Stroke victims to get aid

first_imgLANCASTER – Local paramedics will administer a nerve cell-protecting agent to stroke victims before taking them to hospitals as part of a groundbreaking study. Magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring substance, dilates blood vessels in the brain and prevents calcium buildups in damaged nerve cells, possibly limiting the injury strokes can cause to victims’ ability to talk, walk and perform other functions – if administered quickly. “It’s a generic, it’s not patentable, so it’s cheap,” said Suzanne McCall, clinical site nurse coordinator for Antelope Valley Hospital and local fire stations. “It’s not a pharmaceutical study, so no big drug company is behind it. It’s simply researchers working on something to help stroke patients. It’s the first stroke study where we are treating patients in the field.” Paramedics from Antelope Valley’s Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalions 11 and 17 have been trained in recognizing stroke and in the study’s procedures. They will administer the magnesium sulfate drug intravenously. “We like doing new things,” Fire Capt. Daniel Rodriguez said. “We do like expanding our scope of practice because we are in business to save lives. The more we can do, the more ‘toys’ we have, the more tools in the box, the more benefits to the public we are saving.” The Field Administration of Stroke Therapy – Magnesium Sulfate clinical research trial will involve nearly 70 hospitals in Los Angeles County under a $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Antelope Valley Hospital was among the first to sign up and organizers are working to get Lancaster Community Hospital to take part. Half the patients will receive the magnesium sulfate and half will receive a placebo. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death and the primary cause of adult disability in the U.S. Each year, 750,000 Americans suffer a symptomatic stroke. Clinical investigators, based at University of California, Los Angeles, want to see if magnesium sulfate can protect the threatened brain when administered to stroke victims by paramedics within the first two hours of the onset of stroke. “This magnesium might be neuroprotective so it might help patients who are experiencing potential neurological injury due to the fact that the nerves, the neurons are not getting enough oxygen,” said Dr. John Lynn, Antelope Valley Hospital’s emergency department medical director and principal investigator for the study for the hospital. “Magnesium might have a protective role to play in this process, to keep more of the neurological cells alive during a stroke.” Participating will help improve AVH’s relationship with Dr. Sidney Starkman, the study’s co-principal investigator, and the stroke center he runs at UCLA, officials said. “If we have complex stroke patients who come to the emergency room, we will have access to Dr. Starkman’s expertise and stroke unit, which is one of the best in the world,” Lynn said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Status yellow weather warning in place for Donegal

first_imgMet Eireann have issued a status yellow weather warning to every county as heavy thundery downpours are expected today.High levels of rainfall in short spaces of time today will lead to some localised spot flooding.Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Westmeath and all of Connacht have also been hit with the caution. The Status Yellow warning began at 6am this morning and remain in place until 4am on Saturday morning.A statement on Met.ie said that the rain will hit today with the worst of the downpours hitting later in the evening.“Heavy showers or longer spells of rain developing widely today with embedded thunderstorms and localized spot flooding.”Heavy showers or longer spells of rain today with thunderstorms & spot flooding. Hazy sunny spells at times too. Feeling humid,highs of 18 to 21C, but 16 or 17C in N & NW. Light to moderate cyclonic winds will freshen in the S and it will become very blustery along W& S coasts. pic.twitter.com/duDe7EQr5Z— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) July 19, 2019 Status yellow weather warning in place for Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fans on Twitter criticise Holloway after another QPR defeat

