Elbow replacement

first_imgDefinitionElbow replacement is surgery to replace the elbow joint with artificial joint parts (prosthetics).Alternative NamesTotal elbow arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic elbow replacementDescriptionThe elbow joint connects two bones:The humerus in the upper armThe ulna in the lower armThe artificial elbow joint has two stems made of high-quality metal. A metal and plastic hinge joins the stems together and allows the artificial joint to bend. Artificial joints come in different sizes to fit different size people.You will receive general anesthesia before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free during surgery. Some patient may also receiveregional anesthesia. You will also be given medicine to help you relax.Your surgeon will make an cut on the back of your arm to show your elbow joint. The damaged tissue and parts of the arm bones that make up the elbow joint are removed.A drill is used to make a hole in the center of the two arm bones. The end of the artificial artificial elbow joint are placed into each bone. They are connected with a hinge. The tissue around the elbow is repaired.The wound is closed with stitches, and a bandaged is applied. Your arm may be placed in a splint to keep it stable.Why the Procedure Is PerformedElbow replacement surgery is usually done if the elbow joint is badly damaged and you have pain or cannot use your arm. Some causes of damage are:OsteoarthritisPoor outcome from previous elbow surgeryRheumatoid arthritisBadly broken bone in the upper or lower arm near the elbowBadly damaged or torn tissues in the elbowTumor in or around the elbowRisksadvertisementThe risks for any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks for any surgery are:BleedingBlood clotInfectionAdditional risks of elbow replacement surgery are:Allergic reaction to the artificial jointBlood vessel damage during surgeryBone break during surgeryDislocation of the artificial jointLoosening of the artificial joint over timeNerve damage during surgeryBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, including drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve).Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow down wound healing.Tell your doctor if you develop a cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Arrive at the hospital at the time your health care provider told you to do so.After the ProcedureYou may stay in the hospital for up to 2 or 3 days.You may have a splint on your arm to help keep your elbow still.Physical therapy will be needed to help you gain strength and use of your arm. Itwill start with gentle flexing exercises. People who have a splint usually start therapy a few weeks later than those who do not have a splint.Some people may start to have use of their new elbow as soon as 12 weeks after surgery. Complete recovery can take up to a year.There may be limits to how much weight you can lift. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your limitations.Outlook (Prognosis)Elbow replacement surgery eases pain for most people. A second elbow replacement surgery is usually not as successful as the first one.ReferencesAzar FM, Calandruccio JH. Arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 8.Mackenzie RC, Su EP. Surgical treatment of joint disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 285.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisementlast_img read more

China lands 1st military plane on disputed SCS reef

first_imgBeijing, Apr 18 (PTI) China has for the first time landed a military plane on one of its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, upping the ante amidst a raging territorial row with countries like Vietnam and the Philippines.State media said an air force landed on the Fiery Cross Reef yesterday and evacuated three injured workers.China turned Fiery Cross Reef into an artificial island through a massive dredging operation, and constructed buildings and an air strip in the strategically vital sea.It is said to be the first time Chinas military has publicly admitted to landing a plane on the artificial island in the resource-rich South China Sea.China and several of its neighbours are locked in a territorial dispute over the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost in its entirety.The military plane landed yesterday morning to pick up three construction workers who were hurt, and flew them to Hainan island for treatment, state media said.China has previously landed civilians planes on Fiery Cross Reef, sparking criticism from Vietnam, who also claims the territory, and the US.Beijing says it is building artificial islands and structures on reefs for civilian purposes, but other countries have expressed concern over the possibility of the facilities being used for military purposes.The US has said Chinas island-building activities aggravates regional tensions and prevents vessels from navigating freely though the area.China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all claim areas within the South China Sea.The news of the Chinese military planes landing comes just days after US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited a warship USS John C Stennis close to flashpoint waters, after announcing joint naval patrols with the Philippines.advertisementOn the day of Carters trip, Beijing said that one of its top military officials had visited a South China Sea island.Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, observed building work, the defence ministry said, without giving a precise date or location for the visit.Rival countries have wrangled over territory in the South China Sea for centuries, but tension has steadily increased in recent years.In February, China had deployed surface-to-air missiles on another disputed island, called Woody or Yongxing Island, in the Paracels.China responded by saying that the US was militarising the South China Sea through its air and naval patrols.The US, which officially takes no position on the territorial disputes, describes the patrols as “freedom of navigation” operations to ensure access to key shipping and air routes. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A8, A8+ (2018) with Infinity display launched, may sell in January with price of $599

