Revealed: The Premier League’s strangest middle names

first_imgIf only we could write something like ‘Thor’, ‘Exequiel’ or ‘Nikodem’ when filling out our name on a passport application form.We can’t, as we are not as exotic as a number of the Premier League’s best players, some who boast the above as their middle name.Watch the video to see the top 10 player middle names in the English top flight.Click here to see other videos on talkSPORT’s very own YouTube channel.last_img

New fire engine on the way to Gweedore

first_imgGweedore Fire Station is set to be provided with a new fire engine in the coming weeks.The new Class B Fire Engine will replace the current 15 year old unit.Sinn Féin TD for Donegal Pearse Doherty has welcomed news of the allocation. He said: “I understand funding has been approved and the engine is under construction and will be assigned to Gweedore. This will replace a 15 year old vehicle. “The crew and staff of Gweedore Fire Station keep our community safe and deserve the best and most up to date equipment. I am delighted the new engine will be delivered before Summer.“ New fire engine on the way to Gweedore was last modified: June 18th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sweating Blood Can Be a Disease or a Response to Stress

first_imgBlood oozing out of the skin can have more than one cause, say scientists.A young woman in Italy has a “rare and mysterious condition that causes her to sweat blood,” reports Live Science. The condition, called hematohidrosis, appears to be due to a blood disorder, because it occurs spontaneously without a known trigger.The Italian woman said that there did not appear to be a single trigger to her bleeding — it could occur while she was asleep, or while she was exercising or under stress. She said that she had become socially isolated as a result of her condition, and she experienced symptoms of depression and panic disorder, the report said.Tests showed that it was indeed blood on her face, and not “colored sweat,” which can occur in certain conditions. An analysis of her skin under a microscope showed normal skin tissue, the report said.Reports of “sweating blood” go back to ancient times, but until 1600, no eyewitness accounts were recorded, the article says. Nevertheless, doctors examining this woman no longer doubt the reality of the condition.But after conducting a review of recent cases of hematohidrosis — 28 cases in the last 13 years — Duffin concluded that the condition really does exist. “Credible, though scant, observations of sweating blood persist” in the medical literature, she wrote in her commentary. “This collection of well-documented observations commands respect and acceptance,” she said.However, nobody knows what causes the condition. Some researchers have hypothesized that increased pressure in blood vessels leads to the passage of blood cells through the ducts of the sweat glands, according to GARD. Others speculate the condition may be the result of activation of the body’s “fight or flight” response, which generally occurs when people experience sudden fear or stress. This response triggers the release of certain hormones that make a person more alert. But in rare cases, it may also cause the rupture of small blood vessels, resulting in bleeding, according to Healthline.Reports of Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane come to mind. Luke recorded in his gospel (Luke 22:44), “his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Being a doctor, Luke must have noted this as highly unusual. Since this was a unique incident in the life of Christ, who was vigorous and healthy through his many travels and ministry activities and healed many others, this was not a genetic abnormality. It must have been from extreme stress the Bible describes as “agony.”No human can imagine the stress of having to bear the weight of the world’s sins on the cross (just hours away as He prayed), and knowing that it would mean the Father rejecting the Son (“My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?” —quoting Psalm 22:1). Knowing in advance that this would mean enduring the hell that all human sinners deserve, the physical stress at that moment is incomprehensible. No wonder it brought on an episode of sweating great drops of blood. After angels ministered to Him, Jesus stood and faced the inevitable. For “the joy that was set before him [He] endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). His followers should take the Savior’s fortitude as an example: “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted,” the next verse says. “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” Yet many have, as the writer of Hebrews detailed in the end of the previous chapter, and many persecuted Christians suffer today around the world. No man’s sufferings can compare with what Christ endured. Let us be thankful that Jesus went the distance, and now reigns as our intercessor. If you are a Christ follower, your sins were nailed on the cross with Jesus (Colossians 2:13-14). He took your pain. Let Him have your life—the reasonable response (Romans 12:1-2).(Visited 294 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Music fest in South Africa’s Darling

