WW photo: Johnnie StevensBronx, N.Y. — A busy plaza in the Bronx was the site of a street meeting on Aug. 21, in solidarity with the growing fight for educational rights in Puerto Rico. Parents and activists denounced the banker/governor’s austerity program that has closed 80 schools, where 45 percent were students with disabilities.Other targets of ongoing protests on the island nation include mass educational worker layoffs and failure to hire enough special education teachers or assistants; chaos in school bus service stranding many students; $53 million cut from the education budget as school began; and the latest 30-day court delay in hearing the class action suit brought by parents in Comité Timón de Madres de Educación Especial.Milagros Cancel, leader of Comité Timón’s New York chapter, was joined at the noontime rally by other active parents and by founders of the South Bronx Community Congress, Parents to Improve School Transportation (PIST NYC) and Centro Cultural El Maestro. Several speakers raised connections between youth being deprived of a future from Ponce, Puerto Rico,, to Ferguson, Mo., to Gaza, Palestine.The Peoples Power Assembly provided sound and placard supplies, enabling hundreds to see and hear the protest — including families lined up for school registration outside a regional New York City Department of Education office across the street. Many took flyers. Some signed up to be invited to future actions. Cancel told Workers World, “All who care about human rights can help put pressure on the governments of the United States and Puerto Rico to reverse this crisis.” For more information, call 929-228-8217; to sign a message of solidarity, email [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The study was published online today in American Journal of Public Health.“It is important for public health research to focus on geographical units such as congressional districts, as it allows for elected representatives to be more informed about important issues such as the opioid epidemic. Because a congressional district has a named elected representative, unlike, say, a county, it brings a certain degree of political accountability when it comes to discussing the opioid epidemic,” said S V Subramanian, professor of population health and geography.The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation. Districts in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia, and Oklahoma rounded out the 10 areas with the highest prescribing rates. Other high prescribing rates were found in districts located in eastern Arizona, Nevada, northern California, rural Oregon, and rural Washington state.The lowest opioid prescribing rates tended to be concentrated in congressional districts near urban centers, including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Virginia was the only state that had congressional districts with top and bottom 10 opioid prescribing rates.The findings come amid a national opioid epidemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. Between 1999 and 2010, prescription opioid-related overdose deaths quadrupled, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2013 the epidemic was estimated to cost $78.5 billion — one-third of which was spent on health care and treatment costs. In 2016 overdoses resulted in more than 42,000 deaths, and the following year President Trump officially declared a public health emergency.“A great deal of variation may exist between state-level opioid prescribing rates and prescribing rates in specific congressional districts within the state,” said Lyndsey Rolheiser, a postdoctoral research fellow and lead author of the paper. “Having these data could help representatives advocate more strongly for federal policies aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic and helping their constituents.”Other Harvard Chan researchers who contributed to this work included Jack Cordes, a master’s student in epidemiology. Congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates are predominantly concentrated in the Southeastern U.S., with other hotspots in Appalachia and the rural West, according to a new study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, the first to focus on opioid prescribing rates at the congressional district level, could help federal and state policymakers better target intervention and prevention strategies. The study found that Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District had 166 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, the highest rate of any district in the nation.
