Economist David Hale to speak May 28th on ‘Crawling out of Recession?’

first_imgDavid Hale, a St. Johnsbury native, is one of the world’s leading economic consultants, with clients in the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, where he is chair of China OnLine. This is the sixth time that the Ethan Allen Institute has had the pleasure of presenting David Hale to the Vermont business and finance community and the general public, in what we hope will be the beginning of a series of such programs at the Sheraton Burlington.As part of the Sheraton Program on the Economy, Hale’s presentation is entitled: “Crawling out of Recession? America’s Next Two Years”It will be held Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Diamond Ballroom –  Sheraton Burlington. There will be a social (half) hour at 5 pm, and the program will commence at 5:30. Along with the Ethan Allen Institute, this program is co-sponsored with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Economic Newsletter, and Vermont Business Magazine.Public invited – reservations not required.last_img read more

Now is a good time to prepare for a recession

first_imgThe news is full of predictions that a recession is coming. The truth is that a recession is always coming–eventually. Whether you believe it’s imminent or more distant, it’s important to think through how your institution might weather the storm, and whether adjustments should be made to prepare for a tougher economic reality.VisualizePlanning for uncertainty is best done as a team so a variety of views are tapped. Rather than going straight to the numbers, paint a picture of the recession to get everyone engaged. Create a story to help people visualize what could happen, so they can contribute in a meaningful way. Your story could start with describing what will trigger the next recession and include the effects on local employers and the local economy. Describe how different groups of members would be affected and how their behaviors would change as a result. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events January 15-21

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New StudentsBlending folk, alt and Americana and rocking out in support of their second album, When The West Wind Blows, is this Brooklyn quintet, known for their energetic performances and compelling and, at times, quirky lyrics. Opening the show is Boston-based Americana band Pesky J Nixon. The show is a part of the Hard Luck Cafe concert series, presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $6 members, $11 public. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15.Keren GilbertThis local author and nutritionist will speak and sign her new diet book The HD Diet, which shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life in a 12-week plan. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.This Life We LiveThese Long Island metal hellraisers are holding a release party for their latest EP, Novena. That means total devastation, plenty of shredding, and of course, a ton of new tunes to bang your heads and raise your glasses to. Don’t miss these guys. Warming up the crowd will be Thorn Constellation, Patterns Of Decay and Plague Of Humanity. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $10. 7 p.m. Jan. 15.Murder Mystery Dinner and ShowHelp solve the crime while sitting among professional Broadway, TV and film actors. At any time, you may wind up part of the plot! The Suffolk Theater, 118 Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $65. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16.Marshall CrenshawBorn in Detroit, Marshall Crenshaw grew up when the Motor City was hot and happening. He’s drawn upon his roots to carve out a unique career that evokes echoes of Buddy Holly—especially when he hits those high notes and his fingers are flinging out chords faster than a Ford Thunderbolt. He’s also a great songwriter with an ironic twist that he’s deployed to full effect as he chronicles the human condition of our time. And as fans of his WFUV-FM show “The Bottomless Pit” know well, Crenshaw’s record library rivals the Smithsonian. This uncompromising musician is the real deal. “Someday, Someway” simply has to be heard live. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Jessie’s GirlJessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$30. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.FreekbassFunk fans are hearby summoned to get their freak on when Ohio-based Freekbass & The Bump Assembly come to share the good vibes off their sixth album Everybody’s Feelin’ Real. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Bill StainesFor more than 45 years, Bill Staines has been on the road singing his songs at the country’s top festivals, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. His songs have been recorded by musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Nanci Griffith, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Staines writes about cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen and everyday working people. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org 15 adults, $10 students. 8 p.m. Jan. 16.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free admission during happy hour, 6-8 p.m., featuring complimentary buffet and two-for-one drink specials. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporium.com $15. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Also playing at Mulcahey’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh muls.com $12. 9 p.m. Jan. 17.Macabre Faire Film FestivalJoin film and horror fans alongside celebrity guests such as: Cleve Hall (Monster Man), Jonathan Tiersten (Sleep Away Camp), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), Elizabeth Shepherd, Rutanya Alda, Lesleh Donaldson, Sharon Lentz, Jim Krut, Tiffany Shepis, Stacey Nelkin, and several local independent filmmakers for a scary good time. Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. livingdeadmafia.com $15-$75. Jan. 16-18.Flying Model CompetitionTeams of aspiring engineers in the 3rd through 5th grades, build and fly rubber band-powered airplanes. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofavaition.org Price of admission. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.Cantoral ConcertEnjoy a delicious buffet dinner followed by a concert featuring a wide array of genres, including: opera, Broadway, Yiddish, and traditional songs & melodies. Led by Cantor Aryeh Hurwitz. The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. thechaicenter.com $20 members, $26 non-members. 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Umphrey’s McGeeThis Indiana-based prog-rock jam band are back on the road after last year releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin. These dedicated musicians’ genre-mashing style will at times make you think you’re listening to Incubus. Opening the show is Joshua Redman. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$39.50. 8 p.m. Jan. 18.Blind Dog SmithTo love the blues is one thing, to live the blues another. But to live and love and play the blues with an intensity and truth that comes only from the deepest wells of human existence, from the abyss of loss and despair, from the roots of American suffering, and then climb back on top, to not only survive but triumph. Yes, that’s the musical dimension we’re talking about when these seasoned veterans—Joseph DiPietro, Skip Krevens, Doug Brett, Charlie Raimond and Gary Guarniere, all longtime buddies from Seaford High—get together on stage and hit their stride. The world sounds almost bearable—hell, damn near enjoyable—when Blind Dog Smith is rocking the blues. First 50 guests get a free copy of their new CD Blues in E. Sunset Grill, 4068 Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. lisunsetgrill.com $TK. 7 p.m. Jan. 18.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey and Timothy Bolger.last_img read more

