Pets lower stress in older adults

first_imgHaving a pet can help older adults cope with mental and physical health issues, according to a US poll which showed that owning an animal lowers stress and gives people a sense of purpose. While pets come with benefits, they can also bring concerns, and some people may even put their animals’ needs ahead of their own health, the poll found. In all, 55 per cent of adults ages 50 to 80 have a pet, according to the new findings – and more than half of those have multiple pets. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainMore than three-quarters of pet owners say their animals reduce their stress, and nearly as many say pets give them a sense of purpose. However, 18 per cent also said having a pet or pets puts a strain on their budget. Two-thirds of all pet owners, and 78 per cent of dog owners, said their pet helps them be physically active, according to the findings from University of Michigan in the US. For those who reported that their health was fair or poor, pet ownership appeared to offer even more benefits. More than 70 per cent of these older adults said their pet helps them cope with physical or emotional symptoms, and 46 per cent said their pets help take their mind off of pain. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We have long known that pets are a common and naturally occurring source of support,” said Cathleen Connell, a professor at University of Michigan. “Although the benefits of pets are significant, social connections and activities with friends and family are also key to quality of life across the lifespan,” Connell said. “Helping older adults find low cost ways to support pet ownership while not sacrificing other important relationships and priorities is an investment in overall mental and physical health,” she said. The poll results indicates a need for physicians and other health care providers to ask older adults about the role of pets in their lives. More than half of those who owned pets said they did so specifically to have a companion – and a slightly higher percentage said their pets sleep in bed with them. Sixty-five per cent of pet owners said having a pet helps connect them to other people, too. “Relationships with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment,” said Mary Janevic, an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan. “They also provide older adults with a sense of being needed and loved,” Janevic said. One in six said that they put their pet’s needs ahead of their own health needs – a figure that was closer to one in four among those with health issues. “Later life is often a time when people have more freedom to travel, and a long list of things they want to do with their free time, and sometimes having a pet can get in the way,” said Janevic.last_img read more

Senior UN relief official views flood disaster in Nicaragua

3 November 2011With an estimated 1.2 million people in Central America affected by severe floods, the United Nations is mobilizing resources to provide life-saving assistance to those in need, as a senior UN relief official visiting Nicaragua today described the situation in the country as a “real disaster.” “When you have close to 10 per cent of your geographic area under water, I would say that is a disaster,” said Catherine Bragg, the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who will also visit El Salvador starting tomorrow.“I have been seeing areas where the poorest people were affected and now they have moved to drier land. There is the immediate response that has to happen [and] the level of the lake that surrounds Managua is still rising, which is a permanent threat,” she said when she visited the flood-affected Domitila Lugo area, a low-lying part of the Tipitapa municipality, about 19 kilometres from the capital, Managua.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), meanwhile, reported that many medical facilities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras have been damaged or are inaccessible after the flooding that has followed weeks of torrential rainfall blamed on a tropical depression in the region.In El Salvador, where over 300,000 people have been affected by floods, UNFPA has deployed two mobile health centres to cater for 150,000 people, including 50,000 who have sought refuge in shelters.More than 5,000 hygiene kits were distributed to families by UNFPA partners at the onset of the crisis. The kits include hygiene items such as soap, sanitary pads and towels. An additional 5,000 kits will be distributed in the coming weeks.The UN has issued a flash appeal for $15.7 million to provide emergency assistance to an estimated 300,000 people affected by the disaster in El Salvador, and a separate appeal for $14.3 million for 134,000 affected Nicaraguans.In Guatemala, UNFPA is helping to coordinate health units made up of doctors and nurses who will travel to the most affected communities to provide emergency maternal health care and conduct epidemiological surveillance.In Nicaragua, UNFPA is focusing on preventing gender-based violence in shelters for those displace by the floods and on providing assistance to survivors of sexual violence. Psychosocial assistance is also being provided to women in Guatemala through the training of 50 local psychologists on post-traumatic stress management. read more

Security Council holds closeddoor consultations on Iraq agrees to meet again Friday

Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation voiced his country’s two basic concerns about a draft resolution presented by the United States, namely “the automaticity of the use of force” and “loading [UN weapons] inspectors in spite of their wishes with unimplementable mandates.”These two elements were of principal interest to Moscow and had long been communicated to Washington, he said. “Unfortunately, so far we have not seen changes in the text which would take into account these concerns.”Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the text in question “is intended very clearly to be a last chance offer to Iraq.” The message was that Baghdad must “take the inspection process seriously; it’s going to be a tough one but it’s going to be a fair one under UN rules and if you get it wrong, that’s a disaster for you.”He added that operative paragraph 12 in the text calls for “a second stage, where the Security Council considers any report from the inspectors that shows trouble and will have a discussion at that point.” Ambassador Greenstock cautioned patience, stressing that the process would “take a few more days.” Ambassador John D. Negroponte of the United States said there had been “brief, preliminary comments” on the draft before the Council agreed to continue consultations on Friday morning.While declining to speculate on when the text might be adopted, he said, “time is going by and I think we all feel that the moment has come to get an added sense of urgency to this question,” and voiced hope that the process would move as quickly as possible.The US Ambassador said “most if not all” Council members generally accepted that it would be “useful and important” to have another resolution on Iraq. read more

