Hottest summer ‘ever’ melting Greenland ice sheet

first_imgNASA says a massive melting event in Greenland poured billions of tons of water into the Atlantic Ocean last month.The extreme melting of Greenland’s massive ice sheet occurred during the hottest summer ever recorded.A new report from the World Meteorological Organization says this June and July broke or tied all-time average temperature records.No other information is available at this time.last_img

MCBREARTY – “PROMOTION OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FOR NEXT COUNCIL”

first_imgIndependent Councillor Frank McBrearty, has today (Wednesday) said that promoting positive mental health in the county must be one of the priorities for the next elected members of Donegal County Council. McBrearty told Donegal Daily, “Irrespective of the make-up of the next council, I am calling on all newly elected Councillors to pledge to do all they can to ensure that positive mental health becomes a key issue for the Council.Speaking of the work which he has done to encourage positive mental health in the County, Cllr McBrearty said that breaking the silence around mental health as well challenging the stigma and discrimination which surrounds the issue was something which he prioritised during his year as Mayor – an issue which he feels very passionate about. McBrearty added, “The office of Mayor enabled me to highlight issues pertaining to mental health and well-being.“I’ve always been very vocal and passionate about this issue as mental health is something which can, and does affect everyone at some point in their life.“When I was Mayor of Donegal I used the office to promote positive mental health, drawing attention particularly to the strong link between physical activity and the beneficial impact it can have to encourage positive mental well-being. It was while Mayor of the County that Cllr McBrearty officially launched the National Conference on Sport aiding Mental Health (SAM), a national conversation concerning mental health, which aimed toincrease awareness of issues relating to mental health and strived to educate people as to how best to support those who sufferfrom mentalillness. McBrearty continued, “There is no health without mental health, and speaking as someone who has personally experienced the negative effects of poor mental health.“I am very much aware of its impact and I understand just how vital reinforcing the message of positive mental health is to our community.“During my tenure as Mayor,I was delighted with the positive response that SAM received from the various organisations, groups and individuals involved in the campaign.McBrearty concluded, “Everyone has a role to play in promoting mental health awareness, and I feel that local authorities have a responsibility to promote this issue and make positive mental health a key theme as part of their activities.“Should I be successful in my bid to get re-elected to Donegal County Council following the elections this Friday, I vow to make the promotion of positive mental health a priority in Council discussions. MCBREARTY – “PROMOTION OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FOR NEXT COUNCIL” was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:Election 2014:Frank McBreartynewsPoliticslast_img read more

‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

If Love is About Communication, Why is Facebook Holding Back?

