Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilas

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side READ: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas PilipinasAnd in Gilas’ tiff against Qatar on Sunday, Filipino fans took their admiration to the next level as they rallied behind their team even after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs per, more than 2,000 fans came out to meet Gilas in its 80-74 win over Qatar. The victory put the squad on top of Group B with a 3-0 record with wins over defending champion China and Iraq.Photo from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Filipinos sure know how to show their all-out support to their beloved national basketball team.The Philippine team has been the biggest draw of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the number of fans in attendance at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon appears to be growing every time Gilas hits the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

Synspiras abstracts accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual NACFC

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Synspira, a privately held company developing a new class of inhaled glycopolymer-based therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary disease, today announced that three abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the 32nd Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC), occurring October 18-20 in Denver, CO. The three presentations detail the results of research undertaken with polycationic glycopolymer poly (acetyl, arginyl) glucosamine (PAAG) that is being developed by Synspira as SNSP113, an inhaled treatment designed to improve lung function in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).Related StoriesScientists highlight advances and uses of organoids in gastroenterology and hepatologyPlastic surgeons and scientists develop synthetic soft tissue substitute with fewer side effectsFDA expands approval of cystic fibrosis treatment to include pediatric patients as young as 6 years oldResults of all three studies will be presented at Poster Session I.Presenter: Courtney Fernandez Petty, Ph.D.Title: PAAG Improves Mucociliary Transport in CF RatsDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Fernandez Petty’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborators Steven Rowe, M.D. and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Guillermo Tearney, M.D., Ph.D. at the Tearney Lab in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. The presentation will focus on the beneficial mucoactive effects of PAAG on mucociliary transport in the trachea and lungs of CF rats.Presenter: Dixon Johns, B.S.Title: Novel Disruption of an Alginate Biofilm Infection Model of CF Respiratory DiseaseDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDixon Johns’s presentation will highlight the work led by collaborator Dr. Rowe and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham investigating the ability of PAAG to reduce respiratory biofilm integrity.Presenter: Bryan Garcia, M.D.Title: Poly Acetyl-Arginyl Glucosamine Has Anti-Biofilm and Anti-Pseudomonal Effect In-VitroDate: Thursday, October 18, 2018Time: 11:15 – 1:45 PM MTDr. Garcia’s presentation will highlight work led by collaborators Drs. Rowe and Swords, both at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The presentation will focus on the anti-biofilm and anti-pseudomonal properties of PAAG. Source: read more

New project will develop biomarkerbased system to send personalized advice on dietary

