Windstar opens bookings on soontobe stretched Star Breeze Star Legend

first_img Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Windstar opens bookings on soon-to-be stretched Star Breeze, Star Legend Share Posted by Tags: New Ship, Windstar Cruisescenter_img SEATTLE — Books have opened for Windstar Cruises’ soon-to-be revitalized and ‘stretched’ Star Breeze and Star Legend vessels.Following the US$250 million ‘Star Plus Initiative’, the two ships will feature new suites, restaurants, public spaces, spa & fitness centres, pool amenities and new environmentally sensitive engines that will propel them to many new itineraries and ports of call, including a first-time ever departure from Miami.The Star Breeze Star Plus Inaugural voyage will take place from Miami to Colón, Panama on March 20, 2020. The sailing from Miami will be a first for the Seattle-based company. It will then embark on three back-to-back ‘Costa Rica & Panama Canal’ journeys before making its West Coast debut in San Diego and heading north on a ‘West Coast Epicurean Extravaganza’. From Vancouver, it will head north to Alaska in May 2020 for the summer season on 10 different sailing dates, including the new ‘Alaska Glaciers & Prince William Sound’ voyage.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe newly updated Star Legend will debut July 2, 2020 and chart a course from Barcelona to Lisbon and up Europe’s Atlantic Coast in early July. It will cruise Northern Europe through September followed by several fall trips in the Mediterranean. The Legend will then embark on classic Windstar itineraries, including five departures on ‘Around Iceland’ in summer 2020, and will forge a new Nordic adventure, ‘Eire with Fire & Ice: Ireland and Iceland’s Overlooked Treasures’.Star Legend in IcelandThe Star Plus Initiative includes a major transformation of Windstar’s three Star Class yacht-style vessels: Star Breeze, Star Legend and Star Pride. The trio of ships, which comprise 50% of the fleet, will be ‘stretched’ and renovated in succession with work starting in October 2019 and ending in November 2020.The ships will be cut in half to allow for the installation of a new section that will lengthen each vessel by approximately 25 metres. The total capacity of the expanded ships will be 312 guests.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJ“The Star Plus Initiative is not about size – it’s about offering our guests more of what they love about Windstar without changing the DNA of the brand or the ships’ ability to visit those special small ports and waterways of the world,” said John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises.To learn more about Star Breeze and Star Legend itineraries, go to windstarcruises.com. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Quest Apartment Hotels NZ unveils expansion plans

first_imgQuest New Zealand CEO Stephen MansfieldQuest Apartment Hotels (NZ) currently operates 35 properties in New Zealand and Fiji under its business franchise format.The group is looking to add another 20 purpose-built operations over the next five years, which will take the total number of Quest properties in New Zealand and Fiji to 55.The group has released its five-year growth strategy, showing the new properties will be in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Nadi. Quest has been growing 10-15 percent per annum, year on year, since opening its first New Zealand property in 1998.New Zealand CEO, Stephen Mansfield, says the experience of working in New Zealand and the Pacific, along with feedback from Quest customers has helped identify locations for the future properties.“Over the past decade, Quest has focused on getting established in the main centres of New Zealand, as well as all of the key regions,” Mr Mansfield said.“The national framework  is now complete and over the next five years our focus is on increasing density in the main centres.”Quest anticipates the new developments will add around $200 million in value to the existing property that is under the Quest system.Once the properties are complete, it will boost the total value of property under the Quest network in New Zealand and Fiji to an estimated $550 million.“We are currently working with finance institutions and developers to help us achieve this goal and to assist in establishing the best complexes and locations to meet our customers’ needs,” Mr Mansfield said.“The domestic corporate market is set to grow and we see many positive trends in the tourism and hospitality sectors that makes us very optimistic about the future. Now is the perfect time for Quest to expand its network to meet this demand.”One of those trends is the growth in the millennial business traveller, which was one of the key motivators of Quest’s rebrand last year.“We have ambitious growth plans over the next five years but we remain firmly committed to our core focus of meeting the needs of the extended-stay business traveller,” Mansfield says.With plans to open a second property in Fiji, Mansfield says Quest’s current property in Suva has escaped any major damage after Cyclone Winston hit the Pacific Island nation on Saturday night. Quest Suva remains open to guests as staff clean up after the powerful storm.“The property has no significant damage and all staff and guests have been accounted for and are safe,” he said.“We are working with our staff and managers in Suva to assess and quickly fix any damage that may have been caused by the storm.” Quest Apartment Hotels Source = Quest Apartment Hotelslast_img read more

Brian is pouring a batch of plaster 67 consisten

first_imgBrian is pouring a batch of plaster. 67% consistency, a ratio of 2 lbs of water to 3 lbs of plaster, hand mixed mindfully. This photo illustrates the multiple stages of our process, and Paolo gracing our moment, Grazie! Creative Genius!, it is an honor to continue this work, with his blessing, his input and insight. Paolo Soleri wind bells, Bravissimo! Creative process … nothing quite like it. Working with energy  that comes from within and through our hands into form, into the world.center_img March 9, 2012Paolo Soleri is an inspiration to me. His foundational approach to ceramics is rooted in an understanding of elemental materials. EARTH AIR WATER FIRE / ALCHEMY. Combining ideas, impulse, creative spark … designing with materials ancient, timeless, present and lasting.[text by David Hutchens]last_img read more

UK connected TV platform YouView is to launch a ma

first_imgUK connected TV platform YouView is to launch a major recruitment drive that it says will expand its technology team by over 50%.The platform, which is backed by the UK’s major free-to-air broadcasters, transmission services provider Arqiva and telecom service providers BT and TalkTalk, is to add over 50 developers, test engineers and project managers over the next 12 months in a drive to “spearhead the next stages of pioneering connected TV development”, YouView said.According to YouView, new staff will work on technlogies including HTML5 and cloud-based services.YouView’s recruitment drive is kicking off this weekend at the Silicon Milkroundabout, a technology recruitment fair running on May 10-11 in East London.YouView is now present in over one million UK homes, the vast majority subscribing to services from BT and TalkTalk.“YouView is a young, ambitious company creating products that are used by millions of customers. We’re looking for talented people who can bring new ideas to our tech teams and help create the consumer devices, mobile apps and highly scalable network services that will continue to move YouView forward,” said Piers Lomax, head of engineering, YouView.last_img read more

