Uber looked into partnering with automaker for self-driving project

first_imgTags:#automotive#Autonomous#car#driverless#FCA#featured#Fiat#Self-Driving#taxi#top#Uber#Waymo For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Uber’s self-driving project could have been a collaborative effort between the ride-hailing giant and a major automaker, according to a report by The Information.In the summer, Uber rejected an acquisition offer for the self-driving unit by an unnamed automaker. That led executives to discuss the possibility of further collaboration with automakers, to offset some of the costs of running the division.See Also: Intel to deploy 100 self-driving vehicles worldwide by end of yearUber has made self-driving partnership announcements in the past, with Daimler and Hyundai, and Toyota made a strategic investment in the company, aimed at the self-driving division. None of these have been major collaborations, the type that Waymo has with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) or Cruise Automation with General Motors.It was reported last year that FCA was looking to partner with Uber and Amazon, though neither of these partnerships have been confirmed.There have been a lot of changes at Uber since the discussions were held. An internal investigation found multiple cases of harassment, co-founder Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO, and Waymo launched a lawsuit against the company for stealing trade secrets.The lack of leadership and lawsuit may keep automakers away from signing major partnerships with Uber. The company has reportedly lost a bit of its value in the past few months, though revenue and usage is still growing.Without a dedicated partner, Uber could find itself far behind rivals in the self-driving market. Waymo has deployed 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans as part of its partnership with FCA, and Cruise Automation is using GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to test an employee taxi service in San Francisco.Traditional manufacturers BMW, Fiat, and Delphi have partnered with Intel and Mobileye, creating a consortium dedicated to building all the parts for a self-driving car. Gozde Gorce 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Rape victim shot dead by accused in Gurugram

first_imgA 23-year-old woman working at a Hauz Khas bar was shot dead in Gurugram on Friday allegedly by the man she had accused of rape.A teenage friend of the victim who was a witness to the murder said the accused, Sandeep, shot the woman after she refused to withdraw the rape case against him.According to the FIR, Sandeep called the woman in the early hours of Friday and asked her to meet him. The woman, along with the friend, reached her room in DLF Phase-III where Sandeep arrived with his friend and the four went out for food around 2 a.m.When they returned around 5:30 a.m., Sandeep asked the woman’s mother and sister, who were visiting her, to persuade her to withdraw the rape case against him. The victim refused following which the four left the room and drove towards Faridabad. When they reached Khushboo Chowk around 6.30 a.m., Sandeep stopped the car and pulled the woman out. He threatened to shoot her if she did not withdraw the case.When she refused again, Sandeep whipped out a revolver and allegedly opened fire at her. The woman’s friend fled the spot and informed the victim’s mother about the incident. The mother reported the matter to the police. Gurugram Police spokesperson Subhash Boken said the woman was shot about five times. No arrests have been made so far.The victim belonged to Karnal while her friend is from Bhiwani. The police said the woman had come in contact with Sandeep, a bouncer, when she came to Gurugram four years ago. The two fell for each other and moved in together. After two years of live-in relationship, the woman learnt that Sandeep was married and lodged a rape case against him in November 2017. Sandeep was arrested and let off on bail in June last year. A month later, the two started living together again, the police said.last_img read more

Identify people who are helping Rohingya, says Manipur CM

first_imgExpressing concern over the presence of Rohingya in Manipur, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has said efforts should be made to identify the people who are facilitating their entry and providing them shelter in the state. The Chief Minister was referring to the arrest of six Rohingya from the Tulihal International Airport in Imphal on Saturday. The six passengers had arrived from New Delhi with forged documents. Addressing people on the occasion of Patriots’ Day on Tuesday, he said, “It indicates that many of them are taking shelter in the state and we have to find out the persons who are behind the illegal entry of Rohingya from different places.” Urging the locals to trace Rohingya and the agents who are bringing them to Manipur, the Chief Minister said, the “already sinking” Manipuri population will disappear in the coming years, if they do not take the inititative. Police investigation revealed that the six Rohingya were trained in a Madrasa in Delhi and had come to the state with the help of some agents based in the national capital and Manipur, DIG T. Ngasangva had told reporters on Sunday. The Rohingya had admitted that they were residents of Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar, the DIG said.last_img read more

Video: Rick Pitino Appears To Make Gesture Towards Kentucky Fan After Loss

first_imgRick Pitino flipping off Kentucky fans.Twitter/@Fine_and_TandyPretty much every edition of the Kentucky vs. Louisville basketball rivalry is intense, and today’s game certainly didn’t disappoint. The game featured technicals on both coaches, huge dunks and blocks, and a dramatic finish, resulting in a two-point UK win.After the game, multiple Kentucky fans claimed that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino flipped off someone in the crowd while leaving the court. Twitter user Seiver Tandy captured the incident on video. Pitino definitely appears to make a gesture after being taunted, but it is hard to really tell if he gave a fan the finger or not, at least based on this footage.I got Rick flipping off UK fans on video @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/VPgUbRGM9H— Seiver Tandy (@Fine_and_Tandy) December 26, 2015Pitino sent assistant Ralph Willard out to answer questions after the game, so we’ll have to wait some time to hear Pitino’s side of things. If he did, in fact, flip of a Kentucky fan, that is a really bad look for the Hall of Fame coach.[KSR]last_img read more

