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Mobile app for sexual health recognized at Deans’ Challenge

first_imgA proposal for a mobile phone app to help college students manage their sexual health was named second runner-up in Harvard’s inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab). The mobile phone app proposal came from one of two teams with HSPH students represented that were among eight finalists vying for funding in the competition. The other team had proposed a program linking vehicular trauma patients in Bangladesh to first responders and emergency transportation.HSPH students were represented on eight of the 54 teams that submitted proposals for the competition. Grand-prize winners and runners-up took home a share of a $75,000 purse.The challenge invited Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows from across the University to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care and the development of new and effective therapies for people around the world. Finalist teams earned $5,000 to invest in their projects, and another six weeks to hone their pitches. They also were given access to workspaces at the i-lab and the opportunity to consult with venture capitalists and other advisors. Video pitches from each of the finalists were reviewed by a panel of judges, with the results announced at the i-lab on May 22, 2013. Read Full Storylast_img read more

West Hempstead Crash Leaves Girl, 13, Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 13-year-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle in West Hempstead on Wednesday afternoon.Nassau County police said the victim was riding her bike across Eagle Avenue at the corner of Park Avenue, when she was hit by a Cadillac driven by a 24-year-old woman shortly after 3 p.m.The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Her identity was not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicle was and found no criminality.last_img read more

Hot takes: The definitive PFTCommenter interview

first_imgSportswriter PFTCommenter discussed the presidential race, notable Wisconsin alumni and whether a hot dog is a sandwich or not in an exclusive interview with The Badger Herald.PFTCommenter has a weekly column, the MMBM, published on SBNation.com and he is also the chief political correspondent for the website. PFTCommenter will be making a stop in Milwaukee Nov. 10 to attend the Republican presidential primary debate.Here is the full conversation:last_img

Hospitals Offer Programs To Quit Smoking

first_imgNov. 19 American Smokeout DayBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezFor years physicians, clean air enthusiasts and loved ones have been trying to get smokers to put out their cigarettes for good. On Nov. 19 the American Cancer Society (ACS) will once again encourage smokers to give up smoking – even for one day – during the Great American Smokeout.According to the ACS, about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.“This is the only product on the shelf out in the world that if you follow manufacturer’s guidelines, it kills you,” said Ghulam Abbas, M.D., director of minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Meridian Health. “It’s like you’re hiring someone to come and hurt you – and you pay tax on top of it!”Tongue, throat, esophagus, windpipe, lung and even bladder cancer have all been linked to smoking. “Smoking can also cause hypertension, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), artery disease and other chronic diseases are also all results of smoking,” said Abbas.Abbas also warns “Not only are you hurting yourself, you’re hurting your loved ones.” Pregnant women and smokers lighting up around children are causing harm to the developing little ones. “Children of smoking parents have more respiratory issues than people who don’t smoke.” Despite the risks, the warnings and the scientific evidence, people still smoke. “It tells me it is clearly an addiction,” Abbas said. He cites that some patients, even after two cancer diagnoses, surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, continue to smoke.Although the number of U.S. smokers has decreased – from nearly 21 of every 100 adults in 2005 to nearly 18 of every 100 adults in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – many communities promote ways to help smokers quit. According to Joshua Havard, manager of pulmonary rehab, respiratory and neurology services, Riverview Medical Center, the hospital’s smoking cessation groups sees a 30 percent success rate, as opposed to the national 8 to 12 percent rate.Some participants may be linked with a pulmonary rehab program and suffer from ailments such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis and have been strongly encouraged by physicians to attend the program. “These are folks that can hardly walk up a flight of steps,” he said.
“And some people finally come because they’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,” said Havard, who along with colleague Lorie Caddock, run the smoking cessation programs. “They want to live better, breathe better.”
Riverview’s cessation program works as an ongoing group therapy session. “We’re not judgmental,” said Havard, who smoked as a teenager until his mid-20s. “Instead of berating you with health statistics, we let people open up and talk about their experiences.”Participants share experiences and tips on quitting and others may require nicotine replacement therapy – such as patches, nicotine chewing gum or prescribed medication.The decision to seek help in breaking the smoking addiction is a personal one and varies. According to Havard, for some it may be tallying up how many thousands of dollars they could save by giving up smoking that spurs them into quitting. “And some people say ‘I’m not ready yet,’ and we put them on a back burner and check in at a later time.”“The people left smoking today are your most seriously addicted,” said , vice president of Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention. “And many smokers are people with mental health or substance abuse issues.”The Barnabas six-week tobacco cessation program is run by certified tobacco treatment specialists who have been trained at Rutgers Behavioral Health, according to Greene, the primary training for similar programs throughout the world. “These are the best practices of the public health guidelines,” said Greene.Specialists access the smoker to determine the level of addiction, monitor CO2 levels in their lungs and prescribe medication related to how addicted they are.“The decrease in the smoking population came about because of taxes, clean indoor act and enforcement of where you can and cannot smoke,” said Greene. “It became very difficult for smokers to smoke.”But changing longtime habits is not as easy. Greene points out that when health warnings were placed on cigarette packs in the 1960s, “we learned that information alone does not change behavior.”The problem is epidemic. “It’s most insidious. It’s more difficult (to combat) than heroin.”Despite the dire statistics, health professionals continue to develop successful smoking cessation programs. “Help is out there,” she said.For information on smoking cessation programs at Riverview Medical Center and other Meridian locations, call 732-530-2589. For the Barnabas Health programs at Monmouth Medical Center and other locations, call 732-914-3815.last_img read more

