia, Macedonia, Poland (East Europe); Italy, Portugal, Spain (South Europe); Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland (West Europe).
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 11 2018Nearly 30 percent of outpatient opioid prescriptions in the United States lack documented clinical reasons that justify the use of these potent drugs, according to a national analysis of physician visit records conducted by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the RAND Corporation.Results of the report, published Sept. 11 in Annals of Internal Medicine, raise concerns about inappropriate prescribing, lax documentation practices, or a combination thereof, the researchers say.”Transparency in clinical decision-making is predicated on proper documentation that clearly spells out the reason for giving a patient opioids and can limit inappropriate prescriptions and curb excessive use of these potent drugs,” said senior investigator Nicole Maestas, associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School.Research has shown that the medical use of opioids has risen dramatically over the past 20 years, outpacing the actual prevalence of pain-;a trend that may be partly fueled by inappropriate prescription practices for conditions that do not warrant treatment with opioids, the researchers say.”Whatever the reasons, lack of robust documentation undermines our efforts to understand physician prescribing patterns and curtails our ability to stem overprescribing,” said study author Tisamarie Sherry, Harvard Medical School instructor in medicine and an associate physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.Absence of clear documentation, Sherry added, could also be a symptom of deeper systemic issues that prevent physicians’ note-keeping such as time pressures or complicated documentation interfaces.For the study, the researchers analyzed data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey on opioid prescriptions dispensed during doctor’s office visits between 2006 and 2015. Along with patient characteristics, the database contains information about medical conditions discussed during each visit.Related StoriesIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyOpioid overdose deaths on the decline says CDC but the real picture may still be grimGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsIn total, opioids were given in almost 809 million outpatient visits. Of the visits involving the prescription of an opioid, 5.1 percent were for the treatment of cancer-related pain, while 66.4 percent were for treating noncancer pain. The remaining 28.5 visits were missing any record of pain or a pain-related condition.Of the visits with noncancer pain diagnoses, the most commonly listed conditions were back pain, diabetes, other chronic, nonspecific pain and arthritis. Of the visits with no pain indication, the most common conditions were high blood pressure, high cholesterol and opioid dependence (2.2 percent). Absence of pain indication was more common in visits in which opioid prescriptions were being renewed (30.5 percent), compared with visits that involved new prescriptions (22.7 percent). That finding, the researchers say, highlights the need for periodic reassessment of the medical need to refill an opioid prescription.The researchers say their results underscore the need for stricter requirements on documenting the need for opioids-;an approach many insurance providers already use to determine approval of new, costly drugs.Additionally, the authors say, the findings should prompt policymakers to seek ways to simplify clinical documentations systems.”We must institute robust requirements to document clinical rationale, but we also must enable physicians to comply with them without creating undue administrative burden,” Maestas said.Between 1999 and 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016, about two-thirds involved an opioid. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.Source: https://hms.harvard.edu/news/no-pain
Samuel Tuttle, UNH Samuel Tuttle, UNH Samuel Tuttle, UNH When soils are abnormally wet, the chances of next-day rain rise in the West (red) by as much as 50%. Rainfall probabilities drop in the east (blue) but not as much. Soil moisture alters next-day rainfall in the United States By Eric HandMay. 12, 2016 , 2:00 PM When soils are dry, the chance of rain drops in the West (blue) and rises in the east (yellow). When soils are dry, the chance of rain drops in the West (blue) and rises in the east (yellow). ‹› When soils are abnormally wet, the chances of next-day rain rise in the West (red) by as much as 50%. Rainfall probabilities drop in the east (blue) but not as much. Samuel Tuttle, UNH Will it rain tomorrow? Don’t look to the skies, because the answer depends partly on the dampness of the ground beneath your feet. Although the seasons and long-term weather patterns like El Niño matter more, a new study finds that soil moisture also plays a role in influencing next-day rain in the United States. For more than a third of the country, out-of-the-ordinary soil moisture can change the likelihood of next-day rain by a median factor of 13%. The effect depends on where you live. In the West, the feedback is positive: Wet soils increase the chance of a next-day downpour, and dry soils diminish that chance. But east of the Mississippi River, the feedback flips: Wet soils lower the likelihood of rainfall, and dry soils raise it. Why? Rainfall, in general, depends on two things: moisture and daytime heat that create rising, raincloud-producing updrafts. In the sunny, arid West, there is plenty of heat but limited moisture, and so a process called moisture recycling is at work—today’s storms supply the water that evaporates into tomorrow’s rainclouds. But in the east, moisture abounds, and the sun’s energy often goes into evaporating it. This keeps damper regions cool. Rare dry patches are the ones that can heat up enough to form rainclouds. The study, published today in Science, used 9 years of soil moisture data from NASA’s venerable Aqua satellite along with data from a network of rain gauges. Scientists are hoping that newer satellites, like Europe’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity or NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, can start to accumulate long-time series of soil moisture data. Once that happens—and its predictive power is validated—the approach could be folded into weather forecast models, researchers say.
