first_imgThe Black Shark 2, along with the likes of the Razer Phone 2 or the ASUS ROG Phone, are built to be resilient and durable on the inside. They boast of multiple cooling systems to handle the literal heat produced by powerful and sometimes overclocked specs. On the outside, however, they’re made to exhibit a particular aesthetic more common to gamers: black bodies with multi-colored RGB LED lights.On the Black Shark 2, the latter comes via a strip on both sides of the phone that light up when the phone is plugged in for charging. To let that light shine through, there needed to be some cutouts on the metal frame. YouTuber Zack Nelson worries that those could compromise the structural integrity of the phone just as holes and plastic did with the broken iPad Pro.Fortunately, that wasn’t the case and the frame of the Black Shark 2 held study during the bend test. In fact, Nelson comments how rigid and strong the phone is, enough to handle the occasional angry gamer.AdChoices广告In all other aspects, the Black Shark 2 also performed commendably. The screen only started scratching at Mohs level 6 and the burned portion of the screen completely recovered. Even the in-screen optical fingerprint scanner worked with no problems after some heavy scratching. The Black Shark 2 is definitely one durable phone, if only you could easily get your hands on one. Gaming phones are built to take the heat, both literal and figurative, but can they handle the literal pressure? These gaming mobile devices change the design formula a bit for the sake of some flair but, as the new iPad Pro proved, not all changes are for the better. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 definitely looks like a tank and it’s only natural for JerryRigEverything to test if it’s built like one too.last_img read more


first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Each week reporter Christian Torres compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.Journal of General Internal Medicine: Does Health Information Exchange Reduce Unnecessary Neuroimaging and Improve Quality of Headache Care in the Emergency Department? — Researchers examined the records of 1,252 patients who visited Memphis-area emergency rooms at least twice or more because of severe headache to see if a health information exchange helped avoid duplicate tests and imaging. They concluded that this data-sharing system among providers was “associated with decreased diagnostic imaging and increased evidence-based guideline adherence in the emergency evaluation of headache, but was not associated with improvements in overall costs. … ongoing federal support for HIE is warranted, but that funding should be tied to ongoing demonstration of meaningful HIE use” (Bailey et al., 5/31).Health Affairs: Despite ‘Welcome To Medicare’ Benefit, One In Eight Enrollees Delay First Use Of Part B Services For At Least Two Years — Medicare’s Part B covers non-hospital medical services, and it includes a ‘Welcome to Medicare” check-up visit at no cost to the patient. This analysis of national survey data found that about one in eight people did not use Part B services in the first two years. Researchers noted that “this delay reflected patterns of use before enrollment … Men had a lower probability of using Part B services early than women; blacks and members of other minority groups were less likely to use services early than whites.” They concluded that underuse of preventive care “may lead to more expensive care and a higher cost burden on Medicare in later years” (Sloan, Acquah, Lee and Sangvai, 6/5).Annals of Internal Medicine: Effect Of The Medicare Part D Coverage Gap On Medication Use Among Patients With Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia — Medicare Part D was introduced in 2006 to increase access to prescription medicines, but a gap in coverage known as the “doughnut hole” left seniors with 100 percent of cost between $2250 and $5100. Researchers looked at claims before and after Part D was implemented to see if the gap affected beneficiaries’ use of drugs for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They concluded: “The Part D coverage gap was associated with decreased use of medications for hypertension and hyperlipidemia in patients with no gap coverage and generic-only gap coverage. The proposed phasing out of the gap by 2020 will benefit such patients; however, use of low-value medications may also increase” (Li et al., 6/5).Health Affairs: Six Features Of Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Programs That Cut Hospital Admissions Of High-Risk Patients — Coordinated care for seniors with chronic disease and frequent hospitalizations has the potential to improve health and reduce Medicare spending. The authors picked out six key practices from demonstration projects, which include “supplementing telephone calls to patients with frequent in-person meetings; occasionally meeting in person with providers; acting as a communications hub for providers; delivering evidence-based education to patients; providing strong medication management; and providing timely and comprehensive transitional care after hospitalizations.” These techniques did not reduce spending (Brown et al., 6/5). Here is a selection of news coverage of other recent research:Medscape Medical News:  Three Crucial Factors Link After-Hours Care To Primary CarePrimary care practices (PCPs) can better integrate after-hours care if they have adequate payer support and incorporate features such as shared electronic health records and systematic notification procedures to maintain continuity of care, according to a new analysis [published online June 1 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine]. … The study also found that efforts to provide after-hours care often work best when adopted as part of a broader PCP strategy to improve access and continuity of patient care (Hitt, 6/6).  MedPage Today: Therapy by Phone Good Against Depression Receiving cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) over the phone is just as effective in primary care patients as when counseling is done face-to-face, and phone CBT may keep patients in treatment longer (Fiore, 6/5).Reuters: Therapy For Depression Can Work Over The Phone: StudyBut while people may not drop out of therapy as much, such treatment in a traditional setting may still be slightly more helpful, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(6/6). Research Roundup: Savings From Electronic Health Records?last_img read more


first_imgEmployers Expect Health Costs To Go Up, Ready Compliance With Health Law A new survey of employer health benefits by the National Business Group on Health has found businesses expect their health care costs to jump 7 percent next year as they comply with new parts of the federal health care reform law. Employers also expect to increase workers’ share of health care costs 5 percent, the study found.Politico Pro: Survey: Employers Ditching Annual LimitsDozens of the nation’s largest employers are making moves to comply with the Affordable Care Act by eliminating annual benefit limits in health plans, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health. Half of the 82 large companies surveyed said they had eliminated annual benefit limits in their offerings for the 2013 plan year, although a third said they hadn’t made changes to their limits yet. The most likely benefits to be limited, according to the survey, are services for mental health, substance abuse and rehabilitation. Most businesses reported that they wouldn’t have any health plans that fall short of the law’s requirements but would be eligible to be grandfathered (Cheney, 8/6).The Hill: Businesses Predict 7 Percent Jump In Health Care CostsBusinesses expect their health care costs to grow by about 7 percent next year — a bigger jump than they’ve seen in the past three years — according to a new survey. The National Business Group on Health, which conducted the survey, did not directly attribute the expected jump to President Obama’s health care law, though it noted that employers are changing their health plans to comply with the new law. Sixty percent of employers surveyed said they plan to shift more health care costs to employees, but most said their workers’ costs would rise by less than 5 percent next year. Companies are also trying to cut costs by beefing up programs that reward workers for healthy behavior (Baker, 8/6).CQ HealthBeat: Big Employers Eye Wider Use Of Wellness Bonuses, Reference Pricing To Control CostsA health benefits survey of some of the nation’s largest corporations released Monday in a sense is just more of the same — costs will rise, employees will pay more. But it does show some interesting new wrinkles when it comes to cost containment. For example, it says that a number of employers plan to sharply increase the amount of money they pay employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle or participate in a program that promotes good health. And the survey by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) also shows growth in the use of “reference pricing,” said Helen Darling, the president of the business group, referring to a system under which employers pay a certain amount for a particular health service and employees who want to see a doctor or get a procedure that costs more than the reference point must pay the difference out of their pockets (Reichard, 8/6).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Survey: Employers Expect 7 Percent Growth Cost Of Health BenefitsAs employers brace to absorb cost increases in employee health benefits, many are also experimenting with new ways to control these expenses, according to a new survey from the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of 342 large employers (Fleming, 8/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more


