Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi delaying flights

first_img DUBAI — A heavy seasonal fog engulfed the skyscraper-lined skyline of Dubai for several hours, causing some flights to be delayed at the world’s busiest international airport.At sunrise Wednesday, downtown Dubai was so foggy that even the outline of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could not be seen by passers-by. Fog also engulfed Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.At Dubai International Airport, home to the long-haul carrier Emirates, flights were delayed by up to an hour. Delays also hit Abu Dhabi’s international airport.The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology & Seismology earlier had warned that visibility Wednesday morning would be less than 50 metres (55 yards).High humidity and falling temperatures cause the fog to roll in seasonally along the coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The Canadian Press Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Posted by Heavy fog engulfs both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, delaying flightscenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Dubailast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories “The whole attitude has changed on our team. We’re not complaining, guys are staying after. And we just know what 5-11 feels like. At the end of the day, that’s a feeling that none of us are trying to experience right now.”All the players ran sprints at the end of training camp every day in Flagstaff and that extra work has continued down in Tempe with the season opener just around the corner. Dockett has one simple answer for why the defense is going to be better this season. “Cause we know what 5-11 feels like. You look at the game film from last year and you see how much we didn’t play together and how many mistakes we made and things like that…it sucks. But to have the opportunity to go out and redeem yourself again, a lot of games to us is personal.”Dockett’s ready for a real game that counts on Sunday against Carolina. “I’m just excited to play live football. Just being able to be healthy. That’s one thing I can say about my team is we got players. Our main focus right now every day we step on the field is to get better. Just remember what 5-11 felt like.” 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Usually athletes stand in front of their lockers at the start of a new season and focus on the future not on the past. Not Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. Several times already during training camp he’s recounted what he felt during their 5-11 record during the 2010 season. “Like I said, I’m just excited to go out every day and try to get better,” Dockett said. “You know everybody across the league got high expectations. Our expectations are no higher than other people’s expectations but it’s all about what you do on the field to get better. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Mahomes has proven arm strength and surprising mobility, but he’s knocked for his freelancing and lack of discipline.“He is going to drive his head coach crazy for the first couple of years and there is no getting around that. If it clicks for him and he’s coachable, I think he could become a special quarterback,” an NFL executive told NFL.com.Mahomes threw for 5,052 yards, completed 66 percent of his passes and threw 41 touchdowns to 10 interceptions his junior year in 2016.That included a 734-yard performance in a 66-59 loss to Oklahoma, which tied an NCAA record held by Washington State’s Connor Halliday. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Cardinals conducted a private workout Thursday in Lubbock for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 25, 2017Mahomes is considered by ESPN’s Mel Kiper as the fourth-best quarterback prospect in the draft, making him a potential second- or third-round selection.Others, like Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke, believe Mahomes could be the second quarterback taken behind Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, and before Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky. FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes looks to throw against Baylor during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas. Mahomes is bypassing his senior season for early entry in the NFL draft. Mahomes, the FBS leader this season with 5,052 yards passing, announced his decision during a campus news conference Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File) Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all draft prospects with 18 total official visits and private workouts, according to a source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017Though his mechanics are considered raw, Mahomes’ biggest challenge in finding an NFL home is proving running the spread Air Raid offense in college is not a red flag toward his transition to professional football — Arians, for example, has often scoffed at young quarterbacks who have never taken a snap under center. As much as the Arizona Cardinals might want to find a quarterback of the future in the first round 2017 NFL Draft, there are more immediate needs that could be addressed.And if Arizona goes another direction at No. 13 overall, general manager Steve Keim might have no choice but to find his future signal-caller later on in the draft.So it was notable that a group of Arizona leaders, including coach Bruce Arians and owner Michael Bidwill, took in a workout last Thursday for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It seems that workout impressed the Cardinals quite a bit. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals have worked out Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes privately, sources say he excelled for large contingent of staffers— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 30, 2017last_img read more

Belgian telco Belgacom is expanding its TV Replay

first_imgBelgian telco Belgacom is expanding its TV Replay catch-up service by adding six channels from RTL and the public broadcasting organisation for the French-speaking part of the country, RTBF.Available from today, the new channels joining the service are RTL-TVI, Club RTL and Plug RTL. From RTBF, the networks being added to the service are La Une, La Deux and La Trois.The new additions follow a successful six-month pilot among 10,000 French-speaking Belgacom TV customers and increase the total number of channels available on TV Replay to 21 – including 12 Dutch language channels.Belgacom offers two versions of TV Replay. The regular service lets viewers access programs that have been broadcast in the past 36 hours for €3 per month. TV Replay+ costs €7 per month and offers the same service, along with the ability to fast-forward programmes.last_img read more

