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first_img“I’m delighted with the win,” said a delighted Connolly after the race. “Laura led the race for the first 5km, and then I pushed on from there to the finish line.”“I plan to run the Frank Duffy Dublin 10 mile.“And I hope to toe the line for the Dublin Marathon in October,” added Connolly who competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic marathon. Olympian Paul Pollock set a new KBC race series record to win the South Dublin 10K with a time of 29:28. This time improved on Mick Clohisey’s race series record of 29:44 ran at the 2015 Fingal 10k.Clohisey the reigning national marathon champion matched that time to finish second with Hiko Tanosa third in 30:03. Mark Kenneally was fourth in 30:30.The field ran into a headwind for the first 5km with Raheny man Clohisey taking on the early pace before Pollock made a surge of speed to break away from the leading pack.All three Olympic Marathon runners; Pollock, Clohisey and Keneally are committing to racing in the KBC Dublin Marathon on Sunday October 27.“I was thrilled with that, it was a beautiful course out there” explained Pollock. “There was a great atmosphere and buzz around.”“It was great to have a good race against Mick and Tanosa. The next goal for me is the Berlin Marathon in a few weeks, and Dublin is part of the plan too.”Clohisey is also opting to race in the KBC Dublin Marathon over the World Championships which are set to take place in Doha in October in less than favourable conditions for the distance.“My wife is expecting a baby in September so it will be a different kind of a build-up to the race. I hope to make it to the start line in good nick” explained Clohisey.Over 3,500 competitors ran the South Dublin 10k, with the start and finish at Grange Castle Business Park in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, taking in Corkagh Park and the Grand Canal Walkway.Next in the KBC Race Series 2019, is the Frank Duffy 10 Mile on Saturday August 24th. The KBC Dublin Half Marathon will take place on Saturday September 21st.The sold-out 2019 Dublin Marathon, celebrating its 40th Anniversary with KBC, has a record entry of 22,500. The runners take the start-line on Sunday, October 27.Derry’s Breege Connolly wins South Dublin 10K was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet City of DerryDerry’s Breege Connolly Wins South Dublin 10KDublin MarathonFrank Duffy 10 MilleOlympian CITY of Derry’s Breege Connolly landed the KBC South Dublin 10K in windy conditions on Sunday morning.Olympian Connolly was first across the line in the women’s field clocking 35 minutes 19 seconds, followed by previous Dublin Marathon national titleholder Laura Graham in 35:40. Scotland’s Gemma Rankin was third in 35:46.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