UNs top priority remains getting aid to tsunami victims it has not

“There are still many areas that we have not been able to get people to, many areas are still, particularly on the western coast of Sumatra, unreachable by land,” Kevin M. Kennedy, the Director of the Coordination and Response Division of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a news briefing in New York of the Indonesian provinces that officials have dubbed the disaster’s “ground zero.”He said that in the coming days the relief operations would be calling on international military assistance to help repair key infrastructure, such as bridges, culverts and roads, to allow delivery of food and assistance in Sumatra and Aceh province.Mr. Kennedy noted that while helicopters now being used are “absolutely critical” to the operation, they are an expensive way to bring in aid. A Black Hawk helicopter carries about a half ton of food. “Now that’s extremely important because it may prevent people from losing their lives…but what we will need are roads that we can drive 20-ton and 10-ton trucks down at a much lower cost and deliver much more assistance,” he said.But he added that “rather substantial progress” is being made in the overall efforts to bring literally life-saving supplies to the survivors of the tsunami which is estimated to have killed more than 150,000 people in a dozen countries, injured 500,000 others and left up to 5 million more lacking basic services, many of them in emergency camps.Without clean water, antibiotics and other basic supplies, survivors face the prospect of deadly diarrhoeal and other diseases that, in a worst case scenario, could kill as many or more people than the actual tsunami itself.Mr. Kennedy noted that in Sri Lanka, one of the worst-hit areas with at least 750,000 people affected, the relief operation will, by this weekend, probably have reached every person in need with at least initial food assistance and non-food items, “which is, I think a very significant achievement.”Food is already on hand to assist all the estimated 50,000 beneficiaries in the Maldives, and efforts are underway to distribute food in Somalia where operations are complicated by geography and security concerns.But, he said the biggest challenges remain Sumatra and Aceh, noting that in some areas there the giant waves penetrated up to five kilometres inland.Even here, however, he noted “a couple of key developments,” including the opening of an air bridge from Subang in Malaysia to Medan in Sumatra and Aceh. This allows the entry into the region of wide-bodied aircraft with large quantities of relief supplies such as water treatment facilities, generators and fuelling systems that can be unloaded in Malaysia and transported onward by smaller planes.He said the number of international staff on the ground had also increased with about 50 UN international personnel in Banda Aceh alone, along with up to 200 non-governmental organization (NGO) and Red Cross staff, as well as hundreds of national staff.”We are increasing our deliveries day by day, both food and non-food items,” he added. “We remain very concerned about the health situation, respiratory diseases, malaria, treatment for the injured, and we’re working with the government and the various militaries to extend our health services.”He also highlighted progress in “putting into place the kind of coordination, arrangements, mechanisms that are required to bring together efficiently and effectively so many different moving parts” from such a multilateral operation that includes 11 military forces, all the governments of the affected countries and the dozens of NGOs, as well as the various UN agencies and the Red Cross.In related developments, the office of the Global Compact, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s initiative to promote better business practices in human rights, labour and the environment, announced today that private sector organizations around the world had stepped in with unprecedented donations in the form of financial aid, food, medicine and other supplies and services.Meanwhile, victims of natural disasters will be able to benefit from faster and more effective rescue operations starting tomorrow when the Tampere Convention enters into force, simplifying the use of life-saving telecommunications equipment in the 30 countries that have ratified it.”From the mobilization of assistance to the logistics chain, which will carry assistance to the intended beneficiaries, reliable telecommunications links are indispensable,” Mr. Annan said. Video of press briefing [25mins] read more

Coop student spends summer impacting young lives

A summer co-op work term has affirmed for Joel Maves that his future lies in making a difference in young lives.The third-year student in Brock’s international dual degree program spent the summer completing a co-op work term at Youth Unlimited, a local not-for-profit Christian outreach organization that works primarily with troubled teens.It was through this experience that his eyes were opened to the potential career path helping others may take him down.Though Maves is taking classes within the Goodman School of Business, he was anxious to participate in a co-op that allowed him to explore his interest in not-for-profit youth work.“Through participating in church youth groups growing up and being a camp counsellor, I have discovered a passion for facilitating programs for youth and building relationships with them,” he said.Maves found it helpful to be able to apply his classroom skills in a real-world working environment.“In my co-op, I found things that applied directly to organizational behaviour, such as dealing with conflicts within the organization or examining the style of leadership that my supervisor was using,” he said.To secure his position with the organization, Maves had to fundraise much of his own salary, complementing the summer student grant Youth Unlimited had already been awarded.He created a fundraising campaign and, with the help of friends, family and other supporters, was able to reach his $4,400 goal and serve as the organization’s summer program co-ordinator.Maves felt one of the biggest draws of working with a not-for-profit organization like Youth Unlimited was the diversity of tasks he was able to take on.“There was no average day,” he said. “I took care of office work, helped to clean the youth centre, planned weekly events and fundraised to send kids to summer camp. I facilitated a weekly faith-based talk and games program for young men, and hosted our drop-in night for guys and girls.”The organization also hosts weekly programming for girls and offers a variety of programs and support networks for young parents.“A lot of the time I was just a listening ear,” he said of his time with Youth Unlimited. “I am here to encourage and uplift those who need it and to help out when they are struggling with self-esteem issues.”Beyond providing a safe space for young people, the organization also aims to help them develop emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, physically and socially.“When they come to us they are encouraged to pursue their interests and we try to help,” said Maves. “One of our students wanted to join the military, and we helped him figure out what he needed to do and how we could assist in that process.”Maves is aware that his work term was different from the office jobs that many students pursue, but he emphasized that co-op students can grow their careers in any work environment.“Don’t be frightened by unconventional opportunities,” he said. “They make you stand out and add tons of value to your resumé.”With 15 per cent of Brock’s students completing co-op work terms in 40 different programs, Maves is one of many participants using the co-op to fast track their career. He was particularly grateful to the Co-op Education team for keeping him on track to achieve his goal of working with youth.“Having assignments throughout my work term helped to keep me accountable,” he said. “I was able to keep track of what I learned, and that helped me to tangibly gauge my improvement while also having time for self reflection.“I knew that I had an interest in working with youth,” he said. “And now I can say that I actually do enjoy it a lot and that I am passionate about entering a career in the not-for-profit sector. It has been fantastic to work with Youth Unlimited, and I hope to use my connection with the organization to continue to work with young people once I have finished my degree.” read more