first_imgSan Francisco To Require Employers Pay More For Employee Health Care Employers in San Francisco with more than 100 employees will have to contribute more to their employees’ health care starting in 2013.Modern Healthcare/Crain’s Business Insurance: San Francisco Ups Employer’s Health Care Spending Requirement For 2013Employers with workers in San Francisco will have to pay more next year to comply with the city’s health care spending law. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, employers with 100 or more employees in San Francisco will be required to spend $2.33 per hour per covered employee on health care, up from $2.20 in 2012, city officials announced this week (Geisel, 8/22).Elsewhere, three major insurers in Connecticut are asking for rate increases of 13-14 percent for small business coverage –CT Mirror: Three Major Insurers Seek Up To 14 Percent Rate Hike For Small Business CoverageIn recent weeks, Aetna, ConnectiCare and Anthem all have requested rate hikes of 13 to 14 percent for small-business coverage. That’s just below the 15 percent threshold that could trigger a public hearing on the proposed increases. The requests have some health care advocates questioning whether increases are still too high. Insurance companies say the hikes reflect the cost of mandated federal benefits required by the Affordable Care Act (Merritt, 8/22). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more


first_img This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include the latest news about how health policies are playing on the campaign trail as candidates move into the home stretch. Kaiser Health News: Voters’ Voices: Three Reagan Democrats Talk MedicareKaiser Health News staff writer Sarah Varney reports: “Of those voting this year, count in the so-called Reagan Democrats — that group of once loyal left-leaners who crossed party lines in 1980 and helped the former California governor relocate to the White House” (Varney, 10/21). Read the story.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about how comments about abortion by Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., set off a dispute with medical experts (10/20), and coverage of startling results from a study about weight loss and heart risks for diabetics (10/20).Los Angeles Times: Obama, Romney Launch Closing Barrage Of TV AdsApart from the clash on the economy, the most striking aspect of the campaign’s peak advertising is the prominence of women. New Obama ads feature women saying Romney would jeopardize access to birth control and abortion. At the same time, American Crossroads, a “super PAC” backing Romney, is running an ad showing a woman at a kitchen table criticizing Obama on spending, debt and jobs. … In Florida, Obama was making a play for the elderly last week with an ad aired during “Good Day Orlando.” It attacks Romney on Social Security and Medicare and shows Obama sitting at a cafe table with worried-looking seniors. “We’re not going to turn Medicare into a voucher,” Obama says. “This is all part of keeping a commitment, a pledge, to your generation, but also to future generations” (Finnegan and Landsberg, 10/21).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Romney Seeking To Narrow Obama Advantage With Women Voters In Campaign’s Final WeeksWomen have emerged as the pivotal voting bloc in the aftermath of the second presidential debate, where Obama and Romney sparred over contraceptives and pay inequality and Romney spoke about reviewing “binders full of women” as governor when he sought to diversify his Massachusetts administration. Some national polls suggest Obama’s longstanding edge with female voters is narrowing, prompting both sides to make an all-out blitz for women (10/22).The Associated Press: Both Parties See Gains Coming From Medicare DebateA little more than two weeks before Election Day, Republicans and Democrats alike say Medicare is working to their political advantage in campaigns for the White House and Congress. They can’t both be right, and no matter which side is, this is one campaign clash with consequences extending well beyond Nov. 6 (Espo, 10/20).The Washington Post: Planned Parenthood’s Funding Is Targeted In Partisan DebatesOfficials in nearly a dozen Republican-led states, including Arizona, Kansas and Indiana, have cut at least some funding for the group since 2011, when Democrats rejected a high-profile effort by congressional Republicans to block federal grants for the group. In several cases officials targeted federal money that they are responsible for disbursing (Somashekhar, 10/20).The Washington Post: Large Employers Look To On-Site Health Clinics To Reduce Costs And AbsenteeismOn-site health care clinics are increasingly being set up at large companies that are looking for new ways to reduce health care costs and boost employees’ productivity. These facilities are being established by firms across all sectors to offer everything from urgent and primary care to biometric screenings to chronic disease management (Halzack, 10/21).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Presidential Race Buffets Fight For Senate Control, Provides Fodder For Down-Ballot RacesThe party that runs the Senate next year may be decided by how well President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney do in toss-up states like Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, where ballots feature parallel Senate races about as tight as the presidential contest (10/22).The Wall Street Journal: More Health-Law Changes Coming In 2013Next year will see some of the many significant changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, including easy-to-read plan summaries and caps on flexible spending accounts. The ability of health insurers to place limits on annual spending is also on its way out, while earlier reforms such as adding adult children to their parents’ plans offer new options to consumers. Most of the really big changes—including health-insurance exchanges and tax credits to help people buy coverage—aren’t coming into play until 2014. Still, the provisions going into effect in 2013, along with those that have already been introduced, can affect any changes you might want to make to your health coverage (Johnson, 10/21).The Associated Press: Questions For Medicare In Meningitis OutbreakMedicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation’s drug supply. The giant health insurance program for seniors long ago flagged compounded drugs produced for the mass market without oversight from the Food and Drug Administration as safety risks. In 2007, Medicare revoked coverage of compounded inhaler drugs for lung disease. But Medicare doesn’t seem to have consistently used its own legal power to deny payment, and critics say that has enabled the compounding business to flourish (Alonso-Zaldivar, 10/20).NPR: CDC: Meningitis Mold In Tainted Drug Can Incubate For MonthsAs the caseload of fungal meningitis linked to a tainted steroid drug climbs, experts are learning more about this human-made epidemic. The signs indicate that cases could still be emerging until Thanksgiving or beyond. … The illness is caused by a fungus called Exserohilum rostratum, a black mold that usually attacks plants. It’s so rare as a cause of human illness that nobody knows its incubation period. So it’s hard to predict when the outbreak will be over (Knox, 10/20).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Abortion May Be Legal, But Very Difficult In Many States, In Past 2 Years, 41 Set New LimitsIt’s legal to get an abortion in America, but in many places it is hard and getting harder. Just this year, 17 states set new limits on abortion; 24 did last year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion rights nonprofit whose numbers are widely respected. In several states with the most restrictive laws, the number of abortions has fallen slightly, pleasing abortion opponents who say the laws are working (10/20).Reuters: Judge Blocks Arizona Law That Bars Funding To Planned ParenthoodA federal judge blocked Arizona on Friday from applying a new law that bars Planned Parenthood clinics from receiving money through the state to provide medical care because the women’s health organization also performs abortions. District Court Judge Neil Wake issued a temporary injunction after Planned Parenthood sued over the law, which would have cut off Medicaid funding for family planning and health services delivered by organizations offering abortions. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides health care coverage for low-income people (Gaynor, 10/20).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. First Edition: October 22, 2012last_img read more


