Blood pressure up worldwide More education, attention urged

first_imgOstergren joined experts from the London School of Economics and the State University of New York to assemble two teams of specialists and map what they call the coming crisis of hypertension: 1.56billion people are expected to have it by 2025. With funding from drug maker Novartis Pharma AG, they’re providing copies to governments and health officials around the globe; a briefing in Washington is set for Thursday. The report essentially calls for a cultural change. Consider: In the United States, commiserating about blood pressure readings is an accepted dinner-table topic. Because black Americans are at especially high risk – roughly 40percent are affected – hypertension has become a sermon topic at majority-black churches, and post-service screenings aren’t uncommon. The government even advertises about the condition. That adds up to an openness about blood pressure not seen in much of the world, says report co-author Dr. Michael Weber of SUNY’s Downstate College of Medicine. In some regions, “it’s sort of an insult to your manhood if you have to take a blood-pressure medicine,” Weber says, citing estimates that hypertension affects about one in three adults in Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. “We need to break those barriers as well and make it perfectly fashionable.” The United States still needs to improve, too, Weber hastens to add. High blood pressure affects nearly one in three adult Americans as well, or 72million. About a third have their condition well-controlled, not nearly enough but better than other countries that track treatment, the report found. Normal blood pressure is measured at less than 120 over 80. Anyone can get high blood pressure, a level of 140 over 90 or more. But being overweight and inactive, and eating too much salt, all increase the risk. So does getting older. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The numbers are a shock: Almost 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, and more than half a billion more will harbor this silent killer by 2025. It’s not just a problem for the ever-fattening Western world. Even in Africa, high blood pressure is becoming common. That translates into millions of deaths from heart disease alone. Yet hypertension doesn’t command the attention of, say, bird flu, which so far has killed fewer than 200 people. “Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion,” says Dr. Jan Ostergren of Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, who co-wrote a first-of-its-kind analysis of the global impact of high blood pressure. The idea: to rev up world governments to fight bad blood pressure just as countries have banded together in the past to fight infectious diseases. International heart specialists welcome the push. “Even in the U.S., the majority of people with high blood pressure are not treated adequately,” says Dr. Sidney Smith of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who advises the World Heart Federation. And the dangers go well beyond the heart. High blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes and kidney failure. It also plays a role in blindness and even dementia. Patients seldom notice symptoms until organs already have been damaged. Yet treating high blood pressure before that happens is a medical best-buy. Improving diet and exercise can help. When that’s not enough, blood pressure drugs are among the oldest and thus cheapest on the market – 21cents a day for a leading diuretic. last_img read more

Farm Bureau “Our Food Link” grant applications accepted through May 15

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee is offering up to five $550 competitive grants to county or state Farm Bureaus to assist in “Our Food Link” projects. The deadline for applications is May 15. OFL is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus can use to innovatively reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information on food production.“Farmers and ranchers have almost unlimited opportunities to engage with consumers,” said Sherry Saylor, chair of the AFBWLC and a row crop farmer from Arizona. “Our Food Link offers a wide variety of innovative, flexible options for connecting with consumers to share how modern farmers and ranchers produce food.”Grant applications can be downloaded at and must be submitted on the fillable PDF form to Maggie Dean Good by March 15. Review by state Farm Bureau staff is required for all applications submitted. Applications will be reviewed, scored and ranked by judges on measurable criteria relating to the project objectives, plan and innovation. OFL grant recipients will be announced in mid-June.Organized into three categories, this year’s OFL toolkit features projects perfect for showcasing activities geared toward Farm-to-Fork, Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Community. Suggested activities range from consumer outreach at supermarkets or farmers’ markets to hosting interactive booths at community events, speaking about food and food production to visiting students in classrooms and making a connection to agriculture.Our Food Link projects and participation are open to all Farm Bureau members.last_img read more