Weird Hockey Superheroes Invade NHL AllStar Game

first_imgThe National Hockey League was looking to drum up some interest, so naturally it did what any major league sporting body would–it contacted Stan “The Man” Lee. The X-Men/Spider-man/Fantastic Four/Hulk/Iron Man creator helped dream up the Guardian Project, an odd team of heroes based loosely upon different NHL teams.The 30 characters will “come to life” during the NHL All-Star game this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina. The league will be showing of a computer animated short featuring the characters, which will offer “fans a glimpse of their individual powers and collective force.”The adventures will continue over at the Guardian Website–and, of course, merchandizing in the form of cards, posters, t-shirts, pins, pucks, and a graphic novel.Silly promotion? Sure. But heck, we’re writing about the NHL this morning, and how often does that happen?last_img read more

Gardaí stop driver five times over legal alcohol limit

first_img Share155 Tweet Email 66 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 25th 2017, 10:24 AM Short URL Gardaí stop driver five times over legal alcohol limit The person also had no motor tax or NCT. 26,399 Views GARDAÍ STOPPED A driver in Cabra in Dublin last night who was five times over the legal alcohol limit.The person also had no motor tax or NCT on their vehicle.A court appearance is expected. Source: TwitterThe Garda Press Office said it could not give any more information about the person.Transport Minister Shane Ross has previously said he is considering a public database of disqualified drivers in a bid to crack down on offences such as drink driving.Read: Drink driver arrested speeding at 130 kph in 50 kilometre zoneRead: Most people want drink drivers to be publicly named and shamed By Órla Ryan Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 10:24 AMlast_img read more

Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car Keys

first_img There are plenty of companies who offer products that let you conveniently add smart locks to the doors on your house. But using your phone to unlock and start your car? That’s another story.If you’re buying new, you might have to upgrade to an expensive tech package… if there’s even one available. An aftermarket remote starter is another option, but not everyone is keen on having a third party tinker with their vehicle’s electronics.Korean startup Onekey thinks they’ve come up with a better option. It doesn’t involve any complicated wiring or deep technical knowledge of your vehicle’s systems.All you need is a fob and a little patience, and a device called Keto.Keto works by keeping things simple. It’s a kind of remote button pusher, so it works with just about any fob for just about any vehicle.Pop open the Keto base unit, insert one of your fobs, and then fire up the smartphone app. Any functions your fob can perform are supported. You can lock and unlock doors, open the trunk, or start the engine. All you have to do is map the fob’s buttons in the app and you’re good to go.I was curious about how Keto handles lockout protection — you have to leave the fob in the base unit and the base gets left in your vehicle. I reached out to the Onekey team and they informed me that the base doesn’t supply power to the fob unless your smartphone is in range.(Photo Credit: KETO)That power is supplied by an integrated lithium-polymer battery which recharges via a USB port (hook it up in your vehicle and it’ll top itself off whenever you go for a drive).Like most smart deadbolts, Keto lets you share access to your vehicle via the mobile app. You can gives folks you trust permanent access with their own digital key or allow them temporary use.Onekey has already blown past their goal for the Kickstarter project and backers should receive their Keto units by December of this year. If you’d like to reserve one for yourself, perks start at $139.Watch: Your Phone Case May Be Hurting Your Phone’s 5G PerformanceMore on Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketKickstart This Sleep Box Inspired by Mark ZuckerbergRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on target Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter last_img read more

