Brattleboro Memorial Hospital,Vermont Business Magazine Local infants helped raise awareness for heart disease – all by wearing red hats. Throughout the month of February, each baby born at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) received a red hat, courtesy of Little Hats, Big Hearts, a program started by the American Heart Association (AHA). “The program empowers moms to live heart healthy lives and help raise their children to do the same,” explained Stefanie Phillips, Director of Communications of NH/VT American Heart Association.Aiden Schaefer sleeps soundly in his new red hat, donated to BMH through the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program.Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014 in Chicago, IL, collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states, including Vermont. Donors from across New England provided handmade knit and crocheted hats for over 20 babies that were born at BMH in February.Beyond the cute crimson caps, the effort sheds light on a serious medical issue, as heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country.“While we often think of heart disease as an issue for older adults, living heart healthy lives actually begins at birth,” explained Erinna Cooper, director of BMH’s Birthing Center. “Education about heart healthy lifestyle choices can be empowering for mom and baby, as early detection and support can be critical for the family. We are appreciative of both the donors’ beautiful hats and AHA’s partnership.”Founded in 1904, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) is a licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, serving a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The BMH medical staff includes board-certified providers in primary care and many other specialties, with a shared mission of providing exceptional health care delivered with compassion and respect. The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Health System includes the BMH Medical Group, a multispecialty group practice of primary care and specialty care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Over 110 active volunteers assist BMH’s 600 employees in caring for our community.February 28, 2017 (Brattleboro, VT) – BMH
Share on Twitter Email Pinterest New preliminary research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that men who hold anti-gay views have a lower interest in sex compared to men who are more accepting of gay people.A team of researchers led by Boris Cheval of the University of Geneva in Switzerland examined pupil dilation to determine that more homophobic men had a decreased physiological response to sex-related imagery.Cheval and his colleagues had previously found that a particular set of homophobic men displayed an unconscious bias in favor of homosexual imagery. However, that study also found that more homophobic men tended to look less long at sex-related photographs compared to men who were less homophobic. LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share The researchers wanted to follow-up on this secondary finding. In particular, they wanted to know whether this apparent lack of interest in sexual material was an unconscious reaction or a conscious effort. Were these men just less interested or were they purposefully trying to disengage with sexual content because it conflicted with their beliefs and values?For their study, Cheval and his colleagues recruited 38 heterosexual men and evaluated their attitudes about gay people using a survey.The researchers then instructed the participants to rate 25 pictures on a 9-point scale, from “very unpleasant” to “very pleasant.” Each participant viewed 10 images of homosexual couples, 10 images of heterosexual couples, and 5 neutral images. As the participants viewed the pictures, the researchers measured changes in their pupils.The pupils reliably dilate in response to sexually-appealing imagery, even when a person consciously tries to suppress their desire. Among all the participants, the pupil dilated more in response to the heterosexual pictures than the homosexual and neutral pictures.However, the researchers found that the pupil size of homophobic men increased significantly less compared to non-homophobic men.The finding suggests that the lack of interest in sexual material results from “a spontaneous, unconscious reaction, rather than a strategic, conscious form of self-regulation, given that pupil dilation cannot easily be controlled,” the researchers explained. “Theoretically, these findings reinforce the possibility that homophobia reflects concerns about sexuality in general.”
