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PSMF supports two federal laws aimed to improve maternal safety in hospitals

first_img ensuring that the state department of health develops a plan for ongoing health care provider education in order to improve the quality of maternal care, disseminate findings, and implement recommendations; Source:https://patientsafetymovement.org/news/patient-safety-movement-foundation-supports-two-new-laws-aimed-at-improving-the-safety-of-mothers-in-hospitals/ The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 315), sponsored by Congressman Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX), an OB/GYN, will help identify areas in the nation where there are serious maternity care shortages and eliminate gaps in maternity care access across the continuum of care (labor, birthing, prenatal and postpartum care). disseminating a case abstraction form to aid information collection for HHS review and preserve its uniformity; and providing for the public disclosure of information included in state reports.center_img establishing and sustaining a maternal mortality review committee to review relevant information; Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 11 2019The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) supports two federal laws aimed to improve the safety of mothers in hospitals across the United States.Before adjourning in December, Congress passed these important maternal health bills that were subsequently signed into law.”Over 600 mothers are dying in the United States every year in ways that could be prevented if hospitals put the proper safety processes in place. These children, families and communities will never be the same. I hope to see more legislation focused on improving patient safety in our hospitals. Together, we can eliminate medical errors – the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Joe Kiani, Founder & Chairman of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThe Preventing Maternal Deaths Act (H.R. 1318), a bipartisan bill sponsored by Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Diana Degette (D-CO), will help states establish or improve maternal mortality review committees tasked with examining pregnancy-related deaths and identify opportunities for preventing these deaths. The PSMF joined over 80 organizations that signed a letter of support for H.R. 1318, urging Congressional leaders to pass this critical piece of legislation.Specifically, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue grants to states for the purpose of: reviewing pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths;last_img read more

Study provides insights on liver injury in men taking body building supplements

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019In a study reported in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 44 men with liver injury, attributed to over-the-counter bodybuilding supplements, experienced a uniform and distinctive pattern of signs and symptoms that were often prolonged, difficult to treat, and accompanied by disability and weight loss.All participants in the study, who were enrolled in the National Institute of Health-supported Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, had jaundice (a yellowing of the eyes and skin) and most had generalized itching leading to hospitalization in 71 percent of patients, although none died or needed a liver transplant.Investigators commonly found that the ingested products often contained illicit anabolic steroids not accurately listed on the label.”Anabolic steroids should only be used under the strict supervision of a physician,” said lead author Dr. Andrew Stolz, of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. “Patients need to inform their care providers if they are taking any form of nutritional supplement and should be especially leery of bodybuilding supplements, which may contain illicit or USA Drug Enforcement Administration controlled anabolic steroids.”​Source: https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/alimentary-pharmacology-therapeutics/new-insights-liver-injury-men-taking-body-buildinlast_img read more

Transplanting fecal microbiota may be the best treatment for antibioticresistant C diff