North West Regional College Lecturer in Hospitalit

first_img North West Regional College Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering John Crowe, who was awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality, pictured with Peter Ducker, sponsor, Michael Cafolla, chair of the Institute of Hospitality and UTV presenter Pamela Ballantine.AN award winning chef at North West Regional College (NWRC) has been named ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality. (IoH)John Crowe, who coordinates the Professional Chef Diploma Programme at NWRC picked up the gong at a Gala ceremony hosted by Pamela Ballantine at Belfast’s Titanic.The awards recognise hard working managers who have demonstrated significant achievement in the hospitality and tourism sector. “The Professional Chef Diploma courses which I teach actively encourage progression to appropriate career pathways.”Congratulating John, Principal and Chief Executive of North West Regional College Leo Murphy said:“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the lecturers at the college. We are delighted with this success for John and the college, reflecting the high quality of teaching that we are so rightly proud of.”For information on courses in the Hospitality department at NWRC please log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk/hospitalityNWRC’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARD was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Since he first joined NWRC in 2006, John Crowe has worked tirelessly to develop his students and the college , with a wide range of projects and initiatives, developing modern educational concepts that help shape future chefs.The accolade comes just months after the Tipperary native picked up the PACE (Professional Association for Catering Education) award for Innovative Teaching Concepts, which recognised John’s use of new technologies in teaching kitchens, through a specially designed App he designed that supports blended learning.The local lecturer said he was delighted to win the award.He added: “Working in education has been my focus over many years, working on a wide range of projects to help shape the future generation. ERIN HUTCHEONJOHN CROWELEO MURPHYNorth West Regional CollegeNWRC’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARDlast_img read more

Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading y

first_imgDoug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in heeding Doug’s advice. This is because it’s a fundamental step towards minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain… especially those under a desperate (fiscally or otherwise) government. Here are the top six reasons why everyone needs a second passport. Reason #1: More Internationalization Options Obtaining a second passport can literally open the door to a world of internationalization options for your assets and income that are off limits to citizens of certain countries. This is especially true for Americans, who are often treated as if they have the plague when they attempt to open foreign financial accounts and are increasingly being forced to close the ones they already have. Due to the ever-growing pile of regulations, foreign banks and brokerages are making the logical business decision that the costs of compliance outweigh any benefits of having Americans as clients. Opening a foreign financial account as an American citizen ranges from being impossible to very difficult in most circumstances. When you consider the totality of it, these vast regulations amount to a soft form of capital controls, which will likely turn into overt capital controls at some point in the future. Obtaining a second passport can also make purchasing real estate in foreign countries easier. For example, while it is an excellent place to consider for a bolt-hole, Switzerland is a notoriously difficult place for a foreigner to purchase real estate. However, certain foreigners (EU citizens) have fewer restrictions imposed on them others. Reason #2: More Visa-Free Travel One characteristic of a good passport is how much visa-free travel it allows. Applying for a visa that has to be approved before your trip (as opposed to being able to obtain it at the border) is a real hassle. Having to jump through hoops in advance of a trip can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and costly process. Brazil, Chile, and Argentina all collect a visa fee (of about US$160) from travelers who present a US passport. According to a recent study, Finnish and Swedish passports offer visa-free travel to the most countries. Not surprisingly, a country like Afghanistan has one of the least useful passports. You can find more information on this study as well as the rankings of countries according to the visa-free access of their passports here. Reason #3: Avoid Foreign Policy Blowback If your home government has developed a bad habit of sticking its nose in the internal affairs of other nations, it could make you a target should you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like an upscale shopping mall in Kenya in late September 2013. There are, of course, passports that have minimal foreign policy blowback risk. For example, when was the last time you saw Swiss passport holders targeted? Reason #4: Preempt Travel/People Controls A second passport can also come in handy when a government decides to starting treating its own citizens as beef cows instead of milking cows (i.e., when they need more soldiers for war) or if passport restrictions and other types of people controls are implemented. In any case, it prevents your home government from basically placing you under house arrest by revoking or cancelling your passport for any reason it sees fit. The Syrian government, for example, previously refused to renew the passports of Syrians abroad whom it suspected of being associated with the opposition. This is not surprising and should have been completely predictable. Any government could and would behave in a similar manner as they all have the ability to revoke the citizenship and/or passport of their citizens at a moment’s notice under any pretext that they find convenient. Just look at how the US cancelled Edward Snowden’s passport by fiat. It is not inconceivable that the US government would make it more difficult for Ron Paul supporters and libertarians to travel internationally one day in the future. Heck, they have already taken the first step and labeled them potential domestic terrorists. The bottom line is that if you hold political views that the establishment of your home government does not like, don’t be surprised when they decide to restrict your travel options. In this case, having the political diversification that comes from having a second passport is even more important. Reason #5: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee It’s like how the old Tom Petty song goes… “You don’t have to live like a refugee.” Having a second passport ensures that you will always have another place to potentially call home, another place where you will always have the legal right to live and work. In worst case scenarios, a second passport guarantees that once you get out of Dodge, you won’t have to live like a refugee. Having citizenship in another country gives you the legal right to live and work there and possibly other countries. EU citizens have the right to live and work in the 28 member countries. Reason #6: Renunciation In all likelihood, you will need a second passport should you decide to take the drastic step of renouncing your citizenship. This allows you to reap huge tax and regulatory benefits if your home country burdens its citizens with suffocating and inescapable tax policies. It should be noted that the US has what amounts to an “exit tax” for citizens who renounce and meet certain conditions. This puts a premium on renouncing before you qualify to be stung with the “exit tax.” It is an especially attractive option for entrepreneurial and internationally-mobile young Americans who have a large portion of their potential earnings still in the future. Of course, few will actually follow the path of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin or singer Tina Turner and take the extreme step of renunciation. And you certainly don’t need to. There are MANY other ways you can internationalize and reduce your political risk. Not Easy, But Necessary Unfortunately, there are no paths to obtaining a legitimate second passport that are at the same time fast, easy, and inexpensive. However this does not diminish the necessity of doing so. Political risk is growing in most parts of the world (especially the West). This is especially true for countries in deteriorating fiscal health, which will predictably turn to increasing measures to squeeze their citizenry for every penny they can get away with. You have probably noticed there is a lot of misinformation and bad advice out there regarding second passports, which, if followed, could likely end up causing you significant problems and limiting your options. Your goal should be the opposite: minimizing your problems and expanding your options. It is essential in these shark-infested waters to have a trusted resource like Casey Research to provide you with reliable information. You can find our top picks for the best countries to obtain a second passport in and how to do it here.last_img read more

