first_imgMartin is a shadow of his former self!An overweight chef who shed a gut-busting five stone has revealed the secret to his weight-loss – midnight jogging!Martin Anderson, who is now known as Fat Chef Slim, has trimmed down from 19 stone 6 pounds to just 14 stone 6 pounds since January.Popular Martin, 45, from Letterkenny, admits the last straw came for him when his health insurer put his policy up by €19 a month. Martin says he was really up against it because he cooks and eats for a living.“Most chefs have to test their food al day and so they find the pounds piling on very easily if they don’t exercise.“I wasn’t exercising and eating so much food that I never stood a chance of losing weight.“So that’s when I decided that after eating and tasting food all day I had to exercise at night time. “People would pass me going home late at night and me out walking and jogging after midnight in the dark but it was the only time I got to do it,” he laughed.Martin, who runs the Crest Cookery School, has gone from size 44 trousers to where he can now fit into a size 34.He now ignores the size XXXL shirts and can pick large and even medium shirts sometimes.“I used to shop by size and it never matter what the clothes looked like or their colour. Now I can actually pick the clothes I want to wear,” he said.Martin has written a book about his slimming experiences called Fat Chef Slim – Recipes From The Journey, which will be available shortly. And he is not the first to say that “if I can do it, then anyone can.”“I just made up my mind I had enough. I think everyone who is overweight gets to that point but the secret is to keep with it.“Take one day at a time, watch what you eat and exercise. It’s not rocket science and it works. Believe me I know now,” he said.FAT CHEF SLIM LOSES FIVE STONE – ON THE RUN! was last modified: December 19th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5 stoneCrest Cookery SchoolFat Chef SlimMartin Andersonweight losslast_img read more

Pay increase for supermarket workers following trade union campaign

first_imgA supermarket chain that has four stores in Donegal has secured a new pay deal for its member, it has been revealed. The newly agreed pay award provides a range of pay increases from a minimum of 2.5% to 8.5%.The Mandate Trade Union group said members working in the Kavanagh Group Supervalue chain had secured new pay deals. The chain has four stores across the county, in Buncrana, Ballybofey, Donegal town and Dungloe.Speaking following the announcement, Divisional Organiser for Mandate’s North and West Division Ciaran Campbell said: “The new pay agreement represents an annual pay increase of €1,300 for a full-time worker, while some of our members will be better-off by €2,000 per year.“At a time when unions and businesses are operating in the unknown that is Brexit, and also while some retail employers feel that the National Minimum Wage is a benchmark in pay, this agreement – whilst not to be sniffed at – is only a work in progress.“We have already signalled that the current pay regimes in this and many other similar type employments are not fit for purpose as staff are not being adequately rewarded for their work, efforts and contributions to their employers’ profits.” “While the retail industry operates in very challenging and competitive times, this cannot mask the fact they are in the main profitable.“It is in those profitable workplaces that Mandate is intent on securing rates of pay and terms and conditions for its members that are not only meaningful but provide a decent standard of living.“We have a bit of work to do but seeing our members better off by €30 or €40 a week is a pleasing start.”Pay increase for supermarket workers following trade union campaign was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ubuntu coming to phones

