Chinas CATL Honda Sign Massive EV Battery Deal

first_img Honda Teases New EV Prototype Ahead Of Geneva Debut BMW iNEXT To Get Battery Cells From CATL Battery Maker CATL Opens First North American Center In Detroit Honda’s official plan from 2016 envisions that by 2030 65% of cars sold will be electrified (HEV, PHEV, and EV).At the Beijing Motor Show in 2018, the Japanese manufacturer additionally announced more than 20 electric vehicles would be launched in China by 2025.Currently, Honda offers in the U.S. Clarity PHEV, which became one of the most popular plug-in hybrids. Next month, the company will unveil also a small electric car for Europe.More about cooperation agreement from CATL:“As a top player of Japanese auto, Honda has great accumulations of traditional automotive technology and successful market experience. CATL is the leader in the EV battery industry. With its strong scientific R&D, manufacturing strengths and excellent product performance, CATL has been widely accredited by global top tier automobile companies. The cooperation between the two parties is a deep integration of the traditional automobile and electrification technology for the future. CATL enters Japanese automobile enterprise supply chain which is known as “artisan spirit” with mature and reliable EV battery solutions. CATL is going to help Honda to integrate resource advantages in the electric vehicle industry and assist Honda to accelerate electrification and seized the opportunity of the “car revolution”.In this win-win cooperation, Honda and CATL are closely engaged in technical exchanges and upgrades, they are committed to creating a clean, technological and efficient way for transportation for global consumers, and continue to create new value for the global new energy industry.”Naosumi Tada, head of CATL’s Japanese subsidiary said:“Customer-centered is the philosophy that CATL has always insisted on. We hope that we can establish more efficient communication channels, more timely response mechanisms, and establish a closer relationship for further cooperation. Honda and CATL have been worked closely on advanced and reliable battery solutions for Honda’s future electric vehicle applications. In the future, we will support Honda not only in China, Japan, but also to create world-leading electric vehicles that serves global consumers.” CATL gained another customer – Honda will buy 56 GWh in less than 7 yearsCATL announced an interesting cooperation agreement with Honda Motor Co. on batteries for electric vehicles. We are wondering how Panasonic received such news.According to the press release, CATL and Honda will jointly develop batteries for further Honda models, offered not only in China, but also in Japan and globally. As a first step, CATL will set up a local office in Utsunomiya, Japan (the location of the Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Automobile R&D Center in Tochigi) in order to provide more effective localization service support.The major point of the deal is that CATL will guarantee supply to Honda of about 56 GWh of lithium-ion EV batteries before 2027. As there are less than 7 years by the end of 2026, on average Honda would need to purchase up to 8 GWh per year (probably less in the near-term, and more at the end of the deal), which would be enough for 160,000 cars with 50 kWh packs.More from CATL and Honda Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 6, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Updates March 2019 US PlugIn EV Sales Report Card

first_img192 Tesla Model 3*  65005750 Mini Countryman SE PHEV*506345 1,226 0 2019 U.S. EV SALESJANFEBMARAPRMAYJUNJULAUGSEPOCTNOVDECTOTAL 297 Mercedes GLC 350e*7472175 Kia Optima PHEV*30118 2019 Worldwide Sales*159,468111,541 231 238 Mercedes GLE 550e*9295110 3,716 4,148 Honda Clarity BEV*  786892 Is The Market About To Be Blown Away By Tesla Model 3 Q1 Production? Hyundai IONIQ PHEV*735494 1,675 161 Tesla Model S*  875800 271,009 49 1,408 2018 Worldwide Sales*82,00081,000141,000128,450159,346160,894144,975175,362206,500214,800237,553286,3672,018,247 143 Ford Fusion Energi557573 Porsche Cayenne S-E*6595115 BMW 330e*216185175 355 BMW i3 (BEV + REx)  255350359 2,520 Volkswagen e-Golf  164118581 82 2018 U.S. Sales Totals12,00916,84526,44319,62324,30725,02929,59836,34744,54434,07442,58849,900361,307 Hyundai Kona Electric*016127 315 Mercedes B250e  120 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid*150160195 396 4,316 Chevrolet Bolt EV*  92512252166 321 Hyundai IONIQ EV*  343228 Jaguar I-Pace  210186 3 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV133157341 1,014 BMW 740e*61415 275 Volvo XC60 PHEV*90100125center_img Mercedes S550e*81022 Tesla Model X*  9501100 863 Toyota Prius Prime* 112312051820 Ford C-Max Energi00 505 430 2,050 12,250 Mercedes C350e*140145135 221 3 2,685 Volvo S90 T8 PHEV*354555 Will March U.S. EV sales pull us out of the slump and set new records?March will mark the 42nd month of consecutive year-over-year monthly sales gains for plug-in vehicles.Each month InsideEVs tracks all plug-in EV sales/deliveries for the United States by automaker. While January showed notable year-over-year growth, deliveries were down as expected. February U.S. electric car sales barely topped last year’s deliveries, as well as that of January 2019. We’re extremely eager to see what March will bring.Related EV Sales Content: 12 Tesla Model 3, S, X March 2019 U.S. Sales Estimates 576 40 0 135 Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV*95105155 135 Hyundai Sonata PHEV*4717 94 1,130 Kia Soul EV*  012 631 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid**436589383 Cadillac CT6 PHEV*813 BMW 530e*376414436 smart ED  835890 35 More Info: Updated deep dive into our estimates and methodologyIf history repeats itself (and we believe it will), March sales will give us peace of mind that the year is off to a solid start. While January and February deliveries have been historically low, that’s not the case with the final month of the first quarter.It’s been an interesting year for sure, since the top-selling electric car in the U.S. (Tesla Model 3) has made its way overseas. In addition, Tesla just launched the $35,000 base Model 3 on our shores. So, as the year moves on, we’ll continue researching and evaluating the situation to further improve and streamline our sales reporting processes. Hopefully, as this first quarter comes to a close, we’ll have a more solid grasp moving forward. Please continue to bear with us as we work hard to sort it all out.Top Months for U.S. EV Sales to Date (estimated):December 2018 – 49,900September 2018 – 44,544November 2018 – 42,588August 2018 – 36,347October 2018 – 34,074An estimated 361,307 plug-in electric vehicles were delivered in the U.S. in 2018. Of course, we expect that number to rise in 2019. However, as stated above, the first several months of 2019 (like that of 2018) have left us a bit uneasy. Here’s hoping March changes that.In January, almost all newly-produced Model 3 sedans were in transit to Europe and China. That continued to be the case in February, but we’ve been able to report that those cars are arriving regularly overseas and deliveries are accelerating nicely. Based on the information we’ve received regarding overseas Model 3 deliveries, Tesla looks to be in pretty outstanding shape. The big question is, how many cars was the automaker able to deliver in the United States? Not to mention information about deliveries in China has proven difficult to come by.Tesla is supposed to publish its report in the coming days. Once that happens, we’ll provide an update here and by way of various other articles.GM has discontinued monthly sales reporting, so we offer you estimates each month and then reconcile (as necessary) at the end of each quarter. The numbers are now in, and we learn that GM delivered 4,316 Bolt EVs and 2,520 Volts in the U.S. for Q1 2019.Our estimates put March sales at 2,166 for the Bolt EV and 1,230 for the discontinued Volt.Nissan LEAF sales for the month of January were down from prior months, but way up year-over-year. However, moving into February, sales were down even more. We hoped that March deliveries would rise, however, with LEAF Plus deliveries ramping up soon, we assumed we might have to wait another month or so.For the month of March, Nissan reports a grand total of 1,314 LEAFs delivered in the U.S. This is way up from last month, but down about 12 percent year-over-year.The Toyota Prius Prime has made impressive waves in the PHEV segment in terms of overall U.S. EV sales. Still, numbers appear to be down in comparison to last year. Sadly, Toyota has stopped reporting its Prime sales separately. So, it joins the growing list of automakers that don’t report splits. All we know for sure is Toyota delivered 5,410 Prius vehicles in March, which is down over 30 percent from last year.Based on our estimates, Toyota sold 1,820 Prime plug-ins in the U.S. in March 2019.The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid kicked things up in 2018. It was the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle on our shores in October and December, thus giving the Toyota Prius Prime some real competition. In January 2019, the Clarity continued to prevail. Moving forward to February, results proved even more promising. This March, Honda reports a total of 1,416 Clarity vehicles delivered in the U.S.Breaking down Clarity sales by powertrain puts our estimate at 1,311 Clarity Plug-In Hybrids delivered on our shores this March.Keep yourself locked in and regularly refreshing the pages during the today and tomorrow as we put the numbers to the dialogue.Questions entering March (with answers in italics as they come in):Will overseas deliveries affect Tesla Model 3 U.S. deliveries even though it’s the last month of the quarter?How is the U.S. federal EV tax credit sunset situation impacting Model S and Model X sales?Will the Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid continue to top the Toyota Prius Prime as the U.S. PHEV sales leader? (Not likely. While we don’t know for sure due to Toyota not providing Prius splits, its pretty safe to say that the automaker sold more Prius Prime’s in March than Honda sold Clarity PHEVs. Based on our estimates, this gives the Prime a healthy ~400-unit edge for the quarter as a whole.)With the Chevrolet Volt officially discontinued, and the tax credit diminishing now, how many was GM able to sell in Q1? (Sales are down as expected.)GM increased Chevrolet Bolt EV production to increase inventory. Has it helped overall sales this quarter? (Quarterly sales are down, though March sales are up.)What’s the status of the 2019 Nissan LEAF Plus (e-plus) and how will it impact Nissan LEAF U.S. deliveries? (We still don’t have any official information about LEAF Plus deliveries, but they’re definitely in stock at dealers in small numbers. LEAF sales overall are up nicely for March, though not quite where they were a year ago.)Has Jaguar been able to successfully dial up U.S. I-Pace sales?Also of note this March: Toyota sold 176 Mirai fuel-cell vehicles in the U.S. in March 2019.Honda sold an estimated 13 Clarity FCEVs last month.Last update: April 2, 2019 @ 3:37 PM ET*Keep in mind that we use the words sales and deliveries synonymously. In order for a car to count as SOLD, it has to be paid in full (or leased) and be in the possession of the consumer. To further clarify, pre-orders, pre-sales, deposits, reservations, etc. don’t count as sold or delivered.*On year-over-year of monthly sales improvements: We know someone is going to look at the chart and say, “Hey, only ~11,467 sales were made in May 2016, when 11,540 were logged in 2015! What gives InsideEVs?” What gives is – through an odd scheduling quirk, only 24 selling days were reported in May 2016 (versus 26 in 2015).***InsideEVs’ journalist Wade Malone provided in-depth, detailed, and heavily researched sales estimations and related analysis.(Previous year’s monthly results can be found on our Historical Charts page)UPDATE: Beginning in 2019, we’re archiving our model recaps page and will no longer update it. We’ve found that much of the information no longer applies going forward, and very few people seem to be visiting the page. Additionally, the most pertinent information about top-selling models is always present in our monthly report card. We’ve also moved to publishing several sales reports each month with information pertaining to multiple models in the U.S., as well as abroad.To view our Archived Individual Plug-In Model Sales Recap For Major Models, click here. It contains an individual run-down of each vehicle’s monthly result and some analysis behind the numbers.2019 Monthly Sales Chart Monthly Plug-In EV Sales Scorecard Audi A3 Sportback e-tron*17521045 Honda Clarity PHEV*119212131311 Nissan LEAF  7176541314 BMWX5 xDrive 40e*713826 964 Fiat 500e**  728733 Ford Focus Electric  00 420 2019 U.S. Sales Totals17,04017,23912,13900000000046,418 158 Kia Niro PHEV*279505230 BMW i8234791 Chevrolet Volt*6756151230 Above – 2019 Monthly Sales Chart For The Major Plug-In Automakers – *Estimated Sales Numbers – Reconciled on Monthly or Quarterly Totals, ** Estimated (Based on State/Rebate Data and other reports). BEV models are designated with the –>last_img read more