first_imgEvita Bezuidenhout, famous Afrikaner socialite and alter ego of comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys, is Darling’s most famous resident. (Image: Evita se Perron) The music on offer at this year’s Darling Music Experience will vary from classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works as well as jazz interpretations of classical favourites. (Image: Darling Music Experience) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alfred Legner   Darling Music Experience  +27 72 015 1653RELATED ARTICLES • Pieter-Dirk Uys scoops Teddy Award • Jock to grace SA screens again • Building bridges with classical music • Wouter Kellerman: magic on flute • Future of SA’s arts in good hands Wilma den HartighThe West Coast village of Darling is hosting its annual classical festival in February 2012, but don’t expect a highbrow affair.The Darling Music Experience is shifting perceptions of classical music, giving it a contemporary feel and making the music genre more accessible to a wider audience.South Africa’s DarlingThe village of Darling, a quirky little place situated in South Africa’s West Coast region, is a suitable spot for a festival celebrating classical music.The town’s appeal as a cultural hub has much to do with its most famous resident, Evita Bezuidenhout, famous Afrikaner socialite and alter ego of comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys.What started out as a small farming village many years ago, became a trendy little town when Tannie (Afrikaans for Aunty) Evita, South Africa’s most glamorous granny, moved in.Here she opened Evita se Perron, a cabaret venue, restaurant, bar and arts and craft market.Now the town is a popular artistic hangout and home to many of South Africa’s most esteemed musicians, artists, performers and composers.The Darling Music ExperienceThe Darling Music Experience was the idea of three music enthusiasts: David Tidboald, a renowned South African conductor; composer Hendrik Hofmeyr, one of the country’s best known younger composers; and Alfred Legner, a music enthusiast.Legner says that the Darling Music Experience, now in its seventh year, started out as a classical chamber music festival.“But now the festival has become more accessible and diverse,” he says.This year, the main inspiration for the festival is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and visitors to the festival can expect unusual interpretations of works on instruments such as marimbas and penny whistles.The music on offer will vary from classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works as well as jazz interpretations of classical favourites.“Every year we have a good blend of local performers and international music stars,” he says.New artistsLegner says the festival is a great platform for new musicians and performers to showcase their work. Each year, a top local composer is commissioned to write a piece especially for the festival.“This is a very important aspect of the festival,” he says. “In doing so the Darling Music Experience nurtures and showcases the exceptional talent we have in our country.”More than just musicLegner points out that the festival is about more than listening to good music – delicious local food, the town’s inviting atmosphere and well-known Darling wines are part of the experience.“By pairing music with good food and wine we are adding an element of fun. We can’t sell music in the traditional sense anymore,” he says. “We have to sell ambience.”As part of the food and wine festivities, visitors can enjoy an introduction to champagne-making with winemaker Lukas Wentzel.The venues for the concerts are also a step away from the traditional settings, and include beautiful wine estates, Darling’s lovely old Presbyterian Church, village barns, and even a vlei, which is Afrikaans for marsh or meadow.Musical outreachAs part of the festival’s social responsibility efforts, The Darling Music Experience established a musical outreach initiative, known as the “Darling Music for all” programme.The initiative raises funds to pay for music tuition and buy instruments for needy children in local communities around Darling.“The school has grown so much that 40 children are playing musical instruments now,” Legner says.Through the music school and the festival’s unconventional approach to classical music, the genre is losing its traditional, old school appeal.“Established audiences are shrinking. Through the music programme we can create a new audience for classical music,” he says.• The Darling Music Experience takes place from 3 to 12 February in Darling.last_img read more

