Its not the upgrade we expected but Nintendo reveals a new juicedup

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Nintendo was previously rumored to have two separate Nintendo Switch systems on the way, including the Nintendo Switch Lite announced just last week. Now, we have confirmation of the second system, but it isn’t exactly the “Pro” model we expected. Instead, it will feature a beefier battery, so you’ll be all set for when Pokémon Sword and Shield launch later this year.Arriving in August, the new version of Nintendo Switch appears to be replacing the original 2017 system, as it is otherwise identical aside from the battery. While the original system’s battery lasts anywhere from 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours, depending on the game you’re playing, the updated system will last between 4.5 hours and 9 hours. Not only is this a very substantial increase, but it is also about two hours more than what the Switch Lite will be capable of. It makes perfect sense to have it launch around the same time as the smaller system, as Nintendo doesn’t want its least-expensive Switch offering to also last the longest.The new Nintendo Switch will come in the same gray and neon red and blue configurations as the current model. A special Dragon Quest XI S console will also include the upgraded system, and the consoles will be the same price as the Switch currently in stores. Additionally, if you want to purchase some different Joy-Con controllers, Nintendo announced new Joy-Con sets — blue and neon yellow as well as neon purple and neon orange. Now you can match your favorite Splatoon 2 ink color with a controller!What’s still unclear is whether this is the last version of Nintendo Switch we’ll see. Nintendo recently filed a trademark with the Israeli government for “Nintendo Switch Do,” as reported by Dutch tech site Let’s Go Digital. Community members speculate this could be short for “digital only,” and could again be a cheaper alternative to the standard Switch. If this is the case, however, Nintendo will need to seriously consider bundling a memory card in so players will be able to download more than one game at a time. In some cases, a game’s file can be too large to download onto a Switch that has nothing else installed. Nintendo Switch vs. Switch Lite: Does portability compete with versatility? Everything we know about the Nintendo Switch Lite Best Nintendo Switch Lite accessories Nintendo announces Switch Lite with a sweet Pokémon Sword and Shield edition Nintendo plans to upgrade the original Switch with a new processor and storagelast_img read more

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Challenges Questions Loom Over Health Law Implementation

first_imgHealth law implementation faces tough scrutiny as the “fiscal cliff” looms, even as it remains the law of the land. Republicans are leading a charge to change the law and are calling for greater specifics about its implementation.National Journal: ‘Obamacare’ Is The Law Of The Land, But 3 Enormous Challenges LoomHow quickly the politics of health care has changed. Just over a month ago, the country was debating whether President Obama’s health reform law, aka “Obamacare,” should be saved or scrapped. Now, with the president’s re-election, that’s all settled, and regulators, states, employers, and health care providers are rushing to get ready for a transformed system that is coming in 2014. This involves several challenging tasks. Industry is readying itself for hundreds of pages of regulations, insurance companies for new products and some 7 million new customers in the first year, states for an IT infrastructure unlike anything they have seen. Employers are facing a raft of new requirements, including an obligation to cover all of their workers or pay fines for not doing so (Sanger-Katz, 12/14).CBS News: As ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Looms, Health Reform Questions LingerWashington lawmakers this month are squarely focused on deficit reduction as they attempt to scramble off the so-called “fiscal cliff.” All the while, however, the government is proceeding with the costly and ambitious rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Key components of President Obama’s health care law won’t go into effect for about another year, but federal and state lawmakers are obligated to start building up those health care systems now. Many Republicans, however, argue the Obama administration hasn’t said with certainty what the programs will ultimately cost or how they’ll be governed. Democrats largely chalk up the complaints to the latest chapter in Republican-led obstruction against the Affordable Care Act, pointing to Democratic-led states that are making progress implementing the law (Condon, 12/14). Politico: Tom Price: Time To Move On Obamacare AlternativesA Republican doctor on the House Ways and Means Committee encouraged his colleagues Thursday to produce meaningful legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act in the next session of Congress. … Asked for specifics, Price said the exchange subsidies could “easily be morphed into a defined contribution model to allow for true flexibility,” enabling patients to choose high-deductible catastrophic plans, for example. “Those kinds of things would be available where the current law doesn’t allow them,” he said (Cheney, 12/13).The law could also affect access to care for illegal immigrants –The Associated Press/Washington Post: Health Care Overhaul Could Reduce Treatment Options For Nation’s 11 Million Illegal ImmigrantsBut in states with large illegal immigrant populations, the math may not work, especially if lawmakers don’t expand Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor and disabled. When the reform has been fully implemented, illegal immigrants will make up the nation’s second-largest population of uninsured, or about 25 percent (12/14). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Challenges, Questions Loom Over Health Law Implementationlast_img read more