first_imgThe simple but elegant Ubuntu phone may ship as soon as the end of 2013.(Image: Ubuntu) Super-entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth became the first African in space in 2002, and started developing Ubuntu on his return to earth.(Image: First African in Space)MEDIA CONTACTS • Canonical press office+44 20 7630 2400RELATED ARTICLES• Mobile technology for Africa• Telecoms boom for SA• A winning open education system• Ubuntu software for schools• Visa buys SA’s Fundamo for $110mJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s super-entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth is planning to bring his Ubuntu operating system (OS) to smartphones, allowing the little devices to work as fully functional Ubuntu desktops when docked and connected to a monitor and keyboard.Shuttleworth, known since April 2002 as Africa’s first space tourist, is the founder and former CEO of Canonical, a London-based open-source software developer with offices in seven countries including China and Taiwan, although it operates in over 30 countries. He started development of Ubuntu after he came back down to earth, and released the first version in October 2004.Canonical unveiled its latest project at the Consumer Electronics Fair in Los Angeles earlier in January. A Google Nexus device running Ubuntu Phone, as it is known, was showcased at the event.Following the announcement in January 2012 of the OS’s adaptation to smart televisions, this latest development, revealed exactly a year later, means that users need just one OS for their mobile, computing and viewing devices.According to the company, the OS will work on entry level phones as well as more powerful devices – these are its two core targets and will give operators an opportunity to grow the use of mobile data among customers who before might have only used their phones for calls and messages.More powerful dual-core phones will be able to run Android when used as a phone, and Ubuntu when docked.Going mobile in 2013“2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets,” wrote Shuttleworth on his blog, “and broadening the Ubuntu community to include mobile developers who need new tools and frameworks to create mobile software.”Shuttleworth has said that he hopes to have Ubuntu phones on the market by 2014. “It’s quite incredible that we’re at this point when the power of the phone is crossing over with the baseline processing power of basic laptops,” he said in an interview with the BBC.“We’re shaping the future of personal computing. Ubuntu is proven on the desktop, and uniquely positioned to be at the heart of the next wave of consumer electronics, combining a beautiful hand-held touch interface with a full PC experience when docked.“imed at developing countriesCanonical expects to be most successful with this product in developing markets, said Shuttleworth at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Fair in Los Angeles earlier in January. The demand for smartphones in these regions is high, with mobiles often the only means of connecting to the internet.A popular and acclaimed Linux distribution, Ubuntu is installed on some 20-million computers around the world, says Canonical, and its bustling user community means that work on the free-of-charge OS is always going on and that there are regular improvements and tweaks released.By 2014 it’s estimated that 10% of new desktops and laptops will have Ubuntu pre-installed. According to Shuttleworth, the OS is installed on 30% of new computers of various brands in China.The announcement has been met with interest and enthusiasm from mobile developers.“It’s good news for consumers who are already living in a mobile-centric world,” said Ian Drew, executive VP of marketing at UK-based ARM, a manufacturer of mobile processors. “Ubuntu will hand them the ability to enjoy a unified experience across the multiple platforms on which they lead their digital lives,”Unique user experienceThe OS is up against tough competition in 2013, with Android OS 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Apple’s iOS 6.0, the new Windows 8 and soon, the Blackberry 10 OS vying for market share.The interface is described as clean, beautiful and fast, even for lower end devices. It uses all four edges of the screen for swipe commands, meaning that users will be able to get their tasks done faster.Swipe from the left to access favourite apps; from the right to instantly bring up the previously-used app and swipe again for the app used before that; from the top to access system setting; and from the bottom to call up app controls.The inbox provides one-stop access to all emails, social media posts, calls and text messages.Other distinctive features include one search for products, content and apps; text and voice commands in all applications; and apps available in both the native code and HTML5. The deal also includes access to Canonical’s secure cloud service Ubuntu One.The software will run happily on Android hardware, so an Android-compatible device will work with Ubuntu Phone as well.last_img read more

Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 10

first_imgMOST READ The Lady Tamaraws didn’t move up in the standings but it did boosted their confidence heading into the Final Four.Guino-o also had her best game of the season, pouring on 24 points in a match that served as the jump-off point for FEU’s Final Four quest.The veteran’s performance also earned her the season’s final Chooks to Go-Collegiate Press Corps Player of the Week award.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 7Last week: No.1Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina officially ended the season as the league’s top scorer.The graduating senior ended the elimination round with a 21-point performance to lead the Golden Tigresses past the Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, in UST’s last elimination game before facing the Lady Spikers in the second-seed playoff.Rondina, who averaged 18.5 points across all 14 elimination games, secured the top spot in the Best Scorers table with a total of 259 points, 29 more than what second placer and teammate Eya Laure had.3. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 7Last week: N/AKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKat Tolentino missed out on Week 9’s rankings after La Salle decimated Ateneo in three sets 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, but she’s made a return due to what was an all-important two-game stretch for the Lady Eagles.Ateneo ended the elimination round on the back of two dominant sweeps of Adamson and UE, and Tolentino was at center of that recovery games for the Lady Eagles. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Life begins at 30: Greg Louganis dives into art of living Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chiara Permentilla. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the final week of the elimination and there are still a couple of names who made their debuts on this list.The first of whom was Adamson’s Chiara Permentilla.Adamson had nothing much to play for when it went up against the Lady Maroons but the Lady Falcons still went at it.Permentilla became Adamson’s focal point of attack as she put up a season-high 16 points in the Lady Falcons’ 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 stunner over UP.7. Jerrili Malabanan (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AJerrili Malabanan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took the whole season but Jerrili Malabanan went on to make an appearance on the list.With Guino-o showing the way for the Lady Tamaraws against the Lady Spikers, Malabanan was content in being the team’s secondary offensive star.FEU’s captain finished with 15 points, 12 attacks and three service aces, in a game the Lady Tamaraws used as preparation for the Final Four. Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tolentino averaged 14 points this week to finish as the season’s fourth-best scorer with a total of 200 points.4. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Tolentino commanding Ateneo’s wing, Maddie Madayag set her place in the middle of the Lady Eagle’s frontline attack.Madayag was the Lady Eagles’ second-leading scorer this week, putting up an average of 11.5 points while ending the elimination round as the league’s Best Blocker.No other player in the league reached at least 40 kill blocks this season, but Madayag tallied a total of 44 an averaged 0.86 kill blocks per set throughout the Lady Eagles’ 14 elimination games.5. Jolina Dela Cruz (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 5Last week: No.3Jolina dela Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJolina Dela Cruz could’ve been a stronger contender for the top spot, and the league’s Player of the Week plum, had it not been for La Salle’s collapse against the Lady Tamaraws.The Lady Spikers’ rookie was nothing short of spectacular in Week 10, averaging 15 points as  La Salle split its last two games.After a quiet, but effective, 10-point performance against UE, Dela Cruz lit up for 22 points in La Salle’s losing effort to FEU.6. Chiara Permentilla (Adamson University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/A Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—It took long enough but the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament returned after the Holy Week break.The Final Four is upon us with top seeded Ateneo (12-2) taking on No. 4 Far Eastern University (9-5), while the showdown between the second and third ranked teams are still up in the air.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDefending champion De La Salle and University of Santo Tomas ended the elimination round knotted with similar 10-4 slates and the two teams will still need to face each other in a playoff on Wednesday with the winner taking the No. 2 spot and the last twice-to-beat perk.University of the Philippines, which went into the season having won two preseason titles, finished the elimination round in fifth with a 6-8 record while National University was the sixth best team at 4-10. LATEST STORIES University of the East had its best record in recent memory putting up a 3-11 card for the No. 7 spot while Adamson University rounded out the standings in eighth at 2-12.Without any more adieu, here are the seven players that sent off Week 10 into star dust.1. Heather Guino-o (Far Eastern University, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 3Last week: N/AHeather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHeather Guino-o made sure she would end the Lady Tamaraws’ elimination round campaign on the highest of notes.FEU stunned defending champion De La Salle in five sets, 25-22, 13-25, 25-25, 27-25, 15-8, in what was, essentially, a game the Lady Tamaraws would gain nothing from as far as positioning is concerned.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Polish media company ITI and its subsidiary TVN ha

first_imgPolish media company ITI and its subsidiary TVN have agreed to form a strategic partnership with pay TV group Canal Plus.The deal will see TVN and Canal Plus merging their pay TV activities to create a common DTH platform with a subscriber base in excess of 2.5 million. TVN is expected to combine its subsidiary ITI Neovision with Cyfra Plus in exchange for a significant minority stake in the combined entity.“By combining the Polish pay TV assets of TVN Group and Canal Plus Group, TVN Group continues to meet the challenges of a converging media world and its premium offering will deliver the best available entertainment experience to its customers,” ITI said in a statement. “The TVN Group and the combined pay TV platform will plan to enter into partnership agreements in content development, production and exploitation in the Polish market.”In addition, Canal Plus is to acquire a significant minority stake in N-Vision, the parent company of Polish Television Holding, which holds a 51% stake in TVN. Under the deal, Canal Plus has been granted an option to acquire the remaining portion of the controlling stake in TVN from ITI.French group Canal Plus operates the Cyfra Plus pay TV platform in Poland, which has 1.5 million subscribers, while TVN operates rival pay TV service ‘n’.last_img read more