Beaches TCI Opens after 14 Week Closure

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 16, 2017 – Providenciales – At 9:30am on Thursday, December 14th Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort- the Caribbean’s Luxury-Included® vacation for everyone and family-focused brand officially opened its doors to welcome guests and staff after a 14 week closure to facilitate post-hurricane repairs due to damages sustained from Hurricane Irma.“We know how important vacation time is and so we’re just delighted that Beaches Turks & Caicos is not only reopening its doors ahead of pace, but we’ve introduced some amazing new features making this award-winning resort better than ever,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.   “The entire resort has been refreshed and our staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our guests.”Emphasizing ‘better than ever’ the resort opened after months of massive renovations as the entire property was refurbished, driveways repaved, foyers redesigned and rooms redecorated.The first group of guests was welcomed to the property with much fanfare by the resort’s management team, concierge and entertainment department to music and live characters set on the backdrop of glaring decorations to ring in the holiday season.David Ellis Director of  Entertainment said, “Here at Beaches Turks and Caicos, we want our guests to feel at home and to know that they are home, our entertainment team is all about making our new and returning guests feel welcomed and showing them that we’re glad they’ve decided to choose us again.”Meanwhile, the hotel’s management team emphasized the involvement of the hotel’s staff in getting the resort to this stage, highlighting how many of them worked tediously to undertake the needed renovations.Managing Director Donald Dagenais commented; “We are happy to be opening our doors to guests once again, something that wouldn’t be possible in such a timely manner without the assistance of our resilient staff.   While many of our employees were faced with personal issues of their own after the passing of such a disastrous storm, it is their presence, their commitment, their dedication and their support that led us to this day.   Words cannot express our level of gratitude and today we are open better than ever.”Despite the hotel’s closure, staff members received 55% of their salaries throughout the duration, the hotel hosted its annual Staff Christmas Party, will be hosting a Kids Christmas Party for children of employees and the hotel’s management team has committed to providing bonuses to all employees this holiday season.   Dagenais noted, “this was our way of saying thank you.’Leading up to the reopening, the Training Department conducted a three week re-orientation exercise for the hotel’s 1,900 employees with the energetic Dr. Phillip Brown, Regional Training Director for Sandals Resorts International as facilitator to ensure that guest standards are upheld.Julianna Musgrove Training Manager noted, “All of our team members were required to take part in this training where they were informed on best company practices, and received refresher training courses on their respective areas.   We are confident that our team members are ready to take on the new challenges that the new season will bring and that they are committed to providing guests with more than he or she expects.”Meanwhile the excited was also seen on the faces of beaming team members. Donell Williams Concierge Agent at BTC said; “I’m really excited to get back into the groove of things here at Beaches Turks and Caicos.   We had a difficult few weeks seeing what the hurricane did to the resort and what the storm did to our livelihoods but today I am excited to be here and to see my old guests and work with some new ones.”Besides renovations, Beaches TCI has also rolled out new features to its 5-Star Global Gourmet™ offerings to include Beaches’ first Indian restaurant, Bombay Club, bringing the total number of restaurants to 21, two brand new food trucks at the waterpark – from Mr. Mac, serving mac & cheese and Curls ‘n Swirls for a taste of the island’s most delicious ice cream.Families will also have the opportunity to take part in new culinary adventures happening every night, such as a fish fry on Wednesdays and weekly beach parties featuring live entertainment and cuisines from around the world.   Additionally, accommodations across all five of the resort’s villages have been improved and the lobbies and public areas have new finishing touches.   Accommodations start at $333 per adult/per night.Press Release:  Beaches Resort Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

McLovin and Quirindi join the San Diego Zoos Australian Outback exhibit

first_img‘McLovin’ and ‘Quirindi’ join the San Diego Zoo’s Australian Outback exhibit March 15, 2018 Posted: March 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe San Diego Zoo is now home to a new pair of furry, endangered Tasmanian Devils.The two animals from the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Australia are making San Diego their home. The male and female pair have completed their mandatory quarantine and have moved into the zoo’s Australian Outback.McLovin and Quirindi are part of a partnership program between the zoos designed to increase awareness for the species and support Tasmanian Devil conservation. center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 2:04 PMlast_img read more

The Shocking way in which Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys absence has

first_imgMeghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry abandoning Kensington Palace has apparently made it a boring place. Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s former neighbour claims Kensington Palace is “boring” now the royal couple have moved to Windsor.It seems that French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Jouyet was allegedly displeased at the Duke and Duchess’s decision to move away from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage. Mr. Jouyet’s back garden on Kensington Palace Gardens looks onto the front of the couple’s former home. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex used to have “all night” parties and “fireworks” at Kensington Palace, the former neighbour claims.The ambassador paints quite a lovely picture of the Palace and credits the couple Sussex for making the grounds come alive.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesDuring a party last week, the French ambassador told The Sun: “It is so quiet here now that Harry and Meghan have left…..They used to have fireworks, soirees that would go all night, friends and family coming and going…..Now all we see and hear is the helicopters landing. It’s boring now.”Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to Frogmore Cottage for the sake of baby Archie. The Royal couple also seems to want to maintain a distance from the Palace. Meghan Markle in particular seems to be vocal about carving her own path, the couple wants to have a Royal household of their own, but the Queen isn’t having any of it. Frogmore Cottage is a cottage in name only as the residence has 10 bedrooms and sits on 35 acres of lush greenery. A cottage fit for a Royal couple to be sure.last_img read more