Its the oldasdirt 1 Percent Rule In the broad s

first_imgIt’s the old-as-dirt 1 Percent RuleIn the broad strokes of Far East and early London trading, the gold price really didn’t do a lot when all was said and done, even though I was making a big deal out of it in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  The low tick occurred on Wednesday morning in New York at the same time as it bottomed on Tuesday—8:30 a.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a decent amount until shortly after 2 p.m. in electronic trading—and it quietly sold off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. close.The low and and high ticks were recorded as $1,188.30 and $1,204.40 in the June contract.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,201.50 spot, up $9.60 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 116,000 contracts.Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold courtesy of Brad Robertson.  The dark gray line is midnight EDT and, as usual, most of the price/volume action that mattered occurred during trading in New York.  Add two hours for EDT, as this chart is for Denver time—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature is a must.Silver’s price during the Wednesday trading session followed a similar path’s to gold and, once again, the charts are virtually interchangeable.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $16.045 and $16.37 in the May contract.Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.305 spot, up 18 cents on the day.  Net volume was very light at only 23,500 contracts.Platinum and palladium prices followed a somewhat similar chart pattern, except their respective lows came at the London p.m. gold fix.  Platinum closed at $1,160 spot, up ten dollars—and palladium finished the Wednesday session at $768 spot, up 6 bucks.  Here are the charts. The Oldest Bird in the Northern Hemisphere Raises a ChickBelow is a photo of “Wisdom”.  She’s a female Laysan albatross—and was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she was incubating an egg.  This is a picture of her brooding her month-old chick on Midway Island in early March of 2011.  Since then, she has raised another chick on Midway Atoll, this time in 2014.  These birds must be at least five years old before they’re capable of breeding, but they more typically breed at 8 or 9 after an involved courtship lasting several years.So, assuming the egg she was sitting on in 1956 was her first one, and that’s no guarantee—and adding eight years to that, you come out with a hatching date for Wisdom somewhere in very early 1948.  That means that when she raised her latest chick in 2014 she was 65 years old.I was born in October of 1948—so it’s a near certainty that Wisdom is older than I am.The photo credit belongs to John Klavitter—and you can read more about Wisdom here.  If you want to follow these birds from egg to adult, there’s live webcam for that linked here—and I have it on audio background to listen to the adult birds as they carry on until the sun sets in Kau’i in the Hawai’ian Islands, where a small portion of this years brood is currently being raised. The dollar closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 98.78—and made it to 99.04 by noon in Hong Kong, before selling off a bit.  Then twenty minutes before the London open—2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time—away it went to the upsides, topping out around 99.35 at 9:45 a.m. BST in London.  It was all down hill from there, with most of the damage occurring between 12:30 p.m. EDT—and the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close.  After that it traded flat for the remainder of the Wednesday session.  The dollar index closed at 98.40—which was down 38 basis points from Tuesday.The gold stocks opened up a bit—and rallied until gold’s high tick, which came minutes after 2 p.m. in New York—and they slid a hair from that point into the close.  The HUI finished up a respectable 3.42 percent]It was the same story in the silver stocks, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.48 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 334 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday.  The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 333 contracts—and the two big long/stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank—and JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account—with 171 and 161 contracts respectively.  Along with their obvious grab for every ounce of silver in any form they can lay their hands on, it appears that JPMorgan is now “going for gold” as well.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest for April dropped by 2 contracts—and is now down to 2,146 contracts, minus the 334 posted above for delivery tomorrow.  Silver’s April o.i. dropped by 23 contracts—and is now down to 170 contracts still open.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.There was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX -approved depositories on Tuesday but, once again it was a different story in silver, as 1,073,627 troy ounces were reported received—and another 1,109,627 troy ounces were reported shipped out the door.  The largest withdrawal was from the CNT Depository—and it didn’t quite match the almost identical number of ounces that were received by JPMorgan, which was the 1.073 million ounce number shown above.  You can check out all the silver action here.Ted Butler mentioned in his mid-week column to paying subscribers yesterday that JPMorgan has take delivery of almost 6 million ounces of physical silver during the past week.  How much physical silver have you added to your own personal warehouse lately, dear reader???Over at the ‘gold kilo stock’s COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Brink’s, Inc. reported receiving 1,773 kilobars—and shipped out 1,377 of them.  The link to the troy ounces is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that most interest you.Along with the growing awareness of the COT report and what that portends for the termination of the manipulation, there are other strong signs that even those not well versed on the intricacies of the report are seeing that something is very wrong with the price discovery process in silver. Back in the fall, the CEO of silver miner First Majestic, Keith Neumeyer, made waves when he suggested the price of silver was too low and openly suggested that silver miners band together to restrict production to counterbalance what he thought was too low of a silver price. I remember writing about it at the time and both congratulated and encouraged Mr. Neumeyer to continue pursuing the artificial pricing issue in silver, but to shy away from attempting to form a producers’ cartel as that appeared to be against antitrust law. While silver is clearly manipulated in price, you shouldn’t try to manipulate it higher – two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.I hadn’t heard much from Mr. Neumeyer on the artificial pricing of silver since then, so I was somewhat surprised when I ran across a very recent interview in which he discussed his opinions in straightforward terms. He questioned the price discovery process for silver on the COMEX and characterized the process in terms that should be familiar to anyone reading these pages. In the interest of time and to drill down to the price discovery discussion, you can fast forward to the 21:25 minute mark.The important point is that here we have the CEO of an important primary silver producer deeply questioning how silver prices are derived. According to Mr. Neumeyer, actual supply and demand have little to do with current silver prices and I, for one, would not argue with him. Although Mr. Neumeyer, much to his credit, has spoken to the issue of artificial pricing in silver previously, I must point out just how rare and unusual it has been for a primary silver miner to raise such concerns over the past 30 years in which I have alleged a COMEX silver manipulation has existed. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that silver miners heretofore always denied prices were manipulated, even though their shareholders were obvious victims, but I am more encouraged by Neumeyer’s words than anything else.Taken with the growing attention being placed upon the COT Report and the Managed Money category, Mr. Neumeyer’s sentiments are reason to believe the ongoing silver manipulation is on its last legs. It’s hard to run any scam where the scam becomes common knowledge. I’ve always maintained that in matters related to the price of silver, all roads lead to the COMEX. I would revise that to all silver roads lead to the COMEX and JPMorgan, but that is a distinction without a real difference.  I actually look forward to the day when someone admits that paper speculators on the COMEX do set and have every right to set the price of silver and that actual producers should butt out and be happy with the prices given to them by the speculators. It has become nearly that crazy. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 15 April 2015I was certainly happy to see the precious metal price action when I got up yesterday morning, but it was far from the spectacular variety, as gold wasn’t even allowed to rise one percent.  It’s the old-as-dirt “1 Percent Rule” that my compatriot GATA Chairman Bill Murphy over at lemetropolecafe.com likes to mention at moments like this—and he’d be right on the money once again.Here are the updated 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—and the charts, as usual, are courtesy of stockcharts.com.center_img And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away.  Three of the four precious metals are in positive territory—and only palladium is down on the day, but only by a buck.  Net gold volume is already sky high at 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a hair over 4,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which got smoked at 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning, has now rallied back into positive territory—and is currently up 9 basis points.I would guess that a lot of yesterday’s price action was currency related, but not all of it.  Behind all of this is a precious metal market that would explode in price to the outer edges of the known universe if given the opportunity.  Someday it will, but it wasn’t yesterday.And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that gold rallied a bit more going into the London open, but appears to have been capped [at least for the moment] as of 9:00 a.m. BST.  Whether that was the end of it all, or there’s more rally to come, is hard to say—so we’ll have to see what the rest of the Thursday session brings, especially the New York session.It’s the same chart pattern in both silver and palladium as well—and palladium is still chopping sideways, a dollar or so either side of unchanged.Net gold volume is just north of 52,000 contracts—and it’s fairly obvious that this Far East/early London gold rally has run into pretty impressive resistance from “da boyz”.  Silver’s net volume is around 5,800 contracts, which isn’t a lot—and a decent amount is roll overs as well.  The dollar index is now up 25 basis points in an almost straight-line move from its 8 a.m. Hong Kong low.It beats the hell out of me as to how the rest of the Thursday trading session will unfold—and after yesterday’s price action, it’s probably best that I make no prediction at all, and let the chips fall where they may.That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has announc

