Inhome stair lifts will be more accessible affordable under PscholkaNesbitt bills

first_img03Mar In-home stair lifts will be more accessible, affordable under Pscholka/Nesbitt bills Categories: News The House Commerce and Trade Committee today approved a package of bills to remove regulations on residential stair lift installation, after hearing testimony from local state Reps. Al Pscholka and Aric Nesbitt on how removing the regulations could provide more affordable access for Michigan residents while still maintaining safety standards.Rep. Pscholka’s House Bill 4163 and Rep. Nesbitt’s House Bill 4162 clarify that residential stair lifts are not subject to the same regulatory standards as elevator installations.  Currently, Michigan law regulates residential stair lifts in the same way that it oversees commercial elevators. This misclassification means that state inspectors and commercially-certified contractors are required to install simple stair lifts, which is more expensive for the homeowner. Their bills require that the installer be a licensed elevator contractor or certified by the manufacturer of the residential lift.“The current law requiring stair lifts to be installed by commercial contractors puts Michigan residents at a major disadvantage and costs nearly double that of surrounding states,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “This is especially of detriment to our seniors, disabled veterans, and mobility-impaired individuals, as it keeps them from being able to afford a simple tool that allows them to stay in their homes.”Rep. Nesbitt, R-Lawton, said: “These burdensome roadblocks hinder local job creators and, in some cases, increase costs on Michigan residents.  This legislation maintains effective safety standards, while also making the common sense reforms necessary to ease a burden facing many senior and disabled homeowners who use these helpful tools to stay in their homes.”Both bills were approved by the committee and now head to the House floor for further legislative action.last_img read more

Latvian telco Lattelecom has added 3D channel High

first_imgLatvian telco Lattelecom has added 3D channel High TV to its programming line-up.The addition of the channel follows the launch of 3D on-demand movies earlier this year. Lattelecom TV director Inga Alik said High TV would be offered on a trial basis initially. The channel is available to customers with an internet connection of 8Mbps or above. Subscribers can sign up for the channel via an HD package for LVL3.80 (€5.40), or can sign up for individual à la carte channels for LVL1.20 each.last_img read more

Anyone can get hernias especially after abdominal surgery

first_imgAny factors that put increased pressure on those areas like obesity and pregnancy, as well as factors that weaken your tissues or decrease wound healing, such as diabetes and nicotine use, will increase your risk. And sometimes people form hernias and we just don’t know why.”Britney Corey, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, UAB Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019Anne Rhodes is back to doing what she loves after being treated for a hernia at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Frankly, a hernia wasn’t even on her radar.”I had a lot of misconceptions about hernias,” Rhodes said. “I thought it was just something you got when you tried to lift something too heavy.”A hernia is a common medical condition that occurs when part of an internal organ or tissue pushes through a weak area of muscle, creating a bulge.After having colon resection surgery, Rhodes, a Montgomery native, develop a such a bulge on the left side of her stomach.”A friend of mine who works in the medical field told me that I had a hernia,” Rhodes said.Most hernias occur in the abdomen, between the chest and the hips, and they can develop in men, women and children, often from a combination of muscle weakness and straining, like lifting something heavy. Some people are born with weak abdominal muscles and therefore may be more likely to develop a hernia. The most common treatment for a hernia is surgery to repair the opening in the muscle wall. Untreated hernias tend to keep growing, often causing pain and health problems.Rhodes scheduled an appointment with Britney Corey, M.D., and Abhishek Parmer, M.D., both assistant professors in the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and had her hernia repaired on March 4, 2019.Corey says that people with a prior incision or operation in the abdominal area are at higher risk for developing a hernia. Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsRewiring of nerves gives movement to paralyzed arms and handsFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsCorey says that, if someone is pregnant and develops a hernia, individualized care is recommended, with surgery typically put on hold until after pregnancy.”Future pregnancies may put the hernia repair at risk,” she said.Parmar says treating patients with hernias is like having a chess match. It takes a thoughtful approach to think about the downstream effects.”The real art of hernia care at UAB is that we really try to keep the whole picture in mind and consider how hernia surgery might affect a patient, not just immediately, but for the rest of their life,” he said. “We consider the whole patient and, with the help of many other doctors, try to give patients the best chances of succeeding with surgery. That’s one of the benefits of being at an academic institution like UAB.”Once diagnosed with a hernia, patients are usually referred to a surgeon. Post-surgery, patients may stay in the hospital for a few days or go home the same day of the procedure.”Patients usually can resume normal activities quickly, with lifting restrictions for two to six weeks,” Corey said.Rhodes, a retired librarian, said her care at UAB was top-notch, and now she is able to do things that she loves again, like swim 40 laps at her local pool.”I thought my care was wonderful,” she said. “Dr. Corey and Parmar were very professional, informative and intentional.” Source:University of Alabama at Birminghamlast_img read more

