Peugeot 508 R PHEV With 350 HP Allegedly Confirmed

Source: Electric Vehicle News Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept: Paris Motor Show Video Roundup According to Motoring, a “senior insider” has told them Peugeot has plans to dust off the “R” badge for a powered-up 508 with a PHEV setup and standard all-wheel drive. Compared to the already revealed plug-in hybrid version of the midsize liftback and wagon, the R-labeled models are expected to produce at least 350 hp.Output will be provided by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine and the dual electric motors inside the 508 PHEV, but Peugeot’s engineers will work their magic to dial power up a notch. Another upgrade might be made to the lithium-ion battery as the standard 13.2-kWh pack could be replaced by a larger pack with a higher density.If the rumors pan out, the Peugeot 508 R should need only four and a half seconds to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) task before topping out at 155 mph (250 kph).Peugeot’s design boss, Gilles Vidal, has already strongly hinted about the possibility of a spicy R derivative by saying there will probably be a performance version positioned above the 508 PHEV. Not only that, but he went on to specify the 508 can easily accommodate 20-inch wheels and even a 21-inch set for what would be a go-faster version.On a related note, the 508 RXH won’t be getting a new generation as the French rugged wagon rivaling the Audi A4 Allroad did not generate enough sales to convince Peugeot’s execs there should be a new one.Source: Motoring 2019 Peugeot 3008 And 508 Plug In For Paris Motor Show Coming with all-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.Peugeot introduced last week at the Paris Motor Show the plug-in hybrid versions of the 3008 crossover and the 508 in both liftback and wagon flavors. These three combine a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline engine with dual electric motors for a total output of nearly 300 horsepower. Should you want a hotter plug-in Pug, rumor has it the 508 will be getting the electrified R treatment with additional oomph.More Peugeot News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 11, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Paris: Peugeot Presents Plug-In Hybrid 508, 508 SW and 3008 read more

YASA Announces Partnership With Global OEM

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News Audi e-tron Electric Motor Explored: Video Electric motors Bosch Takes Over EM-motive: Electric Motor Joint Venture With Daimler Mahle Joins Electric Drive Segment With New Traction Motors YASA finds its electric motors attractive for high-performance vehicles and aircraftYASA, the British manufacturer of axial-flux electric motors and controllers founded in 2009, signed a long-term joint innovation agreement with an undisclosed global automotive manufacturer.It’s not known who is the OEM that would like to use YASA motors, but the topic of development is to be custom electric motors for all-electric and hybrid vehicles.“The partnership will focus on developing custom electric motor and controller solutions for the OEM’s high-performance hybrid and pure electric vehicles.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 20, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News YASA axial-flux electric motor (segmented) YASA is one of the most successful British EV start-ups and since 2018 has been ready for volume orders thanks to a new production facility in Oxford, UK for up to 100,000 motors annually.YASA motors are also used in electric airplanes, currently under development by Rolls-Royce.“YASA’s innovative axial-flux electric motor and controller designs offer best-in-class power and torque densities and are ideally suited to both hybrid and pure electric vehicle applications. Under the agreement, YASA and the OEM will work together to leverage YASA’s technology to improve vehicle performance whilst reducing vehicle weight.This news follows YASA’s announcement last year of a new 100,000 unit capacity series production facility in Oxford, UK. In addition to automotive, YASA are also addressing the burgeoning electric aerospace market. Last month, the Company announced partnering with Rolls-Royce to provide the electric motors to power the world’s fastest electric airplane, scheduled for launch in 2020.”Speaking of the Innovation Agreement, YASA’s CEO Chris Harris said:“This agreement brings together one of the world’s best-known automotive manufacturers with YASA, the world’s leading supplier of axial-flux electric motors and controllers. Our companies both share the same passion for innovation and the same unwavering commitment to excellence. Through this long-term collaboration, we are developing custom electric motor and controller solutions that will power unsurpassed driving experiences and set the bar for high-performance hybrid and pure electric vehicles.”last_img read more

BMW Daimler Discuss Electric Car Platform Sharing Compete With Tesla

first_img BMW Reiterates Its Flexible Electric Car Strategy Germany Still Can’t Make Up Its Mind About Electric Cars It seems German rivals may need to join hands to successfully compete in the growing EV market.A recent Autoblog report points to an upcoming joint effort between BMW and Daimler (Mercedes-Benz). The information suggests that the two are already discussing some level of cooperation in future electric vehicle development. More specifically, it appears the competing German automakers may come to an agreement regarding shared platforms for electric vehicles.  Obviously, this would be a move to position the two to better compete with EV front-runner Tesla.Autoblog first discovered the potential partnership via German automobile publications, Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Auto Bild.Additional Stories of Interest: Source: Electric Vehicle News The deal is not yet set in stone and the articles make this clear. However, the story suggests that BMW’s and Daimler’s primary focus will include development of shared compact and midsize electric car platforms that can also accommodate ICE powertrains. It’s important to note that BMW and Daimler already have a more official partnership related to the joint development of “advanced driver assistance systems and mobility services.”If these two German powerhouses finalize a plan to work in tandem, not only for future mobility pursuits, but also for multi-use platforms, the results could help drive up EV adoption on an even more exponential level. Not to mention, the monumental amount of money saved. The reports glean that both automakers could save some 7 billion euros (about $8 billion USD) if they choose this newfound path.Source: Autoblog Mercedes-Benz Relentlessly Tests EQC In Sweden Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 16, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

Vandals shut down UK electric car sharing program within months

first_imgA promising electric car-sharing program in a UK town only lasted a few months, as the EVs quickly became a target for vandals who caused “exceptional levels of damage” to the cars. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast. post Vandals shut down UK electric car sharing program within months appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Guida Slavich Flores Adds Environmental Attorney

first_imgPatricia Finn Braddock has joined the environmental law boutique Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C., as a shareholder in the firm’s Austin office. She was previously a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski, where she practiced since 1987.Braddock brings with her almost 40 years of experience practicing environmental law. Her primary focus is in the area of air pollution control.The St. Mary’s School of Law graduate began her career in the 1970’s as a government lawyer with new colleague Paul Seals. She held senior positions at Texas’ environmental regulatory agencies on air, water quality and solid . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Password Remember me Lost your password?center_img Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

Kirkland Latham and Thompson Knight Advise on 375M Investment

first_imgHouston-based Indigo Minerals said Thursday that it completed an equity capital raise worth $375 million that came from a group of new investors and existing investors that have backed Indigo since its 2006 inception . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Remember me Username Passwordcenter_img Lost your password? Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