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When Your Firms Name Shareholder Is Dad

first_img Remember me Username Password Lost your password?center_img I started at the firm as a summer clerk after interviewing with the then-managing shareholder. I worked with several partners for two summers, though never working under my father. While I was not being directly influenced by my father by working with him, the indirect influence was still very much there . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img read more

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What The Doctor Ordered

first_imgby, Stuart Torrance, Guest BloggerTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesI’ve been running a program for men in the early stages of dementia (talk about a job for a hostage negotiator). This poem brought more men to the program than all my spruiking, brochures and referrals.He felt inside he was still able to control his life, ’though he had a little difficulty since he lost his wife. And his daughter lived in Queensland; and his son, — away at sea. ‘Well,’ he thought, ‘I always was my own best company. Besides, there’s one advantage that being single brings: there’s nobody to fuss me when I can’t remember things. I’ve got my books and telly, I’ll get along okay.’ So he didn’t feel dementia creeping on him day by day.But his doctor saw it when the old man called in with the ‘flu. ‘I think I’ll get the District Nurse to keep an eye on you.’ Of course the old man grumbled that he would be quite okay, but still, the District Nurse called in to see him the next day. She was young and bright and pretty and she even made him smile and he found that he could put away his troubles for a while. So weeks went by ‘til one day, when she came to visit, she said, ‘Get your coat and come with me. There’s something you should see.I have to pick up Mister Hughes, he’s three doors down from you, to take him to his Men’s Shed and I’d like you to come too.’ He started to protest this but she gently took his arm and smiled and said, ‘Oh, please come. It won’t do you any harm.’ What could he say but, ‘Alright,’ and he turned and locked his door, not knowing that this day would change his life for evermore. For ‘though some pessimistic thoughts were running through his head, they soon gave way to wonder as he walked into the Shed.‘Cause the men inside were just like him; he wasn’t out of place. To any keen observer he was just another face. The District Nurse said, ‘Look around, and I’ll be back at ten, that gives you time enough to get to know the other men.’ Then Mister Hughes said, ‘Call me Frank. Let’s get a cuppa tea, then we can look around a bit. There’s quite a lot to see.’ And as they sat and chatted while their cup of tea they drank, he found he had a lot of things in common now with Frank.Then as they wandered through the Shed and some men stopped to chat, he took an interest in their work and thought, ‘I could do that.’ And no-one seemed to hurry, they all worked at their own pace, yet the air of quiet endeavour brought a faint smile to his face. The District Nurse returned at ten to take him home again and though he left, his heart told him he’d much rather remain. So when she dropped him at his gate he told her, with a smile, ‘Next time you take me to the Shed, I’d like to stay a while.’by Bob Sanders, member of The Australian Bush Poets SocietyThe Raymond Terrace Men’s Shed works out of the old fire station.Reg has dementia and goes to the Shed every Tuesday to help make things and generally have a chat. The next morning he asks if it’s Tuesday yet….I think that means he likes going.The other Shedders have embraced Reg as one of their own and always ask after him if he’s away at respite.The hobby horse in his right hand he made for his 3 year old grandson, the pride that comes from still being able to contribute.Reg         Raymond Terrace Men's Shed Raymond Terrace Men’s ShedRelated PostsThe New Dementia Story Part 2: CharlieEvery day, we can choose to continue telling the old dementia story, a story that condemns and terrifies, a story that adds burden to an already challenging journey. Or, we can choose to stop and listen. There’s a new dementia story being told.The New Dementia Story Part 1: RogerThe new dementia story is brewing, it is ripening, and it is ready to be heard. If we take the time to listen, we may hear a story overflowing with hope, a story not of decline, but a story in which people living with dementia are “on the rise.” This…The New Dementia Story: MomentiaWhat is momentia? Momentia is a joyful proclamation. Momentia declares the new dementia story, a story not of fear, isolation, despair, futility and loss, but a story of hope, connection, growth, purpose and courage.TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Alzheimers Australia Dementia Momentialast_img read more