Increased Awareness About Concussions Amplifies Search For Solutions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Army veteran Chris Daniels survived three roadside bomb explosions during his two-year tour in Iraq, and aside from a wounded leg, the disorienting blasts left him relatively unscathed, physically. Yet the war did not end for the Centerport resident once he traded the desert battlefield for the manicured lawns and promise of laid-back weekends in suburbia in November 2005. “When you get home you’re still in hyper-sensitive mode as far as ready for combat,” Daniels, now 42, tells the Press. “So, it takes a couple of months to realize you’re actually home.”His troubles began almost immediately after departing the Middle East: Every time Daniels shut his eyes, he’d be haunted by nightmares, as if his brain was deliberately protesting his attempts at sleep. At best, he’d manage four hours a night. Ultimately, Daniels was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a mental health condition often triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event—which growing research suggests those who’ve suffered even a mild brain injury, such as concussions among returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, or those plaguing longtime NFL players, are more susceptible of developing. Although concussions—the most common traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)—are often associated with sports, statistically they’re attributed to more rudimentary origins, such as falls, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks as their predominant cause, followed by unintentional blunt trauma and motor vehicle crashes. An estimated 1.8 to 3.6 million traumatic brain injuries occur annually in the United States, reports the CDC, and TBIs account for 30 percent of all injury deaths each year. Diagnoses for concussions have increased 43 percent in the United States within the past five years, with a 71-percent spike among patients 10 to 19 years old, according to a recently published analysis by insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield.Before his exposure to the horrors of war, Daniels spent his teenage years playing football and lacrosse, both contact sports. When he was a young athlete, head injuries were less scrutinized, however, and in the military, machismo often prevents soldiers from seeking help. So while doctors have only once diagnosed him as suffering a concussion during his military service or his countless hours on athletics fields, Daniels now suspects he’s experienced at least a half dozen throughout his life.He underwent psychotherapy at the local Veterans Affairs hospital, but the nightmares and sleeplessness continued, unabated. Then, this past June, just as he was about to resign himself to living with the war’s lingering aftereffects—and 10 long years since he’d returned home—Daniels experimented with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBOT.Everything changed. If anything, Daniels says he now sleeps too much: eight hours of uninterrupted rest during the week, and 10 on weekends.“My body is just now catching up on the rest it’s needed for a decade,” he explains. HBOT is just one of the many treatments presently being considered by researchers as a viable option for concussed patients, with hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to determine better ways to accelerate recovery treatments in both acute and chronic patients.To date, they’ve yielded mixed findings. Embed from Getty Images THE QUEST FOR A CUREU.S. taxpayers have so far paid about $70 million for a trio of HBOT studies, according to The New York Times. All three studies attributed improvements to a placebo effect—essentially, the patient’s belief in the treatment. Despite these results, Congress this year approved funding for yet another HBOT study. Another potentially game-changing analysis is being conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic and could upend the decades-old notion that rest is the preferred form of concussion treatment: Researchers are currently analyzing whether light aerobics could speed recovery time among recently concussed young athletes. Then there’s the National Football League (NFL), which has drawn criticism for failing to address its concussion crisis sooner, announcing before the current season that it would invest $100 million to “support independent medical research” on concussions. The league’s outsized spending coincides with a new policy calling for players who appear too dazed on the field to undergo a so-called “concussion protocol” before they’re cleared to return to gameplay. The NFL’s outreach and evolution of internal on-field policies comes on the heels of a $1 billion class-action settlement between the league and thousands of retired players who’ve suffered long-lasting brain injuries from head trauma throughout their careers. Last spring, NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Miller acknowledged for the first time what many in the medical field had long suspected: a connection between repeated blows to the head and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can only be diagnosed posthumously. Experts credit the NFL’s unprecedented admission and new technology enabling physicians to better understand brain injuries with raising the public’s awareness about concussions to record highs. “Concussion has been around for a long time, and we’ve been talking about it for a long time. I think technology is now catching up, and as a result of that, there is an opportunity in acknowledging the fact that concussion just isn’t a singular event that goes away in three weeks or three months, and we can now start to measure the effects of those injuries and