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Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster

first_img Read Full Story Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of dementia than those who were able to stay in their homes, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study was the first to look at dementia as a potential health risk in the aftermath of a disaster.The study was published online Oct. 24, 2016 in an Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal (PNAS).“In the aftermath of disasters, most people focus on mental health issues like PTSD,” said Hiroyuki Hikichi, research fellow at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study. “But our study suggests that cognitive decline is also an important issue. It appears that relocation to a temporary shelter after a disaster may have the unintended effect of separating people not just from their homes but from their neighbors—and both may speed up cognitive decline among vulnerable people.” The Harvard Chan researchers, working with colleagues in Japan, were able to conduct a “natural experiment” among a group of elderly residents of the coastal city of Iwanuma, located 80 kilometers west of the earthquake epicenter, where nearly half the land area was inundated by the tsunami. Seven months before the disaster, elderly residents of Iwanuma had been surveyed about their health as part of an ongoing study of aging called the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study (JAGES). last_img read more

Eating our way to a sustainable future

first_img VITAL researcher JoAnn Manson outlines findings on vitamin D, omega-3 Related Can we eat our way out of some global environmental problems?That’s a question asked by author Paul Greenberg, who has made his career writing about the problems of the seafood industry and seafood’s potential — with careful management and a shift in consumer practices — to be the foundation of a healthier diet, promote more sustainable use of the environment, and even reduce carbon emissions.Greenberg, the author of three books on fish, seafood, and the fishing industry, said one health benefit of eating more seafood is consuming more of the omega-3 fatty acids it contains. Those fats, also marketed commercially as supplements, have been long suspected to have heart-healthy effects, and results last fall from the VITAL study, led by JoAnn Manson, the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, showed that taking omega-3 supplements caused large reductions in cardiovascular risk for those who had little fish in their diet.But “eating seafood” today means something different than it did just a few generations ago, Greenberg said. Instead of diets varying depending on locally available fish, recent decades have seen seafood becoming standardized, with the industrial focus narrowing to four foods: tuna, shrimp, salmon, and several species lumped together as “whitefish.”Those species can be very energy-intensive to harvest, and rediversifying the diet to increase the consumption of things like mussels and seaweed — which are both high in omega-3s and use much less energy to produce and process — can ease carbon emissions related to seafood harvesting.Following his talk, author Paul Greenberg (from left) sat down with Harvard professors Walter Willett, Christopher Golden, and Susan Korrick to discuss a more sustainable way to include seafood in our diet. Photo by MarÌa F. SanchezAnother strategy, Greenberg said, would be to utilize the 20 million to 30 million metric tons of smaller fish — currently ground up to use as fertilizer, for pig and chicken feed, and in aquaculture — for direct human consumption. That would increase the efficiency of a system that currently expends a lot of energy harvesting fish to feed them to something else that humans then eat.With the planet’s population slated to continue growing, future challenges include not just shifting toward healthier and less-energy-intensive diets, but also simply providing more food. Greenberg said the aquaculture industry has the potential to meet this need and could reduce current problems of near-shore pollution by co-locating its pens at offshore wind farms.Greenberg, whose talk mirrored the title of his latest book, “The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for Long Life and a Healthier Planet,” spoke at Harvard’s Science Center on Tuesday afternoon. His lecture was followed by a discussion with three Harvard nutrition and seafood experts, including Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition Walter Willett, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health Christopher Golden, and Assistant Professor of Medicine Susan Korrick. The event was presented by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Harvard researchers map geographic areas of most concern in reducing neurotoxin Study tracks mercury sources in seafood Harvard partners with fishmonger to dish up fresh, local meals on a large scale A major test for dietary supplements From sea to dining hall table Their discussion, Willett said, goes to the heart of what will be one of the major challenges facing humanity over the next century: feeding a growing population in a sustainable way.While omega-3 fatty acids are an important nutritional component of seafood, Willett said questions remain as to how much is needed for optimum health.Studies have shown that omega-3 supplements can reduce cardiovascular risk among those whose diets contain little fish, he said, but it’s likely that the effect plateaus and adding more beyond that to the diet would be of little use. At high enough doses, he said, some nutrients become toxic. Salt, for example, is an essential nutrient, but Willett said it’s likely we’ve gone beyond the plateau of beneficial effects and typically eat too much.“Like many nutrients, there’s not a linear relationship between intake and how healthy we are,” Willett said. “There are many things that are essential, but we don’t need more.”Resource-poor parts of the world are facing a somewhat different scenario, Golden said. In places where locally caught fish provide important nutrients in the diet, fish populations are expected to shift and body sizes to decline due to climate change, portending difficult times. Fish provide not just calories and protein for more than a billion people, but also micronutrients that are absent from the tubers and grains that are likely to take their place in the diet.“It’s very troubling, in my opinion, to look at these types of statistics,” Golden said.In addition to nutrients, seafood also contains pollutants that concentrate as they make their way up the food chain, Korrick said. Those pollutants, such as mercury, have long been known to be a risk of marine foods, but the use of fish meal to feed land animals like pigs and chicken makes that a problem for the terrestrial food chain as well.“If there’s the political will and the political interest to really rethink and reimagine our food supply, considering contamination is a critical piece of that process,” Korrick said.Despite the many challenges, Greenberg contended that increasing seafood consumption, heightening use of aquaculture, and shifting toward less-energy-intensive foods point the way toward a sustainable future.“We could end up with a planet that is more balanced and perhaps a human body that’s more balanced,” he concluded.last_img read more

Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey & More to Star in Show Boat

first_imgNorm Lewis, Alli Mauzey, Fred Willard, Christopher Fitzgerald and Natasha Yvette Williams will “Make Believe” and join the previously announced Show Boat, starring Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and Lauren Worsham. The New York Philharmonic’s semi-staged production of the classic tuner, which features music by Jerome Kern and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, is set to play Avery Fisher Hall from November 5 through November 8. Ted Sperling will conduct and direct. View Comments Current Phantom and Tony nominee Lewis (Porgy & Bess) will play Joe, Wicked alums Mauzey and Fitzgerald will play Ellie and Frank respectively, while Willard (HBO’s Family Tree) will appear as Cap’n Andy and Natasha Yvette Williams (A Night With Janis Joplin) as Queenie.center_img Show Boat follows the lives of three generations of performers, stagehands and dock workers as their theater, the Cotton Blossom, floats along the Mississippi River. The musical was first performed on Broadway in 1927 and has been revived on the Great White Way and by opera companies numerous times since then. The tuner features such classic showtunes as “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe” and “You Are Love.”last_img read more

Flea Fight.

first_imgIf you’re a pet owner, the sight of a flea on your dog or hoppingacross your rug can make you want to bring out the heavy artillery.But wait.University of Georgia experts say fighting fleas doesn’t haveto mean war. It just takes strategy.To fight fleas in your home and on your pet, UGA entomologistNancy Hinkle offers these suggestions.Follow These Suggestions* Clean your pet’s bedding once a week. Empty any dust anddebris you find into a bathtub and rinse it down the drain. Then,wash the pet bedding in hot soapy water to kill any remainingflea larvae.* Before making any treatments, consider having your carpetssteam-cleaned for immediate elimination of adult fleas.* Next, treat your home with both an adulticide (an insecticidethat kills adult fleas) and an insect growth regulator or “IGR”(a chemical that prevents immature fleas from reaching adulthood).Remove all pets (don’t forget the fish) before applying the treatment.Afterwards, leave your home until the carpet has completely dried.Now that you’ve removed the fleas from your home, how do youget them off your pet?Which Product Works Best?”Many highly effective on-animal products can be prescribedby your veterinarian,” Hinkle said. “You can even buya combination product that kills fleas and prevents heartworms.”Pills, sprays and topical applications are also available throughyour veterinarian.”A six-month, injectable, feline formulation is also availablefor cats,” Hinkle said. “Many of these products areavailable only by prescription. But because they provide weeksof control with just one application, they usually result in acost savings when compared to over-the-counter products.”Hinkle warns that many over-the-counter compounds also containtoxicants like permethrin (not found in veterinary-supplied products).”Make sure to read the label caution against use on puppiesand cats, as these products can be lethal,” she said.Don’t Try Home RemediesApplying organic products probably isn’t a good idea.”Feeding your pet garlic, brewer’s yeast or B vitaminshasn’t been proven to have an effect against fleas,” Hinklesaid. “Neither has using pennyroyal, eucalyptus, rosemaryand citronella. And they actually may be irritating or toxic toyour pet.”To reduce the chances of fleas becoming resistant to chemicaltreatments, Hinkle recommends homeowners use a variety of controlmethods to fight fleas.last_img read more