Theres no doubt that surgically implanted medical

first_imgThere’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives.Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize spines and broken bones.But implanted devices can also do serious damage, as happened to Mechel Keel, who lives in Owosso, Mich.To fix her leaky bladder, an OB-GYN stitched a flexible mesh strap inside her pelvis in 2004. But within months the mesh hardened and started cutting her insides.The pain kept her from returning to her job as a hairdresser. The injuries and scar tissue that developed required multiple surgeries to correct and also resulted in chronic infections.Keel says she understands why her doctor in Tennessee thought the high-tech mesh would help. But she also now feels like she was “a guinea pig.””We were the testers,” she says. “There was no animal testing done. We were the animals.”Thousands of cases of complications from surgical mesh have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration. More and more ailments are being treated these days with medical devices, including implants. And most of these medical devices, unlike pills in a medicine cabinet, don’t go through human testing before being offered to patients.But some devices break down or malfunction in people’s bodies, and reports about sometimes debilitating injuries have led the FDA to rethink how it assesses medical devices before allowing them to be sold.For devices in which failure is obviously life-threatening, regulators have required some sort of human testing as part of the most stringent path — known as premarket approval. But most medical devices enter the market after manufacturers provide technical information and show that the devices are similar to others that have been legally sold previously.The FDA has acknowledged that some seemingly safe devices have caused major problems, and the agency has elevated the risk level of those products following reports of injuries, as it did with urogynecologic surgical mesh for some uses in 2016. “Unfortunately, the FDA cannot always know the full extent of the benefits and risks of a device before it reaches the market,” the agency said in a recent statement.”We have things like metal-on-metal hips,” says health journalist Jeanne Lenzer about a kind of orthopedic implant. “Outside the body, [they] seem to function just fine. They put them in little machines, rack them back and forth — they don’t break. [But] put them inside people, and something very different happens.”There have been massive recalls of hip implants, for example, due to devices causing swelling and pain. And there have been problems with weakened bones in patients who received hip implants that contained plastic.Lenzer wrote a scathing book titled The Danger Within Us about the device industry and says she was “dumbfounded” to find out how many devices never went through human testing the way drugs do.That’s in part because of a regulatory review process known as 510(k) for a section of the FDA law covering medical devices. Manufacturers typically show their product has “substantial equivalence” to a “predicate device” that has already been legally marketed.That standard can perpetuate problems. “You just say your device is like an old device, and the old device was never tested nor was your device,” Lenzer says.In practice, sometimes the basis for a whole family tree of devices turns out to be defective. Pelvic mesh is a relevant example, with much of what’s on the market being based on mesh that was around prior to implementation of FDA regulations for medical devices in 1976. One study found that 16 percent of mesh on the market was designed like products that had been pulled from the market because of safety concerns.Thousands of women, including Keel, have filed suit — or reached settlements — with medical device companies that manufacture pelvic mesh.”I would want nothing if you could just give me my life back,” says Gloria Jones of Hillsdale, Mich., who is one of thousands who’ve settled with device manufacturers over faulty mesh. “They could have given me millions, but all I needed was my life back.”Jones, who has struggled to continue working through crippling abdominal pain as a middle school special education teaching assistant, has had four surgeries to remove pieces and continues to require intravenous drugs to control infections.”It seems like I get off one antibiotic, and three days later, I have another one,” she says. “I would beg anybody who is even thinking of putting mesh in their bodies to stop and get a second opinion.”In response to problems reported with mesh, the FDA started requiring human testing for some of these products in recent years. The agency held an advisory committee meeting on Feb. 12 to discuss the safety and effectiveness of mesh and how it should be regulated.Manufacturers by and large have said they don’t oppose what the FDA is trying to do, calling the changes reasonable. But they have pushed back against calls to bring regulation of medical devices in line with that of pharmaceuticals.”If you’re treating someone for high cholesterol, the testing that you go through to ensure safety and effectiveness on a chemical that’s going to be used in your body to control your cholesterol is just very different than it would be for the implantation of a heart valve,” says Scott Whitaker, CEO of AdvaMed, a trade association for medical device companies. “Honestly, it’s apples and oranges.”Whitaker dismisses the idea that devices, which range from tongue depressors to surgical robots, should all go through human trials.”Testing should be as complete and as thorough and as ethical and as appropriate as possible. But it doesn’t all fit the same and can’t all fit the same standard,” Whitaker says. “And while we always strive for 100 percent, there are times when something might not go according to plan. It could also be because the surgery didn’t go as was planned.”The FDA declined NPR’s request for an interview. But the agency has released some written justification for the regulatory revamp.”We believe firmly in the merits of the 510(k) process,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a November statement, noting that applications have more than doubled in size to an average of 1,185 pages. “But we also believe that framework needs to be modernized to reflect advances in technology, safety and the capabilities of a new generation of medical devices.”In the same statement, the agency addressed some specific shortcomings and charted plans to make changes to the process over the next few months:Pushing back on manufacturers that base any new device’s marketing application on one that’s more than 10 years oldMore actively watching how devices perform once they’re on the market, rather than relying on patients to report problemsScrapping the 510(k) name for something more descriptive, the “Safety and Performance Based Pathway”Dr. Michael Matheny, a Vanderbilt University professor who tracks medical devices, approves of the FDA’s incremental approach and calls it thoughtful.”It would really be unfortunate if patients wouldn’t consider any medical devices at all to be used in their bodies,” Matheny says. “But I do think being aware that there’s nothing without risk is also important.”Matheny notes, though, that in some ways the risks can be more profound for devices than medication. If the FDA recalls pills, a patient can at least stop taking them immediately, he says. With implanted devices, patients are sort of stuck, at least for a while — and that’s if surgeons can even safely remove them.This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes Nashville Public Radio, NPR and Kaiser Health News. You can follow Blake Farmer on Twitter: @flakebarmer. Copyright 2019 WPLN. To see more, visit WPLN.last_img read more

