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Inform          Today is Friday, October 02, 2020

AstraZeneca Resumes Covid-19 Vaccine Trials in the U.K

Informed 2 weeks ago

A large, United Kingdom-based Phase 2/3 study testing a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca has been restarted, according to a statement from the company. News that the trial is resuming comes four days after the disclosure that it had been paused because of a suspected serious adverse reaction in a participant. A spokesperson for AstraZeneca told STAT that at this point, only the trial in the U.K. has been resumed. The company is also conducting Phase 2/3 or Phase 3 trials in the U.S., Brazil, and South Africa.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and STAT News

Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020

Informed 2 weeks ago

Findings from a case-control investigation of symptomatic outpatients from 11 U.S. health care facilities found that close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity. Adults with positive SARS-CoV-2 test results were approximately twice as likely to have reported dining at a restaurant than were those with negative SARS-CoV-2 test results.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and MMWR

A COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Only 50% Effective. Is That Good Enough?

Informed 2 weeks ago

As we get closer to a COVID-19 vaccine, it's exciting to imagine a day when the virus is gone. But a vaccine will not be a magic bullet. In fact, it may be only about 50% effective. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief of the National Institute of Health and Infectious Disease, has tried to set realistic expectations when discussing the importance of a vaccine. "We don't know yet what the efficacy might be. We don't know if it will be 50% or 60%," Fauci said during a Brown University event in August. "I'd like it to be 75% or more," Fauci said, but he acknowledged that may not be realistic. The Food and Drug Administration has said that once a vaccine is shown to be safe and at least 50% effective, it could be approved for use in the U.S.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security NPR

China’s Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Military’s Growing Role in Medical Research

Informed 2 weeks ago

The largest armed force in the world, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is not known for its cutting edge medical research. But since 2015, it has ramped up recruitment of scientists, and investment in the field as part of its strategy to modernize its military. Now, the coronavirus pandemic is showcasing the PLA's growing expertise in medical research, including a major role in developing the coronavirus vaccine that was the first in the world to be approved for restricted use.  

Source:  Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Nature

‘A WORLD IN DISORDER’

Informed 2 weeks ago

COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder, causing catastrophic health, social, and economic consequences and irreparable harm to humanity. The virus has killed close to a million people and many more may die as a result of its impact on health systems, food supplies, and the economy. The financial cost will be in the trillions.

This will not be the last global health emergency. The world simply cannot afford to be unprepared again, warns the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) in its second report ‘A World in Disorder’, released today.  

Source:  world health organization

#የእኔ ትውልድ ዛሬ - ክፍል ሁለት

Informed 2 weeks ago

#የእኔ_ትውልድ_ዛሬ ሁለተኛው ክፍል የዌብነር ውይይት ነገ ማክሰኞ መስከረም 5፥ 2013 ከጠዋቱ 5 ሰዓት እስከ 6 ሰዓት ይካሄዳል።
የፕሮግራሙ ተካፈይ ለመሆን አሁኑኑ ይመዝገቡ  


Introduction to Aerospace Structures and Materials

Informed 2 weeks ago

Explore the structural and material design of aircraft and spacecraft from the viewpoint of an aerospace engineer.

How do you design an aircraft or spacecraft? And in doing so, how do you keep their risk of failure minimal while bearing in mind that they will eventually fail?

In this MOOC you will be taken on a journey through the structural and material design of aircraft. You will see and understand how aircraft and spacecraft are manufactured, and learn how safety is enshrined at every stage.

Experts from the Aerospace Structures and Materials department of Delft University of Technology will help you explore and analyze the mechanical properties of materials; learn about manufacturing techniques, fatigue, loads, stresses, design considerations and other scientific and engineering principles that structural and material engineers use on a daily basis. By the end of the course, you will have learned to think like they do!  