first_imgWork and pensions secretary Amber Rudd has announced measures that should mean fewer disabled people are forced to undergo unnecessary benefit reassessments.Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, announced in June that new claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) with the “most severe, lifelong conditions” who were awarded the highest level of support and whose needs were not expected to decrease would only receive a “light touch” review of their award every 10 years.Rudd (pictured) said this week that this measure would be extended to existing PIP claimants.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said this was to “ensure that for disabled people who need extra support, the system is designed to be as seamless as possible while minimising any unnecessary stress or bureaucracy”.Guidance for PIP case managers on which new PIP claimants will qualify for the “light touch” review and an “ongoing” award was published quietly by DWP in August.The guidance does not mention any particular conditions.Instead, it says such an award should be made if “the claimant’s restrictions on Daily Living and/or Mobility are stable and unlikely to change significantly or they have very high levels of needs which will only deteriorate” or if “the claimant is awarded enhanced/enhanced and their needs are not going to improve or would only deteriorate”.Newton’s announcement in June was seen by some as another move back towards disability living allowance (DLA), the benefit PIP is replacing for working-age claimants.One of the key reasons that ministers gave for introducing PIP was that DLA supposedly allowed claimants to secure unchecked “welfare for life” because of the lack of repeat assessments.Esther McVey, who quit as work and pensions secretary last month, made the claim herself five years ago in a bid to justify the introduction of PIP and proposed cuts of 20 per cent.But Jenny Morris, who helped write the Labour government’s Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People white paper, said in June that people were placed on lifetime DLA awards “for very good reasons” and all the government had done by introducing PIP and its frequent reassessments in 2013 was to “create extra costs for themselves”.She said that the “light touch” announcement showed the government had spent years and wasted hundreds of millions of pounds on its PIP reforms, while exposing people to assessments that were “very oppressive and upsetting”.This week, one disabled people’s organisation, Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS), suggested that Rudd’s announcement should be treated “very cautiously”.BuDS said that 18 per cent of PIP claimants already receive lifetime awards, and it added: “The chances are that this announcement will make very little difference for most people.”A DWP spokeswoman said: “The guidance change has not been in place long enough for us to provide estimates of how many people may gain.” A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

TMobiles Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver

first_img Geoff Weiss Former Staff Writer T-Mobile’s Latest Attack on Verizon Is a Masterful Marketing Maneuver Register Now » May 5, 2015 Image credit: REUTERS | Eduardo Munoz 2 min read Competitioncenter_img In a business climate where competitive urges are often shuttered behind closed doors, T-Mobile’s brash approach to dragging rivals through the mud rings with an uncanny resonance.In its latest move as the industry’s self-proclaimed ‘Un-carrier,’ T-Mobile is taking square aim at Verizon by offering Verizon customers a free two-week trial period with a new T-Mobile smartphone in order to lure them over to its service.T-Mobile has also completely co-opted an existing Verizon ad campaign entitled ‘Never Settle,’ and reimagined it with the hashtag #NeverSettleForVerizon — alongside a fleet of eight video attack ads.According to the Never Settle Trial, to be held from May 13 to May 31, Verizon customers must port their number over to a new T-Mobile phone. If they ultimately decide to switch, T-Mobile will pay up to $650 in early termination fees. If not, users simply return the phone and T-Mobile will refund any of the costs associated with reactivating. Related: T-Mobile Offers Businesses Promotions, Cheap Data Plans“Verizon’s sustained, aggressive investment in network technology means we don’t have to hide from the truth behind marketing campaigns,” the company told Entrepreneur in a statement. “Respected third-parties using scientific methodology assess our customers’ network experience, and tell our story for us — most rate the Verizon network as fastest and most reliable.”T-Mobile’s aggressive tactics are spearheaded by its CEO, the uncharacteristically candid John Legere, who recently threw down with Donald Trump in a epic Twitter battle. Legere is also prone to expletive-laden rants at T-Mobile press events, having shouted that the cell phone industry “blows,” and calling Verizon and AT&T “high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny that you have.”As the world’s fourth biggest cell phone carrier behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile may have less to lose in being so controversial. Nevertheless, the company’s position as a mouthy underdog seems to be paying off. Last quarter, T-Mobile beat revenue expectations and added 1.8 million subscribers.Related: Donald Trump and T-Mobile CEO John Legere Hurl Insults in Twitter Feud Next Article –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Add to Queuelast_img read more