Acquisitions of Publicly Traded Corporations A Cure for the TwoStep in Texas

first_img Remember me Username Lost your password? Passwordcenter_img Delaware recently adopted amendments, effective August 1, 2016, to an oft-used statute that streamlines the acquisition of a Delaware public corporation structured as a tender offer followed by a back-end merger. Since its adoption, this statute has been welcomed by buyers, targets and their stockholders, as well as the lawyers who work on these transactions. The effectiveness of the Delaware amendments presents an opportunity to highlight the fact that Texas adopted a statute in its last legislative session that permits the same transaction structure and carries many of the same advantages . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

Database error leads to stabbing suspects releaseEastmont school bus catches fire at

first_imgA suspect in a Bridgeport area stabbing is at-large after a mix-up led to his release from the Sunnyside jail.23 year old Donald Dale Leif Crow of Manson is suspected in the September 24th stabbing of a 21 year old man who suffered life threatening wounds.  Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said Crow had been jailed after a traffic stop near Toppenish but there were no warrants for his arrest at the time.  However Douglas County deputies had sent a probable cause statement to the Sunnyside jail requesting Crow be detained. Gjesdal said jail officials mistakenly did not enter the request in their database and Crow was released the next day after his court appearance for driving with a suspended license.Crow has since been charged with first degree assault and an arrest warrant was issued.Crow is described as American Indian, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 167 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.last_img read more

Researchers develop portable monitor to detect dangerous drop in white blood cells

first_imgJun 20 2018Researchers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed a portable, non-invasive monitor that can determine, in one minute and without drawing blood, whether chemotherapy patients have a reduced number of white blood cells that could lead to infections.An MIT research team visited a chemotherapy unit as part of a special Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) program designed to identify and solve relatively common, yet significant problems in healthcare settings. They learned that chemotherapy causes a reduction in infection-fighting white blood cells, and about 17% of the time this results in infectious disease, which at worst can result in death and at best causes setbacks in the patient’s chemotherapy regime while the infection gets treated.The research team led by Carlos Castro-Gonzalez, Ph.D., a postdoc in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics, determined that a device to monitor white blood cell levels at home, following chemotherapy, would allow these patients to easily detect dangerous drops in white cells. This would enable immediate treatment with agents that increase white cell production, and prophylactic antibiotics. They estimated that this approach could prevent about half of the 110,000 infections that occur in chemotherapy patients in the U.S. each year. Their work is described in the journal Scientific Reports.The tabletop prototype device, designed to be used easily at home, takes a video of blood moving through extremely small capillaries at the base of the fingernail just below the skin. The system takes advantage of the fact that white blood cells are much larger than the red cells flowing through capillaries and are almost exactly as wide as the capillary-;about the width of a human hair.The blue light used in the device makes the red cells appear dark and the white cells appear transparent. Because the white cells completely fill the width of the artery as they flow through it, they appear as a white “gap” in the dark flow of red blood cells moving through the capillary. The gaps can be easily counted and any reduction in the normal number of white cells expected to pass through the capillary can be detected in just one minute. In the initial testing of the device the white cells were visually counted by observers, but the research team is currently adding automated computer counting to the system.Related Stories’Google Maps’ for cancer: Image-based model accurately represents blood traffic inside tumorsBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this August”This is a simple, yet highly effective technological solution to a common problem in cancer care that will improve cancer treatment at local clinics and at home,” said Tiffani Bailey Lash, Ph.D., director of the NIBIB program for Point of Care Technologies. “It is an excellent example of the NIBIB’s emphasis on point of care technologies that can both reduce healthcare costs and also bring care to remote and underserved communities.”The group tested the device with 11 patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. One minute of video was recorded while the patients finger was placed in the portable tabletop device. The number of white cells that passed through a single capillary were counted to determine whether chemotherapy treatment had reduced the white cell levels to below the threshold where the risk of infection increases.”Our system proved to be 95 percent accurate in determining whether an individual’s white cell levels were reduced to dangerous levels,” said Castro-Gonzalez. “This was achieved using the counts of our human observers; preliminary results indicate that the automated machine-vision counting system we are developing can improve this level of accuracy.”The team is enthusiastic about the significant improvement in the lives of chemotherapy patients their monitor will provide. They are moving quickly to commercialize the technology by applying for patents and recently launched a company called Leuko, which is working on adaptations of the technology. One goal is achieving more precise white blood cell measurements that could be used to monitor the health of bone marrow recipients. Very precise white cell measurements could also be used to determine exactly when a chemotherapy patient could undergo their next treatment, which would allow for a safely compressed therapy schedule that could translate into more successful treatment and increased survival. Source: read more

