Nipomo Elementary: Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, no it’s a plane…wait it’s a classroom? – Santa Maria Times

Another construction project for the Lucia Mar School District took to the skies above Nipomo Elementary today, as the school received several new modular classrooms. Nine classrooms and two restrooms, totaling 20 pieces, will be put in place at the Price Street school. Watch a classroom make its way off of a trailer and into its new home, and learn more about the utilization of Measure I bond money in this video.

Hyderabad: Eat broccoli to avoid cancer – Deccan Chronicle

Hyderabad: A Hyderabad-based private biotechnology research centre (Intonation Research Labratories Pvt Lmt) has collaborated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston to identify a natural compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables which serves as a potent tumour suppressor. The study was published in the journal Science.

The decreased risk of cancer has for long been associated with consumption of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale, but the actual gene which works for it was not known.

 

The current research has found that these cruciferous vegetables contain a molecule which inactivates a gene known as WWP1.

The ingredients in broccoli which was used to test cancer prone laboratory animals found that cancer cells were suppressed.

Dr Suresh Jain, a biotech entrepreneur whose laboratories in Hyderabad are a part of the research, stated that they are a part of the team which has helped to identify the natural compound in broccoli.

Proper diet, weight management key to deal with PCOS – The Hans India

New Delhi: With actors like Sara Ali Khan and Sonam Kapoor talking about their fight with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), experts have pitched for maintaining a healthy body weight through right diet to manage the hormonal disorder.

Typically characterised by irregular menstruation cycles and infertility, an elevated level of male hormone (gonadotropin), obesity and often diabetes, PCOS is a hormonal disorder which continues to baffle researchers till date. However, experts believe that with one out of 10 women and young girls affected by the disorder, it is very important that people know that most of the clinical manifestations of PCOS can be managed simply by maintaining a healthy body weight.

“Most of the girls keep struggling with the consequences of the PCOS without knowing that solutions to most of these problems lie in maintaining healthy body weight,” Shikha Mahajan, a Delhi-based senior nutritionist and head of Diet Podium, said.

According to a research published in the Lancet in 2017, weight loss is found to improve all the features of PCOS, and therefore, along with lifestyle changes, weight management is recommended as the first line treatment for it.

Swapna Chaturvedi, a dietician from AIIMS, said diet plays an important role in controlling PCOS and maintaining ideal body weight is important. “A high fiber diet, low fat diet with Mufa (monounsaturated fatty acids) rich and Omega 3 source of fats, antioxidants in the form of fruits and vegetables should be included. Refined carbohydrate should be avoided like maida, sooji, sugars. Physical activity and a healthy lifestyle are important,” Chaturvedi said.

According to Manjari Chandra, consultant and functional nutritionist at Max Healthcare, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) is essentially a hormonal disbalance that happens because of insulin insufficiency.

Controlling or reducing the intake of carbohydrates and sugar in the diet and increasing fibre and antioxidants goes a big way in handling the disease, she explained. So, does this mean the women with PCOS should always follow a weight loss diet? “Not really”, Mahajan said, adding since a high level of insulin can cause ovaries to produce male hormone, therefore it is the effective control of insulin hormone which is most crucial in PCOS management.

So, the diet that helps in the PCOS treatment is the one that aids in insulin production and resistance. Such a diet, which also helps in weight management, is actually quite simple to follow. While experts are all up for weight management to control PCOS, they also have some word of caution, especially for young girls who easily fall for trendy diets.

PCOS, like many other disorders, responds positively to lifestyle modifications, which primarily include diet and physical activity. However, when we talk about dietary modifications, it does not mean following fancy diets like keto, paleo, etc, as they are often nutritionally deficient and impractical to follow in the long run, experts say.

“In fact, the best way to tackle PCOS with diet is to create a simple food list that can be easily followed,” Dr Mala Srivastava, a senior consultant, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said.