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First Edition March 26 2014

first_imgFirst Edition: March 26, 2014 Today’s headlines include reports that the Obama administration will extend the deadline for signing up for insurance through healthcare.gov.   Kaiser Health News: Young But Not So Invincible In CaliforniaKaiser Health News staff writers Heidi de Marco and Daniela Hernandez, working in collaboration with the San Jose Mercury News, report: “As the March 31 deadline approaches for enrollment in Obamacare, young adults like Cabrera are considered a prime target. Sometimes called “young invincibles,” these adults between the ages of 18 and 34 supposedly see themselves as invulnerable and health insurance as unnecessary. But like Cabrera, many don’t view themselves as invincible at all – just strapped for cash and unsure of their options” (de Marco and Hernandez, 3/26). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Half Of Uninsured Not Planning On Getting Coverage, Poll FindsNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Jordan Rau writes: “Five million people have signed up for insurance since the marketplaces created by the federal health law opened in October. The last day to sign up without facing a financial penalty is March 31. The Congressional Budget Office estimates by the year’s end, 6 million people will have obtained insurance on the marketplaces” (Rau, 3/26). Check out what else is on the blog.The Washington Post: Obama Administration Will Allow More Time To Enroll In Health Care On Federal MarketplaceThe Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. … Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth (Goldstein, 3/25).The New York Times: U.S. To Extend Sign-Up Period For InsuranceWith less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange. Several states running their own exchanges, including Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada, have taken similar steps in the last two weeks (Pear, 3/25).Los Angeles Times: White House Offers Extension On Completing Obamacare EnrollmentOfficials said they were making the move now in anticipation of a last-minute rush of consumers seeking health insurance ahead of the March 31 deadline. On Monday, more than 1.1 million people visited HealthCare.gov, the second-largest traffic day on the site, the White House said (Levey, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: HHS Grants Extra Time To Enroll For Health CareThe White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job. The HealthCare.gov website got more that 1 million visitors Monday, and the administration also wants to prevent a repeat of website problems that soured consumers last fall (3/26).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration To Give Insurance-Enrollment ExtensionA handful of states that run their own exchanges have also decided to extend enrollment for those who haven’t finished their applications. One concern is the fact that users could flood the national and state exchanges in the final days before the deadline, hampering their ability to function. … HHS said it would allow individuals with special circumstances and complex cases to receive help completing the enrollment process beyond the March 31 deadline for most Americans to sign up (Radnofsky, 3/25).USA Today: Administration Extending Health Care Officials recommend setting aside some time for enrollment to gather family information, investigate whether a doctor is within a plan’s network, and ensuring that those new to the insurance world understand basic terms like “deductible” and “premium,” which are explained at www.HealthCare.gov. As the deadline looms closer, HHS has sent out emails to everyone who has begun the process encouraging them to complete their forms. To complete enrollment, people must also send their first month’s premium payment to the insurer. In January, the administration encouraged insurers to backdate enrollment to when people completed their applications (Kennedy, 3/26).Politico: Extra Time Granted For Some On ObamacareThe deadline for individuals to start the sign-up process remains March 31, but they will get extra time and assistance to complete it if they’ve encountered problems. It was not immediately clear how many people this could affect, or how much extra time they would get. Details are expected to be announced Wednesday (Kenen, 3/26).Politico: A Brief History Of Obamacare DelaysDid anyone really doubt that the final Obamacare enrollment deadline would slip, too? It’s not like the Obama administration is setting a new precedent with its latest move — giving customers more time to enroll after next Monday’s deadline if they’re already in line (Nather and Levine, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Bungling Mars Health Care Deadline In Some StatesMany states and the federal government experienced technical problems with the enrollment websites, but implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act has been a relative disaster in Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Vermont. Rather than focusing on meeting enrollment targets, officials in those states find themselves consumed with replacing top officials, cancelling contracts with software companies, dealing with state or federal investigations, and spending tens of millions of dollars on fixes and new contractors (3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Testers Say Federal Health Care Website Runs SlowIf you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy. HealthCare.gov, the online portal to taxpayer-subsidized health insurance, runs slowly when compared with major private health insurer websites. That’s according to an analysis for The Associated Press by Compuware, a Detroit company that measures website performance (3/26).The New York Times: Justices Seem Open To Religious Claims By CompaniesIn a long and lively argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed ready to accept that at least some for-profit corporations may advance claims based on religious freedom (Liptak, 3/25).Los Angeles Times: Conservative Justices Seem Poised To Deal Blow To ObamacareThe Supreme Court’s conservative majority sounded poised Tuesday to deal a blow to President Obama’s healthcare law and rule that business owners may invoke their religious beliefs to opt out of a new federal requirement that they pay for birth control for female employees. Such a decision could open the door to an array of new religious freedom claims from those who object to other laws mandating such things as equal treatment for gays and lesbians or non-discrimination in hiring. A decision is expected by late June (Savage, 3/25).The Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Debates Contraception RequirementThe Supreme Court displayed a sharp divide Tuesday on the question of whether companies are entitled to a religious exemption from providing emergency contraceptives in their employee health plans. It was the first time the Affordable Care Act appeared before the high court since it largely upheld the law in 2012. Under the law, employers must cover contraceptives in workers’ insurance plans without copayments, or face a fine (Bravin, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Birth Control Rule Seems To Divide Supreme CourtSeemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama’s health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees’ preventive care plans. Peppering attorneys with questions in a 90-minute argument, the justices weighed the rights of for-profit companies against the rights of female employees. The discussion ranged to abortion, too, and even whether a female worker could be forced to wear an all-covering burka (3/25).Politico: Hobby Lobby Case: Justices To WatchIn a rare 90-minute session, the Supreme Court on Tuesday dug deep into the religious-freedom challenge Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are mounting against the Obamacare contraception mandate. As in other high-profile cases, court-watchers examined every question, comment, twitch and grimace in a quest to divine where the justices are headed. Of course, it’s a truism that justices’ remarks at arguments don’t always reflect where they will ultimately come down in a case (Gerstein, 3/26).The New York Times: Arguments Against Health Law Subsidies Gain TractionTwo of the three federal judges hearing a challenge to the Affordable Care Act appeared open on Tuesday to the argument that people buying health insurance in the federal marketplace should not be eligible for tax subsidies, the first indication that the White House could be facing another potentially serious legal challenge to a central part of President Obama’s health care law. The judges’ comments came at a hearing in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Pear, 3/25).The Wall Street Journal: Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Federal Health-Insurance SubsidiesA federal appeals court on Tuesday appeared divided on a central component of the Affordable Care Act as it heard arguments about whether the federal health insurance exchange can offer subsidies to consumers. Under the 2010 health law, lower earners who buy policies in the law’s new system of insurance marketplaces are entitled to a tax credit. Challengers of the law argue that such subsidies should only be available through state exchanges because of way law was written when it referred to insurance exchanges “established by the state” (Corbett Dooren, 3/25).The Wall Street Journal: New Hampshire Is Set To Expand Medicaid Under Health LawNew Hampshire’s legislature on Tuesday voted to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health law, making it the 26th state to do so. The decision to opt into a core provision of the Affordable Care Act is a big win for the Obama administration. It has been trying to persuade states to agree to expand their programs after the Supreme Court decided in June 2012 that their participation was effectively optional (Radnofsky, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: House Republicans Assail Republicans Over BudgetThe move was the latest in an ongoing and long-running public relations tussle between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over whether Virginia should undergo a large-scale expansion of its Medicaid program. The General Assembly adjourned earlier this month without passing a budget because of the impasse on Medicaid, and there has been little sign the two sides are anywhere closer to an agreement than they were several months ago (3/25).NPR: Most People Don’t Know The Health Insurance Deadline LoomsNext week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014. Yet according to the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 60 percent of those without coverage still don’t know that (Rovner, 3/26).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Poll: Majority of Uninsured Don’t Know About March 31 DeadlineOne big number to think about today: Six in ten of the uninsured say they don’t know that March 31 is the deadline for most people to buy coverage for the year under the new health law if they want it, and also the date after which many of them will have to pay a penalty if they don’t have a plan, according to a new tracking poll (Radnofsky, 3/26).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Q&A: Staring At A Big Price Hike For Health PlanThe new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they’re running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets (3/26).The New York Times: Democrats, As Part Of Midterm Strategy, To Schedule Votes On Pocketbook IssuesDemocrats remain on the defensive about the missteps with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, problems that have only been amplified by a barrage of attack ads in battleground states like Alaska, Louisiana and North Carolina. Republicans accused Mr. Obama and his fellow Democrats of trying to change the subject (Peters and Shear, 3/25).The Washington Post’s The Fact Checker: Big Claims, Few Details In Anti-Obamacare Ad Alleging Soaring CostsThe Fact Checker can barely keep up with the torrent of ads attacking the Affordable Care Act from the pro-GOP group Americans for Prosperity. Just as we fact check one, and another, and another, and another, yet one more pops up. This new ad is part of a reported $5-million buy in the competitive race for the open Senate seat in Michigan. As the Fact Checker has raised questions–and awarded Pinocchios–about some of the claims made in these ads, we find that the more recent ads have increasingly fewer details that are easy to check (Kessler, 3/26).The Washington Post: Further Cost Controls South In Federal Employee Health-Care PlanThe Office of Personnel Management has urged companies participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program to boost their efforts to hold down the cost of prescription drugs, which it has often cited as a major driver of premium increases, as well as to encourage enrollees to participate in wellness programs (Yoder, 3/25).Los Angeles Times: California, 44 Other States Fail At Posting Medical Prices, Report SaysCalifornians don’t have easy access to actual prices for medical care, according to a national report card that gave the state an F for its dismal showing. California had plenty of company. Overall, 45 states received an F in the report issued Tuesday by two nonprofit healthcare groups that analyzed government efforts to make pricing information widely available to consumers (Terhune, 3/25).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Ruling: Kansas Can Strip Planned Parenthood FundsA federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights (3/25).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

