February 18, 2005Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6.Construction at Arcosanti currently focusses on installing utilities for the East Crescent complex. This phase of the Arcosanti project includes a new classroom, meeting room and a number of residential units. The construction crew consists of February 6. workshop participants, Arcosanti crew leaders and volunteers. From the heat duct tunnel underneath the building, construction volunteer Mika Kawai and local contractor Sean Wright pull electrical wiring through the walls. [Photo: Yuki Yanagimoto & text: Jacob Schwartz] The community library is located in one of the first floor rooms of the East Crescent. From here, crew leader Michael Bittman and workshop participants April Braly and Kelley McLaughlin feed the wires. More on this on 2/21. [Photo: Scott W Riley & text: Jacob Schwartz]
Viacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched a new app based on its Nella the Princess Knight pre-school animated series on Nick Jr.The app, Nella the Princess Knight: Kingdom Adventures, which features a range of games based on social-emotional lessons, will be available in 12 languages. Its launch followes the March launch of Together We Rock, an app based around School of Rock star Tomika. Nickelodeon teamed up with Milan-based creative studio Colto to develop the Nella the Princess Knight app.Games in the new app include Hide and Seek, Shift Shapes with Bigor the Dragon, Feed the Impkins, Willow Needs Support and Helping Birds Find Home.The app is available free of charge via the iTunes Store and Google Play in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, British English and Brazilian Portuguese.“We are extremely excited about bringing Nella in game format to kids all around the world to inspire important and timely concepts through play, such as compassion and inclusiveness,” said Kate Sils, VP multiplatform and brand engagement, Nickelodeon International.“We put kids first in everything we do at Nickelodeon, and want our characters to serve as role models that help empower kids everywhere to remember they are important, valued and can take on anything while having fun doing so.”
“We would again like to thank All those who assisted.”Earlier today, police in Derry said that a 22-year-old male had been arrested as part of the investigation.He also remains in custody at Strand Road police station.Christ Church on Infirmary Road was burgled and ransacked last month at the dead of night. POLICE have made a second arrest as part of Op Exposure in Derry to catch those who burgled Christ Church in the city.A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “Following the release of images yesterday of two people police would like to speak to in connection with a burglary at Christchurch in the city a second male who is 23 years old has been arrested.“He is currently in custody assisting police with our enquiries. ShareTweet Extensive damage was caused during the break in, including a stain glass window and the church organ. DERRY OP EXPOSURE: SECOND MAN ARRESTED OVER BURGLARY AT CHRIST CHURCH was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY OP EXPOSURE: SECOND MAN ARRESTED OVER BURGLARY AT CHRIST CHURCH
Recommended Link — Justin’s note: Todd Scattini isn’t your typical marijuana entrepreneur. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996, and currently serves as an Army officer. But next month, Todd will hang up his fatigues to serve as CEO of Harvest 360, a marijuana consulting and management firm. I met Todd at Harvest 360’s headquarters in Denver a few weeks ago. There, he told me how he’s using cannabis to solve the military’s deadliest problems. Todd’s story completely changed how I thought about cannabis. So, I called him up a few days after we met to continue our talk. Below is a transcript of that conversation. I encourage you to share it with anyone who still sees marijuana as just another “street drug.” It may just change their mind… Justin: Todd, I’m not used to seeing “cannabis” and “Army officer” in the same sentence. So, can you tell me how you became interested in the plant? Todd: I became interested in 2011. I was in Paris at the time, and I was asked to serve as a special advisor for General John Allen. He was the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) back then. ISAF was a NATO-led security mission. It’s the largest military coalition ever assembled. At the time, it was 51 nations. Its main purpose was training the Afghan National Security Forces and assisting Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions. It was also engaged in the war with the Taliban insurgency. I was helping manage the General’s relationship with the Coalition through bilateral engagement and normal security cooperation functions. One evening, our special staff was asked to come up with creative ways to engage with the Afghans using the domestic resources they had so that they could create an industry without relying on outside assistance. And I thought, “Geez. The Afghans don’t have many resources.” They had minerals, but the Chinese had purchased the rights to them long ago, and it would take nearly a decade to build the infrastructure to mine them effectively. They had heroin, too, but I certainly didn’t think that could be the basis for an industry. And they had cannabis. A lot of cannabis that they grew was smuggled outside of the country and sold on the black market for huge profits to fund terrorist operations. So, I thought, “why don’t we transition them to a hemp industry?” It has 25,000 different uses such as food, fuel, fiber, and medicine. And humans have been using it for 8,000 years. We have essentially evolved with this plant. Justin: How’d that suggestion go over with your supervisors? Todd: It was not well-received. I don’t believe my concept was ever even briefed to the General. I was kind of laughed out of the room, to be honest. They called me “Major Cheech & Chong” and things like that. But I learned so much about the plant by studying it, including its medical potential. And I thought, “there are some military applications here.” So, I