The Arizona Republic: Survey: Insurance Shortchanging Doctors, Patients NBC News: Hefty Surprise Medical Bills Can Be A Burden For Families According to Consumer Reports, nearly one third of Americans who have visited a hospital in the last year have received a surprise medical bill. In Texas, more than 20 percent of hospitals considered in-network by the top 3 insurers had no in-network emergency room doctors on staff. (Sterns and Capetta, 5/13) Sticker Shock: About One In Three Who Visit Hospital Hit With Surprise Medical Bills As insurers and hospitals point fingers at each other, it’s the patient who ends up paying thousands unexpectedly. In other news, ER doctors weigh in on costs in a survey. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Four out of five emergency-room doctors who responded to an American College of Emergency Physicians survey believe that privately insured patients have skipped needed medical care because of concerns about out-of-pocket costs. (Alltucker, 5/15)
3,000 Miles In A Tesla Model 3 Performance: Video An Up Close Look At The Tesla Model 3 Road Trip Experience Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model 3 Mountain Road Trip Experience: 500 Miles Driven Regardless of the above, if your trip is long enough that it requires multiple charging stops, you will have to plan ahead for the extra time. Once you realize how much money you’ll save, among a long list of other perks of EV ownership, you’ll likely realize the extra time is worth it. YouTuber Andy Slye sets out on a 990-mile road trip to share how much time it takes him to charge, as well as the total cost involved. He notes that he charged the Model 3 four times and averaged about 25 minutes per stop. Total charging time was one hour and 38 minutes, and the 990-mile journey cost him less than $13.Video Description via Andy Slye on YouTube:1,000 Mile Trip in a Tesla Model 3: The TRUTH About ChargingTesla Model 3 road trip test: How it handles 1,000 miles! This is a test to see how my RWD Long Range Model 3 does on a long road trip. Turns out it’s an awesome car for traveling!4 total Supercharging stops:Brentwood TN (36 mins) +177 miles for $3.70Athens AL (28 mins) +127 miles for $3.90Athens AL (20 mins) +70 miles for $2.20Bowling Green KY (14 mins) +115 miles for $3.08Total Supercharging Time: 1 hr 38 mins (25 mins average per stop)Total Supercharging Cost for 990 mile trip: $12.88Avg 249 Wh/mileTESLA MODEL 3 32 photos How much time will you spend Supercharging a Tesla Model 3 while road-tripping?When it comes to EVs, many people’s biggest concern is still range and charging time. This is not really much of an issue anymore for many electric vehicles, unless you’re using the car for a long road trip. The Tesla Model 3 offers a longer range than most EVs on the market, in addition to being highly efficient. To top it off, the Tesla Supercharger network makes traveling convenient since charging is quick and stations are plentiful and strategically located.Related Tesla Model 3 Coverage: Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 27, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
This partly completed bike is reportedly based on a Zero FX platform.There seems to be a flurry of electric cafe racers popping up lately. From this reimagined BMW to the futuristic Rumble, manufacturers and customizers alike can’t seem to resist combining the classic design with a modern electric drivetrain. Although not yet officially revealed, some photos have surfaced of a similar project under construction by Caffeine and Octane‘s Bryan Fuller and his company, Fuller Moto.More E-Bikes Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 28, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Mad Max Motorcycle Road Rage Captured On TeslaCam Source: Electric Vehicle News Although there’s nothing about the project on Fuller Moto’s website, Cafe Racers of Instagram recently posted a picture of a work in progress that it says is called “The Majestic.” It’s reportedly based on Zero FX electric motorcycle, which is interesting because Fuller’s creation looks nothing like the original Zero. These pictures raise more questions than they answer. The bike is little but a sleek, bullet-like body that partially surrounds both wheels. These wheels currently stand alone with no obvious hubs or spokes, aside from the presumably temporary particle board in the back wheel. No handlebars are visible, nor is any way to steer the front wheel. Another steering mystery is exactly how the front wheel is supposed to turn at all with the fender and bodywork wrapped so closely around it.Despite the lack of a formal reveal, the bike has appeared on Fuller Moto Facebook page in a wide shot of the entire shop, which also shows the Ford Maverick project that Fuller is working on. The electric cafe racer definitely exists, but aside from what was revealed on Instagram, we know nothing else about it. To me, it looks a lot like the light cycles from the original Tron. Fuller’s project will likely not enclose the rider, nor shoot solid walls behind it that you can use to crash other riders or that tailgating SUV. We’re still looking forward to seeing the finished product.Sources: EVNerds, Cafe Racers Of Instagram Vigo Electric Motorcycle Promises 400 Miles Of Range Lightning Motorcycles Is Moving To A New Facility