Feature Is Brazil prepared for a decade of contacts with emerging tribes

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Email “A visitor brings doom to an isolated tribe” Timeline: “How Europeans brought sickness to the New World” REUTERS/UESLEI MARCELINOIndigenous leaders gathered at Brazil’s National Congress in Brasília in April, demanding more land for isolated tribes and settled communities.João Paulo Gomes, a representative for the Secretariat for Social Communication of the Presidency of Brazil, does not dispute Vaz’s numbers. “It is natural that the number of demarcations should decrease over time as the demand for them is met,” he wrote by e-mail. Most of the indigenous lands now awaiting ratification, he adds, “are concentrated in the center-south and northeast regions of Brazil,” where there is still major social conflict over the demarcation of indigenous lands.Gomes also dismisses charges that President Rousseff and her government favor economic development on the territories of isolated tribes. The Ministry of Justice is now using legal mediation measures to resolve disputes over land between indigenous communities and rural producers, he says. The government “is keenly interested in bringing the conflicts in indigenous lands to an end,” he says.In his sunlit apartment, Sydney Possuelo agrees with Vaz’s contention that the current government has reneged on its responsibilities to isolated peoples. The legendary protection system that Possuelo helped build is crumbling, as abandoned protection bases molder in the forest. The once efficient system of radio communication between FUNAI riverboats and bases is falling apart. The isolated people who once preserved traditional knowledge of Amazonian plants as well as a rich diversity of cultures and languages face new threats. And in their glass towers in Brasília, federal officials are veering dangerously close to repeating the mistakes of the past, Possuelo says.“FUNAI is dead,” he says. “But nobody told it, and nobody held a funeral.”Reporting for this story was supported in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.Related content:”Feature: From deep in Peru’s rainforests, isolated people emerge” SURVIVAL INTERNATIONALA woman from the isolated Awá Guajá tribe tends to her sick sister after the two chose to make contact with Brazilian officials in January 2015.But some experts say that as the pace of economic activity in the Amazon accelerates, the protection system that was once the envy of South America is falling apart. Brazil has the world’s seventh largest economy, with a gross domestic product in 2013 of $2.24 trillion. To fuel this vast economic engine, public and private enterprises are pushing deeper into the Amazon, constructing dams, transmission lines, mines, pipelines, and highways. Meanwhile, drug smugglers cross isolated groups’ territories to transport Peruvian cocaine to Brazil, triggering attacks. “There’s no part of the Amazon that is not under some kind of pressure,” says anthropologist Barbara Arisi of the Federal University of Latin American Integration in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil.The rate of contact seems to be rising in both Brazil and Peru. Between 1987 and 2013, FUNAI made contact with five isolated groups. But in the past 18 months alone, three groups initiated contact: the Xinane, the Korubo, and the Awá Guajá. Physician Douglas Rodrigues of the Federal University of São Paulo, a public health specialist who works with indigenous tribes, worries that the recent flurry of contacts is just the beginning. “I fear that we are facing a ‘decade of contacts,’” he says. By many accounts, FUNAI—cash-strapped and under pressure from development interests—is not prepared.DURING THE DRY SEASON in the Amazon last summer, a handful of robust young men emerged from the forest along the Envira River, near the Peru border. They wore thin belts around their waists, had their hair styled in a bowl cut, and carried long bows. They were from an isolated tribe that FUNAI calls the Xinane people, and according to what the tribespeople later told government interpreters, they had survived a violent attack by nonindigenous men along the Envira River in eastern Peru, a border region favored by cocaine smugglers. FUNAI had had a base nearby on the Xinane River, but abandoned it in 2011 after heavily armed drug traffickers surrounded it. The recommendations became FUNAI policy, and a model for other countries where isolated populations are emerging, such as neighboring Peru (see companion story). In remote regions, FUNAI has designated a dozen “protection fronts”—official front lines in the battle to defend isolated groups, each dotted with one or more frontier bases to track tribes and sound the alarm when outsiders invade. In an interview in February, FUNAI’s interim president, Flávio Chiarelli, told Science that his agency is “doing great” at protecting the country’s isolated tribes. “Will a road through the rainforest bring prosperity or disaster?” REUTERS/FUNAIBut while FUNAI and Ministry of Health officials tried to organize and fly in a medical team, the Xinane melted back into the forest, raising concerns that they would carry disease back to their home village. It was not until 6 July that the Ministry of Health flew in the first physician, Rodrigues. He managed to find and examine three tribesmen on 8 July. Each had a fever and an acute respiratory infection. Concerned about preventing secondary infections such as pneumonia, Rodrigues and a small team began treating the Xinane with fluids, antibiotics, and drugs to lower their fevers.The FUNAI and Ministry of Health workers then located all seven Xinane and convinced them to move upriver with Rodrigues and colleagues to the abandoned Xinane base. There, the young men would be less likely to catch additional diseases or to return to their home village while contagious.Eight days later, the Xinane had recovered fully. Through an interpreter, Rodrigues asked them to return to the base in a month with their families. On 26 July, 34 Xinane men, women, and children began trickling into the base to receive immunizations for influenza, chickenpox, and other infectious diseases. Today, Lenin reports, the Xinane are doing well and the Xinane base remains open. “They know that if there is any situation of health or territorial invasion, the team is there to help them,” he says.So far, contact has not meant death for the Xinane. But some observers think that last summer’s achievement was mostly a matter of luck. In an online report, physician Rodrigues notes that the virus contracted by the Xinane happened to be relatively mild, possibly a rhinovirus or adenovirus; a more serious virus such as influenza might have killed many. And some critics think FUNAI and the Ministry of Health moved much too slowly when disease broke out. The Xinane, Arisi says, “did not receive prompt and proper emergency treatment.”In light of these experiences, Rodrigues thinks that FUNAI and the Ministry of Health need contingency plans that can be activated immediately, with specially trained health teams and stockpiles of vaccines and medicines available on short notice, as well as helicopters to ferry them to inaccessible corners of the Amazon. He adds that the Brazilian government needs to provide better health care in remote indigenous villages such as Simpatia, to help the villagers as well as to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission to isolated groups.Lenin himself conceded last August in the public hearing in Brasília that more funds and planning are required to protect isolated groups. “Now, our concern is to have … teams ready to make this work in relation to health,” Lenin said. “Either we, in fact, do a competent, skilled intervention, or we will be talking about repeating the histories of contacts, where the mortality of indigenous groups was very high.”SITTING IN A shady tropical garden in one of Brasília’s middle-class neighborhoods, Antenor Vaz frowns as he considers the tale of the Xinane. A crisp, precise man in his 60s who once trained as a physicist, Vaz is the person who systematized FUNAI’s procedures for protecting isolated people after the agency moved to a no-contact policy in 1988. Since leaving the agency in 2013, Vaz has monitored and critiqued its activities, hunting down obscure FUNAI reports and presentations online and publishing his findings.FUNAI, he says, lacks the funds and human resources it needs. In 2014, the Brazilian government approved just 2.77 million reais ($1.15 million) for finding and protecting isolated groups, 20% of what FUNAI requested; this year, the government again provisionally approved 2.77 million reais, less than 15% of the amount FUNAI requested, according to documents presented at the 2014 public hearing.FUNAI officials stated in 2014 that they needed 30 staffed frontier posts, each outfitted with communications equipment and transportation. But according to a document presented at the hearing, they had just 15 posts operating in 2014, suggesting that their front lines are operating at half strength.center_img REUTERS/RICARDO MORAESA settled Kayapo man receives rare eye care from a traveling charity. Many indigenous villagers in the Amazon receive scant medical care, and their lack threatens isolated people, too.As the dry season progressed last summer, the Xinane moved eastward through the forest to a small indigenous settlement known as Simpatia, where at least 70 contacted Ashaninka people lived. For several days, the young hunters watched and waited in the dense vegetation around the village, calling to one another with bird cries and animal sounds. The Ashaninka feared an attack.Then on 13 June, Simpatia’s schoolteacher radioed FUNAI for help. Four young Xinane men had entered the village, noted a later medical report, and taken machetes, metal pots, and clothing, the latter a potential source of disease