Thanks to sophisticated computational tools that stitch thousands of 3D sections together, the researchers showed they could capture large areas of brain and then zoom in at high resolution. The approach should make it easier to study how circuits of interacting neurons across the brain drive certain behaviors, and how that circuitry varies across lots of individuals, between sexes, or over the course of development. Gao et al./Science 2019 Gao et al./Science 2019 Suppose you’d like to take a close look at a fly brain—an extremely close look. With a new technique called expansion microscopy, scientists have been doing just that: labeling neurons of interest and tracing their thinnest tendrils to chart their connections. But the process, which infuses a piece of brain tissue with a gel that swells up to enlarge the details, dramatically increases the time it takes to image that tissue. And as a microscope beam images parts of this thick sample from top to bottom, it can “burn out” the fluorescent tags attached to proteins that help identify the neurons, making deeper parts of the sample completely dark.In a new study, researchers present a solution: combining that expansion process with an instrument called a lattice light-sheet microscope, which sweeps an ultrathin sheet of light through the sample. Because this microscope can linger longer on any area with less intense light than other microscopes, the fluorescence is less likely to burn out and obscure parts of the image—which means that sharp, intricate details, such as the spines on mouse neurons (shown in green, above) can emerge. And by capturing a whole plane at once instead of a set of points, this microscope worked through an entire fly brain (below) in 62.5 hours, roughly seven times faster than the fastest microscope used in such high-resolution imaging to date, the team reports today in Science. By Kelly ServickJan. 17, 2019 , 2:00 PM Microscope captures intricate images of glowing brains at record speed
The buzz surrounding California Sen. Kamala Harris seemed to be at a fever pitch in the hours following her town hall event on MSNBC Tuesday night in Spartanburg, South Carolina. #KamalaHarrisTownHall remained a top trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning after the Democratic candidate for president waxed poetic on everything from current events to her prosecutorial past to women’s reproductive rights to immigration, solidifying and making clear her stances on those and other topics surrounding the 2020 elections. #KamalaHarrisTownHall @KamalaHarris on the importance of better cooperation between education institutions, Gov’t & pvt sector to prepare future students for jobs of the 21st century…#KamalaForThePeople #Kamala2020 #KamalaHarris2020 #WeAreBetterThanThis #2020Election pic.twitter.com/05cPmqoThD— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019On her prosecutorial pastHarris made sure to shout out her HBCU law school education while expressing her pride for being elected district attorney in San Francisco, where she was responsible for a small handful of controversial policies that were being framed by her opponents as adversely affecting minorities. “I’m proud of the work I did,” she said. More By Bruce C.T. Wright #KamalaHarrisTownHall @SenKamalaHarris on the importance of the #2020Elections: “everything we need to do is going to require 60 votes so we [need to win] the White House & the Senate” #Kamala2020 #KamalaHarris2020 #KamalaHarrisForThePeople #WomenWILLbeHeard #PinkWave2020 pic.twitter.com/MfjOLb06vs— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019On educationHarris touched on the student debt crisis when discussing her plan for how to properly prepare the nation’s youth for the workplaces of the future, which are expected to be dominated by occupations that are in their relative infancies now. On the 2020’s “other” electionsHarris made it clear that she was in the presidential race to win it, but she also stressed how her presidency wouldn’t be as strong without Democrats winning the Senate elections. Where All The Presidential Candidates Stand On Reparations, In Their Own Words #KamalaHarrisTownHall @KamalaHarris on #TraitorTrump’s #ImmigrationPolicy & his admin #ChildSeperation: “it was a #HumanRightsAbuse that’s against the morals & values of who we are as a nation” #WokeAF #KamalaForThePeople #KamalaHarris2020 #KamalaTownHall #PinkWave2020 pic.twitter.com/CaDpeCEXTm— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019She also touched on how the president has been using the politics of fear to stoke the flames of xenophobic Americans worrying about losing their jobs to immigrants. That laugh, y’all. She’s so fun and genuine. I guaranTEE @KamalaHarris Inauguration Party is going to be LIT! #KamalaTownHall #KamalaHarrisTownHall #Kamala2020 pic.twitter.com/J5uohmRPTW— (Kamala) Harris County Resident (@NovusNegrimLLG) May 29, 2019If you missed watching the town hall, scroll down to see all the ways that Harris made her presence felt in South Carolina, and the 2020 field of Democratic candidates.She defended Joe Biden from Trump’s attacks overseasLess than two weeks after offering some very slick talk on what she implied were the very remote prospects of her running as Joe Biden’s No. 2 on the Democratic ticket in 2020, Harris stood up for her fellow Party member and defended the former vice president from the president’s disparaging remarks about him while he was overseas negotiating with suspected terrorist and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. On the recent wave of anti-abortion lawsIt should come as no surprise to anyone following the 2020 race that Harris also has a plan to counter the recent wave of restrictive abortion laws sweeping through the state legislatures of Republican-led states, telling the audience that women’s reproductive health is under attack. #BREAKING : #KamalaHarrisTownHall#healthcarejobs ‘I support Medicare for all!’ Listen in. #thelastword #MSNBC pic.twitter.com/3dcOJmzMR8— Elaine Ina Hindin (@heddatalespin) May 29, 2019Why unions matterHarris broke down the importance of unions to the average American worker, a topic she has spoken passionately about many times. But on Tuesday night she broke the topic down into the most simple and relatable of terms. Harris was tied for second place in the most recent national poll of presidential candidates, a rank that has risen in recent weeks and lent even more credence to her White House run as the dates for the first caucuses and primaries get closer. Fresh off of rolling out her plan earlier Tuesday to counter what she called “states and localities with a history of unconstitutionally restricting access to abortion,” Harris seemed totally in control of every moment during her town hall which was moderated by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. #KamalaHarrisTownHall @KamalaHarris on #WomensRights to choose: “we have a POTUS that ran on punishing women for abortion; it came out his mouth & now these laws that jail doctors… as a prosecutor, I have a real problem with that” #WokeAF #Kamala2020 #KamalaHarris2020 pic.twitter.com/9BVahCcL41— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019On healthcareHealthcare? Harris has a plan for that, too. While her campaign website goes into depth on her Medicare for all position, she put a personal touch in explaining her position to the South Carolina audience on Tuesday night. Everything We Know About Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s Murder Investigation True! “It is wrong. It is contrary to our values… he should not have not done it. He is irresponsible. It is yet another example of why he should not be president of the United States.” Sen. Kamala Harris#KamalaHarrisTownHall #MSNBCTownHall pic.twitter.com/vc5uxUCdI1— Ricardo Luke (@Lukericardo) May 29, 2019On impeaching TrumpThe world knew this already, but Harris offered her strongest words yet in support of the impeachment process as well as criminally prosecuting the president. “The evidence supports the prosecution of that case,” she told an audience member who asked her about her support for impeaching Trump. She went even further when talking to another audience member about Trump, saying in part that “We need to get rid of him.” #BREAKING : #KamalaHarrisTownHall Question -‘How would you talk to South Carolinians who are afraid of immigration? ‘ Listen in. #thelastword #MSNBC pic.twitter.com/vZGsgzC25X— Elaine Ina Hindin (@heddatalespin) May 29, 2019 #KamalaHarrisTownHall @KamalaHarris on #PayEquity: shift burden of proof from women employees to Companys by fining those that cant prove they’re paying women equally as men “either pay women equally or pay a price”#Kamala2020 #WokeAF #KamalaHarrisForThePeople #PinkWave2020 pic.twitter.com/qKG6uGmQX5— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019 Powerful!”We have a president who isn’t trying to make America great, he’s trying to make America hate. We need to get rid of him.” – Sen. Kamala Harris #KamalaHarrisTownHall #MSNBCTownHall pic.twitter.com/4LgMEetW5w— Ricardo Luke (@Lukericardo) May 29, 2019 #BREAKING : #KamalaHarrisTownHall ‘Country before Party’ Listen in #thelastword #MSNBC #Politico pic.twitter.com/atzgNxyAlO— Elaine Ina Hindin (@heddatalespin) May 29, 2019SEE ALSO:Clarence Thomas’ ‘Misguided’ Anti-Abortion Eugenics Opinion, ExplainedPolice Crash That Killed Elderly Black Woman Tests New Chicago Mayor’s Police Reform Pledge 2020 Elections , Kamala Harris #KamalaHarrisTownHall @KamalaHarris #BroughtReceipts in proud defense of her record as SF #DistrictAttorney & CA #AttorneyGeneral who did analysis/research into addressing factors of criminal activity/behavior to change laws to prevent them not just jail#KamalaForThePeople pic.twitter.com/s1a0aymwFE— Prince de Versailles (@VersaillesPrinc) May 29, 2019She is a patriotHarris, who said she puts “country before Party,” expressed “optimism” as well as “concern” for Democracy in America, framing the conversation around impeaching Trump as a way to pay respects to the country’s forefathers who put the checks and balances system in place for a reason. The Evolving Relevance Of ‘The Talk’ #KamalaHarrisTownhall @Lawrence:#KamalaHarris is indomitable-brilliant, eloquent, compassionate/passionate I’m going to require states passing legislation designed to limit women’s access to #ReproductiveHealth care, come before my #DOJ for review&approval pic.twitter.com/jei3gS55pX— Miss Myrtle (@MissMyrtle2) May 29, 2019That attack also targets doctors, she said, adding that she has a “real problem” with health professionals facing the prospects of prison for performing the medical procedures. On immigrationHarris seemed to be one of only a small handful of candidates with concrete plans for her presidency. She spoke at length about immigration and making clear that changing the nation’s policies at the border, such as separating children from their families, would be a priority for her in the White House. “That was a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government,” Harris said, “and it’s against the moral and values of who we are as a nation.” #BREAKING : #KamalaHarrisTownHall Question: ‘What would you do for the Unions?’ Answer: ‘It’s really a simple point’! Listen in. #thelastword #MSNBC pic.twitter.com/EM140CCOwu— Elaine Ina Hindin (@heddatalespin) May 29, 2019Unions, she said, also can play a vital role in addressing pay equity and closing the wage gap that exists along racial and gender lines. Unpacking Mayor Pete’s ‘Douglass Plan’ For Black America
“SFJ’s activities go beyond being ‘unlawful’ and posed a major threat to the very existence of our nation, “ he said.Amarinder said that the SFJ, in recent years, had made blatant attempts to radicalise, fund and motivate some poor and gullible youths of Punjab into committing acts of arson and violence and the outfit had also been making efforts to enlist the support of gangsters and radicals in Punjab and exhorting them to fight for the ‘liberation of Punjab’.Captain Amarinder came down heavily against those trying to play down the vile threat posed by SFJ, which continues to flex its muscle not just within but also outside India, as manifest in the June 30, 2019, incident.On the day, UK-based SFJ activists were in the spotlight during the India vs England World Cup cricket match at Edgbaston (Birmingham). They were seen wearing T-shirts of Referendum 2020 and waving the Khalistani Flag at the Cricket match. Best Of Express Related News The SFJ had also shared a poster on social media just last week urging pro-Khalistani Sikhs to boo the Indian Team during the semi-final match against New-Zealand.The Chief Minister said these incidents totally negated the ridiculous stand of SAD and its leaders, as evident in the statement of party spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema that Khalistan was no longer an issue. Pointing to the gravity of the issue, Captain Amarinder urged the Akalis to refrain from playing petty politics over it, and instead to join the government in fighting and eliminating the menace. The Akali leaders seemed to be ignoring the vicious agenda of SFJ, showing how little they care about the interests of Punjab and its people, said the Chief Minister.Captain Amarinder also exhorted the global community to support India’s efforts to understand and counter the SFJ’s secessionist and violent agenda shrouded behind a supposedly non-violent Referendum campaign.Any country allowing SFJ to use its soil for destabilising India would also suffer the consequences of such an act as no nation could remain unaffected as a result of supporting terror or violence against another, he added. Home Ministry refuses to give reasons behind allowing intelligence agencies to access computer data Amarinder had earlier demanded that the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) be branded as a terrorist outfit. (File)Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Wednesday welcomed the Centre’s decision to ban the SFJ as an unlawful association, describing it as the first step towards protecting the nation from the “anti-India/secessionist designs of the ISI-backed organisation”. Advertising The Punjab Police, over the last 3 years, have registered several criminal cases against alleged SFJ leaders/operatives based in various countries and working under the command of SFJ promoters, operating from USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia.The Chief Minister said the SFJ had even tried to instigate Punjab Police personnel to revolt against the state government. Besides, the outfit had been targeting Sikh Army soldiers through a dedicated social media campaign and instigating them to desert the Army and work for promotion of Referendum-2020 instead, he added. On Amit Shah table at Home: push and pull of manifesto, ministry Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Govt bans Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, says outfit promoted acts of terrorism Advertising Amarinder pointed out that recently a strong nexus between SFJ and Kashmiri separatists had come to light, suggesting a wider net that goes beyond Punjab, with serious repercussions for national security. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Taking stock of monsoon rain More Explained By Express News Service |Chandigarh | Updated: July 11, 2019 7:30:55 am Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Amarinder had earlier demanded that the Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) be branded as a terrorist outfit. Reiterating his demand, the CM said, “Though the outfit deserved to be treated as a terrorist organisation, the Government of India had at least taken a long-overdue stand against SFJ, which had unleashed a wave of terror in Punjab in recent years.”“With this step, the Centre had finally shown its much-needed intent to crack down on the organisation, which was overtly being backed by Pakistan’s ISI in its conspiratorial campaign over ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, launched in 2014, “ said the Chief Minister.He, however, asserted that the central government would have to take more proactive measures to aggressively crack down on SFJ and its affiliates in the interest of national security. Post Comment(s)
By PTI |Guwahati | Updated: July 14, 2019 8:38:19 pm Karnataka: SC to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Assam floods: Centre releases Rs 250 crore aid as death toll touches 17 The Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger mark in Guwahati, at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj.Burhidehing river is flowing above its danger mark at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri river at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Kopili at Kampur and Dharamtul in Nagaon, Puthimari at NH road crossing in Kamrup, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Katakhal river at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara river at Karimganj town, the ASDMA said.It said 3,181 villages were under water and 87,607 hectares of crop areas had been damaged. Authorities are running 327 relief camps and distribution centres in 24 districts, where 16,596 people are taking shelter at present.Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and infrastructure have been damaged at various places in Sonitpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Hojai, Morigaon, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nagaon, Kamrup, Barpeta, Dhubri, Majuli, Karimganj, Sivasagar, Hailakandi and South Salmara. Massive erosions have been witnessed at several places of Udalguri, Barpeta and Sonitpur districts, the ASDMA said.“For repairing embankments, 168 proposals worth Rs 250 crore were approved after last year’s flood,” Krishna said. Hima Das donates half of salary for Assam flood relief, appeals for help An Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said four fresh deaths were reported from Jorhat, Barpeta and Dhubri districts.Of the 28 affected districts, Barpeta is the worst hit with 7.35 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Dhubri where the number of affected is 3.38 lakh, the ASDMA said.Till Saturday, around 14.06 lakh people were affected in 25 districts out of the total 33 districts. Advertising Advertising Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file More Explained In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief Best Of Express “As per the Met department forecast, there will be more rainfall across Assam and the water level in the Brahmaputra is likely to rise,” Kumar Sanjay Krishna, additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management), said at a press conference on Sunday. “Dhubri and other lower Assam districts will probably see more severe flood in coming days.”Krishna said the state government was fully capable of handling the situation. “Last year, we had received Rs 590 crore from the Centre. We have sufficient funds in our hands and already released Rs 55.85 crore to the districts,” he said.Meanwhile, the NDRF and SDRF have rescued 7,833 people in the past 24 hours across the state. As many as 10,840 litres of mustard oil, 7,922 quintals of rice, tarpaulin sheets, water pouches, biscuits, milk powder, dal, salt and other essential items have been distributed among the flood-affected people.About 70 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, the habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a world heritage site, has been affected too, the official said. “Many animals have moved to highlands. We have a sufficient stock of fodder and forest officials are on alert.” Kamrup: People stand on a damaged embankment washed out by the floods due to incessant rainfalls, at Hajo in Kamrup. (PTI)The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday with the death toll rising to 11 and affecting nearly 26.5 lakh people across 28 districts. Assam floods: Over 26 lakh people affected, PM Modi assures CM of assistance Related News Post Comment(s)
2 Comment(s) Related News Advertising ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file ‘I can’t breathe’ case: No charges against NY police in 2014 choking death of black man US mulls increasing merit-based immigration to 57% President Donald Trump said Sunday that a group of four minority congresswomen feuding with Speaker Nancy Pelosi should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how to run the government.Wrapped inside that insult, which was widely established as a racist trope, was a factually inaccurate claim: Only one of the lawmakers was born outside the country.Even though Trump has repeatedly refused to back down from stoking racial divisions, his willingness to deploy a lowest-rung slur — one commonly and crudely used to single out the perceived foreignness of nonwhite, non-Christian people — was largely regarded as beyond the pale.So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world,” Trump wrote on Twitter, “now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.” By New York Times |Washington | Updated: July 15, 2019 10:30:19 am Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Pelosi may have offered the bluntest take on Trump’s comments when she said his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” “has always been about making America white again.” FILE — Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), left, with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), speaks during a news conference outside the House of Representatives in Washington, June 12, 2019. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)Broadly, Trump’s attack on lawmakers appeared to be meant for members of the “squad,” a group of liberal Democratic freshmen engaged in an existential and generational war of words with Pelosi: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.But only one of the women, Omar, who is from Somalia, was born outside the United States. Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent. Pressley, who is black, was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. And Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants.“These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” Trump said. “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” Trump says ‘will take a look’ at accusations over Google, China Best Of Express More Explained Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed President Donald Trump speaks during an event at a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin in Milwaukee, July 12, 2019. Trump weighed in via Twitter on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 14 by suggesting that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)(Written by Katie Rogers and Nicholas Fandos) Advertising Trump’s comments were a crude addition to his continued rhetoric that the United States is too full to take in people from other countries. “Sorry, can’t let them into our Country,” Trump also tweeted Sunday, referring to the groups of men held in filthy conditions in detention centers at the border. He suggested that those groups were “loaded up with a big percentage of criminals.”His tweets came on the same weekend that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents began rounding up some 2,000 unauthorized immigrants, many of whom had recently crossed the border in groups or families.Trump’s attack on the congresswomen also followed days of Fox News coverage that centered on Omar. During her tenure in Congress, Omar has rattled fellow Democrats and provided ammunition to Republicans for her repeated criticisms of Israel, including a comment that pro-Israel activists were pushing “for allegiance to a foreign country.”Prompted by an emergency border aid package that liberals felt did not place sufficient restrictions on the Trump administration, the back and forth between the freshmen women, Democratic moderates in the House and Pelosi has also been bruising.The speaker spent much of the last week trying to return harmony to her restive caucus, and tensions were still raw heading into the weekend. When Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, singled out Rep. Sharice Davids, a moderate Democrat and Native American from Kansas, for voting in favor of the aid package, House Democrats used their official Twitter account to slap back. “Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” they wrote.On Sunday, Trump may have provided the impetus for a reconciliation — however brief — that Democratic leaders and rank-and-file House members quickly embraced.Pelosi condemned Trump’s remarks as “xenophobic” in a pair of tweets of her own, turning them around to criticize Trump’s immigration policies and project Democratic unity. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she wrote of Democrats.“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” she wrote in another tweet. “Stop the raids.”A spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, declined to comment on Trump’s remarks. Representatives for Republican House leaders did not respond to emails seeking comment. The White House also did not respond to a request for comment. But Democrats began sharing their own stories, pointing out that Trump’s remarks did not reflect a country whose lawmakers — and citizens — are becoming increasingly more diverse.Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called Trump a “bigot.” Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who left the Republican Party this month over differences with Trump and is the child of Syrian and Palestinian immigrants, declared the comments “racist and disgusting.”All four lawmakers in “the squad” eventually weighed in and responded to the president. “You are stoking white nationalism,” Omar said, because “you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.”Pressley, sharing a screenshot of the president’s tweet, declared, “THIS is what racism looks like.” Tlaib said Trump’s comments “just make me work harder,” and that she is “fighting corruption in OUR country.” And Ocasio-Cortez sent out a series of tweets addressing the president directly. “Mr. President,” she said in one, “the country I ‘come from’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States.”But by Sunday evening, Trump again criticized Democrats for defending members of the group. “If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior,” Trump said on Twitter, “then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!”Omar and Tlaib are far from the only congressional lawmakers who immigrated to the United States or were born to immigrant parents. In the House, there are at least 52 voting members who are immigrants or children of immigrants and 16 in the Senate — most of them Democrats — according to a Pew Research Center analysis from this year. Aside from Omar, four other congresswomen were born outside the United States, but they have largely not involved themselves in entanglements with Pelosi.Omar has been vocal about her life as a refugee who fled Somalia and eventually settled in America, only to be disappointed with the country she found. More than any of the others in her freshman group, Omar — one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Tlaib — has forcefully used her personal story to make the argument that loving America does not require an acceptance of its shortcomings.“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all,” Omar recently said. “So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”Comments like these have inflamed Fox News personalities like Tucker Carlson, who used his television program to lash out at Omar.