“The continuing drops we’re seeing in cancer mortality are reason to celebrate, but not to stop,” said John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society.The overall cancer death rate rose during most of the 20th century, peaking in 1991, largely due to lung cancer deaths among men who smoked.According to the most recent data, lung cancer death rates declined 36% between 1990 and 2011 among males and 11% between 2002 and 2011 among females due to reduced tobacco use.Death rates for breast cancer (among women) are down more than one-third (35%) from peak rates, while prostate and colorectal cancer death rates are each down by nearly half (47%).Story tip from KathrynAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe American Cancer Society’s annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted.Cancer death rates have declined in every state, with the most progress recorded in the Northeast. The steady decline in the death rate for the four major cancer sites — lung, breast, prostate, and colon — is the result of fewer Americans smoking, as well as advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment.
Lamar sports informationFRISCO — Lamar freshman guard Nick Garth has been named 2016 Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference, league officials announced Monday morning.Garth received the honor as the team’s sixth man, coming off the bench in all but six games this season.Garth led the Cardinals, and finished 13th in the Southland Conference averaging better than 13 points per game (13.4 ppg). The Houston native was one of the league’s top freshmen in 2015-16 finishing the year as the league’s second-leading freshmen scorer.One of the more accurate three-point shooters in the conference, Garth finished the season ranked 12th in the league in three-point field-goal percentage (.337) and finished tied for fourth in the Southland knocking down 2.3 triples per contest. He also ended his rookie campaign ranked among the Southland’s top 10 in free throw percentage (.813).Garth became the third player in program history, and just the second freshman, to lead the team in scoring while coming off the bench (Joey Ray in 2000-01 and Keith Veney in 1992-93). He played in 29 games recording just six starts as a freshman. He scored in double figures 22 times, including the first 10 games of his career. Garth hit the 20-point plateau four times, including a career-high 25 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.In addition to his ability to score, Garth was also ranked among the league leaders at getting his teammates involved in the scoring. Pressed into the point guard role at times, Garth also finished among the league leaders averaging better than 2.5 assists per game. Next Up
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sixteen House Democrats from states legitimizing certain marijuana businesses wrote federal financial institution regulators Wednesday to urge implementation of recent guidance on how financial institutions can serve such businesses. In Wednesday’s letters, the lawmakers cited past statements by the regulators that they would consider whether to provide institutions guidance once the Justice Department and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network settled on an approach. Now that FinCEN has issued guidance, the lawmakers are pressing regulators to implement and “ensure your on-site examiners fully comply with the new standards.” (Despite the FinCEN guidance, NAFCU believes there are unsettled issues.)The lawmakers, led by Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., who has sponsored legislation that would protect institutions working with such businesses, sent their letters to the heads of NCUA, the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.Separate letters were sent to each agency. The one to NCUA states, “Credit unions need to have confidence they can provide banking services to legitimate marijuana businesses without threat their regulators will penalize them, threaten their deposit insurance, increase their capital requirements or force them to close accounts or stop providing services.”The FinCEN guidance calls for three different types of suspicious activity reports on transactions involving marijuana businesses. Since these businesses are legitimized only in certain states and not at the federal level, each transaction must be reported. Institutions must also adhere to “know your customer” rules. continue reading »
R ed Mass set for Tallahassee The Catholic Bishops of Florida will celebrate The Red Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More on West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee on March 11 at 6 p.m.Mass participants will pray during the 2009 Legislative Session for divine inspiration and guidance for all those who serve in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government and for members of the legal profession.Bishop Frank J. Dewane will deliver the homily. In past years, several hundred congregants, Catholic and non-Catholic, including leaders from all three branches of Florida state government, have been in attendance. The Mass is open to the public at no charge. A reception immediately follows at the Co-Cathedral Center.In Tallahassee, the Red Mass is scheduled annually during Catholic Days at the Capitol. Additional Red Masses are held throughout Florida and the U.S. at various times during the year. Red Mass set for Tallahassee March 1, 2009 Regular News
NPR:Kicking off a series that explores the relationship between human memory and photography in the age of smartphone cameras, Audie Cornish talks to psychologist Linda Henkel about whether photographs impair our memory.“As soon as you hit click on that camera, it’s as if you’ve outsourced your memory,” Henkel says. “Anytime we kind of count on these external memory devices, we’re taking away from the kind of mental cognitive processing that might help us actually remember that stuff on our own.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
The New York Times:A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles. A search for nursing costumes turns up girls in skirts with stethoscopes. Cats and cupcakes are also girls, while sharks and astronauts are boys.The same gender division exists not just in toys — blue toolboxes and trucks for boys, pink play kitchens and dolls for girls — but also in nearly every other children’s product, including baby blankets, diapers and toothbrushes.…Lynn Liben of Penn State University and Lacey Hilliard of Tufts University studied preschool students. In some of the classrooms, teachers made no distinctions between boys and girls. In others, teachers differentiated between them, such as asking them to line up separately.After two weeks, the children in the group where distinctions were made were much more likely to hold stereotypical beliefs about whether men and women should be in traditionally male or female occupations, and spent much less time playing with peers of the opposite sex. Even saying “boys and girls” instead of “children” had the effect.