Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are in wait-and-see mode when it comes to two of their most important players.The organization is awaiting word from quarterback Carson Palmer on whether or not he’s coming back for 2017, with Larry Fitzgerlad coming back.A report circulated Tuesday that Palmer’s Arizona home had been put up for sale and he had pulled his kids out of school.Wednesday morning, Cardinals vice president of media relations Mark Dalton tweeted a quote from Palmer on the subject that seemed to clear things up. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Saints won 48-41. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Straight from Carson Palmer this morning : pic.twitter.com/abqoFpmREh— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) February 1, 2017Of course, that doesn’t provide an answer on the question of Palmer’s 2017 availability. It doesn’t mean he’s hanging up his cleats, either. It just clarifies a report that had been floating out there.Following a loss to the New Orleans Saints in mid-December, Palmer was asked if he planned to return for another year.“I haven’t even thought about that,” he said. “I expect to. I’d like to.”Palmer, 37, is coming off a solid 2016 season during which he completed 61 percent of his passes for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns. If he chooses to return for next season, it would be his 15th season in the league and fifth with the Cardinals.The organization added a year to Palmer’s contract last summer — a one-year extension worth $24.35 million that would make him a free agent following the upcoming season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

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Rep Hank Vaupel Weekly Column April 1 2019

first_img01Apr Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: April 1, 2019 This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with a group of nurse practitioners from the Henry Ford Health System at my Lansing office. They were visiting the capital to discuss health policy issues they face on a daily basis. As chair of the House Health Policy committee, I am always grateful for opportunities to hear from the day-to-day experts. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and insight!***Last Thursday was Transportation Legislative Day at the Capitol, and I had a chance to sit down with Livingston Essential Transportation System (LETS) Director Greg Kellogg to discuss the future of Livingston County transportation. It was an interesting conversation on how state and local entities can best work together to ensure the optimal system for our residents. I remain committed to helping find ways to coordinate with LETS and the county.***I recently attended a Michigan Works! seminar on Business Resource Networks and the ALICE population in Michigan. ALICE is short for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and includes those who are working while still struggling to make ends meet. It was an insightful discussion on ways job providers can increase retention and promote career growth to help their employees meet personal needs.***It was an honor to present a state tribute to Dr. Nelson Edwards this week commemorating his tremendous service to our community and people around the world. He has completed 46 trips to Mexico, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Panama, Peru, Latvia, Kenya, Hawaii, Guatemala, and many other locations around the globe to educate locals on best medical practices and to help establish sustainable change. Dr. Edwards has treated more than 73,000 individuals and voluntarily provided tens of millions of dollars’ worth of care to those in need. Thank you, Dr. Edwards, for being such a committed example to us all!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel met with a group of nurse practitioners from the Henry Ford Health System in Lansing to discuss health policy issues. Categories: Vaupel Newslast_img read more

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Russian broadcaster CTC Media has appointed an exe

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media has appointed an executive at ABR Management, the corporate management company for the Bank Rossiya group, to its board of directors. Alexander Pentya replaces Dmitry Lebedev, who has resigned from the board. Lebedev joined in 2011 and was nominated for re-election to the board by CTC back in April.Pentya has served as vice president and head of the management reporting and investment projects department at ABR Management since 2012. He has been an observer to the board of directors of CTC Media since 2011 and joined the Bank Rossiya group in 2008.Telcrest Investments Limited, one of CTC Media’s major shareholders and an affiliate of Bank Rossiya, backed Pentya’s appointment.“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank Dmitry for his contribution to the Company and wish him the very best for the future. We are delighted to welcome Alexander Pentya to the Board. His background and experience will be a valuable contribution to the Board’s work going forward,” said Lorenzo Grabau, co-chairman of CTC Media.last_img read more