first_imgSamsung Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) have been launched. This is a global launch, with the phones going on sale in South Korea, which is Samsung’s home market, first. But soon the company is expected to bring them to other markets, including India, because the new A8 and the A8+ are very important phones for Samsung. These are the phones with which the company hopes to take on the likes of the Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5T in the high-end segment.  Update: Samsung has not yet announced the date of availability or prices of the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ but chances are that the phone is going on sale from January. This is something that Russian publications are also confirming. They are writing that the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ will go on sale in Russia from January 1. Interestingly they have the prices of the two phones. Technology journalist from Russia Eldar Murtazin tweeted on Tuesday that the Galaxy A8 will sell at a price of 34990 Rubles in Russia whereas the price of the Galaxy A8+ will be 37,990 Rubles. In other words, when translated to dollars, chances are that the Galaxy A8 may cost $599 whereas the Galaxy A8+ may sport a price tag of $649. In India, the prices of these two phones could be between Rs 35,000 and Rs 40,000.   Although, the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ (2018) will only go on sale from January next year. Also their prices will be announced only when they go on sale. It is expected that Samsung will showcase the A8 and the A8+ at CES in Las Vegas in the first half of January. advertisementThe Galaxy A8 and the A8+ are the first A series phones by Samsung that come with dual front cameras, coupled with Live Focus feature. This should appeal to selfie lovers because the dual-camera system may allow them to not only click selfie photos with blurred background but may also allow them to experiment with the front camera photography. Apart from the dual selfie cameras, another striking feature of both the A8 and A8+ (2018) is their Infinity display. This is a feature the phones have borrowed from the high-end Galaxy S8 and Note 8 that were launched in 2017. In a way, with the new Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+, Samsung is making its Infinity Display feature more mainstream.”With the release of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018), we’re bringing our customers’ favorite features from our flagship smartphones, such as the Infinity Display and our first Dual Front Camera with Live Focus, to our Galaxy A series, which is already known for its premium design,” says Junho Park, a Samsung vice president.Samsung also says that the Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) have a “stunning ergonomic design that draws on Samsung’s flagship design heritage and experience”. Although this is a hyperbolic praise, as the marketing lines from brands often are, there is no denying that the new Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ look stunning, largely because they follow the design of the gorgeous Galaxy S8.  The smartphones have been launched in four colors: black, orchid grey, gold and blue.Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus specificationsAs far as the specifications are concerned, the two smartphones don’t differ a lot. The significant differences between the two are in their displays, RAM, storage and battery set up. The Galaxy A8 is a little smaller in size when compared to the Plus variant. Obvious, no? The A8 comes with a 5.6-inchFHD+ Super AMOLED display with 1080×2220 pixel resolution, while the A8+ is a little bigger and comes with 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with the same resolution. The Infinity Display on both the smartphones comes with an immersive 18.5:9 display ratio. “The large screen is supported with ergonomic curved glass on the back and front,” notes Samsung. Now although, the displays in the A8 and the A8+ seem to be similar to the display in the Galaxy S8, there are differences. The biggest difference is that only the glass layer on top of the A series phones is curved. The display is flat, which is unlike the Galaxy S8 that has a curved display. Then there is the resolution. The Galaxy S8 has a QHD display resolution whereas the new Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8 Plus come with a variant of the 1080P screen.  Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ review: Cutting the edge and doing it in styleAs far as the cameras are concerned, both the Galaxy A8 and A8+ come with the same setup. The key camera feature of the smartphones is its dual front camera setup. Both the A8 and A8+ come with a 16MP + 8MP F1.9 dual front cameras. The users can switch between the two cameras as and when required. The dual front camera of the A8 and A8+ will allow users to capture selfies with blurred background. The dual front cameras also come with advanced Live Focus feature, which will allow users to easily adjust the bokeh effect before or after they click a picture. The front cameras, according to Samsung, will also help consumers click better photos in low light as well as allow them add stickers to the selfies. The phones also come with video digital image stabilisation (VDis) technology which is paired with an added hyperlapse feature which will allow users to create time-lapse videos.advertisementOn the hardware and software front, both the smartphones don’t differ much. Both the Galaxy A8 and A8+ are powered by Octa Core (2.2GHz Dual + 1.6GHz Hexa) processor. On the storage front, both the A8 and A8+ comes in two variant — 32GB and 64GB which is coupled with 4GB RAM each. The storage is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Galaxy A8 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, while the Plus variant packs a 3,500mAh battery. Both the Galaxy A8 and A8+ comes with Android 7.1.1, Fast Charging and USB Type-C support.Galaxy A8 and A8+ includes IP68 water and dust resistance, which means that the two smartphones are capable of surviving rain rain, sand and dust. The smartphones also come with Always On Display so that users will get information at a glance without unlocking their phone.In a way, the new updates to the Galaxy A8 and the Galaxy A8+ make them formidable competitors to the phones like the Nokia 8 and the OnePlus 5T, which are beating Samsung in the price point of around Rs 30,000. While Samsung has the top-end phones like the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8, which are the market leaders, it is under Rs 40,000 where it is struggling in the markets like India. And that is affecting Samsung’s overall market share. Now it seems that Samsung has decided to overhaul its A series phones to take on the competition and that the A8 and the A8+ are first in the series to come under this new strategy.last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captain

