Cesarean delivery may lead to increased risk of obesity among offspring

first_imgIndividuals born by cesarean delivery were 15 percent more likely to become obese as children than individuals born by vaginal birth—and the increased risk may persist through adulthood, according to a large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition, individuals born via cesarean delivery were 64 percent more likely to be obese than their siblings born by vaginal birth.The study will be published online September 6, 2016 in JAMA Pediatrics.The researchers also found that individuals born via vaginal birth among women who had undergone a previous cesarean delivery were 31% less likely to become obese compared with those born via cesarean birth following a cesarean birth.“Cesarean deliveries are without a doubt a necessary and lifesaving procedure in many cases,” said Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “But cesareans also have some known risks to the mother and the newborn. Our findings show that risk of obesity in the offspring could another factor to consider.”Nearly 1.3 million cesareans are performed each year in the U.S., accounting for one third of all deliveries. While a number of previous studies have suggested a link between cesarean delivery and a higher risk of obesity in offspring, the studies were either too small to detect a clear association or lacked detailed data. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Justice Friday highlights Syrian refugee crisis

first_imgDedicated to raising awareness of social justice topics, Saint Mary’s first Justice Friday of the school year focused on an increasingly widespread humanitarian issue that has forced countries to reconsider immigration policy: the Syrian refugee crisis. Led by senior Caylin McCallick, the discussion began by tracing the origins of the crisis.“A few citizens put rebellious graffiti on a wall,” McCallick said. “They were promptly pushed down by those who agreed with the Syrian government and, in turn, more peaceful protests started in solidarity with this event until eventually, a civil war broke out.”McCallick said surrounding countries and terrorist groups took part in this civil war as time went on.“Both the rebel groups and the government have been accused of war crimes by the U.N., including things like murder, rape, torture and forced disappearances,” she said.McCallick said terrorist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) offered the people of Syria protection for themselves and their family in a time when citizens felt desperate and hopeless, allowing the group to grow in the region.“A group like IS could easily thrive in an environment that was suffering as badly as Syria was because you have turmoil, politics, fighting, bloodshed and people dying,” McCallick said. As the conflict intensified, many Syrian citizens fled the country, becoming refugees, she said. A refugee is defined as someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons such as their race, religion or nationality, according to McCallick. “They are people who are very much struggling and if they go back to their country, they won’t be safe,” McCallick said. While countries have struggled to accommodate this influx of refugees, McCallick said the United States has been one of the strongest supporters in providing aid for Syrian refugees.“The U.S. has given $4.5 billion in aid and this year we expect to admit around 7,000 refugees,” she said.McCallick said refugees currently undergo a more rigorous screening process than anyone else allowed entry into the United States, but that many states are worried there is not a strong enough vetting process to allow refugees into the country without endangering American citizens. “It’s a valid concern — we are worried about national security,” McCallick said. “There’s always problems with every process and it’s worth looking at [it] again, because this is a large group of people.” However, junior Morgan Matthews said the refugee crisis is a problem without a clear solution.“It’s very hard to say we should or shouldn’t [do something] without being properly educated on the subject matter,” she said. “It’s not like you can have just a surface-level knowledge, you have to understand the deep core of the situation before forming a viable opinion.”McCallick said as a college student, the refugee crisis can feel like a distant problem, but it is nevertheless important to take action.“It’s important to do research and vote on who you think has a comprehensive plan surrounding the refugee crisis,” McCallick said. “We need to stand up for the sake of people who are suffering.”Tags: ISIS, Justice Fridays, refugee crisis, saint mary’s, Syrialast_img read more