Transgenic rat model may provide new insights into cerebral amyloid angiopathy

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 13 2018In a report in The American Journal of Pathology investigators describe the generation of a successful novel transgenic rat model that accumulates amyloid specifically in brain blood vessels and strongly mimics many of the associated detrimental changes that are observed in humans – a condition known as cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), which is also commonly observed in Alzheimer disease.Accumulation of β-amyloid in brain tissue is considered a hallmark pathological finding of Alzheimer disease. Less well known is that β-amyloid deposits are also found in small blood vessels of the brain, the condition known as CAA, which is also associated with impaired cognition and dementia. The lack of reliable preclinical animal models has limited our understanding of CAA.Transgenic rats mimic many of the characteristics of human pathology, including amyloid deposits in small blood vessels in the brain, capillary structural changes, neuroinflammation, and microhemorrhages. “The transgenic rats, known as rTg-DI, develop progressive accumulation of brain blood vessel amyloid-associated inflammation, small bleeds, and occluded vessels in the brain and exhibit cognitive impairments,” explained William E. Van Nostrand, PhD, of the George and Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, of the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA. “Although rats are still far from a perfect model to investigate CAA, the new model described here more completely mimics the pathological changes observed in the human brain and offers a better opportunity to test potential therapeutic interventions and develop useful biomarkers for this condition.”Transgenic rats have had foreign DNA inserted into their genome. In this case, human amyloid precursor protein DNA was introduced into the rats’ DNA, rendering their offspring transgenic (having both human and rat DNA). The transferred DNA contained mutations that originated from patients with CAA, so that the rats would produce low levels of human mutant amyloid β peptides in their brains.The investigators showed that human amyloid-β precursor protein was evident in neurons throughout the cortex, hippocampus, and thalamus of the rats. As the rats aged from three to 12 months, there was a progressive accumulation of the mutant amyloid-β peptides in the rat brains. At 12 months, fibrillar amyloid covered nearly 45 percent of capillaries in the thalamus, 70 percent of capillaries in the hippocampus, and 30 percent of capillaries in the cortex. Most of the peptides were of the shorter Aβ40 form, the type of amyloid that is found in human CAA.Related StoriesHealthy blood vessels could help stave off cognitive declineBlood based test using AI and nanotechnology devised for chronic fatigue syndromeLab-grown blood vessels provide hope for dialysis patientsThe investigators observed that early-onset and progressive accumulation of cerebral microvascular fibrillar amyloid was accompanied by early-onset and sustained behavioral deficits in the transgenic rats. They performed more slowly on a behavioral test that measured the time taken to explore novel objects in an open field. “That the early-onset development of microvascular CAA and associated neuroinflammation coincided with early-onset and sustained cognitive deficits offers the promise of a unique model for the future elucidation as to how CAA can promote vascular-mediated cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID),” commented Dr. Van Nostrand.Structural changes were seen in cerebral capillaries as the amyloid accumulated, including vessel fragmentation and increased tortuosity (twisting). There was also evidence of neuroinflammation, such as an elevated number of activated microglia around the blood vessels compared to wild-type rats.The rTg-DI transgenic rats also developed numerous microbleeds and occluded microvessels in areas of microbleeds. Microbleeds in the hippocampus and thalamus were detected at six months, and this increased as the rTg-rats aged to 12 months. “This was an especially important finding since we know that the presence of cerebral microbleeds is a prominent clinical feature of CAA in humans,” noted Dr. Van Nostrand.There were some differences noted between human and rat CAA. For instance, in humans, microbleeds are more common in cortical regions, not in deep brain regions like the thalamus. Despite these differences between rTg-DI rats and humans, Dr. Van Nostrand believes “this unique model provides new opportunities to investigate the pathogenic development of CAA and its relation to VCID. rTg-DI rats will provide an improved platform for the development of biomarkers and preclinical testing of therapeutic interventions for this common small vessel disease.” Source:https://www.elsevier.com/last_img read more

Placental organoids could be the future of pregnancy and conception research say

first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDNov 29 2018Researchers have successfully managed to develop “mini placentas” or placenta organoids in the laboratories that could transform research of pregnancy, conception, stillbirth, miscarriages and pregnancy diseases and disorders.The results of the study developing these organoids have been published in the latest issue of the journal Nature.These organoids can successfully mimic the placenta in its early stages during the first trimester explain the researchers. This means that the drugs or diseases that affect the placenta during this phase and lead to miscarriages can be studied. In fact these tiny placentas are so like the real placenta that they can also test positive with a pregnancy test the team explains. Ashley Moffett, a senior researcher on the team and professor of reproductive immunology at Cambridge University confirmed this saying, “If we put a pregnancy stick into the medium from the organoids it reads ‘pregnant’.”The team explains that studying a placenta within the womb has been notoriously difficult till date. The healthy placenta develops and attaches to the walls of the womb and supplies nutrients and oxygenated blood to the growing embryo and fetus. It not only secretes hormones and chemicals that allow the fetus to grow but also excretes the waste generated by the growing fetus. The placenta also secretes hormones into the maternal blood stream that helps carry the pregnancy successfully. These phenomenon could not be studied in humans till now. With the development of the organoids, now the researchers can understand the functions and workings of the placenta in details. Moffett said, “We can now begin to do experiments on how placental development occurs in the uterine environment.”Related StoriesNew research examines whether effects of alcohol/pregnancy policies vary by raceCannabis use during pregnancy may cause premature birthSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchThe team used cells from the villi of the placental tissue. These villi are hair like structures of the normal placenta. These placental cells when grown in the lab can organize into multi-cellular clumps or structures that can act like the real placenta by secreting proteins and hormones. These are of sizes ranging from a tenth of a millimetre to half a millimetre and can be stored in frozen form only to be thawed before use.Experts in the filed have hailed this research and have said that it would provide invaluable insights into common pregnancy disorders including still births, growth restriction within the uterus (IUGR) and pre-eclampsia. Infections of the fetus such as Zika and how they affect the development and growth could also be studied they add.Lead author of the research, Margherita Turco, in a statement said, “The placenta is absolutely essential for supporting the baby as it grows inside the mother. When it doesn’t function properly it can result in serious problems, from pre-eclampsia to miscarriage, with immediate and lifelong consequences for both mother and child.” The team adds that this would also be invaluable in testing teratogenic drugs or drugs that could harm the unborn baby if administered to the mother. Placental organoids would also be a source of stem cell therapies in failing or threatened pregnancies the team explains. In short, there are several uses of these organoids in pregnancy research.According to Moffett, “It has taken 30 years to reach this point and to have mini-placentas which we know will grow in the laboratory for at least a year.”Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0753-3last_img read more