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Twitter Gan, a professor at NYU Langone and its Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine, says, “we have long wondered how the brain can store new information continuously throughout life without disrupting previously acquired memories. We now know that the generation of calcium spikes in separate branches of nerve cells is critical for the brain to encode and store large quantities of information without interfering with each other.”Lead study investigator Joseph Cichon, a neuroscience doctoral candidate at NYU Langone, says their discoveries could have important implications for explaining the underlying neural circuit problems in disorders like autism and schizophrenia. Cichon says the team’s next steps are to see if calcium ion spikes are malfunctioning in animal models of these brain disorders.Among the study’s key findings was that learning motor tasks such as running forward and backward induced completely separate patterns of lightning bolt-like activity in the dendrites of brain cells. These lightning bolts triggered a chain-like reaction, which changed the strength of connections between neurons.The study also identified a unique cell type in the brain that controlled where the lightning bolts were generated. When these cells were turned off, lightning bolt patterns in the brain were disrupted, and as a result, the animal lost the information it had just learned. Share Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have captured images of the underlying biological activity within brain cells and their tree-like extensions, or dendrites, in mice that show how their brains sort, store and make sense out of information during learning.In a study to be published in the journal Nature online March 30, the NYU Langone neuroscientists tracked neuronal activity in dendritic nerve branches as the mice learned motor tasks such as how to run forward and backward on a small treadmill. They concluded that the generation of calcium ion spikes — which appeared in screen images as tiny “lightning bolts” in these dendrites — was tied to the strengthening or weakening of connections between neurons, hallmarks of learning new information.“We believe our study provides important insights into how the brain deals with vast amounts of information continuously as the brain learns new tasks,” says senior study investigator and neuroscientist Wen-Biao Gan, PhD. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email
FDA working with CMS to look for new clues on flu vaccine protectionUS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, today weighed in on steps the FDA it taking to improve the effectiveness of seasonal flu vaccines, which includes collaborating with partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use a large database that includes information on flu vaccines given to 4 million people.In a statement, he said an analysis of the data is still underway, but it may have some clues on effectiveness of cell-based and egg-based vaccines and may shed light on effectiveness of high-dose and adjuvanted version of the vaccines in seniors, as compared to standard flu vaccine. “What we learn about the differences in efficacy between these different vaccines might reveal information that can inform why overall effectiveness against H3N2 was lagging,” Gottlieb said.One theory is that people may require a higher amount of H3N2 antigen to prompt a better immune response, he said, adding that preliminary CMS data has suggested that cell-based flu vaccine might be somewhat more effective than egg-based vaccine. FDA scientists are combing through the data to see if there are any other reasons for the drop in vaccine effectiveness against H3N2 and are working with scientists inside and outside the government to understand the findings.Earlier this month, US scientists released interim effectiveness estimates for this season’s vaccine, which found that protection against H3N2 was 25%, less than hoped and similar to what some other countries have recently found. The gap in protection has been especially problematic over the past few seasons, and scientists say the issue likely stems from a combination of factors, but especially an egg-adaptation that has been identified in the vaccine strain used to make egg-based vaccines.The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meets on Mar 1 to discuss the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) recently announced recommendations for the Northern Hemisphere’s 2018-19 flu season.Feb 26 FDA statement FDA VRBPAC meeting information WHO approves Shanchol cholera vaccineShantha Biotechnics, an India-based subsidiary of Sanofi, announced today that the WHO has approved its oral cholera vaccine Shanchol, the first of its kind that can be stored and distributed outside of the traditional cold chain, The Economic Times, an English-language paper based in India, reported today.Shanchol is the second vaccine approved for mass campaigns to prevent and control cholera outbreaks. According to the report, the vaccine can be kept for a single period of up to 14 days at a temperature of up to 40°C just before administration, as long as it hasn’t expired and the vaccine vial monitor hasn’t reached the discard point.The WHO prequalified Shanchol in 2011, and since then, 12 million doses have been sent to 25 countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mozambique, and South Sudan.Feb 26 Economic Times story PAHO emphasizes yellow fever vaccine for travelers to affected areasThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently reiterated its recommendation that international travelers be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days before visiting areas where the disease is circulating, according to a Feb 23 statement.Between Jan 2016 and Jan 2018, seven countries or territories in the Americas have reported yellow fever cases: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, and Suriname. However, most of the illnesses have been reported from Brazil, with cases reported from areas where the disease hasn’t been found in several decades, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states. The WHO recommends vaccination for international travelers for 21 Brazilian states, and the group is closely monitoring for signs that new areas are at risk.So far urban transmission via Aedes aegypti mosquitoes has not been documented, and human infections have been linked to two types of forest-dwelling mosquitoes that can spread the disease, Haemagogus and Sabethes. PAHO said travelers to affected countries should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites and seek immediate medical care if they become sick during or after their trips.Feb 23 PAHO statement
DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. EEO. No phone calls please.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. A leading international tire manufacturer is expanding its business in the U.S. and is looking to fill several key positions, including Corporate Account Manager.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement We are looking for an experienced Sales individual to join our team focusing on the U.S. tire industry in replacement sales. The prospective candidate will have documented successful sales credentials, excellent communications skills and the ability to execute sales plan. This key position is in our Wayne, N.J. corporate office. We offer a competitive salary, insurance benefits, including 401K. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume (which must include salary history) by clicking the Apply Now button below. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
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