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Bob Iger The future leadership of The Walt Disney

first_imgBob IgerThe future leadership of The Walt Disney Company remains in flux after current CEO and chairman, Bob Iger, told investors he “currently” has no plans to extend his contract.Disney was expected to install Thomas Staggs in the top post when Iger’s contract runs out in 2018, but Staggs’ exit has thrown these plans into chaos.Asked about the situation on an investors’ call, Iger said the Disney board has “ample time to identify a successor under timing circumstances that will be just fine for the company”.“I have nothing really to add in terms of the extension of my contract except that I don’t currently have any plans to extend beyond the June expiration date that is June of 2018.”Iger said he was “sorry what came to pass” with Staggs, who resigned after the board decided to vet other options for CEO after Iger’s retirement.Iger has been CEO since 2005, when he succeeded Michael Eisner, and has since led the acquisitions of Pixar Animation, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm, significantly broadening Disney’s access to intellectual property and contributing to ratings and box office success.Second quarter 2016 results released yesterday, however, came in under analysts’ expectations. The company made earnings of US$2.14 billion (€1.88 billion) for the quarter ended April 2, 2016, on revenues of US$12.97 billion.The studio entertainment arm well exceeded an expected US$1.9 billion, and was up 22% year-on-year at US$2.06 billion. However, the media networks segment, which houses ABC and Disney’s cable channels, saw revenues fall slightly from US$5.81 in Q2 2015 to US$5.79 billion.Cable networks dipped 2% to US$3.96 billion in revenue, while the ABC broadcast business rose 3% to reach US$1.84 billion.The launch of Viceland, which Disney indirectly owns a stake in through A+E Networks, was cited as one notable cost.However, operating income at the cable division grew 12% to US$2.02 billion, while the broadcasting arm dropped 8% and came in at U$278 million.last_img read more

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Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time sta

first_img Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statisticsFOYLE MLAMark H DurkanSDLPWaiting Time Statistics “They are family, friends and loved ones whose lives have been put on hold while they wait for appointments. “I hear from people day and daily who are struggling as they wait, or their appointments are continually put on hold.“If nothing changes, things will only get worse. “The SDLP has always been consistent in calls for the transformation of the Health Service and if we are to tackle them at their core, we must have an overall transformation of our Health Service.“Without transformation, we will continue to fail patients and fail staff. It is absolutely imperative that we have a functioning Assembly and Executive with Ministers in place to tackle these issues head on,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan expresses frustration over waiting time statistics was last modified: August 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: SDLP Health Spokesperson Mark H Durkan has expressed his continued frustration at the quarterly North of Ireland Waiting Time Statistics.The figures show that 32.1% of patients were waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment.Said the Foyle MLA: “It is immensely frustrating to once again see that waiting times are continuing to deteriorate. The figures for this quarter show that over 275,000 people were waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, 2.2% more than at March 2018 and 4.3% higher than at June 2017. “Despite hard working staff who constantly go above and beyond, we continue to be in a situation where people are waiting much longer than they should for an appointment.“Over 88,000 patients waiting more than 52 weeks for a first consultant-led appointment. “The knock-on effect of delays in first appointments leads to further delays down the line for treatment and operations.“We must remember that each of these statistics is more than a number. ShareTweetlast_img read more

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Governments in the UK – and abroad – are showing