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BetterYous new Magnesium Bone Lotion helps maximize bone health

first_imgJun 21 2018Pioneering natural health company BetterYou has developed a scientifically magnesium chloride and calcium supplement for those who want to maximize their bone health conveniently and effectively. Source:https://betteryou.com/ Peak bone mineral density is reached during your mid-twenties. After the age of 35 bone loss increases gradually as part of the natural aging process.BetterYou’s new Magnesium Bone Lotion supports bone health with the combination of magnesium and calcium, expertly formulated at an optimal 1:1 ratio and blended with a hydrating lotion. Creating a unique way to supplement these two essential nutrients.The lotion utilizes an oil in water formulation, unlike most lotions found on the market which are water in oil emulsions, giving the product a non-greasy feeling.  It also has an occlusive effect which increases the absorption of magnesium through the skin.Despite calcium intake in the UK being amongst the highest in the world, we also have some of the highest rates of bone-related illness with over three million people estimated to suffer with osteoporosis, and more than 300,000 people experiencing fragility fractures from minor bumps or falls every year.This is in part due to the low level of magnesium within modern diets and highlights the importance of supplementing calcium and magnesium together.Magnesium stimulates the activity of cells critical to bone formation with magnesium deficient bones being larger, more brittle and susceptible to fractures.Related StoriesBetterYou named as ‘Most Innovative Brand’ at FGB Awards 2018Magnesium found to be effective for mild-to-moderate depression symptomsBetterYou receives double accolade at Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2018Without the presence of magnesium, calcium cannot be transported to the bones and can lead to the hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis and bone fractures.The ideal magnesium to calcium ratio, as suggested by the current NRVs (Nutritional Reference Value), is a 2:1 ratio of calcium: magnesium. However, with increasingly high calcium intakes and low magnesium levels in Western diets, particularly in women and seniors, the ratio for optimal health in a Western diet is 1:1.Studies have shown that supplementing transdermally (through the skin) offers effective absorption, with proprietary research conducted by the University of Cardiff demonstrating the absorption of both magnesium and calcium through the transdermal membrane.Simply massage four pumps of the BetterYou Magnesium Bone Lotion onto clean, dry skin after a bath or shower, focussing on areas on concern.Four pumps of the BetterYou Magnesium Bone Lotion provides 75mg of magnesium (20% NRV) and 75mg of calcium (9% NRV).  One bottle provides a month’s supply. This delivery mechanism bypasses the digestive system completely and offers the first proven effective alternative to traditional tablets.To help build optimum bone health it is recommended that Magnesium Bone Lotion is used in conjunction with BetterYou’s DLux+ Vitamin D+K2 Oral Spray.BetterYou is proud to deliver pioneering alternatives to tablets and capsules ensuring effective absorption.center_img Magnesium Bone Lotionlast_img read more

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House bill would give NIH 11 billion more in 2016

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would receive a $1.1 billion boost in 2016 under a draft measure released by a House of Representatives spending panel today. That 3.6% increase, to $31.2 billion, is $100 million more than the president’s request.But although good news for NIH, the bill would also abolish the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which supports studies of evidence-based medicine. As a result, the bill released by a House appropriations subcommittee is drawing a mixed reaction from the biomedical research community.“While we appreciate the committee’s recognition of the critical importance of NIH-funded research, there are aspects of the bill that we find very troubling,” particularly the elimination of AHRQ, says Dave Moore, senior director for government relations for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Much of the new NIH funding would go for specific projects. Research on Alzheimer’s disease would receive $300 million in new funds, about $250 million more than the president’s request. The bill also matches the president’s request for $100 million for NIH’s piece of a federal antibiotic resistance initiative and $200 million for President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative. The multiagency BRAIN project would get $95 million, $25 million more than the president’s request.The bill allocates $312 million for the Institutional Development Awards, about $38.5 million above than the president’s request for this program for states with relatively little NIH funding. And $165 million would go to what the bill calls the “National Children’s Study Alternative.” That apparently refers to NIH’s plans for research to support the goals of the giant National Children’s Study that the agency canceled last December.While welcoming the increase for NIH, AAMC is dismayed that the bill reduces by 8% the maximum salary of $183,300 that NIH grants can currently support. A few years ago, Congress trimmed the cap back from an even higher level, putting the burden on universities and other institutions receiving extramural funding to make up any difference.And the elimination of the $465 million AHRQ—it would close down on 1 October 1—is a major concern, Moore says. House appropriators also tried to abolish AHRQ 3 years ago, but ultimately failed. AAMC is also worried about a $100 million cut to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, which supports studies of which medical treatments work best.The draft bill will be considered tomorrow by the House appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. The measure will then go to a full committee vote next week. The corresponding Senate panel is expected to release its version of the bill next week. After votes by the full House and Senate, the two chambers will then need to reconcile the bills.NIH boosters are hopeful that the agency will receive another $2 billion next year from funding sources separate from the regular appropriations process if Congress passes 21st Century Cures, a measure awaiting a vote by the full House. A Senate panel has yet to introduce its version of that bill.last_img read more

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Did judgmental gods help societies grow

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By Lizzie WadeMar. 20, 2019 , 2:00 PM Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 16th century, fresco (post restoration), Buonarroti, Michelangelo (1475-1564)/Musei e Gallerie Pontificie, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City/Mondadori Portfolio/Bridgeman Images Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Did judgmental gods help societies grow? Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Email Today’s most popular religions have one thing in common: gods or supernatural laws (such as karma) that dictate moral behavior and punish transgressions. Act morally and these supernatural forces will reward you; break the rules and you’ll be punished.But moralizing gods seem to be quite rare in human history. Researchers know from ethnographies that the gods of hunter-gatherer societies, for example, don’t much concern themselves with humans, much less their moral behavior. (Many of them focus on nature instead.) Now, a new study tests a popular hypothesis about why moralizing gods eventually took over.Many scholars argue that moralizing gods were needed to build large-scale societies, an idea sometimes known as the “big gods” hypothesis, although it applies to impersonal supernatural moral laws like karma as well. Hunter-gatherers live in small bands in which everybody knows everybody else, so immoral behavior is virtually guaranteed to be discovered and punished. But in larger, more anonymous societies—from networks of interconnected villages to the first cities—people can break the rules without anyone noticing. If everyone did that, society would fall apart, so moralizing gods were needed to keep an eye on everyone and encourage cooperation instead of cheating. The more people cooperate, the more the society can grow. To test this idea, a team of researchers used a new historical database called Seshat (named for the ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom). Seshat contains information about the sizes, governments, militaries, religions, economies, and more of hundreds of societies spanning the past 10,000 years, making it possible for researchers to quantitatively compare them.The scientists analyzed 414 societies from 30 regions around the world, from the deep past until the Industrial Revolution. They classified each society according to 51 measures of social complexity, such as how many people belonged to it and whether its government had hierarchical leadership. They also attempted to determine whether each society believed in a moralizing god (or gods) or a supernatural law that enforced values such as fairness and loyalty. It’s “very ambitious,” says Carol Ember, a cross-cultural anthropologist at Yale University, who wasn’t involved in the new research.Large-scale societies did tend to have moralizing gods, whereas small-scale societies didn’t, the team reports today in Nature. But when the researchers zeroed in on the 12 regions for which they could examine societies before and after the emergence of moralizing gods, they found that moralizing gods consistently appeared after a society had already grown large and complex.That means these deities couldn’t have helped a society with its initial growth spurt, says Patrick Savage, an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist at Keio University in Fujisawa, Japan, and an author of the new study. He suggests participating in religious rituals—which do tend to appear as social complexity is increasing—may be more important than belief in moralizing gods for first promoting cooperation. Once societies reach 1 million members or so, he says, moralizing gods seem to come in to stabilize cooperation between people who may have different languages, ethnicities, or cultural backgrounds.That’s “an interesting alternative hypothesis” that deserves to be investigated, says Edward Slingerland, a historian at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, who helped develop the “big gods” hypothesis. But he worries about the reliability of Seshat’s data, because the majority of them were collected and classified by research assistants and not expert historians.“People are really going to be scrutinizing the data,” and rightfully so, adds Quentin Atkinson, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand who wasn’t involved in the new research. He points out, for example, that written or archaeological evidence for moralizing gods likely appeared well after belief in them begins, a lag that can skew the timing of their emergence in a database such as Seshat. “A lot rests on the quality of that information.”last_img read more