More than half of children in Vikramgad kids are stunted: study

first_imgA diet of dal and rice in all three meals and zero intake of leafy vegetables, fruits, milk, fish, and eggs have proved to be a major setback for the tribal children from Vikramgad in Palghar district. A study published in the PLOS ONE journal on Wednesday has revealed that nearly 59% of children between one and six years of age suffered from stunting, an indicator of long-term and chronic nutritional deprivation.The study was conducted between April and June 2017 on 375 tribal children from the Vikramgad block of Palghar district. The findings revealed that the overall prevalence of wasting and underweight children in the area was 20% and 53% respectively. While stunting is calculated based on height-for-age, wasting is calculated by weight-for-height and ‘underweight’ is calculated by the weight-for-age formula. “The high prevalence of stunting is extremely worrisome as it suggests the prolonged nutritional deficits that these children have been suffering from,” said Dr. Soumitra Ghosh, a professor from the School of Health System Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, who carried out the study along with Dr. Sarika Varerkar, a former public health student from the institute.Palghar has been in the news for malnutrition since 2005, when 718 child deaths were reported from the area. In 2016, the number of deaths stood at 600. “The State announced a slew of measures to address child malnutrition in tribal- dominated areas. There has not been any study to check whether the nutritional scenario has improved since then in Palghar,” the paper points out. The assessment of nutritional status was carried out using the 2006 World Health Organisation Child Growth Standard.Dr. Ghosh said studying diet diversity was an important aspect of the paper. For this, the food eaten by the children during the last 24 hours before the survey date was classified into eight food groups: the first, cereals, roots and tubers; the second, legumes and nuts; the third, dairy products; the fourth, flesh foods; the fifth, eggs; the sixth, fish; the seventh, dark green leafy vegetables, and the eighth, fruits and other vegetables.While a child should consume food from a minimum of four groups to meet the daily energy and nutrient requirements, nearly 83% of children from Vikramgad were eating from three or fewer food groups. “They consumed dal and rice most of the time, which is extremely inadequate,” said Dr. Ghosh. Jawahar and Mokhada from Palghar district have always been in the news for malnutrition but Vikramgad, with similar problems, has not received enough attention. “This is why we chose this block for our study,” he said. Key factsThe Palghar district consists of eight talukas: Mokhada, Talasari, Vasai, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Palghar, Dahanu and Wada.The district has a large number of tribal villages, hamlets and small fishing villages.Vikramgad block is a scheduled area as a majority of the inhabitants of this block are tribals.Warli, Katkari and Malhar Koli are the tribal groups in Palghar district.last_img read more

Michigan G Spike Albrecht Thanks Wolverines’ Fan With Heartfelt Tweet Following B1G Tourney Loss

first_imgSpike Albrecht speaks on camera.The Michigan men’s basketball team’s season might have come to an end today, as the Wolverines fell in the Big Ten Tournament to Wisconsin, 71-60. John Beilein’s squad, 16-16, 8-10 in the Big Ten, is surely not an NCAA Tournament team, and a berth into the NIT seems questionable, too. The Michigan coach said following the loss to the Badgers that they’re not interested in playing in one of other tournaments. So, this afternoon might have been the last time we saw this year’s edition of Michigan basketball. In light of that, Wolverines’ junior guard Spike Albrecht sent out a heartfelt tweet to the fans, thanking them for their support this season. Thanks to everyone who stuck by our side all season long. Can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support. #GoBlue— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) March 13, 2015Michigan had a down season in 2014-15, but the Wolverines will bring a decent amount of talent back, and get some key players healthy. Beilein’s team could be a contender in the Big Ten next season.last_img read more

Video: One-Handed Florida Walk-On Zach Hodskins Hits Layup Off Of A Nasty Spin Move

first_imgZach Hodskin's first basket for the Florida gators.Twitter/@FloridaGatorsFlorida guard Zach Hodskins may be becoming the most popular walk-on in the country. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was born without a portion of his left arm, went viral on YouTube a few years ago for his awesome skills on the court. He walked on to the Gators ahead of last season, and had appeared nine games across the two seasons before tonight, when he scored his first collegiate points. They didn’t come on an open bunny or at the free throw line. Against Jacksonville State, he hits a defender with a nasty spin move and scores at the hoop..@dabreu91 @dustinhart_ @GatorsMBK Here’s Zach at full speed! #GoGators— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Here it is in slow motion.Sweet spin move to lay up – and the foul – for Zach Hodskins! #GoGators cc @GatorsMBK— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Zach’s story is an awesome, and sure to be inspirational for other aspiring players. We can’t wait to see this over and over on the highlights this week.last_img read more