Yellen: Fed ‘actively looking’ for reg relief options

first_imgFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen yesterday told lawmakers she is “actively looking” for ways to decrease the regulatory burden for smaller financial institutions.“We are actively looking for ways that we can safely diminish burdens particularly on community banks” and other smaller financial institutions, Yellen said in response to a question from Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., during a hearing held by the House Financial Services Committee focused on Fed rulemaking and supervision.Heck was joined by Reps. Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, and Robert Pittenger, R-N.C. in emphasizing the need for more regulatory relief for small financial institutions.Yellen also fielded questions from Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., on the potential impact of an increase in the federal funds target rate on mortgage rates. Sherman discouraged a rate increase this winter, but Yellen said the Fed was “very aware” of the potential impact and that the pace of an increase would be gradual. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Don’t take your marketing metrics in vain

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Mirror mirror on the wall, which marketing metrics are the fairest of them all? The answer is simple. The most effective metrics are those that measure meaningful results, not just results that give you a false sense of security.Vanity metrics are results that might make you look good to the powers that be, but they don’t really measure anything that leads to growth or necessary change. In most cases, they don’t even matter to the success of your marketing, let alone that success of your credit union. Consider the following. New MembersIt may surprise you to see new members categorized as a vanity metric. Obviously, growth is important to every credit union. But new members who only have a share account are generally not the kind of growth you need. Those are the members costing you money. The key metric is how successful your credit union is at deepening its relationship with those members. Measure the number of new members against your credit union’s onboarding efforts. How many of the products and services being marketed to them are they actually using? That is your measure of new member success.Social Media “Likes”Your credit union has 2,000 likes on Facebook. What happens now? You go for 2,001? Is your credit union any better or worse for the number of people liking or following you? Maybe, but you can’t possibly know that by measuring your likes on social media. How many of those followers are buying what you are selling? How many of them are you regularly engaging in conversation? How many of them are even members of your credit union? The point of social media is to get your members’ (and non-members’) attention by engaging them in conversation. It takes time, but the results of those conversations should deepen relationships with current members or get non-members to join your credit union. If you are not measuring that, your likes don’t matter.Number of App DownloadsYou probably know how many members have downloaded your mobile app. How many of them are active users and how does your credit union define an active user? Daily use? Weekly use? Active usage is your bread and butter measurement. Equally important if you can measure it is what those active users are doing when they use your app. Remember, the more tied they are to your credit union and the more they depend on your products and services, the more deeply loyal they are.Peer GroupsPeer benchmarking has its place, but you have to be careful with the way you use it, especially for marketing purposes. Comparing your credit union to other financial institutions with a similar asset size gives you a baseline of where you stand from a financial performance standpoint. From a marketing standpoint, that might not mean a whole lot. If loans are down compared to other credit unions, it may or may not be a marketing issue. Certainly look at that, but also consider using peer group data to gain a competitive advantage. Analyze the deposit market share of each of your branches and compare that to the branches of the competitors in your peer group.  Also research your competitors’ websites to see which areas of business they are currently marketing. Use that information to position your products and services differently. Vanity metrics might make your credit union marketing efforts look successful, but they aren’t helping you measure your marketing effectiveness. As the old saying goes, looks can be deceiving. Don’t fall into the trap of being deceived by your own metrics.last_img read more