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CariFeed to hold workshop on food safety and security

first_imgShareTweetSharePinStevenson “Jeff” Bellot is president of CariFeed IncCariFeed Inc, together with Gales Hatchery of Barbados and Bethel Farms, will hold a workshop on Wednesday May 22nd 2019, to educate stakeholders on the importance of food safety and security.A CariFeed Inc release says the company is inviting all livestock farmers, feed importers, livestock importers, meat importers, grocery owners, staff from the Ministry of Agriculture including the Minister and his PS, extension officers and the general public to attend the workshop which will be held from 10.00 am at the Goodwill Parish Hall.The release states that workshop participants will be educated on basic principles of poultry farming in the Caribbean, how temperature and other environmental factors can affect poultry, good farming practices to keep diseases at bay and the importance of animal and farm safety. Other topics will be why probiotics are the way forward for future farming success, the importance of Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) and how to make farmers more profitable. Another objective of the workshop is to train farmers on the necessary skills they will need to use when receiving a new batch of baby livestock.Presentations will come from a leading poultry vet in the Caribbean, Gales Hatchery, staff of CariFeed, the Ministry of Agriculture and there will be testimonials from farmers.CariFeed says it believes that it is time for the government, livestock farmers and all interested groups to seriously start working together and make funds available for investment in the livestock industry in Dominica.“We cannot continue to talk about food security and not take any action. We are willing to do the training for the farmers and even put a curriculum together for the Youth Development Division or technical school in Dominica for hands on training for our youth to get involved in the livestock industry. The potential is there but we are just missing planning and making funds and information easier to access,” the CariFeed release states.CariFeed states that according to the Central Statistics Office in Dominica, the country has a very high import bill on food, particularly pork and chicken.“If we can make livestock farming more attractive for our youth,” the release states, “we can quickly decrease the importation bill on pork and chicken and increase our economic growth while creating new jobs at the same time.”This is the third annual workshop CariFeed is hosting in Dominica. The company’s goal is to continue educating the Dominican public on livestock farming and the latest technologies available.CariFeed is a registered company in the Commonwealth of Dominica and manufactures probiotic feed and other probiotic friendly products for the Caribbean. Gales Hatchery is a provider of baby chicks for the Caribbean including Dominica.CariFeed’s expectation is that after the workshop, more young people can be motivated to get into livestock farming and those who attend the workshop can begin practicing what they learn.last_img read more

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Karnataka crisis Flurry of resignations give Monday blues to tottering CongressJDS govt

first_img Advertising Related News Congress workers protest outside the Sofitel Hotel using a horse cart. (Express photo)Both Shankar and Nagesh later left for Mumbai. In the evening, all the 14 dissident legislators, who were lodged at Mumbai’s Sofitel Hotel for the past two days, left for Goa. They were accompanied by Mohit Bhartiya, president of Mumbai unit of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha.“All the legislators were waiting for the independent legislator H Nagesh, who came in the afternoon, to join them. All of them are on their way to Goa,” said a BJP functionary.Karnataka crisis, Karnataka government, H Nagesh, bjp, congress, jds, coialation governmnet, karnataka politics, siddaramaiah, kumaraswamy, independet MLA, DK Shivakumar, Yeddyurappa, Indian Express Karnataka crisis: Independent MLA Nagesh submits his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday. (ANI)Have no fear of political developments: KumaraswamyEarlier in the day, in a last ditch effort to save the sinking JD(S)-Congress government, ministers of both the parties resigned to enable a reshuffle of the Cabinet and make way for the disgruntled legislators.This decision was taken at a breakfast meeting of Congress ministers at Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara’s residence. The meeting was attended by CLP leader Siddaramaiah and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal among others. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy held discussions with Congress leaders after the meeting. BJP tests the waters in Karnataka as more MLAs resign, meets Governor Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Advertising karnataka, karnataka news, karnataka mla resignation, karnataka political crisis, karnataka mla resign today, karnataka mlas news, karnataka mla news, karnataka congress, karnataka congress mla resign, karnataka mla resignation, karnataka government, karnataka elections Bengaluru: JD(S) MLAs leave a hotel in Bengaluru, Monday, July 8, 2019. (PTI Photo)The political crisis in Karnataka showed no signs of abating on Monday as two Independent MLAs resigned from the HD Kumaraswamy Cabinet and extended support to the BJP, virtually reducing the Karnataka coalition government to a minority. A BJP functionary said the resignation of 4-5 more legislators were also in the pipeline, including that of suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig. By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2019 10:02:50 pmcenter_img Karnataka crisis deepens as resignations of two MLAs keep Cong-JD(S) alliance on tenterhooks Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach 5 Comment(s) Best Of Express Congress, JD(S) ministers resign, Cabinet reshuffle soonIt happened even as 21 Congress and nine JD(S) ministers ‘voluntarily’ resigned to make way for the 13 dissident legislators who moved to Goa in the evening. The Chief Minister’s Office said a Cabinet reshuffle would happen soon.“More 4-5 legislators, including Congress legislator Roshan Baig, are likely to come to Mumbai tonight. But all of them will leave for Goa tomorrow morning,” a BJP functionary told The Indian Express.Two Independent MLAs quit, pledge support to BJPIndependent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh — both Cabinet ministers — submitted their resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala, reducing the strength of the ruling coalition to 103 as against the opposition BJP’s 105. The Speaker has asked the MLAs who have resigned to meet him personally on Tuesday as required under the anti-defection law. “For the larger interest of the party, yesterday and today, we had detailed discussions with senior leaders and ministers. Today morning, we met the ministers. In the prevailing condition, the ministers themselves voluntarily resigned ministership as far as the Congress ministers are concerned,” PTI quoted Venugopal as saying.karnataka congress, Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka, karnataka congress mlas resign, karnataka jds mla resign, h d kumaraswamy, siddharamaiah, karnataka news, karnataka government, india news Congress dissident MLAs in Mumbai. (File)In his first comments following the recent crisis in the state, Kumaraswamy asserted he had “no fear” about the “political developments” and was concentrating on fulfilling his responsibilities.“I have no fear about the political developments, I will not discuss about the political developments… I have nothing do with what BJP people are doing and what others are doing,” Kumaraswamy said.Karnataka drama spills on to Lok SabhaMeanwhile, the Karnataka potboiler also played out in the Lok Sabha, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh blaming Rahul Gandhi for “initiating” the resignation spree.“BJP is not responsible for the crisis in Karnataka. We didn’t ask anyone to resign. We’re committed to maintaining the dignity of parliamentary democracy. The trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress, it wasn’t started by us. He himself asked people to submit resignations, even senior leaders are submitting their resignations,” he said. 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Under fire for Budget Govt says it sets the roadmap for 10

first_imgCPI’s D Raja said the labour codes were “anti-labour”.TMC’s Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said the Budget does not help to allay concerns of the unemployed youth while DMK’s Tiruchi Siva said he was disappointed as the Budget “offers no ray of light for a bleak future”.Countering the Opposition claims, BJP member Prabhat Jha said the Budget was “pro-poor and pro-farmer” and claimed the allocation for farm sector has been raised significantly.SAD member Naresh Gujral also expressed concerns about the cess, saying it was “against the spirit of cooperative federalism”. However, he praised the Budget, saying that India has got another chance to become a manufacturing hub and generate jobs. BJP leader Anil Jain said that the Modi-led government “has not only made schemes for the poor but also implemented them in the first five-year term”. “Schemes impacted peoples’ life and that is why the Modi government was back in power with such a thumping majority,” he said.A jibe by BJP leader Anil Baluni that Congress leader P Chidambaram trusts foreign media over Indian media elicited a sharp response during the discussion. Referring to Chidambaram’s comment earlier in the day that Indian media is “tamed”, Baluni asked for the remarks to be expunged from official records. Baluni said Chidambaram had said “various negative and condemnable things about the Indian media”. He said there are “many people in the country” who “do not even like their clothes washed in this country”. They do not like “if India is praised anywhere in the world” and yet “they like to rule in India”, Baluni said. “There is no harm in liking foreign media and foreign culture”, but “don’t insult Indian media”, Baluni said.Several Congress leaders objected to Baluni’s remarks as Chidambaram was not present in the House and asked the Deputy Chairman to ensure that the BJP leader restricts his speech to the Budget. Testing the waters The great dollar gamble After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Advertising ‘Haven’t applied for patent because want my technique to remain free for all farmers’: Subhash Palekar union budget 2019, budget 2019, union budget, budget, modi government, nirmala sitharaman, finance minister, modi 2.0, modi government 2.0, parliament session, parliament monsoon session, lok sabha, rajya  sabha, india news, Indian Express Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the Budget offers “no thought, no structural change, no vision” and that the government should talk about reality and “stop showing dreams”.During a debate on the Union Budget in the Rajya Sabha, Opposition leaders on Thursday accused the government of presenting a Budget that was rich on intent but which lacked the required details. The government countered the Opposition claims by saying that the “pro-poor and pro-farmer” Budget lays the roadmap for the next 10 years and it was because of effective implementation of schemes that the Narendra Modi government had returned to power with a thumping majority.center_img Participating in the discussion, NCP’s Praful Patel said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s speech was “high on intent” but “did not have much detail”.Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the Budget offers “no thought, no structural change, no vision” and that the government should talk about reality and “stop showing dreams”. Sibal also said that it will be wrong if India manages to become a $5-trillion economy without managing to increase the per capita income of its citizens.Several Opposition leaders spoke on unemployment, economic slowdown, credit crunch, agrarian distress, among other issues. Written by Krishn Kaushik | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2019 7:07:07 am Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Best Of Express Advertising Post Comment(s) Related News last_img read more