Jason Day Deserves An Ovation But Give The Field A Golf Clap

Heading into last weekend’s PGA Championship, Australia’s Jason Day had cracked the top five in nearly a third of the major championships he’d entered. He finished in the top 10 nearly half of the time. But he’d never hoisted one of those shiny trophies they give the tournament winner. That changed Sunday, when Day won the PGA Championship, breaking the record for lowest to-par score (-20) in a major.Yet Day’s record-shattering performance also highlights just how easy it was to go under par at the majors this season. While Day’s week at the PGA ranks No. 1 according to cumulative strokes below par, it’s nowhere near the best in modern history1Which, for the purposes of this article, began in 1958 — the first year the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. if we examine it using our familiar z-score system, which measures each performance relative to the field (by how many standard deviations a player’s score was below the field average, for players who made the cut).Z-scores reward not only excellence relative to par, but also dominance in comparison to one’s peers on the same course at the same time. And Day’s competitors also shot very well when held up to Whistling Straits’ par-72 standard: The average of players who made the cut was 3.6 strokes under par, which ranks fifth-lowest of any major tournament since 1958. That number explains the big disconnect between Day’s amazing to-par score and his middling (by major-winning standards) z-score:Last weekend’s low-scoring PGA Championship also capped off a season of great performances by the field in majors. July’s British Open featured the lowest to-par scoring average (-5.6) of any major since 1958, and April’s Masters Tournament (-2.4) ranked 11th-lowest. Combined, this year’s quartet of majors saw the lowest scoring average (relative to par) of any season since 1958, and the only time in that span that the average cut-maker across all majors in a season was under par.The majors in 2014 ranked second-lowest, so we’re seeing an unprecedented spate of low-scoring performances in recent seasons, though it’s not clear what’s driving the trend. We can turn to the usual sources of speculation: technological improvements outstripping course designs, a (subconscious?) movement toward friendlier scoring conditions to improve golf as a television product, an incredible font of young talent emerging in the wake of Tiger Woods’s heyday, etc.Whatever the cause, it’s leading to players like Day going low on the game’s biggest stage, even if their performances aren’t historically great relative to their peers.He didn’t win the PGA Championship, but Jordan Spieth is still having one of golf’s greatest seasons. read more

Graham to arrive at OSU with lofty expectations

“Legacy” is an oft-used word in association with Ohio State football.   It is used to describe the honor and responsibility passed down from OSU teams to their present counterparts.For incoming recruit and quarterback prospect Taylor Graham, the word “legacy” carries a deeper meaning.Graham will be bringing more than just his personal belongings, a Kordell Stewart poster and a laptop to campus with him this fall. He has the exploits of his father, former OSU quarterback Kent Graham, as baggage.The elder Graham, the OSU signal-caller under John Cooper in the 1991 season, went on to a journeyman’s career in the NFL. He played for eight different teams, beginning with the New York Giants and then retiring from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.His son, a 6-foot-4-inch, 211-pound prospect from dad’s alma mater, Wheaton North in Illinois, hopes to have a career that equals or surpasses that of his famous father.Kevin Noon, managing editor of BuckeyeGrove.com, thinks he may have the skills to do just that.“He has the tools to be successful at this level, having an Ohio State and NFL alum as a father to go along with his frame,” Noon said.While he is not the only quarterback recruited for OSU’s 2010 class, the other, Marion Franklin product Verlon Reed, is expected to switch to another position because of his versatile athleticism. That puts Graham in a position to eventually challenge for the same starting position his father once anchored.Graham may not possess the speed or agility of current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, or even Reed for that matter, but he is more in the mold of a classic, drop-back passer like former OSU greats Bobby Hoying or, yes, Kent Graham.“He is mobile enough to move around in the pocket if need be, but will never be mistaken as a dual-threat quarterback,” Noon said. “He has a big arm and a great football mind but will still need to work on his touch and decision-making.”In addition to his accuracy and mechanics, he walks onto campus with durability concerns. He broke an ankle just five games into his junior season. Then, with a scholarship offer from OSU already in hand, Graham suffered a PCL tear in his knee and was once again limited to five games his senior year.During those 10 games he was able to compete in, however, he threw for 1,380 yards and eight touchdowns, against just one interception.Noon doesn’t appear overly concerned.“He hasn’t been able to escape the injury bug over the past two seasons, but neither of the past injuries could be classified as ‘chronic,’” Noon said.Graham, who was born at the OSU Medical Center in the literal and figurative shadow of The ‘Shoe, will have quite a tradition to live up to. If he can prove that he can overcome the ‘injury-prone’ label and the added pressure that comes with being a true legacy, someday he’ll get his chance. read more

Buckeye switch Former Buckeye Aaron Pettrey replaces Mike Nugent as kicker for

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Buckeye kicker Aaron Pettrey on Tuesday afternoon. Pettrey will replace Mike Nugent, another former Buckeye kicker. On Monday, Pettrey was excited about trying out for the Bengals. On Tuesday, he made the roster of the team he grew up rooting for. “It’s pretty cool,” Pettrey said. “My dad is excited. My family is already looking for tickets.” Pettrey’s signing came on the heels of Nugent’s season-ending knee injury. Nugent won AFC Player of the Month for September but struggled in November, missing two of three field goal attempts in two games. “It’s bittersweet,” Pettrey said. “It’s nice being here, but I’d like to see Mike keep kicking this year. Under the circumstances, I wish it were a different route.” Nugent was upset about his injury but happy for Pettrey’s opportunity. “He’s a really good guy,” Nugent said, “works really hard and is the kind of person Coach (Jim) Tressel likes to bring in. He’s one of those people that makes you look at your character and how hardworking you can be.” Pettrey recovered from an MCL tear that kept him sidelined for three games in OSU’s 2009 season. Devin Barclay took over Pettrey’s kicking duties while he was injured. “I learned a lot from him,” Barclay said. “He’s a tough kid. Mentally strong, a great leg, kind of a guy who leads by example. Just a class act all-around.” Pettrey played multiple positions in high school but knew kicking is what would take him to the highest level. “That’s what I really wanted to do,” Pettrey said. “Kicking and eventually making it to the NFL, at the highest level.” read more