Commentary Linsane in the membrane New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin lighting

Who would have thought that the sporting world’s next Cinderella story would have driven the Big Apple to Linsanity? If you haven’t heard of the New York Knicks’ point guard Jeremy Lin, chances are you’re a fashion major or just don’t care about sports. Heading into the Knicks’ game against Sacramento Wednesday, Lin has been rocking the NBA, scoring more points in his first five starts than any other player since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976, and leading the once struggling Knicks to a six-game winning streak after starting the season 8-15. During the first five games of the Lin era, the Knicks were without superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire due to injury and a family death, respectfully. Out of nowhere, the Harvard graduate and undrafted second-year comes off the bench and brings life to a dormant Knicks squad, and energy to Madison Square Garden that hasn’t been seen since Patrick Ewing was lighting up the scoreboards throughout the 1990s. Born and raised just north of New York City, I’ve been an avid Knicks fan since I was young. Speaking for a number of people I’m close with back home, we haven’t been this excited about the NBA ever. Lin has brought excitement and wins to the Knicks, something that names like Anthony, Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler haven’t been able to do, at a fraction of the cost. The rumble of Linsanity has even brought tremors to Columbus, Ohio. After his 38-point performance against the Lakers on Friday night, Lin was the topic of discussion on High Street. You’ll have your critics bash his high amount of turnovers, which is common among point guards who aren’t used to playing with a new cast, but for the most part it sounds like Lin has won over Ohio State. The only positive talk you hear in Ohio about New York sports is when the Giants win the Super Bowl or the Yankees win the World Series. Here’s a new bandwagon for Ohioans to jump on, and this time it’s not just the front runners coming on board. It might not be the sexiest story to hit sports; Lin doesn’t walk around with the swagger of superstar athletes, but his energy and determination make up for that. He’s putting wins on the board. In any sport, all that matters is the ‘W.’ It probably also helps that he’s Asian, a rare ethnicity in professional basketball. Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather’s comments on Twitter about Lin’s race angered many. From his Twitter account, @FloydMayweather, Mayweather said on Feb. 13: “Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he’s Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.” Let’s be honest, anyone of any race that does what Lin has done deserves the credit they’ve received. I’m sure if a Caucasian with red hair were putting up Lin’s stats and leading the Knicks to victory, New York would have a severe case of “gingervitus.” Race aside, Lin’s performing miracles on the basketball court. And if seeing signs in Madison Square Garden that read “The Yellow Mamba” is all Knicks fans have to put up with in exchange for wins, I think we can deal with it. For now, I’m all Lin on what the Knicks are doing. It will be interesting to see if the hype and talent that Lin has made appear from thin air can last for what remains of this shortened NBA season. read more

Conte being criticized by Warnock

first_imgIt has been a very difficult season for Chelsea and the latest 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield means that the Champions League hopes are almost gone – and Stephen Warnock believes that it is mostly Conte’s fault.The former Liverpool defender claimed that he is not able to understand Conte’s behaviour towards the press – and it certainly hasn’t helped the atmosphere as he spoke about his disappointment over the transfers that were made.Warnock spoke about Conte’s mistakes as he said, according to Football London:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He’s brought it upon himself with his attitude in press conferences, the way he speaks.”“When he was asked about his future next season, if he wants to be there he says yes, it’s as simple as that. He avoids the question, he doesn’t want to answer it.”“It tells me that he wants to leave the club, he’s not happy with the transfers that have been done this season, he’s very disappointed at that, he’s made that public.”last_img read more