Share on Twitter Pinterest Email Share In the first experiment, 98 undergraduate students watched a 15-minute educational video lecture on baking bread while either using a fidget spinner or not using a fidget spinner. In addition, half of the participants not using a fidget spinner were randomly assigned to watch the lecture while sitting near someone using a fidget spinner.A fill-in-the blank memory test showed that participants who used fidget spinners answered significantly fewer questions correctly about the material covered in the video. Participants who used fidget spinners were also more likely to report “zoning out” and having difficulty staying on task while watching the video.Participants who were sitting near someone using a fidget spinner, however, did not appear to be affected.The researchers then conducted the experiment again. However, this time around they specifically recruited 48 undergraduates who believed that fidget spinners could help them focus in class.But the results were the same.“Contrary to the claims made by fidget-spinner retailers, our participants’ learning was not aided by their use of a fidget spinner while learning. In fact, when participants used fidget spinners while watching video lectures, they performed worse on a memory test of the lectured content relative to when they didn’t use fidget spinners,” Soares told PsyPost.“This effect was observed across two experiments. Our participants also reported being aware of the deleterious effects of using a fidget spinner on their learning but were apparently unwilling or unable to compensate for the distraction caused by using the fidget spinner.”But the study — like all research — includes some limitations.“These data were collected from a population of college students, so they cannot speak to how fidget spinners might differently affect individuals with, for example, learning disabilities. Still, these findings suggest that students who are having trouble focusing in class might want to try evidence-based treatments over fidget spinners,” Soares explained.“It’s also worth noting that people use fidget objects for many other uses than aiding classroom learning. Our intention with this paper was not to imply that fidget objects can’t be useful. Additional studies should investigate how using fidget objects might affect things like emotion regulation and boredom reduction.”The study, “Putting a negative spin on it: Using a fidget spinner can impair memory for a video lecture“, was authored by Julia S. Soares and Benjamin C. Storm. Share on Facebook New research indicates that fidget spinners can be harmful to learning in classroom settings. The study was recently published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology.“A few years ago, the discussion about the efficacy of fidget objects was suddenly a national conversation. In light of this debate, some of my students asked me if I thought fidget spinners might help with classroom learning and attention. So, I decided to gather some data to help answer this question,” explained study author Julia Soares, a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.In two experiments, the researchers found that fidget spinners could negatively affect memory and attention. LinkedIn
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning clinicians and public health officials of emerging strains of Shigella bacteria with reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, one of the main antibiotics used to treat shigellosis.In a health advisory issued yesterday, the CDC said it has identified an increase in Shigella isolates in the United States with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of 0.12 to 1.0 microgram per milliliter (mcg/mL) for ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, and that preliminary data suggest that all Shigella isolates with ciprofloxacin MICs in this range harbor at least one quinolone resistance gene. Shigella isolates without a quinolone resistance gene typically have a ciprofloxacin MIC of 0.015 (mcg/mL) or less, the CDC says.MIC values are used to determine the resistance of an organism to an antimicrobial agent. Antibiotics with lower MIC scores are considered more effective, because the lower MIC value means less of the drug is required to inhibit growth of the organism. Clinicians in turn use MIC values as a guide for choosing which antibiotic to use to treat an infection. But the advisory notes that under the current interpretive criteria of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), Shigella isolates with a ciprofloxacin MIC of 1.0 (mcg/mL) or less are considered susceptible to ciprofloxacin.While the agency does not yet know whether using fluoroquinolones to treat a Shigella infection with a ciprofloxacin MIC of 0.12 to 1.0 mcg/mL is associated with worse outcomes or increases the risk of transmission, it’s recommending that clinicians consider other antibiotics out of concern that fluoroquinolone treatment may be less effective and may increase the risk of secondary cases.”Clinicians treating patients with multidrug-resistant shigellosis for whom antibiotic treatment is indicated should avoid prescribing fluoroquinolones if the ciprofloxacin MIC is 0.12 mcg/mL or higher even if the laboratory report identifies the isolate as susceptible, and should work closely with their clinical microbiology laboratory and infectious disease specialists to determine appropriate antimicrobial therapy,” the CDC advised.Growing resistanceShigella bacteria, mainly S sonnei and S flexneri, cause about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States each year and are highly contagious. Exposure to even the smallest amount of contaminated fecal matter can cause illness. Shigella infection most commonly occurs from eating food contaminated by people who have shigellosis, but it is also associated with travel to disease-endemic areas, crowding, poverty, and attendance at daycare centers.While