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Brain differences in premature babies who later develop autism

first_imgExtremely premature babies run a much higher risk of developing autism in later childhood, and even during the neonate period differences are seen in the brains of those who do. This according to a new study by researchers from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. The findings, which are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggest that environmental factors can lead to autismExtremely preterm neonates survive at increasingly early gestation periods thanks to the advances made in intensive care in the past decades. However, babies born more than 13 weeks prematurely run a serious risk of brain damage, autism, ADHD and learning difficulties. They are exposed to numerous stress factors during a period critical to brain development, and it is possible that this plays a key part in the development of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).In this present study, the researchers examined over 100 babies who had been born extremely prematurely (i.e. before week 27, the beginning of the third trimester). With the parents’ permission they studied the growth of the babies’ brains using magnetic resonance imaging during the neonate period, and then screened the children for autistic features when they had reached the age of six. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Pinterestcenter_img Email Share on Facebook “We were surprised by how many – almost 30 per cent – of the extremely preterm-born children had developed ASD symptoms,” says Ulrika Ådén, researcher at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Karolinska Institutet and neonatologist at the Neonatology clinic at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. “Amongst children born after full term pregnancy, the corresponding figure is 1 per cent.”The researchers found that it was more common in the group of children who had developed ASD for there to have been complications during the neonate period, such as surgery, than it was amongst their prematurely born peers who had not developed ASD. Already in the neonatal period, long before the children had manifested signs of autism, differences could be observed between the extremely preterm babies who went on to develop ASD and those who did not, with diminished growth of the parts of the brain involved in social contact, empathy and language acquisition – functions that are impaired in autistic children.Autism is generally attributed to genetic factors, even if no specific autism gene has been identified. This new study supports previous findings indicating that birth weight and complications can increase the risk of autism.“Our study shows that environmental factors can also cause autism,” says Dr Ådén. “The brain grows best in the womb, and if the developmental environment changes too early to a life in the atmosphere, it can disrupt the organisation of cerebral networks. With new therapeutic regimes to stimulate the development of such babies and avoid stress, maybe we can reduce the risk of their developing ASD.”The study was funded by grants from several sources, including the Swedish Research Council, the Regional Agreement on Medical Training and Clinical Research (ALF), the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation and the EU Seventh Framework Programme.last_img read more

AWD releases exhibition and conference dates

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HelWin Beta Jacket Ready to Go

first_imgSiemens’ HelWin beta jacket was successfully loaded on the barge yesterday at Heerema’s Vlissingen yard. “The next milestone is the sail away to its final offshore destination,” Heerema Fabrication Gruop said.The jacket is part of the HelWin beta converter platform, which is one of the main components of the TenneT DC offshore grid connection ‘HelWin2′.Last week, Heerema undertook preparations for the loading of the 3,500-ton jacket.HelWin 2 is the link between the North Sea offshore wind farm Amrumbank West and the onshore grid.Offshore WIND Staff, April 1, 2014: Image: Heerema Fabrication Grouplast_img read more

Measured response

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South Florida’s Self Esteem Summer Conference on June 3

first_imgAbout Dr. Simone AlicaThe Self Esteem Doctor, Dr. Simone Alicia is a certified N.L.P. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach known as The Self Esteem Doctor. She is based in Miami, Florida, and is a trusted source of empowerment for countless individuals, schools, small businesses, Non-Profit organizations and other groups. In addition to performing as a guest or keynote Speaker and corporate consultant, Dr. Simone Alicia offers one on one or group coaching sessions to men, women, teens, and children nationwide.This University of Florida educated teacher, Honorary Doctorate holder and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner is fueled by her passion to help kids, families, and educators. Her goal is to transform negative behaviors and limiting beliefs by improving the way people are thinking and feeling about themselves; that’s self-esteem.“The world is my classroom, and it’s time for everyone to know that self-esteem begins with ourselves, but doesn’t end there. It’s about exploring our limitlessness, becoming our best selves and contributing magnanimously to others in this world,” says Dr. Simone Alicia.For tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-self-esteem-summer-conference-2018-tickets-44582859533. According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. In this context, Dr. Simone Alicia, certified N.L.P.(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach will address  her third annual Self Esteem Summer Conference on June 3, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel(1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) from 1pm-4pm. The conference has inspired and helped over 400 students in the past two years. The conference planners will offer a limited number of FREE tickets to kids and teens. This is made possible by the support of local businesses. General entry is $0-$10. VIP Preferred seating is $25.Dr. Alicia’s objective is to help raise the self-esteem, mindfulness, and communication of South Florida’s kids and teens. Also, knowns as the Self Esteem Doctor, Dr. Alicia’s mission has been to give young people an opportunity to address, boost or build their confidence, share their perspective and vocalize their needs.She said, “We are all living in a time now, where it has become more vital than ever to raise the collective consciousness about the true value and power of healthy self-esteem in the lives of children, teens and the family unit as a whole. It’s a fundamental key to shaping the future of our planet, and we need to start teaching it on purpose.”This year, Dr. Alicia is launching the T.SED TV channel on YouTube to highlight the power kids have to steadily improve their attitude and mindset using subconscious language, positive media programming, and empowerment games.This year’s Self Esteem Summer Conference offers valuable information  by including the use of activities, games, humor, and entertainment to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The conference is once again giving kids and teens FREE access to real tools to help them believe in themselves, overcome negativity, like bullying and have the courage to grow into their real purpose. At the end of this conference, they’ll be one step closer to confidently contributing the best of themselves at school, at home, and to the world.last_img read more