Supercars Beware: New Tesla Roadster Compared To Bugatti Chiron In the interview, he states that, after developing a string of increasingly fast cars with exorbitant prices to match, the next project for Bugatti might go 180 degrees in the opposite direction. He’s thinking electrification – and not a performance hybrid system, like many of the other luxury sports car manufacturers were displaying at Geneva.“I would see us doing a battery electric vehicle. There, the balance between performance and comfort is much more important, and it’s about daily usability. This is what I see,” said Winkelmann.This may seem like an odd direction for the company to make, but it makes sense to us. Bugatti’s customer data is very different from what you’d see at Chevrolet or Ford. The average Bugatti owner has 42 cars, two of which are Bugattis. More than half of the Chirons sold were bought sight unseen – an impressive feat for any car, let alone one that cost $3 million.Perhaps Bugatti realizes that most of their customers don’t actually use their cars. After building the fastest and most expensive cars, the next challenge may indeed be to build the best car that can actually be used as one.What that means to us is that Bugatti is intending to build a comfortable, luxurious, top-of-the-line daily driver, allowing its existing hypercar customers to enjoy at least some of what Bugatti has to offer on a daily basis.Source: Automotive News Europe Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News Next-Generation Bugatti Chiron Could Go Electric After building the fastest and the most expensive cars, building a practical car might be the ultimate challenge for Bugatti.Hot off the heels of their incredible Geneva release of the La Voiture Noire (“the black car” in French), Bugatti boss Stephan Winkelmann hinted that Bugatti may look to enter a very different market segment. While the one-off, $18.9 million La Voiture Noire – the most expensive new car in history – was still drawing oohs and ahhs from those surrounding its display, Winkelmann was chatting it up with Automotive News Europe. More Bugatti News Bugatti Chiron Successor Likely To Be PHEV
Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 24, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Plug-in electric car sales in Finland – February 2019Source: EV Sales Blog Tesla Model 3 Registrations In Norway Soar To 800 In February 12% Of New Cars Sold In Sweden In February 2019 Were Plug-Ins Source: Electric Vehicle News Finland follows Sweden and Norway by having one of the highest EV market shares.The general car market in Finland shrunk in February by 13%, but plug-in electric car sales are moving forward. In total, some 488 new registrations translated into growth of 25% year-over-year.With 1,109 new registrations YTD (up 22%), market share stands now at a record 5.7% – not bad at all taking into consideration cold climate and incentives that are not as big as in some other markets.According to EV Sales Blog, PHEVs are responsible for 79% of the plug-in car market, but BEVs improved from 14% in 2018 to 21% now. In the next few months, we could see the switch more towards BEVs as first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 already started.More sales reports Tesla Model 3 Leads Germany To New Plug-In Electric Car Sales Record
England @domfifield Thu 4 Jun 2009 19.05 EDT This article is more than 10 years old Share via Email England This article is more than 10 years old Manchester City Dominic Fifield in Almaty Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share via Email Kazakhstan Gary Cahill, the Bolton Wanderers defender, had an altercation with Gareth Barry during an England training session. Photograph: John Walton/Epics Sport Fabio Capello First published on Thu 4 Jun 2009 19.05 EDT Topics World Cup 2010 Tensions flared in England’s training session at the Dinamo Stadium yesterday as the squad’s most recent call-up, the uncapped centre-back Gary Cahill, clashed with Gareth Barry, his former team-mate at Aston Villa.Cahill, called up following Rio Ferdinand’s withdrawal with his calf problem, scythed Barry down in the penalty area during a practice game overseen by Fabio Capello, with the Bolton defender – a product of Villa’s youth system who joined the club at 15 before his move to the Reebok last year – then refusing to help his former captain up from the turf.While the 23-year-old defender walked away from the incident, Barry, clearly incensed, eventually returned to his feet and subsequently ignored Cahill, with whom he was at Villa Park for eight years. Manchester City’s new £12m signing was fit enough to continue with Wayne Rooney floating the resultant penalty over Robert Green, who will make his full debut against Kazakhstan on Saturdaytomorrow.Shaun Wright-Phillips filled in at right-back in the practice game as Gary Neville missed the session with a toe injury. The veteran Manchester United defender is expected to play some part today when the team move their preparations to Almaty’s Central Stadium, where the World Cup qualifier is to be staged.Capello is expected to play the 4-2-3-1 formation that has served him so well in recent fixtures, though he may ask Frank Lampard – one of the deeper-lying midfielders, alongside Barry – to push further upfield against opponents ranked 137 in the world. Matthew Upson’s prospects of starting alongside John Terry appear to have been enhanced after he featured in the “first team” at training yesterday.Ferdinand, meanwhile, continues to have treatment back at United’s Carrington training complex on the calf complaint that hampered him in the build-up to the Champions League final and prompted his withdrawal from the squad for the game in Kazakhstan. The vice-captain should return to the squad on Sunday ahead of next Wednesday’s qualifier against Andorra at Wembley. Share on LinkedIn Shares00 Share on Pinterest Bolton Wanderers • Former Aston Villa team-mates at loggerheads• Barry scythed down after big-money move to City Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Gary Cahill and Gareth Barry in England practice match bust-up Share on Facebook news Aston Villa Share on Messenger Reuse this content