diarrhea caused by Shigella usually resolves without the need for antibiotics, antibiotic treatment can shorten the duration of symptoms in more severe cases. Yet antibiotic resistance in Shigella is a growing problem, with resistance to traditional first-line antibiotics like ampicillin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole now common and resistance to azithromycin and ciprofloxacin—the two drugs most commonly used to treat shigellosis—on the rise.The CDC, which declared antibiotic-resistant Shigella an urgent threat in the United States in 2013, estimates that 27,000 US Shigella infections annually are resistant to one or both of these antibiotics.In its health advisory, the CDC said rising resistance to fluoroquinolones in Shigella isolates could be related to the emergence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) genes in Shigella species in the United States. PMQR genes are a concern because of their ability to spread fluoroquinolone resistance to Shigella bacteria that have never been exposed to the drugs; they can also spread resistance to other types of bacteria. While high prevalence of PMQR genes in Shigella bacteria has been reported in countries such as China and India, prevalence in US Shigella is currently unknown, the CDC said.Guidance for clinicians, health officialsThe agency recommends that clinicians order stool culture for patients suspected of having a Shigella infection, and order antimicrobial susceptibility testing for isolates. In patients for whom antibiotic treatment is indicated, clinicians are advised to use the susceptibility testing results to guide antibiotic choice, with special attention given to MIC values for fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Because shigellosis is a nationally notifiable condition, all cases have to be reported to local health department. The CDC says clinicians should include the identification of isolates with a MIC value of 0.12 mcg/mL or higher in their reports. In addition, public health officials are urged to submit those isolates to the state public health laboratory for whole-genome sequencing, which can identify quinolone resistance genes.The CDC says it will continue to monitor trends in antimicrobial susceptibility of Shigella isolates. The agency added that it is working with clinical and public health partners to determine if ciprofloxacin is associated with worse outcomes in patients infected with Shigella strains carrying quinolone resistance genes.See also:Apr 18 CDC health advisory
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A 30% renewables target for 2030 would cut Europe’s reliance on gas imports by almost three times as much as the European Commission’s proposal for 27%, the Commission’s own figures show.In a letter to EU foreign ministers, The European Wind Energy Association’s (EWEA) chief executive Thomas Becker said that a renewable energy target of “at least 30%” would allow Europe to significantly scale back its fossil fuel imports, including from Russia.Whereas the Commission’s proposal would reduce gas imports by only 9%, a more ambitious, yet achievable target would cut the same imports by 26%, almost three times as much.Europe’s wind industry also recognises the importance of a target that is binding at national level. This would spur green growth, create more jobs and attract investment while maintaining Europe’s position as a global leader in renewable energy. A 30% renewables target can foster 568,000 more jobs in Europe by 2030 than a 27% target.EWEA’s appeal to foreign ministers comes at a particularly pertinent time as the ongoing crisis in Crimea raises concerns over the future of Europe’s energy security. European Heads of State are set to meet in Brussels this week to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework.After a letter to Europe’s leaders last month, Becker said: “The situation in the Crimea is a wake-up call: Europeans rely on the most unstable and volatile parts of the world for energy security. For each new fossil fuel fired plant we build, we commit to buying the fuel abroad for years to come without security.”“Each European is sending €2 net per day to sources outside of the EU,” he added: “Let us stop creating wealth for the already wealthy in Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Instead let us invest in wind and renewables – European energy sources which do not have to be imported, which will not run out.”Business leaders from over 150 companies and organisations have signed a statement calling for a stronger commitment from policymakers to Europe’s 2030 climate and energy objectives including a legally binding target for renewable energy.Press release, March 18, 2014; Image: Statoil
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has increased its holding in Fugro N.V. to 25.1%.Boskalis stresses that this is not a step towards making an offer. Boskalis views Fugro as an “interesting company” with strong market positions in its core activities.Earlier this year, Boskalis increased its holding in Fugro to 20 percent, which Fugro characterized as unsolicited stake building, insisting that the company values its independence.According to Boskalis, its strategy is focused on offshore and (maritime) infrastructure, making use of the combination of high end know-how and maritime assets. This fits very well with the activities of Fugro. The two companies have a lot in common in the area of assets, knowledge, capital intensity, global coverage, client base and are both global leaders in niche markets.“This makes Fugro’s position highly sensitive to conflicts of interest in particular in relation to construction and installation contractors. Hence Fugro does not agree with the statement by Boskalis’ statement that Fugro’s activities “fit very well” with Boskalis. Fugro can only maintain its current market leading positions if it remains an independent service provider,” said Fugro in a statement.