Standard Ranked Rashguard

first_img Standard Ranked Rashguard Latest From MMA Warehouse Latest From Our Partners MMA Fighting Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Sale For the last five years, it’s become increasingly hard to tell Heath Herring from a red herring. The “Texas Crazy Horse” spent a dozen years in the cage facing the full scroll of heavyweight giants in Pride and the UFC before a vague contract dispute with the latter sort of sent him off like a tumbleweed down the 101 freeway towards Hollywood. Since that night five years ago in Minneapolis, back when he was bull-rushed and battered by Brock Lesnar at UFC 87, he has been cast as the prototypical bad guy in every kind of B-film known to never touch the silver screen. He went onto the World Series poker circuit, and ebbed and flowed with the cards that came down the river. He became a stuntman. For a brief few moments there he was scheduled to face Cain Velasquez in Germany at UFC 99. But he didn’t end up going to Cologne, and he never did resurface in the Octagon again. Though he wasn’t ever given his official release from the UFC, one day he just sort of stopped fighting. Heath Herring “the fighter” has become, through the passage of time, Heath Herring “the cameo.””I want to go fight, but my problem is for a lot of it — where are you going to put your energy and time and efforts?” Herring, momentarily in Las Vegas, told MMA Fighting. “And I think sometimes you start getting spread too thin, and pulled in too many directions. It’s not that I wouldn’t fight. There’s been plenty of offers to go do it. But obviously I had that UFC contract dispute, and there weren’t a lot of other places to go. More than anything, that’s sort of been my problem I think.”At 35 years old, with five years of accumulated ring rust, the nomad from Waco would appear to be silhouetted on that far-off sunset. Though he and the UFC aren’t on “speaking terms,” and that dissension remains cryptic and personal, the UFC recently filed him some paperwork that said he is still under contract. Even still, Herring is in no big rush to take off his boots again. One of the big reasons for that is that Herring has become, wouldn’t you know it, a fight game promoter himself. He is breaking ground for professional MMA down in Argentina and the most southerly reaches of South America. These days Herring is learning legit Spanish (rather than the pidgin variety that’s spoken from Beaumont to the Texas panhandle) and enjoying life on the outside of the cage where he can get his fight fix vicariously.”I started a fight company down there actually called Combate Extremo,” he says. “And it’s doing really well. We had our first event in July in Buenos Aires, and it actually went phenomenal. It was sold out. We got a TV deal with Canal 13, which is like I guess the equivalent of their CBS to us, the largest TV network. That was really cool. It was really cool actually to go to the president [of Canal 13’s] office and talk to them.”Herring says he got into the racket of fight game promotion/production in his usual driftwood manner: Somebody tossed the idea out there half willy-nilly, and he said okay. In this case, it was film director/former kickboxer Hector Echavarria, an Argentinean living in Los Angeles who’d worked with Herring on a couple of movies.”Actually, last year when we were shooting a movie out in LA together, Echavarria said, ‘hey, have you ever thought about doing a fight company down in South America?’ And I was like, no, not really,” Herring says. “I’ve met so many crazy people in this weird life I’ve had. Half the time when people tell me stuff it goes in one ear and out the other. But they were like we’re going to do this, and we’ll have you come down. So I was like, okay. We’d shot the movie end of November, early December. They called in January or February, and said we got your ticket, come down.”Worst case scenario I get a free trip to Argentina, make a little bit of cash, and I can’t lose,” he says. “So I went.” That free trip has led to many happy returns. The first show was held in a suburb of Buenos Aires, which Herring likens to Tokyo with its multitudes of districts. It will air on Canal 13 once the political season, which consumes the airwaves from morning ’til night, has passed. Meanwhile bootleg footage is hard to come by here in the States (and there are no immediate plans to stream the fights for northern interests).Herring, who is listed as Combate Extremo’s vice president, said the Buenos Aires locals turned out in fervor to see headliners Icho Larenas and Cristian Torres do battle. Much of the organization’s roster is comprised of Argentineans, and he says he’s surprised by the amount of talent they’re uncovering. Holding the event at a venue that “safely holds 5,000,” Herring was happy to see the place was packed (perhaps, he says, a little beyond a fire marshal’s comfort zone). “We use the unified rules,” he says. “There was a big debate about that. I think we’ll have to do some training with the referees. The crowd, there were a couple of fights that went to a decision the crowd wasn’t happy with, but mostly because an Argentinean lost.” Combate Extremo’s next event will happen in Asuncion, Paraguay, sandwiched between Argentina and the MMA-hotbed of Brazil, on January 18, 2014. It’s not like he’ll need a machete to hack away vines and drooping overgrowth en-route, but then again, there are challenges.”Paraguay isn’t that far away from Argentina geographically, but going with equipment from Buenos Aires to Asuncion is all rainforest, and there’s like…rebels and stuff, so it’s a challenge,” he says. “Even though it might be a day’s drive, it might as well be across the whole planet, because driving a million dollar satellite truck through the rainforest with armed rebels isn’t really a kosher deal.”Herring didn’t put up the most mind-boggling numbers in his time with the UFC, but it wasn’t like he was facing stumblebums, either. Before being fed to Brock Lesnar at UFC 87, Herring had a 2-2 run in the UFC’s heavyweight division. He beat Cheick Kongo at UFC 82 and Brad Imes at UFC 69.Going back to his fights in Japan, though, Herring really did face a carousel of the fight game’s nastiest customers. Guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Vitor Belfort, Mark Kerr and Mirko Cro Cop. He was fighting fellow Texas Evan Tanner when he was only 20 years old in the local corral. Though he was never a champion, Herring had his moments throughout his decade-long career, and is a live connection to the game’s historic figures. And yet, even after a five-year absence, he’s only 35.Given that, along with the relative dearth of heavyweights fighting in the UFC right now, can he envision making another appearance in the Octagon before it’s all said and done?”Possibly,” he says. “But I’m really trying to get this thing going on down south, because I enjoy that. I’m definitely not saying I’m above fighting, that’s for sure. Because I love the game, and I love to do — and I keep thinking I’m old, but at 35 I’m not that old.”For now, though, Herring is cool with midnight dinners and goblets of good Argentine wine and walking the red carpet at Mann’s Chinese Theater for his latest premiere of the B action movie, Chavez: Cage of Glory, in which he plays a bad guy. “I’ve always got to have something crazy happening,” he says. “For me it was just so much fun to be on the other side of the cage and be on the side of building it up and getting it going. It was really kind of surreal. And that first show was successful and went well. I’d traveled so much all over the world and it’s always the same — everybody who’s there loves it, and everybody’s who’s there wants to see more.” Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo More: ProMax 440 BJJ GI Accessories Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Standard BJJ Gi Photo via Getty Imagescenter_img Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Apparel Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Lockdown duffle bag Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Good Night Tee ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Gloves Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson More From Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contenderlast_img read more