Mother, daughter died from fractured skulls

first_imgBerbice double murder/suicideAutopsies conducted on the bodies of a mother and daughter who were hammered to death on Wednesday, has given their causes of death as shock and haemorrhage due to fractured skulls.Dead: Dindamattie BehariThe autopsies on the women’s bodies were conducted on Friday by Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan, while a third autopsy was also conducted at the New Amsterdam Hospital Mortuary by the Pathologist on the body of Jainarine Seetaram – their killer – and gave his cause of death as asphyxia. Seetaram’s body was found with a canvas rope around his neck, hanging from a beam under an abandoned house. Moments before the discovery of his body, the lifeless body of his wife, Dindamattie Behari, who was found in a hammock; and that of her daughter Surujdai Khan, were discovered in the family home. Khan died on her way to hospital.Relatives of the two dead women say they will be buried on Sunday. Separate arrangements are being made for Seetaram.On Friday afternoon, acting Regional Chairman Denis DeRoop along with other members of the Regional Democratic Council offered condolences to the family of the two women.Dead: Surujdai KhanApart from presenting the family with items to assist with the wake, the Regional Chairman tried to comfort the 11-year-old boy who lost both his parents and only sibling in the double murder-suicide. DeRoop applauded him for his bravery, noting that he has God on his side. In comforting words, he told the traumatised child that he will grow up to become someone who will be very useful in society.Earlier this year, the lone survivor sat the National Grade Six Examinations and is currently awaiting those results. On the very morning of his mother’s death, she had gone to his school to pay for his graduation.Meanwhile, his sister also had big plans; she was expected to join her husband overseas later this year. Instead, her husband returned to Guyana on Thursday to attend her upcoming funeral.On Wednesday morning, Seetaram reportedly hammered his wife to death while she was in a hammock beneath their Lot 1078 Glasgow New Housing Scheme, Greater New Amsterdam house. Dindamattie Behari’s daughter died on the way to the New Amsterdam after she too was hammered in the head. Seetaram also attacked his 11-year-old son the child managed to escape.The boy told investigators that he, along with his sister, were in the upper flat of the house while his parents were in the lower flat, when he heard his mother telling his father to remove from next to her. As a result, he along with his sister went down to the lower flat to see what was happening. He then saw his father, who was armed with a wooden handle hammer in his hand, hitting their mother in her head.The man then turned his attack on the child and his older sister but only managed to attack and injure the 20-year-old.The 11-year-old related that about two weeks ago, his father accused his mother of having an affair with someone and they had a misunderstanding over the accusation.Meanwhile, the very evening after the tragedy, the property was burglarised. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Top 10 photos in San Francisco 49ers in 20-7 win against Los Angeles Rams

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.See photo highlights of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday game against the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers remain undefeated with a 5-0 record after their 20-7 win over the Rams in Los Angeles. The 49ers face the Washington Redskins on the road next Sunday.This is the 49ers best season start since 1990 when they won the Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos by a score of 55–10. Their most recent Super Bowl win was in 1995 …last_img read more

