As the first Grand Slam of the professional season winds to a close at the Australian Open, The No. 1 men’s tennis team will commence play during one of the “Grand Slams” of college tennis Saturday and Sunday in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Kick-Off Weekend.Ready · Senior Robert Farah and the Trojans host three top teams. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan The Trojans (2-0, 0-0) will host a four-team qualifying tournament Saturday and Sunday against No. 49 Vanderbilt University (3-1, 0-0), No. 70 Radford University (0-2, 0-0) and No. 73 Yale University (0-0, 0-0). The winner of this kick-off tournament will go on to compete in the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships at Charlottesville, Va. from Feb. 12 to Feb. 15.Radford faces off against Yale at 8:30 a.m. to begin the day’s play, and USC starts it Saturday match against Vanderbilt at 11:30 a.m. The winners of each match will compete for a bid to Charlottesville on Sunday at 1 p.m.With all of the interruptions in the team’s schedule, USC coach Peter Smith believes this tournament is an excellent opportunity to pick up momentum against the best competition collegiate tennis has to offer.“We look at it as the start of the season where you have the top-60 teams in the country all playing the same weekend,“ Smith said. “Kind of a cool way to start the season.“The very competitive Vanderbilt squad, coming off a close (4-3) loss to No. 41 University of Michigan, will be the Trojans’ first opponents at the Kick-Off event. The Commodores have three singles players ranked in the top 75 and three ranked doubles duos.Win or lose, the Trojans will play on Sunday against either Radford or Yale. Radford opened its season with two losses to ranked teams and boasts No. 66 singles player junior Ivan Salec.USC opened the season with two wins against Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbra, where the Trojans were able to give all team members a chance to compete.Now that the season is underway, Smith will change his approach in order to soldify his lineup.“Time to lay the best guys out there and get some experience,“ Smith noted.Freshman J.T. Sundling has been medically cleared to begin practice today after a bout with mononucleosis. Smith plans to ease him into playing shape, but Sundling’s presence will help in finalizing the lineup, especially in doubles. With some questions left to be answered, the Trojans hope to advance and prove themselves against the top teams in the nation at the ITAs.
Following his team’s two-point victory against Miami Saturday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed some concern for the way the Hurricanes handled a potentially-concussed player. In the first half of the contest, Cardinals’ senior forward Montrezl Harrell threw the basketball at the face of Miami center Tonye Jekiri. Harrell was given a Flagrant 1 after referees reviewed the play. The Louisville star said following the 55-53 victory the throw was not intentional, though Hurricanes’ coach Jim Larranaga disagreed. Jekeri, a starter for Miami, began the second half on the bench. Larranaga said after the game his player was suffering from severe headaches. Miami’s trainers originally believed the 7-foot big man had a concussion, before allowing him back into the game. Miami’s handling of Jekeri was troubling to Pitino. Here’s what the Louisville coach said during his post-game press conference, courtesy of the Courier-Journal:“Here’s the ironic thing: Coach Larranaga walked over to the officials, all the way over to the other side. I’ve never seen that. I wanted to know what (Larranaga said). The official says, ‘Well, he wanted to let me know that the big guy has a concussion on that play.’ I said, ‘What motive do you need to know that? He’s back in the game.’“So I called (Louisville football coach) Bobby Petrino — this is no joke — I said, ‘Get a hold of that Miami doctor because, in 15 minutes, a kid went from a concussion to playing and totally healthy.’ We’re sending a plane down to hire that doctor for football. We will never have a concussion ever again. He was back 3-4 minutes later. He walked all the way over there to tell him he had a concussion, then he was back in the game.”That’s a pretty direct calling out of Miami from Pitino. Concussions are obviously something that should be taken very seriously, but it’s impossible to know if the Hurricanes’ medical staff followed protocol or not. This likely won’t be the last we hear of this incident. [Courier-Journal]