GES and EventMB Release Event Storytelling Playbook

first_imgA business case for storytellingLearn a six-point plan for resonating with your audience How to tell a good storyDiscover four tips to make sure your story resonates Report Covers the Power of Storytelling for Content Marketing, Attendee Learnings and Channeling the Attendee ExperienceGES, a global full-service provider for live events, partnered with EventMB Studio on the Event Storytelling Playbook. The report provides insights for event planners, exhibitors and general marketers on getting more business by leveraging the power of stories.The Storytelling Playbook examines:What are stories and why do they work?Understand how a story-based event is an immersive, persuasive experience Why does storytelling matter?Gain insight into how storytelling is content marketing applied to your attendee experience CMPEvent Storytelling PlaybookEventMB StudioGESMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleDXC Technology 600 Brings Great INDYCAR Racing, “Digital Fan Experience of the Future” to Texas Motor SpeedwayNext ArticleNICE Research Study Finds 91% of Contact Center IT Staff Consider Compliance Software Investments a Prioritycenter_img Lessons in storytelling from Hollywood and Madison AvenueExplore techniques used by Hollywood and Madison Avenue to make your stories more powerful Marketing Technology News: Nami ML Emerges from Stealth to Unveil the Future of Mobile App SubscriptionsStorytelling is the secret weapon to having more engaged attendees and eventually more successful experiences and activations. To learn more, download your copy of the Event Storytelling Playbook, here. In addition, Event professionals can earn one CE Credit from the Event Storytelling Playbook. EventMB is a CMP Preferred Provider accredited by the Events Industry Council.Marketing Technology News: Intertrust and Vewd Partner to Introduce Next Generation Content Protection for HbbTVGES, a Viad Corp company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. With operations around the world including Europe, North America, and the Middle East, GES partners with leading shows and brands, including the Spring Fair Birmingham, IDEX, Ipex, ADIPEC, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, MAGIC Pfizer, Bell Helicopter, Warner Bros. and WorldSkills. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past 10 years, and for the 10th year in a row, Ad Age has named GES as one of the Nation’s Largest Experiential/Event Marketing Agency Networks.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minutes GES and EventMB Release Event Storytelling Playbook PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:07 pmJune 10, 2019 last_img read more