Bergen Group on Thursday submitted an arbitrary subpoena against Borgland Dolphin Pte. Ltd (Dolphin) due to lack of payments from the rig project, the Borgland Dolphin, completed in the first quarter of 2015. According to Bergen Group’s second quarter 2015 interim report, the company resolved on August 27, 2015, to submit an arbitrary subpoena against Dolphin connected to missing final settlement after the drilling rig Borgland Dolphin’s yard stay at Bergen Group Hanøytangen’s yard at Askøy outside Bergen during the autumn/winter of 2014-15.Upgrades and 5-year Class Renewal Survey for the Borgland Dolphin started in October 2014 in the dry-dock facility at Hanøytangen and was completed in end of February 2015.The dispute particularly relates to payment for work related to a significant extension of the project. The claim is ca NOK 190 million ($22.9 million). The case is assumed to be treated by the court of arbitration during Q2 2016, the company said.Contractors’ claimsThe missing final settlement from this project has caused a number of subcontractors for Bergen Group Hanøytangen not to get their full settlement for provided services either, Bergen Group has said.Bergen Group Hanøytangen AS is owned by Bergen Group Offshore AS, which again is owned 100 % by Bergen Group ASA.“There is currently an ongoing dialog with the largest subcontractors regarding the handling of this situation until clarification of the final settlement is present,” said Bergen Group.Bergen Group Hanøytangen has received a petition for bankruptcy from one of the subcontractors of the project (Radøygruppen AS) of NOK 4.5 million ($542 500). The court hearing is scheduled for September 8, 2015.In January the company MCS Group sued Bergen Group Hanøytangen, demanding NOK 82 million ($9.9 million) for what they claim to be improper termination of a contract connected to the Borgland Dolphin project. Bergen Group has asked for the case to be transferred to the court of arbitration, and the claim has been upheld by the district court. Bergen Group disputes the claim, and has not made any provisions connected to the outcome of the arbitration proceedings, which are expected to be resolved in Q1 2016.Borgland DolphinThe rig is owned by Borgland Dolphin Pte Ltd and operated by Dolphin Drilling A/S. Dolphin Drilling’s parent company is Fred. Olsen Energy ASA.Borgland Dolphin is a semi-submersible drilling rig of an Aker H-3 type. It was built at Harland & Wolff in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1977 and underwent extensive upgrades in 1999. The rig received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in September 2004.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Prejudice from the bar and bench against solicitor higher court advocates (HCAs) is ‘a fact of life’, the first female solicitor QC has alleged. June Venters, who was made a QC in 2007, told the Gazette that as a solicitor HCA she has experienced hostility and rudeness from barristers and judges before and since becoming a silk. ‘I’ve come across some charming judges and barristers, but there are others who are clearly prejudiced and have made that known to me – it’s just a fact of life.’ Her comments follow the escalation in tension between the bar and solicitors in light of criticism made of three HCAs by Judge Gledhill and a letter from Desmond Browne QC, bar chairman, about the ‘threat’ posed to the referral bar by the increase in HCAs. Venters said HCAs, who now number almost 5,000, present an unwelcome threat to the bar. The full interview with Venters will be published in the August issue of Solutions, the magazine of the Law Society’s dispute resolution section.