40 years after Francos death Spanish families look for stolen babies

first_imgRelated posts:Argentina seeks extradition from Spain of Franco-era ministers Torture report revives CIA’s rogue image US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamo Automotores Orletti: Memories of the Argentine dictatorship MADRID – Leonor remembers the long corridor of the Spanish maternity ward where she saw her newborn daughter disappear in 1964, taken away by a nurse, like it was just minutes ago. The next day she was falsely told by hospital staff that her daughter had died.Her baby was just one of tens of thousands of newborns who were snatched from mothers and fathers deemed politically dangerous to General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship by a network of doctors, nurses, priests and nuns, and given to other families.Now four decades after Franco’s death on Nov. 20, 1975, the scandal over the “stolen babies” of the regime looks set to go unpunished.“It was just a few seconds and she was dead,” said Leonor Sánchez Arroyo, a frail 73-year-old with a wrinkled face.While she had doubts that her newborn had really passed away, she said she did not dare argue with the nuns who ran the maternity because in those days “the word of a nun had as much value as that of kings.”Just 21 when she gave birth and with little schooling, she also did not ask to be given the remains of her newborn so she could organize the burial herself.Nearly a half century later, her second daughter, Soledad Arroyo, now a journalist, saw a report on television about the theft of babies from that same clinic in Madrid.The register of the O’Donnell clinic listed dozens of other deaths of newborns in just one month from unlikely causes, such as an ear infection.It was November 2010 and the scandal over the stolen babies was only just breaking out in the open after decades of silence and whispered rumors.In vain, Soledad and her mother tried to search for the lost sister and daughter, attempting DNA matches with several people. Now, they help other people in the hope that they may be successful. “I am looking for my other twin daughter,” reads a sign from a 2012 demonstration in Madrid. Families of stolen babies of the Franco era are still demanding justice and truth from the government, 40 years after the dictator’s death. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFPUp to 300,000 casesThe practice began after Franco came to power in 1939 following Spain’s civil war pitting Republicans against Nationalists loyal to the general, said Soledad who has written a book on the topic.“The prisons were full of Republican women, and their babies were systematically stolen in order to ‘clean the race’,” she said. “Those babies were given to families who were in favor of the regime and who could not have children.”The practice gradually extended to include the theft of newborns from poor families by doctors and nurses — many of them nuns — to adopted parents in Spain and abroad.New mothers were often told their babies had died within hours of birth and the hospital had taken care of their burials.Since the scandal emerged, some of the babies’ supposed graves have been exhumed, only to reveal bones that belong to adults or animals — or nothing at all.Soledad said she has not found any evidence that the baby thefts were organized by the regime, but added it was “tolerated” by the government.Estimates vary as to the number of children who were taken from their parents, but she estimates there could be up to 300,000 cases of baby snatching. An undated archive photo of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco riding his horse. He died on Nov. 20, 1975 after a series of heart attacks. AFP‘We want to know what happened’As of 2011, only 1,072 criminal complaints regarding stolen babies have been examined and 30 percent were shelved, according to the Justice Ministry.Spain has yet to come to terms with its civil war and Franco’s subsequent dictatorship — seen as a particularly dark chapter of its recent history.Former crusading investigative Judge Baltasar Garzón in 2008 opened the country’s first criminal investigation into the disappearance of tens of thousands of people during the Franco era.But he promptly had to drop it because it was seen to violate an amnesty passed in 1977 by political parties keen to put everything behind them and ensure a smooth transition to democracy after Franco’s death.Associations want the government to set up a DNA bank that would allow potential matches between those who were stolen babies and their biological families — a proposal backed by the main opposition Socialists.Meanwhile, Ángel Casado, of the Adelante Bebés Robados association (“Onwards Stolen Babies”), would like the government to pass a law that recognizes them as victims of the regime.Spain’s conservative Popular Party, in power since 2011, has never condemned the removal of newborns from their mothers by the regime and Church documents about the affair remain inaccessible.“We are not seeking financial compensation. We want to know what happened to these children, that they know their true identity,” said Soledad Luque, the head of another association of stolen babies. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Corey Liuget DT Knee DNP DNP — Out