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The Xiaomi Redmi K20 will have a key Galaxy S10 feature according

first_imgXiaomi’s Redmi K20 may come equipped with a notch-less display and a 7th generation in-screen fingerprint scanner, according to an image shared by the smartphone manufacturer.Xiaomi will be officially introducing the Redmi K20 on May 28 but hints have been popping up revealing fresh details about the handset on popular Chinese blogging site, Weibo, this week.Most recently Vice president, Lu Weibing, shared an image of a smartphone with a notch-less AMOLED display and 7th generation in-screen fingerprint scanner.Read our review of the Xiaomi Mi 9If the image is accurate then the Redmi K20 will feature a notchless screen – a move Samsung also pulled earlier this year with the release of its Samsung Galaxy S10.The image may also confirm rumours the Redmi K20 will feature a pop-up camera rather than following Samsung’s lead with an in-screen, hole punch, front camera. We do know that the camera will be kitted with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 main sensor, which is a popular choice among many smartphone manufacturers right now. The same sensor is featured on the Motorola One Vision and OnePlus 7.Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S10Unlocking your phone is about to become a whole lot easier too. The fingerprint scanner is expected to be 15% larger, 10% faster and work 30% more successfully under challenging conditions, including low temperatures, dry fingers and strong light.Yesterday, we reported that the Redmi K20 is set to eclipse the S10 with its truly impressive 4000mAh battery and the notch-less display will only boost Xiaomi’s ability to compete with Samsung’s flagship line.Related: Best smartphoneIt is still unclear as to whether the Xiaomi Redmi K20 will be hitting stores in the UK – the majority of this news coming from India and China – but we’re sure to hear more about the smartphone at the official launch event on May 28. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more

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Equifax made breach worse by falling short of privacy obligations to Canadians

first_img The Equifax Inc., offices in Atlanta. Canada’s privacy commissioner says Equifax fell short of its privacy obligations to Canadians during and after a global data breach last year.Associated Press/Mike Stewart / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Equifax made breach worse by falling short of privacy obligations to Canadians, commission finds Hackers’ breach affected 143 million people worldwide, 19,000 of them Canadians The Canadian Press Reddit Email Recommended For YouShaw Communications is selling its stake in Corus Entertainment for $548 millionB.C. vows to appeal after top court says province can’t restrict oil shipments across its bordersElectroneum Major Upgrade Makes ETN the World’s Most Secure Decentralised and Eco-friendly Crypto, and Reduces Block Rewards by 75%Civic Network Expands with the Civic Pay App and 12 Automated Retail PartnersBusiness Highlights April 9, 20192:01 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street More Featured Stories Facebook Twittercenter_img advertisement Share this storyEquifax made breach worse by falling short of privacy obligations to Canadians, commission finds Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: Join the conversation → Comment 0 Comments What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation OTTAWA — Canada’s privacy commissioner says Equifax fell short of its privacy obligations to Canadians during and after a global data breach in 2017.Privacy concerns included poor security safeguards, retaining information too long, inadequate consent procedures, a lack of accountability for Canadians’ information and limited protection measures offered to affected individuals after the breach.Commissioner Daniel Therrien says these exacerbated the impact of the breach, which affected more than 143 million people around the world, including 19,000 Canadians.Equifax Canada and its U.S.-based parent company agreed to enter into a compliance agreement and has taken steps to improve their security, accountability and data destruction.The breach occurred after hackers gained access to Equifax Inc.’s systems through a vulnerability the company had known about for more than two months, but had not fixed.While Equifax Canada offered free credit monitoring to breach victims for at least four years, other protections didn’t match what was offered by the parent company, including credit freezes that restrict access to credit files.The privacy commissioner also found that the transfer of information about Canadians to the U.S. without their knowledge was inconsistent with its obligations to obtain consent before disclosing personal information to third parties located in another country. ← Previous Next →last_img read more