first_imgTags:#Analysis#social networks#web Facebook this weekend published a special Valentine’s day study about romantic relationships and happiness. The company’s Data Team sliced and diced the language used in millions of peoples’ status messages, then looked at how they varied depending on the relationship status the people listed themselves with. Conclusions? Married people are the happiest, people in Open Relationships are the least happy. Men are less happy than women in an open relationship (believe it or not) and more happy in marriage. These findings are interesting, but what they really indicate is that there may be a modern-day Farmers’ Almanac for understanding our lives hidden behind the company’s doors. Facebook needs to set that data free or at least do more with it.The Data Team’s conclusions were written up by intern Lisa Zhang, whose relationship status isn’t public on the site. Zhang explained the methodology like this:We already have methodology for measuring the happiness of Facebook users: by considering how many positive words people use in their status updates (see the USA Gross National Happiness Index). This method allows us to see whether a person’s Facebook relationship status affects how positive and negative they are. We examined the use of positive and negative words in the status updates of all English speakers over the course of one week in January. To protect your privacy, no one at Facebook actually reads the status updates in the process of doing this research; instead, our computers do the word counting after all personally identifiable information has been removed. One of the most significant findings reported is about people who listed themselves as in an Open Relationship, meaning typically that they are committed to one person but have sex with multiple people. Those people tend to be less positive than anyone else, less positive even than widowed people! This is truly remarkable, if you think about it. For what tiny percentage of human history has it been a common practice to publicly declare your relationship Open in such a way? It’s a pretty new thing! How’s it working out for people? Apparently not so well!That could be good information to know before making certain decisions (“if I knew then what I know now…”). Of course, how does having children affect happiness in married people? How happy do people in heterosexual vs same-sex Open Relationships tend to be? Do women who are engaged to men with feminist or liberal-sympathetic interests (Fan pages) express less negativity than other engaged women or is that just a facade that in reality means nothing?There are lots of questions raised by this data, and it’s just one of an infinite combination of data points that Facebook could analyze.It’s probable that some of this data includes important observations about the human condition. Information that could help people make better-informed decisions than ever before in human history; informed not only by our own experience, and the experiences of the people we observe in our immediate lives, but by the experiences of hundreds of millions of people around the world.Other Examples of Important AdviceRemember the Farmers’ Almanac? It’s a book that’s been published annually since 1818, filled with advice about cooking, gardening, humor and weather predictions. The mysterious Farmers’ Almanac team (there’s only been 7 editors in the publication’s history) refuses to disclose its methods for weather prediction, but claims to have a 80 to 85% accuracy rate over its history.Similarly, Facebook data might not be able to tell us with 100% accuracy whether people who move from Michigan to California, or who marry young, or who stop playing football and start playing basketball tend to be more happy or less happy than before – but that data could come a whole lot closer to telling us than anything we’ve had before has. Of course we’re all special snowflakes, with infinite complications, and free will is important – but doesn’t it seem that there’s an incredible opportunity for world-wide self awareness hiding inside this social network where we’re typing our relationship status, our location and our interests into fields in a form?Of course Facebook uses that data to target advertising. Why will the company tell an advertiser that I’m part of a group of college educated, white, married men, over 30 years old and living in the state of Oregon but it won’t tell me that among people in those circumstances I have a particularly geographically limited set of friends and should probably get out more if I want to really understand the world? Now that would be valuable information!Hunch, the startup lead by Caterina Fake and Chris Dixon, makes that kind of data a big part of its social decision making service. The site provides a way for you to walk through various things you should consider in making decisions like what kind of car you should buy next or where you might like to go on vacation. It also asks you questions about yourself along the way.Among 10k people Hunch asked “do you like Cilantro?” the ones that said they did were far more likely to prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate. People who said they didn’t like cilantro are much more likely to prefer milk chocolate. (Probably because people who don’t like cilantro don’t know what’s good in life.) A Hunch study last week of people who own different breeds of dogs found that German Shepherd fans tend to rely more on intuition than common sense and Pug fans particularly enjoyed the movie The Shawshank Redemption.How about Facebook coughs up the goods on the far greater supply of user data than any other site in the world has? Unfortunately, Facebook is going in just the opposite direction. The company’s Data Team puts out some lightweight analysis like these Valentine’s Day conclusions about once a month. When software engineer Pete Warden tried last week to offer up user data he’d collected from 250 million Facebook users to the Academic community for study (see The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul) the company contacted him and told him to put a hold on the release while privacy concerns were evaluated. Last week the company took down Lexicon, its public tool for comparing how often different words were being used across the streams of Facebook users.Come on, Facebook! Set the data free. It’s not about cilantro and chocolate, that’s just the fun stuff. There are important observations about humanity hiding in that data. Check out, for example, Hunch’s observations of hundreds of people who said they don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the US and what else they have in common.If you don’t feel like you can set it free, then at least do something more serious with it. The Farmers’ Almanac is a mysterious organization, maybe some more mystery would be ok if it came along with a whole lot of Facebook data.This is a historically unique opportunity and one that I hope Facebook will take ahold of soon. Think of all the heartbreak the company could help prevent if only people knew their odds of being happy in an Open Relationship, among the countless other decisions we make that would be well informed by analysis of aggregate user data. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Sports Illustrated tweeted a couple of videos showing Atlas’ tirade.Teddy Atlas is none too pleased with the decision pic.twitter.com/CQKtQPHImvFEATURED 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 stars— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017 Jeff Horn, top center, of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao, bottom second left, of the Philippines, during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Legendary trainer and boxing commentator Teddy Atlas launched a verbal maelstrom Sunday after Jeff Horn took a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World welterweight championship in the “Battle of Brisbane” at Suncorp Stadium.Horn led in all three of the judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, but Atlas would have none of it.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena READ: Horn trainer promises ‘bloody Sunday’Digging deeper, Horn connected on just 19 jabs while Pacquiao landed 59.And in terms of power punches, Pacquiao had an overwhelming 123-73 advantage.Atlas even spoke his mind when interviewing Horn as the Australian had the WBO belt strapped on his left arm.Teddy Atlas keeping it 💯 pic.twitter.com/0ZRDs6tt9Q— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017“Congratulations, good effort, but I thought you lost,” said Atlas. “This guy [Pacquiao] was landing the punches, you were throwing a lot but were missing a lot. But you showed great heart, the heart of a champion, no doubt about that.”READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao“Do you feel after that ninth round, a very difficult round, after that round was almost stopped, you heard the words of the referee ‘I’m going to stop this fight if you can’t do something’ and your own corner told you that.”center_img After Pacquiao subjected Horn to a furious beating in the ninth round, referee Mark Nelson approached the Australian in the corner and told him he’ll stop the fight if the punishment continues.RELATED VIDEOHorn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn the local kid for trying hard,” said Atlas. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard. You’re supposed to get it for winning and I thought Pacquiao won the fight if you go by the rules, the real rules.”And for Atlas, whoever “lands the cleaner punches” should be crowned the victor.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winThe punch stats showed clear advantages for Pacquiao, both in terms of hits and the percentage.Pacquiao threw a total of 573 punches and landed 182 of them for a 32 percent rate while Horn, who did attempt more, went 92-of-625.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say Pacquiao ‘robbed’ View commentslast_img read more