first_imgVirat Kohli is now officially the second most successful Indian Test captain after overseeing the 22nd victory of his tenure. He has led India in 38 Tests and has lost only seven of those matches. Nine have ended in draws.Kohli went past Sourav Ganguly, who also had 21 Test wins after leading India in 49 Tests. MS Dhoni continues to be India’s most successful Test captain with 27 wins from 60 matches.While Ganguly enjoyed a win percentage of 42.85, Dhoni’s was slightly higher at 45. Kohli, though, has an impressive win percentage of 57.89.Kohli took over as India’s Test captain back in 2014 when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game mid-way during the tour of Australia. Since then, Kohli has led India to series triumphs over Sri Lanka (twice), West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.England vs India, 3rd Test at Trent Bridge: HighlightsUnder Kohli, India lost a Test series in South Africa earlier this year but they won the final match of the series at Johannesburg. Kohli’s captaincy was under the scanner after India lost the first two Tests of the five-match series at Edgbaston and Lord’s. However, led from the front once again as India decimated England by 203 runs at Trent Bridge.Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in EnglandKohli scored 97 in the first innings and 103 in the second as India won only their seventh Test match in England. This was India’s second win at Trent Bridge.Virat Kohli has been spectacular with the bat as India captain.advertisementKohli has scored 16 of his 23 Test hundreds as captain. As Test skipper, Kohli so far aggregates 3896 runs at an average of 66.03.Kohli also happens to be the only captain to score six double hundreds in Test cricket.last_img read more

4 Northeast chief ministers make India look east on East Conclave 2018 Day 2

first_imgThe first day of India Today Conclave East 2018 saw a mix of personalities on Friday from politics, entertainment and sports sharing their views on the stage in Kolkata. The day started with heroes from the field of sports – Swapna Barman, Jhulan Goswami and Rani Rampal. They shared their stories of struggle and success.Veteran singer Usha Uthup brought the house down with her sharp wit and mesmerising performance. Actors Moonmoon Sen and Koel Mallick opened up on a range of issues from films, being in a starry family and nepotism to #MeToo movement in the Bollywood.Sexual harassment of women at various places including work was one of the widely debated topics of the day. Taking the conversation forward, filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt and Bengali actor Sreelekha Mitra opened up on #MeToo movement, sexual harassment in Hindi and Bengali film industries and how it’s important to speak up.Actor Abhishek Bachchan in his session spoke about his comeback, his love story with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and trolls.The other sessions focussed on rising communal violence in West Bengal and the economic condition of the country. During a discussion on West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress came under sharp attack from both the BJP and the Left.Issues like the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam and illegal immigrants were intensely discussed. BJP general secretary Ram Madhav declared that the BJP was committed to make India free from infiltrators. His argument was that no country, however developed, could tolerate illegal immigrants.advertisementDAY 2 of India Today Conclave East 2018Now, the stage is set for the second and final day of India Today Conclave East 2018. It will see four chief ministers from the Northeast: Tripura’s Biplab Kumar Deb, Meghalaya’s Conrad Sangma, N Biren Singh of Manipur and Pema Khandu of Arunachal Pradesh will talk about the issues concerning their respective states.Other highlights of the day will include a session with actor Preity Zinta.Union minister Babul Supriyo, Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, BJP leader Mukul Roy, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC leaders Chandan Mitra and Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, and CPM leaders Fuad Halim and Shatarup Ghosh will share their views on a range of issues through the day.last_img read more

Eskasoni Energy Project in Millbrook Gets Goahead From Province

first_imgPeople in the Millbrook area will soon have access to clean energy generated in their community. Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker, announced today, Jan. 11, that a 4.4-megawatt wind project in Millbrook has been approved for the Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program. The project will be on the same site as the six-megawatt Millbrook First Nation wind project, which was approved last February. “I am pleased that both of these First Nation communities are interested in helping to diversify and transform Nova Scotia’s electricity system,” said Ms. Zann. “We commend both Millbrook and Eskasoni for seeing the benefits of the COMFIT program, which will help create local economic opportunities while generating clean energy.” Both communities are working together on the required grid-impact study and federal and provincial environmental assessments, as well as a community engagement strategy. Construction is expected to be finished in 2014. The power will be used in the same area, providing economic development opportunities. Each band will retain its position as majority owner of the separate project companies, with separate COMFIT certificates. “Eskasoni is very interested in pursuing environmentally conscientious community investment opportunities,” said Chief Leroy Denny. “Wind energy is a natural fit for us and we are grateful for the opportunity to co-locate with Millbrook.” “We’re proud to be leaders as we look for alternatives to fossil fuels and seek out new economic opportunities for our band, the community and neighbouring counties,” said Chief Bob Gloade, Millbrook First Nation. “Wind energy is about making investments today that will benefit out future generations.” The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of electricity at stable prices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating local economic development opportunities. COMFIT provides eligible groups, including First Nations, an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from clean resources such as wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and hydroelectric developments. The feed-in tariff rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September 2011. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its clean energy targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. For more information on the program, visit www.nsrenewables.ca.last_img read more