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Emory scientist was told to vacate his office He says move is

first_img Yu says he suggested two alternative office arrangements, including the use of recently vacated space, but was told that university officials had specifically identified needing his office at the medical school. When he persisted, Yu says, the chairman told him “you can move to the [Department of Veterans Affairs] medical center” 4 kilometers away.Yu, who has held an endowed chair since coming to Emory in 2008, says he doesn’t understand “how a tenured faculty member can be treated in this way.” Yu says it would be impossible for him to continue his research and mentoring responsibilities without an office on campus. “I think they want me to leave,” he says, “and this is the first step.”On 17 March, Yu and eight other faculty members sent a letter to Emory President Claire Sterk asking her to “follow the example” of the presidents of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley in voicing support for “protecting its international faculty and students from any and all kinds of mistreatment and discrimination.” (The letter came after several federal funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health [NIH], announced actions to prevent foreign governments, particularly China, from improperly acquiring intellectual property developed by U.S.-funded research.) Sterk has not issued such a statement, although she spoke publicly in late February about the need “to promote, celebrate, and honor the voice of each and every member of our community” after the United Methodist Church, which has historic ties to the university, voted to limit the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning church members.Last month, Emory dismissed two of the signers of the March letter, Li Xiao-Jiang and Li Shihua, after university officials said they had failed to disclose funding and other ties to Chinese institutions in violation of federal policies. A third co-signer has also since left the university. All are Asian, and some have been Emory faculty members for decades.Yu says Emory officials told him a new junior faculty member in the department needed his office space and suggested Yu’s research productivity was waning. Yu disputes that characterization, noting that he was an investigator on $1.5 million in NIH funding in 2018. Although the two remaining active grants supporting his work are expiring at the end of 2019 and 2020, he says he has submitted proposals to NIH covering fresh lines of research aimed at helping victims of stroke and traumatic brain injury. “I have been supported by NIH for many years, and this sort of transition period is common,” he says.Asked about the demands on Yu, Vincent Dollard, an Emory spokesperson, said in a statement that “Emory and the School of Medicine appreciate Dr. Yu’s contributions.”He added, “The adjustments to his laboratory space are pursuant to standard [School of Medicine] policies,” in which lab space is assigned based on a formula linked to outside funding. “The medical school is actively working on different options for Dr. Yu’s office and lab space,” Dollard said. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img A tenured professor of anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta says he is being targeted by school administrators because of a letter he and other faculty members sent its president urging her to defend foreign scientists on campus and the value of international collaborations.Shan Ping Yu says his department chair told him on 31 May that he must vacate his office by the end of June. Officials said nothing about finding him another office on campus, Yu says, adding that he was told at a follow-up meeting that “if I don’t move out, they will send people to do it.”In an 11 June email after that second meeting, the dean of Emory’s medical school, Vikas Sukhatme, told Yu that “your lab space is being adjusted” but wrote that the decision “was in no way influenced by either the letter you signed or your own ethnicity or nationality.” The letter did not mention the plan to take away Yu’s office, which he shares with three students and a postdoc working in his lab. Emory scientist was told to vacate his office. He says move is reprisal for activism on Asian ties iStock.com/aimintang By Jeffrey MervisJun. 12, 2019 , 12:00 PMlast_img read more

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India Pakistan meet tomorrow to discuss Kartarpur corridor

first_img Related News kartarpur, kartarpur corridor, india pakistan corridor, kartarpur meet, Wagah border, Dera Baba Nanak Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib is located in town by the same name Kartarpur (Ravi) in Pakistan. Seen from nearest town on the Indian side of the border is Dera Baba Nanak in the district of Gurdaspur in Punjab. (Express photo by Jaipal Singh)New Delhi will go in with “high expectations” and hope for a “positive response” from Islamabad when Indian and Pakistani officials meet on Sunday at Wagah to hold discussions on the Kartarpur corridor, sources have said. Advertising Kartarpur Corridor: 54 immigration kiosks, seating for 2,000 part of passenger complex plan Advertising Written by Shubhajit Roy, Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2019 3:02:05 am Best Of Express India, Pakistan move closer on Kartarpur corridor, pro-Khalistan leader dropped from panel While India wants a bridge over the Zero Line and has already started constructing one on its side, Pakistan is insisting on a causeway, sources said. India is of the view that not building a bridge would lead to flooding of Indian areas during monsoon when the Ravi river overflows, the sources said.The issue was discussed at a technical meeting between officials of the two countries at the Attari-Wagah border on May 27.Sources said construction work at the site for the Passenger Terminal Complex at Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab is in full swing.The construction work is being carried out by M/S Shapoorji & Pallonji Pvt Ltd under the supervision of the Land Ports Authority of India.The terminal is being built on nearly 15 acres to cater to approximately 5,000 passengers per day. It will have comprehensive facilities to ensure smooth movement of pilgrims, including facilities for immigration and customs clearance. The complex will also have CCTV surveillance and adequate parking space for 10 buses, 250 cars, and 250 two-wheelers. More than Rs 500 crore is estimated to be spent for development of this complex. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Sources said that after the decision taken by the Cabinet on November 22, 2018, India is “expeditiously building the requisite infrastructure”, including a four-lane highway and a state-of-art passenger terminal.“More than 45 per cent of work on the Indian side is completed. The target is to complete the road by September end and the passenger terminal by the end of October this year, in time to operationalise the Kartarpur corridor on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in November,” the source said.“The government’s effort is to ensure that pilgrims can visit the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib easily and smoothly in a safe and secure manner throughout the year,” the source said. Sources said India has also asked Pakistan to increase the number of pilgrims allowed, under the 1974 bilateral protocol, to visit shrines in Pakistan for Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti. New Delhi has asked for this number to be increased to 10,000 for this year on account of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations, the sources said.The two countries have had run-ins in the past over the corridor, including over pro-Khalistani faces in a committee set up by Pakistan and over Pakistan’s refusal to allow at least 5,000 visitors a day from India. ExplainedSome hope, differences manyAfter cancelling the talks in April this year over differences between the two sides over the Kartarpur corridor, India has taken a step forward to schedule a meeting with Pakistan and bridge the gap and expand the convergences. But, as things stand, the divergences are far too many, and both sides will have to strike compromises along the way. As of now, it seems that it’s a bridge too far.So far, three rounds of technical-level discussions have been held to try and finalise the alignment, crossing point and infrastructure along the corridor. Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Pakistan increases land allotted to Kartarpur Gurdwara from 3 to 42 acres 2 Comment(s) The meeting comes amid differences between the two sides over a range of issues, including a bridge at Zero Line on the Indo-Pak border at Dera Baba Nanak.Sources said the meeting, which is proposed to be held at the Attari-Wagah border on Pakistan’s side, would discuss the draft agreement on the modalities for movement of pilgrims along the Kartarpur corridor and resolve outstanding technical issues.last_img read more