Source:  TU Delft Online Learning

ቲክቶክና ማይክሮሶፍት ባለቀ ሰዓት ተፋረሱ

Informed 2 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
በዓለም እጅግ ገናና የሆነው የቲክቶክ ቪዲዮ መተግበርያ ለአሜሪካ ኩባንያ ድርሻውን ለመሸጥ ጫፍ ደርሶ ነበር፡፡ ባለቀ ሰዓት ግን ሽያጩ ከሽፏል፡፡
ቲክቶክ በመጨረሻው ሰዓት ላይ የተፋረሰው ከግዙፉ የአሜሪካ ኩባንያ ከማይክሮሶፍት ጋር ነው፡፡ አሁን ማይክሮሶፍት ከድርድሩ በይፋ የወጣ ሲሆን ቀጣዩ የቲክቶክ ገዢ ኦራክል እንደሚሆን እየተነገረ ነው፡፡
ቲክቶክ በአሜሪካ ብቻ 100 ሚሊዮን ተጠቃሚዎች አሉት፡፡ ዶናልድ ትራምፕ እስከ መስከረም 15 ቲክቶክ መተግበሪያውን ለአሜሪካ ኩባንያ ካልሸጠ ይዘጋል ሲሉ መዛታቸው ይታወሳል፡፡  


በከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማት ያለ የመረጃ አያያዝ ስርዓትን ለማዘመን ያለመ የክዋኔ መርሃግብር ይፋ ተደረገ፡፡

Informed 2 weeks ago

የከፍተኛ ትምህርት ተቋማትን የመረጃ አያያዝ ስርዓት ለማዘመን ያለመ እና ከመስከረም 4 ቀን 2013 ዓ.ም እስከ መስከረም 23 ቀን 2013 ዓ.ም የሚቆይ የክዋኔ መርሃግብር ከ500 በላይ የዩኒቨርስቲዎች ከፍተኛ የስራ ኃላፊዎች በቨርቹዋል በተሳተፉበት ዛሬ ይፋ ተደርጓል፡፡
በመክፈቻ ስነ ስርዓቱ የሚኒስቴር መስሪያ ቤቱ ሚኒስትር ዴኤታዎች ፕሮፌሰር አፈወርቅ ካሱ፣ ዶ/ር ሙሉ ነጋ እና ዶ/ር ሳሙኤል ክፍሌ መልዕክቶችን አስተላልፈዋል፡፡
መረጃ ህይወት ነው፡፡ ትክክለኛ መረጃ የብዙዎችን ሕይወት የመቀየር አቅም አለው፡፡ የእያንዳንዱ ኩነት መረጃዎች በአግባቡ ተሰንዶ ሲያዝ ስለኩነቱ መረጃ ለመስጠትም ሆነ ከዚያ ኩነት ለመማር የራሳቸው አስተዋፅኦ ያበረክታሉ፡፡  


"በእጩዎችና በታዛቢዎቹ ላይ ማስፈራርያና ጫና ነበረ" ሳልሳይ ወያነ ትግራይ

Informed 2 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
የትግራዩ ተቃዋሚ ፓርቲ ሳልሳይ ወያነ ትግራይ (ሳወት) በሰጠው መግለጫ፣ በምርጫው ሂደት በተወዳዳሪዎቹና በታዛቢዎቹ ላይ "ማስፈራርያና ጫና" ይደርስ እንደነበረ አስታወቀ።
ፓርቲው እንዳለው ተገቢ ያልሆኑ ነገሮች ከምርጫው ቀን በፊት አንስቶ ይስተዋሉ እንደነበር ጠቅሶ፤ በዚህም የገዢው ፓርቲ አባላት ከምርጫው በፊት ቤት ለቤት እየዞሩ "ምልክት የምታደርጉት እዚህ ላይ ነው" በማለት በመራጮች ላይ ጫና ሲያሳድሩ እንደነበር ገልጿል።
በተጨማሪም ሳልሳይ ወያነ ትግራይ በመግለጫው ላይ እንዳለው በተወዳዳሪዎቹ እና ታዛቢዎቹ ላይ "ማስፈራርያና ጫና" እንደደረሰም አመልክቷል።
"የወረዳና የቀበሌ መዋቅሮችን በመጠቀም፣ በእጩ ተመራጮቻችን እና ቤተሰቦቻቸው ላይ ማስፈራርያ ይደርስ ነበር፤ በሕዝብ እንደ ጠላት እንዲታዩና እንዲሸማቀቁም ሲደረግ ነበር" ብሏል።  


ByteDance kicks ball into Trump’s court by rejecting Microsoft and picking Oracle to partner with TikTok in the US

Informed 2 weeks ago

Future of video-sharing app in the US remains uncertain until people know for certain that ByteDance-Oracle partnership will persuade Trump to drop his ban

The deal reached by ByteDance will have Oracle take over the management of TikTok’s US operations  

Source:  South China Morning Post

TikTok’s algorithm not for sale, ByteDance tells US: source

Informed 2 weeks ago

Chinese tech company decides not to sell or transfer code behind the popular video-sharing app, source says.