Weed use is taking off as more states move to lega

first_imgWeed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it’s starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode. Several past studies have found that more frequent use of pot is associated with a higher risk of psychosis, that is, when someone loses touch with reality. Now a new study published Tuesday in the The Lancet Psychiatry shows that consuming pot on a daily basis and especially using high potency cannabis increases the odds of having a psychotic episode later. “This is more evidence that the link between cannabis and psychosis matters,” says Krista M. Lisdahl, a clinical neuropsychologist at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, who wasn’t involved in the study.The study authors consider “high potency cannabis” to be products with more than 10 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the compound responsible for the drug’s psychoactive effects. The fact that consuming high THC cannabis products has a greater risk is concerning, Lisdahl says, because these products are more common in the market now.The study also shows that three European cities — London, Paris and Amsterdam — where high potency weed is most commonly available actually have higher rates of new cases of psychosis than the other cities in the study. The researchers identified 901 people aged 18 to 64 who were diagnosed with their first episode of psychosis between May 2010 and April 2015, at a mental health facility anywhere in 11 cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, other cities across Europe, and one site in Brazil.The researchers then asked these individuals and a control group of 1,200-plus other healthy people about their habits, including their use of weed. “We asked people if they used cannabis, when did they start using it and what kind of cannabis,” explains study author Marta Di Forti, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at King’s College London. People reported the names of weed strains they used, like skunk in the U.K., or the Dutch Nederwiet, which allowed the researchers to identify the THC content in each product through data gathered by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction and national data from the different countries. The study found that those who used pot daily were three times more likely to have a psychotic episode compared to someone who never used the drug. Those who started using cannabis at the age of 15 or less had a slightly more elevated risk than those who started using in later years. Use of high potency weed almost doubled the odds of having psychosis compared to someone who had never smoked weed, explains Di Forti. And for those who used high potency pot on a daily basis, the risk of psychosis was even greater — four times greater than those who had never used. The easy availability of high-THC weed is a recent phenomenon, she notes. “Almost twenty years ago, there wasn’t much high potency cannabis available [in the market].” One recent study showed that high potency cannabis is increasingly dominating markets. It found that the average potency of weed in Europe and the U.S. in 2017 was 17.1 percent, up from 8.9 percent in 2008. And some products can be even more potent. For example, in the Netherlands, the THC content of one product that’s gained popularity, locally produced Dutch resin Nederhasj, can be as high as 67 percent. “What this paper has done that’s really nice is they look at rates of psychosis and cannabis use in lots of different places where underlying rates of psychosis are different,” says Suzanne Gage, a psychologist and epidemiologist at the University of Liverpool, who wrote a commentary linked to the study in The Lancet Psychiatry. This allowed the researchers to compare incidence of psychosis with the availability and use of high THC cannabis in the different cities, she says. The study found that the three European cities — London, Paris and Amsterdam — had the highest rates of new diagnoses of psychosis — 45.7 per 100,000 person-years in London, 46.1 in Paris and 37.9 in Amsterdam. These are also cities where high potency weed is most easily available and commonly used.Other European cities in Spain, Italy and France on the other hand have less than 10 percent THC content in most popular cannabis products on the market. These cities also have lower rates of new psychosis diagnosis, according to the study. “One of the things that’s really novel is that they could show that variation of use and potency of cannabis was related to rates of first-episode psychosis,” says Lisdahl. One critique of the theory that weed contributes to psychosis risk has been that while more people are using weed worldwide, there hasn’t been a corresponding rise in rates of psychosis, explains Gage. But the new study shows that cities with more easily available high THC weed do have a higher rate of new diagnoses of psychosis. “That’s a really interesting finding and that’s not something anyone has done before,” she adds. However, the study doesn’t prove causality, cautions Dr. Diana Martinez, a psychiatrist and addiction researcher at Columbia University. “You can’t say that cannabis causes psychosis,” she says. “It’s simply not supported by the data,” she says. Lisdahl agrees. In order to show causality, one would have to follow people over time — before they started using weed to years later when they have their psychotic episodes, she says. “You need twins in the studies, you need genetic information,” among all other kinds of data, she says. Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar are complicated, “multi-faceted disorders,” notes Gage. “In all psychotic disorders, there is this multiple hit hypothesis,” says Martinez. Many factors influence whether and how these disorders manifest. Genetics is known to play a major role, as are a host of environmental factors. “Children who have risk of schizophrenia but grow up in stable homes…they may not go on to develop schizophrenia,” she adds. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, which is funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health is attempting to tease out the various influences, says Lisdahl. “The NIH has now invested in that question.” In the meantime, the new findings should be of interest to anyone using cannabis, says study author Di Forti. “There are people across the world who use cannabis for a variety of reasons,” she says. “Some of them recreationally, some of them for medicinal purposes.” They should be aware that using high potency cannabis comes with a risk, she says. “They need to know what to look for and ask for help, if they come across characteristics of a psychotic disorder,” she adds. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. President’s Day Electronics Sales: TVs, Laptops and More Sales February 16, 2017 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Save big ahead of President’s Day with these deals from our partners at TechBargains. 3 min read –shares Next Article Featured dealsDell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 1080p 15.6″ Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $899.99 (use code: M51GTMF?VFBFP3 — list price $1350).Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core Win10 Pro Desktop for $499.99 (use code: XPS499 — list price $749.99).Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Head & Eye Tracker PC Gaming & Input Periphral (Works on Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex & more) for $109.99 (use code: EYE40 — list price $149.99).Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + Bonus Controller for $249.99.Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + $50 Dell Gift Card for $249.99.See Dell’s Entire Presidents’ Day Sale with Doorbuster and moreBose SoundTrue Around Ear Wired Headphones for $89.99 (list price $119.99).Nucleus Anywhere Video Intercom with Amazon Alexa for $149 (list price $249).Laptop and desktop computersDell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i3-5005U 15.6″ Win7 Pro Laptop for $299.00 (use code: LT299 — list price $475.85).New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ 4GB GTX 1050Ti for $849.99 (list price $899.99).Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop with Windows 10 for $149.99 (list price $249.99).Dell PowerEdge T130 Intel Celeron G3900 Dual-Core Server Desktop (4GB/500GB) $229.00 (use code: SERVER200 — list price $429).1-Year NordVPN Anonymous VPN Service (PCmag Editor’s Choice) for $48 (use code: GEEK50 — list price ).Ultimate Web Hosting Package: Domain, Hosting, and Unlimited Email for $3/month at HostGator.For more Computer deals, visit TechBargains.HDTVs and home entertainmentVizio M50-D1 50″ 4K 120Hz Effective HDTV w/ HDR + Tablet Remote + $250 Dell Gift Card for $649.99.Vizio P55-C1 55″ 4K 120Hz HDR Full-Array LED Home Theater Display w/ 126 Dimming Zones + $400 Dell Gift Card for $1099.99.LG 32LH550B 32″ 720p LED LCD HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card for $209.Vizio SB4051-D5 Smartcast 40″ 5.1ch Slim Sound Bar System w/ Wireless Subwoofer + $150 Dell GC for $429.98.Electronics and componentsKingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Annke 720p Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio for $45.59 (use code: GL9KXACE — list price $59.99).Seagate SkyHawk 2TB 3.5″ Internal SATA Surveillence Hard Drive for $63.99 (list price $98.89).WEme Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 to DVI Adapter for $3.96 (use code: QD5RL8F7 — list price $9.99).10 LED Solar Waterproof Wireless Motion Sensor Lights (2-pk) for $11.99 (use code: I8PFAJ4E — list price $18.99).Magicfly Wireless Doorbell w/ 52 Chimes & Remote for $9.74 (use code: YPIAWTUS — list price $12.99).For more Electronics deals, visit TechBargains.Home and miscellaneousUdemy $10 Online Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games, iOS or Android Apps, Project Management, Network Certifications and more.Bosch Icon Windshield Wiper Blades Sale – from $12.29 to $20.23 with 15% off Subscribe & Save (Lowest prices of the season).Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Gooloo Portable DC 12V Car Air Compressor Pump for $23.75 (use code: IP84QAXY — list price $32.99).For more great deals, check out TechBargains.last_img read more