The Port of Chelan County will host a business panel discussion focusing on the region’s biggest challenges.“We have a strong panel representing the Ag industry, the local power industry plus a key political leader” said Craig Larsen, Port of Chelan County Business Development Director “and we’re looking for their insights and perspectives on what the regions biggest challenges are and hopefully ways to move forward and conquer those challenges and see the economy grow and expand”The panel will feature Stemilt Growers President West Mathison, Chelan PUD General Manager Steve Wright and 12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins.To RSVP for the Partners Breakfast meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11th, contact the Port of Chelan County firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 663-5159.
by, Dr. Bill ThomasTweet30Share75Share19Email124 Shares On location at the Age of Disruption performance at Elim Park in Cheshire, Conn. Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Resource CenterWhen I was young my mind and body burned with an unquenchable ambition. In college I got involved in student politics and would not rest until I was elected president of the student body, which I was. I decided I wanted to go to medical school and would not rest until I was admitted to Harvard Medical School, which I was.In those years I believed that there was a single straight line that connected any two points. Point A: where I was. Point B: where I wanted to be. Young people are generally praised for this sort of ambition; I know I certainly was. This is the American ideal of success. Pick a goal and stay the course, no matter what.As I got older the fire of ambition continued to burn brightly but doubts began to creep into the back of my mind. I knew very well that persistence would always be a part of my character but maybe, just maybe, not every journey was meant to be a straight line. Maybe there could be some curves or even some loop-de-loops. I struggled with this insight and repeatedly fell back on the ferocity that had served me so well in my youth.Now that I am in my mid-50’s I can see much more clearly that the whole journey of my life has been packed with twists and turns. In retrospect, those journeys from A to B were never as straight forward as I had believed them to be. Yes, I know, many of you are slapping your forehead and saying, “You’re just figuring this out?!”Yeah, I am. Better late than never.What I love about this age-inspired insight is that it gives me a vastly greater capacity for valuing relationship over performance and placing people ahead of tasks. The recent loss of our daughter Hannah puts an exclamation point on this for me. Life is short. Far too short. We the living are blessed with a opportunity to follow the crazy twisting and turning pathways of life. If we have even a trace of wisdom in us, we will treasure the people who travel that path at our side. One of the most important things that the elders I have cared for taught me is that I will remember the people in my life long after I have forgotten the numbers that I spend far too much time obsessing about.Has it been a long strange trip? Yes it has. Do I want to continue the journey? I sure do. I expect to continue touring the country, to continue listening and learning. The question is, will you share the journey with me?This is a road we will build together, through ups and downs, twists and turns, and we can not allow momentary discouragements or setbacks to lead us astray. Never has this been so clear as in my national Age of Disruption Tour. Last week we debuted in the Northeast with a zigzag line from Northampton, Mass., to Philadelphia, via Manchester, N.H., Cheshire, Conn. and New York. This week we’re all catching our breath and recouping at home. Next week we hit the Midwest–and I hope to see you there.PS: Bring Your Friends!!!Related PostsMy Own AgingMy primary school and high school teachers might scoff at the idea that I was “driven” when I was young. I was a chronically failing student sand received a “social promotion” out of the sixth grade and into the seventh. In high school, I was both president of the student…New Podcast: ReimaginationWelcome to the only Podcast on the web featuring a physician, Dr. Bill Thomas, and musician, Nate Silas Richardson, who team up for the #AskDrBill Show. Today’s question: What is Life Reimagined?My First TriathlonFor my 70th “birthday present” I asked my wife our daughter if we could do something adventurous together.Tweet30Share75Share19Email124 SharesTags: Age of Disruption DisruptAging