Measles can be deadly for people with weakened immune systems

first_img Source:http://www.idsociety.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 1 2018Last year, a 26-year-old man receiving treatment for leukemia went to a Swiss hospital’s emergency room with a fever, a sore throat, and a cough, and was admitted. His condition worsened, and 17 days later, he died from severe complications of measles. The man’s weakened immune system was unable to fight off the disease, even though he was vaccinated against measles as a child.A new report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases describes the man’s case, highlighting the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage in the community to help protect people with compromised immune systems from measles and other vaccine-preventable infections. “Measles is not harmless, it’s a serious disease,” said the report’s lead author, Philipp Jent, MD, of Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern in Switzerland. “There is a responsibility to vaccinate yourself to protect others, not only to protect yourself.”Following the patient’s admission in February of 2017, he developed additional symptoms over the next several days, including a progressive rash, mouth sores, and conjunctivitis, that suggested measles, although he had been fully vaccinated against the disease with the recommended two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the 1990s. A throat swab test confirmed the measles infection. Treatment with ribavirin (an antiviral drug), immunoglobulins (a type of antibody), and vitamin A did not improve his condition. He subsequently developed severe pneumonia and died.The case illustrates how serious measles can be, particularly for people with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatment or other causes. It also underscores the importance of herd immunity in protecting these vulnerable individuals, the report’s authors noted. When vaccination rates in a community are high enough, vaccine-preventable diseases like measles are less likely to spread, which helps protect those who cannot be vaccinated (such as newborns not old enough to be immunized) or, like the patient in this case, for whom vaccines are not as effective.Related StoriesMeasles vaccination associated with health, schooling benefits among childrenVaccination helps protect the public from measlesMeasles vaccination for all to prevent future disease outbreaksWhen the proportion of people in a community who are vaccinated drops below this threshold, however, as it has for measles immunizations in several European countries, outbreaks are more likely. More than 41,000 children and adults in Europe were infected with measles during the first half of 2018, according to the World Health Organization, exceeding the annual total of European cases reported in any previous year this decade. In the U.S., there had been 142 confirmed cases of measles in 2018 as of early October, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data released by CDC in October also showed a gradual but concerning climb in the numbers of U.S. children who reach their second birthday without having received any recommended vaccines.”Ongoing efforts to raise confidence in vaccines and increase population immunity should be intensified,” the authors wrote in the case report’s conclusion. Physicians caring for people with compromised immune systems, the authors noted, should also ensure that those in close contact with these patients, such as family members and friends, are fully vaccinated.Fast Facts People with weakened immune systems are at risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, even if they have been vaccinated. In this case, a 26-year-old Swiss man undergoing treatment for leukemia contracted measles and died from severe complications of the infection, despite being fully vaccinated against measles as a child. Maintaining high enough levels of vaccination coverage in the broader community, also known as herd immunity, can limit the spread of measles and other diseases and help protect those who are especially vulnerable.last_img read more