Scientists Develop App to Monitor Asthma in Kids – LatestLY

Scientists Develop App to Monitor Asthma in Kids

Washington D.C [USA], May 18 (ANI): Scientists have developed an app that can aid parents and doctors to monitor asthma in children.”It’s exciting to see that using an effective app can not only help improve the lives of children with asthma and their parents but also allow their providers to give optimal care,” said the study’s lead author. The study was published in the journal ‘Pediatrics’.When families monitored symptoms with the app and adjusted care accordingly, children had better asthma control and made fewer visits to the emergency department. Using the app also meant that children missed fewer days of school and parents took fewer days off work, thereby improving quality of life.Despite effective treatments, keeping asthma in check can be particularly tricky. An attack can come seemingly without warning and up to 40 per cent of children hospitalised. A major contributing factor is that signs that precede an attack often go unnoticed.Scientists designed the app as a way to continually monitor a child’s disease. Asthma care is typically reactive, focusing on treating recurrent attacks, said Bryan Stone, the study’s senior author.While most children with asthma show signs days to weeks before an attack, parents can easily miss these changes. The app allows for monitoring at home, opening up an opportunity to observe worsening signs and intervene in time to prevent a flare-up.A unique feature of the app is that it sends parents and doctors data in real-time, and triggers an automated alert when a child’s asthma is acting up. When that happens, the app prompts parents to make an appointment with the child’s doctor. A doctor receiving an alert may decide to proactively call parents to determine how to address the issue.”Parents love the idea that they can see how their child is doing and that their doctor is on the other end of the app and working with them,” said Stone.Families who use the app fill out a brief weekly online survey based on a standard assessment called the Asthma Control Test. The app assigns a score reflecting whether asthma is impeding the child’s daily activities and how often they are using medication to control symptoms. It then issues recommendations dependent on being categorised as severe (red zone), under control (green zone) or approaching severe (yellow zone).More than 300 children and parents at 11 clinics enrolled in the study designed to determine whether the app improved patient outcomes. Researchers found that children who used the app: improved their asthma control, made significantly fewer visits to the emergency department and hospital, significantly reduced oral steroid use (a surrogate measure for asthma attacks), missed 60 per cent fewer days of school, and had an improved quality of life. In addition, their parents missed 70 per cent fewer days of work.Children and parents showed improvements in all measurements three months after starting to use the app, and the benefits persisted 12 months later.The investigators also compared outcomes from children who used the app with outcomes from children who did not use the app. Results from this part of the study showed that children who used the app: made 60 per cent fewer visits to the emergency department and hospital, and had a 35 per cent reduced use of oral steroids. (ANI)

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Fears grow over DR Congo’s worsening Ebola crisis – Channel 4 News

Health workers battling to control a worsening outbreak of Ebola in Eastern Congo face many challenges. Not just the deadly disease itself, but the ongoing violence in that region which has seen clinics come under attack and patients killed.

The disease has already claimed  over a thousand lives and now aid agencies are warning that without more funds, the disease will spread unchecked.

We also spoke to Tamba Danmbi-saa of the aid agency Oxfam, and began by asking him how severe this outbreak is.

Thailand: Red alert in bid to stop pig Ebola crossing border – Dekh News

Thailand: Red alert in bid to stop pig Ebola crossing border: Being one of Asia’s top pork producers, Thailand, is intensifying efforts to hold off a lethal pig virus that’s causing havoc as it spreads across the region. A disease that kills nearly all the pigs it infects called African swine fever, has been spreading through Asia from China and Mongolia to Vietnam and Cambodia. Millions of pigs have been culled, creating a global protein shortage and saddling farmers and food businesses with billions of dollars in costs.

Anan Suwannarat, the permanent secretary in Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry, said in an interview, “We’re on red alert for the pig virus, we’re trying everything to prevent it from spreading to Thailand.”

Thailand has tightened inspections at airports and border checkpoints cracked down on illegal slaughterhouses and traders and imposed stricter requirements for reporting hog deaths. The authorities have detected contaminated pork products at airports and borders, but have not yet found any cases at farms.

China being the largest pork producer, and the consumer, has been trying to contain the outbreak since August. But due to the lack of vaccine, the virus keeps spreading.

The strain of African swine fever spreading in Asia is undeniably nasty, killing virtually every pig it infects by a hemorrhagic illness similar to Ebola in humans. However, it’s not known to sicken people.