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 30 2019Transplanting human donor fecal microbiota into the colon of a patient infected with Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) may be the best treatment for those not helped by C. diff targeted antibiotics, according to an article in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.C. diff is the most common healthcare-acquired infection in the United States. It affects nearly half a million patients each year and becomes a recurring infection for nearly a third of them. If untreated, C. diff can lead to sepsis and death.”Twenty five years ago C. diff infections were easier to manage and often resolved with discontinuation of the initiating antibiotic,” says Robert Orenstein, DO, an infectious disease specialist at Mayo Clinic and lead author on this article. “However, these infections have become increasingly common and pernicious.”The standard and FDA-approved treatment for C. diff is a course of oral vancomycin, an antibiotic. However, even the medications used to eliminate C. diff can perpetuate the infection by killing off beneficial microbes. Newer antibiotics that more specifically target C. diff have been developed but they can be prohibitively expensive, according to Dr. Orenstein.”Think of your gut as a forest and C. diff as a weed,” says Dr. Orenstein. “In a thriving forest, weeds barely get a foothold. But if you burn the forest down, the weeds are going to flourish.”Unlike antibiotics, which are destructive by definition, fecal transplants or microbial replacement therapies, repopulate the gut with a diverse group of microbes that may block the C. diff’s spore from germinating and propagating disease via its toxins. Transplants have several delivery methods, including enemas, capsules and direct instillation, to replace the diverse flora that maintain health and improve metabolism.Related StoriesInterdisciplinary approach reduces the use of broad spectrum antibioticsMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDCurrently, there are no FDA-approved fecal transplant products and performing fecal transplants is considered an investigational procedure. Dr. Orenstein notes there are several companies with products in Phase 3 clinical trials that could come to market as early as 2020. For this reason he strongly urges healthcare providers to refer patients with recurrent C. diff for these trials rather than for fecal transplants. In the meantime, the FDA reserves fecal transplants for patients who have experienced a second recurrence (third episode) of C. diff infection.C. diff is common in healthcare settings and public spaces and rarely causes problems in people with healthy gut microbiota and immune systems, according to researchers. However, people who are already ill and taking antibiotics, chemotherapy, or proton pump inhibitors–which all greatly disrupt the gut ecosystem–are at risk. Elderly patients are especially vulnerable.Dr. Orenstein expects the new treatment options will improve outcomes but says physicians need to assume greater responsibility for prevention.”One of the most effective things physicians can do is become more responsible with antibiotic prescriptions,” says Dr. Orenstein. “That means only prescribing when they are clearly indicated, not for colds or viral sinus infections. We also must be especially judicious with elderly patients.” Source:https://osteopathic.org/last_img read more

New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check 29 billion

Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett, received a stunning $29 billion check last year from the US government, thanks to a new tax law that massively lowered corporate tax rates. Investor Warren Buffett, seen here speaking at an event early last year in New York with fellow billionaire Bill Gates, says in his new newsletter that his company received a $29 billion bonus in 2017 thanks to a new US tax law 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. Buffett’s company adds to stakes in Apple and Phillips 66 (Update) Explore further © 2018 AFP Citation: New US tax law brings Warren Buffett a nice check: $29 billion (2018, February 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-tax-law-warren-buffett-nice.html In his much-anticipated annual letter to shareholders, Buffett explained that the company’s net gain of $65.3 billion in 2017 was only partly due to his employees’ efforts.”Only $36 billion came from Berkshire’s operations,” he wrote. “The remaining $29 billion was delivered to us in December when Congress rewrote the US Tax Code.” Still, Buffett assured stockholders, “The $65 billion gain is nonetheless real—rest assured of that.”The new law, greatly touted by President Donald Trump, lowered the tax rate paid by US corporations from 35 percent to 21 percent, allowing many to undertake major new outlays and others to book significant fiscal gains.Berkshire Hathaway wholly owns dozens of companies—from Dairy Queen to Duracell—and holds significant shares in large and diverse corporations including American Express, Apple, Bank of America, Charter Communications, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines.’The Oracle of Omaha’Buffett’s newsletters are read with intense interest on Wall Street and beyond. Known as the “Oracle of Omaha”—after his birthplace in the Midwestern state of Nebraska—he is one of the world’s most successful investors and one of its richest men. Now 87, he has been investing since he first bought stock at the age of 11.His latest newsletter reports that Berkshire’s net earnings rose last year from $24.07 billion to $44.94 billion. The year also saw the company’s war chest swell to $116 billion in cash and US Treasury bills, financial manna that Buffett wants to use to make significant new acquisitions.The company’s often-impressive pace of acquisitions had slowed last year, he noted, when the prices asked for businesses “hit an all-time high,” amid what he called “a purchasing frenzy.” “Price seemed almost irrelevant to an army of optimistic purchasers,” Buffett noted.Still, he said, the company “will have opportunities to make very large purchases” going forward, with emphasis on those available at “a sensible purchase price.” Buffett said Berkshire would stick with a “simple guideline: The less the prudence with which others conduct their affairs, the greater the prudence with which we must conduct our own.”A hit from hurricanesBuffett also said that while Berkshire’s insurance holdings would take a $2 billion after-tax hit from losses caused by hurricanes last year in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, other reinsurance companies did far worse.And he estimated the chances of a “mega-catastrophe” this year—one causing losses of at least $400 billion—at 2 percent.”No one, of course, knows the correct probability,” he added. Buffett concluded with a little advice to fellow investors: “Though markets are generally rational, they occasionally do crazy things,” he wrote.”Seizing the opportunities then offered does not require great intelligence… (or) a degree in economics,” but rather “an ability to both disregard mob fears or enthusiasms and to focus on a few simple fundamentals.”Forbes magazine estimates Buffett’s personal worth at some $87 billion. He has undertaken—as part of the so-called Giving Pledge he co-founded with Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—to donate more than 99 percent of his fortune to charities, and has already given away some $32 billion. read more

Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers

first_img 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. Some lawmakers say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen here at an April congressional hearing on personal data protection, should return to explain its deal allowing smartphone makers to access user information Facebook says Chinese phone makers got access to data (Update) “With over 184 million daily Facebook users in US & Canada, the potential impact on our privacy & national security is huge.”‘Approved experiences’ Facebook, which has been blocked in China since 2009, also had data-access deals with Chinese companies Lenovo, OPPO and TCL, according to the company, which had similar arrangements with dozens of other devices makers. Huawei, which has claimed national security fears are unfounded, said in an emailed statement its access was the same as other device makers.”Like all leading smartphone providers, Huawei worked with Facebook to make Facebook’s service more convenient for users. Huawei has never collected or stored any Facebook user data.”The revelations come weeks after Zuckerberg was grilled in Congress about the hijacking of personal data on some 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy working on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Facebook said its contracts with phone makers placed tight limits on what could be done with data, and “approved experiences” were reviewed by engineers and managers before being deployed, according to the social network.Any data obtained by Huawei “was stored on the device, not on Huawei’s servers,” according to Facebook mobile partnerships chief Francisco Varela.Facebook said it does not know of any privacy abuse by cellphone makers who years ago were able to gain access to personal data on users and their friends.It has argued the data-sharing with smartphone makers was different from the leak of data to Cambridge Analytica, which obtained private user data from a personality quiz designed by an academic researcher who violated Facebook’s rules.Facebook is winding up the interface arrangements with device makers as the company’s smartphone apps now dominate the service. The integration partnership with Huawei will terminate by the end of this week, according to the social network.The news comes following US sanctions on another Chinese smartphone maker, ZTE—which was not on the Facebook list—for violating export restrictions to Iran.The ZTE sanctions limiting access to US components could bankrupt the manufacturer, but Trump has said he is willing to help rescue the firm, despite objections from US lawmakers. © 2018 AFP The world’s largest social network confirmed late Tuesday that China-based Huawei—which has been banned by the US military and a lightning rod for cyberespionage concerns—was among device makers authorized to see user data.Facebook has claimed the agreements with some 60 device makers dating from a decade ago were designed to help the social media giant get more services into the mobile ecosystem.Nonetheless, lawmakers expressed outrage that Chinese firms were given access to user data at a time when officials were trying to block their access to the US market over national security concerns.Senator Ed Markey said Facebook’s chief executive has some more explaining to do following these revelations.”Mark Zuckerberg needs to return to Congress and testify why @facebook shared Americans’ private information with questionable Chinese companies,” the Massachusetts Democrat said on Twitter.”Our privacy and national security cannot be the cost of doing business.”Other lawmakers zeroed in on the concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government, even though the company has denied the allegations.”This could be a very big problem,” tweeted Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican.”If @Facebook granted Huawei special access to social data of Americans this might as well have given it directly to the government of #China.”Representative Debbie Dingell called the latest news on Huawei “outrageous” and urged a new congressional probe.”Why does Huawei, a company that our intelligence community said is a national security threat, have access to our personal information?” said Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, on Twitter. Huawei has been a lightning rod in Washington for concerns on national security but denies any links to the Chinese government Facebook drew fresh criticism from US lawmakers following revelations that it allowed Chinese smartphone makers, including one deemed a national security threat, access to user data. Explore further Citation: Facebook deals with Chinese firm draw ire from US lawmakers (2018, June 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-facebook-chinese-firm-ire-lawmakers.htmllast_img read more