first_imgGovernments in the UK – and abroad – are showing “a clear lack of appreciation and respect” for disabled people’s organisations by ignoring their views and advice when developing new policies, according to a leading disabled campaigner.Miro Griffiths (pictured) was speaking at the first annual Rushton Social Justice Lecture at Liverpool town hall, organised by the user-led disability arts organisation DaDaFest.The two lectures – delivered by Griffiths and Liverpool historian Steve Binns – were held on the 201st anniversary of the death of the disabled social justice campaigner Edward Rushton, who fought against slavery and helped found the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.Griffiths, a former government adviser and now a lecturer, researcher and teacher, said the only way disabled people would make progress towards inclusion and improved life chances was through both direct action and protests, and advising public bodies, parliamentarians and governments.But he said that their views were being dismissed, with serious consequences.He said: “We cannot ignore the evidence and data which highlights that the decision-makers are not acting on the demands of the disabled people’s movement and the reality is that individuals who require support are marginalised and trapped in their localities, with many over-represented in institutionalised support.”He said that the UK government’s refusal to protect personalised support services – such as the Independent Living Fund, disabled students’ allowance or disability benefits – had not only had a “detrimental impact” on disabled people’s inclusion and contribution to their communities, but also demonstrated the “reluctance or aversion of government bodies to collaborate and work with disabled people and their organisations”.Griffiths said: “Governments and powerful bodies need to agree that disabled people are experts by experience and should see disabled people as a valuable asset to society – working with us, not without us.”He said that, even at a time when disabled people were experiencing “hostile behaviours” such as disability hate crime, as well as cuts to support packages, the role of the disabled people’s movement was “paramount” in protecting people’s rights and advancing their inclusion, or at least slowing their exclusion.He pointed to comments made by Professor Mike Oliver at the 2013 launch of UK Disability History Month, where – speaking publicly on disability for the first time in 10 years – he warned of “the fakes” and “so-called friends” of the movement, who “turn our ideas into their own agendas”.Griffiths said such action by these “so-called friends” had led to many families and disabled people rejecting or criticising the personalisation agenda, because the concept of “independent living” was being interpreted as “living on our own” or “doing everything for ourselves”, rather than “having choice and control over one’s life” and “autonomy and self-determination”.He also told the audience that user-led organisations would need to think about how they support young disabled people to become future leaders of the disabled people’s movement, following the lead of organisations such as the European Network on Independent Living.But he added: “If we consider that the number of grass-roots disability organisations continues to reduce and services are not meeting the needs of the people who use them… can there be a realistic expectation that the involvement of young people, as future leaders, is a priority for current individuals who identify as part of the movement?”In his lecture on Edward Rushton and his “brave and honourable life” of “resistance”, Binns, who attended the school Rushton founded, said his hero was still relevant today.He said: “In these last years, this great question of what the people should do if they believe themselves to be badly governed is just as important as it appeared to be to Edward Rushton in the eighteenth century.“That spirit of demanding what is right, that spirit of rescuing people from desperate and difficult conditions, even sometimes at costs to ourselves.“That idea of his, I think, that you should do the right thing and be damned to the consequences.”last_img read more

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Labours shadow minister for disabled people has d