the technologies” being used as treatments, says Dr. Alan Sherr, owner and operator of Northport Wellness Center and founder of Hyperbaric Medical Solutions in Woodbury, which treats patients with concussions. The pervasive use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), such as those experienced by Daniels and other servicemen and women returning home to the United States from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, has also increased public awareness about TBIs—as well as a growing body of research suggesting their direct links to PTSD.In 2012, scientists at the University of California at Los Angeles training rats that had experienced concussive brain trauma with fear-conditioning techniques made a startling discovery: “We found that the rats with the earlier TBI acquired more fear than control rats (those without TBI),” Dr. Michael Fanselow, senior author of the study, explained at the time. “Something about the brain injury rendered them more susceptible to acquiring an appropriately strong fear. It was if the injury primed the brain for learning to be afraid.”Analysis of brain tissue of the subjects’ amygdala—an area of the brain that responds to fear—revealed more receptors for neurotransmitters that promote learning, suggesting “that brain injury leaves the amygdala in a more excitable state that readies it for acquiring potent fear,” said Fanselow. The findings suggested people who suffered even a mild TBI were more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, and underscored the importance of properly managing stress following such an injury. “The greater the resistance, I know I’m on track. Because that means I’m butting up against someone’s belief systems.” – Dr. Alan Sherr, Hyperbaric Medical SolutionsAnother study the following year including more than 1,600 service members who were assessed prior to their deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, as well as three months after returning, found that troops who experienced a TBI were twice as likely to develop PTSD. Dewleen Baker, a psychiatrist at UCSD and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and one of that study’s authors, then partnered with Mingxiong Huang, a biomedical physicist at the University of California, San Diego, who had been using magnetoencephalography, or MEG, to measure neurological electrical activity in concussed subjects.According to a joint paper published earlier this year in Psychoneuroendocrinology, scanning the brains of servicemen and women and civilians who experienced TBIs reveals abnormally low-frequency magnetic activity, with hyper-activity in the amygdala, and hypo-activity in pre-frontal cortex in individuals with PTSD.Perhaps as a result the recent NFL revelations linking TBIs to the gridiron, more and more children are becoming aware, too. Dr. Jennifer Gray, co-medical director of St. Charles Hospital’s ThinkSmart! Concussion Management Center in Port Jefferson, describes concussion awareness as “unavoidable” because of the deluge of coverage in the media.“Over the course of the years that I’ve been doing this, I think most of the kids are really honest about their symptoms nowadays because they see the tragedy of what happens if they’re not,” she tells the Press. As the search for the perfect concussion treatment continues, one thing is certain: It’s never too early for athletes to learn about the warning signs of traumatic brain injuries. Embed from Getty Images TREATING STUDENT ATHLETESSt. Charles’ concussion management center sees about 3,000 patients with potential concussion symptoms each year, the hospital says. For many young athletes in contact sports, suffering a concussion—and other sports injuries—is an inevitable result of banging helmets, heading balls in soccer, or performing aerial feats in cheerleading. Short of stopping kids from engaging in athletics altogether, the more preferable option is to make sure concussed athletes are diagnosed early. To that end, St. Charles’ concussion center has established a program with more than 42 school districts on Long Island, giving the hospital access to students’ neurocognitive baseline testing, which they can then compare to a concussion examination. Since the program was established in 2010, the center has amassed more than 30,000 baseline tests, which examine immediate memory, delayed memory, reaction time and processing speed.“They compare it to themselves, which is the beauty of a baseline test,” says Gray. “So they take the test before they’re injured, and then after injury, the doctors can re-test them and see if there’s a significant change in their ability to do any of those tasks. “If they don’t have a baseline on file, they can be compared to normative data,” she continues. “But we definitely prefer that we compare them to themselves.” Baseline testing is not a fail-safe measure, however, since it focuses only on neurocognitive functions. Laura Beck, director of St. Charles’ concussion management center, calls it “one piece of a complicated puzzle,” because symptoms vary among concussed patients.