continued to read, study, and talk to everyone I could about the plant. I learned so much that I became a master at talking to generals, other officers, and ambassadors about marijuana. Recommended Link 3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy Right Now Canada is set to vote on a new nationwide law that will set off the biggest event in the history of marijuana. The Canadian pot market will explode from $400 million to $8 billion. And new marijuana millionaires will be minted. If you missed out on the first marijuana boom, when penny pot stocks delivered peak gains of 7,820%… 6,233%… and 3,986%… often in months… This is your second and final chance. Don’t miss out again. Discover the 3 companies that will dominate the marijuana market. Justin: How do you plan to prevent these sorts of things? Todd: Well, we do this in two phases. The first is the prep phase. This happens “left of the boom,” as we say in the military. This means this is the preparation done prior to an IED strike. This includes the supplementation of cannabinoids which help “armor the brain” in preparation for a traumatic event. Hopefully no one ever gets “right of the boom,” or experiences an IED strike. But, if they do, I would propose administering an immediate supplemental dose of non-psychoactive cannabinoids and other elements very, very rapidly. Justin: What made you want to focus on TBI? Todd: I became interested after I lost a platoon leader of mine. His name was Captain Andrew Houghton. Andy was a fellow West Point graduate. He was class of 2001, and he was like a little brother to me. In 2004, he was struck in the head with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) while deployed in Iraq. The RPG didn’t explode. But it did massive damage to his head. The battlefield medics, which are so good today, performed a soldier-to-soldier blood transfusion on-site in his vehicle. They stabilized him in-country and transported him to the Army hospital in Germany. There, his brain continued to swell. The rocket did so much damage that they had to remove a large portion of his brain to release the pressure. He was then sent to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C, where I was present when they pinned a Purple Heart on him. He passed away the next day. If I can prevent something like that from happening again, I will be very satisfied and feel that I will have done my duty. Justin: I’m terribly sorry to hear about your loss, Todd. But it’s inspiring that you’re trying to prevent this sort of thing from happening to other soldiers. That said, how can you be so confident that The Athena Protocol will work? After all, no one’s ever done anything like this before. Todd: So, a portion of that is the federal patent I was telling you about. This study says cannabidiol is an effective neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory. More recent studies have also shown that victims of car accidents who have THC (an active ingredient in marijuana) have a higher percentage of survivability in TBI incidents. Plus, we know that cannabinoids pass the blood barrier much more rapidly than most pharmaceuticals. So, we’d be able to administer and see anti-inflammatory effects very rapidly. But, you are right. Of course, this theory must be tested. The unfortunate thing is that we are prevented from testing this in the United States due to cannabis’ Schedule I status on the federal government’s list of Controlled Substances. I would propose to circumvent this by studying this outside of the U.S. or gaining special permission to do so in the U.S. Justin: Would The Athena Protocol only be used to treat TBI injuries suffered in combat? Or are there applications beyond the military? Todd: Absolutely. Soldiers aren’t the only ones who suffer TBI injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.5 million people go to U.S. emergency rooms every year for TBI. And about 300,000 of those people die from their injuries. This includes everyone from car crash victims to people who slip and fall. So, this kind of treatment could really be used everywhere. And the sooner first responders and hospitals can administer this, the better. Justin: And how’s the project coming along? Todd: Right now, we’re at the research and development (R&D) level, but we have submitted for a provisional patent for the entire protocol and sub-patents for each formulation and method of administration. Specifically, we’re working on jamming as much cannabidiol into a single drop of water as possible. And we’ve already gotten some incredibly high levels of concentration. So, it’s coming along very nicely. Justin: Got it. You’re doing some incredible work, Todd. But I have to ask you one last thing before I let you go… Where’d the name, The Athena Protocol, come from? Todd: The name, and I’m not kidding, came to me in the middle of the night. I shot out of bed and wrote it down. Athena is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Good Counsel, and War. She also wears a helmet. And Athena’s helmet adorns the West Point crest. Justin: Wow. It sure seems like you picked the perfect name. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. And best of luck with everything. Todd: My pleasure, Justin. Justin’s note: As you can see, cannabis isn’t just a plant that gets people high. It also has the potential to save thousands of lives as medicine. Most people don’t realize this. But the world’s smartest investors do. That’s why they’ve invested billions in this upcoming industry. But don’t worry. You don’t have to have deep pockets to profit from the coming global marijuana boom. You just need to own the right marijuana stocks.We have a basket of marijuana companies in our Crisis Investing newsletter that are set to soar in the coming years. You can access these names, along with all of our research on the sector, with a subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more. P.S. You can also learn more about Todd’s project by visiting the Harvest 360 website or by contacting him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reader MailbagAre you investing in cannabis stocks? We’d love to