New video gameled training device helps stroke survivors regain arm mobility

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 20 2019Severely impaired stroke survivors are regaining function in their arms after sometimes decades of immobility, thanks to a new video game-led training device invented by Northwestern Medicine scientists.When integrated with a customized video game, the device, called a myoelectric computer interface (MyoCI), helped retrain stroke survivors’ arm muscles into moving more normally. Most of the 32 study participants experienced increased arm mobility and reduced arm stiffness while they were using the training interface. Most participants retained their arm function a month after finishing the training.The study will be published March 19 in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.Many stroke survivors can’t extend their arm forward with a straight elbow because the muscles act against each other in abnormal ways, called “abnormal co-activation” or “abnormal coupling.”The Northwestern device identifies which muscles are abnormally coupled and retrains the muscles into moving normally by using their electrical muscle activity (called electromyogram, or EMG) to control a cursor in a customized video game. The more the muscles decouple, the higher the person’s score. (More on how the device works below)”We gamified the therapy into an ’80s-style video game,” said senior author Dr. Marc Slutzky, associate professor of neurology and of physiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine neurologist. “It’s rather basic graphics by today’s standards but it’s entertaining enough.”Slutzky and his co-authors have paired with a company on an early version of a wearable device to study at-home use with patients. The device communicates wirelessly with a laptop or tablet and the goal is to make this a completely wireless, wearable device.”The beauty of this is even if the benefit doesn’t persist for months or years, patients with a wearable device could do a ‘tune-up’ session every couple weeks, months or whenever they need it,” said Slutzky, whose team designed the original device. “Long-term, I envision having flexible, fully wireless electrodes that an occupational therapist could quickly apply in their office, and patients could go home and train by themselves.”Slutzky also is studying this method on stroke patients in the hospital, starting within a week of their stroke.A NEW TYPE OF STROKE THERAPY:Abnormal coupling of muscles leaves many stroke patients with a bent elbow, which makes it difficult to benefit from typical task-based stroke-rehabilitation therapies, such as training on bathing, getting dressed and eating.Only about 30 percent of stroke patients in the United States receive therapy after their initial in-patient rehabilitation stay, often because their injury is too severe to benefit from standard therapy, it costs too much, or they’re too far from a therapist. This small, preliminary study lays the groundwork for inexpensive, wearable, at-home therapy options for severely impaired stroke survivors.”We’re still in the very early stages but I’m hopeful this may be an effective new type of stroke therapy,” Slutzky said. “The goal is to one day let patients buy the training device inexpensively, potentially without even needing insurance and use it wirelessly in their home.”Related StoriesMeasuring blood protein levels in diabetic patients to predict risk of strokeNew discovery may explain some forms of strokeStem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatmentHOPE FOR SEVERELY IMPAIRED STROKE SURVIVORS:Patients in the study were severely impaired – could only slightly move their arm and extend their elbow- and had had their stroke at least six months prior to beginning the study. The average patient was more than six years out from their stroke and some were decades out.After Slutzky’s intervention, study participants could, on average, extend their elbow angle by 11 degrees more than before the intervention, which was a pleasant surprise, Slutzky said.”Classically, in patients that far out from a stroke, we don’t typically expect to see any improvements, but we saw modest yet significant improvement in these patients,” Slutzky said.This type of treatment only requires a small amount of muscle activation, which is advantageous for severely impaired stroke patients who typically can’t move enough to even begin standard physical therapy. It also gives feedback to the patient if they’re activating their muscles properly.”We learn how to move by trial and error,” Slutzky said. “If you don’t have any feedback about the errors, it’s hard to learn to improve movement. This task provides patients with clear feedback about their muscle activation.”HOW THE DEVICE WORKS:To identify which muscles were abnormally coupled, study participants attempted to reach out to multiple different targets while the scientists recorded the electrical activity in eight of their arm muscles using electrodes attached to the skin. For example, the biceps and anterior deltoid muscles in the arm often activated together in stroke participants, while they normally shouldn’t.Then, to retrain the muscles into moving normally (i.e., without abnormally co-activating), the participants used their electrical muscle activity to control a cursor in a customized video game. The two abnormally coupled muscles moved the cursor in either horizontal or vertical directions, in proportion to their EMG amplitude. For example, if the biceps would contract in isolation, the cursor would move up. If the anterior muscles would contract in isolation, the cursor would move to the side. But if the muscles would contract together, the cursor would move diagonally.The goal was to move the cursor only vertically or horizontally – not diagonally – to acquire targets in the game. To get a high score, participants had to learn to decouple the abnormally coupled muscles.Muscles tend to produce more electrical muscle activity when contracting isometrically (without moving) compared to when moving the arm freely, but the ultimate goal of this training is to enable home use. One goal of this study was to see if participants could benefit without restraining the arm as much as with restraining the arm.Participants were broken into three groups: 60 minutes of training with their arm restrained; 90 minutes of training with their arm restrained; and 90 minutes of training without arm restraints. Overall, arm function improved substantially in all groups and there was no significant difference between the three groups.Source: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/03/stroke-rehab-game/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