Why Giants manager Gabe Kapler has yet to reach out to Madison Bumgarner

first_imgThose hoping Madison Bumgarner returns to the Giants may not be comforted by new manager Gabe Kapler admitting Thursday he’s yet to speak to the free-agent pitcher.Kapler, who has been on the job 10 days, told 95.7 The Game that while he’s spoken to some players already most of his time has been spent working on bringing in a new pitching coach and hitting coach.“I have not talked to MadBum yet,” Kapler said on The Bonta, Steiny & Guru Show. “I’m very interested to see how that all plays out. …last_img read more

10 months agoOzil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammates

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ozil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammatesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant a knee injury is keeping him on the sidelines.Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint, with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery saying after the game: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”The German playmaker also missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, but took to Twitter after the match to congratulate his team-mates for the victory and tell fans that he is targeting a comeback as soon as he can.Positive start into 2019 for us! Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa#M10— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019 last_img read more

Saskatchewan family says lack of government help forced backyard funeral

first_imgREGINA – Relatives of a woman who died in her Regina home say they were forced to hold a backyard funeral for her because they couldn’t get help from the Saskatchewan government.Crystal Machiskinic received support under the province’s assured income for the disabled.It covered basic funeral costs for people on social assistance, but that funding was cut in the March budget.It was partially restored starting July 1, but the new flat rate of $2,100 is almost $1,800 less than it used to be.The family says that because Machiskinic died the Friday before the July 1 long weekend, they couldn’t reach anyone in the Ministry of Social Services to confirm that some expenses would be covered.Jeff Reddekop, with the ministry, says he can’t comment on the case due to privacy rules.The service was delayed until this past Friday — contrary to First Nations culture in which funeral rites need to be completed within four days.“We couldn’t arrange to have the funeral in a facility because we can’t afford it,” Carrie Stonechild, Machiskinic’s sister, said last week.“All they had to do was pick up that phone, make that call and tell us, yes, they were going to cover expenses.“In our culture, we have certain ceremonies that we do in those four days to send our loved ones into the spirit world. And not being able to do that, we’re very upset and hurt … We should have had her rested and done our ceremonies within those four days.”Stonechild said there were other factors which contributed to the delay, but her frustration mounted when she finally reached someone from Social Services.“A manager told … Crystal’s daughter to ‘get in line’ on the call centre phone. Another manager offered no condolences whatsoever … and they said it’s not their fault. It was the long weekend.“It was just a very rude tone in their voices.”Reddekop said in instances such as this, the department contacts a family the next business day, which in this case was a Tuesday.“We understand how challenging it can be to make decisions on behalf of the family when a loved one has passed,” he said. “We very much understand what this family is experiencing, and would like to offer our sincere condolences to this family for their loss.”Reddekop added the ministry has not received any other complaints about their practices interfering with a family’s ability to make funeral arrangements while respecting cultural or religious practices.“I know it was the long weekend but at times like that, they should have backup people,” said Stonechild, who was planning to write a letter of complaint to the government with the help of the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry.“Is this what it takes for somebody to wake up and respect our way? I don’t want this to happen to anybody else in the future.”(CTV Regina)last_img read more

Vidya Balan would love to spy on Big B

first_imgMumbai: If “Bobby Jasoos” actress Vidya Balan had to turn a spy, she says she would love to investigate megastar Amitabh Bachchan. On her radio show “Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho”, Vidya opened up about her habit of decoding people in real life. Vidya was in conversation with a radio jockey, who asked her who would she want to spy on in real life. The “Bobby Jasoos” actress named her “Paa” co-star Big B and said the late Sridevi would have been an ideal subject, read a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “While I have never faced the need to spy on someone, but I would love to know everything about everyone since I love decoding people. There is this ‘keeda (urge)’ in me… I love getting to know people. “It has to be Amitabh Bachchan, as his thoughts or his feelings are never given away by his expressions. He has this straight face and that’s quite intriguing to decode. Of course, he is absolutely different when he faces the camera.” Regarding Sridevi, Vidya said: “There’s another person I would have loved to investigate, but she is no more and that is the legendary Srideviji. I am a huge Sridevi fan, and I feel ecstatic to have paid her a tribute with her iconic song ‘Hawa Hawai’ while she was amongst us. “While she couldn’t see the film, she did attend the screening and I am just glad I could do that.” Vidya’s radio show airs on 92.7 BIG FM.last_img read more

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