first_img“The major advancement of this new tool is the ability to use a low-cost and accessible imaging method such as EEG to depict deeply located brain activity,” said both senior author Dr. Talma Hendler of Tel-Aviv University in Israel and The Sagol Brain Center at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, and first author Jackob Keynan, a PhD student in Hendler’s laboratory, in an email to Biological Psychiatry.The researchers built upon a new imaging tool they had developed in a previous study that uses EEG to measure changes in amygdala activity, indicated by its “electrical fingerprint”. With the new tool, 42 participants were trained to reduce an auditory feedback corresponding to their amygdala activity using any mental strategies they found effective.During this neurofeedback task, the participants learned to modulate their own amygdala electrical activity. This also led to improved downregulation of blood-oxygen level dependent signals of the amygdala, an indicator of regional activation measured with fMRI.In another experiment with 40 participants, the researchers showed that learning to downregulate amygdala activity could actually improve behavioral emotion regulation. They showed this using a behavioral task invoking emotional processing in the amygdala. The findings show that with this new imaging tool, people can modify both the neural processes and behavioral manifestations of their emotions.“We have long known that there might be ways to tune down the amygdala through biofeedback, meditation, or even the effects of placebos,” said John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry. “It is an exciting idea that perhaps direct feedback on the level of activity of the amygdala can be used to help people gain control of their emotional responses.”The participants in the study were healthy, so the tool still needs to be tested in the context of real-life trauma. However, according to the authors, this new method has huge clinical implications.The approach “holds the promise of reaching anyone anywhere,” said Hendler and Keynan. The mobility and low cost of EEG contribute to its potential for a home-stationed bedside treatment for recent trauma patients or for stress resilience training for people prone to trauma. Share on Twitter LinkedIn Training the brain to treat itself is a promising therapy for traumatic stress. The training uses an auditory or visual signal that corresponds to the activity of a particular brain region, called neurofeedback, which can guide people to regulate their own brain activity.However, treating stress-related disorders requires accessing the brain’s emotional hub, the amygdala, which is located deep in the brain and difficult to reach with typical neurofeedback methods. This type of activity has typically only been measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which is costly and poorly accessible, limiting its clinical use.A study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry tested a new imaging method that provided reliable neurofeedback on the level of amygdala activity using electroencephalography (EEG), and allowed people to alter their own emotional responses through self-regulation of its activity. Sharecenter_img Email Share on Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgIn the ongoing trickle of H7N9 cases from China and its close neighbors, four new infections have been reported, three from the mainland and one from Hong Kong in a visitor with ties to Guangdong province.The three new illnesses from the mainland were reported today from three different cities in Guangdong province, according to a health department statement translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. They include an 81-year-old woman from Guangzhou, the province’s capital, a 37-year-old man from Shantou, and a 71-year-old woman from Heyuan.All three of the patients are hospitalized in critical condition.The province’s statement also included updates on five previously reported patients. Three have been discharged from the hospital and two have died. The fatalities appear to involve a 68-year-old man from Guangzhou whose infection was confirmed on Mar 31 and a 62-year-old man from Heyuan whose H7N9 illness was confirmed on Apr 3.Hong Kong’s ninth imported caseHong Kong’s case—its ninth imported H7N9 infection—involves an 82-year-old woman from Guangzhou who was found to be sick as she was entering Hong Kong by car with two family members on Apr 8, according to a statement yesterday from the region’s Center for Health Protection (CHP).The woman started having symptoms on Apr 7, which included cough and blood-stained sputum. Authorities took her from the border point to an isolation unit at a hospital, where she is being treated and is listed in stable condition.An investigation is under way into the source of her infection. In an update today the CHP said it has identified two close contacts, along with 44 other contacts. So far neither of the close contacts, who are the woman’s family members, has shown symptoms of flulike illness.The four new cases lift the outbreak total to 418, according to an H7N9 case listing kept by FluTrackers. So far 282 of the infections have been reported during the outbreak’s current second wave, compared with 136 in the first wave last spring. The two new deaths push the unofficial number of fatalities to 126.Two new WHO-confirmed casesIn other developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) today provided more details on two recent H7N9 illnesses, in a 73-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman from Jiangsu province.Both the man, from Taizhou city, and the woman, from Suzhou city, became ill on Mar 26, were hospitalized on Mar 30, and are listed in critical condition.The WHO also said on Apr 8 that it conducted another H7N9 risk assessment hasn’t changed its view since it last looked at developments on Mar 28, Mar 11, and Feb 28. The agency has said that sporadic infections, primarily in people who have contact with poultry and their environments, are likely to continue, but so far the virus doesn’t appear to transmit easily among humans.See also:Apr 10 FluTrackers threadApr 9 CHP statementApr 10 CHP statementFluTrackers human H7N9 case count listApr 10 WHO statementApr 8 WHO H7N9 risk assessmentlast_img read more