Property writedowns wipe tenth off Varma’s 2016 returns

first_imgIlkka Tomperi, Varma’s investment director responsible for real estate, told IPE: “Our portfolio includes very few assets in Helsinki’s [central business district]. That has been the main beneficiary from the rental growth and yield compression, while the demand for secondary locations has been limited. We saw values declining in many of our commercial properties, while the residential portfolio performed well.”In its report on 2016 results, Varma said its real estate investments ended the year at €3.6bn on the balance sheet, down from €3.9bn. Direct real estate investments made a loss of 2.6% in 2016, down from a 2.3% profit the year before, but real estate investment funds returned 6.8%, down from 9.9% in 2015.Varma continued with its strategy of increasing international diversification in its property investments during 2016, the report said.The company said its weighting of domestic, directly-owned real estate investments was reduced last year, with the company raising €301m through sales of direct real estate investments in 2016.Commenting on overall results for the year, Varma’s president and chief executive Risto Murto said: “A challenging year turned out to be a good one.”“Solvency, which is strategically important, strengthened and investment assets increased,” he said, adding that the company was in strong shape. Varma, the largest of Finland’s pensions insurance companies, reported an investment return of 4.7% in 2016 after taking a hit from its property portfolio.Writedowns in the values of some of its real estate assets knocked more than 10% off its annual investment profit, the insurer said.Varma reported its property asets made a 0.9% loss in 2016 as a result of €218m fall in value. Indirect real estate investments generated a positive 6.8% return, however.Despite this, total assets under management rose to a record high of €42.9bn last year, from €41.3bn in 2015. In absolute terms, Varma’s overall investment return for 2016 was €2bn.last_img read more

First open heart surgery performed in Belize

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet BELIZE CITY, Belize — On Monday, physicians from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), in Belize City, Belize, and from Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) performed the first open heart surgery in the country of Belize. Adrian Coye, MD, medical services director at KHMH and Mark Stiegel, MD, FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon with CHS’s Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI), performed a coronary artery bypass graft on a 72-year-old Belizean man. The patient is recovering at the hospital, where he will be monitored for at least three days post-surgery. On Tuesday, the surgeons were due to perform a mitral valve replacement on a 56-year-old Belizean woman, completing a second heart surgery. “This is a very special moment that has allowed everyone involved to make history in Belize,” said Coye. “Belizean patients should receive the same level of care as others worldwide, and we are thrilled to have reached this point in what we can offer for medical services in our country.”Although heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Belize, the country lacked a modern cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional facility up until 2011, when CHS’s International Medical Outreach (IMO) Program began providing support. Before that time, patients would either not receive treatment or would travel to neighbouring countries for cardiac services. Today, due to ongoing support from the IMO Program, KHMH has the equipment and medical expertise necessary to diagnose and treat patients with heart ailments in the country. “This is an exciting time for the people of Belize, and we hope this achievement paves the way for future improvements in the country’s healthcare services,” said Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, founder and vice president of the IMO Program, a partnership between CHS and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte (Heineman). “In collaboration with SHVI, we will continue our support to KHMH and emerging cardiology program to provide sustainable cardiac care in Belize.” The IMO Program donated and installed the country’s first fully-equipped cardiac catheterization laboratory in February 2011 at KHMH, one of only two major hospitals in Belize. The laboratory, also equipped with diagnostic imaging equipment, modernized cardiac care by 30 years.Since October 2011, the IMO Program has sent cardiology teams from SHVI to perform catheterizations in Belize each month and will continue to send teams until the interventional cardiologist at KHMH is trained to perform catheterizations alone. The procedures performed in the laboratory have helped identify several patients in need of open heart surgery. “We are proud and privileged to support our colleagues in Belize and to help them offer advanced cardiovascular services for the benefit of their citizens,” said Michael Tarwater, chief executive officer of CHS. “Our involvement in this momentous accomplishment is an outcome of CHS’s commitment to healthcare innovation and its quality cardiology programs through SHVI. We look forward to continuing our collaboration globally.”The open heart surgery program at SHVI was ranked in the top 15 percent in the United States for coronary artery bypass graft and received a three out of three star rating by The Society for Thoracic Surgeons from July 2010 to June 2011.The IMO Program also helped make possible the first heart transplant surgery in Costa Rica in 2007, and it co-founded the largest, most comprehensive heart institute in Central America, located in Guatemala City, in 1984. The institute was established nearly a decade after the Program assisted with the first five open heart surgeries in Guatemala.Since the 1960s, the IMO Program has donated a variety of medical equipment to hospitals and clinics worldwide, and it has facilitated free educational opportunities for medical personnel from facilities globally. Coye and other medical staff at KHMH have benefited from educational experiences at CHS’s largest hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, in Charlotte.“This is a milestone in the history of KHMH and of medicine in Belize,” said Gary Longsworth, MD, chief executive officer of KHMH. “The procedures prove what can be done when you have a committed and determined team, as well as wonderful cooperation from organizations like CHS and Heineman.”Caribbean News Now Share HealthLocalNews First open heart surgery performed in Belize by: – July 18, 2012center_img Share 22 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