Philips introduces new premium digital Xray room to help shorten patient wait

first_imgFeb 15 2019Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, has launched its DigitalDiagnost C90, a new ceiling-suspended digital radiography system. The system offers a live tube camera, versatile room configuration capabilities and exam automation technologies that work harmoniously to provide improved patient and Radiographer experiences. Designed to meet the imaging needs of the most demanding institutions, the C90 helps reduces procedure length allowing more patients to be seen comfortably without compromising patient care.The DigitalDiagnost C90 integrates the Philips Eleva X-ray user interface platform and a live camera, which helps improve the patient positioning process by placing the Radiographers positioning tools on the Eleva tube head while the Radiographer can remain at the patient’s side. This reduces the number of movements for the Radiographer between the patient and the control panel, which can speed up workflow by up to 28 seconds per examination. With 67.5% of X-ray retakes resulting from incorrect patient positioning the C90 can help to minimize time-consuming repeats, and decreases patient waiting times for a smoother, more effective, experience. As Radiographers we welcome any advancement in digital X-ray that can improve patient positioning and image quality, enhance the workflow of departments and provide optimal patient care. As a dedicated paediatric imaging department, the system is a great addition to the digital X-ray service and allows us to meet the workflow demands.  The system ensures high quality images are produced in a timely manner providing a positive patient experience.”Emily Keyte, Pediatric Team Manager Radiographer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Source:https://www.philips.com/ Radiography is vital to many areas of medicine, and our aim is to support clinicians provide the best for their patients, by delivering the most advanced tools. By developing next generation software that drives workflow efficiencies as well as advanced imaging capabilities, Radiographers can deliver faster exams, with more flexibility, without compromising on diagnostic confidence and patient care.”Paddy Lightfoot, Modality Specialist DXR, Philips UKI Related StoriesUT Dallas adds MILabs Hybrid OI/CT system to its innovative medical imaging solutionsMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorInnovative magnetic nanoparticles show potential for PET/MRI bimodal imaging applicationsWith the touchscreen and a live camera features built into the Eleva Tube Head, patient positioning is improved by giving  Radiographers clear view of the collimation area which can help alleviate potential imprecise collimations, such as with obese patients. 94% of users asked think that the live camera images at the workstation helps to avoid retakes. As well as enhancing department workflow, the DigitalDiagnost C90 can be used as an educational tool. Unlike other digital X-ray rooms, the C90 allows student radiographers to observe positioning from the control room without having to crowd the patient and make them uncomfortable, supporting more efficient, patient-centric, teaching practices.The C90 also uses new image processing software to provide the highest quality images of any anatomical area and to remove bone structures from chest images for an unobstructed view of the lung fields and soft tissue, which results in more confident diagnoses.last_img read more

Augmented reality takes 3D printing to next level

‘On-the-fly’ 3-D print system prints what you design, as you design it Explore further Credit: Cornell University The researchers have developed an interactive technique that allows the robot and the designer to work together – knowing to print in the back of the object if the designer is working in the front and also automatically re-computing the changes being made in real time.”In the future, we expect a robotic arm can be an intelligent design assistant,” said Peng. “There is a very promising future for the combination of augmented reality and 3-D printing – for example, for making furniture and other fast printed physical items in a real environment.”Peng and his collaborators – computer science master’s student Jimmy Briggs; computer science doctoral student Cheng-Yao Wang; Francois Guimbretiere, professor of information science; Joseph Kider, Universitiy of Central Florida; Stefanie Mueller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany – will present their paper on RoMA at the Human Computer Interaction conference in April. Citation: Augmented reality takes 3-D printing to next level (2018, February 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-augmented-reality-d.html Provided by Cornell University Cornell researchers are taking 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to a new level by using augmented reality (AR) to allow designers to design in physical space while a robotic arm rapidly prints the work. “Instead of designing 3-D models on the computer screen, we wanted to give users the opportunity to work in conjunction with the robot. We call it in-situ fabrication,” said Huaishu Peng, Cornell information science doctoral student.To use the Robotic Modeling Assistant (RoMA), a designer wears an AR headset with hand controllers. As soon as a design feature is completed, the robotic arm prints the new feature.”The cool thing is that the robot can print the users’ design at the same time and place. The designer has this tangible feedback early in the design phase and can make adjustments,” said Peng. “The combination of AR and robot allows the designer to use the just-printed part to design their next features. The designer can even directly design and print on an existing physical object. This tightens the process between design and fabrication.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Broadband disconnect has big consequences for midwest farmers