Tips for Mastering EMail Overload

first_img Tips for Mastering E-Mail Overload Setting a good example only goes so far. You also have to train others explicitly. Explain to them that you’re putting some systems in place to help you manage your e-mail overload. Ask for their help, and know that they’re secretly envying your strength of character. Apply Now » Check e-mail at defined times each day.We hate telemarketers during dinner, so why do we tolerate e-mail when we’re trying to get something useful done? Turn off your e-mail “autocheck,” and only check e-mail two or three times a day, by hand. Let people know that if they need to reach you instantly, e-mail isn’t the way. When it’s e-mail processing time, however, shut the office door, turn off the phone, and blast through the messages. If your e-mail inbox is threatening to take over your entire workday, this ultimate how-to will teach you to deal effectively with the information onslaught. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Answer briefly.When someone sends you a 10-page missive, reply with three words. “Yup, great idea.” You’ll quickly train people not to expect huge answers from you, and you can then proceed to answer at your leisure in whatever format works best for you. If your e-mail volume starts getting very high, you’ll have no choice. Stever Robbins Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Use a paper “response list” to triage messages before you do any follow-up.The solution to e-mail overload is pencil and paper? Who knew? Grab a legal pad and label it “Response list.” Run through your incoming e-mails. For each, note on the paper what you have to do or whom you have to call. Resist the temptation to respond immediately. If there’s important reference information in the e-mail, drag it to your Reference folder. Otherwise, delete it. Zip down your entire list of e-mails to generate your response list. Then, zip down your response list and actually do the follow-ups. Separate topics into separate e-mails…up to a point. If someone sends a message addressing a dozen topics, some of which you can respond to now and some of which you can’t, send a dozen responses–one for each topic. That way, each thread can proceed unencumbered by the others.Do this when mixing controversy with mundania. That way, the mundane topics can be taken care of quietly, while the flame wars can happen separately.Bad Mixing of ItemsWe need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Speaking of which, I was thinking–do you think we should fire Sandy?Good Mixing of ItemsMessage #1: We need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Message #2: Sandy’s missed a lot of deadlines recently. Do you think termination is in order?Combine separate points into one message. Sometimes the problem is the opposite–sending 500 tiny messages a day will overload someone, even if the intent is to reduce this by creating separate threads. If you’re holding a dozen open conversations with one person, the slowness of typing is probably substantial overhead. Jot down all your main points on a piece of (gasp) paper, pick up the phone and call the person to discuss those points. I guarantee you’ll save a ton of time. How to Read and Receive E-Mail Ignore it.Yes, ignore e-mail. If something’s important, you’ll hear about it again. Trust me. And people will gradually be trained to pick up the phone or drop by if they have something to say. After all, if it’s not important enough for them to tear their gaze away from the hypnotic world of Microsoft Windows, it’s certainly not important enough for you to take the time to read. Send out delayed responses.Type your response directly, but schedule it to be sent out in a few days. This works great for conversations that are nice but not terribly urgent. By inserting a delay in each go-around, you both get to breath easier. >(In Outlook, choose “Options” when composing a message and select “do not deliver before.” In Eudora, hold down the Shift key as you click “Send.”) Train people to be relevant.If you’re constantly copied on things, begin replying to e-mails that aren’t relevant with the single word: “Relevant?” Of course, you explain that this is a favor to them. Now, they can learn what is and isn’t relevant to you. Beforehand, tell them the goal is to calibrate relevance, not to criticize or put them down and encourage them to send you relevancy challenges as well. Pretty soon, you’ll be so well trained you’ll be positively productive! Charge people for sending you messages.One CEO I’ve worked with charges staff members five dollars from their budget for each e-mail she receives. Amazingly, her overload has gone down, the relevance of e-mails has gone up, and the senders are happy, too, because the added thought often results in them solving more problems on their own. Growth Strategies –shares Edit forwarded messages. For goodness sake, if someone sends you a message, don’t forward it along without editing it. Make it appropriate for the ultimate recipient, and make sure it doesn’t get the original sender in trouble.Bad ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border. Bill probably won’t mind; his design sense is so garish he’ll approve anything.Good ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border.When scheduling a call or conference, include the topic in the invitation. It helps people prioritize and manage their calendar more effectively.Bad E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.Good E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to review demo presentation.Make your e-mail one page or less. Make sure the meat of your e-mail is visible in the preview pane of your recipient’s mailer. That means the first two paragraphs should have the meat. Many people never read past the first screen, and very few read past the third. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge .Being the owner of your own business, everyone wants a piece of you. So they send you e-mail. It makes you feel important. Don’t you love it? Really? Then, please take some of mine! More than 100 real e-mails come in each day. At three minutes apiece, it will take five hours just to read and respond. Let’s not even think about the messages that take six minutes of work to deal with. Shudder. I’m buried in e-mail and chances are, you’re not far behind. For whatever reason, everyone feels compelled to keep you “in the loop.”Fortunately, being buried alive under electronic missives forced me to develop coping strategies. Let me share some of the nonobvious ones with you. Together, maybe we can start a revolution. Readers Now Bear the BurdenBefore e-mail, senders shouldered the burden of mail. Writing, stamping and mailing a letter was a lot of work. Plus, each new addressee meant more postage, so we thought hard about whom to send things to. (Is it worth spending 32 cents for Loren to read this letter? Nah..)E-mail bludgeoned that system in no time. With free sending to an infinite number of people now a reality, every little thought and impulse becomes instant communication. Our most pathetic meanderings become deep thoughts that we happily blast to six dozen colleagues who surely can’t wait. On the receiving end, we collect these gems of wisdom from the dozens around us. The result: Inbox overload.(“But my incoming e-mail is important,” you cry. Don’t fool yourself. Time how long you spend at your inbox. Multiply by your per-minute wage (divide your yearly salary by 120,000 to get your per-minute wage) to find out just how much money you spend on e-mail. If you can justify that expense, far out–you’re one of the lucky ones. But for many, incoming e-mail is a money suck. Bonus challenge: Do this calculation companywide.)Taming e-mail means training the senders to put the burden of quality back on themselves. How You Can Send Better E-MailWhat’s the best way to train everyone around you to better e-mail habits? You guessed it: You go first. First, you say, “In order for me to make you more productive, I’m going to adopt this new policy to lighten your load.” Demonstrate a policy for a month, and if people like it, ask them to start doing it too.Use a subject line to summarize, not describe. People scan their inbox by subject. Make your subject rich enough that your readers can decide whether it’s relevant. The best way to do this is to summarize your message in your subject.Bad Subject LineSubject: Deadline discussionGood Subject LineSubject: Recommend we ship product April 25thGive your reader full context at the start of your message. Too many messages forwarded to you start with an answer–“Yes! I agree. Apples are definitely the answer”–without offering context. We must read seven included messages, notice that we were copied, and try to figure out what apples are the answer to. Even worse, we don’t really know if we should care. Oops! We just noticed there are ten messages about apples. One of the others says “Apples are definitely not the answer.” And another says, “Didn’t you get my message about apples?” But which message was sent first? And which was in response to which? ARGH!It’s very, very difficult to get to the core of the issue.You’re probably sending e-mail because you’re deep in thought about something. Your reader is too, only they’re deep in thought about something else. Even worse, in a multiperson conversation, messages and replies may arrive out of order. And no, it doesn’t help to include the entire past conversation when you reply; it’s rude to force someone else to wade through ten screens of messages because you’re too lazy to give them context. So, start off your messages with enough context to orient your reader.Bad E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity driveYes, apples are definitely the answer.Good E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity drive.You asked if we want apple pie. Yes, apples are definitely the answer.When you copy lots of people (a heinous practice that should be used sparingly), mark out why each person should care. Just because you send a message to six poor co-workers doesn’t mean all six know what to do when they get it. Ask yourself why you’re sending to each recipient, and let them know at the start of the message what they should do with it. Big surprise, but this also forces you to consider why you’re including each person.Bad CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneThe website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Good CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneAG: DECISION NEEDED. Get marketing to approve the draftBF: PLEASE VERIFY. Does the slogan capture our branding?CR: FYI, if we need a redesign, your project will slip.The website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Use separate messages rather than bcc (blind carbon copy). If you bcc someone “just to be safe,” think again. Ask yourself what you want the “copied” person to know, and send a separate message if needed. Yes, it’s more work for you, but if we all do it, it’s less overload.Bad BCCTo: FredBcc: ChrisPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.Good BCCTo: FredPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.To: ChrisPlease reserve the conference room for me and Fred today at 2:00 p.m.Make action requests clear. . If you want things to get done, say so. Clearly. There’s nothing more frustrating as a reader than getting copied on an e-mail and finding out three weeks later that someone expected you to pick up the project and run with it. Summarize action items at the end of a message so everyone can read them at one glance. Understand how people prefer to be reached and how quickly they respond. Some people are so buried under e-mail that they can’t reply quickly. If something’s important, use the phone or make a follow-up phone call. Do it politely; a delay may not be personal. It might be that someone’s overloaded. If you have time-sensitive information, don’t assume people have read the e-mail you sent three hours ago rescheduling the meeting that takes place in five minutes. Pick up the phone and call. Your Only Solution Is to Take ActionYeah, yeah, you have a million reasons why these ideas can never work in your workplace. Hogwash. I use every one of them and can bring at least a semblance of order to my inbox. So choose a technique and start applying it. While you practice, I’ll be on vacation, accumulating a 2,000 message backlog for when I get home. If you want to know how well I cope, just send along an e-mail and ask….Stever Robbins is an authority on overwhelm in the workplace. A veteran of nine startups (can you say: overwhelm to the max?) over 25 years, Stever co-designed the “Foundations” segment of Harvard’s MBA program. He is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization, and has appeared on CNN-fn and in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Harvard Business Review. Stever and his monthly newsletter can be found at http://SteverRobbins.com/. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more