Robot Trash Collectors Are Roaming the Streets of Italy w Video

first_img Explore further DustCart: Robot Trash Collector Citation: Robot Trash Collectors Are Roaming the Streets of Italy (w/ Video) (2009, July 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Two Robot Chefs Make Omelets The objective is to build a team of robots using Wi-Fi internet and 20 cameras located on buildings in a camps environment. This configuration would then be used in cities where the robots would be deployed. The challenge is to have the robots work cooperatively with the senses around them and also with people. Autonomous navigation is another key factor for the robots. It’s important that the robots know where they are going and what may seem easy for us is very complex for the robots. The robots are equipped with an engine that is powered by a lithium-battery which permits them to run silently. The robots are also equipped with special sensors that can monitor air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, benzene, sulfur oxides, CO2, CO and air temperature.DustCart is still in the prototype stage and does not have the kind of rapid response time that would make them effective on crowded streets. One day however these robots may become tourist guides or even help the elderly. Via: GlobalPost© 2009 ( — In the city of Peccioli in the Tuscany region of Italy a robot called DustCart has been zipping through the streets. This is part of a $3.9 million research program called DustBot that aims on collecting trash on demand. DustCart is designed to go from door-to-door collecting waste on demand. Waste is deposited into the robot by opening the trash draw using a touch screen display. The draw is then closed and the type of trash is selected using the touch screen. DustCart would then take the rubbish to a central collection point. 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.last_img read more

Google Is Giving Away 2GB of Permanent Storage to Users Who Perform

first_img As hack attacks abound, including Chipotle’s F-bomb-laden Twitter hijacking and Newsweek’s infiltration by the Cyber Caliphate, Google is now rewarding users who commit to a fortified Web.In honor of Safer Internet Day yesterday, the search giant is offering Google Drive users an additional 2 gigabytes of storage permanently if they perform a 2-minute security check before February 17.The checkup, available here, runs through five steps to verify account recovery info, recent activity and approved devices.Once completed, users will see a series of three green checkboxes, Google says, and the additional storage will be granted by Feb. 28.Related: Google Is Adding Fact-Checked Medical Info to Search Results Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read February 11, 2015center_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Case Study | March 07, 2014 | Sponsored by Hologic, Inc. Imaging Center Provides Uninsured Women Access to 3D Mammography SouthCoast Imaging, Savannah, Ga. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content Screening mammography is the key to reducing mortality from breast cancer, but women without insurance or the ability to pay do not have easy access to the life-saving exam. That’s something SouthCoast Imaging is working to change. The private imaging practice has been donating 2D mammograms to uninsured women in its community for years, and recently introduced an innovative fundraising program to make 3D mammograms available to more women. SouthCoast donates one 3D mammogram to a woman without healthcare for every 10 screening 3D mammograms they perform.  “Women without insurance do not have access to mammography unless we help,” explained Patricia Shapiro, M.D., diagnostic radiologist and director of imaging. “Screening is critical to improving detection and outcomes, and we’re making sure all women have access. This is hugely important.”SouthCoast was one of the first imaging centers in Georgia to offer 3D mammography. “We understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis,” stated Shapiro. “Our centers offer board certified physicians, skilled technologists and state-of-the-art technology.” The staff performs more than 12,000 mammograms annually and has been providing 3D mammograms since August 2012. They have three Hologic Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis systems and plan to add a fourth system this year.  Saving Lives by Reaching Out to the UninsuredSouthCoast Imaging began donating imaging services to people in the community without access to healthcare in 2000. “Over the past 13 years, the number of uninsured people needing help has grown exponentially,” stated Shapiro. Last year, SouthCoast donated over 500 3D mammograms. In order to raise funds to pay for the increasing volume of free mammograms, the practice, in partnership with the Community Health Mission in Savannah and Volunteers in Medicine in Hilton Head, began a campaign called ‘Share Life … In 3D’.  The campaign raises awareness of the importance of screening mammograms and brings the community together to help all women gain access.Miriam Rittmeyer, M.P.H., Ph.D., is executive director of the Community Health Mission (CHM), which provides free primary healthcare and preventive health services to adults without health insurance.  “Almost 75 percent of our patient population are women,” explained Rittmeyer. “Some work part time and some have two jobs. Some are single, and some are married. None of them can afford or are eligible for insurance, not Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance.“SouthCoast is the only facility in Savannah currently offering 3D. Our patients are getting top-of-the line technology not available anywhere else,” continued Rittmeyer. “It is about saving lives, and providing the same quality of care regardless of who can pay and who cannot.” Physicians and Patients See the Benefits of 3D“We have definitely picked up new referring sources and new patients as a result of 3D,” explained Shapiro. “We have women travel an hour and a half just to have a 3D exam.“3D lowers the callback rate by enabling us to identify lesions, which we flat out cannot see on the 2D exam,” continued Shapiro. “In fact, at a meeting of the tumor board, one of the breast surgeons in our community presented cases of breast cancer so small the lesions couldn’t be seen on the 2D system. He was quite pleased he was able to do that for his patients.” When SouthCoast needed to replace an older mammography unit a few years ago, it purchased the Hologic Selenia Dimensions 2D system. “We couldn’t perform 3D exams at that point because Hologic did not have FDA approval,” Shapiro said. Once Hologic received FDA approval, SouthCoast waited another year before implementing the system’s 3D capabilities. “We paid extra to purchase the Dimensions with 3D capability, but we didn’t turn on the software until peer-reviewed publications supported 3D as a better way to do mammography.” Today, SouthCoast uses 3D mammography for all diagnostic mammograms. For screening mammograms, the staff offers women the option of the 3D exam with an additional $50 co-pay; and, they’re seeing a steady increase in the number of women choosing the 3D exam. “Although health insurance covers the cost of a 2D exam, it does not cover the cost of being called back for a diagnostic exam. That expense falls under the patient’s deductible,” explained Shapiro. “When women learn 3D has a higher detection rate and lowers the incidence of callbacks, which ultimately lowers their cost, most women request the 3D screening exam.”Using 3D for BiopsiesSouthCoast also has standardized on tomosynthesis guidance for biopsies in place of conventional stereotactic procedures. “We were one of the first sites in the country to do tomosynthesis-guided biopsy,” declared Shapiro. “It has made such a difference. It is an extremely precise method for performing a biopsy, and much faster than a standard stereotactic procedure. After the first few cases, the physicians decided to use tomosynthesis guidance instead of stereotactic guidance for all biopsies.”Making A Difference for All Women“3D is making a difference for patients,” concluded Shapiro. “It is more complete, more precise, and we’re seeing masses in the breast tissue that we could not see on a 2D exam. We’re also seeing more patients because we have 3D technology. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”Case study supplied by Hologic, Inc.The views and opinions expressed herein are those of SouthCoast Imaging and are not necessarily those of Hologic. This information is intended for medical professionals in the U.S. and other markets and is not intended as a product solicitation or promotion where such activities are prohibited. Because Hologic materials are distributed through websites, eBroadcasts and trade shows, it is not always possible to control where such materials appear. For specific information on what products are available for sale in a particular country, please contact your local Hologic representative or write to (link sends e-mail).Hologic, Dimensions and Selenia are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic and/or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. 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Costa Magica from Martinique and flights exclusive to ACV