Remember disco? The American Heart Association and comedic actress Jennifer Coolidge are pumping new life into the ‘70s disco classic, “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, to teach people across the country how to save lives with Hands-Only CPR.The Bee Gees’ hit – which is the near-perfect rate for doing chest compressions during CPR – is a centerpiece of the Association’s new Hands-Only CPR awareness campaign. It only takes 60 seconds to learn the life-saving skill either online or during free in-person sessions at the new state-of-the-art mobile training unit that kicks off its nationwide tour in New York City. Supported by a $4.5 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation, the campaign will contribute to the American Heart Association’s goal to double survival from cardiac arrest by 2020.“People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct compression rate when trained to the beat of ‘Stayin’ Alive,’” said Alson Inaba, M.D., the American Heart Association CPR instructor credited with first using the song to help students recall the right rate of compressions. “Not only is it a fun, catchy and memorable way to remember what to do, but it works – people’s lives have been saved because of it.”Coolidge, whose work includes CBS’ “2 Broke Girls” and numerous films such as “Best in Show,” “American Pie” and “Legally Blonde,” stars in the American Heart Association’s humorous new public service announcement to teach everyone the two easy steps of Hands-Only CPR. If a teen or adult suddenly collapses, call 9-1-1 and then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” until help arrives.“It seems almost impossible to me that the whole world doesn’t know CPR. I learned Hands-Only CPR while shooting the American Heart Association’s new PSA, and now I know how to save a life,” said Coolidge. “Who would’ve thought? I can save a life!”Nearly 400,000 Americans suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests every year, and almost 90 percent die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. When begun immediately, CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.“The WellPoint Foundation is committed to improving health in our communities, and one of our primary focus areas is combating heart disease.” said Dr. Sam Nussbaum, Executive Vice President, Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer for WellPoint. “We are delighted to support the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR campaign to increase survival after cardiac arrest. We are asking people to watch this short instructional video which will empower them with an unparalleled skill: the ability to save a life.”Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1do4x)
Nagra owner Kudelski has named Rich Fennessy as CEO of Kudelski Security and group senior vice-president.Fennessy, who will report to chairman and CEO André Kudelski, will lead the firm’s global cyber security business, focusing on the global expansion of the Group’s cyber security activities as well as broadening Kudelski’s cyber security solution offerings. HJe was previously CEO of Fishnet Security in the US.Fennessy replaces Chritophe Nicloas, who is becoming group chief information officer.“We are very pleased to welcome Rich to the Group. He is recognized as a visionary, innovative leader in the cyber security domain,” said André Kudelski. “I am confident that he will build on the solid groundwork already put in place by the Kudelski Security teams to extend the reach of our cyber security activities beyond Europe and accelerate Kudelski Security’s growth.”
The Modern Times Group is reorganising its online and ad-funded services, replacing the Play brand and putting all of these services under the Viafree banner.The broadcast group is rolling out the Viafree brand, which will sit alongside the paid-for Viaplay SVOD service.In Sweden the company said that as part of the Viafree launch, there will be new free and original content from Splay made available to local viewers. Splay is the entertainment-driven MCN that MTG acquired last year.The first original digital series from Splay for Viafree will be reality series Jockiboi and Jonna better or for worse, following the life of YouTube stars Joakim “Jockiboi” Berg to his Jonna Lundell.MTG has instigated a wide-ranging restructure in recent times, shedding jobs and refocusing its business on digital. The Viafree Sweden launch is seen as the latest development in that ongoing process.