To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats

first_img –shares June 16, 2015 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats Add to Queue Apps 2 min read Image credit: Yo Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 Remember Yo? Launched a year ago, the app’s premise is ridiculously simple: It sends the word “Yo” to contacts who also have the app installed.That was the old Yo, though.Since its launch and having raised a miraculous $1.5 million from investors, the app has attempted a pivot into usefulness, allowing users to “Yo” a host of developers and publishers and receive notifications on everything from breaking news to nearby restaurant recommendations. But the company wasn’t done with its overhaul.Yesterday, in line with this move towards relevance, the app launched an updated version. Dubbed Yo 2.0, it includes a redesigned interface along with new features such as “Yo Groups,” which enables users to blast out Yo’s, photos or locations to multiple people at once, and “Yo Anyone,” which lets users send SMS Yo’s to contacts who do not have the Yo app.Related: New Messaging App ‘Tap’ Aims to Be Even Simpler Than ‘Yo’While Yo 2.0 is arguably more useful than the original Yo — admittedly not a hard bar to clear –the new features don’t make the app that much less silly, really. How many circumstances require sending a location pin drop or a selfie blast to a group of friends? As with the original Yo, the applications are suspiciously limited.Maybe that can be fixed? Yo co-founder Danny Hakimian told Mashable that in the future, he hopes to work with third-party apps to personalize the Yo experience for individual users.“Down the line it could be that I Yo you my location and there’s an option to order a Uber to that location,” he told the outlet, although there are no plans, as of yet, to partner with Uber. “Or use your current context or previous interests. We can make the notification smarter than it already is.”Is it possible to contextualize a Yo into relevance? Looks like Yo’s team won’t rest until they find out.Related: The ‘Yo’ Explosion Comes Full Circle: Viral App Gets HackedFollow Entrepreneur on Yo and get the week’s top story every Thursday, delivered straight to your device. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Laura Entislast_img read more

What You Can Learn About Creativity From This FutureReady Classroom

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Technology Image credit: ThingSpace via PC Mag Add to Queue ThingSpace at Columbia University’s Teachers College is rethinking how to merge technology and art in one space.center_img Digital Strategist and Technology Columnist –shares Sophia Stuart It seems obvious once you think about it. But if STEAM (which adds art and design to the usual science, technology, engineering and math mix) is really going to take hold in the education system, classrooms themselves need an overhaul. The current setup, with desks facing a teacher and whiteboard, doesn’t allow the mind to roam or hands-on experimentation to take place.Those within the Arts and Humanities Department at Columbia University’s Teachers College are already thinking about this issue with a prototype learning environment known as ThingSpace, located deep in the basement of Macy Hall.It’s all part of a new approach for next-gen educators at the venerable Manhattan institution. A new crop of students have signed up for Advanced Certificate: Creative Technologies to learn how to preside over these new spaces, and they’ve all just arrived for the fall semester.PCMag went to the ThingSpace to meet Angela Allmond, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College specializing in art classroom design strategies, as she put up and painted the last shelves (Federated Blue HGSW1322, Sherwin Williams and a custom mix of what was left from last semester).”I’m actually writing my dissertation on studio spaces and how they meet the needs of students and teachers,” Allmond told PCMag. “My interest in this emerging discipline is also why I was hired to renovate this phased project as we re-imagine this whole venture.”The first thing that strikes you as you enter the ThingSpace is the lighting. It’s bright but there are no buzzing fluorescents overhead. “We switched out traditional strips for daylight sustainable energy bulbs,” confirmed Allmond.Though it previously served as a traditional sculpture studio, ThingSpace doesn’t look anything like a single purpose workshop. Remember those? Instead, everything is on display at ThingSpace. You can pick up Arduinos and fiddle with old electrical casings from vintage TVs. Maybe you paint or sculpt, but it’s all there, in a wide open airy space, carefully marked and on open shelves, from Makey Makeys to an assortment of steampunk and Maker Movement hand-craft tools.There’s a flexible work area for computer stations (loaded up with SketchUp for 3D modeling), a Poulan industrial size chain saw, DeWALT table saw, drill press, laser cutter and 3D printers; a CNC router is on its way. There are digital sewing machines for textile creation (cue the conductive thread possibilities) alongside very traditional tools (such as chisels) if students want them.”It’s all about creating a space that invites students to try new materials,” Allmond said. “Or that compels them to explore the range of possibility that exists across media choices, often tempting them to bridge the gap between ‘tried and true’ traditional materials and the many new and emerging possibilities brought about by the ever-changing and advancing digital technologies that permeate the 21st century.”As an educator in the classroom, I’ve often delighted in watching a student start an art class with no real idea of what to do, but eventually be drawn in by the ‘stuff’ of artmaking, from clay to pastels, found objects to 3D printing, and an vast array of compelling materials.”It’s not always easy to think out of the box when it comes to education spaces. As part of her PhD study, Allmond spent time at the Amesbury School in England as it embarked on a multi-million dollar building program.”I’d already started working on defining my research interests and shaping the proposal for my dissertation project, on how students flourish in well-designed creative spaces,” said Allmond. “And it was so useful to be at Amesbury. What I learned there is that if you don’t create these spaces with careful consideration of nuanced use patterns and organize it in a way that invites curiosity and exploration, you’ll get a fabulous building, but will still be cramming in all the same stuff into an area that’s not fit for purpose.”You have to grow into a space, especially a space you’re trying to change to become something else,” Allmond continued. “You have to understand the use of the space and how students are going to move around, generate desire to try new things and work on projects.”The ThingSpace is an imaginative way to inspire a whole new generation of educators and their students. Considering Teachers College is where Georgia O’Keeffe studied from 1914 to 1915, it’s great to know it is still forging individual minds and creative spirits within a future-ready learning environment. September 26, 2016 What You Can Learn About Creativity From This Future-Ready Classroom Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Study shows close link between cytokine interleukin1ß and obesitypromoted colon cancer