first_img Share Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Air Canada Vacations, Costa Magica, Rouge Posted by Tuesday, June 19, 2018 center_img MONTREAL — This winter Air Canada Vacations will introduce cruises sailing from Martinique onboard Costa Magica. The seven-night sailings start Dec. 27, with the Costa Magica setting sail every Thursday from Fort de France on alternating itineraries exploring the idyllic islands of Guadeloupe, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados, Tortola, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, Antigua and Saint Vincent & Grenadines.Costa Magica was fully refurbished in 2017 and now has 1,358 cabins including 464 with private balconies, and 58 suites. There are also four dining venues, 11 bars, a wellness spa, four pools, a waterslide, five hot tubs and an outdoor jogging track on deck.Flight & Cruise packages out of Toronto start at$1,399 per person. Clients can choose from two seven-night itineraries or combine them for a memorable 14-night sailing. “As a new option for our clients, we are so excited to be offering the recently refurbished Costa Magica sailing for seven or 14 nights from Martinique with flights on Air Canada Rouge with very affordable prices,” said Christine Chiang, Manager, Product Development Cruises. With ACV&ME agents who book hotels, cruises and groups to sun destinations receive 600 points per room for packages of 7+ nights; 400 points per room for packages of 3–6 nights; 600 points per stateroom for air and cruise packages; and 300 points per passenger for Group bookings. ACV&ME loyalty points can be redeemed for Aeroplan Miles, travel vouchers or VISA cash cards. << Previous PostNext Post >> Costa Magica from Martinique and flights exclusive to ACVlast_img read more