Springboks win Laureus Team of the Year award

first_imgBERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 17: Captain of the South Africa Men’s Rugby Team Siya Kolisi accepts the Laureus World Team of the Year award on behalf of his team during the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards at Verti Music Hall on February 17, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Laureus) BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 17: Captain of the South Africa Men’s Rugby Team Siya Kolisi accepts the Laureus World Team of the Year award on behalf of his team during the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards at Verti Music Hall on February 17, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Laureus)South Africa’s men’s rugby team on Monday won the Team of the Year award at the Laureus World Sports awards ceremony held in Berlin, Germany.The Springboks emerged top in the vote which included UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool, F1 team Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Spain’s men’s basketball team, Women’s World Cup winners the United States and NBA champions Toronto Raptors.South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a third time when they defeated England in the final in Yokohama, Japan, in November last year. South Africa’s triumph saw Siya Kolisi become the first black captain to lift the Webb Ellis trophy. The win felt like a watershed moment for a country which has long been divided along racial lines.In addition to the World Cup, the Springboks also won the Rugby Championship finishing the tournament unbeaten.Springboks captain Siya Kolisi accepted the award on behalf of the team and gave a moving speech about the significance of their victory.“We came together because we had one goal. We fought so hard for each other because our country, at the time, was going through such a difficult period. We had gender-based violence, we had xenophobia and our main goal was to make sure we come together and do the best that we can in the sport we love and we gave everything that we can,” Kolisi said.Kolisi said that sportsmen and women touch the lives of ordinary people in a way that governments and politicians cannot.“We did not only see South Africa come together when we brought back the trophy, we inspired a lot of kids to live their dreams. Now a kid from the township who can’t afford school shoes, who walks to school and who doesn’t eat each and every single day can stand here and be a Rugby World Cup-winning captain.”Meanwhile, Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge missed out on the World Sportsman of the Year Award. The award, for the first time in its 20-year history, was shared after Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi and British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton tied in the voting.Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours and also broke the official marathon world record last year. He took to social media after the awards ceremony to congratulate the winners and nominees.https://twitter.com/EliudKipchoge/status/1229655016878854144?s=20Related Sadio Mane named in PFA Team of the Year Salah, Mane lead Africans shortlisted for UEFA Team of the Year awardcenter_img Rio Olympics refugee team wins Laureus awardlast_img read more

5 J’can students busted in Walmart shoplifting scandal

first_img 308 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Jennea Edwards (L) and Nashana MurrayKINGSTON, Jamaica – Five Jamaicans, who were employed at Walmart in Walton County, Florida, were arrested and charged Tuesday with retail theft and conspiracy to commit fraud.Deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight Tuesday regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.According to Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies, the five Walmart employees — Gillisa Hyde, 25; Rashid Cargill, 21; Maurica Notice, 21; Nashana Murrray, 23; and Jennea Edwards, 19 — made an organised attempt to steal items from the store.Maurica Notice (L) and Rashid CargillIt was also reported that the crimes involving the five occurred on several occasion between August 11 and 22.One of the suspects reportedly admitted in her statement that it was “an associate thing” and that they were “looking out for one another”.The scam reportedly went as follows:One employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction.GIllisa HydeAlso, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.The five were reportedly on the student work and travel programme.center_img NewsRegional 5 J’can students busted in Walmart shoplifting scandal by: Jamaica Observer – August 28, 2015 Share Sharelast_img read more