Province says women reaching parity on board agency appointments

first_imgEDMONTON – The Alberta government says it is achieving gender parity for those appointed to its agencies, boards, and commissions.Stephanie McLean, the minister for Service Alberta, says one third of board members were women in March 2015.Today, that number is 48 per cent as the government has filled more than 700 positions.McLean says it reflects a government approach to actively recruit more women.There are more than 280 agencies boards and commissions that work at arm’s-length from the government.The province is reviewing the mandates of all boards and has already reduced or amalgamated 26 of them to streamline service and save $33 million.last_img

Antibiotics may up stroke risk

first_imgWomen who take antibiotics over a long period of time are at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a study claims. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for two months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59). The researchers could find no increased risk from antibiotic use by younger adults aged between 20-39. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe possible reason why antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is because antibiotics alter the balance of the micro-environment in the gut, researchers said. “Antibiotic use is the most critical factor in altering the balance of microorganisms in the gut. Previous studies have shown a link between alterations in the microbiotic environment of the gut and inflammation and narrowing of the blood vessels, stroke and heart disease,” said Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University in the US. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardFor the study, the team of researchers studied 36,429 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study, which has been running in the USA since 1976. The current study looked at data from 2004 to June 2012. In 2004 the women were aged 60 or older, and they were asked about their use of antibiotics when they were young (20-39), middle-aged (40-59) or older (60 and older). The researchers categorised them into four groups: those who had never taken antibiotics, those who had taken them for time periods of less than 15 days, 15 days to two months, or for two months or longer. During an average follow-up period of nearly eight years, during which time the women continued to complete questionnaires every two years, 1,056 participants developed cardiovascular disease. The researchers also found that women who used antibiotics for periods of two months or longer in late adulthood were 32 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women who did not use antibiotics. Women who took antibiotics for longer than two months in middle age had a 28 per cent increased risk compared to women who did not. These results which were found in the research mean that among women who take antibiotics for two months or more in late adulthood, six women per 1,000 would develop a cardiovascular disease, compared to three per 1,000 among women who had not taken antibiotics. “By investigating the duration of antibiotic use in various stages of adulthood we have found an association between long-term use in middle age and later life and an increased risk of stroke and heart disease during the following eight years,” said Yoriko Heianza, a research fellow at Tulane University “This is an observational study and so it cannot show that antibiotics cause heart disease and stroke, only that there is a link between them,” Qi said. “It’s possible that women who reported more antibiotic use might be sicker in other ways that we were unable to measure, or there may be other factors that could affect the results that we have not been able take account of,” he said. “Our study suggests that antibiotics should be used only when they are absolutely needed. Considering the potentially cumulative adverse effects, the shorter time of antibiotic use the better,” he further added.last_img read more

More Americans sign contracts to buy homes in June

WASHINGTON — More Americans signed contracts to purchase homes in June, marking the second straight month of growth.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that its pending home sales index rose 2.8% to 108.3 in June, up from 105.4 in May. Pending home sales are up 1.6% from their pace a year ago, snapping a 17-month streak of annual declines.Sales have likely been helped by lower interest rates, which are on average under 4% on a 30-year mortgage.All four regions saw contracts up from May and last year, with the West seeing the biggest jump in June at 5.4%. The West is also up the most year-over-year with gains of 2.5%.Pending sales is a measure of home purchases that are usually completed a month or two later.The Associated Press

Kristian Kjelling plays Play Off in Qatar

Norwegian star and one of the most attractive handball players on the Earth, Kristian Kjelling (32) goes to Qatar for 10 days to play in the Play-Off. He got “green light” from his team, Danish Aalborg, so he will be able to help his Al Ahli Sports Club to make best possible performance in the finish of their Championship.Before Denmark, left back of Norwegian NT played in Spain for Ademar Leon and Portland San Antonio.photo: eurohandball.com ← Previous Story Silvia Navarro joins Oltchim Valcea! Next Story → Bojana Popovic with 6th EHF CL trophy: “The End” Aalborg handballAl Ahli handballKristian KjellingNorwegian handball

EHF CL TOP 8 BEST 7 Veszprems back players Lions on the

best 7 handballBest handball playerEHF CLhandball players ← Previous Story END OF CAREER FOR IKER ROMERO: 18 years like 18 months! Next Story → Blazenko Lackovic next three years in RK Vardar! EHF TV announced “Best 7” of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 matches. Here are the best players per position:Left wing: Uwe Gensheimer (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Left  back: Momir Ilić (MKB Veszprém)Playmaker: Aron Palmarsson (THW Kiel)Right back: Laszlo Nagy (MKB Veszprém)Right wing: Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Line-player: Bjarte Myrhol (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)Goalkeeper: Petar Angelov (Vardar Skopje)