“Our country rescued Ilhan Omar,” Carlson said in a broadcast last week. “We didn’t do it to get rich; in fact, it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people. How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us, and called us names, she showered us with contempt.”Trump has repeatedly said that he does not hold racist views, despite his public statements. After a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump was widely condemned for saying that people on “both sides” were to blame after one of the nationalists mowed down a group of protesters and killed a woman. And he was one of the most vocal proponents of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.At other times, he has used vulgar language to describe immigrants and people of color. He has defended himself after calling people crossing into the country illegally “animals” — he said was referring only to MS-13 gang members. He has assailed players with the National Football League, many of whom are black, for taking a knee during the national anthem. And he has used a vulgar term to disparage immigrants from largely black nations.But, to his critics, Trump’s comments Sunday were a low point. From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 12, 2019. President Donald Trump weighed in via Twitter on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen, including Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on July 14 by suggesting that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)Trump added: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”Delivered on the day he had promised widespread immigration raids, Trump’s comments signaled a new low in how far he will go to affect public discourse surrounding the issue. And if his string of tweets was meant to further widen Democratic divisions in an intraparty fight, the strategy appeared quickly to backfire: House Democrats, including Pelosi, rallied around the women, declaring in blunt terms that Trump’s words echoed other xenophobic comments he has made about nonwhite immigrants.As the president’s remarks reverberated around Twitter, a chorus of Americans took to social media to say that they had heard some version of Trump’s words throughout their lives, beginning with childhood taunts on the playground. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a presidential candidate, joined scores of people who said it was jarring to hear the phrase from the president.“We’ve heard this our whole lives,” Booker said. “Now we hear it from the Oval Office.” “It is sad to see the occupant of the Oval Office transition from empowering and encouraging racist taunts to actually using them himself,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “If Trump shouted the same thing at a Muslim woman wearing hijab in a Walmart, he might be arrested.” Advertising
With a healthcare records system on board, Apple likely would see a slight shift in how iPhones were sold and a slight uptake in the medical industry as companies started promoting the iPhone as a tool for doctors, said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst for worldwide mobile device trackers at IDC.However, it wouldn’t be a game changer for iPhone sales, he said.”Rather, this would further solidify Apple’s stance as a leader in privacy and security, and would put pressure on Android as a whole, as well as Samsung, to step up their game,” Ubrani told TechNewsWorld.Rival tech companies have made efforts to capture medical data for research, consumer applications and other business opportunities.Verily Life Sciences, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, this spring partnered with Duke University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine to launch Project Baseline, a project to collect broad, phenotypic health data from 10,000 volunteers.After screening it to ensure the privacy of volunteer participants, the data will be hosted on Google Cloud Platform and available for researchers to gain a better understanding of disease risk factors and other information.Nokia recently acquired Paris-based Withings, a digital health company that sells smart health products like digital scales, smartwatches and thermometers, and tracks activities as well. Nokia launched a digital health unit led by former Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings. The challenge for Apple going forward is that it tends to attack new businesses on a global scale, and healthcare data requires dealing with a myriad of regulatory and privacy issues that cannot easily be synchronized across a single platform, Fogg told TechNewsWorld.Also, the sensitivity of personal health data demands a high level of security and transparency, so that hospitals and patients can feel comfortable allowing that type of information to be controlled by an outside party, he said.”I would hope that Apple is planning to use the iPhone to securely communicate personal medical information from sensor to a HIPAA-compliant cloud service, and that medical records are only permanently retained in the cloud service,” said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.While temporary secure viewing on an iPhone would be nice, it would be better to have another layer of device security sitting between the attacker and the EMR repository, he told TechNewsWorld.It’s questionable that health information ever will become a big driver of device sales “unless medical systems or insurance companies are going to get into the iPhone distribution game,” Teich said.The real revenue driver for Apple would be to use a secure back-end EMR cloud service to sell Apple gear to medical institutions, he suggested.”Protected healthcare information is valuable data,” observed Ed Cabrera, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro.”Arguably, any time you transition this type of data into another platform, there’s an inherent risk associated with it,” he told TechNewsWorld. “However, Apple has a history of developing security and privacy into their products that leads to better overall protection for their users.” David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. Regulatory Challenge Business Case Apple quietly has been strategizing to expand its growing healthcare business to include the management of digital health records, with the iPhone operating as a central data hub, CNBC reported last week.Apple has been in talks with numerous health industry groups that are involved in setting standards for the storage and sharing of electronic medical records, in a way that would help consumers gain more control over their private medical information, according to the network.The plan appears to be a natural extension of Apple’s recent health industry strategy, which includes its Research Kit, CareKit and HealthKit — platforms that allow developers to create apps that help patients, hospitals and researchers find new ways to collect, manage and deliver health data efficiently and directly.”This has been an interest point as part of Apple’s strategy in the healthcare vertical for some time,” said Daniel Ruppar, digital health global program director at Frost & Sullivan.Apple last year acquired Gliimpse, a medical records startup that helped collect data from different platforms and organized the information for patients.Thus far, Apple’s efforts largely have focused on fitness information, but in recent years it has moved into more focused healthcare delivery. For example, the company recently began work on developing sensors that could help diabetic patients manage blood glucose levels.”They’ve shown on a number of fronts they’ve been tackling health and well being,” said Ian Fogg, senior director, mobile and telecoms at IHS Markit.