Chris Lykes dribbled outside the 3-point arc, pumped his head and faked a 3-pointer. It was Jan. 12, and Miami led Wake Forest 42-39 when Lykes crossed over and drove to the basket.The 7-foot center Olivier Sarr awaited. Sarr had abandoned his man, Ebuka Izundu, on the right block to stop the 5-foot-7 Lykes’ penetration. Lykes lept, dumped it to Izundu, now wide open, for an easy layup.At Miami and everywhere else he’s played, Lykes has always been one of the shortest players. His size disadvantage fueled Lykes and created his motto, “Heart over height.” Lykes moves quick, attacking with lateral speed on offense and defense. While others focused on Lykes’ height — he was tied for the shortest player in the NCAA tournament last season — he developed into a playmaker. As a sophomore, Lykes averages 18.1 points and 33.5 minutes per game, first on the Hurricanes (9-8, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) in both categories. Thursday night, he travels to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse (13-5, 4-1), whose point guard Frank Howard measures 10 inches taller than Lykes.“At my size, it’s not debatable,” Lykes said. “I have to work a lot harder than all the guys on the floor.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorWhen Lykes was in ninth grade, he played under-15 AAU basketball for Team Takeover. Lykes was a shooting guard, but eventually needed to switch to point guard. He still had the dynamic scoring touch, but now the “height monster” caught up to him, Steve Turner, Lykes’ head coach at Gonzaga College (Washington D.C.) High School, said.Lykes and Team Takeover won the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Ohio, and it transitioned him to a true point guard who can not only score, but facilitate as well. Lykes formed a backcourt with current Butler University point guard Aaron Thompson.At Gonzaga College, he opened freshman year coming off the bench, but injuries lifted him up the depth chart within weeks. After that, he was a constant in the Eagles starting lineup. In high school, he ran the offense as the primary scorer. His second year at Miami, it’s been the same.“He always came in with a chip on his shoulder,” Turner said. “He certainly used that (his height) as his motivation.”When redshirt freshman guard Anthony Mack defended Lykes last summer, he routinely bit the head fakes and drives Lykes packaged together. Last May, Mack noticed Lykes ascend into a leadership role. Lonnie Walker, the former Hurricanes star and No. 18 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, was gone, and Lykes needed to fill in.This season, Lykes’ playmaking has developed chances for the scorers around him. As Lykes begins his drives, Mack dashes to the corner. He knows that once Lykes breaks past his initial defender, there’s a good chance someone else will slide to help. When Lykes then switches hands and shifts directions, it’s not uncommon for a third defender to scrape down. Then, Mack said, there are two Hurricanes open in opposite corners.For Lykes, it’s all about staying in attack mode. All the talk about his size has gotten old, he said. He started focusing on what advantages can come from his size a long time ago. Low to the ground. Lateral quickness. A deep shooting touch.“It’s something you can never ever work on,” Team Takeover coach Doug Martin said. “What he’s doing is 100 percent God-given. Because you can’t get into the gym and work on changing directions and sudden bursts.”While watching the Syracuse-Duke game last week, Mack saw Blue Devils’ forward Jack White shoot 0-10 from 3-point range. But he also saw Alex O’Connell’s success from behind the arc. In a 62-55 loss to the Orange last season, Lykes went 2-for-10 on 3-point shots, and settled for outside looks instead of attacking the zone. For him to succeed on Thursday night, Lykes will have to resort to his instincts. Spread SU’s zone out, Lykes said, and the gaps will open. Lykes’ dribble drives that start with quick lateral movements, often end with defenders left behind him.“He’s a pain in the ass for the other team,” Mack said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 24, 2019 at 12:59 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew
Biochemists can’t help using familiar tools to describe what they are finding in living cells.Swiss army knife: RNA polymerase 1, a molecular machine that builds the ribosome protein factory, is your “Swiss-army knife,” Science Daily says. That’s because researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have found “it incorporates modules which prevent it from having to recruit outside help.” The components it needs are all built in. Even though that makes it bigger, it also makes it efficient; “Because everything is already assembled, there’s no time delay,” a team member remarked – which is good, because this Swiss-army knife keeps very busy. It even has built-in regulators, removing the need for external regulatory elements. Another Science Daily article says RNA polymerase 1 is a “very large and highly complex molecular machine” and calls it “a crucial cog in the machinery of all cells.” as well as a “central pacemaker for cell growth.” See also Nature News for word about the latest mapping of the enzyme.Samurai sword: The sword in your toolkit is katanin, an enzyme actually named