“Superman” Earns Fourth Northwest Extreme Late Model Victory at Grays Harbor…

first_imgFast Time: Collen Winebarger, 17.015Heat Race Winners: Greg Walters (1), Jerry Schram (2)Trophy Dash Winner: Jerry SchramA-Feature: 1. Collen Winebarger, 2.Greg Walters, 3. Joe German, 4. Jerry Schram, 5. Jason Johnson, 6. Eddie Day, 7. Jack Marontate, 8. John Gamell, 9. Brad Martin, 10. Justin Perkins, 11. Bob Trout, 12. Jacob Myers Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Ben DeatherageCollen Winebarger earned his fourth straight Northwest Extreme Late Model Series victory of the season. Photo courtesy of Fletcher Motorsports PhotographyElma, Washington- The phenom was back to his winning ways on the Friday June 28th event at the Grays Harbor Raceway.  Corbett, Oregon native Collen Winebarger collected another winner’s check to earn his fourth straight Northwest Extreme Late Model Series victory of the season.  The kid they call “Superman” would thrill the crowd in the thirty-lap non-stop main event which would see Winebarger come from the very back to earn the triumph.Two-time and defending IMCA Modified champion Joe German of Wishkah would lead the early circuits.  It was German’s first race with the Northwest Extreme Late Model Series as he hopped into Ozman Services Inc./CCS Industrial Services #75X Rayburn for car owner Phil Vinson.  German would lead the first four laps all while putting up a battle with the Smokercraft Boats #56 Rayburn of “Captain” Jack Marontate from Newberg, Oregon.Marontate and German would exchange the lead a handful of times before both would be overtaken by Jerry Schram from Vancouver.  Schram was the car to beat in his Schram Brothers Excavating/Century III Stables #16 MasterSbilt for much of the race and was seeking his first series win at GHR.  Schram would be the trailblazer until lap twenty when young Winebarger would take the lead.Winebarger, who started in the last row, would take off with the lead and cover the rest of the distance at the front of the field.  It marked the fourth straight series victory for the chauffeur of the Discount Race Car Parts/Hillsboro Vac & Sew/All In Property Investments #1 MasterSbilt starting all the way back in early May.  The series has visited three different tracks so far and he has won at least one feature at all three of them.Finishing in second place was two-time series champion Greg Walters from Banks, Oregon in his T&G Trucking/American Landscaping #97 Victory Circle while Joe German would finish third. Completing the top five finishers were Jerry Schram in fourth and the Jackhammer Trucking/T&G Trucking #76 Rayburn of Gresham, Oregon’s Jason Johnson.Collen Winebarger was the quick clocker in time trials at 17.015 seconds.  Heat race winners were Greg Walters and Jerry Schram while Schram would later on earn the trophy dash victory.The Northwest Extreme Late Models will back in action for night two at Grays Harbor Raceway on Saturday June 29th. The event will be presented by the Elma Chamber of Commerce organization.Race Summary:Northwest Extreme Late Model Series Race #6Friday June 28th, 2013Grays Harbor RacewayElma, Washington12 Entrieslast_img read more

Monmouth County PR Office Wins National Recognition

first_imgFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism has been recognized for its work by the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO), an arm of the National Association of Counties (NACo).The department took home awards in four categories: news releases, speechwriting, photography and video production. All 3,077 U.S. counties are eligible to compete in the NACIO awards program.“I am very proud of my staff because they work very hard all year long to publicize the many good things about Monmouth County government,” said William K. Heine, public information director. “Being recognized by one’s peers, especially on the national level, is extremely gratifying.”The awards won are:This photograph, taken by William K. Heine, Monmouth County director of public Information during the county’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Sept. 11, 2011, at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook, won first place in the photography category in a national contest sponsored by the the National Association of County Information Officers.Superior (1st), Photography – A photograph of a law enforcement officer paying tribute to a fallen brother at the county’s Sept. 11 ceremony.Superior (1st), Audio Visual Production – The Monmouth in Focus television show providing an overview of the Oceanic Bridge project.Meritorious (3rd), Speech-writing – A graduation speech prepared for the basic law enforcement graduation class at the county’s police academy.Meritorious (3rd), News Release Writing – A news release entitled Oceanic Bridge to close for repairs about the county’s project to replace the bridge’s bascule span last winter.“I am grateful for the commitment the freeholders have made to public information and for the support they have shown to me and my staff and the work that we do,” Heine said. “The department is always striving to improve the way in which it communicates with residents about the programs and services the county offers.”In addition to producing a monthly TV show and utilizing traditional media outlets such as radio stations and newspapers, the department makes available a weekly e-newsletter and posts information on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Residents can sign up for the newsletter from the county’s homepage at www.visitmonmouth.com, where they can also find links for various social media outlets.County communications projects entered in this year’s competition ranged from Annual Reports to events for children, demonstrating the breadth of county government services as well as counties’ commitment to inform and engage their citizens.“Generating news and information about Monmouth County programs and services is necessary to keep residents informed about what’s going on in their county,” Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “We are pleased that the Public Information staff has been recognized nationally by their peers.”last_img read more