first_img Can wireless challenge cable for home internet service? Sitting in the cab of a combine harvester on a soybean farm in Wells, Minnesota this summer, University of Virginia assistant media studies professor Christopher Ali was amazed as he looked down at the dashboard. To try to get to the bottom of the public policy issue that he believes has far-reaching consequences, Ali and his dog, Tuna, loaded up “Lima Bean” – Ali’s bright green Kia Soul – and drove to small farm towns in Kentucky, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Indiana. In all, they traveled more than 3,000 miles in the course of a month.Ali, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, wanted to talk face-to-face with the stakeholders – farmers, residents, businesses and broadband providers.”My question was, ‘Why isn’t public policy doing its job and getting the internet to what we call these broadband deserts?'” Ali said. “The goal of public policy is to help the public, so there’s a disconnect between what I learned on the ground and what I’ve been reading about what everyone expects these policies to do.” Explore further Provided by University of Virginia Citation: Broadband ‘disconnect’ has big consequences for midwest farmers (2018, October 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-broadband-disconnect-big-consequences-midwest.html After Ali’s trip ended in mid-August, he came to a number of conclusions that will be the basis for an upcoming book, “Farm Fresh Spectrum.””We have zero coordination at the federal level,” Ali said. “We have a lot of different agencies, with a ton of money at their disposal, that are oftentimes colliding because they don’t talk to each other.””There’s also not a huge recognition of who all the stakeholders are in this,” Ali said. “We oftentimes talk for rural people without talking to rural people. We think we know what’s in the best interests of rural America, versus actually spending some time on the ground to learn what these people need and what these organizations are doing.””Co-ops are the unsung heroes of rural broadband,” Ali said. “They don’t need the return on investment that the giant companies need because they don’t have shareholders to satisfy. They have community members to service. And I think because they don’t need a 20 percent profit margin, they’re able to take a few more risks. Wouldn’t it be great if public policy could help these co-ops leverage or mitigate some of the risk?””The other thing is the role that broadband is going to play in contemporary farming,” Ali said. “We’re at a point right now where if we had nationwide 4G coverage – despite what your cellphone provider says, we don’t – we could get to the point where a tractor is talking to another tractor that is perfectly aligning their planting and fertilizing. We could do things like real-time soil analysis to know where more fertilizer or water needs to go in which area. Right now, we have this technology, but oftentimes a grower has to take their USB key out and walk or drive to their house, where hopefully they have high-speed internet – because if they don’t, they have to drive to the nearest town where they can upload all of that data. Imagine if we could do all this in real time?”Ali said the farmers he talked with – most of whom were lucky if they could get 2G service – said they would be able to increase their efficiency upward of 10 percent.”If you think about it, we’re going to need to feed 100 million more people in the next 60 years. That means we’re going to have to double our food supply. And by we, I mean farmers,” Ali said.”How do we do this? We’re out of land. So we need to have more efficient farming practices, and communications technologies can help us do that. But none of it is possible without universal broadband – and that’s something policymakers haven’t figured out yet.” Using GPS, the harvester could, in real time, map, monitor and record massive amounts of data – such as crop yield and soil moisture levels – which would let a farmer know exactly which rows required attention.”It was the coolest thing,” Ali said. “The capabilities were just incredible.”Unfortunately, the vast majority of farmers in the Midwest aren’t able to utilize this “precision agriculture” technology because they don’t get high-speed internet, according to Ali. He said companies don’t want to put in fiber optic cable – considered the gold standard – because of its great expense.”There’s not enough customers on a farm, because there’s technically one customer on the farm – the farmer,” he said. “That doesn’t merit any of these companies coming out. The per-mile cost of laying the wires is the problem.”Ali said the U.S. offers $6 billion in subsidies to telecommunications companies for the purpose of installing rural broadband, but the funds aren’t making their way out to the farms.”We’re giving CenturyLink $500 million a year for the next six years, and CenturyLink has announced that they’re not going to upgrade their network,” Ali said. “They’ll roll out what they have, which is copper wire, but they won’t upgrade to fiber and that stinks.” Ali said universal broadband could help farmers take advantage of “precision agriculture” technology and increase their efficiency by upward of 10 percent. Credit: University of Virginia Christopher Ali’s dog, “Tuna,” rode shotgun on Ali’s summer road trip to visit farms in the Midwest. Credit: University of Virginia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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Artificial joint restores wristlike movements to forearm amputees