Champagne Beach walkway to be repaired

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Champagne Beach walkway to be repaired by: Dominica Vibes News – April 22, 2017 The approach to Champagne Reef’s beachThe Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Soufriere, Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR), will soon commence repair works on the Champagne Beach walkway. Champagne Beach, located just after Pointe Michel in Roseau South, was named ‘champagne’ because of the small gas bubbles continuously rising from the volcanic sea floor.“We are working with the SSMR with regards to the Champagne area to rebuild the boardwalk,” Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge told a town hall meeting at Soufriere on Wednesday 19 April 2017.“We’re waiting on them and we’re hoping that as soon as they’re ready we will assist them with funding to rebuild that boardwalk so that persons can have a much better experience in the area,” Tonge said.Champagne Beach was rated number one among seven of the most stunning Caribbean beaches by The Huffington Post and Royal Caribbean International earlier this year.The list, captioned ‘7 Stunning Beaches That Will Make You Want To Travel To the Caribbean’, was published on 22 February 2017.Minister Tonge informed that Champagne Beach is “one of the most talked about places in Dominica” and that “many people want to experience bathing in that glass of Champagne”.“So maybe we may have to make a slightly wider walkway, because you don’t want five hundred people going there in one day, and everybody bouncing themselves together and having a poor experience,” he explained.Minister Tonge highlighted the importance of ensuring that all attraction sites on the island are properly marketed so that visitors “are aware of all of the different areas that we have to go” and thus prevent congestion at one site.In that way, “if they know that Champagne is full, they can go somewhere else and maybe at some point come back to Champagne. So again we have to make sure that our standards are at a particular level,” Tonge said. 282 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

No snap general elections, says PM Skerrit

first_img Share Share 848 Views   5 comments Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNewsPolitics No snap general elections, says PM Skerrit by: Dominica Vibes News – May 8, 2017 Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has dismissed recent claims that a snap election will be called here.It has been suggested that the recent town hall meetings being held by government are part of the Dominica Labour Party’s campaign strategy for calling a snap election.In addition, a national rally at Portsmouth on Sunday 7 May 2017 was also described as campaigning prior to that snap election.However, Mr Skerrit, who is the political leader of the Dominica Labour Party, indicated that the purpose of Sunday’s national rally was to show the strength and solidarity of the party as some persons were taking the DLP’s “silence for weakness” and some “feared that because we were not reacting, that we were intimidated or even paralyzed”.“I have called you here this evening so the country, the region and the world can see that the mass of people of Dominica are firmly behind and in support of the Dominican Labour Party administration,” he continued.The DLP Leader also dismissed claims that the support his party receives at political rallies is based on the entertainment provided.“Let them interpret and analyze these numbers. Few days of promotion…no foreign entertainment act in attendance, and half the country is in Portsmouth, half of Dominica is in Portsmouth tonight supporting Labour Party and standing in solidarity with the government,” he stated.He continued: “Comrades, friends, do not become overly excited. This is not the fore runner to the calling of any election. Our work in this term of office is far from complete. We have a lot of things to do and many miles to travel before we sleep”.Mr Skerrit said his party is not propelled by any election calling agenda but rather it is consumed with the need to rebuild Dominica and reinforce its systems against the onslaught of any future threat.“If Lennox Linton and his cohorts want an election, they are free to call it. If they are feeling restless, then they can resign one by one and let us have some by-elections in Dominica,” he said.Further, Mr Skerrit said he is “determined” as DLP leader to recapture those three seats it lost in the last election and “take one or more seats ladies and gentlemen at the next general election”.“That is what we are going to do and rest assured that the fifteen seats we now have in Parliament, no man/woman can touch those seats,” Mr Skerrit stated.last_img read more

Prowlers and Ice Cream to face off in basketball league finals

first_imgDr. Mac Prowlers will face the Team Ice Cream in the upcoming finals of the Kelver Darroux Basketball League after both teams beat their respective opponents in the semi-final match ups held on Wednesday 11 July 2018.In the first match of the evening, Team ice Cream took a twenty point victory over the Paix Bouche Eagles, winning the game 73 to the Eagles 53 points, and clinching the three match semifinal series 2-0.Kerbin Nanthan was the top scorer for Ice Cream, scoring 23 points. Kijuan Thomas added 21 while Ramal Carbon added 16. Dave Alexis was the top scorer for Eagles with 14 points.In the night’s second match up, the Trafalgar Prowlers faced off with the D-Tread Blazers-All for Ricky in the second game of their own semi-final series.Prowlers took a ten point victory in what came down to be a close game in the final quarter. The Prowlers held a sizeable lead in the first three quarters of the game, before Lester Langlais constant 3-pointers brought the Blazers within 2 points of taking the lead in the fourth quarter.However, it was too little too late, leaving Prowlers to take the game 73 to 63, and clinching their series 2-0.Craig St. Rose top scored for the prowlers with 20 points, while Bernard Mills bagged 17. For the Blazers, Lester Langlais made 27 points, including seven 3-pointers, while Thomas Felix chimed in with 17 points.Game one of the five match final series between Team Ice Cream and Prowlers is scheduled for 8 pm on Saturday. Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNewsSports Prowlers and Ice Cream to face off in basketball league finals by: – July 12, 2018 Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussionslast_img read more