first_imgPBS NewsHour explores concerns that settlements on patents for drugs sometimes delay the generic version getting to consumers.PBS NewsHour: Are Generic Drugs Being Delayed To Market?Are generic drugs being delayed to market by so-called “pay for delay” deals between drug companies? The deals happen after generic drug companies challenge the patents on brand-name drugs. The settlements include a date that the generic drug can enter the market, and in some cases, a payment from brand company to the generic company (Thompson, 6/28). Also, some pharmacies are looking at ways to help consumers who have multiple prescriptions.USA Today: Companies Help Patients Manage Multiple Medications Customers with multiple prescriptions end up with numerous refill dates, resulting in many trips to drug stores to pick up medications. The remedy is pharmacy synchronization, which allows pharmacists like Irons to adjust refill dates so customers can pick up all their prescriptions on the same day. To adjust refill dates, pharmacists need to partially fill some prescriptions — and that takes cooperation from insurance companies. Republican state Sen. Kevin Mullin proposed legislation last winter that would have required insurance companies to cover partial refills of medications for chronic conditions when pharmacists are synchronizing prescriptions (Remsen, 6/28). Concerns Rise About Delays In Getting Generic Drugs To Market This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more


first_img 38shares 3 min read Fluctuations in total overdose deaths appear unrelated to legal cannabis access. Andrew Ward New Findings Raise Doubts Whether Legal Weed Reduces Opioid Deaths This story originally appeared on Benzinga Add to Queue Legal Marijuana Image credit: via Benzinga July 12, 2019 Green Entrepreneur Podcast A study published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy is pushing back on the line of thinking that medical marijuana could lower the number of opioid overdoses.The findings.States with medical marijuana laws showed slower increases in opioid overdoses from 1999 to 2010, but that’s no longer the case, according to the study. “For end dates between 2008 and 2012, the association was negative … subsequently, the association became statistically indistinguishable from zero before turning positive in 2017.”The association between state medical cannabis laws and opioid overdoses has reversed direction from negative 21 percent to positive 23 percent and remained positive after factoring in recreational cannabis laws, the study’s authors said. “We find it unlikely that medical cannabis — used by about 2.5 percent of the U.S. population — has exerted large conflicting effects on opioid overdose mortality. A more plausible interpretation is that this association is spurious.”While research into cannabis’ therapeutic potential should go on, claims that medical cannabis laws will cut back on opioid ODs “should be met with skepticism,” the study said.Related: Illinois Makes it Legal to Replace Opioids with MarijuanaViewpoints of two doctors.Dr. Patricia Frye, chief medical officer for HelloMD, disagrees with the study findings. “In states that have passed medical cannabis, opioid death rates have decreased by about 25 percent. When cannabis is introduced into a pain management regimen, the opioid dose can be reduced by 50-75 percent due to cross activity between the opioid and cannabinoid receptors,” she said.A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 supports such claims. Dr. Deni Carise, the chief scientific officer at Recovery Centers of America, said the findings in that 2014 study were not as clear as one may think.”The study did not prove that greater legal availability of marijuana caused lower opioid-related mortality, just that they were correlated, something that even the authors of the 2014 JAMA study pointed out. Unfortunately, marijuana advocates took the idea and ran with it,” Carise said.The latest study results on marijuana and opioids don’t necessarily mean that medical cannabis laws first saved lives before contributing to overdoses, Carise said. “This too is a correlation, not necessarily causality.”Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsA wait-and-see approach.Other professionals are waiting for more information before drawing any conclusions. Dr. Nikola Djordjevic is a practicing physician in Serbia and is the founder of MedAlertHelp.“It will take a long time, maybe generations, for opioids to be phased out in favor of safer, more natural alternatives. As it stands now, opioids are regularly abused for non-therapeutic reasons and are available on the black market,” he said. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Next Article Listen Nowlast_img read more