South Africa raises women’s health awareness at UN

first_img29 September 2015Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, South Africa’s first lady, has used her presence in New York City, where she is attending the 70th session of the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA), to promote women’s health awareness.Arriving in #NYC for historic #UNGA#UN70 Adoption of 17 new global goals for sustainable development by 2030 pic.twitter.com/JNT3I2Kczd— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation)September 28, 2015Two issues relevant to women’s health, namely cancer, especially cervical and breast cancer, and HIV prevention and treatment, were in focus.Madiba-Zuma participated in UNGA meetings such as “Putting cancer on the global agenda: the time to act now” on 27 September, as well as the Organisation of First Ladies Against HIV and Aids roundtable event, “Building on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to invest in the post-2015 development agenda”, on 28 September. The latter had a focus on adolescent and young people’s health.African #firstladies use our voices for continued advocacy for a #cancersmart world #pnbcf#UNGApic.twitter.com/MdIoVcQn0d— TMZ Foundation (@tmzfoundation) September 28, 2015“The only way we are going to address women’s sexual and reproductive health including cervical and breast cancer, HIV, Aids and TB, is to ensure that policies, programmes and services are integrated,” she said. “When a woman visits a health care provider, whether it is a GP or a nurse at a clinic, she should be treated as a whole person with a range of health needs.“It is my responsibility to the people of South Africa to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive health is kept high on the national and global agenda,” she said.South Africa’s progressSouth Africa has the biggest HIV treatment programme in the world and has managed to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV at six weeks from 8% in 2008 to 2.6% in 2013. Currently, though, adolescent girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24 are being left behind by the national Aids response.Madiba-Zuma advocated for strategic yet innovative and flexible strategies for adolescent girls and young women with regards to HIV prevention and treatment, with a clear link to sexual and reproductive health.Through the Thobeka Madiba-Zuma Foundation, she works locally and globally with partners to advance the agenda on breast and cervical cancer, HIV and TB.UNGA 70This year’s General Assembly is historic for two reasons: it marks the 70th anniversary of the UN and the MDGs make way for the adoption of new global goals for sustainable development.“The 70th anniversary of the UN is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements,” said secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. “It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights.”More than 150 world leaders have gathered for the UN Sustainable Development Summit at UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new sustainable development agenda. This agenda will serve as the platform for action by the international community and governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for the next 15 years.Vaccination programmeThe first round of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination campaign ran from 23 February to 20 March this year. The campaign was conducted by the national Department of Health to protect young girls from getting cervical cancer caused by HPV. All girls in Grade Four who were nine years and older were to be vaccinated provided their parents had signed the consent forms. An estimated 500 000 girls in 18 000 public schools were to be vaccinated.South Africa took a major step towards protecting women against cervical cancer on 12 March 2014 when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi launched the government’s HPV vaccine campaign, targeting girls aged between nine and 12 years old.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year. The vaccination campaign will run during March and April. After six months, the same girls will receive the second dose of the vaccine.“Today, South Africa [becomes] one of the few countries on the continent to provide this vaccine to all Grade 4 learners,” Motsoaledi said at the launch. “The one country which provides this vaccine is Zambia, and it only gives 25 000 vaccines. It’s a serious disease affecting women around the world.”About 3 000 health workers have been trained to administer the vaccine, according to the Health Department. The Treasury has allocated R400-million for the campaign.Madiba-Zuma was at the launch in 2014, and said that many women died painful deaths as a result of breast and cervical cancers. “South Africa today is witnessing a huge milestone, a step towards the right direction, which is prevention is better than cure,” she said at the time.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 26th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cloudy, cool conditions allowed planting progression in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 24th. Prevailing humidity, cloud cover and cool temperatures yielded little opportunity for curing of dry hay, and most fields that were cut went to silage or baleage.  Planting of processing tomatoes and peppers was underway along with other specialty crops. Increased humidity is bringing concern for disease development in wheat. Scattered showers occurred over the past week, however many areas haven’t had much rainfall in recent weeks, contributing to a growing seasonal deficit.View the full report herelast_img