first_imgLabour’s shadow minister for disabled people has dispelled any doubts about Labour’s support for the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, making it clear that she backs every one of its demands.Marsha deCordova said this week that she backs everything the petition calls for,including an inquiry into links between the Department for Work and Pensions(DWP) and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, and for any evidence ofcriminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants to be passed to the police.The petition has now been signed by more than25,000 people in less than three weeks. If the petition secures 100,000signatures it should be debated in the House of Commons.The need forevidence of criminal misconduct to be passed to police is a key demand of thepetition, following years of evidence that the actions of senior DWPfigures, including ministers, have been clearly linked to the deaths ofdisabled people. The call fora police investigation has been strongly backed by the eight families who havesupported the petition.De Cordova, who has been prominent this week in highlighting the government’scontinuing failure to appoint a new minister for disabled people following the resignation of SarahNewton, said: “Isupport each of the demands of this petition.“There is anurgent need for an independent inquiry into these deaths and I will write tothe minister asking for one. It is not enough for the department to be its ownjudge and jury.“The DWP isnot fit for purpose and has failed disabled people with tragic consequences.Their families and friends deserve answers. “It isshameful that the DWP continues to ignore the impact that its policies arehaving.“The governmentmust immediately scrap the cruel and callous assessment framework for ESA andPIP and punitive sanctions regime, which has created a hostile environment fordisabled people.”The petition was launched following the death of Jodey Whiting (pictured) and is set up in her name, with the backing of Black Triangle, Disabled People Against Cuts, Mental Health Resistance Network and WOWcampaign, as well as DNS.DWP failedfive times to follow its own safeguarding rules in the weeks leading up to hersuicide in February 2017, an independent investigation found in February.Jodey Whiting,who had a long history of mental distress, had her out-of-work disabilitybenefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she wasseriously ill. She took her own life just 15 days later.There has alsobeen strong support for the petition this week from Disability Labour, which represents disabled members of the party.FranSpringfield, its co-chair, said Disability Labour supported all four of thepetition’s demands.She said: “Theway the DWP treats disabled claimants is to disbelieve us, lie and use badlanguage about us on forms and fail to take notice when we report feelingsuicidal.  “Yes, theDWP is institutionally disablist and it has not been fit for purpose since IainDuncan Smith’s time as DWP secretary. “We totallysupport the need for urgent action on safety. There should be an inquiry and ifthat shows misconduct or misfeasance in public office, the law must take itscourse.”WayneBlackburn, her fellow co-chair, pointed to DWP’s “appalling record” on how ittreats its own staff.He highlighteda DNS report last year which revealed that the EmploymentTribunal had dealt with almost 60 claimsof disability discrimination taken against DWP by its own staff over a 20-monthperiod, which he said was “utterly disgraceful”.Springfield added:“Disability Labour believes that the most important result of [an inquiry]should be that legislation and systems are put in place to ensure that deathssuch as Jodey’s never happen again. “The DWP inits current state is clearly no longer fit for purpose. It must be radicallyreformed.”To sign the petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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Apple Hit with iTunes Lawsuit

first_img –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article Brought to you by PCWorld Technology What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business November 8, 2007 Apple Hit with iTunes Lawsuit Add to Queue 2 min read What would a week in the tech-world be without another questionable lawsuit against Apple? Apple is already facing a lawsuit for dropping the price of the iPhone and another one filed on the behalf of someone who iBricked his iPhone and is mad.This time around Apple is being sued by a Florida resident Frederick Black who filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company is attempting to establish a monopoly over the digital media market by “illegally” tying iPods to the iTunes Store.According to Apple Insider, Black asserts, among many things, that Apple acts unlawfully in not letting its consumers transfer iTunes-purchased content to a non-iPod device or transfer other online vendors’ content to their iPods. Also, if consumers happen to lose or break their iPod, the lawsuit asserts users are unable to transfer songs purchased through iTunes to a non-Apple device and have to repurchase an iPod as a result.There are so many things troubling about this case I don’t know where to start. First did someone forget to tell Black about how to add DRM-free files to iTunes that are purchased from online music stores like Amazon music download service or eMusic? ITunes also allows anyone to buy iTunes Plus tracks with no DRM that can be played on any device.Also, if you feel your Apple iTunes’ library is imprisoned by iTunes software there are ways to convert Apple AAC files. There are several programs such as AppleMacSoftware DRM Converter for Mac, Magic AAC to MP3 Converter, and MP3&WAV Converter that will get the job done.A few years back PC World wrote about how to beat the music download blues which gives some great tips on how frustrated folks can solve their music download problems without getting their attorney involved.The case, which was filed in Florida district court in August, has made it to the US District Court for the Southern District of California. Black is seeking in excess of $15,000 in damages, even up to $45,000 for attorneys’ fees, damages and any further relief. Register Now »last_img read more