Decision comes in final countdown to Trump’s deadline for sale of American operations  

Source:  South China Morning Post

እስራኤል በኮሮናቫይረስ ምክንያት ዳግም በሯን ልትዘጋ ነው

Informed 3 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
እስራኤል የአይሑድ አዲስ ዓመት ከመግባቱ በፊት እየተስፋፋ ያለውን ኮሮና ለመመከት ጥብቅ እርምጃዎችን ልትወስድ ነው፡፡ ጥብቅ ብሔራዊ ውሸባ እንደሚኖርም ይፋ አድርጋለች፡፡

ከሚቀጥለው አርብ ጀምሮ ተግባራዊ ይደረጋል የተባለው አዲስ መመርያ ለሦስት ሳምንታት ይዘልቃል፡፡ ናታንያሁ እርምጃው ‹‹ሁላችንንም ከባድ ዋጋ ያስከፍለናል ነገር ግን ማድረግ አለብን›› ብለዋል፡፡ እስራኤል ከቅርብ ጊዜ ወዲህ በቀን በአማካይ በቫይረሱ የሚያዙባት ዜጎች ቁጥር 4ሺ በመድረሱ ድንጋጤ ተፈጥሯል፡፡  


የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት አዳዲስ የብር ኖቶችን ይፋ አደረገ

Informed 3 weeks ago

የኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት አዳዲስ የደህንነት ገጽታዎች እና ሌሎች መለያዎች የተካተቱባቸው የገንዘብ ዓይነቶችን ለግብይት ሊያውል ነው።
የጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ፅፈት ቤት በፌስቡክ ገጹ ይፋ እንዳደረገው ነባሮቹ የ10፣ የ50 እና የ100 ብር የገንዘብ ዓይነቶች ሙሉ ለሙሉ የሚተኩ ይሆናል።
የ5 ብር ገንዘብ ባለበት ቀጥሎ ከተወሰነ ጊዜ በኋላ ግን ወደ ሣንቲም እንደሚቀየር ተገልጿል።
ይህ የገንዘብ ቅያሪ መደበኛ ባልሆነ መንገድ እንዲሁም ከፋይናንስ ተቋማት ውጪ የሚዘዋወረውን ገንዘብ ለመሰብሰብ፣ ሙስናንና የኮንትሮባንድ ሥራዎችን ለመቀልበስ ያለመ ተብሏል።
ከዚህ በተጨማሪም የፋይናንስ ተቋማት የገንዘብ እጥረትን ለመቋቋም እንዲችሉ ያግዛል ተብሎለታል።
በአሁኑ ወቅት አብዛኛው የሕትመት ሥራ ተገባዶ በኢትዮጵያ ብሔራዊ ባንክ ግምጃ ቤት እንደሚገኝ ታውቋል።  


የገንዘብ ይመለስልኝ ክርክር

Informed 3 weeks ago

አመልካች፡- ሴፍሜት አግሪ ቢዝነስ ኃ.የተ.የግ.ማህበር

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ወንድምአንተነህ መሸሻ ጠበቃ ውቤ አለነ ቀረቡ ተጠሪ፡- ወ/ሮ ኤልሳቤጥ ብረቱ ሱኬሱ ጠበቃ ወንድአወክ አየለ ቀረቡ መዝገቡ ተመርምሮ ተከታዩ ፍርድ ተሰጥቷል፡፡

ጉዳዩ የገንዘብ ይመለስልኝ ክርክርን የሚመለከት ሲሆን ክርክሩ የጀመረው የአሁኗ ተጠሪ የአሁኑ አመልካቾችን እንደቅደምተከተላቸው 1ኛ እና 2ኛ ተከሳሾች፣ ወ/ሮ ትግስት ድረስ የተባሉትን ግለሰብ ደግሞ 3ኛ ተከሳሽ በማድረግ መጋቢት 27 ቀን 2003 ዓ/ም በመሰረቱት ክስ መነሻ ነው፡፡  


Children Use Both Brain Hemispheres to Understand Language, Unlike Adults

Informed 3 weeks ago

Infants and young children have brains with a superpower, of sorts, say Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists. Whereas adults process most discrete neural tasks in specific areas in one or the other of their brain’s two hemispheres, youngsters use both the right and left hemispheres to do the same task. The finding suggests a possible reason why children appear to recover from neural injury much easier than adults.  