Surgical choices may have longterm impact on quality of life for breast

first_img Source:https://www.dana-farber.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 7 2018Even as more young women with breast cancer opt to have mastectomies, many experience a persistent decline in their sexual and psychosocial well-being following the procedure, as detailed in new research by Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. The findings, to be presented today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, underscore the importance of counseling patients about the potential long-term physical and emotional consequences of the procedure, researchers say.”Historically, it was felt that 75 percent of breast cancer patients should be eligible for breast conserving surgery. Over time, however, more women, particularly young women, are electing to have a mastectomy,” says the lead author of the study, Laura Dominici, MD, a surgeon at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.”They frequently offer peace of mind as the reason for their decision – even though research shows that unless a woman has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, she has a very low risk of developing cancer in the healthy breast.”The decision of whether to have a mastectomy or breast-conserving surgery should be a shared decision between patients and their doctors,” she continues. “Particularly when talking to young women, who are likely to have a long period of survivorship, it’s important that we as clinicians discuss the potential impacts of mastectomy on their quality of life.”In this study, a patient reported outcomes survey known as BREAST-Q was completed by 561 women age 40 and younger with breast cancer. Patients who had a mastectomy scored markedly lower in three quality of life measures – satisfaction with the appearance of their breasts, psychosocial well-being, and sexual well-being – than patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery. The results were consistent regardless of whether the patients had one or both breasts removed, and despite the fact that most had breast reconstruction surgery.Related StoriesCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryA fourth area examined by the survey – physical function – was similar for women who had a mastectomy and those who had not. Women with financial difficulties tended to have lower scores in all four categories.For breast satisfaction, those who had breast-conserving surgery had an average BREAST-Q score of 65.5, compared with 59.3 for the unilateral mastectomy group and 60.4 for the bilateral mastectomy group.For psychosocial well-being, those who had breast-conserving surgery had an average BREAST-Q score of 75.9, compared with 70.6 for the unilateral mastectomy group and 68.4 for the bilateral mastectomy group.For sexual well-being, those who had breast-conserving surgery had an average BREAST-Q score of 57.4, compared with 53.4 for the unilateral mastectomy group and 49 for the bilateral mastectomy group.”These findings suggest that surgical choices may have long-term impact on quality of life,” Dominici said. “We really need to have more data about quality of life, particularly after surgery, because this information can help shape their decisions.”Dominici added that further research could provide more information to clinicians as they advise patients of their options for breast cancer surgery. “In the future, I am hopeful that we will be able to predict quality of life outcome for an individual patient following the different types of surgery in order to help her decide what is best for her,” she said.Dominici said the study’s primary limitation is that it was not randomized, and it evaluated quality of life only at a single time point. She added that researchers did not have information about women’s quality of life prior to the study, which could have affected their decision making and their post-surgery quality of life.last_img read more

Scientists suggest need for new approach to confront side effects of common

first_img Source:https://www.umass.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 27 2018Results of a new study by neuroscientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Toronto suggest that a new treatment approach is needed – and how this may be possible – to address adverse effects of aromatase inhibitors, drugs commonly prescribed to both men and women to prevent recurrence of estrogen-positive breast cancer.The current drug therapy is linked to such complaints as hot flashes, memory lapses, anxiety and depression, side effects so bothersome that some patients discontinue the life-saving treatment, the researchers point out. Their study found that aromatase inhibitors do indeed suppress estrogen synthesis in body tissues, but their unexpected findings in the brain could explain some of the negative effects and provide insight into more effective, less disruptive future therapies.Neuroscientists Agnès Lacreuse, Luke Remage-Healey and their graduate students at UMass Amherst, collaborator Jessica Mong at the University of Maryland and first author Nicole Gervais worked together on this research. Gervais, who conducted the experiments as a postdoctoral researcher at UMass Amherst, is now at the University of Toronto. The authors studied a small group of aged male and female marmosets, non-human primates whose brains are much like humans’ and which exhibit “complex behavior,” senior author Lacreuse explains.She adds, “This drug is given to prevent recurrent breast cancer in humans and it does save lives, but a lot of times, patients are not compliant because of unpleasant side effects that affect quality of life.” Their study, showing changes in the animals consistent with some of the human complaints, allowed the researchers to assess cognitive behavior, thermal regulation and neuronal changes in drug-treated vs. control groups. Their findings appear this week in the Journal of Neuroscience.As Gervais explains, studies in humans are hampered by confounders. “The patients have had cancer, so it’s hard to disentangle the stress of their disease and treatment from the drug effects.” She adds, “We wanted to know if the symptoms while using the aromatase inhibitors can be reproduced in an animal model, and further explore the mechanisms to understand how they work and find alternative treatments.”In this work supported by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the researchers administered the estrogen-inhibiting drug orally “the way it’s given to humans and at a similar dose,” Gervais explains, for one month, and observed that it did indeed suppress estrogen production in the body. They then compared changes in behavior, memory, electrophysiology, and thermoregulation in the treated and control groupsRelated StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryGervais says, “Sure enough, we found deficits in some aspects of memory and we also saw the most striking results in thermal regulation, a deficit in the ability to regulate body temperature when the ambient temperature increases, but only in females. It doesn’t match hot flashes exactly but it’s consistent with what we know about the regulation of hot flashes by estrogens in women. Females on the drug could not regulate their temperature as well as control females.”It was in the investigation of neurons that the researchers saw something quite surprising, says Remage-Healey. “In the hippocampus, which is thought to be critical for learning and memory functions, instead of reduced estrogen levels we found that the drug caused a paradoxical increase in estrogen levels.”Gervais adds, “We believe that the hippocampus may have synthesized its own estrogens to compensate for low levels it senses in peripheral tissues. According to our results, the mechanism for an adverse effect on memory may be due to an increase of estrogen synthesis in the hippocampus. Perhaps, future treatments could find a way to block this increased synthesis, and maybe prevent some of the negative side effects.”Remage-Healey points out that “We were also able to follow the excitability of hippocampal neurons, which was compromised in the treatment but not control group. This is consistent with the occasional memory problems reported by patients. It seems the hippocampus is particularly sensitive to estrogens and their blockade. But we have a lot of work to do to understand the precise mechanism underlying these effects.”The authors state, “These findings suggest adverse effects of aromatase inhibitors on the primate brain and call for new therapies that effectively prevent breast cancer recurrence while minimizing side effects that further compromise quality of life.”last_img read more