first_imgCorey LiugetDTKneeDNPDNP—Out To play spoiler against what looks like a playoff contender in the AFC, Arizona can only hope that a few of the five starters that missed the game against Oakland due to injury, will return to full strength.Related LinksThe Consensus Week 12: Cardinals almost unanimously lastDoug & Wolf Week 12 NFL power poll: John Clayton makes his picksBelow is the official Week 12 NFL injury report for both teams. Olsen PierreDTAnkleLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Budda BakerSKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Robert NkemdicheDTCalfLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Mason ColeOLBackFullFullFull— Corey PetersDTHeelLimitedLimitedDNPQuestionable Keenan AllenWRFingerFullFullFull— A run of three consecutive games against teams from the AFC West concludes on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Chargers.Back-to-back losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders leave the Cardinals with a 2-8 record, tied for the worst in the NFL and playoff aspirations all but dashed.The Chargers are coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos, which snapped a six-game win streak for L.A. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact D.J. HumphriesOTKneeDNPDNPDNPOut PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status Deone BucannonLBChestDNPDNPDNPOut Melvin GordonRBHamstringFullLimitedLimitedQuestionableBrandon MebaneNTNot injury related—DNPDNPQuestionable Top Stories Joey BosaDEFootFullFullFull— Mike IupatiOLBackFullFullLimitedQuestionable Rudy FordSHeelDNPDNPDNPOut Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Phil DawsonKRight HipLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable Daily Practice Designations:DNP-Did Not ParticipateLimited-Limited Participation (Less than 100% of normal repetitions)Full-Full Participation (100% of normal repetitions)(-) (Not listed)Game Status Designations:Out-Will not playDoubtful-Unlikely to playQuestionable-Uncertain if player will play PlayerPositionInjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame Status John PhillipsTEKneeDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Trevor WilliamsCBKneeLimitedFullFull— Chad WilliamsWRAnkleDNPDNP—Out 1 Comments   Share   Larry FitzgeraldWRNot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Austin EkelerRBNeckLimitedFullFull— Antonio GatesTENot Injury RelatedDNPFullFull— Tyrell WilliamsWRQuadricepDNPLimitedLimitedQuestionable Josh BynesLBWrist/HipLimitedLimitedFull—last_img read more

Eutelsat has named the partners that will help it

first_imgEutelsat has named the partners that will help it to build its new Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, which will serve mainly video markets in Europe and North Africa.Airbus Defence and Space will build the satellite’s payload while the platform will be manufactured by Orbital ATK, Eutelsat announced.Eutelsat 5 West B is due to launch in 2018, is destined for the 5° West orbital position, and will replace the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.The new satellite is designed to provide business continuity and improved quality for the predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets that are currently served by Eutelsat 5 West A satellite.Eutelsat 5 West B will have a Ku-band payload of 35 equivalent 36 MHz transponders connected to three service areas, as well as switchable transponders to increase commercial flexibility.“Eutelsat 5 West A’s C-band mission, serving mainly data customers in Sub-Saharan Africa, will be discontinued,” said Eutelsat. “Service continuity will be provided by similar C-band capacity available on other Eutelsat resources, thereby optimising capacity utilisation rate across the group’s fleet.”last_img read more

Dr Brenda Fitzgerald director of the Centers for

first_imgDr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned Wednesday following reports that she bought shares in a tobacco company, among other financial dealings that presented a conflict of interest.”Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director,” according to a statement issued by Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services. “Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.”A report in Politico published Tuesday revealed documents showing several new investments, including in a tobacco company, that Fitzgerald made after she took over the agency’s top job. The CDC is a lead federal agency in preventing smoking and tobacco-related diseases.Fitzgerald had come under fire on Capitol Hill for not divesting financial interests in other companies that present potential conflicts of interest, including drugmaker Merck, health insurer Humana and US Food Holding Co.The Politico report, relying on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that one day after Fitzgerald purchased stock in Japan Tobacco, she toured the CDC’s Tobacco Laboratory, which studies tobacco’s toxic effects. She sold the tobacco shares on Oct. 26 and all of her stock holdings above $1,000 by Nov. 21, well into her term as CDC director.Fitzgerald previous served as the commissioner of the Georgia Division of Public Health. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Facebook Snaps Up FaceSwapping App Creator Masquerade

first_img Brought to you by Reuters Facebook Snaps Up Face-Swapping App Creator Masquerade Facebook Inc. is acquiring Masquerade Technologies Inc., creator of the popular face-swapping app MSQRD, as part of efforts by the world’s largest social network operator to build its video services.Wednesday’s deal comes nearly three years after the Wall Street Journal reported that photo and video messaging app Snapchat had rejected an offer from Facebook.Masquerade, which announced the deal on its website, did not disclose financial details.The deal is more a piece of Facebook’s bigger effort to innovate into video, Monness, Crespi, Hardt, & Co. Inc. analyst James Cakmak said.It is unlikely that Facebook would use Masquerade to significantly draw away Snapchat users, he said.While Snapchat has features such as bulging eyes, Masquerade allows users to add special effects including animal masks and snow to their photos and video.Masquerade, backed by Yuri Gurski and Gagarin Capital, said founders Eugene Nevgen, Sergey Gonchar and Eugene Zatepyakin will join Facebook.The app will continue as a standalone product, Masquerade said.(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)  Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Image credit: Kim Lachance Shandrow | Instagram Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand March 10, 2016center_img Add to Queue Reuters Next Article –shares Facebook Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Free health check up ignored by more than half of the population