first_imgThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working on a Zika response plan for when the first local cases are detected in the United States and has shared some of its plans with states most vulnerable to the disease, media outlets reported today.The document is still in draft form and not publicly available, but yesterday the CDC held a video briefing on it with health officials from states thought to be in the path of the virus, The Hill reported today.The CDC was slated to follow that up today with a teleconference for a wider group of state and local health officials, according to an e-mail notice from earlier this week.According to the plan, health officials will send a rapid-response team whenever a local case is detected in any of the states, the Washington Post reported today. CDC experts, if asked by an affected state, would be available in 10- to 15-person teams to help with case monitoring, lab tests, and mosquito control.Jurisdictions that were part of yesterday’s videoconference included Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Hawaii, California, and Los Angeles County, according to the Post.Case numbers growIn a pair of weekly updates yesterday, the CDC reported more Zika infections in residents of US territories and among US travelers, plus additional infections in pregnant women in the territories and on the mainland.Affected territories reported 191 more Zika cases last week, most of them in Puerto Rico, boosting the number of local infections to 1,301. One fewer Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) case was reported, lowering that number to seven.On the US mainland, the CDC reported 73 more Zika infections in travelers, lifting the total to 691. No additional sexual transmission cases were reported, holding that number at 11, and 1 more GBS case was noted, increasing that total to 2.The latest data from Zika pregnancy registries shows that, as of Jun 2, 31 more Zika infections in pregnant women were reported on the US mainland and in Puerto Rico, increasing the overall total to 372. Of the overall cases, 206 are from the continental US and 166 are from US territories, mainly Puerto Rico.See also:Jun 10 The Hill reportJun 10 Washington Post storyJun 9 CDC number of Zika cases in the United States and territoriesJun 9 CDC number of Zika cases in pregnant womenlast_img read more

first_imgLSI 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 TROY, MI — ArvinMeritor has promoted Donald Polk to the position of vice president and general manager of its Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group’s Wheels product line, effective immediately. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Before being named to this new position, Polk was vice president and general manager of the LVS Ride Control product line. Polk began his career with the company as a Wheels sales engineer in 1989. He has held a number of management and leadership positions since then, including service as director of operations for the Wheels business, which is headquartered in Limeira, Brazil, and general manager of Motion Control Systems in Marion, SC. In his new position, Polk will be responsible for the global leadership of the LVS Wheels business, including directing its business strategy; developing and marketing new products; and ensuring optimum product quality and performance from the manufacturing operations. For more information about ArvinMeritor, visit: _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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 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.  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.  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.last_img read more

first_imgCCNM News:The upcoming June Primary has left many voters with questions about how to cast their ballot safely. The Covid-19 pandemic should not deter voters from making their voices heard. Absentee balloting is the safest, surest way of participating in the upcoming election. But there are other avenues as well. Here are a few of the questions Common Cause has heard about voting, along with some answers for your viewers, readers and listeners.What Should I Do if I have Not Received the absentee ballot I requested ?If you have not received a ballot within a week of applying for one, you can track your ballot, like you can a package by going to… or call 505-243-VOTE (8683) If you have not received a ballot by the week before the election (Tuesday June 2) contact your County Clerk. Find your clerk here is the latest that absentee ballots can be received in order to be counted?Ballots must be received by polling officials by 7 p.m. on election day, June 2. Just having your absentee ballot postmarked by that date is not enough. If you are in doubt, deliver the absentee ballot to an early voting site, to an election day polling place or your county clerk’s office. If you are sick or unable to leave the house, you can have an immediate family member or care giver deliver the ballot.How do I fill out my Absentee Ballot?A yellow instruction sheet is included in the envelope which contains the absentee ballot.Fill in the ovals on the ballot to the left of the name of the person you want to vote forFold the ballot and place it in the inner envelope and seal the inner envelopePlace the inner envelope into the outer envelope, which has the address of the clerk’s office on the frontEnter the required information on the back of the outer envelope. Be sure to…Sign your name as registered and print it below the signature, along with the year of your birth in the space provided.Seal the outer envelope and place in mailbox. The postage is paid for.Can I vote if I have not registered?Yes, you can register at any early voting location and vote at the same time through May 30. Contact your county clerk to see where you can register in your county. You will need your social security number, date of birth, NM driver’s license or state-issued identification, or any document that shows your address along with a photo id, or a student photo ID document that shows your address.Is Early Voting Still Available?Yes. Early Voting starts May 16 and ends May 30.How do I find out where the nearest early voting site is? If I miss early voting how do I know where polling places are on election day?If you have internet access , you can use this link to plug in your address and find the nearest polling place for both early and election day voting. you can go to your county clerk’s web site (find it here.)How do I know that my polling place is safe?The state has ordered polling places and poll workers to observe social distancing measures. Polling places shall accommodate no more than 20% of the buildings maximum occupancy (as determined by fire marshal) or 4 people at a time. Mobile voting units are limited to 2 voters at a time. Voting stations, tables, machines and writing utensils will be regularly cleaned. Poll workers will make sure that voters in line outside the polling place are 6 ft. apart. These requirements are spelled out in an order from the Governor April 30, 2020. Wear a mask.What do I do if I make a mistake on my absentee ballot? How can I correct it?Contact your county clerk. You will be issued a replacement ballot. Or you can obtain a replacement ballot at an early voting or election day polling location.Can I vote in the Primary Election if I have not registered as a Democrat or a Republican?No. Under our current closed primary system you must be registered with a major political party and can vote in that party’s primary only. This year Libertarian is a major party as well as Republican and Democrat.last_img read more