hear how it’s going so far. Let us know right here.Today, a reader writes in agreeing with Doug’s take on “The War on Some Drugs”… To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the problem with the drug warriors is that they know so many things that just aren’t so. The other quote that applies comes from C.S. Lewis:“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”The “war on drugs” has turned into a cash machine for federal and state law enforcement, which is why it is taking so long to root out the problem. There are states where law enforcement can legally steal your assets (sometimes during a traffic stop), all because they can say they suspect the said assets were used as part of a drug deal, or were obtained through a drug deal. Some law enforcement agencies get something like 40 percent of their revenue from civil forfeiture. So there’s lots of motivation to repeat flat-out lies which fly in the face of all data.There are unfortunately a lot of people who are so intellectually lazy that they won’t bother to look at the data, and will instead just repeat the lies because they sound plausible, and because it makes them look like pillars of probity. Jeff Sessions, for example. I often wonder how people like that can function with so many logical fallacies floating around in their heads… –Clint — New controversial money-making event (limited time only) If you want to learn how to get “in” on the only legitimate chance to turn a few hundred dollars into tens of thousands of dollars… you need to attend this free event on November 2nd. One past attendee, Jon M., says: “I was left nearly speechless last night when I discovered my $300 had grown to over $125,000. I have never heard of such gains in a short amount of time.” Full warning: This opportunity is controversial. 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So, yes, I’ve convinced a lot of people that this is a very interesting proposition and might be a way to address reducing suicides from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and chronic pain; all significant issues that often result from our service. Justin: How did you change people’s minds? Todd: I just became so passionate and well-studied about the plant, the roots of its prohibition, and its potential to help people. So, now when speaking with generals and other senior leaders I tell them, “Sir, this is serious, and I think it could save soldiers’ lives.” I always point them to the federal government’s patent on cannabidiol as a neuro-protectant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. This is U.S. Patent 6630507. Justin: Why’s that patent so important? Todd: These days, many of our soldiers encounter improvised explosive devices (IED) on the battlefield. An IED strike can be devastating to multiple vehicles and soldiers in an instant. And, if an IED goes off near you, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a TBI. TBI is a very serious concussion possibly leading to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial function. We find that soldiers who have experienced a TBI are at a higher risk for PTSD and suicide. Justin: How does an IED give TBI? Todd: When an IED goes off near you, there’s a massive blast wave. The air from the blast creates a wall of pressure that hits a soldier’s hard skull and rattles the soft brain around inside of it, and a dangerous chemical process begins inside the skull. This can lead to a stroke, which is what usually kills a TBI victim. Justin: How does the military currently treat TBI? Todd: Today, there’s very little done to treat it. And, aside from improvements made to some vehicles, there’s really no protocol for preventing this sort of injury. I want to change that with my project, The Athena Protocol. I want to use formulations of non-psychoactive cannabinoids (especially cannabidiol) and a few added elements as a daily supplement to essentially “armor a soldier’s brain,” and help protect the brain’s neuroreceptors. Studies suggest that this approach could also increase the elasticity of the neurons, preventing them from calcification and potentially reducing the instance of PTSD among our soldier and veteran population.
Trends The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 3 min read 5 Workplace Trends That Will Impact Your Business in 2017 Apply Now » Founder and CEO of LaSalle Network Add to Queue Tom Gimbel –shares March 29, 2017 Guest Writer Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Be on the lookout for these changes to company culture expectations and the make-up of the workforce. Image credit: Shutterstock One reason I love running a staffing and recruiting company is learning the nuances of the organizations we serve — their needs, their cultures, their staff. As research for my company’s annual white paper found, workplaces in 2017 are far from stagnant; they’re adapting to trends daily. I believe these five trends will have the biggest effects in 2017: More focus on culture Expect companies to prioritize culture in 2017 to address their engagement and turnover issues — and to become a place people love to work. That means listening to staff to learn what keeps them engaged and motivated, and building culture around that. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; it’s building on the people and traits that make the organization unique. For many companies, that means certain “perks” (the foosball tables and kegs are fun, but they’re not culture) get scaled back in favor of an increased 401k match, a director of training on staff and opportunities for career growth. These investments in staff create an environment where people want to work — where people feel valued, not like a means to an end. You can’t fake the type of synergy that comes from that.More companies ditch the annual performance reviewMore companies are buying into the idea that it’s hard and often unfair to evaluate a year of work in one sitting. It’s almost impossible to remember everything and give an accurate assessment. Companies like GE and Accenture have already ditched annual reviews for new evaluation models. We’re going to see more constant communication, and on-the-spot coaching between employees and managers in 2017.Improvements to the employee experience to boost employment brand A recent study found that 83 percent of HR professionals think the employee experience is crucial to their organization’s success. The result is now a lot of companies are listening closer to what their employees want. They’re creating wellness programs, better benefits and investing in talent development. They’re showing commitment to employees by growing their skill sets and setting them up for career growth.Generation Z joins the work world 2017 is going to be the first full calendar year where gen Z (born after 1998) are in the workforce. With studies showing that 36 percent of working millennials are in managerial positions and that the majority of millennials think generation Z is lazy, watching these two groups interact is going to be a case study in collaboration. Both generations are the foundation of the future. How they come together to solve problems will be a big focus in 2017. More tasks will be automated According to a recent McKinsey study, most jobs have certain activities that could be automated, which would allow more time for high-level tasks. Financial workers, for example, spend 43 percent of their workday on tasks that could be automated. If these workers could automate non-client facing tasks such as routine spreadsheet analytics, they could not only spend more time engaging clients, but also increase the number of clients they serve — resulting in higher productivity for the employee, and more profit for the company. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List
Business Travel Add to Queue Geoff Weiss –shares Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals October 1, 2014 Next Article Former Staff Writer Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Uber Program Targeting Corporate Travelers Rolls Out Globally Uber for Business is going global.After introducing new features exclusively for corporate travelers in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and France last July, the company said today that the service will be available in each of the 45 countries where Uber currently operates. This comprises 200 cities and 22 different languages.Uber for Business lets small and mid-sized companies set up free corporate accounts, allowing employees to bill their rides to a single card and therefore streamlining reimbursements. The feature also creates dashboards for managers so they can monitor travel costs.Related: This Ridesharing Service You’ve Never Heard of Has 10 Million Members and CountingAdditionally, Uber for Business comprises a partnership between the ride-sharing giant and Concur, a travel expense software company that allows employees to book their own travel while simultaneously populating expense reports in real time.The rollout of its corporate program comes as Uber’s global expansion seems to have hit an expensive wall. After being ruled illegal in Germany, a district court said the company could face a fine of $328,000 for every ride hailed.And as the sharing economy increasingly sets its sights on business travelers, these ongoing regulatory clashes — as well as glaring safety concerns like Airbnb’s squatter scandal — raise questions about the widespread adoption of such services in the corporate realm.Related: Richard Branson Gets Into Carpooling 2 min read Register Now »
Your move Golden Arches. Nina Zipkin –shares Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Burger King Dresses Up as McDonald’s for Halloween Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue 2 min read Register Now » It wouldn’t be Halloween without some mischief, and Burger King pulled off a pretty effective trick on its rival fast food franchise.A Burger King location in Rego Park, N.Y. decided to get into the spooky spirit of the season by crafting a ghostly McDonald’s get up complete with a feisty sign that reads “Booooo! Just kidding, we still flame-grill our burgers. Happy Halloween.”Related: Burger King Gets Burned in Twitter Duel With Wendy’sThe internet seemed pretty impressed by the chain’s Halloween chutzpah and awarded this round to Burger King. There’s still time for McDonald’s to make a move, but we may be waiting until Christmas to see what the Golden Arches has in store.Now that’s the competitive Halloween spirit I like to see @BurgerKing!! ?https://t.co/nkRnVBfIXk— John Legere (@JohnLegere) October 27, 2016 Leave it to a Burger King in Queens, NY to display the best Halloween costume a fast-food chain has ever worn. pic.twitter.com/Ib8sWknSZ1— Eric Alper (@ThatEricAlper) October 27, 2016 The best Halloween costume I’ve seen so far this year:Burger King dressed up as McDonald’s. pic.twitter.com/2SSJ2yfir3— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 Franchises
PX Open Marketplace Surpasses 500 Publishers in its Exchange MTS Staff WriterApril 23, 2019, 5:02 pmApril 23, 2019 Leading Technology Provider for Customer Acquisition Marketers Continues Expansion of Fully Transparent and Open Marketplace PX, the leading marketing technology platform to automate and manage customer acquisition, announced that its open publisher exchange has reached a milestone with over 500 sources now actively offering leads and calls to buyers.Additionally, new data from the 2019 PX-Leadscon State of the Industry Survey found that lead buyers who manage more than 10 sources double their likelihood to hit their ROI goals. The report also found that those buyers who are managing 40 or more sources hit their target 93% of the time, yet currently, two-thirds of industry buyers are only managing 10 or fewer sources in their campaigns.