Kolkata gets all-woman police squad

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, Kolkata Police unleashed a new weapon against eve-teasers, stalkers and roadside Romeos: an all-woman motorbike squad.Dressed in the whites of the Kolkata Police, the 24-strong squad of constables was congratulated by Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at a brief ceremony at the Lalbazar police headquarters before they set out to patrol the streets in their brand new scooties. Safer public places“Introducing “The Winners” — a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent crimes like molestation, eve-teasing etc. to make public places safer for women,” the Kolkata Police tweeted. According to a senior police officer, the constables were inducted into the force on the basis of their record. They were given four months special training before taking up the new assignment. Equipped with camerasThe squad, which is also equipped with cameras, is aimed at instilling confidence and curbing crime against women in the city. Each scooty will have two women constables. While the squad will cover the entire jurisdiction of the Kolkata Police, they will keep a special eye on schools, colleges and parks. The mobility of the scooty-riding cops is expected to provide the Kolkata Police an edge, as they can reach even remote corners of the city in no time.last_img read more

Top two volleyball clubs in Superliga collide in yet another championship duel

first_imgView comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs They have been the two best clubs in the Philippine Superliga and, as another championship unfolds, Petron and F2 Logistics are all set for yet another heavyweight showdown.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers collide at 6 p.m. on Saturday as Game 1 of the All-Filipino Conference best-of-three championship series blasts off at Mall of Asia Arena.It’s the fifth straight finals that Petron and F2 Logistics will face each other, underscoring the rise of their rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe two teams have seven titles between them.At 4 p.m., Cignal and Generika-Ayala collide in the bronze-medal match. Petron opened the conference with 10 consecutive victories in the preliminary round, before whipping Sta. Lucia and Cignal in the playoffs, to keep its hopes of sweeping the conference alive.“We can’t think of the sweep right away; our mission is to win the title first and foremost,” said Petron coach Shaq delos Santos.“If in the process of winning the title, we sweep all our games, then well and good.”Three years ago, the franchise, made up of an entirely different core, won all its 14 matches to clinch the All-Filipino title.This time, Petron will rely on heavyweights Mika Reyes, Aiza Pontillas, Ces Molina, Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT In Petron’s way is a solid crew culled from the country’s most successful college program of late headed by Ramil de Jesus, one of the best local volleyball coaches these days.“We have to be realistic because F2 Logistics also has a solid lineup, a good coaching system and they have been playing together for a long time,” added Delos Santos, whose wards dominated the Cargo Movers in their first encounter, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20.F2’s core is forged from La Salle’s volleyball program, with the likes of Cha Cruz-Behag, Aby Maraño, Majoy Baron, Kim Kianna Dy and Kim Fajardo leading the charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’last_img read more

New study debunks link between depression risk and 18 genes

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 3 2019Over the past quarter-century, researchers have published hundreds of studies suggesting a small set of particular genes or gene-variants plays a substantial role in boosting susceptibility to depression. Such papers fueled hopes that clinicians could soon use genetic testing to simply identify those at risk, and drug companies could develop medications to counteract a few genetically-driven culprits.But a new University of Colorado Boulder study assessing genetic and survey data from 620,000 individuals found that the 18 most highly-studied candidate genes for depression are actually no more associated with it than randomly chosen genes.The previous studies were incorrect– or “false positives”–and the scientific community should abandon what are known as “candidate gene hypotheses,” the authors conclude.”This study confirms that efforts to find a single gene or handful of genes which determine depression are doomed to fail,” said lead author Richard Border, a graduate student and researcher at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics.Adds senior author Matthew Keller, an associate professor of Psychology and Neuroscience:”We are not saying that depression is not heritable at all. It is. What we are saying is that depression is influenced by many many variants, and individually each of those has a miniscule effect.”For the study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the authors looked at 18 genes which have appeared at least 10 times in depression-focused studies.Among them was a gene called SLC6A4, involved in the transport of the neurochemical serotonin. Research dating back 20 years suggests that people with a certain “short” version of the gene are at significantly greater risk of depression, particularly when exposed to early life trauma.The researchers also looked at genes involved in the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) a protein involved in nerve formation, and the neurotransmitter dopamine.Using genetic and survey data gathered from individuals via the UK Biobank, 23andMe, and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, they set out to see if any of the genes, or gene variants, were associated with depression either alone or when combined with an environmental factor like childhood trauma or socioeconomic diversity.Related StoriesPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationSome children are at greater risk of ongoing depression long after being bulliedGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”The study is the largest and most comprehensive investigation to date of historic depression candidate genes.”We found that, as a set, these candidate genes are no more related to depression than any random gene out there,” said Keller. “The results, even to us, were a little bit stunning.”Keller notes that in the field of genetics, scientists have known for years that candidate-gene hypotheses were flawed. But hopeful researchers in other fields, including psychology, have continued to publish studies – often based on smaller sample sizes – which have kept the idea of a small set of “depression genes” alive.”It’s like in ‘The Emporer Wears No Clothes.’ There’s just nothing there,” said Keller. “I hope this is the final nail in the coffin for those kind of studies.”He and Border stress that their findings do not mean that research into the genetic underpinnings of depression should cease. Instead, they say, it should acknowledge that the genetic architecture of depression is more complicated than once thought.By understanding the thousands of genes associated with the disease, and what they do, researchers can ultimately come up with more accurate “polygenic scores” to predict risk and still potentially develop drugs designed to counteract that risk, they said.In the meantime, Border says, consumers should be wary of claims that individual genes have large effects on complex behaviors.While risk of some medical conditions, like breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, has been clearly linked to individual genes, it’s not so simple with traits like depression.”Any time someone claims to have identified the gene that ’causes’ a complex trait is a time to be skeptical,” said Border. Source:https://www.colorado.edu/today/2019/04/02/do-depression-genes-exist-its-not-so-simple-new-study-concludeslast_img read more