HP Folio Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. Noise-canceling headphones are generally a disappointment. The promise is you hit a switch and all the annoying noise goes away, but the reality is that it just gets quieter. Those annoying crying, talking, whining, and parts-falling-off sounds that keep me from sleeping on planes are still there, making it hard to sleep or even to concentrate.With the advent of open plan offices, the poor fools who have to work in areas that used to have cubicles now have a view — but they also have a ton more noise.Well, I’ve just gotten noise-canceling religion, and I’m now preaching about silent airplane flights and cubicles. You see, I put on these new Microsoft Surface headphones, cranked up the noise canceling to eleven, and the world actually got quiet. Honestly, I don’t think this is even an interesting question anymore, because Apple seemingly doesn’t care about this race. Still, with HP and Microsoft both focused on beating what Apple could have made, but chose not to, we are getting some amazingly innovative products in the market.These products don’t try to make the unholy Frankenstein blend of laptop and tablet falsely real, they actually try to create something different — something that actually could do both. The line still lacks key apps, but another new Microsoft product, this one free, eventually could address that.The Your Phone app basically puts your Android phone on your desktop and gives you access to the phone. (Eventually you may be able to run all your android apps on your PC this way, but initially it is messages and photos.)I continue to think that the decline in PC sales occurred because the firms really didn’t want to invest in the platform. Well, that’s changing. Innovation is back, and some amazing products once again are coming to market. I think that is a great thing — it is just a shame that Apple has refused to join the PC innovation party. Surface Refresh The two most interesting products likely are the Surface Go and the Surface Studio (even though my personal favorite is the Surface Notebook, which now comes in a gorgeous black). The Surface Go recently was updated with built-in LTE (WAN wireless) and a USB-C charger. That makes it really the only true tablet-first Surface. The WAN connectivity makes it similar to an iPhone, with regard to data use, in that you don’t need a WiFi signal for it to work.The Surface Studio is perhaps the most interesting in that it takes on the iMac. Although it arguably is underpowered for a workstation, it arguably gets nearly unlimited performance when connected to the new Windows Virtual Desktop. This means you could have an all-in-one with a more updated design than the iMac and more performance than any localized workstation. That’s a perfect storm, boys and girls, and that’s very interesting. There were two interesting product launches last week. HP delivered what is pretty much a clean slate rethinking of the 2-in-1 PC with the HP Folio, and Microsoft unveiled a refresh of its Surface Line.Both firms made a big deal of the fact that their products were much better than their Apple counterparts — but Apple has been treating PCs like a drunk uncle for some time now.Basically, I think the folks at Apple are embarrassed they still make PCs, which is both sad and ironic, since Apple basically launched the PC revolution. No one told HP and Microsoft, though, and both effectively have been racing to see which could build the best alternative to what Apple would be making if Apple cared.This has resulted in some rather impressive-looking products. I say “looking” because Apple is a form-over-function company. For Apple, and for the products I’ll be talking about, appearance leads, with the focus being more on status, beauty and — to a certain extent, convenience — over speed. I personally think this is great competition because it has resulted in a level of innovation we haven’t seen, and that is needed, in the segment.I’ll share some observations on that and then close with my product of the week: a new set of headphones in the Surface line that have the most powerful active noise cancellation I’ve yet experienced. Surface Headphones The original Surface was a tablet that seemed to embrace the Apple iPad design but run Windows rather than iOS. It sold reasonably well, but it was more of a PC in tablet clothing than a true tablet. Battery life wasn’t great, it really wasn’t as attractive, tablet apps were light, and the related Intel technology wasn’t ready.Microsoft tried ARM, but it couldn’t run Windows well and that effort outright failed. One thing that was particularly interesting was the use of a unique magnetic connector for power, something that Apple once was known for but had walked away from in its mobile products. It’s a safer approach, because if you trip over your power cord it easily disconnects and doesn’t send your laptop/tablet flying to the floor. (When first MacBook took a fall, the hinges on the lid shattered.)However, time passed, Intel improved its technology, and the combination increasingly began to turn out more compelling products. The products in this latest line, particularly the Surface Notebook and Surface Book, are more MacBook competitors than they are iPad competitors, but they arguably look and work better than the Macs or iPad Pros as notebook computers. The HP Folio (pictured above) is what I’d call a true out-of-the-box-thinking product. It reimagines the 2-in-1, which was Intel’s effort to address the iPad threat.The issue with 2-in-1s has been that most folks used them as laptops and never as tablets, because they were big, heavy, and felt awkward as tablets.People commonly have used large portfolios — but they aren’t made of steel or aluminum. They generally are leather, often brown leather, and they just feel better in the hand. Thus, the HP Folio is covered in leather — brown or burgundy. For its size, it is surprisingly light. It has all-day battery life, and it has one more really interesting