transmission. Frightened, the Ashaninka hid in their houses.The Xinane were not unknown to FUNAI. Since 2008, researchers had been studying the group and tracking their movements from FUNAI’s headquarters in a sleek glass office tower in Brasília. Last February, seated at a large conference table there, Leonardo Lenin thumbed through photos taken by FUNAI field teams, which had found vestiges of Xinane camps since at least 2005. Dark-haired and intense, with an urgent way of speaking, Lenin is responsible for the FUNAI division that gathers data on Brazil’s isolated groups and tries to protect them.To date, Lenin explains, FUNAI has confirmed the existence of 26 isolated groups in Brazil, with the greatest concentration located along the Peruvian border. The agency’s records suggest that up to 78 additional groups may be in hiding or on the run.Gathering enough evidence to confirm a suspected group can take years, Lenin says. FUNAI researchers scour historical accounts and examine anthro-pological records on the languages and material culture of nearby contacted groups. They also compile a picture of nearby development projects and any illegal activities, such as the drug trafficking that threatened the Xinane.In the field, FUNAI workers interview local people and may send a team into the forest. Skirting areas likely to be seasonally occupied, the teams hunt for abandoned camps, documenting huts and houses, as well as discarded tools and weapons, food remains, and raw materials. Team members are instructed to leave everything in situ, to win the trust of the isolated groups. “They will know that someone was there, but they will also know that it was a group that doesn’t want to harm them,” Lenin says.Back in the FUNAI offices, Lenin and his colleagues analyze the findings and begin mapping territories and estimating populations. “It is an archaeology of the living,” Lenin says, adding that even small finds can disclose vital information.He holds up a photograph of a child’s reed toy, found in a hideout used by the Kawahiva, an isolated group in the state of Mato Grosso who are on the run from loggers and farmers. “It was quite emotional to find this,” Lenin says. Tribespeople who are constantly evading hostile outsiders often seem to stop having children, a sure path to extinction. The small woven toy, however, indicates that Kawahiva mothers have not yet reached that point.To monitor isolated populations over time, FUNAI researchers conduct regular flyovers, taking aerial photos of houses and fields, estimating populations, and noting hair styles and patterns of body paint. But flyovers are expensive, so researchers increasingly gather information from remote sensing imagery.For example, in a paper published in Royal Society Open Science in November 2014, scientists led by anthropologist Robert Walker of the University of Missouri, Columbia, used satellite images to survey isolated groups in Brazil. The researchers searched for thatched-roof houses and gardens along the Brazil-Peru border where FUNAI had confirmed the existence of three isolated groups, including the Xinane, through fieldwork and overflights. They found at least five villages and calculated their areal extent.Using population estimates from FUNAI’s published data, they found that the isolated villages had far greater population densities than did the contacted villages—nine people per square hectare versus just 0.7 people in the contacted settlements. Isolated tribespeople may not clear spacious areas because they lack steel tools such as machetes and axes, Walker says—or because of pressure from hostile outsiders. “We need to track these populations over time,” Walker says. “They are really fragile groups on the cusp of extinction.”FUNAI’s official policies are directed toward preventing rather than managing contact, and neither the agency nor Brazil’s Ministry of Health has an official contingency plan for how to protect isolated people’s health should contact occur. But contact was exactly what the Xinane seemed to be seeking.BACK IN SIMPATIA last June, the Ashaninka were growing increasingly anxious as the Xinane calls resounded through the forest. Finally, on 26 June, a small FUNAI team arrived to take charge of the situation, including José Carlos Meirelles, a retired sertanista who advised the state of Acre on indigenous affairs. The Ashaninka knew Meirelles well. The gaunt 66-year-old had supervised FUNAI’s protection front in the region for more than 2 decades and had set up the Xinane base.In all likelihood, the young Xinane men knew Meirelles, too. Anthropologists working in recently settled communities have collected accounts showing that tribespeople carefully observed nonindigenous communities before they made contact, for example learning people’s names.FUNAI researchers had deduced that the Xinane spoke a language in the Panoan family, likely a language closely related to Yaminawa. So Meirelles’s team included two Yaminawa interpreters.Three days after Meirelles arrived, seven Xinane appeared on the opposite riverbank with machetes, arrows, and one rifle in hand. Eventually some waded across the river, and this time the nervous Ashaninka welcomed them with bananas, coconuts, and clothing. The young Xinane men said that they had come from a village deep in the forest, where as many as 60 people lived. They spent several hours in Simpatia that day, walking about and occasionally pilfering goods. It was their first official contact with the Brazilian government.The next day, however, the situation took a sudden turn for the worse. FUNAI team members noticed that some Xinane were coughing and looked ill. Alarmed, the field team informed FUNAI and Ministry of Health officials in Brasília.An untreated disease can kill up to 90% of an isolated population, and such illnesses demand a fast response, Lenin says. “We’re talking almost a process of extermination of a group,” he later told a public hearing in Brasília on public policies and land conflicts concerning indigenous groups. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country RICARDO MORAES/REUTERS/CORBISThis sawmill, on a cleared patch of Amazon forest in Brazil, trades in wood taken illegally from an indigenous reserve.Vaz notes that most of FUNAI’s protection fronts now lack the specialized field teams needed to find isolated groups and map territories. At the 2014 public hearing, FUNAI officials reported that they needed 14 specialized field teams; at present the agency has two. Vaz is furious. “Why do we have protection bases being closed?” he asks. “Why are there protection fronts that are no longer able to implement the procedures for protection? There is something wrong.”He thinks the problem boils down to a highly coveted commodity in Brazil today: land. The data gathered by FUNAI’s specialist field teams lay the groundwork for legally demarcating land for the sole use of isolated indigenous groups. Once the land is protected, the Brazilian government can no longer auction it off to public and private development enterprises.Vaz digs out a chart published by the Brazilian nonprofit Povos Indígenas no Brasil, which itemizes indigenous land demarcation over the past 2 decades. Between 1995 and 2002, the government of Fernando Henrique Cardoso demarcated and ratified 118 applications for indigenous land. From 2003 to 2010, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s government ratified another 81 applications. But from 2011 to 2015, Dilma Rousseff’s government ratified just 11 applications, and only one since 2013; that application was signed on 29 May 2015. Several demarcation documents “are sitting on the desk of the minister of justice, and he is not signing them,” Vaz says.Vaz contends that the current government is demarcating very little land for indigenous groups and has largely abandoned its responsibilities to them, placing their lives in danger, primarily because it “sees the Indians as hampering the agricultural business, hampering the expansion of mining, and hampering the extraction of natural resources.” Editorial: “Protecting isolated tribes” BRASÍLIA—In a spacious, art-filled apartment in Brasília, 75-year-old Sydney Possuelo takes a seat near a large portrait of his younger self. On the canvas, Possuelo stares with calm assurance from the stern of an Amazon riverboat, every bit the famous sertanista, or Amazon frontiersman, that he once was. But on this late February morning, that confidence is nowhere to be seen. Possuelo, now sporting a beard neatly trimmed for city life, seethes with anger over the dangers now threatening the Amazon’s isolated tribespeople. “These are the last few groups of humans who are really free,” he says. “But we will kill them.”For decades, Possuelo worked for Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the federal agency responsible for the country’s indigenous peoples. In the 1970s and 1980s, he and other sertanistas made contact with isolated tribespeople so they could be moved off their land and into settlements. But Possuelo and others grew alarmed by the human toll. The newly contacted had no immunity to diseases carried by outsiders, and the flu virus, he recalls, “was like a suicide bomber,” stealing into a village unnoticed. Among some groups, 50% to 90% died (see sidebar). In 1987, Possuelo and fellow sertanistas met to try to stop this devastation.In Brasília, a futuristic city whose central urban footprint evokes the shape of an airplane, the frontiersmen agreed that contact was inherently damaging to isolated tribespeople. They drew up a new action plan for FUNAI, based solidly on the principle of no contact unless groups faced extinction. They recommended mapping and legally recognizing the territories of isolated groups, and keeping out loggers, miners, and settlers. If contact proved unavoidable, protecting tribespeople’s health should be top priority. “How to court an isolated tribe”last_img read more