“When we set out to create the publisher exchange our objective was to offer lead buyers an open marketplace for high quality leads with complete transparency into where those leads are coming from,” said Bas Offers, Co-founder and COO of PX. “With over 500 sites currently onboard, our path towards creating a more efficient and profitable market for both buyers and sellers is well on its way to redefining the industry.”Marketing Technology News: Westchester Community College Uses Oracle Cloud to Modernize Education ExperienceThe power of the PX platform is truly unlocked when lead buyers also upload their sales data to PX, enabling them to see the complete status of every lead throughout the sales funnel and then optimize campaigns, based on that visibility. This deeper level of insight gives lead marketers a clearer understanding of their campaigns’ success and the ability to make real-time adjustments to focus on the sources and paths that provide the greatest ROI.According to the recent PX 2019: The State of the Industry Report, this end-to-end measurement, or clear visibility, is a leading factor contributing to the success of marketers to reach their ROI goals. The survey showed that marketers who consistently see and measure conversion throughout their sales funnel are 2-3x more likely to hit their ROI.Marketing Technology News: MarTech Roundup: Latest News, Insights, Funding and Salesforce UpdatesFinding and Managing New Sources:The PX exchange also provides marketers with a seamless and cost effective ecosystem for addressing one of the biggest challenges facing marketers – scaling their success by testing new sources and vendors. Survey data showed nearly three-quarters of marketers failed to reach a 40% success rate in testing new sources.With a vast and wide variety of vetted and compliant sources, the PX platform can help buyers quickly expand their efforts and reduce the risk in testing new sources. Each publisher on the platform has been vetted by a strict onboarding process to ensure they meet standards of quality and compliance, providing a huge savings in time and resources for buyers who need to continuously test in order to scale their campaigns.Currently, the PX platform supports more than 15 different verticals, across mortgage, personal finance, insurance, solar, home renovation and home services. Each lead generated in the marketplace is carefully matched with the most relevant buyers, based on targeting filters that buyers have chosen through the PX platform.Marketing Technology News: Data Privacy: Balancing Personalization and Security in the Age of Transparency AcquisitionBas OffersMarketing Technologymarketing technology platformNewsPXPX-Leadscon Previous ArticlePagely Announces 2nd Annual Scholarship for Underrepresented Students in TechNext ArticleContact Centers Adding AI to Become More Intelligent, Responsive to Customers
Acquisitionlive streaming dataLogi AnalyticsMarketing TechnologyNewsSteven SchneiderZoomdata Previous ArticleTopbox Conversation Analytics Enable Faster Discovery of Actionable Customer InsightsNext ArticleConsumer Demand for Personalisation and Tech Advances Drives Innovation in Entertainment and Media Industry Logi Analytics Acquires Zoomdata, Extending Market Leadership in Embedded Analytics PRNewswireJune 11, 2019, 1:02 pmJune 11, 2019 Acquisition Enables Application Teams to Embed Analytics With Patented Technology for Big Data and Streaming DataLogi Analytics, Inc. (“Logi”) announced the acquisition of Zoomdata, the leading analytics platform for big data and live streaming data. The acquisition comes three months after Logi acquired JReport for pixel-perfect operational reporting. The combination solidifies Logi’s position as the leader in embedded analytics, now with the richest suite of capabilities and a global partner network.“The nature of data is changing,” said Steven Schneider, CEO of Logi. “It’s growing bigger and faster and is increasingly being managed using next generation data systems from companies like Cloudera, Elastic, Google, Amazon, MongoDB and Snowflake. At Logi, our vision is to help application teams create smarter software. And with Zoomdata, product managers and developers have native access to cloud data warehouses, big data, and streaming data, plus an expert global partner network.”Marketing Technology News: Big Data Push to MarTech Continues as Google Taps Looker for $2.6 BillionFor three years in a row, Zoomdata received the Technology Innovation Award for Big Data Analytics by Dresner Advisory Services. Zoomdata’s unique and patented streaming technology allows real-time visibility into data that is too big to move and data that changes frequently, which are common challenges for Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, financial risk and fraud, customer insight, hospital patient care, and telco network performance applications.“By joining forces with Logi, our groundbreaking analytics software will be embedded in more applications,” said Nick Halsey, CEO of Zoomdata. “Many more people will be able to analyze billions of rows of data in seconds, even across multiple data sources, within the applications they use all day, every day.”Marketing Technology News: Forging MarTech with Big Data: Salesforce Eyes Tableau’s Big Data Expertise with $15.7 Billion DealZoomdata is Logi’s second acquisition in 2019. “Logi’s developer-grade platform offers the broadest set of embedded analytics capabilities in the industry, including security integration, custom theming, self-service analysis, workflow, write-back, pixel-perfect operational reporting, predictive analytics, and big data analytics. And Zoomdata’s worldwide network of key resellers and systems integrators like StrategyCore, Deloitte, InfoSys, and Hitachi will help companies successfully adopt, build, and manage mission-critical applications,” said Schneider.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minutes