Bioengineered healing glove takes another key step toward commercialization

first_img Source:https://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2019/04/rehealing-glove.php Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019The revolutionary bioengineered healing glove created by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) and the University of Washington has completed another key step on the road toward commercialization.Empowered by a $227,000 award from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), the REHEAL Glove team at UTARI and REHEAL LLC has successfully developed a manufacturing process for the technology. The MTEC agreement, awarded in October 2017, funded the development of this low volume manufacturing process, which has created 100 flexible polymeric gloves for early stage clinical trials.The success of the project earned UTA the MTEC Prototype of the Year Acceleration Award (under $1 million) at the consortium’s fourth annual membership meeting in March. The award is given to the project that effectively advances a novel prototype technology to its next major milestone in a 12-month period.The REHEAL Glove is a flexible glove wound dressing for treatment after hand trauma that provides commonly used negative pressure wound therapy. It also allows early motion therapy during healing to reduce scarring that prevents irreversible joint stiffness.Additionally, the glove provides a means for delivering therapeutics and controlling the wound environment for better and faster healing. The REHEAL Glove can be easily applied and removed, and does not adhere to the wound, which minimizes pain during dressing removal. The material of the glove is made of transparent silicone, enabling for continuous monitoring of the wound.Muthu Wijesundara, head of the Biomedical Technologies Division at UTARI and leader of the project, said the development of the manufacturing process established consistency throughout production and poises the glove for transition into clinical trials.”The manufacturing process gives us more reliability and uniformity in the REHEAL Glove production,” Wijesundara said. “Having this process reduces the risk of variants among the gloves interfering with any future clinical trial work.”Mickey McCabe, executive director of UTARI, said the award builds UTA’s reputation among the federal research community as an effective, efficient institute for advancing research ideas to practical implementation while improving health and the human condition.Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryLean manufacturing methods spur innovations in the testing of drug delivery devicesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CT”The MTEC award is a recognition that UTA and UTARI have the expertise and resources necessary to take on time-sensitive, goal-oriented projects,” McCabe said. “This award also builds on a long history of successful delivery of research results and intellectual property to companies and all branches of our nation’s military.”MTEC is a biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The consortium focuses on the development of medical solutions that protect and heal those that serve.”Complex hand wounds can be debilitating, and current therapies often lead to excessive scar formation and fail to preserve range of motion,” said Lauren Palestrini, MTEC director of research programs. “I believe that the REHEAL Glove addresses many of these limitations and hope its utilization will improve treatment of these injuries. The team, led by Dr. Wijesundara, has done a great job developing a process for low volume production.”The completion of this work is critical in helping the team move forward with testing this hand wound care-dressing system in early feasibility studies and subsequent clinical trials. We are proud to support the work of the team at UTARI as they advance this game-changing technology.”The project was borne from a collaboration between Wijesundara and Christopher Allan, associate professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at the University of Washington. Allan acts as the clinical partner, while Wijesundara and UTARI provide the engineering support.”The forward momentum of the REHEAL Glove project is an outstanding demonstration of UTARI’s mission to link laboratory discoveries to commercialization that ultimately benefits society,” UTA Vice President for Research Duane Dimos said. “I am proud to know this level of cutting-edge research and development is taking place at our University. Thank you to Dr. Wijesundara and his team for their commitment to a project that will serve to improve the treatment and prognosis of serious hand injuries.”last_img read more