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 29 2019The PREVENTOMICS European project will develop, from this November and for 3 years, personalized plans for nutrition and lifestyle habits to improve the health of people, based on individual traits such as physical and behavioral traits, lifestyle, genotype, preferences and physical condition. The personal health plans, which will consider consumers’ needs and requirements, will reach the recipients in the form of behavioral prompts, thanks to the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools.PREVENTOMICS (Empowering consumers to PREVENT diet-related diseases through OMICS sciences) could be applicable in the future to the personalization of any type of treatment or health condition and represents a unique service, given that “it can be validated for specific diseases or for well-defined life situations where the combination of genetic, biological, nutritional and psychological factors is relevant”, explains Josep Mª del Bas, director of the Nutrition and Health unit of Eurecat, the technology center coordinating the consortium.It is expected that PREVENTOMICS, which has 19 European partners from 7 different countries, will conclude with the introduction of six new products on the market, both in the application of new technologies to improve health (e-business) and in the form of food products intended for human consumption.To achieve this, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach in exploiting the potential of omics techniques, especially metabolomics, to know the state of metabolic health and will focus on techniques to induce a change in behaviour in people in order to deliver preventive personalized nutrition tools, accessible to everyone, that promote changes in current habits and achieve the improvement of personal health in a sustained and lasting manner.One of the innovations of the project, as explained by the scientific coordinator of the biotechnology area of Eurecat and technical coordinator of the project, Antoni Caimari, “is that it is based on a unique integration of genetic, metabolic, nutritional and psychological data”, with the application of computational modelling techniques of the metabolism, which will enable the evaluation and characterization of the most relevant physiological processes—the sustained lack of control of which can lead to the onset of different diseases, and enable the modulation of these deviations to prevent their development”.At the social level, the research carried out by PREVENTOMICS will help to sustain new healthy lifestyle habits, increase user satisfaction and confidence in a more personalized diet and promote greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet as a healthy dietary pattern in line with the recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).Related StoriesScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeThe project involves innovations at the research level, in interoperability and use of open source data to feed future research; at the social level, in the search for sustainable solutions with more precise information; in terms of health, by harnessing the capabilities of Information and Communications Technology to manage data from different sources; and finally, at the business level, offering more personalized services in line with the growing demand from society.To demonstrate the potential for personalization at different levels of the food value chain, PREVENTOMICS will be validated in three different scenarios using three different companies carrying out intervention studies with both healthy volunteers and volunteers with abdominal obesity who are at moderate risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease.Evolution of personalized nutrition In recent years, “the expectations around personalized nutrition have grown, but there haven’t been sufficiently precise tools nor sufficient understanding of which individual variables are affected or what the behavioral barriers are that prevent the individual from acquiring healthier habits”, explains Caimari.It is estimated that the personalized nutrition market will grow from 81 billion euros in 2015 to 110.5 billion euros in 2020, due to the increase in key trends in society, such as the growing concern for health, a better understanding of the physical condition, the ageing of the population, the increase in disposable income, changes in lifestyle and growth in emerging markets.In this regard, experts agree that the food industry should provide solutions at the individual level, in fields such as nutraceutical and health, sports nutrition, food services or mHealth.Aside from Eurecat, the following is a list of the 19 partners of PREVENTOMICS: ALDI, Alimentòmica, Onmi; Simple Feast; METEDA; Carinsa and Practio; and the research centres and universities Università di Parma, University ofa Southampton, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Leitat, Wageningen University, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski in Krakow and Universiteit Maastricht, as well as the osteoarthritis patients association Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI), the Spanish Consumer Organization (OCU) and the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE). 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New clinical trial to compare effectiveness of injectable drugs and oral medications

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 10 2019Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, working with the National Institutes of Health, will conduct a clinical trial beginning this month to determine if monthly injections of anti-viral drugs are more effective at suppressing the HIV virus than daily pills in a population for whom daily adherence has been a challenge.Over the years, HIV has moved from a nearly uniformly fatal disease to a chronic one that can be managed with medication. But many patients still face obstacles to taking the daily medications which keep the virus dormant, leading to a potentially dangerous flare up.Related StoriesPrevalence of anal cancer precursors is higher in women living with HIV than previously reportedPatients with HIV DNA in cerebrospinal fluid have high risk of experiencing cognitive deficitsReprogramming cells to control HIV infection”When they are taking their pills, the virus becomes undetectable,” said Jose Castillo-Mancilla, MD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “But you need to take your pills. And sometimes taking pills is hard due to life circumstances.”The trial is called Long-Acting Therapy to Improve Treatment Success in Daily Life or LATITUDE. It will examine whether two experimental injectable drug formulations of antiretroviral therapy (ART) are more effective than daily pills.Castillo-Mancilla, an infectious disease expert, is co-chair of LATITUDE. He said the injectables could keep steady drug concentrations in the blood, unlike oral medications if doses are missed.The injectable drugs, rilpivirine (RPV) and cabotegravir (CAB), will be given every four weeks. Investigators will measure the virus in the blood throughout the study and compare it with those taking pills.Approximately 350 volunteers with documented treatment lapses within the last 18 months will be enrolled in the trial for 52 weeks.Currently, there are about 1.1 million people with HIV in the U.S. That number is approximately 40 million worldwide.”It is not a curable epidemic but it is a controllable one,” Castillo-Mancilla said. “We believe we can get to zero transmission. The generous volunteers who enroll in this study will help ensure that more people living with HIV may have more effective treatment regimens that work for them.” Source: read more