For many years the death rate from cancer climbed

first_imgFor many years, the death rate from cancer climbed steadily, and the focus of big cancer meetings was the quest for better treatments to bring malignancies under control. Cancer death rates have been falling in recent decades, and that’s allowed researchers to ask another important question: Are some people getting too much treatment for their cancers?The answer, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago these past few days, is an emphatic yes.One dramatic example revealed at the meeting relates to the most common form of breast cancer, known as hormone-positive, HER-2 negative disease. For many women who have this diagnosis, but for whom the disease has not spread to lymph nodes, a new study finds that anti-hormone treatment after surgery is enough, and women won’t benefit from rounds of toxic and uncomfortable chemotherapy.Treatment of breast cancer for this large group of women will become easier. And for the many women who already choose not to undertake chemotherapy, they can be reassured that it’s the right call.Likewise, researchers from France presented evidence that people with severe colon cancer don’t benefit from a common treatment, which involves heated chemotherapy administered at the time of surgery. This treatment has been in use for 15 years, without good evidence that it actually works. Some doctors were adamant about using it, while others shunned it. The study of 265 patients found that it didn’t work, says Dr. Francios Quenet, at the Regional Cancer Institute on Montpellier, France.The study is “an excellent example of how less is more,” when it comes to certain cancer treatments, says Dr. Andrew Epstein, an oncologist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who spoke on behalf of ASCO.Patients with advanced kidney cancer can also be spared surgery, according to another study presented at the meeting. “Based on studies that were done 20-30 years ago, the patients who had their kidneys removed lived a bit longer than the patients who did not,” Dr. Bruce Johnson, the president of ASCO and a cancer doctor at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, tells Shots. A study of 450 patients coordinated by researchers in Paris found that the surgery was pointless. Patients who had their kidneys removed did no better than those who got chemotherapy. Those who avoided surgery were spared the trauma and the expense of this operation.The surgeon who presented the study at the meeting’s giant plenary session, Arnaud Mejean, got a big cheer from the audience after he projected a cartoon at the end of his talk, showing someone shooting himself in the foot. His point was that this kind of study isn’t in a surgeon’s self-interest – but it should be done for the interest of patients. And he suggested that all cancer physicians should ponder what that means in their own practices.Why are doctors giving patients challenging and unnecessary treatments?Johnson says one reason is that the way that cancer treatments evolve. In the case of breast cancer, the chemotherapy was first developed to treat advanced cancers. There, it was used aggressively to kill as much cancer as possible. Over the years, doctors started using it for less advanced cases, and eventually as a treatment to prevent cancer from coming back (known as “adjuvant therapy.”)Doctors and patients already knew that it provided relatively little advantage for many women when used as an adjuvant – perhaps reducing the risk of cancer recurrence by just a few percentage points, for women who have a low risk on genetic tests that can help predict the odds of a recurrence. But narrowing down that risk even more required a huge study, involving 10,000 women and taking many years.Drug companies, which fund many cancer studies, would have no interest in funding that study, so the National Institutes of Health backed it, with the help of governments overseas and advocacy organizations within the United States.There may be many other cancer treatments that are unneeded and possibly even harmful. Many long-time medical practices are based on tradition and thin evidence. But Johnson worries the federal government has been losing interest in this kind of expensive and time-consuming research. He notes that over the past decade, the number of studies presented at the ASCO meeting that have been funded by the U.S. government has dropped from 575 to 143. “It’s cut in one-fourth!” he laments. “And one of the things that we think is critically important is a robust clinical infrastructure supported by our government.”Indeed, European researchers presented many of the big studies at this year’s meeting. There, governments seem to have more patience for studies that can last for a decade or more, and care about research that will save government health services the costs of unneeded treatment.To be sure, the pharmaceutical industry is funding plenty of studies – but mostly they aim to bring expensive new drugs on the market. There was plenty of evidence of that at the meeting as well, both in lavish displays where companies brag about what they hope will soon come out of their pipelines, as well as studies showing that pricey new drugs are better than inexpensive treatments.In the hot field of immunotherapy alone, there are more than 2,000 drugs in development, according to Dr. Solange Peters at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland and president-elect of the European Society for Medical Oncology. The number of possible combination therapies is mind-boggling, and it’s hard to find the true winners. “Many combinations are not based on biological mechanisms and many are likely to fail,” she said in a presentation.Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, tells NPR a glut of “me-too” drugs that don’t offer meaningful advances, contributes to some of the confusion. It’s left up to doctors “to figure out the drugs we should be using versus the drugs we should not be using.””If I can use an auto industry example, if General Motors develops an SUV that means Chrysler and Ford have to develop an SUV to compete in that market, and the drug companies do the same thing, unfortunately,” Brawley says.He notes there are 30 companies producing very similar immunotherapy drugs, “and one of our concerns is they’re actually slowing down the development of immunotherapy drugs by having too many drugs that are very similar out in clinical trials.” These studies all are competing for patients, “and slowing down the completion of all the trials.””This is a huge problem,” Brawley says. “We sometimes wish we had a policeman who could direct traffic when it comes to drug development.”But he admits he can’t figure out what that would look like, given that the profit-driven system has worked well, in that it has brought exciting drugs to market. Copyright 2018 NPR. 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