Why this monkey tried to have sex with a deer

first_imgJapanese macaques and sika deer live comfortably together on Japan’s Yakushima Island: The deer eat fruit the monkeys drop from the trees, and the monkeys groom and sometimes hitch a ride on the deer. But a couple years ago, one of the macaques took this relationship to a new level. Unable to get a mate of his own kind, this low-ranking snow monkey used the deer’s back for his pleasure (as pictured, and also shown in this not-suitable-for-work video). He did not penetrate her, but did ejaculate, and the deer then licked her back clean, researchers report in the current issue of Primates. The monkey was later seen attempting to mount another deer, but she objected and threatened him. He also guarded his unlikely love interests, chasing away any other male monkeys who came near. Scientists have only reported one other case of sexual relations in the wild between unrelated species. That one involved male Antarctic fur seals coercing king penguins; one, after sating his lust, ate the bird. In both cases, scientists suspect that the males were unable to acquire a mate of their own kind, and seasonal hormonal surges led them to seek love elsewhere.last_img read more

Florence Mangkhut bring data and destruction to coastal scientists

first_imgHurricane Florence dawdled over North Carolina, dropping catastrophic amounts of rain. Weather and marine scientists were awestruck last week as they watched deadly, record-breaking storms evolve on opposite sides of the globe. Now, they are scrambling to analyze a torrent of data on the origins and impacts of the storms, collected by satellites, gauges, robotic submarines, and other instruments. They are also assessing damage to research infrastructure.In Asia, Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall early on 15 September local time on northern Luzon in the Philippines, killing at least 70 people, many in massive mudslides. It went on to pound Hong Kong, China, with some of the strongest winds and highest storm tides recorded there in the modern era.At about the same time in North America, Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wilmington, North Carolina. Its winds were far weaker, but it produced unprecedented rainfall and flooding, killing at least 34 people and leaving several coastal science facilities in tatters.  At the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, the “terrifying” hurricane “peeled [the roof] off our primary teaching building” and left many dormitories “uninhabitable,” says Director Andrew Read. Florence also severely damaged Dobo Hall, a main science building at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. It’s not clear how long it will take to reopen the campuses, officials say.Off Wilmington’s coast, 8-meter waves and chaotic currents dragged a buoy equipped with sensors that measure wind speeds, wave heights, and other conditions more than a kilometer from its mooring. But as of early this week, it was still transmitting data, says Debra Hernandez, executive director of the buoy’s operator, the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association in Charleston, South Carolina. She was waiting to find out whether an instrument that tracks ocean currents with high-frequency radar, silent since the storm, is still intact. It could take years to replace lost instruments, she notes, because her network relies mostly on federal funding that must work its way through Congress.In China, ocean researchers at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) dodged a bullet when 175-kilometer-per-hour winds and high waves slammed into The Swire Institute of Marine Science, which is perched on an exposed peninsula. The facility “took a lot of damage,” says Director Gray Williams, an intertidal ecologist. “But it hasn’t affected us at all,” because the institute’s specimens, experiments, and major equipment were out of harm’s way. They had been moved to the main HKU campus several months ago to allow for a major renovation and expansion. “The timing was fortuitous,” Williams says.Other researchers are beginning to comb through data on the storms themselves. In the Pacific Ocean, monitoring networks confirmed that Typhoon Mangkhut was the most powerful seen this year, with winds peaking at 287 kilometers per hour. But the Philippines got a bit lucky, says I-I Lin, a specialist in typhoon-ocean interactions at National Taiwan University in Taipei: The storm passed over relatively cool surface waters before it made landfall, sapping some of its power.In the United States, however, researchers say a warming climate likely contributed to Florence’s extraordinary rainfall, which totaled more than a meter in some areas and fed floodwaters that overtopped measuring gauges put in place to document the storm’s impact. Warm air simply holds more water, researchers note. On top of that, there’s evidence that warming is slowing the forward motion of storms, potentially by weakening the temperature differentials that drive steering winds, allowing the rain to linger.That slowing, described in Nature earlier this year by a group led by climate scientist James Kossin of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, was certainly a factor in the flooding that Hurricane Harvey caused last year in Texas. “Now we have another textbook example with Florence,” Kossin says. “The main thing that Florence is doing is that it’s not moving.” At one point, the storm was creeping along at some 3 kilometers per hour, he notes. “I’m old and I can walk faster than that.”Florence also underscored the importance of winds in driving coastal flooding, says computer scientist Russell Clark of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. People tend to focus on a hurricane’s maximum wind speeds, he says, but that can be “very misleading. It is the sustained onshore winds over multiple days, over a large area, that have caused the waters to pile up in the bays and rivers, leaving nowhere for this massive rainfall to go.” Those winds partly explain why New Bern, North Carolina, a small town hard hit by floodwaters, “started flooding … even before the worst of the rain had arrived.”More insight into the behavior of Florence—and future storms—could come from two automated submarine gliders and other sensors deployed along the continental shelf in the hurricane’s path. The sensors “have given us a really cool view of what’s happening on the shelf,” including how subsurface temperatures and salinities changed as Florence churned, says Catherine Edwards, a marine researcher at the University of Georgia’s Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah. She predicts the data will useful in improving forecasts.The pattern of blown-out windows in Hong Kong’s tall building canyons may offer lessons for cities, says Deng Xiaowei, an HKU structural engineer. When wind is channeled between buildings set close together, it can accelerate and become turbulent, shattering windows. Current building codes don’t “consider sufficiently the interaction of buildings in the local wind environment,” Deng says.Landslides in the Philippines highlight another shortcoming of current disaster prevention efforts. “Extreme rainfall was forecast, landslide hazard maps showing nearby safe areas were available, and yet we have many deaths,” says Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, a geologist at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City. In one heartbreaking incident 200 kilometers north of Manila, dozens of miners and their families took shelter in a makeshift chapel that was buried when the slope above it collapsed. The site had been designated as dangerous, and safer locations were just several hundred meters away. But hazard maps for the region, though available online, had never been printed and distributed. With reporting by Dennis Normile and Paul Voosen. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Florence, Mangkhut bring data and destruction to coastal scientistscenter_img Reuters/Jonathan Drake By Frankie SchembriSep. 19, 2018 , 8:00 AM Click to view the privacy policy. 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Indiana Cops Sued Before Mayor Petes Debate Debut