Cheerasak Pipatpongsopon, the deputy director-general at Thailand’s Livestock Department said, “Preventing the outbreak is our national agenda. Even if it gets into the country, we’ll be quick in containing the outbreak to minimize the damage to the industry.”

The Agriculture Ministry has estimated an outbreak may cost the Thai economy more than $1 billion if over 50% of the country’s hogs are infected.

DirkPfeiffer, a professor at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health at the City University of Hong Kong, “No country is safe. There’s a high risk of introduction of the virus for Thailand, as is the case for every country in the region and beyond.”

Thailand produces over 2 million hogs each year, and exports about 40% to Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. It doesn’t import live hogs or pork meat, according to Cheerasak, and now visitors are not permitted to bring processed pork products into the country.

The Thai Swine Raisers Association said the government is striving to keep the disease out. The group’s president, Surachai Sutthitham, said he’s “confident Thailand can stay clear of the virus.”

Heart attacks more severe in morning than night – The Weekend Leader

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Heart attacks that mostly happen in the morning tend to be more severe than cardiac arrests at night, warn researchers.

The study, published in the journal Trends in Immunology, discusses how time of the day affects severity of afflictions, ranging from allergies to heart attacks. For example, studies showed that adaptive immune responses — in which highly specialised, pathogen-fighting cells develop over weeks — are under circadian control. 

Researchers compiled studies, predominantly in mice, that looked at the connection between circadian rhythms and immune responses. “This is ‘striking’ and should have relevance for clinical applications, from transplants to vaccinations,” said study senior author Christoph Scheiermann, Professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. 

According to researchers, in both humans and mice, the numbers of white blood cells also oscillate in a circadian manner, raising the question whether it might be possible one day to optimise immune response through awareness and utilisation of the circadian clock.

For the study, researchers looked into separate studies that compared immune cell time-of-day rhythms under normal conditions, inflammation and disease.

“Investigating circadian rhythms in innate and adaptive immunity is a great tool to generally understand the physiological interplay and time-dependent succession of events in generating immune responses,” said Scheiermann.

“The challenge lies in how to channel our growing mechanistic understanding of circadian immunology into time-tailored therapies for human patients,” Scheiermann remarked.
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Measles cases on the rise in UK, Public Health England confirms – Mirror Online

Warning letters have been sent to parents by Public Health England following an increase in the number of children diagnosed with measles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in recent months.

Public Heath England says it is working with councils to stamp out the virus before it spreads wider by encouraging people to keep up to date with their vaccinations

The news follows a recent study which has argued deadly cases of measles will be endemic in the UK within decades if vaccines are not made compulsory for school children.

The study argues that precautions currently being taken to control the disease will not continue to work and suggests compulsory vaccination.



Some two million youngsters in the US did not have their first dose of vaccine against measles

 

Although exact figures have not been revealed, a spokesman for Public Health England told to The Daily Star there had been an increase of cases in both regions in the past few weeks.

A parent of a pupil at Giles Nursey and Infants’ School in Stevenage told The Comet :”I am actually in disbelief that I’ve just been sent an email from my children’s school to say there is an outbreak of measles in Hertfordshire.

“There is no excuse for this disease to have made a comeback when it is so easily preventable. If you are able to, get vaccinated.”

Across Europe, around 100,000 have already been infected with the virus in a recent outbreak.

According to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control there have been 860 confirmed cases of measles in the United Kingdom between April last year and March this year – which makes the UK the fifth highest in Europe behind Italy, France, Romania and Greece.



Measles virus

 

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness and symptoms include sore red eyes, a high temperature and cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

This week Public Health England re-shared a blog post from last year which discussed why the UK still sees cases and outbreaks of measles despite it being eliminated by the World Health Organisation.

It states: “Measles remains endemic in many countries around the world and there are currently several large outbreaks across Europe in countries where MMR vaccine uptake has been low.

“Until measles elimination is achieved globally we will continue to see importations of the measles virus to the UK.”



The number of cases of the disease during 2018 have already outstripped any year since 2010

 

As it currently stands parents are offered the opportunity to vaccinate their children against measles with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab.

It is carried out through two injections, one around the child’s first birthday and the other after they turn three.