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Business Travelers Are Expensing More Uber Rides Than Ever

first_img Kate Taylor Business Travelers Are Expensing More Uber Rides Than Ever Add to Queue 1 min read –shares Business travelers are now relying on – and expensing – Uber more than ever.Uber accounted for a full 5 percent of general expenses in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a new report analyzing millions of receipts from travel and expense management software provider Certify. General expenses encompass everything from gas to WiFi, and made up almost half of all business expenses in the fourth quarter. The figure is even more impressive due to its swift rise from a (still sizeable) 3 percent of the general expense category in the previous quarter.Related: Under Pressure: 7 CEOs With Huge Hurdles to Overcome This YearCertify posits that beyond taxis, Uber may now also be posing a threat to rental-car companies. In the last quarter, Uber was expensed more than twice as often than National, the most-frequently expensed care rental company which accounts for 23 percent of all car-rental services.Other brands that stood out in Certify’s study of business expenses via millions of receipts and expenses from end users: Starbucks, which accounted for almost 5 percent of all food expenses and Delta, which accounted for 20 percent of airlines expenses. Related: Urban Planning in Boston Is Getting the Uber Bump Enroll Now for $5 Next Article January 15, 2015 Uber Reporter 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. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

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McDonalds Pulls Plug on Happy Meal Activity Trackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Contributing Editor McDonald’s Pulls Plug on Happy Meal Activity Trackers –shares McDonald’s Happy Meals might be beloved for their included toys, but the food inside is just as unhealthy as most of the menu at the Golden Arches.As the Rio Olympics approached, the franchise hoped to reverse its kids combo’s poor nutritional reputation by including an activity tracker in place of a normal toy. Unfortunately, reports of possible skin irritations prompted the chain to end the promotion early.Instead of handing out the pedometers until the international games ceased their four-week run, McDonald’s will hand out a substitute toy while they investigate the potential dermal abrasions. The franchise gave no further details, according to The Associated Press, leaving it uncertain whether they will again attempt to urge athleticism using Happy Meal giveaways. 1 min read David Lumb Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadget McDonald’s Image credit: AP via Engadget August 18, 2016 Add to Queue Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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TiVo Integrates Demographic Attributes Ad Airings and Mobile Devices into TV Viewership

first_img audience insightsentertainment technologyMarketing TechnologyNewspremium demographic attributesTiVo CorporationTV Viewership Data Previous ArticleH Code and Radio Mitre SA Announce Exclusive Partnership to Reach US Hispanic MarketNext ArticleNCMEC Launches Geo-Targeted Digital Out of Home Campaign to Help Find Missing Children TV Viewership Data Incorporates Kantar, Drawbridge Data, and Premium Demographic Attributes to Deliver Robust Partner-Agnostic Solutions to MarketTiVo Corporation, a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, announced that its TV Viewership Data product is being expanded to include Kantar ad occurrences, Drawbridge’s Identity Graph and premium demographic attributes; giving TiVo customers an expanded data offering with more flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of the market.“Household-level TV data is becoming more attractive as the advertising and media industries look to connect consumer touchpoints across screens, platforms, and campaigns across the TV ecosystem”The availability of premium demographic attributes through TiVo’s relationship with best-in-class partners enables advertisers to supplement anonymous household viewership data with additional insights around demographics, consumer preferences and behaviors, providing contextual audience insights that better connect advertisers with relevant target audiences.Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and InfluencersThe Kantar ad data enables customers to now know both the programming viewership as well as the advertising viewership across millions of US households.The Drawbridge Identity Graph enables customers to link viewership data with associated mobile ad identifiers, extending the reach and measurement of advertisements and marketing across pay-TV, OTT, and digital platforms.“Household-level TV data is becoming more attractive as the advertising and media industries look to connect consumer touchpoints across screens, platforms, and campaigns across the TV ecosystem,” said Ben Maughan, VP business development and data product management, TiVo. “TiVo’s unique TV Viewership Data has been a leading innovator in the space and is constantly evolving into a more robust offering.”“Marketers rely on Kantar’s industry-leading ad intelligence data to track competitive activity in their sector. By connecting with TiVo TV Viewership Data, we can give our customers a holistic view of what messages consumers are receiving,” says Vik Sharma, SVP for media and tech at Kantar. “We’re excited to continue providing clients with ad exposure data on a set-top-box level through our arrangement with TiVo.”Marketing Technology News: Travel Tech Providers Gimmonix and Trip Sciences Strike a Strategic Partnership to Deliver Travel Industry’s First White-label Native Mobile Solution for Hotels“TV’s power as an awareness channel is clear, but it’s long been missing the component of identity,” said Jon DeGennaro, VP of enterprise partnerships at drawbridge. “There’s no reason why TV can’t be as targetable and measurable as other platforms and give marketers the ability to reach and report on viewership, engagement, and conversion across the entire cross-channel consumer journey. Bringing identity to TV does just that. We’re excited to be partnering with TiVo to enable these crucial tools.”With these integrations, TiVo solidifies its role as an innovator in the TV data landscape and continues to deliver improved viewership data products that are partner-agnostic and consistent with the transforming industry.Marketing Technology News: DataGrail Research Reveals 70% of Privacy Professionals Agree Their Systems Will Not Support New Privacy Regulations TiVo Integrates Demographic Attributes, Ad Airings, and Mobile Devices into TV Viewership Data Product, Helping Connect the Media and Advertising Industries to Viewers PRNewswireMay 23, 2019, 6:48 pmMay 23, 2019 last_img read more