first_img What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Share this storyMorgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: William Mathis and Enda Curran Recommended For YouVon der Leyen takes aim at U.S. tech giants’ low tax bill in EuropeIt might be time to get defensive after blistering first half for TSXWhy Canada’s high tax rates could be a non-factor in Kawhi’s stay-or-go decisionU.S. reform plan for Fannie, Freddie seen by Sept. -housing regulatorUPDATE 3-Trump says he can fire Fed’s Powell; it’s not that simple Email 2 Comments Twitter June 3, 20198:31 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Morgan Stanley sees recession within year if trade war gets any worse Last time the world economy looked like it does now was at the start of 2016 — which was followed by a global slowdown Wall Street’s biggest banks lined up to warn investors of growing recession risks from the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.A global recession could start within nine months if President Donald Trump imposes 25 per cent tariffs on an additional US$300 billion of Chinese exports and Beijing retaliates, according to Morgan Stanley. Separately, JPMorgan Chase & Co. said the probability of a U.S. recession in the second half of this year had risen to 40 per cent from 25 per cent a month ago.“Recent conversations with investors have reinforced the sense that markets are underestimating the impact of trade tensions,” Chetan Ahya, chief economist at Morgan Stanley, wrote in a report. “Investors are generally of the view that the trade dispute could drag on for longer, but they appear to be overlooking its potential impact on the global macro outlook.”Such warnings may set the tone for financial markets and will inform this week’s gathering in Japan of the Group of 20 finance chiefs. The potential for a marked slowdown in the world economy was underscored Monday by weakening manufacturing gauges across Asia.“Global growth now looks likely to slip below trend for the rest of this year,” JPMorgan Chief Economist Bruce Kasman and colleagues wrote in a report.Also sounding the alert, economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said they now expect the U.S. to impose 10 per cent tariffs on the remaining US$300 billion-worth of imports from China and on all Mexican goods, too. The bank lowered its U.S. second-half growth forecast by about half a percentage point to 2 per cent and said its sees a greater likelihood of interest-rate cuts from the Federal Reserve.Related Stories:Asian shares creep higher as wary investors await U.S. data, earningsGLOBAL ECONOMY-Asia’s factories falter in June, trade truce fails to brighten outlookAsian shares, dollar brace for China GDP“While it is a close call, the outlook has not yet changed enough for cuts to become our baseline forecast,” Goldman analysts led by Chief Economist Jan Hatzius said in a note.The rift between the Trump administration and China has escalated as each side blames the other for the breakdown in talks. The trade war is also taking on a global dimension amid simmering tensions between the U.S. and the European Union, while Trump is threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods in response to illegal immigration.Morgan Stanley’s Ahya advised clients that if the conflict continues, growth will suffer as costs increase, customer demand slows, and companies reduce capital spending.Analysts at Citigroup Inc. recommended investors buy U.S. Treasuries, noting the last time the world economy looked as it does now was at the start of 2016 — which was followed by a meaningful slowdown worldwide.“That episode may provide a useful blueprint for the coming months,” said Mark Schofield, Citigroup’s director of macro strategy. “The U.S. economy has been resilient up to now, however, persistent themes of softening tailwinds in the form of declining fiscal stimulus and strengthening headwinds in the form of trade tensions and China slowdown, are a threat.”Bloomberg.com Reddit advertisement Featured Stories Join the conversation → Facebook Wall Street’s biggest banks are lining up to warn investors of growing recession risks from the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.Reuters/Jason Lee/File Bloomberg News More Comment ← Previous Next →last_img read more


first_imgICON, a restomod company based in Los Angeles, and Stealth EV, a company specializing in electric car conversions, unveiled a new EV conversion at SEMA today: a 1949 Mercury coupe with a Tesla battery pack. more…The post 1949 Mercury coupe goes electric with a Tesla battery pack appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img


first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 29, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Ultra-fast charging Porsche Taycan Owners Get 3 Years Of Free Electrify America Charging Source: Electric Vehicle News The network has over 50 stations installed. Chargers were supplied by two comapnies – ABB (which also supplies Fastned) and Tritium. Because not all chargers were shut down, we assume that either Tritium has another cable supplier than HUBER+SUHNER or supplied lower-power chargers with standard cables so there is no need for a shut down.Dr. Michael Hajesch, CEO of IONITY said:“Customer safety is paramount. We were shutting down stations that use the HUBER+SUHNER high-powered cables while we confirm that they can be operated safely. We are cooperating with our partners and suppliers to enable normal operation as soon as possible”.center_img Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit To Install 1,600 Fast Chargers Within 10 Years In 2018 Over 386,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Registered In Europe IONITY needed to switch off 20 ultra-fast stations in four countriesIONITY, similar to Electrify America and Fastned, received an urgent recommendation from HUBER+SUHNER – supplier of liquid-cooled cables – to shuts down high-powered chargers (up to 350kW) until potential safety issue are solved.In result, 20 stations – affected by the concerns – in Austria, Switzerland, France and Denmark were shut down.Chargers still operational are in Germany, Italy, Denmark (except site in Aabenraa), Sweden and Norway.“20 IONITY charging stations are effected by this measure in Austria, Switzerland, France and Denmark. IONITY chargers not affected by the high-power cable issue will remain open and available for use. These including IONITY charging stations in the following countries: Germany, Italy, Denmark (except site in Aabenraa), Sweden and Norway.”last_img read more


first_imgWho said the Germans don’t have a sense of humor? Look at those “exhausts.”A brand mainly known for creating exciting two-door sports cars, Porsche has expanded its portfolio to include three SUVs, a sedan, and even a wagon. Later this year, the lineup will further grow to include another sedan, which will eventually be joined by this – another wagon. These two new arrivals will be vastly different than familiar nameplates such as the 911, Boxster/Cayman, and Panamera as the Taycan duo will eschew the combustion engine in favor of a pure electric setup. Source: Electric Vehicle News More Details On Porsche Taycan Spill After Initial Media Test Rides More Taycan News Porsche Taycan Is Completing Its Final Test Drives: Videos Featuring a raised suspension, the long-roof Porsche has a pair of comically fake exhaust tips and is wearing a lot of camouflage even though at a first glance it might look undisguised. There’s black tape at the front and rear, along with stickers on the headlights and taillights to hide what will likely be a Panamera-esque design.center_img Porsche Taycan Draws New Buyers To Brand, Start Of New Era The technical specifications are already pretty much known considering the Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to utilize the same electric bits as the sedan. The latter will have more than 600 horsepower from two electric motors and a battery pack with enough juice for a range between charges of at least 310 miles (500 kilometers). The sedan will need three and a half seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph), but the wagon might be a tad slower due to its higher weight.Spec for spec, the Cross Turismo will surely command a premium over the regular model, much like the Panamera Sport Turismo is pricier than the standard Panamera.Porsche says it will launch the Taycan Cross Turismo “at the start of the next decade,” so expect the production version to debut sometime in 2020.Photos: Automedia Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News The regular Taycan sedan due in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show has been spied and teased to death, but the more practical Taycan Cross Turismo is still somewhat of a rare sight on the Internet. Shown as a concept a little over a year ago in Geneva, the rugged wagon in prototype form has made the trip to Germany where it’s currently undergoing testing at the Nürburgring.last_img read more


first_imgBYTON, a well-funded China-based EV startup, is trying to bring to market its first all-electric vehicle this year and it has now unveiled the first images of the interior of the production version of the car.They are sticking to the crazy amount of screen real-estate unveiled in the original prototype. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Byton unveils interior with insane screen real-estate for its production electric car appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img