Source:  Georgetown University Medical Center

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

Informed 3 weeks ago

The Paris climate agreement seeks to limit global warming to 1.5℃ this century. A new report by the World Meteorological Organisation warns this limit may be exceeded by 2024 – and the risk is growing.  

Source:  The Conversation

What the latest cholesterol guidelines mean for you—and your heart

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17 heart-healthy strategies to lower your cholesterol effectively and safely!
“Take-charge”
techniques that are transforming cholesterol control and giving you renewed protection from a heart attack or stroke.

If you’ve ever fought high, or even elevated, cholesterol, please send for this new report from Harvard Medical School today. It will show you how you can reduce harmful cholesterol — up to 50%—and do it with confidence and success!  

Source:  Harvard University

World Athletics publishes Annual Report

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World Athletics has published its Annual Report for 2019.
 

Source:  World Athletics

የኦሮሞ ነጻነት ግንባር (ኦነግ) ሥራ አስፈጻሚ የድርጅቱን ሊቀመንበር አቶ ዳውድ ኢብሳን ከፓርቲው ማገዱን አስታወቀ።

Informed 3 weeks ago

የኦሮሞ ነጻነት ግንባር (ኦነግ) ሥራ አስፈጻሚ የድርጅቱን ሊቀመንበር አቶ ዳውድ ኢብሳን ከፓርቲው ማገዱን አስታወቀ።
የፓርቲው የህዝብ ግንኙነት ሀላፊ አቶ ቀጀላ መርዳሳ ዛሬ ለኢትዮጵያ ፕሬስ ድርጅት እንደተናገሩት፤ አቶ ዳውድ በፓርቲው አንድነትና ሰላማዊ ትግል ላይ እየፈጠሩት የነበረውን ችግር ለመቅረፍ ተደጋጋሚ ጥረቶች ቢደረጉም ያሉባቸውን ችግሮች ከማስተካከል ይልቅ ፓርቲውን የመከፋፈልና አንጃ የመፍጠር አካሄዶችን ሲከተሉ ቆይተዋል። በመሆኑም ለፓርቲው ህልውናና ጥንካሬ ሲባል የፓርቲው ስራ አስፈጻሚ ኮሚቴ አቶ ዳውድ ኢብሳን ከፓርቲው አግዷቸዋል።
በቀጣይ በፓርቲው ህገ ደንብና አሰራር መሰረት የሚከናወኑ ተግባራት መኖራቸውን ያስታወቁት አቶ ቀጃላ፤ ሁሉንም ሂደቶች በተመለከተ ፓርቲው ለምርጫ ቦርድ አስፈላጊውን ሰነድና መረጃ ማስገባቱን አስታውቀዋል።  