NFLNFLPA end productive talks about new CBA early report says

first_imgFrom the NFLPA & NFL pic.twitter.com/zX6hhCWZgQ- Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 17, 2019Goodell confirmed earlier this month that the league would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, which will kick off September 5 when the Bears host the Packers.It was reported that discussions between the NFL and NFLPA were “set to intensify” this summer, with the meetings scheduled for July 17-19 marking the first time the two sides will engage in talks for three straight days – or so they thought.The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season. While there’s no guarantee an agreement will be reached, both sides are optimistic they can find some middle ground to avoid a work stoppage. Representatives for the NFL and NFL Player’s Association met Wednesday in Chicago to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, though the meeting didn’t last as long as initially believed.According to NFL Media, citing unidentified sources, the session initially slated to take place for three days has ended already after just one, but the two sides are scheduled to reconvene July 29. SIGN UP to watch every NFL game and RedZone during the 2019 season on DAZNThe report noted those in attendance included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, a number of owners from the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee and a number of players from the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, including Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Adam Vinatieri.The NFL and NFLPA bargaining session, originally scheduled for 3 days, is already over. One source described it as “productive.” Now need time to review and regroup. Plan is to resume on July 29.- Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 17, 2019Despite the abrupt sitdown, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement summarizing the meeting that took place as a “productive” one.”Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue,” the statement read.last_img read more