Steady diet of Murdoch on horizon for Leafs

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson hockey fans can get ready for a steady diet of Murdoch as the boys in the Green and White begin a stretch of five out of six games against division rivals tonight in the Sunflower City.Unfortunately, those divisional rivals have been less than hospitable to the Leafs, losers of five of seven games in the division — including four losses to Beaver Valley and tonight’s opponent the Castlegar Rebels.“Maybe it’s a mental thing,” Leaf captain Taylor O’Neil said earlier this week when asked about the upper echelon Murdoch teams. “We know we can compete against them.”“But those teams have been together a little longer,” added the 19, soon to be 20-year-old defenceman.Nelson returns home Saturday to host the Spokane Braves. In the only previous meeting between the two clubs, Nelson rallied from a 1-0 deficit to score four times en route to a 4-1 victory.Castlegar boasts an 8-3 record under rookie coach Steven Junker. However, the 16 points is fourth best behind KIJHL leader Osoyoos Coyotes (23 points), second overall Revelstoke Grizzlies (20) and Fernie Ghostriders (18).Nelson needs to pay special attention to KIJHL scoring leader Ryan Aynsley. The Kelowna product has a two-point lead over Taylor House and and three point advantage on Thierry Martine, both of Osoyoos. Top scorer on the Leafs is Gavin Currie with 12 [email protected]last_img read more

Hawks win! Hawks cap amazing season with 2014 Keystone Cup title

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks made it look easy, winning six straight games including a 5-1 decision over host Abbotsford Pilots in the final to capture the 2014 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Championships Sunday in the Fraser Valley.The win comes a week after the Hawks won the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup in Nelson.Five different players scored for the Hawks which led 2-0 after 40 minutes.Fraser Stang, Riley Brandt, Taylor Stafford, Keanan Patershuk and Sam Swanson scored for the winners. Jarrett Martin replied for the Pilots.Brett Clark stopped 32 of 33 shots to register his fourth win of the tourney in goal.Beaver Valley dominated the tournament from the outset, outscoring the opposition 27-4 during the round robin.The Hawks were led in the tournament by Dallas Calvin, who topped all scorers with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in six games.Teammate Taylor Stafford finished the Keystone Cup with five goals and seven assists for 11 points.Beaver Valley, 63-15-1-3, finished the remarkable season with a KIJHL title, a Cyclone Taylor crown and a Keystone Cup championship.The only blemish on the season was the Hawks did not win the Murdoch Division regular season title, losing out to the Nelson Leafs by a point on the final day of the regular season.last_img read more

Takeaways: No question about it — Brent Burns remains the Sharks’ MVP

first_imgSAN JOSE — Brent Burns was in the middle of his post-game interview after his team’s 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes when some music — inadvertently, presumably — began to blare inside the Sharks’ locker room.“That explains my head on the breakaway right there,” Burns said Saturday night after the music was cut off, “a whole lot of (stuff) going on.”Things cleared up in overtime. Burns missed a chance to give the Sharks a two-goal lead early in the third period, as he was denied …last_img read more

Raiders report card: All three phases not up to par against quality opponent

first_imgALAMEDA — Here’s how the Raiders graded in their 28-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at the Coliseum:PASS OFFENSE: DThe Raiders started off shaky even on their opening drive for a field goal with drops by Hunter Renfrow and Derek Carrier. Derek Carr finished 23 of 38 for 198 yards, a 6-yard touchdown to Tyrell Williams and two interceptions. He was unable to sustain drives after the first two, with four straight three-and-outs. That proved disastrous considering what Patrick Mahomes …last_img read more