Gaz à effet de serre les émissions françaises en baisse de 06

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : les émissions françaises en baisse de 0,6% en 2008France – Les émissions françaises de gaz à effet de serre (GES) ont à nouveau diminué en 2008, de 0,6% par rapport à 2007. Une baisse qui doit en partie être attribuée au ralentissement de la croissance économique.En 2008, le total des émissions de GES a atteint 527 millions de tonnes équivalent CO2. Avec cette baisse qui fait suite à un recul de 2% enregistré en 2007 par rapport à 2006, “nous atteignons un plus bas niveau historique depuis 1990 et respectons toujours nos engagements pris dans le cadre du protocole de Kyoto” s’est félicité le ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo dans un communiqué.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Il faut toutefois en grande partie attribuer cette tendance à “la crise économique et financière qui a provoqué un ralentissement significatif de l’activité économique à partir de la mi-2008”. Les émissions dues au transport ont ainsi diminué de 4,5% notamment grâce à la hausse du prix des carburants qui a conduit les automobilistes à réduire le nombre de kilomètres parcourus par rapport à 2007. Mais à kilométrage parcouru égal, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre sont inférieures à celles de 2006, et d’après le ministère, cette diminution est due “pour moitié à l’incorporation des biocarburants”.Et Jean-Louis Borloo de rappeler que les mesures prises dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement dans les secteurs du transport, du bâtiment ou de l’énergie, devraient à l’horizon 2020, permettre une diminution de près de 23% des émissions de GES de la France par rapport à 1990. Le 4 février 2010 à 10:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Deux traitements expérimentaux montrent des résultats prometteurs contre le Lupus

first_imgDeux traitements expérimentaux montrent des résultats prometteurs contre le LupusDes chercheurs français ont présenté à la conférence annuelle de l’American College of Rhumatology réunie cette semaine à Chicago deux nouveaux traitements contre le Lupus dont les résultats se sont avérés plutôt positifs. Le Lupus est une maladie auto-immune capable d’affecter n’importe quelle partie de l’organisme. Elle se manifeste lorsque les propres anticorps du malade se mettent à attaquer l’ADN des cellules, le plus souvent celles de la peau, des articulations, des reins, des poumons ou encore du système nerveux. D’origine inconnue, la maladie apparaît chez des personnes âgées entre 15 et 45 ans dont 90% sont des femmes. Selon la Lupus Foundation of America, jusqu’à 1,5 million de personnes en seraient atteintes aux USA et cinq millions dans le monde.Les symptômes peuvent être une fatigue extrême, des articulations douloureuses et enflées, de la fièvre, des rougeurs, des problèmes rénaux et de l’inflammation cardiaque et pulmonaire, rappelle romandie.com. Or, si les traitements sont quasi inexistants, le “marché du lupus” est estimé par les analystes à plusieurs milliards de dollars par an, les laboratoires sont donc nombreux à s’intéresser à cette maladie. En mars dernier, l’Agence américaine des médicaments (FDA) a ainsi, pour la première fois en 56 ans, approuvé un traitement. Néanmoins, celui-ci pourrait ne pas rester le seul autorisé. En effet, la firme de biotechnologie française Neovacs a mis au point un vaccin visant à neutraliser les interférons alpha (IFNa) qui jouent un rôle clé dans la régulation du système immunitaire et dans le lupus. Les chercheurs ont mené un essai clinique avec 28 personnes à qui ils ont en partie administré d’un côté quatre doses de ce vaccin (IFNa-Kinoïde), d’un autre côté un placebo.Une première phase d’essai encourageante “Les résultats ont démontré une efficacité à 100 % pour induire des anticorps anti-interféron alpha et [ … ] dans ce groupe de patients le traitement IFNa-Kinoïde a permis de neutraliser la production de l’interféron alpha sans effets secondaires notables”, explique dans un communiqué le Dr Frédéric Houssiau, qui a dirigé cette étude clinique. La prochaine étape consistera à mener un essai clinique pour évaluer l’efficacité du traitement sur la maladie.À lire aussiUn gène immunitaire que nous aurait légué l’Homme de Néandertal Une présentation orale des résultats de cette étude aura lieu aujourd’hui même à la conférence de l’American College of Rhumatology (ACR). Toutefois, un autre traitement, lui aussi expérimental, a déjà été présenté dimanche à l’ACR par le Dr Benjamin Terrier de l’Hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière à Paris. Il consiste en une injection de vitamine D à très haute dose (100.000 unités internationales) une fois par semaine pendant quatre semaines suivie d’une injection mensuelle pendant six mois.L’essai clinique a été mené avec 24 personnes montrant aucun ou de faibles symptômes de lupus et dont les teneurs sanguines de vitamines D étaient faibles. Là encore, les résultats ont semblé encourageants, indiquant un rôle bénéfique des compléments de vitamine D pour les patients souffrant de lupus, a expliqué le Dr Terrier qui a également ajouté que le traitement avait été très bien toléré. Mais selon lui, ces résultats doivent encore être confirmés dans des essais cliniques étendus.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Gorge fire likely to be contained by evening

first_imgFire officials expect to have the Highway 8 Complex Fire fully contained by day’s end, according to a morning briefing. The wildfire north of Lyle, in the Columbia River Gorge, stands now at 85 percent contained, and signs of the burn’s resolve were described as “very subdued.”Crews today are combing the hillsides for hidden hot spots, expressing concern that as the weather warms a single hot spot could rekindle the entire 2,019-acre burn. Infared cameras on Monday discovered “stubborn hot spots” at the north end of the fire, according to a release by Incident Commander Rex Reed. The 550 firefighters on site today will focus on cooling those areas. Visible smoke inside the perimeter of the fire is expected to remain through September and into October.Fisher Hill Road, which runs through the fire area, remains closed. There are some restrictions on the Klickitat River. Some firefighters and a helicopter on Monday were diverted from the Highway 8 fire to knock down a small fire near the 8-mile marker of Highway 142 that was apparently started by overheated bearings on a hay trailer.The cause of the Highway 8 fire remains under investigation. For information, call 509-493-3698.last_img read more