Tumor tissuefreezing method may help more women with breast cancer in lower

first_imgInnovation in cancer care doesn’t always mean you have to create an entirely new treatment, sometimes it means radically innovating on proven therapies such that they’re redesigned to be accessible to the majority of the world’s population.”Bailey Surtees, Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering graduate and the study’s first author “This project is a remarkable example of success from the Biomedical Engineering Design Program,” says Nicholas Durr, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins and the study’s senior author. “This team of undergraduates has been so successful because they created a practical solution for the problem after really understanding the constraints that needed to be met to be impactful.”The largest cause of cancer-related mortality for women across the globe, breast cancer disproportionately affects women in lower-income countries due to lack of treatment. While the survival rate for women in the United States is greater than 90%, they are significantly lower at 64%, 46% and 12% in Saudi Arabia, Uganda and The Gambia, respectively.”Instead of saying ‘She has breast cancer,” the locals we met while conducting focus groups for our research said ‘She has death,’ because breast cancer is often considered an automatic death sentence in these communities,” adds Surtees.In lower-income countries, the main barriers to treating breast cancer are inadequate treatment options–with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation being impractical or too expensive–and long travel times to regional hospitals where efficient treatment is available. Even if a woman is able to travel to a hospital for treatment, she may not be seen and recovery times will keep her out of work for an additional few weeks.Killing cancerous tissue with cold, or cryoablation, is preferable to surgically removing tumors in these countries because it eliminates the need for a sterile operating room and anesthesia, thus making it possible to local clinics to perform the procedure. It’s also minimally invasive, thereby reducing complications such as pain, bleeding and extended recovery time.Related StoriesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskCurrent cryoablation technologies, however, are too expensive, with a single treatment costing upwards of $10,000, and are dependent on argon gas, which typically isn’t available in lower-income countries, to form the tissue-killing ice crystals.With these barriers in mind, the student-led research team, named Kubanda (which means “cold” in Zulu), wanted to create a tissue-freezing tool that uses carbon dioxide, which is already widely available in most rural areas thanks to the popularity of carbonated drinks.The research team tested their tool in three experiments to ensure it could remain cold enough in conditions similar to the human breast and successfully kill tumor tissue.In the first experiment, the team used the tool on jars of ultrasound gel, which thermodynamically mimics human breast tissue, to determine whether it could successfully reach standard freezing temperatures killing tissue and form consistent iceballs. In all trials, the device formed large enough iceballs and reached temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius, which meets standard freezing temperatures for tissue death for similar devices in the United States.For the second experiment, the team treated 9 rats with 10 mammary tumors. Afterwards, they looked at the tissue under a microscope and confirmed that the tool successfully killed 85% or more tissue for all tumors.Finally, the team tested the tool’s ability to reach temperatures cold enough for tissue destruction in the normal liver of a pig, which has a temperature similar to a human breast. The device was successfully able to stay cold enough during the entire experiment to kill the target tissue.”When we started the project, experts in the area told us it was impossible to ablate meaningful tissue volumes with carbon dioxide. This mindset may have come from both the momentum of the field and also from not thinking about the importance of driving down the cost of this treatment,” says Durr.While the results are promising, the device still requires additional experiments before it’s ready for commercial use. Mainly, the research team’s next steps are to ensure it can consistently kill cancer tissue under the same heat conditions as human breast tissue.In the near future, the team hopes to continue testing their device for human use, and expand its use to pets. Source:Johns Hopkins UniversityJournal reference:Surtees, B. et al. (2019) Validation of a low-cost, carbon dioxide-based cryoablation system for percutaneous tumor ablation. PLOS ONE. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 15 2019A new reusable device created by the Johns Hopkins University can help women with breast cancer in lower income countries by using carbon dioxide, a widely available and affordable gas, to power a cancer tissue-freezing probe instead of industry-standard argon.A study detailing the tool’s success in animals was published this month in PLOS One.last_img read more