What Is the Ionosphere And Who Is Steve

first_img Light up the skies The scorching-hot surface of the sun expels streams of highly charged particles, and these streams are known as solar wind. According to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, solar wind flies through space at about 25 miles (40 km) per second. Upon reaching the Earth’s magnetic field and the ionosphere below, solar winds set off a colorful chemical reaction in the night sky called an aurora. When solar winds whip across Earth, the planet stays shielded behind its magnetic field, also known as the magnetosphere. Generated by churning molten iron in the Earth’s core, the magnetosphere sends solar radiation racing toward either pole. There, the charged particles collide with chemicals swirling in the ionosphere, generating the spellbinding auroras. Scientists have found that the sun’s own magnetic field squishes the Earth’s weaker one, shifting auroras toward the night side of the planet, as reported by Popular Mechanics. Near the Arctic and Antarctic circles, auroras streak across the sky every night, according to National Geographic. The colorful curtains of light, known as the aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, hang about 620 miles (1,000 km) above the Earth’s surface. The auroras glow green-yellow when ions strike oxygen particles in the lower ionosphere. Reddish light often blooms along the auroras’ edges, and purples and blues also appear in the nighttime sky, though this happens rarely. “The cause of aurora is somewhat known, but it is not entirely resolved,” said Toshi Nishimura, a geophysicist at Boston University. “For example, what causes a particular type of color of aurora, such as purple, is still a mystery.” Aurora Phenomena Named STEVE Explained by NASAVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65947-ionosphere.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1202:12Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭  This amateur astronomer’s photograph, taken on May 8, 2016, in Keller, Washington, was used in the new research about the celestial phenomenon called STEVE. The major structures are two bands of upper atmospheric emissions located 100 miles (160 kilometers) above the ground: a reddish arc and a green picket fence. Credit: Rocky Raybell Who is Steve? Beyond auroras, the ionosphere also plays host to other impressive light shows. In 2016, citizen scientists spotted a particularly eye-catching phenomena, which scientists struggled to explain, Live Science sister-site Space.com previously reported. Bright rivers of white and pinkish light flowed over Canada, which is farther south than most auroras appear. Occasionally, dashes of green joined the mix. The mysterious lights were named Steve in homage to the animated movie “Over the Hedge” and were later rebranded as the “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement” ⁠— still STEVE for short. “We’ve been studying the aurora for hundreds of years, and we couldn’t, and still can’t, explain what Steve is,” said Gareth Perry, a space weather scientist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “It’s interesting because its emissions and properties are unlike anything else we observe, at least with optics, in the ionosphere.” According to a 2019 study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the green streaks within STEVE may develop similarly to how traditional auroras form, as charged particles rain down upon the atmosphere. In STEVE, however, the river of light seems to glow when particles within the ionosphere collide and generate heat among themselves. Check out a slideshow of fantastic auroras from National Geographic. Communication and navigation Though reactions in the ionosphere paint the sky with brilliant hues, they can also disrupt radio signals, interfere with navigational systems and sometimes cause widespread power blackouts. The ionosphere reflects radio transmissions below 10 megahertz, allowing the military, airlines and scientists to link radar and communication systems over long distances. These systems work best when the ionosphere is smooth, like a mirror, but they can be disrupted by irregularities in the plasma. GPS transmissions pass through the ionosphere and therefore bear the same vulnerabilities. “During large geomagnetic storms, or space weather events, currents [in the ionosphere] can induce other currents in the ground, electrical grids, pipelines, etc. and wreak havoc,” Perry said. One such solar storm caused the famous Quebec blackout of 1989. “Thirty years later, our electrical systems are still vulnerable to such events.” Scientists study the ionosphere using radars, cameras, satellite-bound instruments and computer models to better understand the region’s physical and chemical dynamics. Armed with this knowledge, they hope to better predict disruptions in the ionosphere and prevent problems that can cause on the ground below. Additional resources:by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoBirch Gold GroupThis IRS Tax Law is Sweeping the U.S.Birch Gold GroupUndo A dense layer of molecules and electrically charged particles, called the ionosphere, hangs in the Earth’s upper atmosphere starting at about 35 miles (60 kilometers) above the planet’s surface and stretching out beyond 620 miles (1,000 km). Solar radiation coming from above buffets particles suspended in the atmospheric layer. Radio signals from below bounce off the ionosphere back to instruments on the ground. Where the ionosphere overlaps with magnetic fields, the sky erupts in brilliant light displays that are incredible to behold. Where is the ionosphere? Several distinct layers make up Earth’s atmosphere, including the mesosphere, which starts 31 miles (50 km) up, and the thermosphere, which starts at 53 miles (85 km) up. The ionosphere consists of three sections within the mesosphere and thermosphere, labeled the D, E and F layers, according to the UCAR Center for Science Education. Extreme ultraviolet radiation and X-rays from the sun bombard these upper regions of the atmosphere, striking the atoms and molecules held within those layers. The powerful radiation dislodges negatively charged electrons from the particles, altering those particles’ electrical charge. The resulting cloud of free electrons and charged particles, called ions, led to the name “ionosphere.” The ionized gas, or plasma, mixes with the denser, neutral atmosphere.Advertisement The concentration of ions in the ionosphere varies with the amount of solar radiation bearing down on the Earth. The ionosphere grows dense with charged particles during the day, but that density subsides at night as charged particles recombine with displaced electrons. Entire layers of the ionosphere appear and disappear during this daily cycle, according to NASA. Solar radiation also fluctuates over an 11-year period, meaning the sun may put out more or less radiation depending on the year. Explosive solar flares and gusts of solar wind stir up sudden changes in the ionosphere, teaming up with high-altitude winds and severe weather systems brewing on the Earth below. Learn how GPS works with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Earth’s ionosphere, a region of charged particles, stretches up to the border between Earth and space. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Duberstein Watch an animation of the Earth’s magnetic field in action, from Nova and the Khan Academy.last_img read more

Agricultural university to hold Krishi Mela in Dharwad from Sept 2225

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS September 06, 2018 Published on Karnataka agricultural research and technology SHARE The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad, plans to hold its annual four-day Krishi Mela from September 22-25. UAS has planned to organise Krishimela-2018 under the theme ‘Consume Millets-Conserve Health’ in collaboration with the Karnataka State Department of Agriculture and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) at the main campus in Dharwad.“This year UAS is expecting more than 10 lakh farmers, farm women, extension workers and rural youth to take part from Karnataka and neighbouring states,” said R R Patil, Director of Extension, UAS-Dharwad.The mega event will provide a platform to showcase and educate stakeholders on the agriculture and allied technologies released by the university and private enterprises. In addition, a millets corner, sale of seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, biofertilisers and biopesticides will be undertaken.During the mela, UAS is to hold a demonstration of farm mechanisation activities by the manufacturers of agriculture implements. “During Krishi Mela, the university would organise bus arrangements within the campus for farmers to visit various crop demonstrations,” said Patil. COMMENTlast_img read more