first_img Forty-four (44) new test result has been recorded by the National Public Health Laboratory, confirming nine (9) indivIdual positive and thirty-five (35) negative for covid-19. To date, the TCI has recorded a total of two thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight (2968) test results, with two thousand three hundred and nine (2309) confirmed to be negative and six hundred and fifty-nine (659) positive confirmations. All persons confirmed not to have COVID-19, and any contacts, (if quarantined, will be removed from quarantine/observation status) are asked to continue following proper guidelines from the Ministry of Health. Oct 15, 2020 Four (4) new recoveries have been recorded, bringing the total number of recoveries to five hundred and sixty-one (561). The number of active confirmed cases in the TCI now stands at ninety-two (92). Three (3) confirmed cases continue to be under hospital care. The Public Health Team continues to implement aggressive contact tracing and control measures in relation to all active cases. the Turks & Caicos Islands has seen some change in its COVID-19 position since the previous update. Nine (9) new cases of covid-19 have been identified, three (3) cases being located on Grand Turk and all other cases being located on the island of providenciales. Five (5) cases are contacts of a known confirmed cases and four (4) cases are still under investigation with no clear epidemiological link. You may be interested in… Local testing is being conducted for persons in a range of categories, according to the national testing strategy. This includes frontline workers and those who may need to travel for treatment abroad. These persons would not be reflected in quarantine numbers. Oct 16, 2020 Washing our hands for 20secs or more.Wearing of masks required in public.Practicing social distancing.Prepare your home, office and other surroundings by following the advice of the Ministry of Health and other credible health agencies.Cover your coughs and sneezes (use your elbow or a tissue which should be properly disposed of).Keep frequently touched surfaces clean e.g. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.Protect those who are vulnerable in the community such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.Do not discriminate against persons who have or are suspected of having COVID-19. Please note the following definitions: COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 2nd October 2020: The Turk & Caicos Islands continues to see some changes in its covid-19 position. Over the past 24hrs five new cases of covid-19 have been identified, with four new cases being located on Grand Turk and the…October 5, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health would like to advise the public that as at 12am on 6th July 2020: The Turks and Caicos Islands has seen some change in its covid-19 position since the previous update. One new confirmed case of covid-19 has been recorded over the past 24hrs; this case is…July 8, 2020In “General”COVID-19 Update Turks and Caicos IslandsThe Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that as at 12am on 14th July 2020: The Turks and Caicos Islands has experienced minimal change in its COVID-19 position over the past 24hrs. No new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded. The number of active confirmed cases remains at…July 17, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Let’s continue to reduce the risk by: Total confirmed positive cases identified in the TCI to date now stands at six hundred and fifty-nine (659). No new covid-19 related deaths have been recorded. total number of covid-19 related deaths stands at fIVE (5). For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health website,; email:; or call our hotline numbers, (649) 232-9444 and (649) 333-0911, if you or someone you know has symptoms or signs of COVID-19. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The number of persons in quarantine/observation remains at 283. This includes: Confirmed cases (92), primary and secondary contacts of confirmed cases (191) – Five (5) persons are quarantined in a government facility. Persons under observation/quarantine, that are not confirmed or suspected cases, are either not displaying symptoms or have not met the case definition. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak The Ministry of Health advises the public that as at 12am on 16th September 2020: The public is strongly urged to follow all health advice and guidelines from the Ministry, especially as we progress with the phased reopening. Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 A suspected person is someone who meets the case definition as outlined by WHO and CARPHA – and is experiencing symptoms.A person in quarantine is an individual on island who may have come in proximity to suspected or confirmed cases – and have not exhibited symptoms.last_img read more