BJP ally begins campaign in Assam against Citizenship Bill

first_imgThe Asom Gana Parishad, one of two allies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam, on Saturday began a mass signature campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill of 2016 that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims facing persecution in countries neighbouring India.Various parties and NGOs have been protesting against the Bill since the 16-member Joint Parliamentary Committee began its hearing in Assam and Meghalaya on Monday. While the Meghalaya government opposed the Bill, its Assam counterpart said it would wait for the Supreme Court-monitored exercise to update the National Register of Citizens to be over by June 30 before reacting. The BJP is a constituent of the government in both northeastern States. “We will organise the signature campaign across Assam till May 30. We are against the Bill that will threaten the existence of the indigenous peoples and will not hesitate to pull out of the government if the Bill is pushed through,” AGP president and Minister Atul Bora said.Saturday also saw the members of the North East Students’ Organisation, with representatives of the eight northeastern States, staging a protest against the Bill in Guwahati.last_img read more

Promising technology could improve detection diagnosis of fatal ovarian cancer

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 14 2018Ovarian cancer claims the lives of more than 14,000 in the U.S. each year, ranking fifth among cancer deaths in women. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis has found an innovative way to use sound and light, or photoacoustic, imaging to diagnose ovarian tumors, which may lead to a promising new diagnostic imaging technique to improve current standard of care for patients with ovarian cancer.Quing Zhu, professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and of radiology, and a team of physicians and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently conducted a pilot study using co-registered photoacoustic tomography with ultrasound to evaluate ovarian tumors on 16 patients at the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Results of the study were recently published online in Radiology.”When ovarian cancer is detected at an early, localized stage — stage 1 or 2 — the five-year survival rate after surgery and chemotherapy is 70 to 90 percent, compared with 20 percent or less when it is diagnosed at later stages, 3 or 4,” said Zhu, a pioneer of combining ultrasound and near-infrared imaging modalities for cancer diagnosis and treatment assessment. “Clearly, early detection is critical, yet due the lack of effective screening tools only 20-25 percent of ovarian cancers are diagnosed early. If detected in later stages, the survival rate is very low.”In their approach, researchers use transvaginal ultrasound to obtain information about ovarian tumors, but ultrasound lacks accuracy in diagnosis of ovarian masses, Zhu said. Photoacoustic tomography, however, gives researchers a very detailed look at the tumor’s vasculature, or tumor angiogenesis, and blood oxygen saturation (sO2) by lighting up the tumor’s vasculature bed and allowing for more accurate diagnoses of ovarian masses seen by ultrasound.Both tumor angiogenesis and tumor sO2 are related to tumor growth, metabolism and therapeutic response. The Washington University team is the only team using co-registered photoacoustic imaging and ultrasound to diagnose ovarian cancer.In the pilot study, Zhu and her team created a sheath with optical fibers that wrap around a standard transvaginal ultrasound probe. The optical fibers are connected to a laser. Once the probe is inside the patient, Zhu turns the laser on, which shines through the vaginal muscle wall. With photoacoustic tomography, the light from the laser propagates, gets absorbed by the tumor and generates sound waves, revealing information about the tumor angiogenesis and sO2 inside the ultrasound-visible ovaries. A normal ovary contains a lot of collagen, Zhu said, but an ovary with invasive cancers has extensive blood vessels and lower sO2.The team used two biomarkers to characterize the ovaries: relative total hemoglobin concentration (rHbT), which is directly related to tumor angiogenesis, and mean oxygen saturation (sO2). In this pilot study, the team found that the rHbT was 1.9 times higher for invasive epithelial cancerous ovaries, which make up 90 percent of ovarian cancers, than for normal ovaries. The mean oxygen saturation of invasive epithelial cancers was 9.1 percent lower than normal and benign ovaries. All five invasive epithelial cancerous ovaries, including two stage 1 and 2 cancers, showed extensive rHbT distribution and lower sO2.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancer”Physicians are very excited about this because it might bring significant change into current clinical practice,” Zhu said. “It is very valuable to detect and diagnose ovarian cancers at early stages. It is also important to provide information and assurance to patients that there is no worry about their ovaries, instead of removing a patient’s ovaries. This technology can also be valuable to monitor high-risk patients who have increased risk of ovarian and breast cancers due to their genetic mutations. The current standard of care for these women is performing risk reduction surgeries to remove their ovaries at some point, which affects their quality of life and causes other health problems.””We are very fortunate to participate in this research endeavor headed by Dr. Zhu,” said Cary Siegel, MD, professor of radiology and chief of gastrointestinal/genitourinary radiology at the School of Medicine. “This photoacoustic imaging study has great potential to better identify ovarian cancers and may play a valuable role in screening high-risk patients and triaging patients for follow-up imaging or surgical excision.”Zhu credits her physician collaborators, including Siegel; Matthew Powell, MD, associate professor and chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology; Ian Hagemann, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology & immunology; David Mutch, MD, the Ira C. and Judith Gall Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the radiology team and the entire gynecology group, as well as her doctoral students Sreyankar Nandy, Atahar Mostafa and Eghbal Amidi, who worked on instrumentation, control software and data processing.”I really appreciated this as a group effort to bring the study to this point,” Zhu said. “This technology may provide a means to improve early ovarian cancer detection, help avoid surgery in most patients with a normal or benign ovary, substantially reduce medical costs, and improve women’s quality of life. We look forward to bringing this study to the next level.”These initial results will need to be validated with more patients, Zhu said, and the team is applying for funding to conduct a large clinical trial.Source: https://source.wustl.edu/2018/11/hopeful-technology-could-change-detection-diagnosis-of-deadly-ovarian-cancer/last_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