China may end longhated labor reeducation camps

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Legal experts are concerned that authorities might replace labor re-education with something even less accountable, like the makeshift off-the-books holding centers known as “black jails.” Local officials and police often use black jails, sometimes for months at a time, to house petitioners, people who are trying to bring grievances inflicted by local authorities to the attention of the central government.“They are even worse than labor camps,” said Wang Cailiang, a Beijing-based lawyer. “If the authorities come up with any new method, it will be a grave mistake.”Lan Guiyuan was thrown into a black jail last week after she showed up outside the Communist Party’s internal watchdog agency in Beijing to petition about corruption in her native Hunan province. Security guards threw her into a police van and she was taken to a former factory complex turned holding pen.“By noon they had thrown so many of us petitioners in there, I couldn’t breathe and started shouting, `I want human rights.’ Others started calling out `Communist Party black jail. Give us freedom,’” said Lan, who was later shipped back to her hometown of Yueyang. Local officials soon began saying they would limit use of the system. In February, a top legal official in Yunnan province said people would no longer be sent to labor camps on charges of threatening national security, creating a disturbance by petitioning and smearing the image of officials. Those offenses are also covered in the criminal code.Opposition to labor re-education has been solidified by several high-profile cases, like Zhao’s, publicized by state-controlled media.Last year, a woman in central Hunan province was sentenced to 18 months for causing a disturbance after she repeatedly petitioned for harsher penalties for seven men convicted of abducting, raping and prostituting her 11-year-old daughter. Tang Hui was released within days following overwhelming public opposition. Her case prompted the government’s Xinhua News Agency to call for the system to “be swept into the dustbin of history.”During the annual legislative session, officials have been coy about when reforms would be made. Justice Minister Wu Aiying told reporters Thursday that the measures were being worked out. Once hammered out behind closed doors, the proposed changes would then be presented to the executive committee of the legislature, which meets every other month. Comments   Share   Still, reforming labor re-education would mark progress. Initially set up in the 1950s to detain accused counterrevolutionaries or other critics of the Communist government, the education-through-labor system was revamped around 1980 to hold drug addicts, petty thieves, prostitutes and other small-time offenders.As many as 40,000 people are detained in roughly 300 labor re-education camps across the country, according to Wang Gongyi, who recently retired as director of a research institute under the Ministry of Justice. Another 100,000 drug addicts are undergoing compulsory treatment in facilities that were separated out from the labor camps several years ago, he said.Inmates in some of the centers are forced to work, sometimes making consumer goods. It is considered a more lenient form of punishment because it does not carry the legal stigma of a criminal conviction and does not affect eligibility to attend university or obtain a passport to travel outside the country, Wang said.He said attempts to reform the system over the last decade have sputtered. “It has become a tool of revenge and retaliation,” said Wang.The new Xi leadership team encouraged expectations for an overhaul in January when the party official in charge of law enforcement, Meng Jianzhu, was quoted as saying that police would stop issuing labor re-education sentences this year. She was locked up in a long hated and often abused penal system known as labor re-education. Chinese police have used it to lock up tens of thousands of people for up to four years without a trial or a judge’s review.Established to punish early critics of the Communist Party, it was retooled to focus on petty criminals but now is used by local officials to deal with people challenging their authority on issues including land rights and corruption.Cases like Zhao’s last year have galvanized critics, many of them within the government, and China’s newly installed leadership is seizing on expectations for reform.“There’s little left to be debated. It should be abolished right away,” said Hou Xinyi, a law professor from Nankai University in the city of Tianjin. Hou serves on China’s top political advisory body, which is meeting in Beijing this week alongside the national legislature. Commentators in the media and on the Internet are hoping that some deputies propose that the system be overhauled during the 13-day legislative session, which ends Sunday.“Only the law should decide on a citizen’s personal freedom,” Hou said.What to do with the system has become a test of Communist Party chief Xi Jinping’s commitment to advance the rule of law and temper police and other security officials who often run roughshod over the legal system. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Top Stories Former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai and his police chief, Wang Lijun, used labor re-education to quell dissent before they were ousted a year ago in China’s highest-profile political scandal in years.For an online posting questioning Bo’s crackdown, factory worker Liu Shiyin was given two years in a labor camp in 2009. He was accused of creating a “terrorist atmosphere.”“There was no dignity to speak of,” in the camp, Liu recalled. “You had to squat to eat your meals. Life there was inhuman. Beating and chiding were common.”Liu said he and the other inmates were forced to wrap thin copper wires onto tiny magnets to be used as electronic parts. “My fingers hurt so much I couldn’t sleep at night,” Liu said.A skilled worker needed nine hours to complete the daily workload, and less dexterous inmates could spend more than 10 hours trying to meet their daily production quota, Liu said.Reforms, if they materialize, are likely to be limited. Labor re-education is only part of a large penal system. Activists considered to be a threat to the party are routinely placed under house arrest or sent to prison on vaguely-defined charge of subversion, and that is not expected to change. BEIJING (AP) – All it took was a handwritten note from police to send Zhao Meifu to a labor camp for a year in China’s arid northwest.The farmer had been seeking redress for decades over a land grab by village officials. Tired of her complaints, police saw the labor camp as a quick way to get rid of her.“They did not like my mother, so they locked her up,” Zhao’s son, Guo Dajun, said in a recent interview.center_img Check your body, save your life Patients with chronic pain give advice Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Curbing or ending labor re-education would be a boost for legal reformers. The system is frequently used to silence minor government critics and ordinary Chinese like Zhao who are considered nuisances by local officials.In 1989, officials seeking property for development schemes started seizing Zhao’s farmland in Shanzidun village, in the dry yellow hills outside the provincial capital of Lanzhou. She has asked higher-level authorities for the return of her land or fair compensation, to no avail.In 2010, police sent her to labor re-education for a year; she was forced to do jobs like deshelling almonds but was soon released for health reasons. Last year, while visiting her son, a graduate student in Beijing, hometown police took her away. With a short, handwritten note, they reinstated her uncompleted 2010 sentence.“I was so angry my blood pressure soared,” Zhao said of the day she was booked into the labor camp. “I felt there was not a thread of hope.”Zhao was released after 18 days, officially on medical grounds, but she believes she was let out because of public pressure. Calls to the local labor camp and a government official overseeing the camp rang unanswered in several attempts. “If there should be a bill, it would definitely be accepted,” said Chen Zhonglin, a law professor from Chongqing University and a former deputy to the legislature. “After all, labor re-education is a priority task for the year.”(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img