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MRI scans may help predict dementia risk

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 20 2018Brain changes evident in scans before memory, cognitive declineOne day, MRI brain scans may help predict whether older people will develop dementia, new research suggests.In a small study, MRI brain scans predicted with 89 percent accuracy who would go on to develop dementia within three years, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Francisco.The findings, presented Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Radiological Society of North America meeting in Chicago, suggest that doctors may one day be able to use widely available tests to tell people their risk of developing dementia before symptoms arise.”Right now it’s hard to say whether an older person with normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment is likely to develop dementia,” said lead author Cyrus A. Raji, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of radiology at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. “We showed that a single MRI scan can predict dementia on average 2.6 years before memory loss is clinically detectable, which could help doctors advise and care for their patients.”Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. The disease affects 5.5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).Neurologists can get a ballpark estimate of a patient’s risk of Alzheimer’s dementia using the Mini-Mental State Examination questionnaire, or by testing for the high-risk form of the gene ApoE, which increases a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 12-fold. Both tests were about 70 to 80 percent accurate in this study. Other assessments, such as PET scans for plaques of Alzheimer’s proteins in the brain, are good at detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, but available to few patients. PET scans cost thousands of dollars and require radioactive materials not found in a typical hospital.MRI brain scans are widely available and give doctors a glimpse into what’s going on inside a person’s brain. Raji and colleagues at the School of Medicine including Tammie Benzinger, MD, PhD, a professor of radiology, Parinaz Massoumzadeh, PhD, and Adedamola Adedokun, as well as radiologist Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD, of the University of California San Francisco, analyzed MRI scans for physical signs of impending cognitive decline.Related StoriesA program of therapy and coping strategies works long-term for family dementia carersAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaCommon medications can masquerade as dementia in seniorsThey used a technique called diffusion tensor imaging to assess the health of the brain’s white matter, which encompasses the cables that enable different parts of the brain to talk to one another.”Diffusion tensor imaging is a way of measuring the movement of water molecules along white matter tracts,” Raji said. “If water molecules are not moving normally it suggests underlying damage to white tracts that can underlie problems with cognition.”Using information from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative – a multisite collaboration that pools data, funding and expertise to improve clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease – Raji and colleagues identified 10 people whose cognitive skills declined over a two-year period and matched them by age and sex with 10 people whose thinking skills held steady. The average age of people in both groups was 73. Then, the researchers analyzed diffusion tensor MRI scans taken just before the two-year period for all 20 people.The researchers found that people who went on to experience cognitive decline had significantly more signs of damage to their white matter. The researchers repeated their analysis in a separate sample of 61 people, using a more refined measure of white matter integrity. With this new analysis, they were able to predict cognitive decline with 89 percent accuracy when looking at the whole brain. When the researchers focused on specific parts of the brain most likely to show damage, the accuracy rose to 95 percent.”We could tell that the individuals who went on to develop dementia have these differences on diffusion MRI, compared with scans of cognitively normal people whose memory and thinking skills remained intact,” Raji said. “What we need now, before we can bring it into the clinic, is to get more control subjects and develop computerized tools that can more reliably compare individual patients’ scans to a baseline normal standard. With that, doctors might soon be able to tell people whether they are likely to have Alzheimer’s develop in the next few years.”Although there are no drugs available yet to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, identifying those at high risk of developing dementia within the next few years could still be beneficial, the researchers said. People could make decisions on their financial and living arrangements while they are still in full control of their faculties.Source: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/mri-scans-shows-promise-in-predicting-dementia/last_img read more