for a katana, a Samurai sword. PhysOrg describes how this enzyme cuts microtubules with precision to keep the cell’s “skeleton” just right. Just as our bodies would fall limp without bones, “without our cytoskeletons, our cells, which come in roughly 200 different shapes and sizes, would all become tiny spheres and stop working.” Researchers at Washington University at St. Louis found that without katanin, the microtubules became disorganized like cobwebs. Katanin acts like a pruning shear that cuts microtubules when they cross over one another, keeping the cytoskeleton ordered and functional. It also creates the “array patterning” that arranges the microtubules into “parallel bands like barrel hoops around the cell’s girth,” giving the cell strength. Since there are typically “hundreds or thousands” of microtubules in a cell, a whole army of Samurai swordsmen remains at the ready. See more about katanin in a Science Daily article that shows how it helps sprouted seedlings grow.Stretch sensors: PhysOrg described integrins, machines that sense the cell’s external environment. They do this by making “catch bonds” that can measure stiffness of the outside world. The more the catch bond is pulled, the stronger it becomes. “The cell therefore has a very useful instrument,” the article says. “An internal measurement unit – the number of bound catch bond integrins – proved to be a direct measure of the mechanical stiffness of the external environment.” Another PhysOrg article described other machines that “feel” the environment, acting as “molecular muscles” that notify the cell when it needs to change shape, such as when it needs to squeeze through a narrow opening.Cargo carts: A paper in Current Biology describes the motorized cargo carts that carry tubulin proteins up the cilium to the growing tip. “The kinesin-2-driven anterograde transport of intraflagellar transport (IFT) trains has long been suspected to deliver cargo consisting of tubulin subunits for assembly at the axoneme tip,” the summary says. “Important new work identifies the tubulin binding site on IFT trains that is responsible for this cargo transport.”Clock drive: Different proteins need to be made at different times of the day and night. A paper in PLoS Biology describes how the circadian clock, the timekeeper in cells, regulates protein synthesis. Researchers found that mid-day and midnight are key times for activity. “Our work also finds that many clock cell processes, including metabolism, redox state, signaling, neurotransmission, and even protein synthesis itself, are coordinately regulated such that mRNAs required for similar cellular functions are translated in synchrony at the same time of day.”If there is any field of science that has revolutionized our view of life, it is the discovery of factories of molecular machines in living cells. Look at them! They are doing precise, coordinated work involving thousands of parts working together, all the time, even in our sleep. When you realize that these discoveries have occurred in the lifetimes of many people alive today, and continue to accelerate each year, you realize how privileged we are to see this nano-miniaturized manufacturing phenomenon keeping us and every living thing alive. This short article doesn’t tell the half of it, or the hundredth, of what new imaging techniques have revealed in the last 20 years.One can only wonder if Darwin would have dared to put forth a speculation that blind, unguided processes are responsible for life, had he known what we know today. Think back also to the scientists and philosophers of earlier centuries, back to the Romans, Greeks and Babylonians. If they had known what we know, how different a world might it have been? How different would have been the religious, cultural and philosophical traditions of the nations?The modern world coasts on Enlightenment and modernist assumptions about life and its simplistic Darwinian notions. The implications of this scale of complexity at the basis of life – the cell – have not yet had time to percolate into the culture. Take time to think through those mind-boggling implications. They are life changing! Only intelligent design has a vera causa adequate to explain what biochemistry has revealed, and only biblical creationism has an adequate Designer. Leeuwenhoek, the creationist father of microscopy, was astonished and delighted with what he saw through his crude instruments. Oh, to be able to show him what we see now! Play that role for him; don’t ever let the wonders of Swiss army knives, Samurai swords, clock drives and all the rest become mundane news. This is epochal. This is monumental. This is world-changing.(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