Sunscreens are safe effective to use as defense against skin cancer

first_imgRelated StoriesNew study to ease plight of patients with advanced cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancer“As noted in the study, these results do not indicate that individuals should refrain from the use of sunscreen”In Australia, sunscreens are regulated as medicines and must comply with the high standards set by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Active ingredients must be evaluated for their safety by the TGA before they are approved for use in sunscreens and the emerging evidence is regularly reviewed to confirm their continued safety.“Sunscreen is proven to reduce the incidence of melanoma and other skin cancers if applied regularly and liberally as directed on the label, alongside other skin protection measures.”“Ground-breaking University of Queensland research found that regular sunscreen use resulted in reduced melanoma rates. And recently, experts recommended that Australians should wear sunscreen every single day and apply it as part of their morning routine.”Source: http://www.asmi.com.au/news-information/news-media-releases/sunscreens-safe-effective.aspx May 7 2019The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) today reassured Australians that sunscreens are safe and effective to use as a line of defence against skin cancer.The results of the study released yesterday should not undermine public confidence in sunscreens. The study did not replicate real-world conditions and was based upon a very small sample size of just 24 people.”Mr Steve Scarff, ASMI’s Regulatory & Legal Affairs Directorlast_img read more

Survey Slow adoption of new technology is impacting pharmacy services

first_imgTechnology plays a pivotal role in reducing medication errors and improving patient safety. Whilst the sector has been slow when compared to other industries in harnessing new technology solutions and recognising the benefits – it’s heartening to see that looking to the future there could be an increased focus on the issue, helping community pharmacies to survive in an ever-challenging market.” Jun 20 2019A new survey released today (20th June 2019), has found that 87% of pharmacists believe the profession has been slow in its adoption of new technology when compared to other sectors. The survey, commissioned by Omnicell UK, also revealed an over-riding consensus that automation within pharmacy could improve both patient and care home services.  80% of pharmacists believe that automation can improve patient services and 72% of pharmacists believe it can improve services for care homes. In fact, nearly three-quarters (73%) of those polled believe that there should be an increased focus on the use of technology and automation on the pharmacy agenda.Underpinning the results is a worrying belief by 93% of those interviewed, that funding cuts are the most significant threat to the immediate future of community pharmacy.  This was followed by additional concerns on changing regulations like FMD, Brexit and recruitment issues. Paul O’Hanlon, Managing Director of Omnicell UK & Ireland adds: Patient safety (77%) Providing patients with increased face to face time (75%) Stock re-ordering (72%) Managing complex patient medication regimes (57%)center_img The survey results have been released as part of a new campaign by Omnicell UK to raise awareness of the importance on the use of technology to improve patient safety and support pharmacies in a challenging marketplace.  The campaign ‘We are Automation’ demonstrates how technical solutions can help to free up staff time.  This reduces administrative and manual tasks enabling staff to spend more time on face to face patient care and new revenue streams.Unsurprisingly, the survey also found that work pressures and stress are key areas of concern for the profession. The vast majority of pharmacists (90%) believe that these are caused by Government funding cuts and over three-quarters (76%) believe that the scale of the patient/staff ratios is a key contributing factor with too few staff dealing with an increasingly high volume of patients.  Related StoriesPAA to highlight integrated robotic systems at SLAS Europe 2019OGT expands SureSeq NGS portfolio with a complete library preparation solutionNew system for precise navigation through the vascular systemWith increased pressures and time-constraints on pharmacies, the survey goes on to explore the importance of additional revenue streams for pharmacy businesses.  88% of those interviewed believe that introducing technology to support the business could help pharmacists to explore additional patient services and new revenues – with 66% believing that it would enable them to pursue care home pharmacy contracts.Every year, an estimated third of the 47m medication errors2 within primary care occur in the dispensing process.  Pharmacists questioned believe that automation provided them with additional confidence in: Source:Omnicelllast_img read more