Sphere Fluidics announces closure of 2 million circa £15 million investment round

first_imgCyto-Mine will be on display in Washington, DC at SLAS 2019 from 2nd to 6th February 2019 (Booth #1655 and #1429). We are pleased to see such a high level of interest in Sphere Fluidics and receive funding from several leading investors. We are making further investment in automating and streamlining our manufacturing processes across our product range to extend our offering and to deliver our high-quality standards and service to more researchers working in biotherapeutic discovery and cell line development across the UK and USA. We will be raising additional funds to expand these capabilities further.”Frank F Craig  PhD  MBA, CEO, Sphere Fluidics​ Sphere Fluidics’ Cyto-Mine Single Cell Analysis System Jan 30 2019Sphere Fluidics, a company commercializing single cell analysis systems underpinned by its patented picodroplet technology, announced today that is has closed a $2 million (circa £1.5 million) investment round.center_img Source:https://www.spherefluidics.com/sphere-fluidics-closes-2-million-usd-c-1-5-million-gbp-investment-round/ Related StoriesAutomation in Scientific Research – Step 1: Invest in Scheduling Software.Customizing the Cellular Microenvironment to Improve Physiological RelevanceCorning Life Sciences to highlight advanced 3D cell culture technologies and tools at SLAS 2019The Company secured funding from several investors including Greenwood Way Capital, Oxford Technology and Innovations EIS Fund and 24Haymarket. The funds raised will be used to accelerate growth in operations and support sales of its Cyto-Mine® Single Cell Analysis System.Sphere Fluidics’ Cyto-Mine is an automated platform which integrates single-cell screening, sorting, dispensing, imaging and clone verification.It can process up to 40 million cells per day and assesses and isolates those that produce a specific biologic to help streamline workflows and improve throughput in antibody discovery and cell line development. The Company will use the investment to expand operations and sales capabilities across the UK and USA and open a new US West Coast Sales Office.last_img read more

Study finds alarmingly high rate of opioid prescriptions for osteoarthritis patients