የኦክስፎርድ ዩንቨርስቲ ተቋርጦ የነበረውን የኮቪድ 19 ክትባት ሙከራ ሊቀጥል ነው

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በጊዜያዊነት ተቋርጦ የነበረው በኦክስፎርድ ዩንቨርስቲና በአስትራዜኒካ ሲዘጋጅ የነበረው የኮቪድ 19 ክትባት ሙከራ እንዲቀጥል ሊደረግ መሆኑ ተገለጸ።
ባለፈው ማክሰኞ ዕለት የክትባቱ በእንግሊዝ አንድ ታካሚ ላይ ሲሞከር የጎንዮሽ ጉዳት በማሳየቱ ተቋርጦ እንደነበርም ተገልጿል።
እንደ ቢ ቢ ሲ ዘገባ ዩንቨርስቲው የክትባቱን ሙከራ ለማስቀጠል የደህንነት ማረጋጋጫ ሰጥቷል።
የአገሪቱ የጤና ዘርፍ ሀላፊ ማት ሃንኮክ የዩንቨርስቲውን መግለጫ በአዎንታዊ መልኩ መቀበላቸው የተገለጸ ሲሆን፤ ምንግዜም ቢሆን ቅድሚያ ለደህንነት እንደሚሰጥና ሳይንቲስቶች ውጤታማና ደህንነቱ የተጠበቀ ክትባት እንዲያዘጋጁ ድጋፍ እንደሚደረግ መናገራቸው ተጠቅሷል።
የክትባቱ ሙከራ በስፋት ሲካሄድ አንዳንድ ከትባቱን የወሰዱ ሰዎች ላይ ህመም ሊታይ ይችላል ተብሎ እንደሚጠበቅ ዩንቨርስቲው መግለጹም ተመልክቷል።
ገለልተኛ በሆነ አካል የክትባቱ ደህንነት በተመለከተ አስተያየት በሚሰጥበት ወቅት ክትባቱ ላይ የሚከናወነው ምርምር ሊቀጥል እንደሚችልም ተገልጿል።
የአለም የጤና ድርጅት እንዳስታወቀው በተለያዩ አገራት ወደ 180 የሚደርሱ የክትባት አይነቶች ሙከራ ላይ መሆናቸው የተገለጸ ሲሆን፤ ክሊኒካዊ ሙከራዎችን ያጠናቀቀ ክትባት አለመኖሩ ተጠቁሟል።  


Interactive tool helps improve mind and memory

Informed 3 weeks ago

Harvard neuroscientists show how to strengthen your cognitive fitness and enjoy a
BETTER Memory... BETTER Concentration... BETTER Problem-Solving Ability... and protection from the ravages of dementia.

Train Your Brain
to be sharper, clearer, and healthier in 6 simple steps!
Cognitive Fitness interactive tool shows you how
 

Source:  Harvard University

የወረቀት አልባ የጉምሩክ አገልግሎት በይፋ ተጀመረ

Informed 3 weeks ago

የጉምሩክ ኮሚሽን የወረቀት አልባ የጉምሩክ አገልግሎት ስርዓት መስከረም 2/2013 አስጀምሯል፡፡
የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ
ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ የወረቀት አልባ የጉምሩክ አገልግሎት ስርዓትን በይፋ አስጀምረዋል፡፡
የኢ.ፌ.ዲ.ሪ ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዶ/ር አብይ አህመድ አገልግሎቱን ባስጀመሩበት ወቅት እንደተናገሩት ያሳለፍነው 2012 ዓ.ም በርካታ ያልተጠናቀቁ ፕሮጀክቶችን የተጠናቀቁበት ዓመት ነበር፡፡
2013 ዓ.ም አዳዲስ ፕሮጀክቶች የሚጀመሩበት በሂደት ላይ ያሉት የሚጠናቀቁበት መሆኑን ጠቁመው የጉምሩክ ኮሚሽን ያስጀመረው የወረቀት አልባ አገልግሎት ከፕሮጀክቶቹ አንዱ መሆኑን ገልፀዋል፡፡
የጉምሩክ ኮሚሽን ባሳለፍነው በጀት ዓመት ዕቅዳቸውን ሙሉ በሙሉ (100 በመቶ) ካጠናቀቁ ጥቂት የመንግስት መስሪያ ቤቶች አንዱ መሆኑን የገለፁ ሲሆን ይህ መልካም ጅምር የበለጠ አጠናክሮ ሰራተኞችን በስነምግባር የማነፁ ስራ ይበልጥ ተጠናክሮ መቀጠል እንዳለበት ተናግረዋል፡፡
ሌሎች ተቋማትም ይህንን ፈለግ በመከተል አሰራራቸውን ዘመናዊና ቀላል ለማድረግ መስራት ይጠበቅባቸዋል ነው ያሉት፡፡
በመጨረሻም ለፕሮጀክቱ መሳካት አስተዋፅኦ ያበረከቱ አካላት ምስጋና አቅርበዋል፡፡  