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China dangles a potentially harmful new threat in trade war

first_img The Associated Press Email advertisement Share this storyChina dangles a potentially harmful new threat in trade war Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn 0 Comments May 28, 201910:41 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 30, 20196:36 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Facebook Comment Reddit Featured Stories More Paul Wiseman, Frank Bajak And Yanan Wang Join the conversation → Recommended For YouAll 23 crew of seized British-operated tanker are safe -Iranian TVOptiv Security Brings Cybersecurity Innovation to Dallas-Fort WorthThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know it Twitter WASHINGTON — Facing new trade sanctions and a U.S. clampdown on its top telecommunications company, China issued a pointed reminder Wednesday that it has yet to unleash all its weapons in its trade war with the Trump administration.Chinese state media warned that Beijing could cut America off from exotic minerals that are widely used in electric cars and mobile phones. The threat to use China’s rich supply of so-called rare earths as leverage in the conflict has contributed to sharp losses in U.S. stocks and sliding long-term bond yields.For months, the world’s two biggest economies have been locked in a standoff over allegations that China deploys predatory tactics — including stealing trade secrets and forcing foreign companies to hand over technology — in a drive to supplant U.S. technological dominance.The Trump administration has imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports and is planning to tax the $300 billion in imports that have so far been spared. And it escalated the stakes this month by putting the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. companies from supplying it with computer chips, software and other components without government approval.The U.S. claims Huawei is legally beholden to China’s ruling Communist Party, which could order it to spy on their behalf. Washington has offered no evidence that the Huawei has done that, however.Huawei is trying to beat back one punitive U.S. measure in federal court. In a motion filed late Tuesday in eastern Texas, the company argued that a 2018 law that bars it from selling telecom gear to U.S. government agencies and contractors should be struck down as unconstitutional. The move for summary judgment in a case filed against the U.S. government in March says the law violates a constitutional prohibition against “trial by legislature” of individual entities. Congress thus acted unconstitutionally when it “adjudicated Huawei’s guilt and blacklisted it,” the motion argues.Related Stories:EXPLAINER-U.S.-China trade war: the levers each country can pullEXPLAINER-U.S.-China trade talks: where they are and what’s at stakeWRAPUP 6-Trump says China trade talks ‘back on track,’ new tariffs on holdAn attorney representing Huawei in the U.S. case, Glen Nager of Jones Day, asserts that Congress alone cannot constitutionally impose punishment on an individual company — which the punitive law does in singling out Huawei by name.The law “is intended to drive Huawei out of the U.S. — i.e., to banish it,” Nager argued. It “stigmatizes Huawei as a tool of the Chinese government” with no right to a fair hearing, he added.Steven Schwinn, a professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago, suggested that Huawei’s arguments fall short constitutionally, and “given that this relates to national security, we can expect the courts to be fairly deferential to the government.”The nationalistic Chinese newspaper Global Times warned that China has plenty of ways to retaliate against the United States, including the threat of cutting off supplies of rare earths. China last year produced 78% of the world’s rare earths, according to researchers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.If the U.S. fails to exercise restraint, it will see that “China is far from running out of cards, and we have the will and determination to fight the U.S. to the end,” the paper’s editorial said. An official of China’s top economic planning agency did not rule out using rare earths as a countermeasure against “the U.S.’s unwarranted suppression.”President Xi Jinping visited rare earth-related businesses in southeastern Jiangxi province earlier this month. He called rare earths “an important strategic resource” while stressing the importance of owning independent core technologies, the state-run China Daily reported.China has used rare earths as a cudgel before. Five years ago, the World Trade Organization slapped down China’s attempt to restrict the export of rare earths, rejecting its claim that it just wanted to protect the environment and conserve supplies. Instead, the move appeared to be aimed at hurting Japan with which Beijing was having a diplomatic tiff.Scott Kennedy, director of the project on the Chinese economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Chinese might benefit even less if they try to weaponize rare earths again.“It’s not the threat that it was … when the Chinese threatened to cut off the Japanese,” he said.First, users of rare earths have stockpiled the minerals for a “rainy day.” Second, they also have figured out how to “use less rare earth to achieve the same results” in such products as lasers and magnets. And third, different minerals and chemicals are increasingly being used as rare earth substitutes.Kennedy predicts that once investors have “realized the threat wasn’t as dire, markets would bounce back.”Still, he isn’t optimistic about the U.S.-China trade negotiations, which broke off May 10 after an 11th round of talks failed to produce an agreement. U.S. officials accused the Chinese of reneging on agreements they’d made in earlier rounds.“The Chinese first are going to have to signal they will talk,” he said. Then they will have to go back to where they stood before they backpedaled on earlier concessions. “I don’t see any body language from the Chinese that they’re about to do that,” Kennedy said.——Wang reported from Beijing, and Bajak from Boston. Associated Press video producer Olivia Zhang in Shenzhen, China, and writer Christopher Bodeen in Beijing contributed to this report. What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation China dangles a potentially harmful new threat in trade war ← Previous Next → Sponsored By: In this Monday, May 20, 2019, photo, shoppers visit a Huawei store in Beijing. Chinese tech giant Huawei has filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment.Ng Han Guan / AP last_img read more