first_imgThe new artificial joint works instead with an osseointegrated implant system developed by the Sweden-based company, Integrum AB—one of the partners in this project. An implant is placed into each of the two bones of the forearm—the ulna and radius—and then a wrist-like artificial joint acts as an interface between these two implants and the prosthetic hand. Together, this allows for much more naturalistic movements, with intuitive natural control and sensory feedback.Patients who have lost their hand and wrist often retain enough musculature to allow them to rotate the radius over the ulnar—the crucial movement in wrist rotation. A conventional socket prosthesis, which is attached to the body by compressing the stump, locks the bones in place, preventing any potential wrist rotation, and thus wastes this useful movement. For patients missing a hand, one of the biggest challenges to regaining a high level of function is the inability to pronate and supinate. When you lay your hand flat on a table, palm down, it is fully pronated. Turn your wrist 180 degrees, so the hand is palm up, and it is fully supinated.This is an essential movement for using a door handle, a screwdriver, a knob on a cooker, or simply turning over a piece of paper. For those missing a hand, these are much more awkward and uncomfortable tasks, and current prosthetic technologies offer only limited relief to this problem.”A person with forearm amputation can use a motorised wrist rotator controlled by electric signals from the remaining muscles. However, those same signals are also used to control the prosthetic hand,” explains Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at the Department for Electrical Engineering at Chalmers.”This results in a very cumbersome and unnatural control scheme, in which patients can only activate either the prosthetic wrist or the hand at one time and have to switch back and forth. Furthermore, patients get no sensory feedback, so they have no sensation of the hand’s position or movement.” Explore further The osseointegrated artificial joint dramatically improves the range of movement for forearm amputees, something which could contribute significantly to everyday quality of life. Credit: Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory/Chalmers University of Technology Biomedical Engineers Irene Boni and Jason Millenaar were at Chalmers as visiting international students. They worked with Dr. Ortiz Catalan at his Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Lab at Chalmers, and with Integrum AB on this project. “In tests designed to measure manual dexterity, we have shown that a patient fitted with our artificial joint scored far higher compared to when using conventional socket technology,” explains Jason Millenaar.”Our new device offers a much more natural range of movement, minimising the need for compensatory movements of the shoulder or torso, which could dramatically improve the day to day lives of many forearm amputees,” says Irene Boni. Provided by Chalmers University of Technology “Depending on the level of amputation, you could still have most of the biological actuators and sensors left for wrist rotation. These allow you to feel, for example, when you are turning a key to start a car. You don’t look behind the wheel to see how far to turn—you just feel it. Our new innovation means you don’t have to sacrifice this useful movement because of a poor technological solution, such as a socket prosthesis. You can continue to do it in a natural way,” says Max Ortiz Catalan. An implant is placed into each of the two bones of the forearm — the ulna and radius — and then a wrist-like artificial joint acts as an interface between these two implants and the prosthetic hand. Credit: Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory/Chalmers University of Technology Thought-controlled prosthesis is changing the lives of amputees More information: Irene Boni et al, Restoring Natural Forearm Rotation in Transradial Osseointegrated Amputees, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (2018). DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2880948 A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees, which could dramatically improve their quality of life. A group of researchers led by Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has published their research in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering. Citation: Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-artificial-joint-wrist-like-movements-forearm.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

About faces Geometric style of portrait artwork

first_imgResults of the style transfer of portraits using various artists’ geometric style, including Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Margaret Keane, Fernand Leger, and Tsuguharu Foujita. Top right portrait is from ‘Woman with Peanuts,’ 1962, Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Credit: Courtesy, SIGGRAPH 2019 “Because there is no training data of portrait paintings that contain facial landmarks, our key idea was to create such data using what we call ‘artistic augmentation,'” says Professor Ariel Shamir, lead author of the study and dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. “We transform photographic face data to be more similar to artistic portraits and use it to train new models for neural networks that work better for artistic inputs. By using our models, we not only gained better precision on portraits, but we also did not lose much accuracy on natural faces.”Shamir, along with his students Jordan Yaniv and Yael Newman, are set to present their work at SIGGRAPH 2019, held 28 July-1 August in Los Angeles. This annual gathering showcases the world’s leading professionals, academics, and creative minds at the forefront of computer graphics and interactive techniques.Landmark Points Guide the StyleThe key differences between artistic portraits and natural facial images are twofold: texture appearance differences and geometric differences. Past work in this research area primarily focused on capturing the appearance style of art, and not the geometric style. With artistic portraits, geometric style is imperative, note the authors of the study, but challenging to capture since every artist has their own creative, distinct style.”For example, the Italian painter Clemente Modigliani is known for painting elongated faces, and the American painter Margaret Keane is known for painting faces with very big, exaggerated eyes,” says Shamir. “Our work allows computers and algorithms to reveal this information and recognize this aspect of geometric style in portrait paintings.”To capture geometric styles in portraits, there is a need to recognize the facial features and the structure of the face in the painting. To this end, the researchers’ method concentrates on detecting facial features in the artwork, using landmark points on the face. Depending on the artist’s style, these features can be diverse in shape and exaggerated, not resembling real human faces. To overcome this challenge, they apply a known method called “augmentation” of natural face images, transforming photographs of natural facial images to be more similar to “artistic” portraits, and train neural networks to detect the landmark points.The researchers evaluated their landmark detection method by creating a dataset of artistic faces containing 160 artistic portraits by 16 different artists of various genres and styles, with large variations in both geometry and texture. In the paper outlining their work, they also demonstrate several applications for artistic facial feature detection and geometric style analysis. These include understanding the style of specific artists, comparing styles of different artists, and following possible trends of artistic styles. Another popular application is style-transfer: where one can transform a given input picture of a face to a painting in the style of a given artist in both texture and geometry.In future work, the team hopes to use the geometric style signature to build classifiers that can recognize a specific artist and expand the definition of geometric style beyond faces—a current challenge in computer graphics and art. A team of computer scientists at the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel have developed an innovative method to automatically analyze artistic portraiture, capturing a high level of detail and accuracy of the portraits as well as the artists’ individual style. Focused on devising a computational method to detect facial features in artwork, or facial landmarks such as eye corners or mouth corners, the researchers have successfully extended work done in photographs of natural face images to the artistic portraiture field. Disney researchers create computer models that capture style and process of portrait artists Explore furthercenter_img Citation: About faces: Geometric style of portrait artwork (2019, June 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-geometric-style-portrait-artwork.html Provided by Association for Computing Machinery This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Airconditioners in Delhi homes drive up power demand CSEAirconditioners in Delhi homes