by, Christina Pierpaoli, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShareShareEmail0 Shares Christina PierpaoliAs a psychology Ph.D. student, most of my time is spent tucked away in a lab doing research. The lab is a curious place: at once beguiling, like a Siren, the complexities of the natural world while also keeping them cautiously at bay—controlled, compartmentalized.But it is life’s laboratory that nourishes the stuff of the books and nooks and notes that live in our labs. The most interesting psychological questions are not those that we cautiously contrive, but those with which the natural world indiscriminately confronts us.I did not always know or trust this.Around the same time I’d submitted my first manuscript for publication, my sixty-something father had undergone rotator cuff surgery. Two things preoccupied me: (1) what question(s) would my next publication address, and (2) would my father be okay?In the days following his surgery—between hours of frenetic note taking and reading—I’d call to check in with him. Our conversations usually went like this:Me: “How ya doing, Dad? How are you feeling today?”Dad (in full Brooklynese): “Ay, sweetie! I’m feeling great. In pain, but doing some exercises to feel better.”Me (incredulously): “Exercises? Already? You weren’t even operated on 48 hours ago.”Dad (jokingly): “I’m an important guy—people need me! Like your crazy motha (pronounced: muh-tha)! Gotta make myself useful around here.”And suddenly, I found myself plopped unapologetically in the middle of life’s laboratory. I repeated his words to myself: people need me. People need me. I wondered: was my father’s perceived responsibility his proximal social world—my mother, me, his friends—in some way, influencing how he coped with his pain? Was he feeling needed by and useful to his friends and family, in part, motivating an exercise regime that Jane Fonda herself would envy?My research interests—united in their attempts to understand associations of chronic illness (e.g. osteoarthritis, HIV/AIDS, obesity) with psychological health in older adults—emerge from this question. More specifically, it asks: “How do feelings of usefulness to others in later life influence the selection and application of adaptive health behaviors?”And why am I asking it? Because, all too often in this culture of ours, if you’re old, you’re simply not useful anymore. And really, what’s the use of a culture like that?I’ve begun — under the mentorship and support of Dr. Patricia A. Parmelee— slowly but surely, to answer this question using her samples of older adults with knee osteoarthritis (KOA)—an incurable, chronically painful joint disorder.In the United States, osteoarthritis ranks among the top three health conditions causing disability and is estimated to affect 26.9 million adults. It also represents the most common source of chronic pain in older adults—with more than half over the age of 65 reporting KOA-related pain and about 80 percent reporting some degree of disability or movement limitation. And because KOA cannot be cured, adults learn to cope with the pain either actively—by attempting more or less directly to control it—or passively, through relinquishing control of it. Research across rheumatic diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis) has linked active coping strategies— like direct problem solving— with less pain, functional disability, depression, and greater quality of life than passive approaches.So, what exactly determines how we cope?Deciding to cope actively or passively with knee pain—and pain in general—illustrates a psychologically interesting and complex question because beliefs, values, and goals are heavily involved in that decision. For example, if you believe you meaningfully contribute to, and are needed by a community, might you be motivated to be more active in your approach to coping with pain?Gerontological theories of activity and continuity hold that, to age successfully, older adults aim to maintain the activities and relationships of their earlier years of life. Accordingly, decrements in social and economic participation notwithstanding, older adults desire to remain active, useful, and generative. It stands to reason that feeling useful to others in later life may, in part, motivate the selection of pain management strategies that reinforce and maintain feelings of usefulness, particularly with disabilities like KOA.Indeed, using a sample of 199 persons with physician-confirmed knee osteoarthritis, preliminary results from our ongoing research suggest older adults who endorse feeling more useful— that is—who have relationships that offer opportunities for helping others and who feel validated for their interpersonal worth—are more likely to use active coping strategies to manage their knee pain than those who feel less useful. While further research is needed, our results provide preliminary support for the possibility that feelings of usefulness may motivate the selection of adaptive health behaviors, like active pain coping, that promote the maintenance of social engagement and function with disability.This raises interesting implications for clinical care—specifically, the importance of recommending a broader range of interventions to persons with KOA aimed at both social and physical activity. Further research clarifying the psychological role of perceived usefulness in promoting health behavior is needed, but will continue to gain relevance as the population ages, rates of chronic disabilities like KOA continue to grow, and contributory roles of older adults as mentors, volunteers, and productive citizens increase.And so while my mother may make my father crazy, at least she makes him feel useful.What does usefulness mean to you? Related PostsHelpful Hacks for Researching With Older AdultsConducting clinical and other types of research with older adults is complex but rewarding if you take appropriate measures to reduce errors and bias.Wise Up: Study AgingI am certainly not blind to how fortuitously my interest in aging aligns with the needs of an aging world—and I certainly don’t need additional convincing that my decision to forgo law school was in equal measure, wise and slightly prescient. But maybe you do.Bridging the GapTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: disability Purpose