Giant ship transits Istanbul after laying RussiaTurkey gas line

Pioneering Spirit is the size of several football pitches The vessel Pioneering Spirit, the size of several football pitches, passed through the Bosphorus towards the Mediterranean after laying the first section of the hugely ambitious TurkStream project.TurkStream, a project championed by President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aims to pump Russian gas to Turkey and Europe while avoiding Ukraine.With the Bosphorus otherwise closed to shipping traffic while the massive vessel passed, the Pioneering Spirit calmly but slowly sailed towards the Sea of Marmara and Mediterranean in full view of city residents.Russian gas giant Gazprom said in a statement Monday that the “Pioneering Spirit” had completed the laying of the first of two projected lines for TurkStream.It said the average rate of the deep-water pipelay by the vessel was 4.3 kilometres (2.7 miles) per day after work began only in May 2017.Each line will have the throughput capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas per year, according to Gazprom. The pumping of gas is expected to start at the end of 2019. Turkey unveils route of 45 km ‘Istanbul Canal’ Pioneering Spirit passed the Maiden’s Tower at the southern entrance to the Bosphorus One of the biggest maritime vessels in the world on Wednesday transited through the Bosphorus in Istanbul after completing the first line of a new gas pipeline between Russia and Turkey beneath the Black Sea. Citation: Giant ship transits Istanbul after laying Russia-Turkey gas line (2018, May 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further © 2018 AFP The giant ship is able to lift 2.5 Eiffel Towers at once, according to its captain The twin-hulled Pioneering Spirit, described by its owners Allseas as the world’s largest construction vessel, is 382 metres (1,253 feet) long and 124 metres (406 feet) wide.Its captain was quoted by Turkish media as saying at the weekend the vessel was the size of six Boeing 747s, and is able to lift 2.5 Eiffel Towers at once.Gazprom said Pioneering Spirit would return to continue the deep-water pipelay of line 2 in the third quarter of 2018. It is now heading to its home port of Rotterdam. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook

first_img © 2018 AFP US activist groups launched a campaign to break up Facebook, claiming it has too much power over people’s lives A coalition of activist groups on Monday announced a campaign to break up Facebook, arguing that the huge social network “has too much power over our lives and democracy.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook makes major management overhaulcenter_img Explore further The groups created a website, and a Facebook page, to garner support for a petition to the US Federal Trade Commission to require the social media firm to spin off Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger into competing networks, and to “impose strong privacy rules.”The effort was launched by a handful of groups focusing on digital rights, privacy and other social causes.”Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power,” the groups said on their website.”Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day. It buys up or bankrupts potential competitors to protect its monopoly, killing innovation and choice. It tracks us almost everywhere we go on the web and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world.”The effort comes with Facebook under fire in the US and elsewhere over the hijacking of private user data on some 87 million users, adding to concerns on how internet platforms were manipulated to spread misinformation during the 2016 US election.Responding to the campaign, a company spokesman said Facebook “is in a competitive environment where people use our apps at the same time they use free services offered by many others.”The spokesman said in an emailed statement that “the average person uses eight different apps to communicate and stay connected.”Chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg told a US congressional panel last month that it “doesn’t feel like” Facebook is a monopoly.Facebook has an estimated two billion users worldwide, and its Messenger and Whatsapp messaging services each have more than one billion.Any breakup would require a lengthy investigation by US authorities and a potentially long court battle as well.The latest campaign was launched by the activist organizations Demand Progress, MoveOn, and SumOfUs, along with the groups Citizens Against Monopoly, Jewish Voice for Peace and Muslim Grassroots Movement.It comes as Zuckerberg prepared to appear before European Parliament members to answer questions on the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, which obtained Facebook user data while working on the 2016 Donald Trump campaign. Citation: Activist groups launch campaign to break up Facebook (2018, May 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Rains lash Kerala again water level at river Periyar may rise further