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More Indians becoming obese number of undernourished in India decline UN report

first_img More Explained In comparison, India’s poverty reduction “seems relatively more modest” – moving from 48.9 per cent in 1987 to 21.2 per cent in 2011, it said.“The unique growth patterns and inequality levels in each country may help explain the differences observed in the countries in terms of poverty and food security and nutrition trends,”“The pattern of economic growth in China, especially in the 1980s, shows that the primary sector, where most of the poor derive their livelihoods, was one of the most dynamic sectors behind the GDP growth. On the other hand, in India the rate of growth has been higher in the industrial and services sectors than in agriculture,” it said.The report said that the impacts of economic slowdowns on food security and nutrition are demonstrated in Haiti, Nepal and the Niger.Amid a global financial crisis coupled with high food prices, households’ food security, as measured by dietary diversity, reduced by 5 per cent in Nepal, 8 per cent in the Niger, and 23 per cent in Haiti due to increased food prices.In the Indian Himalayas, economic slowdown coupled with natural resource depletion and climate change negatively impacted on food production and employment opportunities. This resulted in increased threats to food security due to lower purchasing power, it added.The report also took note of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), introduced by India in 2005, the largest public works programme in the world.“Unlike the previous cases, the MGNREGS was not designed to address employment problems arising from an economic downturn or to rebuild infrastructure damaged by a natural disaster.Building on the experience of the state of Maharashtra, the MGNREGS instead guarantees up to 100 days of unskilled manual work on public projects during the lean seasons, at the statutory minimum wage, to all rural households. Best Of Express UN chief saddened by loss of life, destruction due to heavy rains in India, South East Asia HIV cases decline by 16 per cent since 2010: UNAIDS UN officials express awe over India’s progress in achieving SDGs By PTI |United Nations | Published: July 16, 2019 9:55:17 pm The report titled the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 was issued Monday by United Nations’ Food and AgricultureOrganization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).The report said that an estimated 820 million people across the world did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row, underscoring the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.In India, the number of undernourished people declined from 253.9 million in 2004-06 to 194.4 million in 2016-18. However, the number of adults (18 years and older) who are obese grew from 24.1 million in 2012 to 32.8 million in 2016. Related News Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file Advertising Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Advertising Post Comment(s) India, obesity in India, obesity in children, unhealthy eating, undernourished, United nation, FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WEP, WHO, Indian Express news. In India, the number of undernourished people declined from 253.9 million in 2004-06 to 194.4 million in 2016-18. However, the number of adults (18 years and older) who are obese grew from 24.1 million in 2012 to 32.8 million in 2016. (Representative Image)More Indians are becoming obese while the number of undernourished people in the country has declined, according to a report by the UN that said that globally over 820 million people are suffering from hunger. ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict “We must foster pro-poor and inclusive structural transformation focusing on people and placing communities at the centre to reduce economic vulnerabilities and set ourselves on track to ending hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition,” the UN report said.It noted that poverty rates have declined between 3 per cent and 6 per cent per year in El Salvador, Ghana, India, Tunisia and Uganda.“China and India have enjoyed significant economic growth in recent years. Between 1990 and 2017, the two countries had an average GDP per capita growth rate of 8.6 per cent and 4.5 per cent, respectively. However, the effects of growth within each country have been different,” it said.The report noted that an increase in the GDP per capita in both countries has been accompanied by poverty reduction. China’s poverty rate declined from 88 per cent in 1981 to 0.7 in 2015. Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed The number of children (under 5 years of age) who are overweight stood at 2.9 million in 2018.In percentage terms, the prevalence of undernourishment in the total population in India was 22.2 per cent in 2004-06 and 14.5 per cent in 2016-18. Prevalence of wasting in children (under 5 years of age) was 20.8 per cent in 2018, while the Prevalence of obesity in the adult population was three per cent in 2012, increasing to 3.8 per cent in 2016The report said that globally, hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging, particularly in middle-income countries and those that rely heavily on international primary commodity trade.The annual UN report also found that income inequality is rising in many of the countries where hunger is on the rise, making it even more difficult for the poor, vulnerable or marginalised to cope with economic slowdowns and downturns. Advertising “In this way, the programme helps rural households to stabilise their earnings and to smooth their consumption all along the year,” it said.last_img read more

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Multitasking CTO Heather Wilde Making the World More Like Star Trek Than

first_imgROCeteer and TWIP CTOHeather WildeTechNewsWorld: You have many different interests and projects. What is the focus of your work at the moment?Heather Wilde: I care about helping more women get into technology, so I spend a lot of time teaching girls from sixth grade to high school so that they’re more educated about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, and I’m also chair of the engineering school’s advisory board at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to help steer the school toward new directions. One of the subcommittees is working with the Solar Decathlon, which is a government project that runs every four years, and students around the world compete to create a house of the future.TNW: Describe the two companies you’re currently working with, ROCeteer and TWIP. What do they do, and why are you passionate about their missions? Heather Wilde is CTO of both ROCeteer and TWIP.In this exclusive interview, Wilde shares with TechNewsWorld her insights on how women can get ahead in tech, offering pearls of wisdom like this one: “Don’t just stick with the girls.” Wilde: ROCeteer is a consultancy that helps other companies get off the ground. We help them identify what their goals are in order to help them grow and scale. It’s made up of people like myself, and we’re also trained as coaches. We are consultants who can go in and do the work, but our real benefit is we can bring forth from other people the skills they need to get the job done themselves. When they engage with us, we can train and mentor and coach them to build their businesses on their own. When we’re gone, people can stand on their own.With TWIP, we’ve created a platform for people to find other people to travel with, based on their travel personality. Everyone is different when they travel. By identifying that travel behavior, we can match you with like-minded travelers and experiences you’ll enjoy.TNW: Describe your career path — how did you arrive where you are now?Wilde: I got a degree in liberal arts in the theory of math and foreign languages, and then I started working for game companies, programming and creating games. From there I worked in security, creating microprocessors for door locks, which became the basis for electronic door locks you see everywhere, and after that I became one of the founding employees of Evernote. Then I left Evernote to start ROCeteer.TNW: You lived on a sailboat for a while. Describe that experience.Wilde: I was living on a sailboat in Mexico, and then in an RV traveling the U.S. I really care about travel. Location is one of my most important things. Travel, experience and location make me feel at home. I feel safe and peaceful, so I can get work done. It allowed me to have the serenity I needed.TNW: What challenges have you faced as a woman in tech, and how have you overcome them?Wilde: One of the main challenges is the networks that women have. You have to add men into your networks, since if you limit yourself to women you’re only going to get so far. You have to join the boys club if you’re going to advance in your career. There just aren’t that many women in executive suites. If you want to advance in your career, you have to expand your network to include powerful men. A lot of women never learn that.TNW: What advice would you give to young girls and women wanting to make a career in tech?Wilde: One, you need to not give up. Don’t look around and assume everyone knows what they’re doing. Girls assume that guys already know what they’re doing, because they have an air of confidence, but really they’re just approaching things differently. I see girls giving up, but if you have an interest, do it. Talk to the guys and become friends with them. Don’t just stick with the girls. They’re going to be really excited to work with you. If you segregate, you’re not going to solve this problem.TNW: What’s in your future? How is your career evolving?Wilde: My career is interesting. I like creating companies, but mostly what I do is help other people create theirs. My goal is to improve the world, so that it’s a little bit more like Star Trek and less like Skynet. That’s where my career is going. I want to influence as many people as I can to make the world a better place.My main aim is to make as much of an impact in this world as possible. I keep running into big problems, and if I can move the needle on any of them, then I’m glad that I have this platform. Thankfully I have the force of will to push down some walls.center_img Vivian Wagner has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. Her main areas of focus are technology, business, CRM, e-commerce, privacy, security, arts, culture and diversity. She has extensive experience reporting on business and technology for a varietyof outlets, including The Atlantic, The Establishment and O, The Oprah Magazine. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in modern American literature and culture. She received a first-place feature reporting award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.Email Vivian.last_img read more