Source:https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 5 2018Millions of children and teens are affected by sports and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI) annually. To help reduce the effects of TBIs in youth sports, all 50 states and the District of Columbia enacted state youth TBI laws between 2009 and 2014. A new study from researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined the effectiveness of these laws by looking at sports and recreation mild TBI (mTBI)-related emergency department (ED) visits for children ages 5 to 18 years before and after TBI legislation was enacted in each state. Specifically, researchers looked at ED visits from 2006 through 2014 for diagnosis of mTBI and compared them with diagnoses of moderate to severe TBI, minor head injury, and long bone fracture.The study, published online today in Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, found that when youth TBI legislation is enacted, utilization of the ED for youth sports and recreation-related mTBI evaluations increase. “This is what we want to see,” said Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH, senior author of the study and principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s. “An increase in ED visits for youth sports TBIs shows the laws are working – more children are getting evaluated by a healthcare professional, which is one of the key tenets of youth TBI laws.” The laws also contribute to an increased awareness of youth TBIs, which may prompt many athletes, parents, trainers, and coaches to seek out evaluation for a suspected or actual TBI.Related StoriesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaED visits for mTBIs were more common among boys (67.5%), children ages 10-14 years (42.1%), and the privately insured (50.6%). The proportion of mTBI ED visits increased significantly, particularly from 5 years pre-legislation to immediately post-legislation (57.8 to 94.8 mTBI visits per 10,000 ED visits). A similar trend was observed for minor head injuries; however, no significant changes were observed for moderate to severe TBIs and long bone fractures.”Due to the unprecedented, rapid passing of youth state TBI legislations, EDs may not have received the necessary information, time, and resources to prepare for the large influx of mTBI visits during and/or after legislation,” said Julie Leonard, MD, MPH, associate director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy, and co-author of this study. “EDs can help remedy this by allocating appropriate time and resources for mTBIs.”For example, specific materials can be developed as resources for families, and efforts can be made to educate staff about mTBI. Further, communication channels can be established between the ED and other providers (e.g., sports medicine, primary care) to more easily facilitate follow-up care for patients. All healthcare providers should develop a proactive plan when public health mandates result in increased utilization, and policy makers should consider the potential impact of hospitals and patients when developing and enacting future legislation.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 24 2018Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs) are characterized by walls formed by a one atom thick sheet of carbon. Using MWCNTs as a drug delivery system, the requirement for the solvent and drug dissolution in a solution can be avoided. Soyasapogenol B (SSB) is a product derived from soya bean that belongs to the family of oleanane triterpenes. It is also known to have biological functions in cell signaling, membrane integrity and stability and energy storage. Soyasapogenol B may demonstrate hypo-cholesterolemic effects. Soyasapogenol B happens to be an important therapeutic agent due to its many biological activities. SSB can be loaded with MWCNTs with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and/or chitosan.Related StoriesNew study reveals ‘clutch’ proteins responsible for putting T cell activation ‘into gear’Olympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchScreenIn3D receives technology innovation prizeBy using miniemulsion techniques, SBB was immobilized onto MWCNTs. Additionally, niosomes were used to enclose the prepared systems. The analysis of the particle systems was done by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIS), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and size distribution analysis. Kinematics of the release of the particles and SBB particles that had an in vitro release profiles, were carried out. In vitro cytotoxicity of synthesized materials was analyzed and was examined by using cell lines such as normal melanocytes (HFB4), liver and carcinoma breast by the comparison with standard doxorubicin.The results of the experiment revealed that SSB loaded materials were able to display controlled and sustained drug release, which also obeyed mathematical in vitro profiles in line with multiple models. The preparations were also minimally cytotoxic in all cell lines tested.The research demonstrates the use of loading a bioactive agent such as SSB into MWCNTs to deliver it into multiple cell types with minimal toxicity. This is useful information for reasearchers looking into new drug delivery technologies for therapeutics.Source: https://benthamscience.com/
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 8 2019Risks for autism and depression are higher if one’s mother was in hospital with an infection during pregnancy. This is shown by a major Swedish observational study of nearly 1.8 million children.”The results indicate that safeguarding against and preventing infection during pregnancy as far as possible by, for instance, following flu vaccination recommendations, may be called for,” says Verena Sengpiel, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and last author of the study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.Maternal infection with certain infectious agents, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) or the herpes virus, are already known to be capable of harming fetal brain development and boosting the risk of certain psychiatric disorders.The findings of the current study, however, also show that infection in general during pregnancy, too — including when the actual infectious agent does not reach the fetal brain — is related to elevated risk of the child developing autism or depression later in life.More autism and depressionThe study is based on data on all children, totaling almost 1.8 million, born in Sweden during the years 1973-2014. The particulars from the Swedish Medical Birth Register were linked to the national inpatient register, which records whether the mother was treated in hospital with an infection diagnosis during the pregnancy concerned.Using