ከጃዋር መሐመድ እስከ ዶ/ር ቴድሮስ አድኃኖም፡ የ2012 አይረሴ ንግግሮች

Informed 3 weeks ago

Informer:  BBC Amharic
2012 ዓ. ም. ኢትዮጵያ እንደተቀረው ዓለም ሁሉ በኮሮናቫይረስ የተፈተነችበት፣ በተለያዩ አካባቢዎች ግጭቶች የተቀሰቀሱበት፣ ብሔራዊ ቤተ መንግሥቱ ለሕዝብ ክፍት የሆነበት፣ ትግራይ ክልላዊ ምርጫ ያካሄደበትም ነበር።
ባሳለፍነው ዓመት ከነበሩ ፖለቲካዊ፣ ማኅበራዊ፣ የምጣኔ ሀብት፣ የስፖርትና ሌሎችም ሁነቶች ጋር በተያያዘ እነማን ምን አሉ? በዓመቱ ጎልተው ከወጡ ንግግሮች መካከል ዐሥሩን መርጠናል።  


በኢትዮጵያ የኮቪድ 19 መመርመሪያ የሚያመርት ፋብሪካ ተመረቀ

Informed 3 weeks ago

ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዓቢይ አህመድ በኢትዮጵያ የኮቪድ 19 መመርመሪያ መሳሪያ የሚያመርት ፋብሪካ ዛሬ መረቁ፡፡
ጠቅላይ ሚኒስትር ዓቢይ መርቀው የከፈቱት "ቢ ጂ አይ ሄልዝ ኢትዮጵያ" ኩባንያ የተነባውን ፋብሪካ ነው፡፡
ኩባንያው በበርካታ አገራት የመድኃኒት ማምረቻ ፋብሪካዎች ያሉትና ዓለም አቀፍ እውቅና የተላበሰ መሆኑ በምረቃው ላይ ተጠቅሷል፡፡
በቦሌ ለሚ ኢንዱስትሪ ፓርክ ውስጥ የተገነባው ፋብሪካ በዓመት 10 ሚሊዮን የመመርመሪያ መሳሪያዎች ያመርታል ተብሏል፡፡
መሳሪያዎቹንም ለአገር ውስጥና ለውጭ ገበያ እንደሚያቀርብ ተገልጿል፡፡
ፋብሪካው የኮቪድ ወረርሽኝ ሲያበቃ የወባና ቲቢ መመርመሪያ መሳሪያዎችን ለማምረት መገንባቱም ተነግሯል፡፡
ፋብሪካው በቻይናውያን ባለሃብቶችና በኢትዮጵያ መንግሥት ትብብር መገንባቱም ተገልጿል፡፡  

Source:  Ethiopian Press Agency

The Best TVs For 2020

Informed 3 weeks ago

1. Best TV overall: LG OLEDCX
Type:
OLED
Resolution:
4K
HDR:
HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
2. Best 8K TV: Samsung Q900TS
Type: QLED
Resolution: 8K
HDR: Quantum HDR 32x, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
3. Best TV For Gaming: Samsung Q80T
Type: QLED
Resolution: 4K
HDR: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
4. Best Budget TV: TCL 6-Series
Type: QLED
Resolution: 4K
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG  

Source:  Forbes

Biological Sex Affects Genes for Body Fat, Cancer, Birth Weight

Informed 3 weeks ago

Biological sex has a small but ubiquitous influence on gene expression — the amount of product created by a gene for cell function — in almost every type of human tissue, according to a new study published in Science.

These sex differences are observed for genes involved in many functions, including how people respond to medication, how women control blood sugar levels in pregnancy, how the immune system functions, and how cancer develops, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study done in collaboration with the University of Chicago and the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona.  

Source:  Northwestern University

Veterinary college team IDs gene that drives ovarian cancer

Informed 3 weeks ago

High-grade serious ovarian carcinoma (HGSOC) is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States, yet little is known about the origins of this disease.

Now, scientists at the College of Veterinary Medicine have collaborated on a study that pinpoints which specific genes drive – or delay – this deadly cancer.  

Source:  Cornell University

COVID ventilator patients can have permanent nerve damage

Informed 3 weeks ago

Severely ill COVID-19 patients on ventilators are placed in a prone (face down) position because it’s easier for them to breathe and reduces mortality. But that life-saving position can also cause permanent nerve damage in these vulnerable patients, reports a newly accepted study from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Scientists believe the nerve damage is the result of reduced blood flow (due to coagulated blood) and inflammation. Other non-COVID-19 patients on ventilators in this position rarely experience any nerve damage.  