Even Apples exhead of app reviews says App Store is unfair to

first_imgApple restricts its iPhones to apps from its own App Store. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple’s former head of App Store approvals believes his former team is the best in the world — but the policies it enforces aren’t. “Over the years, Apple has struggled with using the App Store as a weapon against competitors,” Phillip Shoemaker, who ran Apple’s third-party app reviews for seven years, said in a Medium post Tuesday. Apple is facing intensifying scrutiny over how its App Store policies treat services, like Spotify and Netflix, that directly compete with its own. Earlier this year, Spotify lodged a complaint with Europe’s antitrust watchdog, saying Apple uses its App Store policies as a cudgel to stifle Spotify, the main competitor to Apple Music. The App Store is the biggest moneymaker in Apple’s services business, but the issue will only grow thornier this year, as Apple launches subscription services in new arenas like video, with its Netflix competitor Apple TV Plus, and video games, with Apple Arcade set to compete against Google Stadia. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. In the past, it has rejected Spotify’s claims. Wednesday morning, the company also launched an App Store explainer page that noted how Apple operates “a store that welcomes competition.”Dumb readersShoemaker called on Apple to change two policies. One, known as the dumb reader rule, prevents third-party apps from using any payment system other than Apple’s own in-app purchases, all of which pay Apple a 30% fee in the first year and a 15% fee after that. Another policy, known as the no-linking-out rule, prohibits apps from including any buttons, links or other directions that would help potential subscribers find other sign-up options. Spotify and others have complained that the two policies give Apple the power to put its rivals at an unfair competitive disadvantage.  Apple iPhone XS Apple Music vs. Spotify: Music streaming battle See It See All Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors • reading • Even Apple’s ex-head of app reviews says App Store is unfair to Spotify, Netflix See It $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mobile Mobile Apps Video Games Digital Media Music TV and Movies “With the App Store being the only way to install apps onto your iPhone and iPad, Apple has complete and unprecedented power over their customer’s devices,” Shoemaker said. “The decisions they make with regards to third-party apps needs to be above reproach, and currently are not.”Shoemaker called on Apple to create a limited exception to both policies, specifically for apps that directly compete with Apple. He suggested allowing external links to other purchasing options only for apps that directly compete with Apple in areas with tight margins, where a 30% fee hits the app maker hard. That would include things like news services, books, movies, music and cloud storage.”Some may argue that this is generally difficult to police, and that it is a slippery slope,” said Shoemaker, who was Apple’s senior director of App Store review until his departure in 2016. “Slippery slopes and policing is what the App Store review team does, and during my time, they did it better than anyone else in the world.”App Store uproarApple has faced scrutiny over its App Store pretty much since it launched in 2008, but the threat from these complaints has grown in recent months. In the last month alone:The US Supreme Court ruled iPhone customers could sue Apple for allegedly operating the App Store as a monopoly that overcharges people for software.Apple came under fire for removing parental-control apps that compete with iPhone’s own screen-time features. Europe’s antitrust watchdog, which has doled out billions in fines against Google, reportedly planned to launch a formal investigation into Spotify’s complaints. In the midst of these squalls, Apple launched an App Store explainer page ahead of its biggest annual event for app developers, its Worldwide Developers Conference set to start Monday. The site notes that Apple operates “a store that welcomes competition,” as listed apps in the App Store compete with Apple’s own. The page also breaks down the steps it takes to “make sure apps are respectful to users with differing opinions” and reject apps that are “over the line.”But the page didn’t directly address any of the recent claims alleging Apple abuses the App Store’s power. “Apple needs to own up to their irresponsibilities and fix these significant problems,” Shoemaker said in his post. “If they don’t, the regulators just might.”Originally published May 29, 8:49 a.m. PT.Update, 10:35 a.m. PT: Adds details about App Store explainer page.  Tags Sprint Boost Mobile Apple 7:57 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 See it See It Share your voice Best Buy Now playing: Watch this: 0 null Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Apple Music Netflix Spotify Applelast_img read more