first_img‘Get the racists off the streets. It’s disrespectful that I wake up every day scared.’ — South Bend residents confronted Mayor Pete Buttigieg over the death of Eric Logan, a Black man fatally shot by a police officer— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 25, 2019 With the 2020 presidential race in full swing, many Democratic hopefuls have been faced with the question on where they stand on police brutality. Candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been forced to confront the topic head-on as the nation watches after a Black man was killed by police in his town earlier this month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail More By Megan Sims Black Power Movement member speaks at #Buttigieg townhall as candidate’s efforts to look presidential were correctly sidelined by concerns over police shooting of #EricLogan.— Audrey Shipp (@adri16) June 23, 2019“If anyone who is on patrol is shown to be a racist or to do something racist in a way that is substantiated, that is their last day on the street,” Buttigieg claimed.On Wednesday, he found himself defending the choice to attend the first Democratic debate on Sunday night despite the evident mistrust of his local constituents.“We have to do many things at once,” Buttigieg said. “But this is a moment when my community is in anguish and we’ve been on the ground working with community leaders, working with community members so the facts can emerge, but also recognizing that the anguish over what has happened is not only about a family that has lost a loved one, the family of Eric Logan, but also this ties into a larger set of issues.” How did mayor Pete treat the Eric Logan’s family? “(He) ain’t done nothing,” Logan’s mother, Shirley Newbill, later recounted. “He ain’t recognize me as the mother of nothing. He didn’t say nothing to me.”— Silly Season (@long_season) June 21, 2019 Now, the family of that Black man — Eric Logan — has filed a lawsuit to demand justice in a topic that is sure to come up as Buttigieg participates in the Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday night.Logan was shot and killed June 16 when Sgt. Ryan O’Neill responded to a call that someone was breaking into cars. O’Neill, who later claimed Logan threatened him with a knife, did not activate his body camera during the encounter, which is against city policy. Following the shooting, officers received a reminder about the policy regarding body cameras, which South bend police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said requires officers to “activate them during all work-related interactions with civilians.”On Wednesday, Logan’s family filed a lawsuit against the City of South Bend and O’Neill. The family claimed O’Neill violated Logan’s civil rights in several ways, including using excessive force with willfulness and reckless indifference and subjecting him to “unlawful treatment on the basis of race.” The lawsuit also blamed the city for not properly training, supervising, controlling and disciplining officers. The family alleged the city also violated the constitutional rights of residents on a “regular basis” by rarely investigating wrongdoing by officers. White Tears! Former Meteorologist Files Lawsuit Claiming He Was Fired Because Of Diversity Democratic Presidential Candidates Participate In First Debate Of 2020 Election Over Two Nights When news broke of the shooting, Buttigieg canceled several campaign stops to return to South Bend. In a now viral exchange with protesters upon his return, Buttigieg was met with hostility and distrust. Logan’s brother, Tyree Bonds, also had some words for the mayor.“I’m mad because my brother died,” Bonds said. “People are getting tired of you letting your officers do whatever they want to do.”During a town hall on Sunday, Buttigieg was also met with skepticism as he tried to assure residents that he would not tolerate racism on the police force. Jamaican Republican Who Is Running Against AOC Supported Her A Year Ago 2020 Presidential Candidates , Democratic Debate 2020 , Eric Logal , Pete Buttigieg Morehouse Students Take To Social Media And Claim Sexual Harassment Complaints Were Ignored SEE ALSO:Groups Raise Funds To Bail Out Woman Indicted For Death Of Unborn Baby Killed In ShootingWhy Is The Mystery Dominican Illness Killing So Many Black People? The Blackest Reactions To The First Democratic Debatelast_img read more

Kailash Vijayvargiya on son Akash assaulting official Kachhe khiladi hain – Akash

first_img“It is very unfortunate. I think there was mishandling from both sides. Kachhe khiladi hain —Akash ji bhi aur nagar nigam commissioner. It wasn’t a big issue but it was made huge,” ANI quoted Kailash Vijayvargiya as saying.However, the senior Vijayvargiya blamed the IMC official saying: “I think officers should not be arrogant, they should talk to people’s representatives. I saw a lack of it and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, both of them should be made to understand.”“I was once a Councillor, Mayor and Minister of the department, we don’t demolish any residential building during rains. I don’t know if an order for the same was issued by the government, if it wasn’t, it’s a fault on their part,” the senior BJP leader told ANI. Related News Advertising Advertising Unaware of showcause notice by BJP to son, says Kailash Vijayvargiya kailash Vijayvargiya, kailash Vijayvargiya on Son akash, kailash Vijayvargiya on akash Vijayvargiya case, Akash Vijayvargiya assaults official, BJP, India news, indian express Kailash Vijayvargiya said, “I don’t know if an order for the same was issued by the govt, if it wasn’t, it’s a fault on their part.” (File)A day after Indore MLA Akash Vijayvargiya walked out of prison on bail, his father and BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya called the incident ‘unfortunate’ adding there was ‘mishandling from both sides’. Akash was sent to jail for assaulting Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) official Dhirendra Singh Bayas with a cricket bat, preventing the demolition of a building in the Ganji Compound area of Indore declared by authorities to be unsafe for inhabitation. By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2019 9:24:47 am BJP not to induct ‘cut’ money-tainted TMC leaders: Kailash Vijayvargiya He also said, “If a building is being demolished anyway, then arrangements are made for the residents to live in a ‘dharamshala’. There was mishandling from Nagar Nigam. Women staff and women police should have been there. It was immature. This should not happen again,” ANI reported.On Sunday, Akash said he “did not regret his actions” but “would try and walk in the footsteps of Gandhi from here on.” As he spoke, supporters constantly garlanded him, chanting slogans lauding his “bravery” while videos even showed a man firing celebratory gunshots in the air from a rifle in front of his MLA office, with BJP flags waving in the background.Akash has claimed that he attacked the official to ‘curb corruption’ and prevent ‘women from being misbehaved with’. BJP’s disciplinary committee issues showcause notice to MLA Akash Vijayvargiya 66 Comment(s)last_img read more