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 16, 2018 SHARE Published oncenter_img Rains have returned, after a brief respite, to Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakkad, Malappuram, Thrissur, Ernakulam, Idukki and Pathanamthitta districts, followed by a warning from the Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, that the water level at river Periyar may go up further.Relief and rescueRelief and rescue forces are responding to the distress calls but often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer scale and spread of the disaster. River Periyar, rendered swollen by incremental flows from both the Mullaperiyar and the Idukki reservoirs, has swamped the urban landscape of Angamali, Chalakkudi and Aluva towns.These are situated on the main road that links Thrissur with Ernakulam and are also marked out for their easy access to the Cochin International Airport at midway Nedumbassery, which is lying closed.Latest reports suggest that the shut-down period that is originally scheduled to end on Saturday may get extended since there is no respite from the flooding conditions in Periyar. It is in this context that the warning from the Chief Minister has come in which he has said that the water level at Periyar could go up by as high as a metre.Those living within 500 metres of where the floodwaters had reached the latest, have been advised to clear out by the evening, the Chief Minister said.Rail services stuckThe Southern Railway has cancelled all services from Thiruvananthapuram Central on reports of flooding of railway tracks. After the Nedumbassery airport was closed, it was now the turn of the Cochin Metro to stop services today after its yard at Muttom in Aluva was flooded.Meanwhile, social media is flooded with SoS messages from the Thrissur, Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts after floodwaters rushed into houses, hostels, hospitals and institutions.At least 1,000 people are reported to be stranded at the Divine Centre, Potta, Chalakkudi, while a group of residents at a girls hostel at Angamali are stuck after muddy waters filled up till the second floor. Even well-to-do families have not been spared as channel visuals showed decently built houses flooded up to the second floor and luxury cars floating in the backyard.The Air Force, the Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force are coordinating with the state government agencies to pull off a Herculean task of executing relief and rescue. The Air Force has started lifting the stranded people from the stricken Aranmula and Kozhencherry areas in the worst-hit Pathanamthitta district. Rescue personnel and locals help evict residents, including children, to safety in North Paravur, off Kochi.   –  Special Arrangement COMMENTSlast_img read more

New rural development ministry office to come upNew rural development ministry office

first_img The Union government has decided to make a new headquarters for the Ministry of Rural Development here, which will also house offices of other related departments and organisations. The move aims to have a single operations centre for planning and implementation of rural development schemes. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) was assigned the responsibility to build the ministry’s head office –‘Grameen Vikas Bhavan’– at the Kasturba Gandhi Marg in New Delhi. A ‘green building’ with proper arrangements for water and energy conservation, the building will not only generate 250 kilowatt of solar power, but also reuse 200 kilolitres of water everyday for gardening and cleaning purpose. The building will also have other facilities such as a Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary, bank, post office and a creche for the employees’ children. A senior official from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said after completion of the planning work, all necessary approvals for the construction had been taken and the CPWD would begin the project in July. The construction of the building will be completed by July 2021 with an estimated cost of Rs 450 crore. There will be a cafeteria offering regional cuisines in the basement. Currently the ‘Krishi Bhavan’, the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, houses the offices of Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, along with offices of other departments of the Centre. The CPWD recently completed work on the headquarters of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and before that it made ‘Jawahar Bhavan’ for the Ministry of External Affairs. The building will also have offices for ministers and officials to fast-track formulation and implementation of rural development schemes. To be built following international standards on an area of around 14 thousand square metres, the building will also have meeting rooms and a grand auditorium for conferences. The walls of the nine-storey building will display the rich cultural heritage and daily life in villages. SHARE COMMENT Published on June 16, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more