Culturally competent robots – the future in elderly care

first_imgAlessandro Saffiotti is convinced that robots in the future will play a more prominent role in our lives. Therefore, their ability to take into consideration cultural differences will be all that more essential. Credit: Örebro Universitet Future robots will assist the elderly while adapting to the culture of the individual they are caring for. The first of this type of robots are now being tested in retirement homes within the scope of “Caresses,” an interdisciplinary project where AI researchers from Örebro University are participating. “Already today, robots are present in our lives. They’re found in our schools, hospitals, our homes and businesses, and we believe that if they are also culturally competent, they will more easily be accepted by the people they interact with,” says Alessandro Saffiotti, Professor of Computer Science at Örebro University.For two years, he has been working together with researchers from Europe and Japan to add cultural skills to a robot – a world’s first. This means that the robot may adapt the way it moves, talks, gestures and how it suggests appropriate topics of conversation depending on the individual it is interacting with.”The idea is that robots should be capable of adapting to human culture in a broad sense, defined by a person’s belonging to a particular ethnic group. At the same time, robots must be able to adapt to an individual’s personal preferences, so in that sense, it doesn’t matter if you’re Italian or Indian,” says Alessandro Saffiotti.Tested by elderly from diverse cultural backgroundsThese robots will now be tested by the elderly from diverse cultural backgrounds in retirement homes in England and Japan.”We’ll be examining if people feel more comfortable with robots that take into account their culture and if their presence increases the quality of life of the elderly,” said Alessandro Saffiotti. Provided by Örebro Universitet Teaching robots how to interact with children with autism This newly developed type of artificial intelligence, which allows robots to adapt to the culture and habits of different people, should be able to be installed in all types of robots. The particular robot being tested within the framework of Caresses can remind users to take their medication, hold a simple conversation and encourage them to stay active and to keep in touch with family and friends.”The testing of robots outside of the laboratory environment and in interaction with the elderly will without a doubt be the most interesting part of our project,” he says.A natural part of our livesAlessandro Saffiotti is convinced that robots in the future will be more complex and play a more prominent role in our lives. Therefore, their ability to take into consideration cultural differences will be all that more essential.”It will add value to robots intended to interact with people. Which is not to say that today’s robots are completely culture-neutral. Instead, they unintentionally reflect the culture of the humans who build and program them.”Culturally competent robots have other advantages too, such as the economic aspects.”Companies should also be interested in selling robots to people of different cultural backgrounds in different countries,” says Alessandro Saffiotti. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Culturally competent robots – the future in elderly care (2018, September 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-culturally-robots-future-elderly.html Explore furtherlast_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


Ahead of seatsharing talks in NDA JDU raises pitch

first_imgThis April 10, 2018 photograph shows Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar   –  Ranjeet Kumar June 04, 2018 SHARE Says Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is the ‘big brother’ in Bihar Ahead of a meeting between the BJP and its allies in Bihar later this week, the Janata Dal (United) on Monday asserted that its President, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is the “big brother” in the State, just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the Centre.Speaking to BusinessLine after Kumar held a long meeting with JD(S) strategists including Pavan Varma and Prashant Kishore, party leader KC Tyagi said: “Nitish Kumar has the credibility and the experience in Bihar. He is the big brother in Bihar, just as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the Centre.”Tyagi said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), especially the BJP, had benefited from the credibility of Nitish Kumar, and that should not be ignored.The JD(U)’s posturing was clearly aimed at the other members of the NDA in the State — Ramvilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) – who are angling for a bigger share of seats in the Lok Sabha elections next year.In this week’s meeting, scheduled in Patna on June 7, all the district-level party workers of the NDA will meet and discuss their future political course. After a setback in the recent by-polls in different States, the BJP’s allies have found an opportunity to strike at the national party to bargain for better seat allocation.The BJP has, however, played down the JD(S)’s posturing. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said there was no contradiction in the matter and that the people of the State preferred Nitish as Chief Minister and Narendra Modi as PM.“Desh ke PM Narendra Modi hain, lekin Bihar ke neta to Nitish Kumar hain. Isliye Bihar me jo vote milega wo Narendra Modi ke naam par, aur Nitish Kumar ke kaam ke naam par. Isme virodhabhash kahan hai (The PM is a national leader and Nitish Kumar is a leader in Bihar. People of Bihar would vote for both the leaders. Where is the contradiction here?),” said Sushil Modi while replying to questions on whether Nitish Kumar would be the NDA’s face in Bihar next year.He said the distribution of seats will be hammered out between the allies amicably. “Koi vivad nahi hai. Jab dil mil gaye, to seat kaun si badi cheej hai. Har chunav ke andar kaun kitna ladega, nahi ladega, ye saara jis din baithenge, saari chijon ka aelan ho jaayega (There is no controversy. When we have aligned, then seats will naturally be adjusted. When we sit together, everything will be decided amicably).” COMMENT Published on politics SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more