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Canada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of

first_img Join the conversation → Pumpjacks are shown pumping crude oil near Halkirk, Alta.Larry MacDougal / THE CANADIAN PRESS Comment Sponsored By: More Email What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Recommended For YouAir Canada scrubs 737 Max jets from schedule through July as cost concerns riseEdgewater Wireless to Host Webinar With Special GuestCanada retail trade unexpectedly dips as bad weather hits food, drink salesBevCanna Finds Canadian Consumers are Excited to Try Cannabis-Infused Beverages as Part of Their Healthy LifestylesTake Five: Preparing for a prime minister, PMIs and policymakers Featured Stories Facebook 18 Commentscenter_img Twitter OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit grew to a record $4.6 billion in December as lower crude oil prices prompted a drop in exports.The result followed a trade deficit of $2.0 billion in November.Exports were down 3.8 per cent to $46.3 billion in December. We’re getting a look at the true state of Canada’s economy — and it’s no world beater Canada’s economy practically grinds to a halt — and nobody saw it coming Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada Exports of energy products fell 21.7 per cent to $6.4 billion in December, the lowest level since July 2016. Excluding energy products, exports were essentially unchanged in December.Total imports rose 1.6 per cent to $50.9 billion in December.Imports of energy products rose 19.7 per cent to $3.3 billion while imports of motor vehicles and parts were up 4.0 per cent to $9.4 billion in December. The Canadian Press Canada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of our oil exports plunged 21% Energy exports lowest in two years Share this storyCanada just racked up a record trade deficit as the value of our oil exports plunged 21% Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn March 6, 201911:16 AM EST Filed under News Economy ← Previous Next → Reddit advertisementlast_img read more

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Gunther Completes Formula E Grid With Dragon

first_imgGunther had been Dragon’s reserve driver last season, and shared its second car with Antonio Fuoco during testing at Valencia last month.More Formula E News Porsche Enters Sponsor Tie Up With Hugo Boss For Formula E Maximilian Gunther has sealed the final current vacancy on the 2018/19 Formula E grid and will be promoted to a race drive alongside Jose Maria Lopez. Watch Formula E Last Car Swap: Gen 2 Is All New Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 12, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img “The working atmosphere inside the team is fantastic,” said Gunther. “I feel really comfortable and can’t wait to get the new season started.“Certainly, I will give it my all to deliver the best possible results for the team.”The 21-year-old German replaces Jerome D’Ambrosio, who has left Dragon to be part of Mahindra’s all-new line-up alongside fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Pascal Wehrlein.Dragon Racing founder Jay Penske said Gunther “did a tremendous job building rapport with the team and working with the entire organisation on the development of the Penske EV-3”.Gunther twice finished in the top three of the Formula 3 European Championship during a three-year stint from 2015-17.He was runner-up to Prema teammate Lance Stroll in 2016, then third behind Lando Norris and Joel Eriksson the following year.He moved up to Formula 2 for 2018 with Arden and won the Silverstone reverse-grid race.Though the second Dragon seat was ostensibly the final vacancy on the grid, Nissan e.dams is expected to require a replacement for its contacted signing Alexander Albon as he is set to get a Toro Rosso F1 drive for 2019.2018/19 Formula E driver line-upAudi: Lucas di Grassi, Daniel AbtDS Techeetah: Jean-Eric Vergne, Andre LottererVirgin Racing: Sam Bird, Robin FrijnsMahindra Racing: Jerome D’Ambrosio, Pascal WehrleinNissan e.dams: Sebastien Buemi, Alexander Albon*Jaguar: Mitch Evans, Nelson Piquet JrVenturi: Felipe Massa, Edoardo MortaraNIO: Oliver Turvey, Tom DillmannDragon: Jose Maria Lopez, Maximilian GuntherBMW Andretti: Antonio Felix da Costa, Alexander SimsHWA: Gary Paffett, Stoffel Vandoorne* Albon is expected to move to Toro Rosso in F1 rather than racing for Nissan Source: Electric Vehicle News From A Formula 1 Exit To A Formula E Seatlast_img read more

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Mercedes‑Benz delivers its first eCitaro electric bus

first_imgDaimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, has several electric programs across its brands, including several for its commercial vehicles, like buses. One of these programs is the Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro electric bus and the German automaker announced the first delivery today.The post Mercedes‑Benz delivers its first eCitaro electric bus appeared first on Electrek.Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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Tesla is pushing for its own 1 MW highpower charging standard for

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla and a few other companies are currently competing to push their own >1 MW high-power charging standard for electric trucks within CharIN, an industry association behind the CCS standard. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla is pushing for its own >1 MW high-power charging standard for electric trucks appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

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This Week On FCPA Professor

first_imgHow much do you know about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act? Let’s find out in this week’s FCPA challenge.Elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills at the FCPA Institute – Philadelphia on October 18-19. Click here to learn more and register. FCPA Professor has been described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA.”Set forth below are the topics discussed this week on FCPA Professor.As highlighted here, in a rare FCPA appellate opinion the Second Circuit rejected the DOJ’s expansive jurisdictional theory of prosecution in U.S. v. Hoskins.As highlighted in this post, the DOJ quietly released a “declination with disgorgement” letter agreement concerning Insurance Corp. of Barbados Ltd. in which the company agreed to pay approximately $94,000 to the U.S. for alleged bribes to a Barbadian government official in exchange for insurance contracts.The FCPA has always been a law broader than its name suggests and as highlighted here Citigroup recently resolved two FCPA books and records and internal controls enforcement actions.As highlighted here, an FCPA related matter against Morgan Stanley was recently allowed to proceed.As highlighted in this post, certain FCPA enforcement actions have involved – in some way – sole source procurement.Recently, the DOJ quitely released a substantively vague so-called declination letter concerning U.K.-based Guralp Systems. However, as highlighted in this post it is difficult to analyze just what viable criminal charges against Guralp Systems the DOJ actually “declined” to prosecute.This post rounds up other FCPA and related developments.last_img read more