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMany QPR fans on Twitter reacted with dismay to the 4-0 defeat at Norwich – and questioned whether Ian Holloway is the right man to take the club forward.The defeat was Rangers’ seventh in their last eight matches and their 18th in 30 since Holloway’s return to the club for a second spell as manager.And while some supporters are keen for him to be given the summer to revamp the squad, others are not convinced he can turn things around.Holloway supporters need to articulate reasons for him staying apart from we can’t sack another manager so quickly. Where’s the vision? #qpr— Abiola (@AbiolaHP) May 7, 2017Holloway is clueless please just admit the mistake so we can all move on and plan for next season #QPR— Ancel Alexander ™ (@ancelbailey) May 7, 2017As much as its painful to say it we need to get Holloway out now!!! Otherwise were gonna be involved in a relegation scrap again! #Qpr— Jamie McCourt (@JamieMcCourt96) May 7, 2017I’ve realised that #QPR “this is our cave” season ticket marketing drive is actually referring to Holloway’s Stone Age football @QPRFC— Michael (@Mike_H92) May 7, 2017Trying not to get wound up by Holloway,his tombola selections, lack of tactical nouse & terrible post match interviews.Difficult tho #QPR— D J (@ThaGreat1) May 7, 2017Todays result sums up our entire season , personally holloway isnt the answer should cut our losses and get some1 else in 4 preseason #QPR— Duncan Mccreadie#QPR (@duncanmccreadie) May 7, 2017Holloway OUT right NOW. #QPR— Yousef Marafi® (@Yousef_QPR) May 7, 2017Why keep Holloway in charge only to inevitably have to sack him in October after managing 2 wins in 14 games of the new season? #QPR— Darren Pickard (@darrenpickard) May 7, 201730 games, 18 losses. TBH I’d happily accept Ian Holloway’s resignation because I don’t want to see another sacking in November. #QPR— James Evans (@Jimeevans) May 7, 2017Holloway if u love the club that much hold your hands up and admit it hasn’t worked out #qpr— Gareth kiss (@Gkiss100) May 7, 2017Seriously though Holloway needs to look if he can do this job. Has passion yh but everything else has been poor, nostalgia over #QPR— seaAny (@Sean_FootyMad) May 7, 2017Can’t see what Holloway has done to justify not getting sacked…either sack him in the summer or he’ll be gone by October #QPR— Russell Maynard (@MrRussellmyn) May 7, 2017What a surprise, losing again ! Please just go Holloway and give someone who actually has a clue a chance next season , anyone !!#QPR— Tony R (@rizzb64) May 7, 2017If Ian Holloway loves this football club he will leave. Get this season over and start again from scratch #QPR— kieran (@smiffdaaaa) May 7, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Life Crams Stuff on the Long Road

first_imgThis quote from UC Berkeley wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: In the long evolutionary road from bacteria to humans, a major milestone occurred some 1.5 billion years ago when microbes started building closets for all their stuff, storing DNA inside a nucleus, for example, or cramming all the energy machinery inside mitochondria.Any questions?  Science Daily repeated it without laughing.    The occasion for the comment is research on a microbe that can switch between an amoeba-like form and a flagellated form.  Naegleria gruberi, when stressed, can switch on genes that grow two flagella.  A Berkeley bioinformaticist commented that “It is a very rare process to go from amoeba to flagellate like this.”  It has two completely different modes of motility.    The flagellum is a poster child of intelligent design.  It would seem the ability to switch between two completely different modes of motility is even more complex.  Nevertheless, to these scientists, this germ is “shedding light on the set of perhaps 4,000 genes that may have been part of the first, most primitive eukaryotes” and will “shed light on how cells move, how they signal one another and how they metabolize nutrients.”  Presumably, discoveries about this living microbe “will help in understanding the evolution of more complicated organisms” hundreds of millions of years ago.  It “can help scientists understand the origins of these parallel systems during the evolution of eukaryotes.”    Wow, there’s light and understanding all over the place.  According to one team member, “By comparing diverse organisms like Naegleria from all over the family tree of eukaryotes we can begin to understand where we come from.”  Apparently we are to understand this: we are amoebas, just a few million years down the long evolutionary road, but we have learned one thing: how to cram our machinery in closets.It is said that the difference between stuff and junk is that junk is the stuff you throw away, but stuff is the junk you keep.  How many of you cram your irreducibly complex machinery in a closet when moving down the road and keep it there for 1.5 billion years?  How many of you like to mix metaphors while doing it?    The long evolutionary road from bacteria to humans… (sigh).  What can you say to such people.  Where do you start.  Is it even worth trying.  They don’t call it UC Berserkeley for nothing.  Prevention is the only intervention with hope in such cases.  Reach the inmates before they get into the asylum.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Another Crash in Lunar Tunes