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Lok Sabha passes Bill to give constitutional status to NCBC

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL government SHARE Published on August 02, 2018 Lok Sabhacenter_img As the Lok Sabha unanimously passed the Bill to give Constitutional status to the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC), the Congress said the BJP is trying to portray that the Opposition was against the Bill. The Constitutional amendment Bill, if passed, will make the NCBC at par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. “The Congress party supports the OBC Commission constituted, but the BJP constantly accuses that the Congress has opposed it,” said the Lok Sabha member of the party Tamradhwaj Sahu. He said that in the Rajya Sabha, the Bill was passed with amendments and it came back to the Lok Sabha. “The Congress party toiled hard for 27 per cent reservation for the OBC, and stands by them. We wholeheartedly support Constitutional status for the NCBC, but as a party that has been a firm believer in the principles of federalism and debate in a parliamentary democracy, we will fight tooth and nail so that people from the OBC get their rightful legislation,” the Congress said in a statement. Meanwhile, BSP president Mayawati said in Lucknow that the new Bill was an effort by the Centre to “cheat” weaker sections ahead of upcoming polls. “The BJP, which has tried to deprive backward sections like the Dalits and the tribals of their rights, is now trying to bring a Bill granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission to lure weaker sections,” Mayawati said. “The BJP wants to cheat these sections on election eve and is therefore bringing the Bill in Parliament.” NCBC COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Customers over the moon with messages on Hong Kong cakes

first_img World 07 Jul 2019 Hong Kong protesters march again, reaching out to Chinese visitors Hong Kong has been thrown into turmoil in recent weeks by protests against a proposed extradition law that for the first time would have allowed China to seek extraditions from the city. Hong Kong’s leader said on Tuesday the bill was dead.Suen, who runs the bakery with her mother, also sell a variety of breads, cookies and pastries at the colourfully decorated shop.She says that the high level of demand for her mooncakes is unusual at this time of the year, as they are typically eaten in connection with the Mid-Autumn Festival.Customer Linda Chan said she had heard about the bakery in a newscast and made a 45-minute journey to buy two large boxes of the mooncakes. “I thought it was really unique, those words written on top,” Chan told Reuters.Hong Kong has seen many different kinds of creative expressions sprouting in recent weeks, including several “Lennon walls” appearing in residential neighbourhoods, where protesters write political messages on subways, tunnels and overpasses. (Reporting by Aleksander Solum; Editing by Travis Teo) {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 09 Jul 2019 Mental health issues in Hong Kong surging amid tumultuous protests, experts say World 11 Jul 2019 China’s top official in Hong Kong says Beijing backs city’s leadercenter_img Related News HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong bakery is doing a roaring trade in mooncakes stamped with messages asking residents to keep up pro-democracy protests.Wah Yee Tang, a family owned bakery in the district of Sai Ying Pun, offers the traditional cakes with messages stamped on top such as “Hong Kong People” and “Let’s Fight Together”. Some mooncakes are inscribed with the text “Report Your Mother”, a humorous take on an obscene insult hurled at journalists by police at a recent protest.”All I want is to make the Hong Kong people happier,” said Naomi Suen, the 33-year-old manager of bakery. “What I know is that I need to do something for the community where I grew up.” Related Newslast_img read more

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