Rajnath slams TMC says they created an unruly situation at Silchar airport

first_imgLok Sabha Home Minister Rajnath Singh today accused Trinamool Congress MPs of creating an “unruly situation” at the Silchar airport and said they were detained in view of intelligence inputs received by the Assam government on the law and order situation.Six leaders of the Trinamool Congress were yesterday detained at the Silchar airport while attempting to visit Assam post the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The six leaders left Assam this morning after overnight detention at the airport. The party has said the detention and “manhandling” of their colleagues at the Silchar airport shows there is an “undeclared emergency” in the country.’Afraid and nervous’In the Lok Sabha, Singh said since there were prohibitory orders in Assam, state officials had “requested” TMC MPs to return from the airport itself. “The Government of Assam had some information and based on intelligence inputs…In view of the prevailing law and order situation and so the situation does not deteriorate, TMC MPs were detained at the Silchar airport,” Singh said.TMC’s Kalyan Banerjee, in his speech, said citizens of India have right to move around anywhere in the country and these MPs had categorically told the state government officer at Silchar airport that “they would not hold any public meeting”.In his speech, Banerjee asked the Government if it was “afraid and nervous” because of the united force of the opposition in the run up to the 2019 general elections and hence had detained the MPs. “Parliamentarians have been deprived of the right to assess the situation arising in the country. There was no injuction or interim order passed by the Supreme Court that political meetings cannot be held in Assam,” Banerjee said.All courtesies extendedMaintaining that the MPs were extended all courtesies, the Home Minister said since there was no return flight to Kolkata or Delhi from Silchar, the MPs spent the night at the Silchar airport guest house and left for Kolkata this morning and have an onward flight to Delhi.“The kind of respect that should be shown to a public representative, similar respect was shown to TMC MPs. With folded hands the District Magistrate requested them to return. But without paying heed to the request, the MPs got into shoving in which two women security personnel also got hurt,” the Home Minister added.Bijoya Chakravarty (BJP) accused the Congress of putting the NRC in cold storage and said TMC MPs went to Assam only to “create tension” and “violence” in the state. She said that nothing can be more “dangerous” than West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement that there would be “bloodshed and civil war” in Assam.“Assess and discuss”Six Trinamool Congress MPs—Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Arpita Ghosh, Mamata Thakur, Ratna De Nag, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Nadimul Haque—along two West Bengal state ministers had reached Silchar yesterday afternoon to “assess and discuss” the problems of citizens in the aftermath of NRC.The second list of the NRC, published earlier this week, has left out the names of over 40 lakh people, of which 85-90 per cent are Bengalis, Banerjee said. COMMENTS national politics Sobriety please TMC delegation leave Assam after overnight detention Infiltrators will be thrown out, says Amit Shah Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha (file photo)   –  PTI COMMENT Published on August 03, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Exclusion from NRC won’t mean automatic removal from voter list: CEC SHARE RELATED last_img read more


Clash between college students turns ugly one stabbed by SFI activists

first_imgClash between college students turns ugly, one stabbed by SFI activistsThird year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital.advertisement P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan ThiruvananthapuramJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:23 IST Image for representationA clash between two groups of students has taken an ugly turn after one student was stabbed. The incident took place at the famous University College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.Third year BA student Akhil was allegedly stabbed by members of the SFI unit in the college. Akhil, who sustained injuries in the attack was taken to the general hospital. He was referred to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College after the first aid was provided to him. Doctors have said that the injury isn’t serious.According to other students present in the campus, the incident happened around 12 noon on Friday. Akhil skipped the class and was standing outside talking to his friends. A group of SFI unit members who noticed this confronted Akhil and asked him get inside the classroom.This lead to an altercation between Akhil and other SFI activists. Students alleged that he was brutally thrashed and later stabbed by the SFI activists.Following the incident, third year students held a demonstration outside the government secretariat against the SFI.The University College in Thiruvananthapuram is regarded as a fortress of CPI(M) students wing, SFI.Also read | Interpol issues global alert to trace German woman who went missing in Kerala 4 months agoAlso read | German national missing in Kerala since March, Interpol says may have links with terror outfitsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnumika Bahukhandi Tags :Follow ThiruvananthapuramFollow KeralaFollow SFI activistsFollow Thiruvananthapuram university college Nextlast_img read more


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