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE AC makers expect high double digit jump in sales this year energy and resource COMMENTcenter_img June 12, 2018 RELATED Homes in Capital consume three times more power than rest of the country The need for cooling Delhi homes has driven up the night-time peak demand to record levels. The starkest evidence of the powerful impact of residential use of ACs on electricity demand is the higher night-time peak demand compared to the afternoons, according to the Centre for Science and Environment.A CSE statement said, “This summer, on several days, demand has peaked during the night – recording higher levels than the day-time demand. This has happened even when all commercial uses, including offices, retail and education institutions are closed at night.”The impact of residential demand for electricity is so substantial that the average electricity demand on weekends is just 4 per cent lower than the demand on weekdays. This slight difference is caused mostly by an about 8 per cent drop in demand during the day time, while the night demand remains the same. In the early 2010s, day peaks during the weekend used to be higher than the night peaks; but last year, almost 95 per cent of the weekend night peak was higher, the CSE said.According to the CSE, electricity consumption in Delhi has grown by almost 42 per cent between 2006-2007 and 2017-2018. Peak demand has grown by staggering 64 per cent between 2006-2007 and 2017-2018. On average, an electrified household in Delhi consumed about 260 kiloWatt-hour (kWh) of electricity monthly in 2016-2017, which is almost three times the national figure of 90 kWh. This is similar to the electricity consumption of an average German household.Pointing out the faults on the policy front, CSE said, “Energy efficiency standards for ACs lag behind global best practices: Between 2013 and 2018, India produced over 26.5 million AC units, of which about 60 per cent were 3-star. A recently released report, ‘The Future of Cooling’ by the International Energy Agency, notes that when it comes to energy efficiency of ACs, India has the worst market average of measure of energy efficiency compared to major economies such as the US, Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore.”During May, for as many as 21 days, late night peak demand has been higher — up from 14 days in 2016. A typical summer day in Delhi has two peaks, one during the day (driven by commercial activities) and the other around midnight (driven by residential sector). On average, these two peaks have become almost identical now. The average day peak during May 1-May 31, 2018, was 5,280 MW daily during the afternoon (between 3.00-4.00 pm); the average daily night peak was 5,256 MW (11.00 pm-midnight) – a small difference of merely 0.5 per cent.​– COMMENTSlast_img read more

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worshiped during the Rath Yatra Wikimedia Commons The Jagannath Temple in Puri is administrated under the Shri Jagannath Temple Act 1954 which saw a few amendments later and other related legislation An 18-member temple management committee — comprising the king of Puri as its chairman and other officials and nominated members — is entrusted with the task of taking care of all affairs of the temple administration It submits its reports to the Odisha Legislative Assembly According to reports the collector of Puri Arvind Agarwal admitted at the committee meeting on 4 April that he had checked the registers on the Ratna Bhandar but did not find anythingon transactions related to the treasury keys since 1970 Puri Shankaracharya Nischalananda Saraswati has also expressed concern over the issue and demanded a detailed inquiry into the matter Puri still hosts a king The king of Puri is highly regarded in the temple city Considered the first servitor of Hindu god Jagannath he is called Gajapati Maharaj During the Rath Yatra he sweeps the chariots of the trinity with a golden broom and is also associated with a number of other temple rituals The author is a freelance writer and a member of 101Reporterscom When it’s not busy building self-driving cars or sci-fi glasses Google sometimes does a little good like pledging a $600000 grant to the Enable Community foundation to provide free prosthetics to those who need them The grant is part of a new initiative Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities that the tech giant announced Tuesday Google said it will donate $20 million from its non-profit arm Googleorg to “nonprofits using emerging technologies to increase independence for people living with disabilities” according to a blog post Enable Community one of the two initial recipients of grants connects volunteers who use 3D printing to create and customize prosthetic limbs for those who need them Google also announced a $500000 grant for World Wide Hearing an organization that will test and develop a low-cost kit for diagnosing hearing loss and fitting hearing aids The kit will rely on smartphones to make the help affordable and accessible to people in developing countries Google’s research and development division Google X has already delved into how technology can help improves the lives of people with disabilities For example it acquired Lift Labs last year which has created a spoon that automatically adjusts for shaking by people with Parkinsons disease and other neurodegenerative tremors The spoon’s mechanism vibrates to counter the user’s tremors and enable them to eat more easily Contact us at editors@timecom In the latest twist in a contentious debate about a possible tie between a retrovirus and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) the journal Retrovirology today published online a study led researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that refutes that link The study which was held up in publication because it conflicts with another pending study by US government scientists failed to find xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) in blood samples from 51 CFS patients and 56 healthy people It is the latest in a slew of conflicting findings Last year a Nevada team reported in Science an association between XMRV and CFS a mysterious disease that has no known cause Since then three European studies have found no XMRV connection and now CDC has not in US patients either But another US government team has: Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a paper accepted at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that confirms the connection Government officials and PNAS and until today Retrovirology have held off on publishing the two new papers because of the clashing conclusions between US agencies CDC virologist William Switzer lead author of the Retrovirology paper explains that after taking "a scientific pause" and conferring with their NIH and FDA colleagues the CDC team concluded that nothing in their paper needed to be revised and that "we would go forward" with publication The paper discusses possible reasons for the discordant results such as differences in how patients were recruited (The authors of the Science paper found them through doctors whereas CDC recruited a chronic fatigue group through telephone surveys in Georgia and Wichita Kansas) More answers may come from a study organized by the NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to have several labs test the same set of blinded clinical samples for XMRV Four US government labs and two outside labs are participating including the researchers at the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno Nevada who wrote last year’s Science paper The testing should be completed by the end of the year Switzer says PNAS declined to comment on a query asking when the NIH-FDA paper will be published UPDATE 2 July: The authors of the PNAS paper have decided it needs more work Corresponding author Harvey Alter of the NIH Clinical Center who is in Berlin this week issued this statement on 30 June: "Our paper has not yet been accepted for publication My colleagues and I are conducting additional experiments to ensure that the data are accurate and complete Our goal is not speed but scientific accuracy" NIH spokesperson John Burklow explained to Insider that the paper had been accepted but Alter and his co-authors decided to "pull it back" and revise it in response to questions raised by reviewers

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