House Passes Cybercrimes Act

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Oct. 14 (JIS): The Cybercrimes Act, which seeks to address computer specific offences, was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 13) with two amendments.The new Act will replace the 2010 legislation, and incorporates new offences such as computer-related fraud or forgery; the use of computers for malicious communication; and unauthorised disclosure of investigation.It also addresses the use of the computer for malicious communication.Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, informed that the clause was included “because there is a new phenomenon called cyberbulling.”“This is where persons wilfully send messages, which are designed to annoy, and harass. The data that is sent must be obscene or is menacing in nature. The person sending the data does so intending to cause or is reckless as to whether the sending of the data causes annoyance, inconvenience or distress,” he explained.Opposition Spokesperson on Information Communications Technology (ICT), Dr. Andrew Wheately, while welcoming the provision to address cyberbulling, said the clause could have the effect of inhibiting use of information communications technology (ICT). “This section has the most far-reaching implications of this Act. The intention of this section is to no doubt reduce the incidence of cyberbullying, which we fully endorse. However, it seems to be completely oblivious to the level of sophistication of the layman technology user,” he said.I am sure that members on both sides of this House will agree that this section cannot stand as is. It cannot be that a person who…. makes a mistake while sending an email, text message or other correspondence could be charged with a crime,” he argued further.Mr. Robinson, in acknowledging the concerns, said Clause 9 Section 1 (b) is to be amended to state that a person commits an offence, if that person wilfully uses a computer to send to another person any data that is obscene or offensive.“I want to assure persons, who may send a message and they think that simply sending a message, which might be a joke, that you will be caught here. That is not what this provision is meant to deal with,” Mr. Robinson said. In closing the debate, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining,Hon. Phillip Paulwell, noted that offences under the Bill require an act and intent.“We have been faithful to ensure that both aspects are provided for, so no innocent bystander will be caught by this. Nobody, who is engaged in doing ICT business, will be caught by this, as you must have intent to do some wrong and the onus is to establish that the intent has been proven,” Mr. Paulwell said.The legislation will now be sent to the Senate for its approval. Related Items:cybercrimes, dr. andrew wheately, house, passlast_img read more

VIDEO WHS Softball Team Honors Its Seniors

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball Team honored its senior players and their parents on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Congrats to Kacie Bourrell, Gianna Brunetto, Kayla Bourrell, Ally Moran, and Ryan Bailey!Watch the short Senior Night ceremony, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Girls Tennis Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship NightIn “Videos”last_img read more

Ebola Breakthrough Promising For Future Treatments Vaccine Galveston Researchers Say

first_img“This virus has multiple sophisticated methods to subvert the human immune system,” said Virologist Alex Bukreyev, UTMB at Galveston professor in the Department of Pathology. He is a co-senior author of a collaborative study, along with The Vanderbilt University Medical Center, The Scripps Research Institute, and Integral Molecular, Inc. It claims to have successfully identified and isolated three Ebola antibodies, which can be used to potentially treat several species of the disease, and even help develop a multi-strain vaccine.The study results were published in Nature Microbiology, on May 7.“These antibodies will be considered as therapeutics for treatment of multiple species of ebolaviruses,” said Bukreyev. “And secondly, this study opens a way to develop a vaccine, based on the part of the glycoprotein, which is targeted by these antibodies and is shared among several ebolaviruses. So, this vaccine would be effective against several ebolaviruses.”UTMB at GalvestonDr. Michelle Meyer, a postdoctoral fellow at UTMB, demonstrates her work in a UTMB training lab. (2015)Bukreyev said there are also several Ebola vaccines in clinical trials, but a multi-strain vaccine is still several years away. Still, the new study appears to show some progress in that area. “We’ve also run some more studies and we’ve shown that these antibodies protect mice from two viruses: Bundibugyo virus, and also the Ebola virus, which caused an epidemic in west Africa,” said Bukreyev.Many strategies have been developed to treat Ebola, including antibody-based treatment, ZMapp. “The trouble with ZMapp is that although it is effective against the Ebola species that was largely responsible for [a recent] Ebola outbreak, it does not neutralize other Ebola species, including Ebola Bundibugyo, Reston or Sudan,” said Bukreyev, in a UTMB press release. Listen 00:00 /00:50 The University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonThis is a 2015 photo of Dr. Michelle Meyer (left) and Dr. Alex Bukreyev (right) studying Ebola at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s BSL-4 Lab, which is the highest biosafety level for a lab.The World Health Organization is using a new vaccine to the fight the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.And, back in Texas, a scientific breakthrough may pave the way for a universal Ebola treatment and vaccine, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).Ebola is a rare and deadly virus; with an average fatality rate of around 50 percent, according to the World Health Organization. A new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 8.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more