Weaker sections living in atmosphere of fear Salman Khurshid on Unnao madrasa

first_img salman khurshid, unnao incident, jai shree ram, unnao clash, uttar pradesh, muslim, unnao madrasa students, madrasa students beaten up,rural areas, india, indian express news Salman Khurshid asserted that it is the responsibility of every Indian to feel the pain of such people. (Source: File)Reacting to an incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao where four madrasa students were allegedly assaulted after they refused to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid Saturday said people belonging to weaker sections of the society were living in an atmosphere of fear. The madrasa students were reportedly beaten with cricket bats by four men on Thursday in a clash over a cricket match and were also given life threats.“For those people who live in Delhi and such areas, there is no atmosphere of fear but people from weaker sections who live in far-flung places and rural areas and often get no hearings, are surely living in fear,” ANI quoted Khurshid as saying. He asserted that it was the responsibility of every Indian to feel the pain of such people.When asked if these incidents were part of a larger conspiracy, Khurshid said, “You can call it a conspiracy or a narrow thought which is leading to these incidents. How this thought has been sowed into the minds of many people and if there is a mastermind, needs to be looked into deeply.” Inspector General, Law and Order Pravin Kumar said that no religious slogans were raised during the dispute, and added that the clash took place between the two groups over a cricket match.An FIR was lodged against four people — Kranti Singh, his associates Aditya Shukla and Kamal and one unidentified person. Police have detained Shukla and Kamal, while Singh is yet to be caught. Singh was recently appointed the district secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — the BJP’s youth wing, the organisation’s district chief Bhanu Mishra confirmed.Their detention led to protests by pro-Hindu groups at the Kotwali police station. On Friday morning, BJYM, VHP and Bajrang Dal workers gheraoed the police station, demanded that the two be released, and called for a fair and impartial probe into the incident. Salman Khurshid calls himself Yogi’s ‘baap’ who has ‘useless’ son Cong on way to form UPA-3, poll result surprises in store for UP: Salman Khurshid Related News Advertising By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2019 12:14:39 pm Advertising Salman Khurshid faces stiff challenge from ‘Modi factor’, UP gathbandhan in Farrukhabad 76 Comment(s)last_img read more

Resident doctors face twofold risk of contracting TB study

first_img Advertising Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune | Published: July 16, 2019 9:11:41 am Pune health dept floats proposal for independent TB control cell Advertising Related News The researchers studied 200 healthcare workers comprising postgraduate medical residents and nursing students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at BJMC and Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) between May 2016 and December 2017.Tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON TB Gold In-tube Test (QFT-GIT) were performed at study entry and after 12 months. At the baseline, LBTI prevalence was found among 60 out of 200 students(90 nursing students and 110 medical residents). Of the 140 trainees without prevalent LTBI, nine were lost to follow-ups and were excluded from the analysis. Of the 131 remaining trainees, one medical resident developed active TB at nine months, and 35 (27 per cent) trainees tested positive for LTBI at the end of one year, including two medical residents diagnosed with active TB disease, the study found“Our analysis indicates that medical residents are at two-fold higher risk of acquiring LTBI than nursing students, and time to incident LTBI was significantly shorter for medical residents. Such increased risk is expected given that medical residents have more direct interaction with patients in wards and clinics than nursing students in our setting,” said Kinikar. Post Comment(s) According to the WHO, LTBI is defined as a state of persistent immune response to stimulation by myobacterium tuberculosis antigens with no evidence of clinically manifest active TB. According to estimates, at least one-third of the world’s population is infected with myobacterium tuberculosis, and on an average, 5-10 per cent who are infected will develop active TB disease during their lifetime. The risk for active TB disease after infection depends on several factors — the most important being a person’s immunological status.“Medical residents have spent more time in the hospital during their MBBS training and internship. Since the exposure period is longer, they are also at a higher risk of incident TB infection,” said Kinikar. Efforts to prevent TB exposure and progression to active disease are critical in this high-risk population, the study said. From diabetes to sexually transmitted diseases: Health checkups men should get done after turning 30 Tuberculosis, Tuberculosis pune, pune health department, pmc, pune municipal corporation, Tuberculosis cases india, pune news Of the 140 trainees without prevalent LTBI, nine were lost to follow-ups and were excluded from the analysis. (Representational)Resident doctors are twice as likely to contract tuberculosis (TB) as compared to other nursing students, a study conducted by the B J Medical College (BJMC) and Sassoon General Hospital has found. “Medical residents have been found to be at higher risk for Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) than other students in indicating high TB disease exposure in the workplace,” said Dr Aarti Kinikar, BJMC professor and one of the lead researchers of the study ‘High risk for latent tuberculosis infection among medical residents and nursing students in India’, which was published in PLoS ONE on July 8. An Expert Explains: Status of vaccine development research in India, key health policy challenges today last_img read more

Researchers to develop new stem cellbased strategies for treating vision disorders

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 17 2018A team from the University of Pennsylvania, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and University of Wisconsin–Madison are launching a project to develop new strategies for treating vision disorders using cells implanted in the retina.The work is one of five initiatives newly funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative. The program’s mission is to accelerate the development of regenerative medicine treatments for blindness. To that end, NEI is devoting $30 million for five years to five multidisciplinary teams around the country. The Penn, CHOP, and UW-led team will receive $6.9 million to support their research into restoring areas of the retina damaged due to blinding diseases.The principal investigators are John Wolfe of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, William Beltran of Penn Vet, and David Gamm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Members of this group have used gene therapy approaches in the past to address genetic blinding diseases, with many successes. To replace or correct faulty genes, however, these treatments require living cells in the retina. At later stages of some blinding diseases, many if not most photoreceptor cells have perished. The group’s hope is that the cell-based therapies they’re creating may enable those with vision loss to regain sight even when key vision cells have already died.Related StoriesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionAbcam Acquire Off-The-Shelf Diploid Library of Over 2,800 Knockout Cell Lines”We will be generating specialized retinal cells in a dish from reprogrammed adult stem cells and then transplanting them into the retina,” says Wolfe. “Our work is going to be directed toward developing the right kind of cells, working on methods to transplant them into the retina, and examining the neural connections that form to see how the implanted cells are functioning. It’s the translational component of the research we’ve all been doing for a long time.”Wolfe and his lab will be isolating and growing light-sensing photoreceptor cells, derived from stem cells from blind dogs, in collaboration with Gamm and colleagues, who have used embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells in experimental cell-based therapies in human disease models. Beltran and colleagues, including Gustavo Aguirre, Karina, Guziewicz, and Oliver Garden from Penn Vet and Geoffrey Aguirre from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, will be contributing expertise from studying and developing gene therapies for a variety of vision disorders in dogs, including retinitis pigmentosa, the canine version of which recapitulates many characteristics of human disease.New disease models will enable researchers to test novel regenerative therapies and help transition them to the clinic. “Models that recapitulate human disease are essential to predicting the success of new therapies in humans. These audacious projects will be pivotal in our efforts to translate the latest science advances into new treatments for vision loss and blindness,” said NEI Director Paul A. Sieving. Source: read more