Apple CEO, Tim CookApple’s introduction of the latest version of Apple TV and its tvOS software last October mark “the foundation” for bigger plans in this space, according to CEO Tim Cook.Speaking on Apple’s fiscal third quarter earnings call, Cook made reference to a TV-related release “this fall” and said the company is “building the foundation for what we believe can be a broader business over time”.“I don’t want to be more precise than that, but you shouldn’t look at what’s there today and think we’ve done what we want to do. We’ve built a foundation that we can do something bigger off of,” said Cook.The comments were in response to a question about whether Apple is interested in “driving actual video-on-demand services” or planning to “build content” as a business opportunity.They also came on the same day that Apple Music acquired the rights to make a spin-off of Carpool Karaoke, a segment of CBS’s The Late Late Show with James Corden that has proved a viral hit on YouTube.Speculation has circled for years about Apple’s plans in the TV space, with the firm reportedly suspending plans last year to launch a live, over-the-top TV service after struggling to agree terms with media partners.Last October, Cook told delegates at the WSJDLive Conference in Califronia that traditional TV viewing as a “terrible, broken process that none of us like” and said that “TV should be interactive”.A month earlier Apple unveiled its latest generation of Apple TV. The revamped streaming box runs on the tvOS operating system, which is based on Apple’s iOS and allows iOS developers to create new apps and games specifically for Apple TV.For the three months ending June 25, 2016, Apple posted quarterly revenue of US$42.4 billion (€38.6 billion) and quarterly net income of US$7.8 billion. This compares to revenue of US$49.6 billion and net income of US$10.7 billion, in the year-ago quarter, but reflected “stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” according to Cook.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 27 2018For the first time, scientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (CCU), in Lisbon, Portugal, have shown that neuronal cell death in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may actually not be a bad thing – on the contrary, it may be the result of a cell quality control mechanism trying to protect the brain from the accumulation of malfunctioning neurons. Their results, which were obtained using fruit flies that had been genetically modified to mimic the symptoms of human AD, were published in the journal Cell Reports.The cell quality control mechanism at play is called cell competition. It leads to the selection of the fittest cells in a tissue by enabling a “fitness comparison” between each cell and its neighbors – with the fitter cells then triggering the suicide of less fit ones.It has been recently shown that cell competition is a normal, powerful anti-aging mechanism in the body in general and in the brain in particular. “In 2015, we discovered that clearing unfit cells from a tissue was a very important anti-aging mechanism to preserve organ function, says Eduardo Moreno, principal investigator of the Cell Fitness lab at the CCU.His team reasoned that, if these fitness comparisons happened in normal aging, they could also be involved in neurodegenerative diseases associated with accelerated aging, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease, Moreno explains. “This had never been tested”, he says. In collaboration with Christa Rhiner’s Stem Cells and Regeneration lab at the CCU, they started by testing AD hallmarks in fruit fly models of the disease.For this, they bred fruit flies that had been genetically manipulated to express in their brain the human amyloid-beta protein, that forms aggregates in the brains of AD patients. The formation of amyloid-β aggregates in the brain is a crucial step in the development of AD.The transgenic flies displayed symptoms and pathologies similar to those of AD patients: “they showed loss of long-term memory, accelerated aging of the brain and motor coordination problems, all of which got worse with age”, specifies Christa Rhiner, whose team studied the cognitive and motor functions of the flies.The first thing the scientists wanted to do was to see whether in these flies, neuronal death was indeed activated by the process of fitness comparison – in other words, “that the neurons were not dying on their own but being killed by fitter neighbors”, Moreno points out.Related StoriesHow an orchestra of neurons control hunger pangsGenetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationAge-related risk of Alzheimer’s explained at the molecular level”When we started, the current view was that neuronal death must be always detrimental. And much to our surprise, we found that neuronal death actually counteracts the disease”, says Dina Coelho, first author of the study. What happened was that when she blocked neuronal death in the flies’ brain, the insects developed even worse memory problems, worse motor coordination problems, died earlier and their brain degenerated faster.However, when she boosted the fitness comparison process, thus accelerating the death of unfit neurons, the flies expressing the AD-associated amyloid-beta proteins showed an impressive recovery. “The flies almost behaved like normal flies with regard to memory formation, locomotive behavior and learning”, says Rhiner, and this at a time point where the AD flies were already strongly affected.This means that the anti-aging mechanism in question keeps working well in Alzheimer’s disease and shows that, in fact, “the neuronal death protects the brain from more widespread damage and therefore the neuronal loss is not what is bad, it is worse not to let those neurons die”, Moreno emphasizes. “Our most important finding is that we have probably been thinking the wrong way about Alzheimer’s disease. Our results suggest that neuronal death is beneficial because it removes neurons that are affected by noxious beta-amyloid aggregates from brain circuits, and having those dysfunctional neurons is worse than losing them” Moreno concludes.The results could have crucial therapeutical implications. “Some molecules have already been identified as potential inhibitors of cell suicide, and some experimental drugs exist, and are being tested which inhibit those inhibitors of cell death, therefore accelerating neuronal death”, says Moreno.But he cautions: “this work has been done in fruit flies”. It will be necessary to see, whether these results on neuronal death in Alzheimer’s also hold true for humans. Source:https://www.fchampalimaud.org/