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 18 2018A new study describes the mechanistic relationship between the cytokine interleukin-1β, (IL-1β) and obesity, showing that when IL-1β levels are increased in obesity, IL-1 receptor signaling activates multiple pathways leading to colon cancer. The study shows that obesity is linked with systemic increases in IL-1β, activation of Wnt, and proliferation of mouse colon cells, as reported in an article published in Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research (JICR) from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Joel Mason, Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston MA, and colleagues from Tufts University, coauthored the article entitled “Interleukin-1 Signaling Mediates Obesity-Promoted Elevations in Inflammatory Cytokines, Wnt Activation, and Epithelial Proliferation in the Mouse Colon.”Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsThe researchers set out to define the role of IL-1β in mediating the events leading up to obesity-promoted colorectal cancer. They compared the role of IL-1β in mice fed either a high-fat (obese) or low-fat (lean) diet. Among the changes they found were that obese mice had 30-80% greater concentrations of IL-1β in the colonic mucosa, a significant increase in the Wnt signaling cascade, and a significant expansion in the proliferation zone of the colonic crypt.”This study reveals the close linkage of obesity and the inflammatory response and reflects the broad actions of IL-1β that define obesity as one of many inflammatory diseases,” says Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research Editor-in-Chief Michael Gale Jr., Department of Immunology, University of Washington, Center for Innate Immunity and Immune Disease.Source: https://home.liebertpub.com/news/cytokine-mediates-obesity-related-factors-linked-to-colorectal-cancer/2458last_img read more

Researchers developing virtual reality technology to train and evaluate colorectal surgeons

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 6 2019Colorectal surgery is a hands-on activity, but in recent years the effectiveness of traditional assessment methods in evaluating surgeons’ technical skills has been called into question. A team of collaborators with ties to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is responding by pioneering the use of virtual reality technologies to train and objectively evaluate colorectal surgeons without putting any patients at risk.”By developing a virtual reality-based simulator with both visual and touch feedback, we can create a safe educational environment that increases opportunities for colorectal residents to hone their abilities, as well as a way to standardize their training and objectively evaluate their performance without the need for human proctors,” said Suvranu De, the principal investigator on the project and the director of the Rensselaer Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine.Related StoriesBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitScientists discover how resistance to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil arisesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorSupported with more than $2.6 million from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), De’s team is particularly interested in creating virtual training and evaluation tools for the procedures tested in COSATS, the Colorectal Objective Structures Assessment of Technical Skills.In 2014, COSATS became the first technical skill examination used in national surgical board certification. Part of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) examination, the test requires an elaborate setup in which residents must circulate to perform five open surgical tasks and have their work evaluated by board certified surgeons. Some individuals who passed the standard oral and written portions of the ABCRS exam have failed the COSATS.While virtual reality simulation technology has been developed for colonoscopy and laparoscopic surgical procedures, the open surgical procedures such as the ones used in COSATS present a challenge. For example, they require a fully immersive environment that allows them to see and physically interact with the patient’s anatomy and untethered surgical tools.”Our aim is to overcome these challenges and to create entirely new tools for educating surgeons safely and effectively,” De said. “This is a highly multidisciplinary project involving engineering, haptics, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, surgery, and human factors.”In addition to designing, developing, and evaluating the first Virtual Colorectal Surgical Trainer for the five open surgical tasks in the COSATS, the team hopes to create the first Virtual Intelligent Preceptor, which will be an intelligent agent that will help surgeons learn important technical skills.De observed that the team behind the project personifies the academic legacy and continuing collaborations that emanate from Rensselaer. Source:https://news.rpi.edu/content/2019/02/04/interdisciplinary-team-developing-virtual-reality-technology-training-andlast_img read more

Vitamin D deficiency at birth increases risk of high blood pressure in

first_img Children born with low levels of vitamin D had an approximately 60% higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18; Children who had persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Systolic refers to the first or top number in a blood pressure reading. It indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when your heart beats. High systolic blood pressure readings increase the risk of cardiovascular disease even when diastolic blood pressure, the second number in a blood pressure reading, is controlled. Currently, there are no recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to screen all pregnant women and young children for vitamin D levels. Our findings raise the possibility that screening and treatment of vitamin D deficiency with supplementation during pregnancy and early childhood might be an effective approach to reduce high blood pressure later in life.”Guoying Wang, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s lead author and an assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland Related StoriesVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseStudy reveals how habitual smoking may contribute to development of hypertensionGenetic variants may be linked with high blood pressure among blacksWang added that what constitutes optimal circulating vitamin D levels during pregnancy and early childhood remains an active research question, and that their study results need to be replicated in other large populations.Vitamin D is needed for the body to absorb calcium for strong bones. It is made by our bodies when we are exposed to sunlight and found in a few foods, such as eggs, salmon and fortified milk products. It is also available as a vitamin supplement.High blood pressure is a leading, preventable cause of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Along with an increase in obesity among children, the prevalence of high blood pressure in children has been on the rise in recent years, especially among African American children. High blood pressure in childhood is an important risk factor for having high blood pressure and developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Source:American Heart AssociationJournal reference:Wang, G. et al. (2019) Vitamin D Trajectories From Birth to Early Childhood and Elevated Systolic Blood Pressure During Childhood and Adolescence. Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.119.13120.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 1 2019Vitamin D deficiency from birth to early childhood was associated with an increased risk of elevated blood pressure in later childhood and adolescence, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.Researchers followed 775 children from birth to age 18 at the Boston Medical Center. Most lived in a low-income, urban area and 68% of the children were African American. Low vitamin D levels were defined as less than 11 ng/ml (nanograms per millimeter) in cord blood at birth and less than 25 ng/ml in a child’s blood during early childhood.Compared to children who were born with adequate vitamin D levels:last_img read more

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