May 23 2018In a new study, researchers found significant associations between seniors’ long-term exposure to two types of air pollution and hospitalization for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The study was presented at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference.ARDS is a rapidly progressive disease that occurs in critically ill patients. The disease’s most serious complication is that fluid leaks into the lungs making breathing difficult or impossible. ARDS develops in patients with predisposing conditions such as sepsis, pneumonia, traumatic injury, and aspiration. The elderly population is at particularly high risk of developing ARDS and the ARDS mortality rate for elderly patients has been reported to be around 69 percent to 80 percent.”While there is growing evidence of the impact on lung health of numerous air pollutants, there have been few studies that have looked at acute respiratory diseases and air pollution across large populations,” said lead author Jongeun Rhee, ScD, of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.Dr. Rhee and colleagues examined data from nearly 30 million Medicare beneficiaries (≥ age 65) per year discharged from American hospitals from 2000 through 2012. They tracked by zip code admissions due to an ARDS diagnosis. The researchers then computed annual average air concentrations of PM2.5, pollution-causing particles that are about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair, and annual average ozone concentrations for these zip codes from April through September. They developed statistical models that enabled them to make associations between air pollution levels and ARDS hospitalizations, and adjusted their calculations to compensate for differences in weather, race, socioeconomic status and smoking status.Related StoriesScientists develop new, rapid test to diagnose bacterial lower respiratory tract infectionsMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingLiving environment, air pollution may be linked to increased risk of hypertensionDr. Rhee’s team found statistically significant associations between yearly change in PM2.5 and ozone concentrations and yearly change in hospital admission rates for ARDS among the nation’s seniors. Hospital admissions for ARDS increased with increases in PM2.5 concentrations and increases associated with ozone levels as well. In low pollution regions, associations between chronic exposure to both PM2.5 and ozone had stronger associations compared to the entire U.S.”We highlighted the importance of air pollution as an environmental risk factor for ARDS, which has not been studied widely but contributed to a previous finding that was limited to ozone,” said Dr. Rhee. “Most importantly, we found increased hospital admission rates even when seniors were exposed to levels below current annual National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for PM2.5 (12.Dr. David Christiani, the study’s senior author, stated that: “Our findings are unique in showing that the adverse health effects of air pollution on our senior citizens now include acute respiratory failure and that an increase in hospitalization for ARDS in seniors occurs at the current U.S. air pollution standards. These results add to the growing body of literature on various adverse health effects at current standards that demonstrate a need to lower our exposure limits.”Source: http://www.thoracic.org/
Jul 19 2018A new study featured in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that after drinking a small amount of caffeine, participants consumed 10 percent less at a breakfast buffet provided by researchers, but this effect did not persist throughout the day and had no impact on participants’ perceptions of their appetites. Based on these findings, the investigators have concluded that caffeine is not effective as an appetite suppressant and weight-loss aid.”Caffeine is frequently added to dietary supplements with claims that it suppresses appetite and facilitates weight loss. Previous research has speculated that caffeine speeds metabolism or affects brain chemicals that suppress appetite. In addition, epidemiological evidence suggests that regular caffeine consumers have a lower body mass index (BMI) than non-consumers. The purpose of our study was to determine whether caffeine can in fact be linked to reduced food intake or suppressed appetite, and if the results vary by BMI,” explained lead investigator Leah M. Panek-Shirley, PhD, SUNY University at Buffalo, Department Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Buffalo, NY, USA.On average, Americans drink eight ounces of coffee per day. Fifty healthy adults (aged 18-50 years) visited the investigators’ laboratory weekly over a month to participate in the study. Each time, they were asked to drink juice with added caffeine that was either equivalent to consumption of four ounces (1 mg/kg) or eight ounces (3 mg/kg) of coffee, or no coffee as a placebo dose. Thirty minutes later, participants were instructed to eat as much or as little as they wanted of a hearty breakfast buffet. The