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Apple Rumored Plotting a Game Subscription Service

first_imgThe 5G Difference A “Netflix for Games” type of service may be in Apple’s future. Apple has been developing a subscription service that will function for games much like Netflix does for movies and TV series, according to a Cheddarreport.It’s still unclear what the subscription fee would be or what kinds of games would be offered on the service, noted Cheddar, which bills itself as a “post-cable news, media, and entertainment company.”Whatever the fee for the offering, it could be tough for Apple to find an audience for a streaming service, maintained David Cole, an analyst at DFC Intelligence, a market research firm in San Diego.”Streaming was a huge topic six or seven years ago, when there were a lot of startups looking to get into the space,” he told TechNewsWorld. “What they found out was that people weren’t willing to pay a whole lot of money for that kind of service.” A move into subscription gaming seems to fit in with Apple’s media strategy, noted Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, a consumer technology advisory firm in New York City.”Apple is making lots of moves to offer subscription services in all major media,” he told TechNewsWorld.”They have music. They acquired a company that offered all-you-can-eat magazine subscriptions. They’re working on a video service. So this would be consistent with that,” Rubin said.”With 5G and faster 4G networks coming, that’s going to lend itself very well to launching streaming game services,” he noted. “Regardless of whether Apple does it or not, we’re going to see many more companies launch streaming game services because latency — which is key for this kind of service — will be lower than it has ever been on a cellular network.”Latency can make a video streaming service frustrating, but it typically doesn’t outright ruin the experience, said Billy Nayden, research analyst at Dallas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.That’s not the case with streaming games, however.”Because of the responsiveness required to play video games, latency issues are far more crippling,” Nayden told TechNewsWorld. “Apple must ensure their streaming service does not have any latency issues for that reason.” Focus on Casual Gamers A video game sells for around $60. A streaming service charges $10 to $15 a month per subscriber. That money needs to be split among multiple publishers, Goodman noted.”As a result of that, publishers have been more than willing to make back catalogs that are no longer selling available to streaming game services, but not new releases, and it is the new releases that drive the market,” he explained.The player best positioned to make streaming work is Microsoft, Goodman maintained. “Given all the internal game development studios they own, they can seed any streaming service with new releases from internal sources.”However, “subscription gaming” need not mean streaming gaming.”Considering where Apple is today, I would venture to assume it’s considering an app-based model rather than a new cloud gaming service,” said Michael Inouye, principal analyst at Scottsdale, Arizona-based ABI Research, a technology advisory company.An app-based model typically allows a subscriber to download all the games they want and play them as long as their subscription remains active.”Subscription services are gaining popularity across content markets from video to music and gaming, so it could offer value to the mobile gaming segment as well,” Inouye told TechNewsWorld.”Even if Apple does not launch a subscription service,” he added, “it still behooves the company to explore this model because of the success other markets are experiencing, and to ensure they remain competitive.” 5G could be a game-changer for streaming gaming, said Michael Goodman, director for digital media at Newton, Massachusetts-based Strategy Analytics, a research, advisory and analytics firm.”Over the past 15 to 20 years the landscape is littered with streaming game services that have tried and failed,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The big difference this time is 5G, which — at least in theory — should minimize, if not get rid of, latency issues associated with streaming gaming all together,” he said. “This is why we are seeing all these companies, such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Verizon, and now Apple, get excited by streaming.”Latency isn’t the only problem facing streaming gaming services, however.”Streaming game services just have not been able to come up with a licensing model that compensates publishers with lost retail revenue if they offer new releases via streaming services,” Goodman observed, Calming Investors Tough Sellcenter_img Good Strategic Fit Apple will tailor its service to its user base, predicted Mark N. Vena, senior analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, a technology analyst and advisory firm based in Austin, Texas.”I suspect Apple will be going after more mainstream, family-oriented types of games. It’s hard for me to believe that they’ll go after hard-core games, where the gaming is first-person shooter and more violent,” he told TechNewsWorld. “They’ll probably target casual users — users who play sports-oriented games, trivia games, games that don’t require a lot of graphics power.”The move could be a good one for Apple, Vena said. “If they stay in their lane and focus on phone and tablet mainstream games, and stay away from ultraviolent games, which would sully their brand, it will broaden their service appeal.” A pure game play by Apple would be “hugely complicated, expensive and dangerous for the company,” maintained Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm in Hayward, California.That risk is reduced if Apple acts as a broker in a Netflix-type model.”That’s considerably less fraught,” King told TechNewsWorld. “The company could kick off the service after inking agreements with game developers, but like Netflix, over time it could also develop its own unique games and deliver them with the service platform.”A subscription game offering could bolster services revenues significantly at a time when the company’s hardware sales appear to have plateaued, he added. “That should help calm investors and analysts who have helped drive the company’s stock price down.”In 2018, consumer global spending on games was $129 billion, according to Piers Harding-Rolls, director at IHS Markit, a research, analysis and advisory firm headquartered in London.”Games are very sticky, drive device usage, and are globally appreciated,” he told TechNewsWorld.”For the leading tech companies, having a games service strategy is as important as having a video or music service strategy,” Harding-Rolls continued. “If Apple is confirmed to be working on a gaming service, it could help drive adoption of its devices, reduce churn, and also drive direct services revenue.” What’s more, big players like Amazon and Google have announced their intentions to join current kingpins Microsoft and Sony in the streaming market, Cole said. “It’s a very competitive landscape.”Apple’s audience for the service — primarily users of its phones and tablets — may not go flocking to it, either, he continued.”Xbox and PlayStation consumers are heavy-duty gamers. They’re willing to plunk down (US)$400 for a game system and $60 apiece for a game, and it’s still tough to get them to pay for a subscription service,” Cole observed.”Apple faces the same challenge, but their consumer is not going to be into the games as much as a consumer who has bought an Xbox or PlayStation,” he pointed out. “Charging a Netflix-like monthly subscription fee is really tough. Anything over $5 a month is a lot.” Game Publishers Problem John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

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Study finds link between vitamin D insufficiency and early death in Thai

first_img Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/geriatrics-gerontology-international/low-vitamin-d-linked-earlier-death-thai-men Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 3 2018Previous studies on the association between blood levels of vitamin D and survival have come from high-income countries. A new Geriatrics & Gerontology International study has now found that vitamin D insufficiency is linked with earlier death in community-dwelling Thai older men.The study included 1268 adults with a median age of 74 years from the Thai 4th National Health Examination Survey carried out in 2008. Participants were followed and linked to a vital registry in 2015.Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with a 77% higher risk of dying during follow-up among men, but there was no increased risk in women.Also, the risk in men was only significant in those who were diabetic. “Cardiovascular disease may be the link between vitamin D insufficiency and risk of death in diabetic older male,” said co-author Dr. Chalermsri Chalobol, of Mahidol University, in Bangkok.last_img read more

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Elon Musk Plans to Build a HumanAI Interface