“You know, the notion that you’re supposed to be kept in a dark room or kept home from school is stupid.” – Dr. David Cifu, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityFor some student athletes, the baseline test is “not even a factor in determining whether they’re ready to go back to play if kids are having real issues in the neurocognitive area,” explains Gray, adding, “It might be more useful than other kids having more physical symptoms.”Recovery times also vary. The athletes who visit St. Charles must complete a “return to play” protocol before they are cleared to rejoin their teammates. That means they must be symptom-free, return to baseline on their neurocognitive tests, and pass a physical exam. But that’s not all: Patients must also go through a “gradual return to play” over the course of a series of five days, where they progressively increase levels of exertion so physicians are confident symptoms won’t return.John Leddy, MD, is medical director of the UB Concussion Management Clinic and a physician with UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. (Credit: University at Buffalo)CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL WISDOMHow the body responds to physical exertion soon after suffering a concussion is the subject of a promising study being conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo. Its goal, as the university outlined in a press release last year, is to “evaluate for the first time a treatment protocol for concussion.” “We know that exercise is good for the brain, in general, because it increases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), and they’re studying whether increasing that level after concussion would help the brain recovery,” Dr. John Leddy, director of the Concussion Management Clinic in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and a North Babylon High School graduate, tells the Press. “There’s evidence of that in animals, but not humans.” For humans, the question, Leddy says, is: “How soon can you introduce” exercise to a concussed brain. And if the body does not show any adverse effects, the next obvious question is: Will it help patients recover faster?The answer, Leddy acknowledges, has been unattainable—until now.In its mission to resolve that mystery, the school will hook up 100 13 to 17-year-olds to a heartrate monitor and record their reaction to light aerobics on a stationary bike or treadmill.When the university announced this test, it highlighted the results of Julia Whipple, a 16-year-old high schooler from western New York who was injured playing soccer, completed the study, and recovered—she’d also expressed excitement about exercise as a form of treatment instead of languishing at home “wait[ing] for my symptoms to disappear.” For years, conventional wisdom stressed that patients refrain from activity that could worsen their condition, such as avoiding bright lights, reading, exercise, and even leaving the house.“I think that’s changing now,” says Leddy. Leddy recommends rest immediately following a concussion—but, “after the first two or three days, when the symptoms are calming down, now you can start to get more active again,” he adds. “Again, you shouldn’t be playing a sport yet, but you can start to get more active, and we think we might even be able to get athletes exercising soon after concussion, to help them recover.”While it seems rest would be far from harmful, research has shown it to cause depression in some concussed patients, which could be attributed to their removal from social interaction. Upending a teenager’s social life is not ideal, Leddy says. “For the 80 percent of people who are going to recover in a week or two, that kind of worked pretty well,” Leddy says. “But for the 20 percent who don’t, it doesn’t work well at all. It doesn’t speed their recovery. Just resting and doing nothing, first of all, doesn’t help, and also then makes things worse, because now you’re taking a teenager out of his or her social life.”Dr. David Cifu, Virginia Commonwealth University professor and concussion researcher and a Syosset High School graduate, echoes that sentiment. “What we can do is optimize the body otherwise,” Cifu tells the Press. “Let’s talk to these kids and young adults about diet and exercise and sleep and anxiety management, and when can you safely return to play. You know, the notion that you’re supposed to be kept in a dark room or kept home from school is stupid.” “The body—it doesn’t do well with rest,” he adds. “Rest is the antithesis of what a young person should be doing.” As is the case with most injuries or diseases, early diagnosis is key to preventing the condition from getting worse, continues Leddy.“If you think a child hasn’t gotten a concussion, then remove the child from the game or contest or practice, because [what] we know from animal and human studies is, the worst thing you can do is hit a concussed brain again before it’s recovered,” he explains. “Then you can revert what might just be a minor injury into a major injury, and then you magnify the symptoms and you delay recovery substantially.” For those already struggling with the long-term ramifications of concussions, the quest for the most effective treatment continues.Doctors Alan (L) and Scott Sherr (R) stand next to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at Hyperbaric Medical Solutions in Woodbury. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPYDaniels, the U.S. Army vet, had been visiting Dr. Alan Sherr’s wellness center in Northport for about 20 years, for treatment on his back. Eventually, his wife, a physician assistant, landed a part-time job at Alan Sherr’s hyperbaric treatment office in Woodbury after growing exhausted with her commute to the Bronx. Once there, she advised her husband to give the treatment a shot, since nothing else had helped ease the effects of his PTSD. Beginning in June, Daniels began a five day-a-week regimen, in which he reclined inside a hyperbaric oxygen tank for 60-minute sessions. His sleep improved almost immediately, he says, adding that the nightmares dissipated about halfway through the therapy. Cases like Daniels’ have those in the hyperbaric field excited about HBOT’s potential as a viable treatment for concussions and other TBIs. To understand why those who offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy are so convinced it could help patients with brain injuries, even though the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not approve it as a viable treatment for TBI, consider how the therapy is utilized for other maladies.A hyperbaric chamber increases oxygen to the area that is at risk, and by doing so, could reduce degeneration and help heal wounds, explains Alan Sherr’s son, Dr. Scott Sherr, a medical advisor for Hyperbaric Medical Solutions who is certified in hyperbaric oxygen medicine. If you flood that area with oxygen “you can potentially prevent some of the tissue from dying,” he says.The therapy has been approved by the FDA as a viable, effective treatment option for 14 conditions, including, among others: traumatic ischemia, severe anemia, thermal burn injury, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, and osteomyelitis, aka chronic bone infections.