investigators asked participants to record everything they ate throughout each entire study day and sent them hourly reminder emails, linked to an online survey, to document their intake and appetite at each interval.Related StoriesUltra-processed foods cause overeating and weight gain, NIH study findsEnergy drinks may increase blood pressure and risk of electrical disturbances in heartAvoid ultra-processed food!The study determined that after drinking the juice with 1 kg/mg of caffeine, participants consumed about 70 fewer calories than they did after drinking juice with 3 mg/kg or no added caffeine. After reviewing what the participants ate for the rest of each study day, they found the small decrease in intake did not persist. Participants compensated for the reduced intake at breakfast later in the day. In addition, there were no differences in reported appetite associated with the caffeine doses. Finally, their individual BMIs had no effect on their food intake or appetite at all three caffeine levels.”This study, by nature of its rigorous design, reinforces the importance of good eating habits and not relying on unsupported weight loss aids or unhealthy practices,” commented Carol DeNysschen, PhD, RD, MPH, CDN, FAND, one of the investigators, Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics, SUNY Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, USA. She elaborated on the rigor of the double-blind, randomized, crossover design of the study: the order of the doses was randomized for the 50 participants, both participants and researchers did not know the dose of samples as they were being presented, and all participants received all dose treatments, thereby acting as their own controls to enable comparisons of their individual responses.Source: https://www.elsevier.com/
If allergy symptoms are getting in the way of doing the things you want to do, see an allergist. An allergist can help treat your symptoms and help you get your life on track. Use ACAAI’s allergist locator to find an allergist in your area. Source:https://acaai.org/news/get-ready-fall-allergies-because-theyre-headed-your-way Aug 15 2018You’ve just gotten your summer routine dialed in, and you have to think about how to keep fall allergies at bay? Yes. But the good news is if you start planning now, your allergy symptoms will likely be much less severe, and you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty the fall season brings.”Fall can arrive with bad allergy symptoms,” says allergist Bradley Chipps, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Many people don’t realize if they spend time preparing now, they won’t get hit as hard with sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes when fall allergies descend with full force. It’s a matter of planning ahead for what you know is coming based on your past experiences.”Here are four tips to help you keep fall allergy symptoms from ruining hayrides and your enjoyment of the changing leaves: Fall? Warm temps make us think it’s still summer – The coming of fall doesn’t automatically mean cool weather. Unseasonably warm weather for longer periods of time is no longer a rare occurrence. Mild temperatures along with rain can promote plant and pollen growth, while wind accompanying rainfall can stir pollen and mold into the air, heightening symptoms for fall allergy sufferers. Because fall allergies may start earlier and last longer, it’s important to begin taking your allergy medications at least two weeks before your symptoms normally start. And don’t stop your medications until pollen counts have been down for about two weeks – usually after the first frost. Beautiful leaves + mold = misery – Those fall leaves may be gorgeous, but once they’ve fallen they begin to gather mold. And mold is an allergen that thrives in fall. In addition to leaves, mold can be found anywhere there is water – including in your backyard, in a field of uncut grass and in clogged gutters. If you are allergic to mold, the key to reducing it is moisture control. Be sure to clean standing water anywhere you find it. You can also help ward off mold by cleaning gutters regularly and keeping home humidity below 60 percent. Back to school, back to allergies? – If your child suddenly seems to have a constant runny nose, itchy eyes, a cough and sneezing, they could be dealing with allergens in their classroom. Kids can be allergic to dust in the classroom, or there might be pollen coming in through open windows. And don’t forget about mold – often found in bathrooms and locker rooms – as well as dander from pets that other kids may bring in on clothing and backpacks. If your child seems to have symptoms that came on around the time school started, make an appointment with an allergist. An allergist can set your child on the right track, for the long term, to handle their allergies or asthma. Dodging pollen means dodging symptoms – Whether it’s ragweed, which is fall’s most prominent pollen, or another type, keeping pollen out of your life means fewer allergy symptoms. Some simple “housekeeping” tips can help. When you come in from outside, make sure pollen doesn’t come with you. Leave your shoes at the door and throw clothes in the washing machine. Shower and wash hair in the evening before bed so you’re not sleeping with pollen and getting it on your pillow and in your nose. Keep windows closed and run the A/C in both your home and your car. Monitor pollen and mold counts online so you can determine when it’s best to stay inside.