first_imgDoctor measuring blood pressure with sphygmomanometer. Image Credit: Kurhan / Shutterstock The free health tests included screening for dementia, heart diseases, kidney ailments and type 2 diabetes. The NHS said that over 15 million people were eligible to take the tests while only a minority took them. Since 2013, only 7.15 million individuals have taken these tests.  Experts have added that the tests would be just 20 minutes long but help detect many conditions and save lives. A GP or a nurse would check the body weight and height and measure the blood pressure as part of the test. Irregular heartbeats, risks for strokes can all be identified with the test. Strokes and risks of vascular dementias could also be assessed say experts.They explain that dementia and Alzheimer’s kills thousands each year in England and Wales. These tests could help diagnose the conditions early. Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia at NHS England says, “The start of a new year is exactly the right time to commit to taking a simple, free and potentially life-saving step towards a healthier life.”Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionArtificial intelligence can help accurately predict acute kidney injury in burn patientsThese health check-ups are offered to all individuals aged between 40 and 74 with no pre-existing health conditions. They are provided every five years. Laura Phipps, head of communications at Alzheimer’s Research UK says, “There is good evidence to suggest that what’s good for the heart is also good for the brain, but while 77% people believe they can reduce their risk of heart disease, only 34% of people know they can reduce their risk of dementia… Research shows that midlife is a crucial time to take action that will help maintain a healthy brain into later life. With dementia now the UK’s leading cause of death, we must encourage everyone to take positive steps to maintain good brain health throughout life and into older age.”These five yearly checks are part of the NHS’ effort to diagnose dementia early among the population of England. The organization is trying to ensure that least two thirds of the people with dementia are diagnosed and treated early.The programme at the Public Health England is led by Jamie Waterall who said, “The NHS health check looks at the top causes of premature death and ill health but more importantly supports people to take action of reducing their risk of preventable conditions such as dementia and heart disease.”The test is followed by advice on improving health and lifestyle that includes having a healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, quitting smoking, taking medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, losing excess body weight etc. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 1 2019The NHS England provided a free health check up to the population over forty years of age and has noted that more than half of them did not take the health check-ups that could detect and treat dementias and other conditions.last_img read more

Study Involvement of prefrontal cortex areas decreases with aging

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 26 2019Researchers from HSE University and York University have become the first to analyze the results of 82 functional neuroimaging studies on working memory mechanisms in different adult age groups. The meta-analyses showed that across studies the agreement of various areas of the prefrontal cortex decreases with aging, suggesting reorganization of brain function during healthy aging. The results have been published in the paper ‘Meta-analyses of the n-back working memory task: fMRI evidence of age-related changes in prefrontal cortex involvement across the adult lifespan’: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.03.074Working memory is a system that helps keep information readily available as we use it for performing tasks here and now, including complex intellectual operations such as learning, understanding and reasoning. For example, we use this type of memory to detect and remember the most important things in another person’s speech and then give that person a meaningful answer. The resources of working memory are limited, and with age, its size changes.Marie Arsalidou, Zachary Yaple, and Dale Stevens analyzed data on brain activity in 2020 adults, divided into three age groups: young (18-35), middle-aged (35-55), and older adults (55-85). In all the studies, research volunteers played a game called the ‘n-back task’: they were asked to detect and respond whether they had seen the image demonstrated at the moment, ‘n’ positions back. The complexity of the task depends on the value of ‘n’. During an experiment, each study monitored the brain areas that are activated using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).Meta-analysis demonstrated that the involvement of prefrontal cortex areas and their coordination during a task showed increased agreement across studies in young people, lower agreement in middle-aged adults, and no significant agreement in older adults. Lack of agreement in older adults suggests increased variability and individual differences in this group. With older age, parietal regions of the cortex are activated more often, which might be a sign of functional re-organization of working memory mechanisms or of these regions’ compensatory function.Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingThe prefrontal cortex plays a key role in complicated intellectual processes, including the coordination of different brain areas that are activated during the use of working memory.’Brain changes throughout adulthood, and it appears to be more dynamic that we initially thought. Because the original studies did not consistently report performance scores, we analyzed brain responses with the assumption that working memory performance was comparable. Therefore, we cannot say from our study that working memory skills decrease with age. What we can say is that variability in prefrontal cortex activity may suggest differences in strategies used to problem solve across adulthood. This gives a good target for future work to decipher direct relations among age, brain function and performance’ believes one of the study’s authors, Marie Arsalidou, Assistant Professor at the HSE School of Psychology.The results of this study are comparable with the conclusions of the previous meta-analysis of working memory mechanisms in children, which was carried out by Marie Arsalidou together with HSE researcher Zachary Yaple: during n-back task performance, not only prefrontal and parietal cortex regions are activated in children, but also other brain areas. Further research in this area will help us understand how working memory mechanisms change during development in humans. Source:https://iq.hse.ru/en/news/266810949.htmllast_img read more