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New study shows health impacts of eating plantbased diet

first_imgJun 11 2018Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet is associated with a variety of health benefits. But simply being vegetarian is not enough to reap those benefits-;the quality of the food matters, too. The Nutrition 2018 meeting will feature new research into the health impacts of eating a plant-based diet and how dietary quality influences those impacts.Nutrition 2018 is the inaugural flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held June 9-12, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Contact the media team for abstracts, images and interviews, or to obtain a free press pass to attend the meeting.Mounting evidence suggests a plant-based diet lowers heart disease risk Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with a lower risk of coronary heart diseaseIn a study of nearly 6,000 people based in the Netherlands, those who ate more plant protein at the expense of animal-derived protein showed a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease during a median follow-up period of more than 13 years. Kim V.E. Braun, Erasmus University Medical Center, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 35) (abstract).Eating more plant protein, less animal-derived protein associated with less plaque in the arteriesA study of 4,500 Brazilian adults finds that people who regularly consumed more plant-based protein were nearly 60 percent less likely than those consuming more animal-based protein to show evidence of plaque in the heart’s arteries based on coronary artery calcium scoring, a measure of plaque buildup commonly used to assess heart disease risk. Dirce Maria Marchioni, Faculdade de Saúde Pública da USP, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 89) (abstract). Vegetarian diet associated with reduced risk factors for heart disease and diabetes Among South Asians living in the US, people following a vegetarian diet were found to have a lower number of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, including a lower body mass index, smaller waist circumference and lower amounts of abdominal fat, lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar compared to people in the same demographic group who ate meat. Sameera A. Talegawkar, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Auditorium (poster 114) (abstract).Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskWhat happens when you eliminate sugar and adopt the keto diet?TAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTDon’t forget: The quality of plant-based food impacts health, tooEating healthful plant-based foods associated with less weight gainAn analysis of changes in body weight among more than 125,000 adults over 4-year periods shows plant-based diets rich in high-quality plant-based foods (such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts) were associated with less weight gain, while a higher intake of unhealthful plant-based foods (such as sweets, refined grains and fries) was associated with significantly greater weight gain. Ambika Satija, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, will present this research on Sunday, June 10, from 4:45-5 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 309 (abstract).Eating higher quality plant-based foods associated with lower risk of deathA study of nearly 30,000 US adults bolsters evidence that a higher quality diet helps you live longer and suggests that the quality of plant-based foods in the diet is more important than the quality of animal-based foods. Better choices in the plant-based components of the diet lowered mortality by 30 percent while higher quality animal-based components had little effect on mortality. The beneficial effect of high-quality plant-based foods was even more pronounced among people with chronic health conditions. Fang Fang Zhang, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, will present this research on Monday, June 11, from 8-8:15 a.m. in the Hynes Convention Center, Room 311 (abstract). Source:https://meeting.nutrition.org/last_img read more

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Persistent psychological stress contributes to development and progression of vision loss

first_imgJun 19 2018Persistent psychological stress, which is widely recognized as a consequence of vision loss, is also a major contributor to its development and progression, according to a study now published in the EPMA Journal, the official journal of the European Association for Predictive, Preventive, and Personalized Medicine. Clinical practice implications of this finding include a recommendation to improve the clinician-patient relationship and provide stress-reduction treatments and psychological counseling to interrupt the vicious cycle of stress and progressive vision loss.”There is clear evidence of a psychosomatic component to vision loss, as stress is an important cause − not just a consequence − of progressive vision loss resulting from diseases such as glaucoma, optic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration,” says Prof. Bernhard Sabel, PhD, Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Magdeburg University, Germany, lead investigator of the study. Prof. Sabel has pioneered a holistic treatment approach that combines stress management, patient education, and vision recovery and restoration techniques at the SAVIR-Center for Vision Restoration in Germany.The study, which will be presented in November 2018 at the 5th International Conference of “Low Vision and Brain” in Berlin, is based on a comprehensive analysis of hundreds of published research and clinical reports on the relationship of stress and ophthalmologic diseases. Some case reports are presented showing how stress induces vision loss and how reduction of stress contributes to vision restoration.”Continuous stress and elevated cortisol levels negatively impact the eye and brain due to autonomic nervous system (sympathetic) imbalance and vascular deregulation,” Prof. Sabel explains, emphasizing that both the eye and the brain are involved in vision loss, a fact that is often overlooked by treating physicians and is not systematically documented in the medical literature. He notes that of the relatively few scientific reports in the field of psychosomatic ophthalmology available, even fewer explore the relationship of stress, vision loss, and vision restoration. This is rather surprising given that many patients suspect that mental stress had contributed to their vision loss, representing a large disconnect between scientific activity and what the public needs.”The behavior and words of the treating physician can have far-reaching consequences for the prognosis of vision loss. Many patients are told that the prognosis is poor and that they should be prepared to become blind one day. Even when this is far from certainty and full blindness almost never occurs, the ensuing fear and anxiety are a neurological and psychological double-burden with physiological consequences that often worsen the disease condition,” adds Dr. Muneeb Faiq, PhD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, and Department of Ophthalmology, NYU Langone Health, New York University School of Medicine, USA, and a co-investigator on the study. Increased intraocular pressure, endothelial dysfunction (Flammer syndrome), and inflammation are some of the consequences of stress causing further damage.Related StoriesStudy reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgeryDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useAdjunct therapies like brain stimulation, relaxation response, vision restoration, anxiety management, and social support counteract stress and induce a relaxation response by rebalancing the autonomic system of reducing sympathetic and activating parasympathetic activity. They have been used successfully in tandem with therapies to increase blood flow to the eye, thereby opening the window of opportunity for vision restoration.The investigators believe this holistic approach can be used more widely in the clinical management of eye diseases. They advise that stress reduction and relaxation techniques (e.g., meditation, autogenic training, stress management training, and psychotherapy to learn to cope) should be recommended, not only as complementary to traditional treatments of vision loss, but possibly as preventive measures to reduce progression of vision loss. Secondly, doctors should try their best to inculcate positivity and optimism while giving their patients the information to which they are entitled, especially regarding the important value of stress reduction. In this way, the vicious cycle could be interrupted. Stress management is also pertinent to the caregivers/family members whose support and encouragement are important to maintain a stress-free state of mind, which in turn may keep the stress markers at bay.Prof. Sabel and his colleagues note that, “future clinical studies are underway to confirm the causal role of stress in different low vision diseases to evaluate the efficacy of different anti-stress therapies for preventing progression and improving vision restoration in randomized trials as a foundation of psychosomatic ophthalmology.”Source: http://www.imp.ovgu.de/en/last_img read more