the inpatient register, the researchers also monitored these children’s mental health until 2014, when the oldest were aged 41.It was found that if, during pregnancy, a mother with an infection diagnosis received hospital treatment, there was a marked rise in the risk of her child needing hospital care later in life, with a diagnosis of either autism or depression. The increase in risk was 79 percent for autism and 24 percent for depression.Related StoriesStudy uncovers potential new way to prevent common pregnancy-related complicationsWomen’s pre-pregnancy obesity changes breast milk contents which can affect infant growthPregnant women with migraine more often have complications during pregnancy and childbirthIn contrast, there was no association between the mothers being in hospital with an infection diagnosis during pregnancy and two other psychiatric diagnoses studied in their children: bipolar disorder and psychosis, including schizophrenia.Increased risk even after mild infectionThe pregnant women in the study may have been hospitalized with diagnoses other than infections, but then had infections diagnosed during their stay as well. The elevated risk of mental ill-health in the child was also evident after infections in the pregnant women that are usually considered mild, such as a common urinary tract infection.The study, which was observational, provides no answer on how maternal infection during pregnancy affects fetal brain development. However, other studies have shown that an infection in the mother leads to an inflammatory reaction, and that some inflammatory proteins can affect gene expression in fetal brain cells.Other research shows that inflammation in the mother boosts production of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the placenta, which may conceivably affect the unborn child’s brain development.https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/news-calendar/News_detail//child-s-elevated-mental-ill-health-risk-if-mother-treated-for-infection-during-pregnancy.cid1619697
Source:https://www.uth.edu/news/story.htm?id=4bedd30c-3d83-4e3f-8556-f3f4b566afb7 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 30 2019Phillip Robinson has gone from 10 cigarettes a day to one or two every other day after enrolling in a smoking cessation clinical trial launched by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). To help smokers quit, researchers are using a drug known more for helping people with diabetes control their blood sugar.With the support of a Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences Scholar Award and PARTNERS Research Award, Luba Yammine, PhD, RN, FNP-C, an assistant professor in the Department of Research at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth, and Joy Schmitz, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, plan to recruit 90 volunteers. PARTNERS stands for Providing Advancement Resources To Nursing Education Research and Students and is an organization that supports Cizik School of Nursing.”Preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that a Food and Drug Administration-approved diabetes drug with the generic name of exenatide can decrease consumption of food and other addictive substances such as alcohol and nicotine,” said Yammine, the study’s principal investigator. “These findings prompted us to investigate exenatide as a potential treatment for smoking cessation. We think that this drug will help with smoking cessation through the mechanism of reward – people will experience less enjoyment when they smoke. It may also help to decrease cravings for cigarettes and withdrawal symptoms that people may experience when they try to quit smoking.”Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S., including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 every day.”Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death. Effective treatments for smoking cessation exist, but we still see a high rate of relapse,” said Schmitz, the Louis A. Faillace, MD Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School.Related StoriesAADE’s comprehensive guidance on care of children, young adults with diabetes releasedNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsDiabetes patients experiencing empathy from PCPs have beneficial long-term clinical outcomes”Exenatide targets a different mechanism of action that holds promise for pharmacological treatment of smoking and possibly other addictive behaviors,” Schmitz said.Yammine said exenatide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist (GLP-1RA). In the clinical trial, the drug is being studied in people who are prediabetic, or overweight but not diabetic. They must be between 18 and 75 years of age and make an earnest attempt to quit smoking.Participants receive six weeks of treatment with exenatide or placebo in the double-blind, randomized trial. Clinic visits take place at the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction at UTHealth. The trial is registered on clinicaltrials.gov (NCT02975297).Robinson, who has now completed the trial, received a weekly injection over a six-week period and nicotine patches to curb his urge to smoke. He also received individual smoking cessation counseling. To verify his smoking status and abstinence from smoking, his breath carbon monoxide levels were tested at every appointment.”I started 25 years ago and I wished I hadn’t. I used to smoke a half pack or more of cigarettes a day. Now, I’m down to no cigarettes or one cigarette a day,” said Robinson, a 60-year-old maintenance supervisor.Robinson had tried unsuccessfully to quit on his own. “I tried the gum. I tried the patches. But, I didn’t get far. I know cigarettes are not good for you but it’s hard to stop,” he said.When Robinson heard about the trial, he decided to give it a shot. “I wanted to try something different. I liked the fact that the study involved an existing drug,” he said.Robinson and his wife Mindy Lee Robinson have a young son named Phillip Robinson III. “I’m doing this for my family, too,” he said.”The obtained data will provide information for a larger study,” Yammine said.