Aug 21 2018A new study has shown that genital warts may promote HIV sexual transmission and, in turn, their treatment and prevention could help decrease the spread of the disease.Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common and highly infectious condition transmitted between persons during sexual skin-to-skin contact. It has more than 100 strains identified, with some “lower risk” types associated with development of genital warts. While this condition has typically been seen as more of an annoyance than a threat, there is emerging evidence that genital warts may leave affected individuals at greater risk for contracting HIV from an infected partner.Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) took biopsy samples of genital warts and compared the number of “HIV-target cells” (cells that can become infected with the virus) to that found in normal tissue from the same areas of the body. In addition, genital wart samples taken from HIV-uninfected men were cultured with HIV to determine whether these lesions were at high risk for infection.Related StoriesPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentThey found that, compared to normal tissue from the same patient, anogenital warts had a significantly higher density of HIV-target cells. Of the anogenital wart samples studied, approximately half had high concentrations of these cells in the outermost layer of skin (the one most likely to be contacted during sexual intercourse). In addition, of the eight samples cultured with HIV, two showed definitive signs of HIV infection, signifying that some anogenital warts may be highly susceptible to HIV infection.Deborah Anderson, PhD, corresponding author and BUSM professor of obstetrics and gynecology, said these results are a sign that we should be more aggressive in treating genital warts. She also recognizes the potential global implications for these findings. “Large scale roll out of HPV vaccines in HIV-endemic areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa could significantly impact the HIV epidemic in those regions.”Source: https://www.bmc.org/
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 11 2018In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Volume3,Number 2, 2018, pp. 255-261(7); DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0061 Syed Raza Shah and Ki Park from UCF/HCA GME Consortium Internal Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA consider the contemporary role of femoral artery access.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionThe scope of interventional cardiology has rapidly expanded over the last several decades. In a field where procedural treatment options for a variety of complex cardiovascular conditions have grown exponentially, the importance of procedural safety continues to come to the forefront. This is most evident in the movement toward radial access as the initial approach for operators in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. As the evidence grows for the superiority of radial access over femoral access with regard to reducing bleeding events and improving clinical outcomes, the authors discuss the modern approach to obtaining access, and highlight best practices.CVIA is available on the IngentaConnect platform and at Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications. Submissions may be made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. There are no author submission or article processing fees. CVIA is indexed in the ESCI, OCLC, Primo Central (Ex Libris), Sherpa Romeo, NISC (National Information Services Corporation), DOAJ and Index Copernicus Databases. Follow CVIA on Twitter @CVIA_Journal; or Facebook. Source:http://cvia-journal.org/
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A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Now, the family of one of those victims is getting a massive settlement.SEE ALSO: David Clarke Retains Master’s Degree After Embarrassing Struggle To Correct PlagiarismAccording to The Associated Press, Milwaukee County paid nearly $7 million to settle a lawsuit from the family of Terrill Thomas “whose dehydration death in jail was described by his attorneys as torture.” The settlement went public this week but it was finalized in March.Attorneys for the family said, “The size of the settlement I believe reflected the tremendous pain and suffering that Mr. Thomas endured for days.” The attorneys also said it is one of the largest ever in Wisconsin for a jail death.Terrill Thomas, 38, was having a mental breakdown he was arrested on April 14, 2016. He allegedly shot a man in front of his parents’ home and then fire a gun inside a casino.While in jail, his water turned off because he supposedly flooded another cell by stuffing a mattress in the toilet. The Associated Press reports, “The water was never turned back on and he died a week later. He lost 34 pounds (15.5 kilograms), or 10 percent of his body weight, during the week he was deprived of water, according to the lawsuit.”Erik Heipt, a Seattle-based attorney who also represented Thomas’ family, said, “What happened to him was a form of torture. This sort of atrocity should never happen at an American jail. There’s no excuse for it.”The massive settlement will be split between Thomas’ six children (four are minors). The lawsuit against the jail, which, again, happened on David Clarke’s watch, is now dismissed. Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke is one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal Black supporters. However, what is most important to know about him is, according to The Washington Post, at least four people died in the Milwaukee County jail that he managed from April 2015 to November 2016 — including a newborn baby whose birth occurred unbeknownst to staff. In a separate incident, his workers were accused of refusing to give water for a week to an inmate, who later died. More By NewsOne Staff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail Our condolences go out to Terrill Thomas’ family.SEE ALSO:Outrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesDavid Clarke Has Sunken Place Meltdown After Cory Booker Destroys DHS Secretary On Live TV Black Lives Matter , David Clarke , Milwaukee The Most Ridiculous Photos From Trump’s Farce Of A Black History Month Celebration Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family
Archaeologists have found a treasure trove of 3,000 gold and precious items in Kazakhstan in a burial mound in the remote Tarbagatai mountains. It’s believed the “priceless” stash that belonged to the Saka people and could date to eight centuries before the birth of Christ. This treasure may yield important insights into the Saka. They were nomadic people who spoke an Iranian language and were a sub-group of the Scythians, who dominated the Eurasian Steep for centuries. The Saka focus was in Central Asia, and expanded from there into Iran, India, and Central Asia.The burial mound is believed to have belonged to a prestigious couple. Professor Zainolla Samashev, in charge of the excavations, said in an interview: “A large number of valuable finds in this burial mound let us believe a man and a woman are buried here–the reigning persons or people who belonged to the elite of Saka society.”Scythia and Parthia in about 170 BC (before the Yuezhi invaded Bactria). Photo by Dbachmann CC BY-SA 3.0Head of the East-Kazakhstan region Danial Akhmetov said to the Daily Mail: “This find gives us a completely different view of the history of our people.” It is now evident that these people were exceptionally skilled in mining, or extraction, selling and jewelry making,” he said.“We are the heirs of the great people and great technologies,” Akhmetov said.The Saka were renowned for their horsemanship. First recorded in the 9th century B.C., they were a major military power. Archaeologists rediscovered their culture and history in the twentieth century.A cataphract-style parade armour of a Saka royal, also known as “The Golden Warrior,” from the Issyk kurgan, a historical burial site near ex-capital city of Almaty, Kazakhstan.Among the finds are earrings in the shape of bells, gold plates with rivets, plaques, chains, and a necklace with precious stones.6 of the Biggest Treasure Troves Ever DiscoveredGold beads decorating clothes were made with the use of sophisticated micro-soldering techniques, supporting a high level of development in jewelry-making skills.Archeologists do expect to find the remains of the prestigious couple, the owners of the treasures, but they have not yet dug open their graves.This discovery turns some assumptions on their head. Primarily, how could a nomadic people produce this type of finely detailed jewelry that required metalwork and mining?“This suggests that our ancestors possessed the technology and also had vast knowledge in the field of metallurgy,” said the archaeologists in a statement.Other excavations in Central Kazakhstan have found stone dwellings that were apparently made more than 2,500 years ago. One anthropologist wrote that the economy of the region was built on cattle breeding, and findings of stone hoes and grain growers indicate some agricultural advances.Gold artifacts of the Saka in Bactria. Photo by World Imaging CC BY-SA 3.0In the centuries before the birth of Christ, nomadic tribes dominated Eurasia, from what is today western China all the way to the Danube. However, despite their nomadic nature, the elites did have monumental burial structures and grave goods. Some of the graves have been plundered over the centuries, spoiling archaeological research.In 1936 the country was made the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic. Kazakhstan was the last of republics to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.Location of Kazakhstan (red) within the Soviet Union. Photo by Shadowxfox CC BY-SA 3.0“Since Kazakshtan’s independence, archaeologists have been grappling with the task of studying an ancient history,” according to an article in the Astana Times. This site was reportedly excavated two years ago, but there was also some digging in the area in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great.Read another story from us: Ancient Romans Used the Word “Abracadabra” to Cure MalariaIt is believed that there are up to 200 burial mounds in the area. This was a “plateau with rich pastures seen as paradise by the Saka kings,” according to the Daily Mail.Nearby, the team has “also discovered seven more recent Islamic graves that date to the 15th and 16th centuries,” according to Archaeology. “The graves were oriented toward Mecca, and some of them contained jewelry, including a copper ring, a bronze earring, and a silver buckle.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.