People with concussion have markedly higher risk of being out of a

first_imgFACT BOX: Register-based research and personal data in Denmark Source:University of Copenhagen It is surprising, that the effect of a concussion has such severe consequences for this group of people and their ability to maintain a normal job even five years after the trauma. Long-term symptoms like fatigue and difficulties in concentrating can of course afflict anyone regardless of their level of education. What stands out is that those with a higher education are in such higher risk of losing their job. It could be due to the fact, that they often hold jobs where they plan and prioritize their tasks and the workload by themselves, and that the mental surplus and overview required to do so are some of the skills that are often severely impaired in the aftermath of a concussion.”Hana Malá Rytter, Associate Professor in Neuropsychology, University of Copenhagen and Head of the Danish Concussion Center Via registers of i.e. Statistics Denmark and the National Board of Health, researchers can follow a person’s life on a number of parameters. Information on citizens’ health, work, education, marital status, housing etc. is collected and stored in these records. Researchers in register-based research can apply for access to the data they are interested in, if they are able to argue why they should have access to the desired information. They are only allowed access to depersonalized information so that citizens’ personal data is kept protected. This means that researchers can follow groups of individuals’ data, for example linking information about health and annual income, but they cannot see the identity of the individual person. The researchers do not have permission to look for or report statistics that can identify individuals, and there are extra strict requirements regarding particularly sensitive data such as health data. The large data files are physically located on Statistics Denmark’s secure servers, so no data is stored locally with the researchers. Not able to do the sameEven though it might sound like a great advantage to be able to plan your workday yourself whilst recovering from a head trauma, it is in fact often an advantage for these patients, if someone else takes charge and hands out simple, well defined job tasks to be completed one at a time. This may be one of the reasons, why researchers find that people with low education levels are better able to keep their job.-People with higher education often hold positions, where they are required to multi-task, engage in teamwork and shift focus between different tasks while making decisions and taking responsibility. Skills that are often challenged, when long-term symptoms after concussion impair the ability to concentrate. Our data indicate that part of these patients must face that they simply are not able to do the same, as they used to before, says Hana Malá Rytter.The study is the first register data-based study that analyses patients’ labor market activity up to five years after a concussion, and it is the first study to reveal what specific groups of patients are affected the most in terms of their employment status in the aftermath of a concussion.Worst for the 30-somethingsThe researchers also identified another specific group of patients that were markedly more at risk of leaving the labour market following a concussion: People between the ages of 30-39. Data showed that their risk of having left a regular job five years after a concussion was twice as high, compared to people of the same age in the control group without concussion. According to Hana Malá Rytter, this may have to do with the life situation in which people in their thirties often find themselves.- Men and women in their thirties have often completed their education a few years earlier and are just establishing themselves in their professional life and as a family too. In this phase of life, people often make high demands on themselves both in and outside their workplaces. Moreover, becoming parents is a challenging and stressful process for young families. Expectations regarding the capacity of the individual are often towering – both from employers, colleagues, family members and from the individuals themselves. So once they are struck by long-term consequences of a concussion that often reduce their mental surplus and their ability to focus. Their whole life situation suffers so much harder, than if this happened later in life. And this seems to make some of them give up on their job, explains Hana Malá Rytter.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsFor people in their forties, the risk of losing a job following a concussion is raised approximately 30% compared to peers without concussion, while the researchers hardly saw any increase in people leaving the workforce following a concussion in the group of 50-59-year-olds.- Senior professionals may have a more relaxed attitude to what they are supposed to accomplish in life in general and in their professional career in particular. From other studies we also know that it is easier to adjust to a long-lasting disease, if this happens later in life, says Hana Malá Rytter.Better advice for patientsAccording to Hana Malá Rytter, patients should receive better and more precise advice from both doctors, nurses and other professionals in the health and social care system following a concussion. It is important that the patients’ entire life situation is taken in to account.Patients with concussion rarely receive actual treatment, as the brain primarily needs time and rest in order to heal. In general, patients are advised to merely go home and take it easy for a few weeks – and to pay attention to what level of activity they feel they are able to handle. And that can create a false expectation that they are soon back in business.- It differs greatly how much activity people expect of themselves, and health professionals need to draw attention to the cognitive and mental limitations that often strike the young professionals and those with higher education in the wake of a concussion. They need to be told, that this may take many weeks or even months, before they can expect to be back at full speed in the way they were prior to the head trauma. If not, they may strain their mental capacities and that can delay the healing of the traumatized brain, explains Hana Malá Rytter and continues:- Furthermore, they may experience defeat, when the exhaustion causes symptoms to worsen again and they have to give up. This can cause stress and we know from other studies that this will delay the healing process.The researchers also identified two other groups that are at particular high risk of losing attachment to the labor market: Patients with chronic diseases (i.e. diabetes, heart- or liver disease or HIV) prior to the concussion, and patients that were of non-Danish origin. This is not surprising, as plenty of research points to the fact that chronic disease in itself has a very negative effect on a person’s perceived life quality. In addition, being part of a minority group is linked to a series of problems that increase the risk of early retirement and receiving disability payment.FACT BOX: Labor market attachment after mild traumatic brain injury the survey is the first register study on patients with concussion, where researchers follow a large number of patients for several years. (2003-2007) 19,732 Danes aged 18-60 years and diagnosed with concussion in hospitals were followed five years after the incident. researchers did not study the patients’ physical symptoms following concussion, but the analyzed on patients’ labor market attachment six months and five years after the concussion respectively to see, if they were in regular work, without work, in reduced-hour jobs or on early retirement. the results are adjusted in terms of gender, age, location in the country, marital status, income, education, ethnicity, and already existing illness. Only persons, who at the beginning of the survey were either working or job seeking, were included in the survey. People who had had previous concussions over the past five years, and people with psychiatric diagnoses were excluded. the control group consisted of 18,640 Danes without concussion. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 10 2019A hard tackle on the football-field, a crash on your bike or a fall from a ladder in your home can easily cause a concussion, which eventually can cost your job – especially if you are in your thirties, and have a higher education.These are some of the findings in a large new register-based data research study from a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark led by PhD student in Public Health, Heidi Graff, and neuropsychologist Hana Malá Rytter from the Department of Psychology.Each year 25,000 people in Denmark are diagnosed in hospitals with concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) that make up roughly 90% of all injuries causing trauma to the head. Although mortality is low, and surgical intervention rarely required, up to 15% of patients suffer from persistent symptoms and functional impairment following the injury, that may have severe personal costs and often make it hard to resume their normal jobs and lives.The Danish study includes all groups of patients and is representative for the general population in Denmark in terms of age, geography, education, family background and marital status.Using register data from 19,732 Danes between the ages of 18 and 60 that were all diagnosed with a concussion, researchers traced the patients’ attachment to the labor market during five years and compared the data to an equally sized control group of people without concussion.They found that people with concussion have a markedly higher risk of being out of a job five years after the trauma. Instead they are unemployed, receiving payments due to disability or early pension or working part-time supported by social benefits.Especially two groups of patients were severely struck by long-term symptoms: Those in their thirties and those with a higher education.Five years of labor market dataThe researchers did not examine the patients physically or screen their medical records to assess the patients´ medical symptoms following the concussion. They merely looked at their labor market data six months and five years after the head trauma respectively. Accordingly, they were surprised to find out that people between the ages of 30-39 and those with a higher education are much more likely to have lost their connection to a normal job following a concussion.While people with low education levels (that is having 9 years of primary education and no other education after that) have a 30% higher risk of leaving the normal labor market following a concussion than people without concussion. The same risk is over 215% for people with higher education (that is having 12 or more years of education, for instance studies at college or university level)last_img read more