Psychologists define loneliness as a subjective, unpleasant experience that occurs when the desired level of meaningful social contact is less than what is available. The prevalence of loneliness is increasing and the association between loneliness and ill health is now clear.In the US, loneliness affects one-fifth of the population. In the UK, it is experienced by more than a third of those over the age of 50. Feeling lonely? Talk to the robotPublic officials have suggested that digital assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, might be suitable companions for isolated older adults. This is by no means the first time that well-meaning people have seen artificial intelligence as a suitable substitute for human companionship, and older people have often been the target of these innovations. A few years ago, a robot seal called Paro was seen as a solution to loneliness. The seal has been used as a companion bot in care homes since 2003 and has been shown to enhance the care environment and reduce residents’ feelings of loneliness. A cute, mute, cuddly white seal. It is not hard to see how Alexa might seem like better company. At least it can talk. Sadly, technology has been largely ineffective in meeting the needs of those feeling lonely. In fact, it may be adding to the problem. When we feel lonely, we desire connection. Yet our need for a more connected society seems to be colliding head on with a neoliberal ideology in which there is an increasing drive for efficiency and profit maximisation in both the private and public sector. More than 15,000 frail elderly New Zealanders are lonely Provided by The Conversation Increasingly, the physical is being replaced by the digital, which is fundamentally changing our experiences of the everyday, and in turn, reducing our opportunities to connect. The public sector, facing increasing pressure to behave more like the private sector, has also heard this digital siren call. Unfortunately, the opportunities presented by such technological innovations might also be distancing us from those most in need of human contact. For example, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved the use of online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for those suffering from depression and generalised anxiety disorder. For a while now, it has been recognised that people can find it easier to open up to a machine and these technologies also provide the opportunity for around-the-clock care. However, a concern is that digital CBT may leave people feeling like they are being palmed off into the care of an app during a time when they need human contact the most. Weak tiesOne of the most commonly cited concerns of automation is that it will lead to unemployment, but what if it robs us of human connectivity, too? Fully autonomous, driverless vehicles will certainly remove the everyday chitchat between taxi driver and passenger. Such everyday contacts (often referred to as “weak ties”) have been shown to provide important support, particularly to those at risk of social isolation. But digital technologies might also give us opportunities to connect in new and exciting ways. For example, social media gives us the opportunity to connect with other people when we so desire. At Christmas, Sarah Millican, a British comedian, used Twitter to connect people who were feeling lonely, using the hashtag #joinin. This gave people the opportunity to feel included during a time that can be particularly isolating. The #joinin thing works like this: on Christmas Day, we all post up what we’re doing so that anyone who’s alone can watch the same— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) December 21, 2013Social media may have an increasing role to play in connecting us with one another, as more and more industries become digital by default. The sociologist Barry Wellman said that people are not hooked on technology, they are hooked on each other. As the market’s need for efficiency sees technology moving us further apart, we need to explore ways it can bring us closer together. 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. Explore further This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. While we desire human contact, digital alternatives are often cheaper than everyday acquaintances. This has resulted in more and more aspects of our lives becoming digital by default, which has subsequently reduced our opportunities for everyday social contact. This is nothing new, but it has accelerated. It started with banks replacing tellers with ATMs. Now, most supermarkets have self-scan checkouts, and we’re probably heading towards entirely automated supermarkets – Amazon is leading the way with its no-checkout supermarket. We buy digital train tickets that are checked by machines, and we use digital catalogues to find library books, often without having to set foot in a library (which is just as well, since many have closed). We have become a click-and-collect society. Citation: How the digitalisation of everything is making us more lonely (2018, February 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-digitalisation-lonely.html The UK government recently appointed its first minister of loneliness. The move came in response to increasing concern of a loneliness epidemic sweeping Western society.
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. Google combines cloud storage for Gmail, Drive, Google+ services Google rebranded its online storage subscription program to Google One Monday and lowered prices, but Amazon still has the best deal for 1 terabyte of storage. Explore further ©2018 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Users of Google Drive’s online backup program will still go to drive.google.com to access their files. If they use under 15 GB, Google Drive is still free. The subscription offering, for heavier users, will be called One.In a blog post, Google said the new One subscription accounts now come with access to e-mail and phone customer help.Google’s new price for 2 terabytes of storage is $9.99 monthly, down from $19.99 monthly. Google also introduced several lower priced tiers, including 100 GB for $1.99 monthly or $2.99 for 200 GB. The changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks.But consumers looking for just 1 TB of storage at the lowest price might want to shop with Amazon, which offers it for $59.99 yearly. That’s lower than the $99 yearly prices from Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. Neither Apple’s iCloud nor Google offer just 1 TB of storage, but a more hefty 2 TB.Google still offers 15 GB of free storage before moving people to a paid account. The new One name will offer bonuses to subscribers “like credits on Google Play or deals on select hotels found in Google Search,” said Google in the blog post.Online storage in the digital age has become a fact of life for mobile consumers, who are shooting more photos and videos, in higher resolution, than ever before, on devices that max out of room often.While physical hard drives are more economical—small external drives from companies like Western Digital and Seagate sell for around $65— they tend to eventually fail. Online storage is considered a safer backup bet, and consumers can access the files from anymore, whether on mobile, desktop or laptop.Here’s how the rivals compare:Amazon: $59.99 yearly for 1 TB, or $119 for 2 TB.Google One: $99 yearly for 2 TB.Dropbox: $99 yearly for 1 TBMicrosoft: $99 yearly for 1 TBApple iCloud: $120 yearly for 2 TB. Citation: Google cuts prices for storage under a new name. Here’s how Google One compares to its rivals (2018, May 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-google-prices-storage-rivals.html