first_imgThis category is for specific high-profile demolition projects with a contract value in excess of US$1 million that imposed major challenges to successful completion or which required an innovative demolition approach.Entries should demonstrate these challenges and how they were successfully overcome, on time, within budget and safely. Submissions should include demolition methodology statements, site waste management plans and any other relevant project documentation that will allow the judges to validate the Award Statement.Client testimonials concerning the work carried out should also be supplied if possible.More details of the World Demolition Awards are available from can download an entry form for this specific category at—awards-entry-form-2020—coty—us%241-million-or-over.pdfAlternatively please email for a copyThere is no charge for entering the World Demolition Awards and we look forward to hearing from you. The deadline for entries is 30 June.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Dennis McGarel, Brandenburg, with awards judge Dan Costello Recent previous winners2019 Brandenburg Industrial Service Company2018 Adamo Group2017 Ertih Contractors2016 Keltbray2015 Coleman & CoThe World Demolition Awards are part of the World Demolition Summit, which is organised by Demolition & Recycling International in co-operation with the European Demolition Association and with the support of the National Demolition Association of the USA.This year’s event takes place online on Thursday November 12 at 3pm UK time.The headline sponsor is Volvo Construction Equipmentlast_img read more

first_imgWith demand for iron ore holding up in China and Taiwan despite the financial crisis that hit Asian countries around the Pacific rim a few months ago, three heavy haul lines totalling some 450 km are under construction or planned in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The most extraordinary aspect of this scenario is that the four new mines which four competing companies are striving to develop to meet future demand are concentrated in quite a small area of the Central Pilbara, at the eastern end of the Hamersley ranges. Despite the fact that these mines are more than 300 km from the sea, three of the companies seem determined to ship the ore out on their own railway to the company port rather than buy capacity on a competitor’s line.There are nearly 10 billion tonnes of iron ore in this area, and Australia already shares with Brazil some 60% of the world market. In 1996, Australian producers exported 134 million tonnes, and virtually all of it passed over the four railways in this region. In fact, net tonnes reported for 1996 totalled 142 million:last_img read more

first_imgIN A MESSAGE signed by President Louis Gallois to be published in French newspapers on December 18, French National Railways announced the sale of Fr20 day tickets for travel within specified regions over the Christmas period. It was a gesture of reconciliation to passengers who have had their patience severely tested in recent weeks as various factions of the SNCF workforce have withdrawn their labour in a series of long-running disputes.While trouble has bubbled below the surface ever since the previous government’s disastrous climbdown when faced with railway workers marching through Paris in December 1995, serious trouble started on November 23 when strikes were staged by railway staff in Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. They were protesting at the plans by European Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock to open up to 25% of the rail freight market to competition in the next 10 years. While it is far from clear how this will be implemented, the concept has caused widespread concern among Europe’s rail managers. The French government too has made clear that it will fight the concept, putting SNCF management in a somewhat tricky position.Apart from anything else, SNCF’s traffic and revenue figures forecast for 1998 (p47) took a hefty knock as management grappled with striking revenue protection staff, the government’s plans for a 35h week, and a debate triggered by President Chirac on minimum levels of public service and the right to strike. Gallois was staking his hopes on negotiations that got under way in mid-December in which he hoped to reach agreement on ’moderation of wages’, productivity issues and implementing the 35h week across the board. With the trades unions demanding the creation of additional posts, 1999 will be a tough year perhaps best judged by the result of a union-management summit scheduled for this month. The price to be paid for disruption is high, and SNCF may find that competition comes from an unexpected quarter. Intermodal operator CNC, which is 75% owned by SNCF, is considering becoming a licensed railway company so that it can run its own trains.last_img read more

first_imgTHE LAST rail was laid on September 28 to complete the 74 km cut-off between Kerava and Lahti in Finland. Work on the project began in October 2002, and the line is expected to open for revenue operation in September 2006.Partially funded by Russia and the EU, the €331m cut-off will shorten the Helsinki – St Petersburg route, where high speed trains are due to start operating in 2008. Built for infrastructure authority RHK by Finnish contractor Lemminkäinen, the line has two stations at Haarajoki and Hakosilta and 76 bridges. The 1520mm gauge route is being electrified at 25 kV 50Hz.From 2008, the journey time between Helsinki and St Petersburg will be cut to 3h 45min, compared to 5h 15min taken by the existing three loco-hauled trains. The timing will be reduced further to 3h from 2011 when RHK expects to complete the upgrading of the Lahti – Luumäki section.VR is investing €566m on the upgrading project, and RZD is contributing €1·1bn plus €30m to €40m for new rolling stock.Having taken delivery of the 16th of 18 Pendolino trainsets from Alstom, VR introduced a Pendolino service between Joensuu and Helsinki on November 7, coupling at Kouvola with another from Savo. VR’s 17th Pendolino is being fitted out by Talgo, and the final set will be delivered next year.last_img read more