5 September 2012 South African wine and spirits producer Distell has expanded its global presence with the acquisition of a 60% share in fast-growing Chinese liquor distribution firm CJ Wines & Spirits, the company announced on Monday. CJ Wines & Spirits is based in Zhongshan in the Pearl Valley Delta of Guandong province in southeast China and has operations in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. The stake was purchased for an undisclosed sum. The new venture – now trading as Distell China – is headed by managing director Rody Wong, who previously ran CJ Wines & Spirits. Wong has established a strong support base for cognac brand Bisquit that Distell bought in 2009. “The partnership with Distell creates the opportunity to accelerate the excellent progress achieved thus far with two of the company’s major brands Bisquit and Amarula,” Wong said in a statement. Wong said that Distell China’s focus will be on building the presence of Bisquit in the southern part of the country initially. South China is referred to as the country’s “cognac belt” as this is where most cognac is consumed. The Far East is now the world’s biggest importer of cognac, with turnover exceeding US$1.25-billion. “CJ’s conversancy with the cognac market is an important asset, and we plan to bring this expertise in marketing to retail and on-consumption channels, to Amarula, which is currently one of the fastest-growing spirits brands worldwide,” Wong said. According to Distell Group managing director Jan Scannell, the plan is to capitalise on the strong market potential of South China and then address markets such as Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. “The new venture will carry spirits and wines from around the world, and that obviously gives us the scope to explore avenues for some of our other brands,” he said. He added that the priority for Distell China was to focus on Bisquit and Amarula before considering other brands within the company’s portfolio for distribution. SAinfo reporter
Polak, Rani, et al. “Credentialed chefs as certified wellness coaches: call for action.” Eating behaviors19 (2015): 65-67. Author: Christian Maino Vieytes, B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. Candidate, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Why What We Eat Matters The power of food to promote healing and a general sense of well-being has long been a known commodity in different cultures. Eastern cultures, in particular, have harnessed the potential of food as a modality for healing.3, 23 Dietary strategies, dichotomized into either yin or yang, make up an integral part of traditional Chinese and Eastern Medicine and its quest to treat a myriad of ailments.23 Even in Western cultures, we have seen an acknowledgment of the healing potential of food. After all, it was the Greek physician, Hippocrates, who once famously declared, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.28 Yet, we have also realized how destructive diet can be to our health and to the health of a nation as a whole, as a consequence of less nutritious choices and over-eating. Rising health-care costs, plateauing life-expectancy figures, and escalating rates of chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer are a reflection of this. In order to foster a fruitful discussion about culinary medicine and its practical applications into the modern context of healthcare we must acknowledge the successes it has had in historical contexts.What is Culinary Medicine and Who is it For?Lifestyle approaches to preventing and treating common chronic illnesses are becoming increasingly popular. Culinary medicine can be thought of as an arm of the integrative model of medicine and well-being. It places an emphasis on modifying nutrition practices to fit within the needs of the individual.5 This can take many shapes and forms. For instance, an individual with rheumatoid arthritis can implement an anti-inflammatory diet to enhance their control over the disease state.17 Another individual without any current illness may adopt a Mediterranean Diet in order to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease, cancer, or Alzheimer’s later on in life.19The successful implementation of these lifestyle changes requires close attention and guidance from a healthcare professional. Unfortunately, medical doctors receive very limited education on topics involving nutrition, although younger physicians are realizing the need to seek additional training on culinary coaching and nutrition.2, 4 Counseling with a dietitian is one feasible alternative. Most dietitians possess experience and training in culinary skills and practices that they can pass on to their patients.A key component of culinary medicine programs is the focus on promoting cooking in the home. With the rise of fast and convenience-food chains and products, we have slowly divorced ourselves from the ceremonial and cultural traditions associated with consuming food and have, as a result, paid the price with our health.14, 15 The scientific literature supports the idea that eating at home is good not only for promoting a healthy well-being but also has the added benefit of reducing expenditures on food.9, 11, 12, 14, 21, 22 Some programs have even demonstrated a capacity to fight food insecurity in low-income households.26 Culinary coaching programs also focus on enhancing grocery shopping and food storage skills.The effects of culinary coaching have been documented.1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 Culinary programs targeted at managing type 2 diabetes and blood sugar levels are demonstrating success, especially those that address and provide solutions to known barriers to home cooking.11, 13 These barriers include limited time, limited cooking skills, and low confidence in cooking.10, 21 A recent study also showed that eating at home is associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.13 