feature: a cantilevered screen.This feature allows the screen to fold down, covering the keyboard and turning the product into a tablet. Also, you can move the bottom of the display forward, turning it into a decent movie watching device for airplanes, particularly those that have shallow seat tables.This is the way we should be approaching design problems. Much like it makes no sense for a car company to build a convertible with a top no one will lower, it makes no sense to design a 2-in-1 that folks will use only as a laptop. If they aren’t using it in the tablet form, there is a reason, and at least part of the reason is that when held as a tablet, most 2-in-1s suck.If you think about it, we often wrap our phones and actual tablets with cases to make them more robust and easier to hold. So, rather then spend a ton of money on metals, why not create a product with a built-on case, and make it both an attractive and a complete product, rather than something the user has to assemble?I look at the folio and wonder if it isn’t the template for how we should be building phones, tablets, and especially 2-in-1s. Rather than attempting to copy Apple, HP built what Apple’s designers likely should have thought of themselves. Wrapping Up: Who Builds the Best Apple PC Alternative? This isn’t just inbound, but it does a pretty decent job (though not perfect) of quieting the noise that surrounds you when you try to make a call using the headphones. These things are so good they are almost unbelievably good.They’re not a cheap date at around US$350, but how much is your sanity worth? When I put them on, I’m pretty sure I could hear angels singing. Well, maybe it was the first time I could hear myself think. The Microsoft Surface headphones are amazing, and they are a natural for my product of the week. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network.
Source:http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2018/release/diet-rich-in-fish-helps-fight-asthma Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 5 2018A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children.The international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months.Lead researcher Maria Papamichael from La Trobe said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma.”We already know that a diet high in fat, sugar and salt can influence the development and progression of asthma in children and now we have evidence that it’s also possible to manage asthma symptoms through healthy eating,” Ms Papamichael said.Related StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaStudy provides new insight into development of asthma”Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Our study shows eating fish just twice a week can significantly decrease lung inflammation in children with asthma.”Co-researcher and Head of La Trobe’s School of Allied Health, Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, said the results were promising.”Following a traditional Mediterranean diet that is high in plant-based foods and oily fish could be an easy, safe and effective way to reduce asthma symptoms in children,” Professor Itsiopoulos said.Associate Professor Bircan Erbas, from La Trobe’s School of Psychology and Public Health, is an expert in asthma and allergies, who co-supervised the trial.”Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the leading reasons for hospitalizations and trips to emergency for children,” Associate Professor Erbas said.”Unfortunately, the rate of asthma worldwide remains high. It is imperative that we identify new therapies that we can use alongside conventional asthma medications.”The clinical trial involved 64 children from Athens in Greece, aged 5 to 12 who had mild asthma. Researchers from Australia and Greece divided the children into two groups and instructed around half to eat two meals of cooked fatty fish (of at least 150 grams) as part of the Greek Mediterranean diet every week for six months. The remaining children followed their normal diet.At the end of the trial, they found the group who ate fish had reduced their bronchial inflammation by 14 units. Above 10 units is significant under international guidelines.
Source:https://benthamscience.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 11 2018Chondral defect is a kind of defect which refers to focal area damage to the articular cartilage. This defect also damages the bone which is lying underneath the cartilage. Symptoms indicating this condition might not occur immediately in life but chondral cartilage defects are very common. Damage in the cartilage may occur due to injury or due to wear and tear over many years. However, there are people who happen to develop symptoms but do not develop osteoarthritis.Related StoriesHair loss could soon be a thing of the past, say researchers3D mapping technology can monitor and track the behavior of engineered cells, tissuesFamily Doctors play key role in imparting health education on advanced therapiesThis can be attributed to articular cartilage possessing slow self-healing properties. Due to this reason, the management and the prevention of any chondral defect turns out to be challenging. Many treatments were brought into the light (for example, a shift has occurred from symptomatic treatment to structural cartilage regeneration) but all of them produced less satisfactory to poor results. Results of a few clinical trials demonstrated that cartilage defects caused by trauma, infection, congenital malformations and tumors were most commonly encountered in patients which, therefore, had a huge negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.Due to advances in modern technology, cartilage tissue engineering has brought some good news for the patients who are going through such conditions. This review presented by Lin et al. attempts to familiarize readers with the preparation techniques and types of scaffold material which is used in cartilage tissue engineering which can be used to treat chondral defects.