first_imgShare via Email Share via Email @DaveHytner Soccer Share on Pinterest David Hytner Tue 8 Apr 2008 20.24 EDT First published on Tue 8 Apr 2008 20.24 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Tottenham Hotspur are exploring the possibility of building a new stadium on the trading estate that is adjacent to White Hart Lane. The Wingate estate is to the north of the ground, behind Paxton Road and between the High Road and Worcester Avenue. The club has identified it as an option, as they seek to increase capacity and, in turn, revenue streams.The club’s other option is to stay put and expand White Hart Lane, which can presently hold 36,310 fans. The global credit crunch has made fundraising for major capital projects difficult and it may turn out to be more viable to develop the existing stadium. There is a desire for at least another 15,000 seats, although expansion plans are complicated because the ground is boxed in on all sides.If Tottenham made the short hop to Wingate – having first been granted planning permission and reached agreement with the businesses there – they could seek to build a 55-60,000 seat stadium.Bristol City, Enoch Showumni and the agent Charles Collymore have been charged with misconduct relating to the player’s move to Ashton Gate from Luton in 2006. City have been charged with a breach of the FA football agents regulation for allegedly dealing with an unlicensed agent for the registration of Showumni between May and July 2006.The Robins are also alleged to have broken FA rules by paying Collymore £30,000 for services provided by him under a contract with the club knowing the payment was partly or wholly for services provided by an unlicensed agent.A statement on the FA’s official website, www.thefa.com, added that Showumni “had been charged with engaging the services of an individual, who was not a licensed agent or entitled to act in such a capacity, to represent him in contract negotiations with Luton Town in or around February 2004 and between November 2005 and January 2006. He is also charged with using the same person for contract negotiations with Bristol City in or around May to July 2006.”Furthermore Collymore has been charged with “entering into a sham arrangement with an unlicensed agent.”The Robins released a statement: “Bristol City has acted in good faith throughout and cooperated voluntarily with the FA at all times. The club is very disappointed by their decision to bring these charges and denies the allegations strenuously. ” Topics Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Shares00 Spurs consider White Hart Lane exit for 55,000-seat stadium news This article is more than 11 years old Soccer Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Tottenham Hotspur This article is more than 11 years old Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more


first_imgYes, this reason has merit = 100% (83%)No, this reason does not have merit = 0% (17%)FCPA Inc. participants, who often serve as gatekeepers to FCPA enforcement actions and scrutiny, have a vested business interest in there being more FCPA enforcement and scrutiny? Yes = 21% (18%)No = 79% (82%)(5) In your opinion, the 11th Circuit’s Esquenazi “foreign official” decision:Provides clarity to the FCPA’s “foreign official” element = 71%Results in less clarity as to the FCPA’s “foreign official” element = 29%(6) Given the DOJ and SEC’s enforcement theories – most notably in enforcement actions involving foreign licenses, permits, etc. – does the FCPA’s facilitating payment exception have any real meaning in this new era of enforcement?Yes = 27% (32%)No = 73% (68%) (12) Are you uncomfortable with “bribery, yet no bribery” cases such as Siemens and BAE where the enforcement agencies allege facts suggesting violations of the FCPA’s anti-bribery provisions, yet neither entity was actually charged with such violations?Yes = 80% (56%)No = 20% (44%)(13) Since 2008, approximately 75% of corporate DOJ FCPA enforcement actions (and approximately 80% of corporate SEC FCPA enforcement actions) have not (at least yet) resulted in any related enforcement actions against company employees?  This is likely due to:The quality and legitimacy of the corporate enforcement action that was resolved via an NPA or DPA = 56% (29%)Other factors not calling into question the quality and legitimacy of the corporate enforcement action = 44% (71%)(14)  Given the conduct at issue in the respective cases, does the disparity between the sentences of Joel Esquenazi and Carlos Rodriguez (180 months and 84 months), two individuals who tested their innocence, and Albert Stanley and Jeffrey Tesler (30 months and 21 months), two individuals who pleaded guilty, concern you?Yes = 100% (79%)No = 0% (21%) (9) Is disgorgement an appropriate remedy when the SEC charges only FCPA books and records and internal controls violations?Yes = 17% (25%)No = 83% (75%)(10)  In an FCPA enforcement action involving both a DOJ and SEC component, the value of the benefit allegedly received by the company from the improper payments is a key factor in determining the criminal fine amount under the advisory Sentencing Guidelines.  The same figure is also likely to comprise the disgorgement amount in an SEC enforcement action.  This is:Inappropriate “double-dipping” and thus unfair to the company and its shareholders = 92% (88%)Appropriate, this is not “double-dipping” and even if it was it is still appropriate = 8% (12%) The number of settlements the DOJ or SEC is able to secure = 15% (17%)Instances in which the DOJ or SEC is put to its burden of proof and prevails = 85% (83%)(2) Rank, in the order of importance (with 1 being most important and 4 being least important) what the FCPA means?Judicial decisions construing the FCPA = average = 2.9 (3.1)The FCPA’s statutory language = average = 1.2 (1.3)Enforcement agency guidance, including resolved enforcement actions = average = 3.4 (3.4)Congressional intent in enacting the FCPA = average = 2.4 (2.3) Yes, this reason has merit = 81% (94%)No, this reason does not have merit = 19% (6%) (11) Is there a double standard when it comes to enforcement of the FCPA and the U.S. domestic bribery statute (18 USC 201)?  In other words, are corporate interactions with “foreign officials” subject to greater scrutiny and different standards of enforcement than corporate interactions with U.S. officials?Yes, there is a double standard = 100% (94%)No, there is no double standard = 0% (6%) (3)  You are the general counsel of ABC Inc.  A whistleblower has contacted the DOJ and SEC regarding potential FCPA violations in your China operations and the agencies have opened up an investigation.  After an internal review conducted by outside counsel, outside counsel advises you that based upon the factual evidence and relevant FCPA legal authority, should the enforcement agencies bring an action and be put to its burdens of proof in an adversarial proceeding, there is only a 30% chance that the enforcement agencies would prevail.  Should the enforcement agencies bring an action (i.e. the DOJ criminally charges the company and the SEC civilly charges the company), it is likely that the company’s stock price would fall at least 3% (and perhaps more) eclipsing $750 million in shareholder value.  Outside counsel advises you that during its negotiations with the DOJ and SEC, the agencies are willing to offer the company non-prosecution agreements in which the company will be required to pay $75 million in aggregate fine and penalty amounts to resolve its alleged FCPA scrutiny.  The non-prosecution agreements are unlikely to have any impact on the company’s stock price.  As general counsel, what course of action are you going to suggest to the company’s board of directors?Put the DOJ and SEC to its burden of proof at trial = 15% (11%)Agree to resolve the alleged FCPA scrutiny via the NPAs = 85% (89%)(4) Are foreign policy implications present in most current FCPA enforcement actions given the alleged “foreign officials”? Yes = 8% (16%)No = 92% (84%) (17) With increasing frequency, instances of FCPA scrutiny or enforcement are quickly followed by civil causes of action such as derivative claims or securities fraud claims brought by plaintiffs’ lawyers representing company shareholders.  Excluding the relatively rare situations in which a company’s FCPA scrutiny or liability is the result of board of director or executive officer conduct, such civil causes of action:Have merit and provide shareholders the ability to recover for harm suffered as a result of the company’s FCPA scrutiny or liability = 46% (28%)Lack merit and represent plaintiffs’ lawyers desire to feed-off this new era of FCPA enforcement = 54% (72%)(18) Rank, in order of importance (with 1 being the greatest interest and 3 being the weakest interest) which law enforcement agency has the greatest interest in bringing an enforcement action when a foreign company or foreign national subject to the FCPA allegedly bribes a foreign official?The “home” jurisdiction of the foreign company or foreign national = 1.5The “home” jurisdiction of the foreign official allegedly bribed = 2.4The U.S. = 2.1(19)  Are you in favor of the FCPA being amended to include a compliance defense (meaning that a company’s pre-existing compliance policies and procedures, and its good-faith efforts to comply with the FCPA, would be relevant as a matter of law when a non-executive employee or agent acts contrary to those policies and procedures and in violation of the FCPA)? If yes, wereStanley and Tesler sentenced too lightly = 38% (27%)Esquenazi and Rodriguez sentenced too harshly = 62% (73%) (15) Do you believe that the following reasons have merit in terms of a possible explanation for the general increase in FCPA enforcement?FCPA enforcement has become lucrative for the government – in the views of some – a “cash cow” Call them green, inexperienced, and naive as to how things really work.I call them good Foreign Corrupt Practices Act survey respondents because they are immersed in learning: (i) about black letter legal principles; (ii) legal authority as opposed to non-legal sources of information; and (iii) how the law and the adversarial system functions in other areas of law.  I call them good FCPA survey respondents because their answers are not influenced by client concerns, maintaining their own practice, or maintaining good will with the enforcement agency officials who possess the “carrots” and “sticks” relevant to FCPA enforcement.The below survey data was collected – anonymously – this semester from students in my FCPA class at Southern Illinois University School of Law.  As noted in this prior post, the class is one of the only law school courses of its kind in the country.  (See here for media coverage of the class).  The prior post sets forth the learning objectives of the class and during the semester students had the opportunity to engage with FCPA lawyers in private practice, an FCPA violator and government cooperator, and in-house FCPA compliance attorneys at leading companies.The survey results are set forth below.  (Next to each survey result, in ( ) is the response to the same question from last year’s class.  Note, in a few instances new questions were asked this year compared to last year, thus the reason for no previous response).*****(1)  In enforcing the FCPA, or any law for that matter, what is the best definition of success?  (8) FCPA enforcement actions often involve companies that are otherwise viewed as selling the best product or service for the best price.  With such companies, can it truly be said that the alleged improper payments were the sole reason the company secured the contract or other benefit received?  In other words, does a “but for” analysis have a place in arriving at FCPA fine and penalty amounts?No – the full value of the benefit allegedly received should be the starting point for calculating fine and penalty amounts regardless of the type of company resolving the enforcement action = 33% (56%)Yes – by using the full value of the benefit received, the calculation ignores the fact that the company may have secured the benefit regardless of the alleged improper payments = 67% (44%) (7) Given the “carrots” and “sticks” relevant to resolving a corporate FCPA enforcement action, do statute of limitations have any real meaning in this new era of enforcement? (16) The typical career path of a DOJ or SEC enforcement attorney, after enforcing the FCPA, is to leave government service for the private sector to provide FCPA investigative and compliance services to business organizations subject to the FCPA enforcement climate.  This typical career path:Concerns me and the issue ought to be addressed to a greater extent that it currently is = 63% (61%)Does not concern me = 37% (39%) Yes – 86%No – 14%last_img read more