“We know it works,” continues Scott Sherr, citing other FDA-approved hyperbaric treatments. “What hyperbaric therapy is doing is healing the wounds in the brain that are not being healed by the body’s natural processes. And it’s super-charging and accelerating the healing process otherwise.”HBOT can help reduce swelling, and even regenerate blood vessels, to help increase bloodflow and ensure that much-needed oxygen reaches damaged areas it otherwise would not, says Scott Sherr.“What you really need is the scaffolding, or the regeneration of blood vessels, to create the environment where you can get long-term flow to those tissues,” he adds. “In somebody that had a chronic injury or a longer term injury, you need to create the scaffolding, or create the infrastructure for those cells to continue to be regenerated over time.”When the U.S. departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs analyzed the results of its latest study of soldiers who had been recently concussed or were suffering from post-concussion, however, they found no significant difference between a group receiving 100-percent oxygen and a so-called “Sham” group receiving normal air at less pressure. “It’s probably a placebo effect just from participating,” Col. Scott Miller, an infectious disease specialist at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity at Fort Detrick, Md., concluded when the results were released. “These participants met with research teams and hyperbaric technicians for several hours per day. It was a fairly intense interaction.”Cifu, who has worked with the VA and is well acquainted with the government’s HBOT studies, is not entirely sold, either, even after recognizing that some patients did express feeling better. “I know people are making a big deal about it,” Cifu tells the Press. “And that’s why we’re studying it yet again, because there’s a little data that maybe stressed related things that we see in PTSD that you can also see in brain injury that got a little bit better, but it wasn’t huge—which is what people are missing.” Scott Sherr argues researchers are missing an important finding from the studies: the physiological changes that happen under any increase in oxygen pressure. He points to the test patients that improved even after being exposed to less pressure and oxygen than the full treatment group. “If you increase the amount of oxygen and circulation by 40, 50 percent, that’s a significant amount,” he says. “Even if we’re giving 90 percent in our treatment group. So there’s definitely something happening in the chamber.”The studies have not all been unfavorable, however. The Institute of Hyperbaric Medicine in Israel released its own assessment in 2013, finding that patients with prolonged symptoms saw significant improvement when undergoing the full HBOT treatment, as opposed to those who went two months with no treatment. Its conclusion: HBOT can improve the quality of life in patients suffering from post-concussive syndrome. Even though the focus of Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is on the hyperbaric therapy itself, its physicians also prescribe to a holistic approach to healing that encompasses several forms of therapy to supplement chamber treatment. “The VA and the NFL and larger organizations have just missed the boat so far,” Scott Sherr says. “And you can argue as to why that is. There’s a lot of money riding on these patients. There’s a lot of injured veterans. There’s a lot of injured NFL players. But our hope is that we can create a center here, and in Northport, where we can actually show the world, and show, at least in our microcosm, that we’re having a significant effect.”Daniels, who is now undergoing neurofeedback therapy at Northport Wellness—another treatment option that essentially maps, then reconfigures brainwaves through cognitive self-regulation—is an example of how an all-encompassing treatment regimen could prove to be an effective long-term solution.The Sherrs understand hyperbaric oxygen therapy has its detractors, but they remain hopeful the treatment will receive its just due. “You always start with the perspective of: Who are these people that are the skeptics? And from where do they come from in relationship to their orientation?” says Alan Sherr. “The greater the resistance, I know I’m on track. Because that means I’m butting up against someone’s belief systems.”“We’re kind of in uncharted territory,” he adds. “We’re creating the systems, we’re looking to support it with appropriate analytics so that we understand their level of improvement and the possibilities, and that’s all new.”They’re not alone. (Featured photo: Chris Daniels served in the U.S. Army in Iraq shortly after the invasion. He survived several roadside bomb explosions but has since suffered from PTSD.) Disclaimer: Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is a client of Morey Publishing, parent company of Long Island Press.last_img read more