Dog walking increases risk of bone fractures in older adults

first_imgDog walking has a number of physical and emotional benefits, and many older people regularly walk dogs to stay active and enjoy the company of their pets. However, the number of older people needing medical treatment for injuries associated with walking dogs has seen a significant increase, up from 1,700 in 2014 to 4,400 in 2017, approximately.A retrospective, cross-sectional analysis formed the basis of the study, with information taken from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which provides anonymous data on product- and activity-related injuries available to the public. It includes around 100 US hospital emergency departments.The team reviewed 1033 fracture cases occurring between 2004 and 2017 in patients of 65 years or older. Their review discovered a sex disparity in injury burden, with women suffering the most fracture cases, urging that older women be made “aware of the risk” of dog ownership.Hip fractures were the most common injury sustained, with the upper extremity being the most frequently injured region, including wrist, upper arm, finger, and shoulder fractures. Out of all patients, 28.7 percent required hospital treatment.Mortality rates related to hip fractures in patients over 65 almost reach 30%. This is due to hip fractures leading to sudden, significant changes in lifestyle, such as decreased activity levels and mobility.The publication acknowledged some limitations to the study, stating, “our findings likely underestimate the morbidity associated with elderly Americans walking leashed dogs.”The study, which is believed to be the first of its kind, only investigated reported fracture cases, and cases from people who visited an emergency room. Other injuries, such as tendon and muscle damage, and patients who did not wish to follow up other types of care were not included in the study.Details like the size of the dogs and whether operative interventions were needed were also not included in the investigation.The study, which was published in JAMA Surgery on March 6th 2019, does not intend to deter older people from staying active by walking dogs. Instead, it aims to draw “attention to an activity that can result in significant injury.”It goes on to say that for “older adults – especially those living alone and with decreased bone mineral density – the risks associated with walking leashed dogs merit consideration.” By Lois Zoppi, BAMar 8 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Older Americans who stay active by dog walking are more likely to fracture a bone than their peers, according to a new study by Penn Medicine researchers. Everyday actions mean everyday consequences. […] While it is important for medicine to sometimes focus on the rarer but devastating conditions such as cancer and heart attacks, we also have to remember that understanding and improving the little things in life can have a dramatic, positive effect.”Jaimo Ahn, MD, Ph.D., Senior Author Discussing their findings, authors of the study wrote that clinicians could help minimize risk of fractures in older people by “advocating for preventative actions, such as obedience training […] or suggesting smaller dog breeds”. Source:Fractures in Elderly Americans Associated With Walking Leashed Dogs. JAMA Surgery. 2019.last_img read more