first_imgby, Kaylynn EvansTweetShare66ShareEmail66 SharesYoga is a practice and science of connection. Yoga is shown to have positive effects on the mind (cognition), body (physical), and soul (emotional) that can greatly benefit all of us including people living with dementia.MindThe brain is an adaptable organ that is continually creating new pathways, or neural connections, as it encounters new experiences. Research encourages exercises to challenge the brain and create new pathways, known as cognitive training. These exercises can be especially important during cognitive change as they are frequently connected with improved memory and decreased risk of dementia. Because it involves discipline and training of the mind, yoga is a great form of cognitive training. Yoga engages different parts of the brain based on varying components of the practice: breathing, movement, postures, and concentration.Beyond improving brain function, the practice of yoga doesn’t require any memory. Instead, it is about focusing on the present. Yoga for people living with dementia offers freedom to be in the moment without pressures to remember facts or to meet anyone’s expectations.The mindfulness component of yoga also has great benefits for people living with dementia. Recent studies have shown that adults with cognitive change who practice mindfulness show less atrophy (shrinking) in the hippocampus, a brain region commonly altered in people living with Alzheimer’s. Further, the study concluded that meditators have greater neural connectivity compared to people who do not meditate.BodyBesides just exercising the brain, yoga requires significant physical effort. Research shows that exercise of any kind is beneficial to brain function. Particularly for people living with dementia, regular exercise has been shown to improve cognition, posture, and fine motor skills.Because of its key components of focusing on breathing and holding poses, yoga has several added benefits. The practice can:Promote mobility and flexibilityIncrease oxygen intake and lung capacityStrengthen the core for greater stability and balanceClasses designed specifically for people living with physical and cognitive change can help eliminate barriers that make other exercises inaccessible. Pose modifications (such as chair yoga), appropriate pacing, and creative communication can help bridge physical gaps and cognitive differences. Yoga is a personal practice. Find pose expressions that make you feel comfortable.SoulIt is no secret that stress affects overall well-being. Research has shown that stress and its associated hormones can affect brain structures that are important for both memory and cognition.  Further, chronic stress is associated with inflammation throughout the body, particularly in the brain and nervous system. Studies show that this inflammation has been linked to dementia and Alzheimer’s.Because yoga has been proven to reduce stress, it can help slow the progression of cognitive and physical changes.  Not only can yoga help reduce stress hormones and inflammatory factors, but we can learn to cope with stress through yoga. Additionally, stress reduction can aid in a healthy immune response to help fight illnesses. By integrating mindfulness into their practice, yoga can promote calmness for people living with dementia. Bhastrika Pranayama, a breathing exercise, can also be incorporated into yoga. The practice has been shown to improve blood circulation, concentration, and relax the mind and body.By practicing with a group or with a care-partner, yoga can help people living with dementia feel less isolated and lonely. People living with dementia  can use their practice as an opportunity to engage with the present and with others experiencing similar changes. Overall, practicing yoga can help all partners in care feel happier and find peace on their journey with dementia. We have also found through personal experience that when teaching care-partners to take a break by breathing ten cleansing breaths, their loved ones followed suit and both were relieved of stress.Yoga and its Effect on AgingWhile there is no cure for dementia or Alzheimer’s, yoga can improve the prognosis. There continues to be further research on the topic and the possibility that a regular yoga practice can reverse the signs of memory loss. If you or your loved ones are interested in improving your memory or fighting memory loss, consider a regular yoga practice. Yoga and meditation are simple and safe solutions to improve brain fitness, strengthen the body, and lower stress.Related PostsThe End of Alzheimer’s “Disease”It’s time to re-inject some humanity into the unloving scientism and unjust capitalism of the contemporary dementia industry.Innovators Take To the Road to Disrupt DementiaMichael Rossato-Bennett, director of the award-winning documentary, Alive Inside, is teaming up with Dr. Bill Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour to create a first-of-its kind workshop to Disrupt Dementia.9 Free Ways to ‘Train Your Brain’”Brain training” games can improve memory and attention, but you don’t need to shell out money to play them.TweetShare66ShareEmail66 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgMay 23 2018New research from La Trobe University has raised concern about the number of Victorian women suffering potentially dangerous levels of blood loss after childbirth.Published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the research found the rate of postpartum hemorrhage or childbirth hemorrhage had increased by 50 percent relative to birth rate in Victoria between 2003 and 2013. Blood transfusions, admissions to intensive care or high dependency units and hysterectomies also rose.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchPostpartum hemorrhage is excessive blood loss in the first 24 hours following birth.Researchers from La Trobe University’s Judith Lumley Centre in the School of Nursing and Midwifery used data from the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection to conduct the first in-depth analysis of postpartum hemorrhage since 2002.Lead researcher Margaret Flood said their research found one in five (21.8 percent) women who gave birth in Victoria between 2009 and 2013 had primary postpartum hemorrhage, while one in 71 women (1.4 percent) experienced severe primary postpartum hemorrhage.”Excessive blood loss following childbirth is a leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide,” Ms Flood said.”While death is relatively rare in Australia, the impact on women and their families can be substantial.”The research found women who had an unassisted vaginal birth had the lowest incidence of primary postpartum hemorrhage, while women who had a cesarean birth had the highest. Those who had forceps births had the highest incidence of severe postpartum hemorrhage.The researchers recommended maternity health providers conduct drills, establish response teams and review management protocols and documentation to address the concerning trend.”Our findings support the need for vigilance in the early postpartum period to enable clinicians to promptly detect and initiate treatment for excessive blood loss,” Ms Flood said. Source:https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2018/release/concerning-childbirth-trendslast_img read more