Source:  Northwestern University

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Informed 3 weeks ago

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Site of male sexual desire uncovered in brain

Informed 3 weeks ago

The locus of male sexual desire has been uncovered in specific regions of brain tissue where a key gene named aromatase is present, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in mice.

The gene regulates sexual behavior in men, and thus can be targeted by drugs to either increase its function for low sexual desire or decrease its function for compulsive sexual desire, scientists said. Aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen in the brain, which drives male sexual activity.  

Source:  Medical Xpress

Depression risk detected by measuring heart rate changes

Informed 3 weeks ago

For the first time doctors have shown that measuring changes in 24-hour heart rate can reliably indicate whether or not someone is depressed. In practical terms, this may give clinicians an objective "early warning" of potential depression, as well as a rapid indication whether or not treatment is working, so opening the way to more rapid and responsive treatment. Presenting results of this pilot study at the ECNP virtual congress, lead researcher, Dr. Carmen Schiweck (Goethe University, Frankfurt) said "Put simply, our pilot study suggests that by just measuring your heart rate for 24 hours, we can tell with 90% accuracy if a person is currently depressed or not."  

Source:  Medical Xpress

Increases in Suicide Rates in Young Adults From 2000 to 2018

Informed 3 weeks ago

From 2000 to 2018, there were increases in suicide rates among persons aged 10 to 24 years, according to the Sept. 11 National Vital Statistics Reports, a publication from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Curtin found that from 2000 to 2007, nationally, the suicide rate was statistically stable among persons aged 10 to 24 years, then increased 57.4 percent from 6.8 to 10.7 per 100,000 from 2007 to 2018. In 42 states, there were significant increases in suicide rates between 2007-2009 and 2016-2018, while nonsignificant increases were seen in eight states; due to small numbers, the change in the District of Columbia could not be assessed. There was variation noted in the increases, from 21.7 percent in Maryland to a more than doubling in New Hampshire (110 percent). The suicide rates were highest in Alaska in 2016-2018, while some of the lowest rates were seen among states in the Northeast.  

Source:  HealthDay

Healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy could lead to healthier children, study finds

Informed 3 weeks ago

New research shows improving the lifestyle of women with obesity during pregnancy could mean long-term cardiovascular benefits for their children.

The study, led by King’s and supported by the British Heart Foundation and Tommy’s charity, examined how an antenatal diet and physical activity intervention in pregnant women with obesity could positively influence the health of the women and their children three years after giving birth.
 

Source:  King's College London

Better stress management is beneficial to newborns

Informed 3 weeks ago

A group of researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that maternal psychological wellbeing during pregnancy has a positive effect on newborn infants. Increased telomere length suggests a reduced rate of cell aging, which could have an effect on children's future health. Results from this study have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.  

Source:  Medical Xpress

Ten minutes of massage or rest will help your body fight stress: study

Informed 3 weeks ago

Allowing yourself a few minutes of downtime significantly boosts mental and physical relaxation. Research by psychologists at the University of Konstanz observed higher levels of psychological and physiological relaxation in people after only ten minutes of receiving a massage. Even ten minutes of simple rest increased relaxation, albeit to a lesser degree than massage. The findings, reported on 8 September 2020 in the journal Scientific Reports, provide the first indication that short-term treatments can robustly reduce stress on a psychological and physiological level by boosting the body's principal engine for relaxation—the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).  

Source:  Medical Xpress

Alcohol and your brain: study finds even moderate drinking is damaging

Informed 3 weeks ago

It’s a well-known fact that drinking too much alcohol can have a serious impact on your health, including damaging your liver. But how much is too much? For conditions such as liver cirrhosis, that’s usually more than 21 units of alcohol a week – around two bottles of wine a week or one and a half pints of beer a day. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer recommends that adults don’t drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week to keep the risk of health problems low.

However, the liver isn’t the only organ that can be damaged by drinking – the brain can be damaged, too. Drinking over the current UK low-risk guidelines is associated with an increased risk of dementia. And a recent study, published in Scientific Reports, found that even moderate drinking is associated with decreased brain volume.  