first_imgTech visionary Elon Musk, who currently helms both Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a startup, Neuralink, dedicated to developing technology that will connect human brains directly to a computer.This venture is in its very early stages, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal that Musk confirmed via Twitter.Long Neuralink piece coming out on @waitbutwhy in about a week. Difficult to dedicate the time, but existential risk is too high not to.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 28, 2017Neuralink, which Musk is funding privately, is a medical research firm that aims to develop “neural lace” — a technology that could allow the implanting of small electrodes into the brain.Musk reportedly has recruited leading academics in the field to work with the company. Medical Advances vs. Ethical Dilemmas Privacy Concerns Real World Cyborgs One facet of such a connection that hasn’t been discussed much is privacy. If a brain-to-computer interface can allow for the uploading of thoughts, then what happens as thoughts become data?”It isn’t so much your brain being hacked — but there will be other challenges that come with a neural and electronic interface,” said technology and privacy consultant Frederick Lane.”The real worry is that thoughts are truly the definition of private information,” Lane told TechNewsWorld.”It is the literal definition, and it doesn’t get more private than that, so when you put your memories in the cloud you have to worry about how they will be protected,” he added.Companies are increasingly good at collecting data, but they aren’t very good at protecting it. Further, it’s conceivable that personal thoughts could get individuals in serious trouble.”We have a legal system that already wants to punish fantasy,” noted Lane. “This opens the way for thought police — where you think about a potential crime and could be prosecuted for just having that thought.” Exactly what a direct connection between a computer and brain could do has been the fodder of science fiction debates, but whether it is possible is the great unanswered question.”The technique of trepanning — drilling holes in our skulls to try to fix problems with people’s brains — appears to be as ancient as humanity itself, and the idea of implanting electrodes is decades old,” said Paul Teich, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”However, the medical imaging sensors and processing power required to figure out how a human brain works to a level of detail that can be used to implant sensor and exciter networks that have specific, precise and deterministic functions is still in its infancy,” he told TechNewsWorld.”We still have a long way to go toward developing a complex bi-directional link directly to the brain,” added Kevin Krewell, also a principal analyst at Tirias Research.center_img Not So Plug and Play Beyond the unhappy prospect of thought policing, there is the potential debate on whether electronics could change the very nature of a human being — whether this technology, or something like it, could be the first step toward another staple of science-fiction, the cyborg.”A sensor on the brain could be used to send signals to the electronics and then be used to control electronics,” suggested Tirias Research’s Krewell.”Eventually, we can have direct interfaces between the brain and electronics, enabling augmented humans — but the problem is that it can create a future of haves and have nots — of augmentations,” he added.It’s ironic that Musk announced his new venture the same week that the movie Ghost in the Shell is being released, “which is a science fiction movie involving the future of augmented humans and human cyborgs,” remarked Krewell.”The most likely positive outcome would be enhanced access to data and knowledge and mind-to-mind communication,” said futurist Glen Hiemstra.However, “the negative possibilities include radically unequal access to the tech, leading to even more radical inequality in human opportunity,” he told TechNewsWorld.It may be a long time before anyone has to deal with such worrisome issues, however.”There is already a lot of exciting work being done in the therapeutic use of brain-computer or nervous system-computer interfaces, and with further work there is a valuable investment,” Rogers added.Creating a consumer product would be something else, though.”My guess,” offered Rogers, “is that Elon will have his Mars colony well before the average person can order cosmetic brain surgery.” Treatment of brain damage perhaps tops the list of reasons to pursue such a connection between brain and computer.”Neuralink will develop advanced electrodes that can be attached or implanted within the brain, and this direct connection between the brain and electronics could allow direct stimulation of specific brain areas, which can be used for therapy for some neural disorders,” Krewell told TechNewsWorld.What Musk is attempting, in essence, is basic medical research backed by new computational science methods. However, it likely will be a long time before anyone’s brain can be “plugged” directly into a computer — at least in the way it’s suggested in the works of science fiction writers William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.”While I’m sure there will be a lot of animal and human experimentation and field trials over the next decades, it’s going to be a long time before countries with liberal medical device approval processes will see widespread use of these technologies — never mind our FDA approval process in the U.S.,” observed Teich.”Technology turns into a very different beast when you begin to work on the human body,” said futurist Michael Rogers.”During R&D, there are ethical concerns about human experimentation,” he told TechNewsWorld, “and when you go to market, there are major hurdles with agencies like the FDA.” Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter.last_img read more

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Cleveland Clinic awarded 6 million NIH grant to study techniques used for

first_img Source:http://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2018/10/09/cleveland-clinic-researcher-receives-6m-nih-grant-for-acl-surgery-research/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 10 2018The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded Cleveland Clinic $6 million to study techniques used for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.The five-year grant – led by principal investigator Kurt P. Spindler, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic and founder of the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) Group – supports a multi-center, randomized clinical trial aimed at determining if outcomes of a new surgical technique, Bridge-Enhanced® ACL Repair (BEAR®), are equal to or better than outcomes of traditional ACL reconstruction surgery. The Cleveland Clinic-led research will coordinate a consortium of five sites involved in this BEAR MOON trial. Other sites include The Ohio State University, Washington University St. Louis, Vanderbilt University, and Rhode Island Hospital (Brown University).The current gold standard surgical treatment — autograft ACL reconstruction — stabilizes the knee, but has a number of drawbacks.”The current standard for ACL surgery is a complex reconstruction procedure that has a high rate of success in terms of return to sports and activities of daily living. But the failure rate is high in adolescents.” Dr. Spindler said. “There is some graft site morbidity and the propensity to develop early posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) is not prevented.”This research will build upon prior studies led by Martha Murray, M.D., at Boston Children’s Hospital, that showed the BEAR technique to have similar results to ACL reconstruction in preclinical and early clinical studies.”In the BEAR procedure, we are not just stitching the ACL together,” Dr. Spindler said. “The magic, the key to making it work, is the scaffold.”Related StoriesScientists develop universal FACS-based approach to heterogenous cell sorting, propelling organoid researchNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancerTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’The BEAR procedure begins with drilling small tunnels in order to place a suture into the ACL fibers and to stabilize the knee. The tissue-engineered scaffold, invented by Dr. Murray, is implanted through a small incision in the knee. Surgeons then pull the stitched ACL tibial stump into the scaffold as the knee is extended. The patient’s own blood is applied to the scaffold to provide growth factors and stimulate healing. Patients are expected to return to normal activities in a few months and to sports in about nine months, Dr. Spindler notes.Through this grant, the team will enroll 200 participants who are between 18 and 40 years of age and have complete ACL tears. Surgery will need to take place within 50 days of injury. The primary goal of the study is to evaluate the outcomes of Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair procedure versus the standard autograft patellar tendon reconstruction at six months, one year and two years after surgery. Researchers expect earlier improved range of motion and knee kinematics in the short-term and no graft harvest morbidity for the patients treated with Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair. The BEAR implant is an investigational device and it is only available in FDA approved clinical trials.”Our goal in this trial is to see if we can duplicate the earlier single-center study results on a multicenter and multisurgeon level,” Dr. Spindler said. “The findings from this trial will hopefully help to change the standard clinical practice of ACL surgery.”last_img read more

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Study reveals nature of how T cells protect the brain against harmful

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 2 2018Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Amsterdam UMC have disclosed the nature of how T cells protect the brain against harmful viruses. The results of the study, which are published in Nature Communications, are important for investigating the role of the immune system in numerous brain disorders.Immune systemThe immune system protects the body against infections and cancer. The so-called T cells play a key role in this process. When T cells do not work properly, an inflammation can develop in for example the brain. Until recently, little was known about the properties of these cells in healthy brains. “With this research, we have gained more knowledge about the location of T cells in the brain, how they look, what kind of inflammatory proteins (cytokines) they produce, and how they are controlled,” says researcher and neurologist in training Joost Smolders.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenThe scientists have found that the two proteins CTLA-4 and PD-1 are present in large quantities on T cells. These proteins, for which the Nobel Prize for Medicine has been awarded to the discoverers this year, are important inhibitors for T cells.”If we understand the rules of the game, which T cells in the brain adhere to, then we can understand how T cells deviate from this in brain disorders. This can lead to advances in the understanding and treatment of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, but also in the treatment of tumors in the brain. “Brain donorsWith financial support from the MS Research Foundation, the scientists have investigated T cells from brain tissue of brain donors from the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB). “For the understanding of the role of the immune system in brain disorders, a donor program such as the NBB is of crucial importance. The quality of the material makes unique research possible” says Smolders. Source:https://nin.nl/nature-immune-cells-brain-disclosed/last_img read more

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Study finds elevated lung cancer risk after lung transplantation

first_imgDec 19 2018In an American Journal of Transplantation study, lung cancer risk was increased after lung transplantation, especially in the native (non-transplanted) lung of single lung transplant recipients.This was a large registry-linkage study that utilized matched transplant and cancer registry data from 17 US states/regions, including approximately 50 percent of US transplant recipients from 1987-2012. Researchers found that patients with a single lung transplant had a 13-fold increased risk of lung cancer in the native lung compared with similar persons without a lung transplant in the general population.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerRisk factors for the development of lung cancer in the native lung included those typically associated with lung cancer (older age, prior smoking, and pulmonary fibrosis), as well as longer time since transplantation. Compared with cases in the general population, lung cancers in transplant recipients were more frequently of a localized stage and were treated surgically; however, recipients had higher all-cause and cancer-specific mortality.”Lung cancer is the most common cancer (except for skin cancers) to arise after lung transplant, and this study is one of the first to quantify that risk, examine risk factors, and explore survival in the lung transplant population using a large national cohort,” said lead author Dr. Matthew Triplette, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, in Seattle. “These findings have important implications in understanding long-term risks among lung transplant recipients.” Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/american-journal-transplantation/lung-transplant-patients-face-elevated-lung-cancer-ri read more

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