first_imgJun 26 2018An international team from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Portugal, and the University College London (UCL), in the UK, has uncovered a previously unknown effect of serotonin on learning. Their results are published in the June 26 2018 edition of the journal Nature Communications.Serotonin is one of the main chemicals that nerve cells use to communicate with each other, and its effects on behavior are still unclear. For a long time, neuroscientists have been set on constructing an integrated theory of what serotonin actually does in the normal brain. But it’s been challenging to pin down serotonin’s function, especially for learning. Using a new mathematical model, now the authors found out why.”The study found that serotonin enhances the speed of learning”, says Zach Mainen, one of the study’s leaders. “When serotonin neurons were activated artificially, using light, it made mice quicker to adapt their behavior in a situation that required such flexibility. That is, they gave more weight to new information and therefore changed their minds more rapidly when these neurons were active.” Serotonin has previously been implicated in boosting brain plasticity, and this study adds weight to that idea, thus departing from the common conception of serotonin as a mood-enhancer.The new finding may help to better explain a medical enigma: why so-called “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors”, or SSRIs – a class of antidepressants that are thought to act by increasing brain levels of circulating serotonin -, are more effective in combination with behavioral therapies, based on the reinforced learning of behavioral strategies to stave off depressive symptoms.Using mathematical tools developed at UCL by Peter Dayan – who led the study together with Mainen, of the CCU – Kiyohito Iigaya, also at UCL, worked in collaboration with CCU co-authors Madalena Fonseca and Masayoshi Murakami.In the experiments, mice had to perform a learning task in which the goal was to find water. “Animals were placed in a chamber where they had to poke either a water-dispenser on their left side or one on their right – which, with a certain probability, would then dispense water, or not”, explains Fonseca.When they analysed the data, the scientists found that the amount of time the mice waited between trials (attempts to find water) was variable: either they immediately tried again, poking on one of the water-dispensers, or they waited longer before making a new attempt. It was this variability that allowed the team to reveal the likely existence of a novel effect of serotonin on the animals’ decision-making.The long waiting intervals were more frequent at the beginning and at the end of a day’s session (run of trials). This probably happens because initially the mice are more distracted and not very engaged in the task itself, “perhaps hoping to get out from the experimental chamber”, the authors write. At the end, having drunk enough water, they are likewise less motivated for seeking reward.Whatever the case, the team found that, depending on the length of the interval between trials, the mice adopted one of two different decision-making strategies to maximize their chances of reward (obtaining water).Specifically, when the interval between trials was short, the mathematical model that best predicted the animals’ next choice was based almost completely on the outcome (water or no water) of the immediately preceding trial (namely, they poked the same water-dispenser again; if that failed to provide water, they would next switch to the alternative water-dispenser, a strategy known as “win-stay-lose-switch”).Related StoriesResearchers report how a popular antidepressant drug could rewire the brainHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityWhole grain cereals can provide health benefits by altering intestinal serotonin productionThis, the authors write, suggests that when the interval between two trials was short, the animals were mostly relying on their “working memory” to make their next choice – that is, on the part of short-term memory concerned with immediate perceptions. It’s this kind of memory that allows us to memorize a telephone number for a short time – and then forget it if we do not repeat it to ourselves over and over again.On the other hand, when the interval between two consecutive trials lasted more than seven seconds, the model that best predicted the mice’s next choice suggested that the mice were using the accumulation of several experiences of reward to guide their next move – in other words, their long-term memory “kicked in” (the one that allows us to store things we learn, like playing the piano).The CCU group also stimulated the serotonin-producing neurons in the animals’ brain with laser light, through a technique called optogenetics, to look for the effects of higher levels of serotonin on their foraging behavior. They sought to determine whether and how an increase in serotonin levels would affect each of the two different decision-making strategies they had just uncovered.Something surprising then occurred. When they pooled together all the trials in their calculations, without taking into account the duration of the preceding interval, the scientists found no significant effect of their serotonin manipulation on the behavior. It was only when they took into account the above mentioned different decision-making strategies that they were able to extract from the data an increase in the animals’ rates of learning. Stimulation of serotonin-producing neurons boosted the effectiveness of learning from the history of past rewards, but this only affected the choices made after long intervals.”Serotonin is always enhancing learning from reward, but this effect is only apparent on a subset of the animals’ choices”, says Murakami.”To our surprise, we found that animals’ choice behavior was generated from two distinctive decision systems”, summarizes Iigaya. “On most trials, choice was driven by a ‘fast system’, where the animals followed a win-stay-lose-switch strategy. But on a small number of the trials, we found that this simple strategy didn’t explain the animals’ choices at all. On these trials, we instead found that animals followed their ‘slow system’, in which it was the reward history over many trials, and not only the most recent trials, that affected their choices. Moreover, serotonin affected only these latter choices, in which the animal was following the slow system.”As to the role of SSRIs in treating psychiatric disorders like depression, the authors conclude: “Our results suggest that serotonin boosts [brain] plasticity by influencing the rate of learning. This resonates, for instance, with the fact that treatment with an SSRI can be more effective when combined with so-called cognitive behavioral therapy, which encourages the breaking of habits in patients.” Source:https://www.fchampalimaud.orglast_img read more