Tree Man Gets Pioneering Surgery for Rare Skin Condition

first_img 10 Medical Conditions That Sound Fake but Are Actually Real 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports A man in Gaza with an extremely rare skin condition dubbed “tree man syndrome” says his life has been changed by a pioneering surgical treatment, according to news reports. The man, 44-year-old Mahmoud Taluli, has undergone four surgeries in the last two years to remove extensive, wood-like lesions on his hands, according to NPR. Prior to the surgeries, Taluli hadn’t been able to use his hands for more than a decade. “After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” Taluli told NPR. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.”Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65907-tree-man-gaza-surgery.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Taluli has a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which makes him much more susceptible to skin infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), compared with the average person, according to a 2010 report of the condition published in the journal Disease Markers. People with this condition have immune system problems that prevent them from properly fighting off HPVs — a group of more than 150 related viruses. In healthy people, HPVs often don’t cause symptoms, but in people with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, the infections lead to the formation of wart-like skin lesions, which progress to malignant tumors in about 50% of patients, according to the 2010 report. There is no cure or standard treatment for the condition. Taluli’s treatment has involved doctors making deep incisions into the skin to remove thousands of lesions, NPR reported. This tissue removal often requires skin grafts from other parts of his body to help with healing. The treatment has allowed Taluli to use his hands again, but it is not a cure — new growths continue to show up, and Taluli will need a fifth operation this summer to remove these new lesions, as well as some scar tissue, NPR reported. Still, the treatment has been largely successful in improving Taluli’s hand function. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working,” Dr. Michael Chernofsky, a hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, who treated Taluli, told NPR. Ultimately, doctors hope to develop a treatment that can help Taluli’s immune system better fight HPV, NPR reported. Another man with epidermodysplasia verruciformis hasn’t fared as well. Last month, it was reported that Abul Bajandar of Bangladesh had asked doctors to amputate his hands due to pain from the condition, according to Fox News. Although Bajandar has had more than 20 surgeries to remove skin lesions, the growths appear to be coming back worse than before. Chernofsky told NPR that amputation is usually not a good idea, because the patient would likely still experience pain from severed nerves. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Reveals: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo 10 Strangest Medical Cases of 2018last_img read more

The Barrage of Bad News About Climate Change Is Triggering EcoAnxiety Psychologists

first_img According to a Yale survey conducted in December 2018, 70% of Americans are “worried” about climate change, 29% are “very worried” and 51% feel “helpless.” Despite these striking statistics, most people don’t realize how widespread eco-anxiety is, one psychologist told Live Science. “[Ecoanxiety] is often hidden somewhat under the surface,” Thomas Doherty, a clinical psychologist based in Portland, Oregon, told Live Science, “people aren’t taught how to talk about it.” Still, over the past decade, eco-anxiety has gained increasing recognition from scientists and non-scientists alike. It’s not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, psychology’s list of official diagnoses. That’s partially because its symptoms are poorly defined, said David Austern, a clinical psychologist at NYU Langone Health. The American Psychological Association defines it as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.” Eco-anxiety can range from day-to-day worry about the fate of the world, to Amabella’s outright panic attack. Depending on whom you ask, it can even include the fear and panic attacks some natural disaster victims experience after the fact, Austern said. Its symptoms are largely the same as any other kind of anxiety; its only distinguishing factor is its cause, Austern said. But that doesn’t mean that psychologists aren’t taking eco-anxiety seriously. In 2008, the American Psychological Association established a climate change task force. And in 2017, they published a 70-page report on the mental-health effects of climate change. This year, at their annual conference in Chicago, there will be four climate change related sessions. A term like eco-anxiety, though nebulous, is important to create recognition for a very real phenomenon, Austern said. It helps people express what they’re experiencing. Psychologists agree it’s important to open up a dialogue about the mental health effects of climate change. But they also agree that in most cases, eco-anxiety isn’t a bad thing. “It’s a rational reply to a really serious problem,” Maria Ojala, a psychologist at Örebro University in Sweden, told Live Science. That, she says, is why it could be dangerous to make it a clinical diagnosis. “We have to ask, Is it more pathological for someone to be so worried about climate change or is it actually more pathological that people are not more worried about it?” Austern said. Anxiety is precisely the emotion that’ll propel us to do something, he added. Conveniently, taking action Is also one of the most effective coping mechanisms for eco-anxiety, Ojala said. But anxiety is only good for sparking action up to a certain point, Doherty said. A tenet of psychology, the Yerkes-Dodson law, holds that up to a certain point, arousal — how alert or worried you feel — leads people take action and perform better. But overly high levels of anxiety can become paralyzing. For example, one study described cases in which fear of extreme weather approached the level of phobia. Depending on how anxious you are, that’s either incredibly convenient, or presents a catch-22 situation. In these cases, anxiety becomes counterproductive to climate action, Doherty said, And it’s important to seek help. Luckily, if you’re too anxious to take action, fostering a sense of connection with one’s environment and community can also help with symptoms. A recent study found that 2 hours per week in nature is enough to reap mental health benefits. Despite its prevalence, eco-anxiety still goes under-recognized. It shouldn’t be, Doherty said. “This ‘Big Little Lies’ episode clearly struck a chord with people,” Doherty said. And that’s a sign, he added, of how important a conversation this is to have. Top 10 Controversial Psychiatric Disorders Doomsday: 9 Real Ways Earth Could End Amabella having a panic attack in a closet because of climate change is a MOOD #BigLittleLies — mackenzie (@macckkattacckk) June 24, 2019 Me too, Amabella. Me. too. #biglittlelies pic.twitter.com/PZG9uqOQE3by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoDr. Marty Nature's Feast SupplementWhy Certain Cats Are Fatter Than OthersDr. Marty Nature’s Feast SupplementUndoLivestlyDear Seniors And Retirees, These Dog Breeds Are RecommendedLivestlyUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Tells: “You Can Fill In Wrinkles At Home” (Here’s How)Beverly Hills MDUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndo — cole (@colesevn) June 24, 2019 Originally published on Live Science. The Reality of Climate Change: 10 Myths Busted When news about the environment becomes grim, you might be overcome by an urge to hide or collapse. On last week’s episode of HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” 9-year-old Amabella did both. The character’s metallic boots were found sticking out of a classroom closet following a lesson on climate change, and the internet collectively nodded in recognition. Something me and Amabella Klein have in common. #BigLittleLies pic.twitter.com/35Rx1aJUsf — Michael. (@yosoymichael) June 24, 2019 It turns out that anxiety, grief and despair about the state of the environment is nothing new. It even has a name: eco-anxiety. And according to psychologists, it’s incredibly common. [Hypersex to Hoarding: 7 New Psychological Disorders] AdvertisementClimate Change Is Triggering Eco-AnxietyWhen news about the environment becomes grim, you might be overcome by an urge to hide or collapse.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65843-climate-change-anxiety-is-real.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:2102:21Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 last_img read more