Family-run investor buys Windsor centre with BoS

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Some 70,000 Indonesians could be infected with COVID-19 before Ramadan, scientists say

first_imgThis prediction, Iqbal said, was meant to push the government to take massive and effective measures to handle the outbreak and also to raise awareness about the importance of social distancing. Doubling time, he said, depended on the ability of the virus to infect, the magnitude of the case findings and the effectivity of intervention.“Seventy-one thousand cases might sound scary, but that is what would happen without proper intervention (…) The President has urged the public to practice social distancing and we hope everyone is listening to him so we can decrease the doubling time (…) We have to do it faster and more effectively.”He added that clear, transparent information about the places visited by COVID-19 patients was important to reduce the exponential growth rate of the disease so that people can avoid these areas.According to the projections of Hadi Susanto, a professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Essex in England and the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates, the peak of COVID-19 in Indonesia would be around Ramadan, which is expected to take place from April 23 to May 23. Assuming that even after a lockdown is imposed and people are still working and conducting business as usual and there are only two groups of people, the healthy ones and the sick ones, 50 percent of the population could be infected within 50 days after the first case was announced by the President on March 2, he said.“We use Jakarta as a sample with a population of around 10 million. At its peak, the virus could infect 50 percent of the population,” Hadi told the Post on Friday.He went on to say that if there was no lockdown policy and people could easily enter and exit the capital, then “the pandemic will not reach a peak and the number of sick people will continue to grow”.“This is my pessimistic prediction, formed with a simple mathematical model. And of course, I hope that I’m totally wrong,” he said.Achmad Yurianto, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, told a press conference on Friday that the government had prepared 1 million test kits for massive testing.“Between 600,000 and 700,000 people are at risk [of contracting COVID-19],” he said, adding that only those with a greater risk of infection would get tested.A group of researchers at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Center of Mathematical Modelling and Simulation previously estimated that the outbreak would end in the middle of April and infect some 8,000 people.Nuning Nuraini, one of the researchers, said the team had used a parameter estimation model based on the spread of infection in South Korea, which has been praised for its aggressive prevention measures and widescale rapid testing.One such measure was providing drive-through COVID-19 testing centers that were able to test thousands of people, catching the infections early and rushing patients to hospitals to curb the spread of the disease.The ITB researchers’ modeling is more “optimistic” compared to others. However, on Friday, after the government announced that the nation had recorded 369 positive cases, Nuning said they could no longer use South Korea’s parameters to estimate the epidemic’s profile in Indonesia, as the confirmed cases here kept increasing significantly.She added that the situation could be better and the rate of infection could be suppressed.“But if our intervention methods are not effective, then the peak can shift, as Hadi explained. Everyone must work together to prevent the spread of the disease. If this doesn’t happen, then the number of cases will not decrease. The Spanish influenza pandemic killed one-third of the world’s population. Do not let that happen again.”Meanwhile, according to Panji Hadisoemarto from Padjadjaran University’s School of Medicine and a senior researcher at the university’s Center for Sustainable Development Goals Study (SDGs Center), all the mathematical modeling of COVID-19 made by scientists was meant to provide the government with reliable information to estimate the disease’s transmission impacts and evaluate the effectivity of mitigation efforts currently being used.“We have to make sure that intervention is effective and enforced; [the government should give] more than just a recommendation. And the faster the intervention, the better.”Arya Dipa contributed to this story from BandungEditor’s note: An earlier version of this article contained an error on the figure from the group of researchers in ITB. The figure has been corrected to 8,000, not 800,000 as previously stated.Topics : If the Indonesian authorities failed to take drastic measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the country could have tens of thousands of cases by April, or shortly before Idul the Fitri holiday, scientists have warned.  Disease surveillance and biostatistics researcher Iqbal Ridzi Fahdri Elyazar and his team at the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU) have used the geometric sequence method to see, “how much time it would take for the number of cases to double in Indonesia”.Based on their calculations, Indonesia could be grappling with up to 71,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of April. Iqbal and his team noted that the doubling time for Italy and Iran, which currently have the highest COVID-19 death toll, was five and seven days, respectively. The doubling time, they added, would be longer for countries that have taken a rigorous approach to contain the outbreak. South Korea, for example, had a doubling time of 13 days and China 33 days.For Indonesia, the number of COVID-19 cases doubled in three days, jumping from 172 positive diagnoses on March 17 to 369 on Friday.“The shorter the doubling time, the more dangerous it is,” Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The team decided to use Italy’s and Iran’s doubling times to map the possible exponential rate in Indonesia. By using this geometric sequence, it found that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases could reach between 11,000 and 71,000 by the end of April.last_img read more

New app gives parents control of their kids smartphones

first_imgHerald Sun 20 March 2012Parents at last can give in and buy their child a smartphone and make sure it will not be used at school or late at night. A new application, launched yesterday, will give parents the ability to control who their children can call or text and when, block texts from bullies and even limit when they can go online. The Vodafone Guardian app also gives parents the ability to lock out apps such as games at certain times of the day, such as homework time. Experts in how young people interact with technology hope they will open family discussions about appropriate use of smartphones.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/new-app-gives-parents-control-of-their-kids-smartphones/story-fn7x8me2-1226304490113last_img read more