Business account uses Siri to Pay Bills

first_imgTYROBusiness account uses Siri to Pay BillsIn an Australian first, business banking is now as easy as “Hey Siri” with the latest customer release from SME mobile banking challenger, Tyro.Using Apple’s smartphone assistant, Siri, Tyro Smart Account customers can access their daily settlements from their Tyro EFTPOS terminals, which can be used to pay bills and business costs immediately by asking something like, “Hey Siri, pay $250 to water bill using Tyro”.Currently, no other transaction account in Australian allows Siri to make payments.Tyro CEO Gerd Schenkel said the technological breakthrough would allow owners to spend less time on paperwork and more time on growing their businesses.“Using Siri to pay bills is the way of the future for Australia’s two million businesses, who employ seven million Australians and are the bedrock of the national economy,” Tyro CEO Gerd Schenkel said.“With nearly eight million iPhone users in Australia, this is a win for time-starved merchants.“Small and medium sized business owners are always on the go. Using Siri gives them the freedom to pay bills and other overheads wherever they are, in only a few seconds and with minimal key strokes.”A recent Tyro report1 found that banking red tape is robbing almost one million Australian businesses of four weeks’ productive work time a year, costing the national economy almost $7 billion annually.This equates to an extra 20 working days a year for each business – or the entire annual holidays of the average employee.The report found that 44 per cent of Australian SMEs, or 880,000 businesses, spend more than three hours every week checking, entering, paying and reconciling data, costing each business an average of $7,800 a year.The Tyro Smart Account seeks to solve that problem by providing a fee-free, interest-bearing account in your pocket, accessible via the Tyro smartphone app, available on iOS and Android. About Tyro Tyro is Australia’s only independent EFTPOS banking institution and is the first new entrant into the banking business in more than 18 years. Tyro holds an authority under the Banking Act to carry on a banking business as an Australian Deposit Taking Institution (ADI) and operates under the supervision of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). Tyro provides credit, debit, EFTPOS card acquiring, Medicare and private health fund claiming and rebating services as well as a transaction and deposit account integrated with Xero cloud accounting. Tyro takes money on deposit and offers unsecured cash-flow based lending to Australian EFTPOS merchants.Currently serving more than 17,000 small businesses, Tyro processed $8.6 billion in transactions and generated more than $95 million in revenue in FY16. In December 2015, Tyro raised about $100 million in fresh growth equity capital from Tiger Global in New York, TDM Asset Management in Australia, and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes.In August last year, Tyro became the first Australian technology company to be granted a full banking licence by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, allowing it to accept deposits and to advance money to Australian businesses.Source = Tyrolast_img read more

AccorHotels launches the Community Fund

first_imgL-R: Executive Chairman Kokoda Youth Foundation Doug Henderson, AccorHotels Pacific Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath, AIME CEO Jack Manning Bancroft and Chief Scientific Officer Garvan Institute of Medical Research Dr. Marie Dziadek.AccorHotels launches the Community FundAccorHotels Australia is proud to announce it has founded a Community Fund, a unified identity where money raised through national fundraising initiatives will be directed.The AccorHotels Community Fund is committed to building healthy families by supporting three focus areas being Youth, Health & Wellbeing and Diversity through four foundation partners.Four founding partners which align with the fund’s primary focus of ‘Building Healthy Families’ have been selected and money raised through AccorHotels national fundraising efforts will go directly to key focus projects within these charities.The four chosen foundation partners of the Community Fund which all have significant positive impacts in the Australian community are, Kokoda Youth Foundation, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Lifeline and AIME Mentoring.AccorHotels has committed to a three-year agreement with these foundation partners to ensure long-term support for their program implementations.Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Office of AccorHotels Pacific said, “After recently celebrating our 25th anniversary in Australia it is humbling to see how far we’ve come in terms of our growth, development of our people and the contribution we’ve made to the community.“AccorHotels has a history of giving over the past 25 years in Australia and we have donated in excess of $5 million to charity. In ascertaining our ambitions for the next 25 years and our contribution and commitment to the Australian community, we decided to set up our own Community Fund; a passion project that aligns with our values and is designed to have even greater impact.“We fundamentally believe that healthy families build healthy communities and by directing our fundraising efforts to one central Community Fund we will be able to better garner the passion and focus on areas of need for the Australian community.“Our four foundation partners, Kokoda Youth Foundation, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Lifeline and AIME Mentoring all align with our key focus on building healthy families and they“We see investment in mental health, cancer research, Indigenous employment and supporting our youth as being critical to the nation’s wellbeing and to this I am delighted to have our four founding partners on board. I am especially excited that money raised for these partners will be going directly to key projects within their organisations which will make an enormous impact.”The Garvan Institute of Medical Research will be directing Community Fund money into Rare and Neglected Cancer Research ProgramsLifeline will use the funds for their Text Crisis Support ProjectAIME Mentoring funds will help grow the mentoring program from 6,000-10,000 Indigenous high school students by 2020Kokoda Youth Foundation will direct funds to their On the Right Track Program, a program that targets Year 9 students with learning, behavioral or social challenges which detract from educational outcomes.Throughout 2017, over 10,000 staff across 200 AccorHotels Australian properties will be fundraising through a variety of initiatives with a goal of raising $800,000 for the Community Fund.The culmination of the year’s fundraising efforts will result in a 3-day adventure challenge: ‘Race to Survive’ in association with the Kokoda Youth Foundation, where teams compete in a survival of the fittest adventure race on the Gold Coast in October 2017.To support the AccorHotels Community Fund or to find out more CLICK HERESource = AccorHotels Australialast_img read more

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