New study shows clear link between cannabis use and brain alterations

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 21 2019A once understudied topic now shows a clear link between cannabis use and brain alterations, whereby chronic use may lead to poor conflict resolution skillsThe development of neural circuits in youth, at a particularly important time in their lives, can be heavily influenced by external factors—specifically the frequent and regular use of cannabis. A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that alterations in cognitive control—an ensemble of processes by which the mind governs, regulates and guides behaviors, impulses, and decision-making based on goals are directly affected.The researchers found that these brain alterations were less intense in individuals who recently stopped using cannabis, which may suggest that the effects of cannabis are more robust in recent users. Additional findings from the study also suggest greater and more persistent alterations in individuals who initiated cannabis use earlier, while the brain is still developing. “As such, the adolescent brain may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of substance use, particularly cannabis—the most commonly used recreational drug by teenagers worldwide,” added the postdoctoral scientist in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York.The findings are based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data acquired from 28 adolescents and young adults (aged 14-23 years) with significant cannabis use and 32 age and sex-matched non-using healthy controls. Participants were scanned during their performance of a Simon Spatial Incompatibility Task, a cognitive control task that requires resolving cognitive conflict to respond accurately.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaThe authors also examined the degree to which fluctuations in activity in relation to conflict resolution is synchronized across the different regions comprised in this frontostriatal circuit (that is, to what extent are regions functionally connected with each other). Although circuit connectivity did not differ between cannabis-using and non-using youth, the research team found an association between how early individuals began regularly using cannabis and the extent to which frontostriatal regions were disrupted, suggesting that earlier chronic use may have a larger impact on circuit development than use of later onset.”The present findings support the mission of the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development study, a longitudinal study aimed at understanding the developmental trajectory of brain circuits in relation to cannabis use,” said Dr. Cyr. “In addition, these findings are a first step towards identifying brain-based targets for early interventions that reduce addiction behaviors by enhancing self-regulatory capacity.”Given that substance use and relapse rates are associated with control processes, interventions based on neural stimulation, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and behavioral interventions, such as cognitive training, that specifically target the brain circuits underlying these control processes may be helpful as adjunct intervention strategies to complement standard treatment programs for cannabis use disorder.” Source:ElsevierJournal reference:Cyr, M. et al. (2019) Deficient Functioning of Frontostriatal Circuits During the Resolution of Cognitive Conflict in Cannabis-Using Youth. JAACAP. Most adults with problematic substance use now were most likely having problems with drugs and alcohol in adolescence, a developmental period during which the neural circuits underlying cognitive control processes continue to mature. “Marilyn Cyr, PhD, Lead Authorlast_img read more

Congress terms Centres plan to review GST rates as belated wisdom

first_imgCongress spokesperson and senior advocate, Abhishekh Manu Singhvi   –  THE HINDU COMMENT Published on COMMENTS The Congress termed the Centre’s plan to bring the GST rate for 99 per cent of the goods below 18 per cent as a belated wisdom. The party said it has been demanding for long that the new structure should have started with 18 per cent as the standard rate.Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the governance mantra of BJP is “leap before you look” and it is the reason for the damage caused by the GST to businesses, especially MSMEs. “Having scrambled the egg needlessly when GST was introduced, the government is trying to unscramble it! Typical of NDA,” he tweeted.Talking to reporters at Parliament, party MP and spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had termed Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a GST rate of 18 per cent or less as ‘grand stupid thought’. “Hundred days are left for the Lok Sabha elections, and Modi has suddenly woken up to the fact that the GST implemented by his government is poorly implemented,” Singhvi said.‘One Nation Seven Taxes’The Congress, which has been maintaining that Modi’s GST is ‘One Nation Seven Taxes’, said Rahul Gandhi has been at the forefront of demanding a single tax rate for the GST — not exceeding 18%. “Congress leaders had been demanding the same since 2015, but Modi government did not listen to the people,” he said.Singhvi said the GST council has rationalised the rates four times recently. “We want to ask (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley, what has changed in the past five months, that now the Modi government is forced to adopt the ‘flawed idea’ of single tax rate? Was it the absolute drubbing they received from the electorate in the five States or was something else?” he asked.Citing a survey by All India Manufacturers’ Organisation (AIMO) Singhvi said the country witnessed a steady job loss and declining profits since 2014, and demonetisation and the roll-out of GST are among the reasons for the slowdown. “This is Modi’s legacy of economic mismanagement and jumlas,” he added. SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img GST politics SHARE December 19, 2018last_img read more

Over 90 of Maharashtra covered by southwest monsoon IMD

first_img 0 The south-west monsoon has arrived in more than 90 per cent of Maharashtra and is likely to cover the entire state in the next four to five days, an India Meteorological Department official said Monday.Among the regions yet to be covered is Mumbai, he added.“Monsoon has covered 92-93 per cent of the total area in Maharashtra. In next four to five days, the entire state is likely to come under monsoon,” he said.“The remaining seven to eight per cent area in the state comprises Mumbai, northern part of Konkan and extreme northern part of central Maharashtra,” the IMD official said. He said since the monsoon is active, widespread rain is likely in Konkan and neighbouring Goa.“Central Maharashtra is likely to get widespread rain between June 26-28. Marathwada got widespread rain on Monday but it will reduce partially from Tuesday,” he informed.Rain is also expected in the state’s Vidarbha region, he said. Maharashtra Published on COMMENT Monsooncenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE June 24, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more