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Study finds link between testosterone and mens preference for status goods

first_imgJul 4 2018A recent study conducted by a research team around Hilke Plassmann, the INSEAD Chaired Professor of Decision Neuroscience & Brain and Spine Institute (ICM – Inserm/CNRS/Sorbonne Université), a principal investigator in the Social Affective Neuroscience Team at the ICM, David Dubois, Associate Professor of Marketing at INSEAD and Gideon Nave, Assistant Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School & the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative shows that testosterone, the male sex hormone, increased men’s preference for status goods compared to goods of similar perceived quality but seen as lower in status.The paper, “Single-Dose Testosterone Administration Increases Men’s Preference for Status Goods”, and its findings are published in Nature Communications. The research reveals that consumption of status goods (e.g., luxury products or experiences) is partly driven by biological motives. The results are the first to demonstrate that testosterone causally influences rank-related consumer preferences and that the effect is driven by consumers’ aspiration to gain status rather than power or a general inclination for high quality goods.Other researchers include Amos Nadler of Ivey Business School, David Zava of ZRT laboratories, and Colin Camerer of California Institute of Technology. The team investigated whether and when consumers’ desire for status goods is biologically rooted with a focus on the effect of testosterone on men’s desire for goods conveying status benefits such as luxury products. Basic research shows there is a fundamental need to signal one’s rank across species. Higher social rank brings individuals several significant advantages such as mating opportunities or access to resources or social influence. In human society, individuals often show their rank in the social hierarchy through economic consumption, in particular through possessing and displaying expensive, luxury brands. To what extent is consumers’ preference for such goods biologically motivated?”In the non-human species literature, some evidence highlights the link between testosterone, and rank-related behavior. In humans, testosterone levels can situationally increase in contexts related to social rank, during competitions and after winning them or in the presence of an attractive mate,” says Hilke Plassmann.To gain more insights on the role of testosterone on social rank and status associated behavior, a study was conducted involving 243 men of similar age and socio-economic background. Randomly, half of them received a single dose of testosterone that mimicked a testosterone spike that could occur in an everyday situation causing an increased testosterone level; the other half received a placebo treatment. All subjects then participated in two tasks.In the first one, they were asked to choose between pairs of brands. The pairs were composed of brands that were all pretested to have polarized social rank associations but did not differ in perceived quality. That is, one brand was seen to lift its owner much higher in the social hierarchy (e.g., Calvin Klein) than the other (e.g., Levi’s). For each pair, participants were asked “which brand do you prefer and to what extent?”, on 10-point scale anchored with each brand. The findings reveal that men who received the testosterone doses showed a higher preference for the status (positional) goods associated with higher social rank (such as a luxury brand). This suggests a causal link between testosterone and rank-related consumer preferences.Related StoriesEmpathy and hormones could account for aggressive behavior in children, shows studyWomen’s greater immune response to flu vaccine declines with ageHalf of all women with PCOS share a rare gene variantThe second task meant to investigate the effect of testosterone on the two distinct routes to high social rank – status and power. While status refers to the respect in the eyes of others, power comes from one’s control of a valued resources. The research team used six different product categories from coffee machines to luxury cars and created three different framings for each product category, with a similar wording but emphasizing the target product in terms of its status benefits, power benefits or high quality.For example, the mock ads variously described a Mont Blanc pen as “the internationally recognized symbol among the influential” (status), “mightier than the sword” (power) “an instrument of persistence and durability” (quality), says David Dubois.The researchers then asked participants how much they liked the product description and the product itself. Here testosterone did not increase liking when the product was perceived as a quality product or a power enhancing one but only when it was described as conveying status. These results establish a causal link between testosterone and increase of preference for status-enhancing goods.The findings may be useful for generating new hypotheses regarding contexts where positional (status) consumption occurs. As men experience situational elevation in testosterone during and following competitions such as sporting events or in the presence of attractive mates, male consumers may be more likely to engage in status consumption and find status-related communications more appealing at certain times.According to Gideon Nave, “While the study shows that consumption of positional goods is partly driven by biological motives, it is important not to forget that cultural differences might play a role in the biological underpinnings of status behavior and that status signals are not universal. These results bring the first theoretical insights on the biological basis of preference for high status goods that need to be replicated and generalized in other populations.”The findings also have broad implications for luxury brands and policy makers alike.”I’ve always been struck by the variations in consumers’ appetite for luxury, with some markets or periods encouraging a “luxury fever” (e.g., urban areas, fast-developing markets such as China etc.) and others less so. Our findings are exciting because they show that consumers’ drive for luxury may stem directly from differences in testosterone levels varying with the amount of social competition, population density, or male/female imbalance,” says Amos Nadler. Source:https://www.insead.edu/last_img read more