Burundi Takes 18 Suspects in Failed Coup to Court

first_imgBurundi took 18 people suspected of involvement in a failed coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza to the high court on Saturday, relatives of some of the accused said.Earlier, about a hundred demonstrators took to the streets of Bujumbura to protest against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term, defying the president’s call the previous day for an end to the weeks-long protests.The east African nation was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced he was running for another five-year term, with clashes between police and protesters stirring memories of an ethnically driven civil war that ended a decade ago.“A lot of us citizens do not want the constitution to be violated as he is not allowed to lead for the third term…. We will demonstrate until he steps down,” said Nduwimana Belamie, one of the protesters.Opponents say Nkurunziza’s decision violates the constitution and the Arusha deal to end the war that pitted rebel groups of the majority Hutu population, including one led by Nkurunziza, against the army which was then commanded by minority Tutsis.The army is now mixed and has absorbed rival factions, but the coup attempt exposed divisions.The fate of General Godefroid Niyombare, who had announced the president’s ouster on Wednesday, was still not clear on Saturday. Loyalist troops calmed the streets of the capital on Friday following clashes between the two factions.Speaking on condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisals, family members of two of the 18 men taken to court told Reuters the suspects had raw wounds on their bodies and one of them had lost hearing in one of his ears due to a beating in the cells.One of the men, identified by onlookers as Juvenal Niyungeko, a senior officer, was escorted into the court without shoes and restrained by handcuffs.It was not immediately clear what charges they were facing.Christella Harerimana, a lawyer representing three of the suspects, said one of her clients had been walking barefoot since he was arrested, and that he had been held in a house rather than a police cell, contrary to legal requirements.“They have violated their human rights,” Harerimana said, adding it was not clear what would happen next to the men.The president’s spokesman declined to comment on the claims of abuse when contacted by Reuters.Residents of Bujumbura said they were planning to come out in large numbers on Monday to protest against Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term.More than 105,000 people have already fled to neighboring countries, including to Rwanda, with the same ethnic mix as Burundi and which was torn apart by a genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000 mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.last_img read more

Social amelioration program for ‘poorest of the poor’ only

first_imgILOILO City – The national government’s P6,000 SocialAmelioration Package (SAP) in this time of public health emergency due to thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is only for the “poorest of thepoor”, clarified Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG)Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.  * micro-entrepreneurs They are the low income families, those in the informalsector and those living below the poverty threshold, said Malaya. In a teleconference with the Western Visayas media on April7, Malaya said DILG and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office(DSWD) were making this clarification to avoid confusion, citing feedbacks fromlocal government units (LGUs). Who are the “poorest of the poor”? * informal workers The minimum daily wage in Region 6 is P395. * overseas Filipino worker in distress In Region 6, she said, if a person such as the head of thefamily receives a daily wage of P390, his family is qualified to receive theP6,000 SAP. * farmers, fishermen (provided they are Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program(4Ps) are covered by the SAP, Malaya added, but they need not fill upregistration forms because they were already in the DSWD database. * lactating mothers not recipients of assistance from the Department ofAgriculture * senior citizens * sub-minimum wage earners * pregnant women DSWD previously identified these vulnerable sectors: * solo parent The first batch to receive the SAP in Region 6 covers311,687 households.center_img * indigent “Bawat tao ay mahalaga but we need to prioritize,” stressedMalaya. “Hindi po pwede ang To avoid duplication of beneficiaries, there will becross-matching, added Malaya. For his part, DSWD spokesperson Director Irene Dumlao saidpersons living below the poverty line are those working but receivingcompensation below the minimum wage. The remaining more or less 1.5 million target beneficiaries in the region would receive theirs before the end of the quarantine period (April 14 unless lifted earlier or extended)./PN “Inuulit po natin: ang benepisaryo ng cash grant po ay ‘yungmga pamilya na kasama or * occasional workers like househelpers, argumento na ‘kami ay taxpayers, kailangan tumulong anggobyerno, mahirap man o mayaman’. Hindi po ganun ang buhay.” and Employment) kabilang sa low income, may family members na kabilang sa informaleconomy sector and may * workers in the private sector observing “no work, no pay”family (provided they have not availed themselves of  the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program ofthe Department of Labor drivers of pedicabs, tricycles, taxis, public utility buses, and public Malaya urged LGUs to start distributing registration formsto target beneficiaries so these could immediately be submitted to the DSWD forthe eventual release of the social amelioration. * persons with disability * homeless member po na kabilang vulnerable sectors,” said Dumlao. utility jeepneyslast_img read more

Deadline for the Secured School Safety Grant is quickly approaching

first_imgOldenburg, IN—State funding is making it possible for Indiana schools to improve their safety. State Sen Jean Leising says the deadline for the Secured School Safety Grant is quickly approaching, on August 2nd.The money can be used for a variety of improvements, including hiring more school resource officers, threat assessments, and startup costs for active event warning systems to quickly alert first responders.Applications are also open until August 15th for a new pilot mentorship program. State Rep. Ethan Manning says mentorship programs are a great way to get youth connected with the community.Three schools will be chosen for the program and could be awarded up to 75-thousand-dollars.last_img read more