Rajinikanth not to contest TN Assembly bypoll

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL The actor is yet to launch his political outfit, though on December 31, 2017, he had announced that his political entry was sure to fructify. Top film star Rajinikanth on Sunday said he would not contest the bypoll expected to the Tamil Nadu Assembly, nearly a month after declaring that his target was only the Assembly election.While bypolls are expected to 21 Assembly constituencies in the state, Rajinikanth, when asked if he would fight the bypoll since he had declared the Assembly polls to be his only target, tersely said, “No.” The actor is yet to launch his political outfit, though on December 31, 2017, he had announced that his political entry was sure to fructify.To questions like which party he would support (in the bypolls), Rajinikanth told reporters at the airport here, “Sorry, I cannot say anything now.” Asked whether he had meant a national or a regional party when he had mentioned last month that only that party should be supported which would resolve the “water problem” of Tamil Nadu, he said, “Both.” On February 17, Rajinikanth had said “water is Tamil Nadu’s important problem” and asked his fans and people to vote for a party whom they thought would permanently resolve the issue by formulating and implementing projects.The jargon “water problem” is perceived as a reference to water scarcity in parts of the state and the vexed Cauvery issue as well.Rajinikanth had strongly pledged his support for interlinking rivers on more than one occasion in the past.The top actor had also said last month that he would not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election.“Our target is only the Assembly polls. I am not supporting anyone,” he had said and barred anyone from using his images or the flag of the Rajini Makkal Mandram for political purposes. politics Published on Actor Rajinikanth.   –  The Hindu Tamil Nadu March 10, 2019 SHARE COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Disruption by Congress in RS continues House adjourned till 2 pmDisruption by

first_img COMMENT July 09, 2019 Uproar by opposition Congress over developments in Karnataka stalled pre-noon proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, with practically no business conducted in the House. As the protest by Congress members continued, the House was again adjourned till 2 PM. Within minutes of Assembly of the House, Congress members stormed into the well shouting slogans against the ruling BJP at the Centre, which it has blamed for instigating a rebellion within the Congress-JD-S government in Karnataka. Congress members were shouting slogans to imply that democracy was being killed in reference to developments in Karnataka. TMC members too trooped into the well against privatisation of public sector units, forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn proceedings till 1200 hours. When the House re-assembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, there were almost similar scenes with slogan shouting Congress and TMC members trooping in the Well. Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was chairing the proceedings, made repeated efforts to persuade protesting members to return to their seats so that the Question Hour could be conducted. However, his appeals went unheeded and the House was adjourned till 2 pm. Before adjourning the House till 2 pm, he told protesting Congress members that the Chairman had allowed them to raise the Karnataka issue during the Zero Hour, but it was not availed. The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs. The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Earlier during the Zero Hour, Naidu said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Congress member B K Hariprasad, seeking suspension of the listed business to take up the Karnataka issue. “I am not allowing it,” he said, prompting Congress members to rush to the well shouting slogans. Naidu also said he has received a notice under rule 267 from Dola Singh of TMC but it cannot be allowed as the same had been raised through a Zero Hour mention on June 21, the first day of the session. Karnataka crisis triggered by Rahul’s exit, claims Rajnath Singh SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Karnatakacenter_img SHARE politics RELATED Rajya Sabha COMMENTSlast_img read more