Smell Your games with Sensory Acumen and Scent geekceteras New Gaming

first_imgSmell-o-vision has been a long-standing joke about television technology: something that in the early days of television every futurist thought would come true, but simply never made it into reality, partially because it’s a ridiculous idea. Still, that hasn’t stopped two companies, Scent geek-cetera and Sensory Acumen, from showcasing their new devices that both use atomizers and a connection to your computer or game console to spray specific smells into the air that correspond with the games that you’re playing. For example, if you’re playing a racing game, the gadgets will spray the scent of burning rubber into the air so you feel like you’re at the racetrack. In fact, this was the example both companies used at the Game Developer’s Conference last week when showcasing their devices. Both devices would allow users to load cartridges that contain the essential oils required to create smells for specific games. This way game publishers could sell the newest Gran Turismo game, for example, with a scent pack that smells like rubber and gasoline. As interesting an idea as this is, it’s doubtful if it will ever catch on. Both companies claim their devices would retail for between $60 and $70, but cartridges will have to be sold separately. Also, racing games are great, but I don’t know too many people who would want to buy the cartridge for a game like Dragon Age or Duke Nukem Forever. Still, the cartridge for Cooking Mama would probably be a treat. [via DVice]last_img read more

Email Scam Targeting Millions of Netflix Customers

first_img A new scam has been hitting millions of Netflix subscribers. It threatens to suspend accounts, stating that the Netflix team was “unable to validate your billing information” for users’ subscriptions. It also states that the team would “love to have you back,” and that all you need do is update your information. While that sounds legit, it’s a phishing attempt that’s gained some decent spread.“Unfortunately, scams are common on the internet and target popular brands such as Netflix and other companies with large customer bases to lure users into giving out personal information,” Netflix told ABC News in a statement.Netflix states that it will never ask for personal information over email and that you should always log in directly through the site if you’re worried.AdChoices广告“Scammers can make their fake emails and bogus websites look pretty convincing, so it’s always a good idea to check carefully that the email comes from the actual company domain and not a scammer,” security firm Mailguard said in a company blog. Ostensibly the attack targets upwards of 100 million people, making it one of the more pervasive scamming attempts.“This works like a mail-merge; the body of the email is generic, but the sender field is designed to show the name of the intended victim, which personalizes the scam making it more convincing,” Mailguard wrote. “Once the fake website has collected all the sensitive data the scammers want, the victim is shown a reassuring ‘reactivation’ screen.”Cyber-attacks, as we’ve covered before, are on the rise. And while this might not be quite as head-turning as, say, bringing a section of the internet down for a few hours, it is a reminder that we are, unfortunately, always under attack. Our modern world necessitates a greater level of vigilance, and most importantly, cooperation from businesses and governments to help standardize security best practices. Until then, we’re on our own.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

New Twitter Camera Makes Capturing Breaking News Easier

first_imgStay on target See it? Tweet it! Our updated camera is just a swipe away, so you get the shot fast. Rolling out to all of you over the next few days. pic.twitter.com/moOEFO2nQq— Twitter (@Twitter) March 13, 2019“We’re trying to make it really simple to go from capturing what’s happening, to getting it to the audience that really matters and getting it to the people who want to talk about it,” Keith Coleman, Twitter’s vice president of product, told Mashable.Notably, these features apply only to snaps taken directly in the Twitter app. Attaching a photo or video from your camera roll will result in normal-looking tweets—a move that, according to Coleman, was very intentional.Twitter’s new camera, after all, is meant to encourage in-the-moment sharing.“If Twitter has always been sort of the microphone or megaphone in your pocket, we want it to feel like this was almost the TV camera in your pocket,” he said.This marks the first significant update to the social network’s in-app shooter “in some time,” Mashable reported.See it? Tweet it! (via Twitter)But it’s not a challenge to social media rivals Instagram Stories and Snapchat; this refresh isn’t aimed at selfies or fleeting content. Instead, it is an invitation to citizen journalists and documentarians to capture important events and breaking news.“The first moment that pictures mattered on Twitter was when a plane landed in the Hudson,” Coleman pointed out. “If it was an ephemeral picture … it would have had a very different effect than if it was a picture that was live for the world to see that could go viral.”(Ironically, the “Miracle on the Hudson” photo did eventually disappear from the microblogging service, Mashable said, because the company didn’t have its own photo-sharing capabilities at the time.)Twitter did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.The camera launch comes just as Twitter’s new prototype app “twttr”—an experimental testing space initially focused on testing conversation designs—began rolling out to its first group of testers this week.More on Geek.com:Chrome Extension Turns Political Tweets Into Official Messages to CongressThis KonMari-Inspired Twitter Unfollow Tool Sparks Joy in MeJack Dorsey: Twitter Mulling Short Window to Edit Tweets Twitter redesigned its in-app camera for easier access and faster posting.Instead of tapping twice to first compose a new tweet and then open the camera, simply swipe left from your feed.Rolling out now to all users, the function can automatically tag pictures to specific locations or events, and allows for captions as colorful text overlay.AdChoices广告center_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature last_img read more

