Scientists hit the road to gather Parkinson’s data

first_imgRoad trip! This fall, four researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston hopped into a 32-foot-long RV and began motoring down the East Coast in order to meet with 51 participants from the Nurses’ Health Studies and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Their aim was to conduct neurological examinations that will help them learn more about the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.The subjects are among the thousands of health professionals who have dutifully been filling out questionnaires about their health and habits for decades, providing data that has formed the basis of numerous research studies on risk factors for chronic diseases.“The participants feel like they are part of our work after participating for so long, so meeting in person was exciting for us and for them,” said Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Chan School. Ascherio was joined by neurologist Michael Schwarzschild of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Schwarzschild’s research fellows Jessica Baker and Christopher Stephen.The team met with study participants who had completed questionnaires on their sense of smell and color vision—the loss of either of which may be an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Participants were chosen to represent a range of scores on the tests, with some having already received a Parkinson’s diagnosis, and others serving as healthy controls. The team spent an hour with each individual, conducting in-depth tests. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Dredger Illinois Completes Deepwater Point Range Work

first_imgImage source: GLDDThe U.S. Coast Guard said in its latest announcement that the maintenance dredging operations on the Delaware River – Deepwater Point Range – have been completed. The cutter suction dredger Illinois will begin pipe laying operations this week in Anchorage 5, southeast of Pea Patch Island.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the following safety zones will be in place during this time:Safety zone one includes all the waters within a 150 yard radius of the dredge Illinois and all related dredge equipment. This safety zone will be in place for the duration of the dredging project;Safety zone two includes all the waters of Pea Patch Island Anchorage 5, where submerged pipeline will be located causing a hazard to anchoring vessels.Dredging operations will begin in New Castle Range upon completion of pipe laying operations.last_img read more

Indiana NRA backs Frye

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Republican state representative from Greensburg, Randy Frye has received an ‘A’ rating and has been endorsed by the NRA-PVF (National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund) for re-election to House Dist. 67.“This endorsement is a reflection of your voting record and your issue advocacy,” Christopher G. Kopacki, State Director, NRA-ILA State and Local Affairs, said in a letter to Frye.  “I look forward to our continued partnership advancing the interests of Indiana’s law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.”Frye, a retired firefighter and business owner, is chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Roads and Transportation Committee.  Frye represents House Dist. 67, which includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.last_img read more

Boss of the Year Nominations Sought

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Thurston County ChamberThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its fourth annual Boss of the Year award.  Co-sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, this award recognizes outstanding individuals who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the workplace through innovation, communication, vision, and performance.“With the challenging economy impacting organizations everywhere, leaders are making the difference between whether an organization barely survives or actually thrives”, said Reid Bates, Chair of the Thurston County Chamber and owner of Express Employment Professionals.  “This award is a great way for bosses to be recognized by their teams and the Chamber and for their examples to be shared across the community”, says Bates.Once again, Saint Martin’s University business students will play an important role in the selection process by interviewing finalists and gathering data for the selection committee.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet with exceptional business leaders in the community and to also learn more about what truly defines leadership in the workplace,” says Richard Beer, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business.Nominations for the “Boss of the Year” award will be accepted through October 25th.  You may mail, fax or send via email to the Chamber office.  The award recipients will be announced on December 11 at the Norman Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University.For a Nomination Form please visit read more

Giants-Rockies preview: Worst NL West offenses meet in San Francisco

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — In his first offseason as president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi described the importance of improving the Giants’ roster in several areas.At the top of the list: Finding hitters who would get on base more and pitchers who would allows opponents to reach base less.Through 13 games, the Giants’ pitching staff is faring well, but the team’s lineup is…not. After a 3-1 loss to the Padres Wednesday, the Giants’ .264 team on-base percentage is the worst in all of baseball.Ev …last_img read more

Plastic bags: think thicker!

first_imgThe ban on thin plastic shopping bags is now in effect. Shoppers either have to provide their own bags or pay for the new-style, thicker, recyclable bags.Store supplied are a major source of litter. (Image: Frank Gruber)Brand South Africa reporterRetailers across the country have to comply with the new regulations prohibiting the use of thin plastic bags and encouraging the use of thicker, more durable, recyclable bags. If you want more information on the new regulations – or want to report retailers who aren’t toeing – there’s a hotline number to dial.The hotline – 0800 203 622 – is being run by the department of environmental affairs and tourism.Consumers, for their part, have the option of re-using the thicker plastic bags – paying up to 25 cents for the 10-litre plastic bag, 31 cents for the 12-litre bag and 49 cents for the 24-litre one – using their own carrier bags, or doing without bags altogether.Phindile Makwakwa of the department of environmental affairs and tourism said the new law aims to protect the environment. “Plastic waste is the most visible and is not biodegradable, thus the need to manage the problem,” Makwakwa explained.She added that retailers had agreed to lower some food prices in order to compensate consumers for the extra expense of the new bags.The new regulations prohibit the manufacture, trade in and commercial distribution of thin plastic bags in all retail stores in South Africa. According to the new law, plastic bags should now be made thicker, about 30 microns, so they can be easily recycled.The department argues that the move will strengthen the recycling industry, retaining existing jobs and creating new ones.Failing to comply with the new legislation could result in fines of up to R10 000 or one years’ imprisonment for first-time offenders, and fines of up to R100 000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years for repeat offenders.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

‘Tata, you are in our prayers’

first_imgImage source: Nelson Mandela Centre of MemoryBRAND SOUTH AFRICA joined the rest of the country on Monday in welcoming the news of former president Nelson Mandela’s release from hospital, saying it shared the joy of Mandela’s family and wishing him “peace and comfort” at his home in Johannesburg.“On behalf of all South Africans: Tata, you are in our thoughts and prayers,” Brand South Africa said in a statement.“We share the joy of the Mandela family at the discharge of Nelson Mandela after 89 days in hospital. May he find peace and comfort in his home, among his relatives and friends, so that his continuing medical care can proceed with dignity.”Mandela was discharged from hospital in Pretoria on Sunday morning in order to continue receiving treatment for a respiratory illness at home.The Presidency said that the 95-year-old former statesman’s condition “remains critical and is at times unstable”, but that his team of doctors were convinced that he would receive the same level of intensive care at his home that he had been receiving in hospital.Mandela’s home has been reconfigured to allow him to receive intensive care there. “The health care personnel providing care at his home are the very same who provided care to him in hospital,” the Presidency said. “If there are health conditions that warrant another admission to hospital in future, this will be done.”During his stay in hospital, he received constant visits from family, friends and colleagues – and messages of support in the thousands from across the country and all over the world.“We are all grateful for the outstanding care he received in hospital from a large team of medical specialists and nurses, which rescued him from the brink and which allowed for this miracle,” Brand South Africa said.“Even in grave illness, Madiba has continued to provide a model to the nation and to the world with his immense grace and fortitude. We have, all of us, much to learn from him.”Source: SAinfolast_img read more