first_imgJul 20 2018Black lung on the rise since 2000This study found the national prevalence of coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (black lung) is increasing among working coal miners. In central Appalachia, 20.6 percent of miners working more than 25 years have black lung disease.Study authors predict current black lung prevalence estimates will likely be reflected in future trends for severe and disabling disease, including progressive massive fibrosis.The study revealed that following a low point in the late 1990s, the national prevalence of black lung in miners with 25 years or more of tenure now exceeds 10 percent. When the study excluded miners from central Appalachia, the prevalence for the remainder of the United States was lower, but an increase since 2000 remained evident.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchCongressional districts and their opioid prescribing ratesThis study examined which Congressional districts have the highest and lowest opioid prescribing rates in 2016. The data showed high prescribing rate districts were concentrated in the South, Appalachia, and the rural West. Low-rate districts were concentrated in urban centers.Data for all congressional districts is available upon request.Racial disparities in police violenceResearchers found that police kill, on average, 2.8 men per day. Police were responsible for about 8 percent of all homicides with adult male victims between 2012 and 2018.The study examined racial disparities in police violence, and found that black men’s mortality risk is between 1.9 and 2.4 deaths per 100,000 per year, latino risk is between 0.8 and 1.2, and white risk is between 0.6 and 0.7.Authors concluded that police homicide risk is higher than suggested by official data. Black and latino men are at higher risk for death than are white men, and these disparities vary markedly across place.Former inmates face substantially higher opioid overdose death riskAn analysis of inmate release data and death records in North Carolina found inmates face a substantially higher risk of opioid overdose death after release, when compared with the general population of North Carolina.Researchers found that of the 229,274 former inmates released during 2000 to 2015, 1,329 died from opioid overdose. Two weeks after release, the respective risk of opioid overdose death among former inmates was 40 times higher as general NC residents. One-year after release and at complete follow-up after release, inmates’ risk was 11 and 8.3 times as high as general NC residents, respectively. The corresponding heroin overdose death risk among former inmates was 74, 18 and 14 times as high as general NC residents, respectively.Former inmates at greatest OOD risk were those within the first two weeks after release, aged 26 to 50 years, male, white, with more than two previous prison terms, and who received in-prison mental health and substance abuse treatment. Source:https://www.apha.org/last_img read more


first_imgAug 10 2018More than 4 in 10 women with asthma may go on to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study conducted in Ontario, Canada, and published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.In “www.thoracic.org=””>Asthma and COPD Overlap in Women: Incidence and Risk Factors,” Teresa To, PhD, and coauthors report that of the 4,051 women with asthma included in their study, 1,701, or 42 percent, developed COPD. On average, the women were followed for about 14 years after being diagnosed with asthma. The researchers examined risk factors for developing asthma and COPD overlap syndrome, known as ACOS. Those who develop ACOS experience increased exacerbations and hospitalizations and have a lower quality of life, compared to those who have asthma or COPD alone.”Previous studies have found an alarming rise in ACOS in women in recent years and that the mortality rate from ACOS was higher in women than men,” said Dr. To, a professor in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in Canada. “We urgently need to identify and quantify risk factors associated with ACOS in women to improve their health and save lives.”The authors report that individual risk factors played a more significant role in the development of ACOS than exposure to fine particulate matter, a major air pollutant that because of its microscopic size penetrates deep into the lungs.Women who had a more than five-pack-year smoking history, meaning they had smoked more than the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for five years, were much more likely to develop ACOS than those who smoked fewer cigarettes or never smoked.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into development of asthmaPrenatal exposure to paternal tobacco smoking linked to high asthma riskNovel lung map reveals new cells responsible for asthmaHowever, ACOS did not affect only those who smoke: 38 percent of the women who developed ACOS in the study had never smoked.In addition to smoking, the study identified obesity, rural residence, lower education levels and unemployment as significant risk factors for ACOS. The authors speculate that these factors indicative of low socioeconomic status may result in suboptimal access to care, under-treatment of asthma and poor compliance to medications, all of which lead to more frequent asthma attacks. These attacks in turn may lead to airway remodeling that increases the chances of developing ACOS.The researchers noted that they lacked the data to investigate this association directly. Study limitations also include not having information about exposure to second-hand smoke and exposure to air pollution over the entire time the women were followed.The authors wrote that they were encouraged by the fact that most of the risk factors identified in their study were modifiable.”The adverse impact of smoking and obesity on health may be even worse in those who are already living with asthma or COPD,” said Dr. To, who is also senior scientist, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). “Identifying modifiable risk factors in the progression from asthma to COPD is an essential first step in developing prevention strategies that lead to a healthy, active lifestyle.”Source: http://www.thoracic.org/last_img read more