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Scientists support viability of potential way to reduce Alzheimers disease risk

first_img Source:http://www.manchester.ac.uk Jul 12 2018A new commentary by scientists at the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh on a study by Taiwanese epidemiologists supports the viability of a potential way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.When the Taiwanese authors looked at subjects who suffered severe herpes infection and who were treated aggressively with antiviral drugs, the relative risk of dementia was reduced by a factor of 10.Manchester’s Professor Ruth Itzhaki and Edinburgh’s Professor Richard Lathe say the paper, by Tzeng et al. and published in Neurotherapeutics in February 2018, also shows that herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) leads to an increased risk of developing the disease.”This article and two others by different research groups in Taiwan provide the first population evidence for a causal link between herpes virus infection and Alzheimer’s disease, a hugely important finding,” said Professor Itzhaki.They publish a commentary in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease on the three articles, arguing that they provide the strongest evidence yet for a causal link between herpes infection and Alzheimer’s disease, backing 30 years of research by Professor Itzhaki.Professor Itzhaki said: “I believe we are the first to realise the implications of these striking data on this devastating condition which principally affects the elderly. No effective treatments are yet available.”Almost 30 million people worldwide suffer from it and sadly, this figure will rise as longevity increases.”But we believe that these safe and easily available antivirals may have a strong part to play in combating the disease in these patients.”It also raises the future possibility of preventing the disease by vaccination against the virus in infancy.”Successful treatment by a specific drug, or successful vaccination against the putative microbe, are the only ways to prove that a microbe is the cause of a non- infectious human disease.”Most Alzheimer’s disease researchers investigate its main characteristics – amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles; however, despite the vast amount of research, the causes of their formation are unknown.Related StoriesEEG detects hidden consciousness in brain-injured ICU patients just days after injuryHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionHarnessing target of the brain chemical serotonin to combat obesityHSV1 infects most humans in youth or later and remains lifelong in the body in dormant form within the peripheral nervous system.From time to time the virus becomes activated and in some people it then causes visible damage in the form of cold sores.The Taiwanese study identified 8,362 subjects aged 50 or more during the period January to December 2000 who were newly diagnosed with severe HSV infection.The study group was compared to a control group of 25,086 people with no evidence of HSV infection.The authors then monitored the development of dementia in these individuals over a follow-up period of 10 years between 2001 and 2010.The risk of developing dementia in the HSV group was increased by a factor of 2.542. But, when the authors compared those among the HSV cohort who were treated with antiviral therapy versus those who did not receive it, there was a dramatic tenfold reduction in the later incidence of dementia over 10 years.Professor Richard Lathe added: “Not only is the magnitude of the antiviral effect remarkable, but also the fact that–despite the relatively brief duration and the timing of treatment–in most patients severely affected by HSV1 it appeared to prevent the long-term damage in brain that results in Alzheimer’s.Professor Itzhaki said: “It was as long ago as 1991 when we discovered that, in many elderly people infected with HSV1, the virus is present also in the brain, and then in 1997 that it confers a strong risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain of people who have a specific genetic factor.”In 2009, we went on to show that HSV DNA is inside amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains.”We suggested that the virus in brain is reactivated by certain events such as stress, immunosuppression, and infection/inflammation elsewhere.”So we believe the cycle of HSV1 reactivation in the brain eventually causes Alzheimer’s in at least some patients.”last_img read more

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New method helps researchers analyze how various factors might predict illness

first_imgAug 22 2018A new method of modeling illness across populations could help researchers to analyze how various factors might predict illness in populations and help providers to plan NHS services that more effectively improve their health outcomes.Researchers at the University of Leicester have developed a new comprehensive framework for population health, named the Leicester SEARCH (Systematic Exploration and Analysis of Relationships Connecting Health variables in populations) which they have published today (22 August) in the journal BJGP Open.Developed specifically for use in primary care services such as general practice, it will enable researchers and providers to understand the full impact of a health intervention, such as a new type of treatment, lifestyle change, regular screenings, and more.Researchers use frameworks to make sense of the complex factors that affect health and illness in large populations. They represent reality in a simplified or schematic way, helping researchers to analyze trends, plan healthcare services and predict the impact of a health intervention across the whole population.Currently published frameworks are not ideal for primary care-focused research as there are a range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health or cause illness that are not sufficiently taken account of.Insights gained from using the Leicester SEARCH framework could stimulate informed debate about important challenges confronting the NHS and how best to address them, and may even lead to changes in policies, at national, regional or local level.Dr Louis Levene from the University’s Department of Health Sciences said: “Population health is complex and is described by multiple variables, not just related to diseases themselves. Solutions based on addressing single variables often do not work as planned. Researchers and service providers need to have a suitable means of understanding what is happening and may need to tie together a wide range of factors. Ours is the first framework to consider population health comprehensively from a primary care perspective.”Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchLeicester SEARCH helps researchers and service providers to understand all the factors involved in healthcare. The modeling has two components: An illness pathway in populations (how illnesses are caused, how these impact on populations, and what may result), and; Modifiers of this illness pathway, which are divided into context, a range of non-medical factors (such as socioeconomic factors), and interventions, which include health and social care. The framework has already been used by the research team to identify anomalies in how general practices are funded and to describe the large decline in continuity of care over five years, highlighting the difficulty for patients in seeing their preferred GP.Dr Levene added: “The framework was developed from and was used in several observational studies at population level. These studies examined possible relationships between variables related to population health, such as determinants of illness, health needs, health outcomes, interventions.”Primary care should focus not only on the needs of individual patients, but also have a population perspective and recognize how non-disease related factors contribute to health needs and outcomes. Hopefully, using our framework may help both research and services to increase their understanding of population health, which can ultimately lead to better outcomes.”center_img Source:https://le.ac.uk/last_img read more

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Stress gene increases vulnerability to developing chronic pain study reveals

first_imgSarah Linnstaedt and colleagues conducted two prospective studies of European American and African American men and women admitted to the emergency room following a motor vehicle collision. In addition to genotyping these patients, the researchers assessed their distress immediately after the accident as well as their pain and post-traumatic stress symptoms six weeks later. Participants of both ethnicities with a particular variant in the gene FKBP5 reported more severe pain at follow up, which was related to their level of distress. Further analyses uncovered a molecular mechanism by which this variant increases FKBP5 expression and mediates its relationship with post-traumatic chronic pain. Aug 28 2018A study of more than 1,000 motor vehicle accident survivors published in JNeurosci reveals a common variant in a gene involved in the stress response that increases vulnerability to developing chronic pain. Addressing the interaction between this genetic variant and post-traumatic stress may represent a supplemental or alternative to treatment with addictive opioids. Source:http://www.sfn.org/last_img read more

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