Clearly, there is a lot of potential for these culinary medicine programs. Nevertheless, we should be wary of services offered by uncredentialled individuals and should only take culinary advice from trained health professionals and credentialed chefs.8, 9Sooner or later, we can expect food prescriptions to become a norm and practitioners to doodle foods on their prescription pads in order to facilitate their patients’ health-related goals.16To learn more about Culinary Medicine please tune in Jan 24, 2019, at 11:00 am ET. for a free webinar Culinary Medicine: Where Health Meets Food. Dietitians earn 1.0 CPEUWorks Cited Choi, Evan Y et al. “A plant-based diet and heart failure: case report and literature review” Journal of geriatric cardiology : JGC 14,5 (2017): 375-378. Polak, Rani, et al. “Improving patients’ home cooking–A case series of participation in a remote culinary coaching program.” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism8 (2017): 893-896. Peters, Nancy Champe, et al. “Adherence in a 1-year whole foods eating pattern intervention with healthy postmenopausal women.” Public health nutrition12 (2014): 2806-2815 Skoczyńska, Marta, and Jerzy Świerkot. “The role of diet in rheumatoid arthritis.” Reumatologia4 (2018): 259 Kris-Etherton, Penny M et al. “The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness” American journal of clinical nutrition vol. 99,5 Suppl (2014): 1153S-66S. La Puma, John. “What Is Culinary Medicine and What Does It Do?” Population health management 19,1 (2016): 1-3. Wolfson, Julia A., and Sara N. Bleich. “Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention?.” Public Health Nutrition8 (2015): 1397-1406. Reicks, Marla et al. “Impact of cooking and home food preparation interventions among adults: outcomes and implications for future programs” Journal of nutrition education and behavior 46,4 (2014): 259-76. Polak, Rani et al. “Innovation in medical education: a culinary coaching tele-nutrition training program” Medical education online 23,1 (2018): 1510704. Massera, Daniele, et al. “A whole-food plant-based diet reversed angina without medications or procedures.” Case reports in cardiology 2015 (2015). Jiang, Sandy and Cassandra L Quave. “A comparison of traditional food and health strategies among Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants in Atlanta, Georgia, USA” Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine 9,1 61. 27 Aug. 2013, doi:10.1186/1746-4269-9-61 Ridberg, Ronit A., et al. “A Pediatric Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program Increases Food Security in Low-Income Households.” Journal of nutrition education and behavior(2018). Polak, Rani et al. “Health-related Culinary Education: A Summary of Representative Emerging Programs for Health Professionals and Patients” Global advances in health and medicine 5,1 (2016): 61-8. Polak, Rani, et al. “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Home Cooking: Current Evidence and Future Potential.” Current diabetes reports10 (2018): 99. Reicks, Marla, Megan Kocher, and Julie Reeder. “Impact of cooking and home food preparation interventions among adults: a systematic review (2011–2016).” Journal of nutrition education and behavior2 (2018): 148-172. Polak, Rani, et al. “Innovation in diabetes care: improving consumption of healthy food through a “Chef Coaching” program: a case report.” Global advances in health and medicine6 (2014): 42-48. Smith, Richard. “Let food be thy medicine…” BMJ : British Medical Journal 328,7433 (2004): 0. Taillie, Lindsey Smith, and Jennifer M. Poti. “Associations of Cooking With Dietary Intake and Obesity Among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participants.” American journal of preventive medicine 52.2 (2017): S151-S160. Tiwari, Arpita et al. “Cooking at Home: A Strategy to Comply With U.S. Dietary Guidelines at No Extra Cost” American journal of preventive medicine 52,5 (2017): 616-624. Sofi, Francesco, et al. “Adherence to Mediterranean diet and health status: meta-analysis.” BMJ337 (2008): a1344. Danek, Robin L., et al. “Perceptions of Nutrition Education in the Current Medical School Curriculum.” Family Medicine 10 (2017): 803-806. Wu, Qunli, and Xiaochun Liang. “Food therapy and medical diet therapy of traditional Chinese medicine.” Clinical Nutrition Experimental18 (2018): 1-5
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(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs)By Manash Pratim BhuyanAstana, Jun 9 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked the movie and its actors.Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry and raked up over Rs 1,100 crore.It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.”President Xi in fact spoke very highly of Indian films. He said that Dangal was doing particularly well and that he himself has actually seen it,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after the talks between the two leaders on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where India and Pakistan today became full members of the grouping.Hi said he liked the movie as well as its actors.Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non- Hollywood film in China.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.advertisementJaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China. PTI MPB CPS AKJ CPS