first_imgRelated StoriesRemoving damaged mitochondria may relieve chronic inflammatory conditionsGlucosamine supplements could benefit the heartDaily life disability before hip replacement may predict poor post-operative outcomesIn Sweden there is a tradition of collecting personal data in a register that is connected to the individual’s own personal identification number. Such data is not typically available in most countries.”In general, a high use, or an increase in the use of opioids among osteoarthritis patients have been reported in the US, Catalonia in Spain and in Australia. But to estimate reliable figures of opioid prescriptions preferably requires careful documentation in registers covering the entire population, and from all levels of health care”, says Martin Englund.He says that the results indicate a significant challenge within the field of osteoarthritis: there is good basic treatment for patients – osteoarthritis education and exercise programs – however, many osteoarthritis patients do not utilize this. Subsequently, or if there is insufficient improvement after basic treatment, there is a significant lack of good pharmaceutical non-surgical treatment alternatives to offer the patient, other than some relief of symptoms.”If the patient has developed severe osteoarthritis, and other treatments do not offer sufficient relief of symptoms, it is possible to offer prosthetic surgery. However, it is substantial and expensive surgical treatment, and should only be offered to patients that really need the operation. Unfortunately the healthcare system is lacking in pharmaceutical treatment options that can relieve pain and modify the development of the disease itself, i.e. have an impact on the actual biological process. We need more research on this”, says Martin Englund. Source:Lund UniversityJournal reference:Thorlund, J.B. et al. (2019) Opioid use in knee or hip osteoarthritis: a region-wide population-based cohort study. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2019.01.005. The result is remarkable. Opioids are highly addictive preparations and are not on the list of recommended treatments for osteoarthritis in Sweden, except for in extreme cases or in conjunction with surgical treatment. However, even when we removed all prescription in conjunction with surgery, the result was very similar.”Martin Englund, professor at Lund University Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 8 2019Opioids work against severe pain but the risks of side effects and addiction are high. In the USA alone, 26 people die every day from overdoses. Now researchers in an international collaboration have investigated how common opioid prescriptions are for osteoarthritis patients in Sweden. It emerged that every fourth patient was prescribed opioids at some point between November 2014 and October 2015.”The results show an alarmingly high rate of opioid prescriptions for osteoarthritis patients”, says Martin Englund, professor at Lund University and physician at Skåne University Hospital who led the study in collaboration with researchers from Denmark and the United Kingdom.The researchers based their research on the population registry in southern Sweden of people who were at least 35 years old (a total of 751 579 people) and who had received a diagnosis of knee or hip osteoarthritis at some point during 1998-2015 (a total of 82 379 people). With the help of data from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register the researchers were able to see how many of these people were prescribed opioid preparations between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2015. This was reported to be every fourth osteoarthritis patient (24 per cent).The study also estimated that at least 12 per cent of all new opioid prescriptions are given to patients with osteoarthritis. The most frequently prescribed drugs were codeine, tramadol, oxycodone and morphine preparations.last_img read more

Penang Hill bungalows for rent soon

first_img GEORGE TOWN: Holidaymakers with a penchant for old world charm can head to Penang Hill where two heritage buildings will be available for rent by the end of October. Hillside Bungalow and Tulip House – built in 1900 and the 1920s respectively by the British – are being renovated under the Hillside Retreat Penang project. Penang Hill Corporation (PHC) general manager Cheok Lay Leng said Hillside Retreat Penang could accommodate up to 80 people. “Restoration on Hillside Bungalow and Tulip House started in 2017 and is expected to be completed in October,” he said. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Nation 07 Jul 2019 More than 1,500 turn up to celebrate George Town World Heritage Day Related News “The colonial buildings will be made available to the public once they are ready and an official launch date will be announced soon.“Hillside Bungalow, which is along the Upper Tunnel Road, comprises four boutique rooms, four bunk rooms and an open area that can accommodate up to 16 four-person tents for camping.“Tulip House, located below the main Summit Road, has two rooms.“Besides a design that blends well with the environment, the extensive amenities include living and dining areas, toilets and shower rooms, storage for refuse and recycle mate­rial, a rain harvesting system and many other eco-friendly features,” Cheok told reporters here yesterday. Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, said the public-private partnership project was in support of PHC’s vision to make Penang Hill a resort of choice in both Malaysia and the region.“The project will provide more opportunities for tourists who are keen on our environment and heritage to explore such hidden gems in different parts of Penang Hill,” he said.Hillside Retreat Penang, said Chow, would be operated by Pembinaan YSBT (M) Sdn Bhd, which was selected through a request for proposal called in September 2017.The rental rate for the facilities has yet to be announced.One of the oldest bungalows on Penang Hill, Hillside Bungalow is classified as a Category II heritage building in the Penang Hill Local Plan 1998 and Penang Hill Special Area Plan 2016.Once used as a rest house for British government officers, it was turned into a rest house for civil servants after independence before being left vacant.The British built Tulip House in the 1920s for workers. The place was used as government quarters after independence before being handed over to PHC after 2011 and renovated in 2016. Metro News 20 May 2019 Orphans delighted with buka puasa treat at Penang Hill Old world charm: Hillside Bungalow is one of the oldest bungalows on Penang Hill that is being restored. Metro News 26 Apr 2019 New rest area at Penang Hilllast_img read more