Body of housewife found hanging at inlaws house

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a housewife whose body was found hanging from the ceiling at her in-laws’ house in Nadia.The victim, Sujata Biswas, originally a resident of Malda got married to one Arindra Mitra of Taherpur in Nadia around 11 months ago. The family members of the victim alleged that she had been murdered by her husband and later her body was put in a manner to make it look like a case of suicide. They also lodged a complaint at the local police station and demanded a detailed probe into the incident. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe victim’s parents also alleged that the accused husband had an extra marital relationship with another woman in the locality. They often fought with each other after the victim came to know about the illicit affair. As she protested against the affair, Sujata was often subjected to physical torture by her husband. On a few occasions, she also went to her maternal house in Malda to stay. Her husband went to her maternal house and brought her to Nadia a month ago. The accused then convinced her family members that he would no longer Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedassault her. The family members of the victim told police a quarrel might have broken out between the couple on Tuesday night following which he strangulated her to death and later kept her body in such a position. They also alleged that the accused had attempted to kill her on previous occasions as well. After being informed by locals, police reached the spot and recovered the body. Police are waiting for the autopsy report which might throw some light on her death. On the basis of specific complaint police started a detailed probe in this regard and are not ruling out any possibilities of foul play behind the incident. Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection so far.last_img read more

Square Market Now Takes Bitcoin Payments

first_img 4 min read April 1, 2014 Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.center_img If you’re lucky enough to have bitcoins burning a hole in your digital wallet, you can now spend them over on whatever you want (or can afford) at Square Market. And, no, it’s not a lame April Fool’s PR stunt. We promise.  It’s true. We confirmed today that Square has indeed joined forces with Coinbase, a popular global Bitcoin wallet service, to allow merchants selling their wares through the mobile payment platform’s online store to easily, mostly painlessly accept the cryptocurrency as payment. And, of course, shoppers to pay with it.Related: Coinbase Snags Top Execs From Facebook, AmazonThe pain is in the per-transaction price, but it’s not really that much of a raw deal. As Recode pointed out, Square Market merchants will have to eat a 2.75-percent fee for each Bitcoin transaction. That’s the same cut Square takes for credit card purchases, yet notably more than a smidge higher than the 1 percent or less per transaction fee that most Bitcoin payment processors charge.    Square Market Lead Ajit Varma announced the Bitcoin news yesterday in a blog post. He laid out exactly how Square Market Bitcoin payments will go down. It’s a “simple” process, Varma said, and it’s “seamless” and “pretty magical to witness first hand!”   Seamless. Hmmm. Interesting word choice for a multi-step process that works like so: When a Square Market customer chooses the “Pay with Bitcoin” option, the e-retailer produces a new Bitcoin address to connect to his or her order. Then the company monitors that address throughout the checkout process to ensure that the payment is received.Next, the customer submits their payment by opening their mobile Bitcoin wallet and scanning the QR code to bring up the transaction details. If a buyer has a web hosted Bitcoin wallet, they’ll be instructed on exactly how to enter the necessary information.Related: More Major Retailers Are Getting Ready To Accept BitcoinHey, wait. Whatever happened to simple? Right. We are talking about Bitcoin here.So, when the payment details are delivered to the customer’s wallet, they submit their payment to the network, Varma said. Then Square Market confirms that their receiving address was “successfully funded and automatically advance the buy to the order confirmation page.”Also “keeping it simple for the seller,” Square Market merchants receive Bitcoin payments in USD “in the amount of USD advertised to the sellers’ customer at the time of transaction, so the seller takes no risk of Bitcoin value fluctuations.”Coinbase will reportedly process Square’s BTC to USD exchanges. Then — phew — at last, the seller fulfills the buyer’s order. (We contacted Coinbase for additional details, but company officials declined to comment, deferring to Square public relations. Square was also contacted, but did not comment.)Related: Another Score For Bitcoin: You Can Now Use It To Pay For CollegeTwitter co-founder Jack Dorsey launched San Francisco-based Square, best known for its small, slick and innovative iOS and Android plug-in mobile credit card readers, in 2010. The startup raised a total of $341 million in venture capital, with backing by heavy-hitter investors like billionaire Richard Branson, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Biz Stone (Dorsey’s original Twitter wingman) and about two dozen others. According to TechCrunch, the steadily skyrocketing company is slated to process some $30 billion payments “this calendar year” and is reported to be valued at $5 billion.Starbucks and Whole Foods recently partnered with Square to bring the company’s Square Stand iPad retail POS systems to their in-store checkout operations. Now, with Bitcoin payments expected to pour into Square Marketplace, we’re wondering how soon we’ll be able to pay for purchases with the virtual currency inside both and other Square-partnered brick-and-mortar businesses, if at all. We asked a Square spokesperson, who did not comment.   Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesWe’ll have to wait and see, but a Venti Starbucks Caramel Flan Latte paid for in BTC sure sounds good right about now. Anyone want to hook us up with a Starbucks gift card number to plug in over at Card For Coin? Uh, oh. Scratch that. It looks like Card For Coin, which once let Starbucks gift card holders trade gift cards for bitcoins, is down for the count while its owners predictably “sort out some regulatory issues.”Bummer. No Bitcoin Starbucks brew for you. Not yet at least. Listen Nowlast_img read more