Endovascular aneurysm procedure shown to perform as well as open surgery

first_imgThis should be good news for patients because the endovascular procedure is less painful and has a much shorter recovery period than the open procedure, though it is more expensive.Earlier studies conducted more than a decade ago in Europe had indicated long-term problems with the endograft used in the less invasive procedure. As a result, it isn’t readily available for everyone in Europe and other parts of the world. Hopefully our study will dispel some of the concerns from the earlier studies and provide the scientific evidence to warrant a second look by the medical community.”Study’s principal investigator, Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and professor of vascular and endovascular surgery Source:Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center An endograft is a tiny tube or stent that is surrounded by mesh-impregnated fabric to reinforce the weak spots in the abdominal aorta. It is inserted through small groin incisions using imaging to guide the graft into place. When permanently placed inside the aorta, it alleviates blood pressure by allowing blood to flow without pushing on the weakened, bulging artery.In open surgery, the physician makes a large incision in the belly or side of the abdomen and uses a man-made, tube-like graft that is sewn into place to replace the weak and bulging section of the aorta in the belly.In the study that began in 2002, 881 patients with asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms were randomized to either endovascular repair or open repair groups. All of the participants were patients at 42 Veterans Health Administration hospitals in the United States and candidates for either procedure. Following the respective procedures, patients were followed for 14 years.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsDuring the first four years of follow-up, overall survival appeared to be higher in the endovascular-repair group than in the open-repair group. But in years four through eight, overall survival was slightly higher in the open-repair group. After eight years, overall survival was once again higher in the endovascular group. According to the study authors, none of those trends were statistically significant.The principal finding was that no significant difference was observed between the endovascular and the open-repair groups in the primary outcome of long-term all-cause mortality. Among younger patients, endovascular repair resulted in somewhat higher long-term survival than open repair, but among older patients, endovascular repair resulted in somewhat lower long-term overall survival than open repair. More deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease occurred in the open-repair group than in the endovascular group, but the research team could not determine a reason.”So for younger patients or for those who had extensive heart disease, the endovascular procedure was somewhat better,” Freischlag said. “Open surgery was a better option for older patients, which was just the opposite of what we expected.”Support for the trial was provided by the Cooperative Studies Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development.Freischlag said the entire study team is grateful to all the veterans who chose to volunteer to participate in the study.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019A minimally invasive procedure to repair abdominal aneurysms thought to be less effective than traditional open surgery has been shown to perform as well as the open repair and be as long-lasting.Findings published in the May 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine showed that long-term overall survival was similar among patients who underwent endovascular repair and those who underwent open repair.last_img read more

Vitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart disease

first_imgBy Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 20 2019It is well established that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for the development of heart disease. Now, scientists have confirmed that taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Antonio Guillem | ShutterstockFor many years, scientists have suggested that vitamin D deficiency is a key driver for a broad range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and brittle bones. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have been linked to low levels of vitamin D in the body, and doctors recommended supplementation to prevent heart disease.Vitamin D has no effect on CVD riskDespite several studies looking for the link between vitamin D deficiency and poor heart health, there isn’t much evidence to prove that low levels of vitamin D can cause heart disease or that getting enough of the vitamin can prevent this condition.Researchers at Michigan State University recently analyzed 21 clinical trials into vitamin D. They found that taking vitamin D supplements does not prevent heart attack, heart disease, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease.  The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. This means that more people die each year from CVD than from any other cause. In 2016, 17.9 million people died from CVDs, accounting for 31 percent of all deaths worldwide.The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that CVD accounted for 840,678 deaths in the United States in 2016. Approximately 121.5 million people in the country had some form of CVD between 2013 and 2016, alone.No difference in risk between two experimental groupsFor the current study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, the researchers recruited 83,291 patients, of whom, more than 41,669 received vitamin D supplements and 41,622 received placebos.The researchers wanted to determine the link between vitamin D and the reduction of CVD risk among patients. The results of the study show that as many people in the Vitamin D group suffered strokes, heart attacks, and died of cardiovascular problems as did those who are in the placebo group.”We thought it would show some benefit. It didn’t show even a small benefit. This was surprising,” Mahmoud Barbarawi, the chief resident physician at the Hurley Medical Center in Michigan, and a clinical instructor in the MSU College of Human Medicine said in a statement.The findings were consistent even when gender was taken into consideration. There is no difference in the risk between women and men. There are a lot of things people can do to lower cardiovascular risk – doing regular exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking, and controlling hypertension and diabetes. But giving vitamin D supplements for the sake of lowering cardiovascular risk is not recommended.”Mahmoud Barbarawi The researchers suggest that doctors and patients should think twice about taking vitamin D supplements to lessen the chances of having a hard attack or other cardiovascular diseases.Though the study showed no risk reduction in heart diseases, patients who are being treated for bone problems such as osteoporosis, still might benefit from vitamin D supplementation.What is vitamin D and why do we need it?Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is a fat-soluble vitamin is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones. It has been also shown to protect against many illnesses, including type 1 diabetes, multiple, sclerosis, and cancer.The human skin produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. People living farthest from the equator tend to have lower vitamin D levels in the blood. Though supplementation is recommended, it mostly targets making the bones healthy and strong. This vitamin plays a pivotal role in the calcium and phosphorus maintenance in the blood. It also aids in the absorption of calcium in the intestines.The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 400 to 800 IU, or 10 to 20 micrograms. Major sources of vitamin D include sun exposure and food sources, such as cod liver oil, herring fish, swordfish, salmon, tuna, egg, chicken, maitake mushrooms, fortified skim milk, beef liver, and cheese.Vitamin D deficiency may result in obesity, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes hypertension, depression, and osteoporosis. The common signs and symptoms include fatigue, painful bones, back pain, depressed mood, hair loss, muscle pain, hair loss, and getting sick more often than usual. Sources: World Health Organization (WHO). (2015). American Heart Association (AHA).  Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 At-a-Glance.Journal reference:Barbarawi, M., Kheiri, B., and Zayed, Y. (2019). Vitamin D Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in More Than 83 000 Individuals in 21 Randomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Network. read more