Source:  The Conversation

Phone Calls Create Stronger Bonds Than Text-Based Communications

Informed 3 weeks ago

After months of social distancing mandates, people are leaning heavily on technology for a sense of social connection. But new research from The University of Texas at Austin suggests people too often opt to send email or text messages when a phone call is more likely to produce the feelings of connectedness they crave.  

Source:  University of Texas at Austin

Improve Your Balance and Flexibility, Strengthen Your Core, Ease Pain, and Stay Independent with 6 Core Simple Workouts!

Informed 3 weeks ago

Mention core exercises and most people think of moves that help you carve out washboard abs. Although core exercises can get you that flat belly, there are more important reasons to work your core muscles. For example, did you know that a weak core can actually make it harder to move your arms and legs and can drain power from the many moves you make?

On the other hand, a strong, well-toned core can help with everything from improving your balance to relieving pain to helping you maintain your independence. That’s why Harvard health experts created Core Exercises.  

Source:  Harvard University

Coronavirus Pandemic Affects Young Adults’ Mental Health More Than Older Americans: Poll

Informed 3 weeks ago

Speaking of mental health: a recent poll found that the pandemic is affecting the mental health of young adults more than older Americans.  

Source:  Forbes and National Opinion Research Center

Eat Better. Feel Better with Harvard's Online Nutrition Course

Informed 3 weeks ago

Although messages about diet and nutrition are everywhere these days, it isn’t always easy to eat right and choose the healthiest foods. Now, in this interactive and informative online course from Harvard Medical School you’ll get a simple, easy-to-follow plan that will help you get healthier in just 6 weeks.  

Source:  Harvard University

The Known and Unknown of Stroke Infographic

Informed 3 weeks ago

The Known and Unknown of Stroke
Each
year 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke.
Stroke is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

A Patient Guide to Understanding Strokes of Unknown Cause

Informed 3 weeks ago

Having a stroke of unknown cause, or cryptogenic stroke, may be frustrating and overwhelming. In this guide, we will provide you with information and resources that can help you and your loved ones find answers around cryptogenic stroke. With a proper diagnostic work-up and collaboration with your physician, you can take part in finding the cause of your stroke and help prevent another one from occurring.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

I Will Prevent Another Stroke

Informed 3 weeks ago

If you or a loved one experienced a stroke with no known cause (cryptogenic stroke), it’s very important for you to join forces with your healthcare team and dig deeper for a diagnosis. Why? Because 1 in 4 stroke survivors will have another.
Finding the underlying cause of your first stroke means you and your doctors can develop the best plan to help prevent another stroke from occurring.  

Source:  American Stroke Association

World Patient Safety Day, Thursday, 17 September

Informed 3 weeks ago

The second annual World Patient Safety Day will focus on Health Worker Safety: A priority for Patient Safety. Campaign materials will articulate the relationship between health worker safety and patient safety, calling for specific actions needed from governments and health leaders.  

Source:  world health organization

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, study shows

Informed 3 weeks ago

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, a new study shows.  

Source:  University of Exeter

Addicted to the sun? It's in your genes

Informed 3 weeks ago

Sun-seeking behaviour is linked to genes involved in addiction, behavioural and personality traits and brain function, according to a study of more than 260,000 people led by TwinsUK researchers.  

Source:  King's College London

Jupiter's Moons Could be Warming Each Other

Informed 3 weeks ago

The gravitational push and pull by Jupiter's moons could account for more warming than the gas giant Jupiter alone.  

Source:  University of Arizona

New Hubble Data Suggests There is an Ingredient Missing from Current Dark Matter Theories

Informed 3 weeks ago

Observations by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have found that something may be missing from the theories of how dark matter behaves. This missing ingredient may explain why researchers have uncovered an unexpected discrepancy between observations of the dark matter concentrations in a sample of massive galaxy clusters and theoretical computer simulations of how dark matter should be distributed in clusters. The new findings indicate that some small-scale concentrations of dark matter produce lensing effects that are 10 times stronger than expected.  

Source:  ESA/Hubble Information Centre

Researchers Publish Striking Images of SARS-CoV-2 Infected Cells

Informed 3 weeks ago

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Camille Ehre, PhD, generated high-powered microscopic images showing startlingly high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads on human respiratory surfaces, ready to spread infection in infected individuals and transmit infection to others.  

Source:  University of North Carolina Health Care

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