Retail: Retails you lose

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Architecturally designed in cul-de-sac location hits the market

first_imgMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 20197 Jonquil Court, Albany Creek.There are separated living spaces, so everyone has their own room to unwind.Mr Russo said he has had many memorable moments at 7 Jonquil Court over the years including the time his family came to visit from Canada.“It was one of my fondest memories,” he said. The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 7 Jonquil Court, Albany Creek.He said there was a huge terrace garden, perfect for an orchard.The architecturally designed home is on a 1250sq m block is at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.The property is within walking distance to shops, schools and public transport.Mr Baker said it was the first time the house was offered for sale and it was in a perfect position within the suburb.The single-storey home is a stroll to Jinker Track, with its 3km cycle track and bush walks. 7 Jonquil Court, Albany Creek.He said it was perfect when you needed space and could go off and watch a movie.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, with a Cyprus timber frame, has fully ducted airconditioning and insulation for all seasons. 7 Jonquil Court, Albany Creek.As the Russos prepare for their property to go to auction on June 3, they are hoping a young professional couple will buy it.“We want someone who can appreciate the extra work done to the home,” Mr Russo said.Albany Creek First National – Albany Creek selling agent Shem Baker said the most recent renovations included the hardwood timber floors. 7 Jonquil Court, Albany Creek.Tony and Laura Russo are selling their Albany Creek home after 23 years.Mr Russo, a retired building inspector said the house was built in 1994.The couple are downsizing as their children have left home.Mr Russo said his favourite rooms were the study and media room.last_img read more

Victor Moses lands in Milan for Inter medical

first_imgNigerian winger Victor Moses has arrived in Italy for a medical, with the wing-back close to sealing a switch from Chelsea to Inter Milan.Advertisement Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Rihanna Museum Is Probably Opening SoonYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World Loading… center_img The Nigerian International, who has made six appearances in the Super Lig for Fenerbahce this term, landed in Milan on Monday evening, Sky in Italy are reporting.Moses arrives in Milan for Inter medical Victor Moses has arrived in Italy for a medical, with the wing-back close to completing a move from Chelsea to Inter Milan. https://t.co/A9mtcNdh5S— CFC News Sky Sports (@CFCnewsSKY) January 21, 2020An agreement has been made “in principle” between Inter and Chelsea for the 29-year-old, as confirmed by Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio.Victor Moses is set to end his seven-and-a-half-year stay at Stamford BridgeRead Also: Inter Milan chief says ‘Ýes’ to Victor MosesThe AFCON 2013 winner is set to become the fourth Premier League player to move to the Serie A club this campaign, following Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez’s transfers from Manchester United.Moses reportedly landed in Milano on Monday night to stay in the hotel where now his agents and the legal representatives are finalising the details of his contract with Inter.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Army finds abandoned NPA lair in NegOcc

first_imgBACOLOD City – Soldiers discovered an abandoned camp believed to belong to New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the central part of Negros Occidental.Philippine Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) commander, Lieutenant Colonel Angelo Guzman, said his troops discovered the camp in the vicinity of Barangay Buenavista in Himamaylan City, to Barangay Tan-awan in Kabankalan City after week-long clearing operations.He said the camp was fortified with running trenches, battle positions and can accommodate at least 60 persons. As the troops were searching the area, they discovered an improvised explosive device and an AK-47 assault rifle.Guzman added the abandoned camp was now marked as a target for artillery and bomber aircraft once the rebels are monitored re-occupying the position again.The 94IB commander also disclosed they have received information from a local resident alleging that the remains of one of the two NPA insurgents killed during an encounter on April 30 has been spotted at a creek-line located in Bindoy town’s Barangay Cambudlas in Negros Oriental.The 94IB immediately sent troops to the area following the tip-off, but the remains of the NPA rebel may have already been recovered or buried by his fellow insurgents. However, they recovered an M16 rifle which may have belonged to one of the NPA fatalities.He further added the 94IB will intensify its focused military operations in the central part of Negros Island to destroy NPA formations and neutralize identified insurgent personalities and supporters in pursuit of peace in the area./PN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA last_img read more