first_imgOur moon has two faces.  One is the familiar man-in-the-moon side that always faces Earth.  The other side is mountainous and heavily cratered, possessing a thicker crust with almost none of the large impact basins we see as dark maria on the Earth-facing side.  The giant impact theory for the origin of the moon – that a Mars-size object hit the Earth and the debris coalesced into our planetary companion – has been controversial since it was first proposed.  Will adding another impact help?  It all depends on what one means by “scientific progress.”  In Nature this week,1 Jutzi and Asphaug presented a new model for the origin of the lunar highlands on the far side of the moon.  They first proposed that the impact against Earth formed two moons, not one.  The bigger piece formed the moon; the other piece, caught in a stable orbital position called a Trojan point, hung around for a few tens of millions of years.  Being smaller, it crystallized faster.  After awhile, something nudged it toward the bigger piece, and with a gentle collision less than the speed of sound in rock, it merged into the moon.  Their computer models show it moving most of the magma to the near side of the moon and depositing material on the far side, forming the lunar highlands. Maria Zuber considered this theory in the same issue of Nature.2  She said that since several alternatives can produce the lunar profile, “the current study demonstrates plausibility rather than proof.”  The BBC News and Live Science summarized the theory with one frame from the computer simulation.  Being tied to the giant impact theory, the two-moon theory will suffer from the same defects (02/19/2007, 07/14/2008, 01/25/2009, 07/10/2010), but seems to offer some explanatory value at the price of complicating the picture with another body which, like the initial impactor, must be finely tuned to reside at the Trojan point for a period of time and then impact the larger body at the right speed.  Future missions might be able to support the theory with better gravity maps and sample returns.  For now, it is little more than a conjecture. 1. M. Jutzi and E. Asphaug, “Forming the lunar farside highlands by accretion of a companion moon,” Nature  476  (04 August 2011), pp 69–72, doi:10.1038/nature10289. 2. Mariz T. Zuber, “Planetary science: Making mountains out of a moon,” Nature 476 (04 August 2011), pp. 36-37, doi:10.1038/476036a. Impacts seem to be evolutionists’ favorite tools.  Whenever there is a feature in the solar system that defies explanation, send in a finely-tuned impactor to cause it.  This is humorously illustrated in Spike Psarris’ educational video, “What You Aren’t Being Told About Astronomy, Vol 1: Our Created Solar System.”  Of course, historic impacts can never be observed, so they provide theorists with handy magic bullets.  They allow them to look busy and get grant money, play with computers, publish man-made pictures of imaginary scenarios, and stay employed, without having to ever prove anything.  One of the authors said of his theory compared to others, “Hopefully in future [sic], a sample return or a manned mission would certainly help to say more about which theory is more probable.”  He said probable – not correct.  Two percent is higher than one percent; does that make it closer to the truth?  While they’re playing planetary billiards, why not throw in another moon at the other Trojan point?  At what stage do the number of ad hoc variables render the theory a case of diminishing returns?  When your field of possibilities excludes intelligent causes, you have to rest your case with whatever natural causes your assumptions permit, no matter how improbable.  Whether that constitutes progress in scientific understanding is another issue.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Open Thread: What’s Your Favorite Tech Nonprofit/Philanthropic Company?

first_imgA while ago, I wrote a rather condemning post on how most “social media for social good” efforts were heavy on social media activities but came up short on actual social good.Still, there are organizations such as Kiva, The Extraordinaires or SocialVibe and many others that do turn user microactions and technology to affect change and do good in very tangible ways. Those are just three of the tech nonprofit or philanthropic organizations I can think of at the moment, but we at RWW would love to know more. Tell us in the comment what your favorite tech nonprofit is and why.As most of you already will know, Kiva is an organization that allows users such as you and I to make microloans to folks in developing countries. For example, I could loan $100 to a woman in the Philippines to help her buy supplies and livestock to start pig farming, increasing her own quality of life and improving the local economy around her. Trickle Up is another similar microlending organization.SocialVibe is a company that helps brands and users create positive social change. In a typical SocialVibe setup, a brand “sponsors” users, who take small actions and engagements to raise money for the charity of their choice. In some ways, it’s kind of like a broader-in-scope version of The Hunger Site, which gets advertisers to shell out cash to feed hungry people when users click around the site.And The Extraordinaires is a program we just recently discovered while finding out how to help our readers use their personal time and online actions to help folks in Haiti. This site allows organizations to create missions. Users can complete micro-tasks from their mobile devices or computers toward those missions. Currently, the site has around 50 participating organizations and about 6,000 members who have completed in excess of 35,000 micro-tasks. Missions range from mapping safe places for children to play to helping first-aid responders reduce fatalities.But there are many ways tech can be used to help others, not just the social media-focused, crowdsources companies we’ve mentioned here. For example, Inveneo helps to give access to information and communications technologies, including phones, computers and Internet access, to people in remote parts of developing countries. And there are many organizations focusing on getting tech hardware into the hands of those who need it, including students and injured veterans.We’d love to know more about similar projects and organizations, whether large or small, new or longstanding. In this open thread of comments, please tell us your favorite nonprofit or philanthropic tech organization and let us know what they do. And please spread the good word and invite others to share, as well! Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Open Thread#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odelllast_img read more

Alab holds off Mono for sixth straight win

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Alab’s run propelled them to third place with a 9-4 record while the Mono Vampire fell down to fourth at 9-5.Balkman not only delivered in the clutch for Alab but he was also the focal point of the team’s offense putting up 31 points with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJustin Brownlee, meanwhile, missed out on a five-by-five for Alab as he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and four steals.Samuel Deguara led Mono Vampire with 21 points and 15 boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:31In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to six games after surviving Mono Vampire, 86-84, in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday at Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.Renaldo Balkman hit the game-winning jumper for Alab with four seconds remaining 15 seconds after Mike Singletary drilled a three-pointer that tied the game at 84.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Ginebra bounces back, rips Kia MOST READ View commentslast_img read more