Source:http://home.lww.com/news.entry.html/2019/01/30/what_causes_agingof-HTDZ.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Plastic surgeons have long debated the mechanisms aging-related changes in the face: Are they related more to “deflation” or “sagging”? A new study helps settle the debate, showing significant loss of volume in the upper lip in older adults, reports the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”Our results suggest that the aging perioral area is affected with a combination of soft tissue lengthening, thinning, and volume loss,” concludes the new research, led by Patrick L. Tonnard, MD, PhD, of Coupre Centre for Plastic Surgery, Ghent, Belgium. For plastic surgeons, the findings may help to inform and improve evidence-based approaches to facial rejuvenation.Related StoriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’AXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTMRI Scans Lend Insight into Aging-Related Changes in the Upper LipThe researchers analyzed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the head obtained for other reasons in 200 adults: 100 women and 100 men. Participants were divided into a younger group aged 20 to 30 and an older group aged 65 to 80. Detailed measurements of the “upper lip unit” were analyzed to evaluate differences between the two groups, with an average age difference of nearly 50 years.The measurements revealed several age-related differences in the anatomy of the upper lip. These included significant lengthening of the upper lip in older adults: about 19 percent longer in women and 18 percent longer in men, compared to the younger group.The older group also had decreased soft tissue thickness of the upper lip: by about 41 percent in women and 33 percent in men. Most of the reduction in tissue thickness occurred at the “alar nasolabial fold” – the top of the lines running from the base of the nose to the corners of the lips.The findings suggest that age-related lengthening and thinning of the upper lip represents more than just “sagging.” Dr. Tonnard and colleagues write, “[V]olume loss is an obvious feature of the aging upper lip.” Loss of soft tissue volume also seems to contribute to deepening of the nasolabial folds, a prominent feature of the aging face.”The mouth and perioral area play a primary role in emotional expression and attractiveness of the face,” according to the authors. “Unfortunately, the mechanisms of centrofacial aging are poorly understood” – as illustrated by the debate over “sagging versus deflation.” The new study provides insights into these mechanisms, based on detailed MRI measurements in a large sample of older versus younger adults.Lengthening, thinning, and volume loss all contribute to aging of the area around the mouth, the study suggests. The findings add to the evidence base underlying plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation. Dr. Tonnard and colleagues plan a follow-up article to discuss the clinical implications of their findings, including the role of dermal fillers for minimally invasive volume augmentation.
Source:https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/women_should_be Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 15 2019Women experiencing miscarriage should be offered a choice in the treatment they receive, argues a new study from the University of Warwick that compares all treatment options for the first time.Although national guidelines recommend trying to resolve an unsuccessful pregnancy naturally, the new analysis shows that this is only successful in 70% of cases, and potentially comes with complications that are rarely communicated to patients.Researchers from the University of Warwick and Queen Mary University of London compared for the first time all treatment options available to women experiencing miscarriage, providing comprehensive evidence that all options are similarly effective. They recommend that doctors offer women a choice of treatment options for miscarriage to enable them to make an informed decision that takes account of potential uncomfortable side effects, long waiting times and extended periods of recovery.The results of the study, which reviews 46 trials involving over 9,000 women, are published in the journal Human Reproduction Update.Miscarriage can be a traumatic experience for both parents, resulting in feelings of loss and grief that in some cases can lead to anxiety and depression that adversely affects a couple’s ability to resume their fertility. Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy and affects an estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies.The study looked into the treatment options offered to women who experienced spontaneous loss of pregnancy (miscarriage) before 14 weeks gestation, which included conservative treatment. During a miscarriage, the body will aim to resolve the unsuccessful pregnancy naturally but this process can be painful with increased bleeding, increased likelihood of hospital admission, reduced quality of treatment and reduced satisfaction. The study showed that conservative treatment could resolve miscarriage in about 70% of cases.However, surgery and medical treatment with a tablet had similar effectiveness in treating miscarriage as conservative treatment. The surgical options include electric vacuum aspiration, offered by the majority of hospitals in the NHS, which requires a general anesthetic and trip to the operating theatre. Manual vacuum aspiration is not a common service in the NHS yet and requires special training by healthcare professionals, but can be performed under local anesthetic and with less waiting time.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitMaternal prepregnancy surgery linked to increased risk of opioid withdrawal in newbornsNational guidelines from NICE recommend conservative treatment as a first line of treatment before offering medical or surgical treatment if the miscarriage is not resolved within two weeks.Lead author Dr Bassel Wattar, from Warwick Medical School, said: “Our research has compared all these treatment options and demonstrated that there’s not much difference between taking a medical tablet or going through either types of surgery. Arguably, the manual vacuum treatment results in a better patient experience because women get to go home quicker and get to start their recovery faster. Furthermore, it has cost-saving benefits to the NHS because there’s less use of resources.”What we have to do is provide women with evidence about the benefits and effectiveness of each treatment option and potential side effects so that they can choose what they feel most comfortable with. Some women are more keen on having a quick surgical intervention so that they can resume their lifestyle immediately, some are very keen to avoid surgery and prefer to go with a tablet, and others want to take a more natural approach.”While conservative management sounds like a natural treatment, it might come with more side effects than if you compare it to a tablet that can finish the process quicker and faster.”The researchers argue that the focus of research in the past has been on effectiveness of the treatment and few studies have considered other important factors such as post-treatment stress and side effects.Dr Wattar adds: “A lot of previous research had not worked with women to understand what factors are of greatest concern to them, specifically the tolerability of each treatment option, time to return to work, satisfaction or pain. These are equally important and need to be reported on in future.”There is evidence that if we offer all these treatment options to women then their satisfaction with the treatment is likely to be higher and we can provide a more efficient service. For example, if you offer surgery under local anesthetic, waiting times for theatre will be less, use of equipment will be reduced and return to work for the patient will be faster. The overall bill to society and the health system would also be reduced if we offered all treatment options.”
US Congress to see push to regulate Big Tech in 2019 © 2019 AFP Explore further Citation: Apple’s Tim Cook calls for privacy bill with right to delete data (2019, January 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-apple-tim-cook-privacy-bill.html 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. Apple chief executive Tim Cook called on US lawmakers Thursday to pass privacy legislation enabling consumers to see and delete their harvested online personal data from a central clearinghouse. Apple CEO Tim Cook said any US privacy legislation should allow consumers to see what data is being collected online and delete it if they choose Cook, writing in Time magazine, offered his view as the US Congress was set to consider tougher enforcement of privacy and data protection for online platforms.Several lawmakers and activist organizations have proposed data privacy measures, some of which contain elements of the European Union’s sweeping General Data Protection Regulation.The Apple CEO said any new US legislation should give more power to consumers to know what data is being gathered and to delete that information “on demand.””Meaningful, comprehensive federal privacy legislation should not only aim to put consumers in control of their data, it should also shine a light on actors trafficking in your data behind the scenes,” Cook wrote.He said the Federal Trade Commission, the consumer protection regulatory agency, “should establish a data-broker clearinghouse, requiring all data brokers to register, enabling consumers to track the transactions that have bundled and sold their data from place to place, and giving users the power to delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.”In recent months, Cook has been sharply critical of tech rivals such as Facebook and Google over business models which are built around collecting and monetizing personal data.Last year, he said in a Brussels speech that consumers’ personal data “is being weaponized against us with military efficiency.””In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours,” Cook wrote in Time.”Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.”He said consumers should have a right to have personal data “minimized,” with companies required “to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place.”Additionally, Cook said people should have a right “to know what data is being collected and why” and make it easy to access, correct and delete personal data.He said new legislation plays an important role in helping tech firms win back consumer trust.”Technology has the potential to keep changing the world for the better, but it will never achieve that potential without the full faith and confidence of the people who use it,” he said.