The most basic future-proofingThe most important detail in our full list of leaked details on the Galaxy Note 10 is the base storage. Unlike any Samsung smartphone that’s come before, this device’s most base model will have a whopping 256GB internal storage. That’s one massive amount of data for a single device – but necessary when you start racking up the media downloads and recorded 4K resolution videos. This device will not be released with a pathetic 64GB internal storage size edition, nor a tiny 32GB version. There will be no unheard-of 16GB Galaxy Note 10.The least of these – your entry point into the Galaxy Note 10 family – is the standard Galaxy Note 10 (not Pro, not Plus, not 5G), that’ll likely cost you right around $1,000 USD. That same device with 512GB internal storage will likely come in at around $1,150 USD.On the audio sideThere’s a not-too-surprising change coming to the Galaxy Note series this year, portended by a few other lesser releases from Samsung this year. That is the removal of the headphone jack. Alas, poor Yorick, it’s time to die. But for those that will still stick around for the rest of the device, there’s a positive element in this. A pair of higher-quality in-ear headphones (earbuds) with noise cancellation is coming from Samsung at around the same time as the Note 10 itself. One would HOPE that something just as neat will be in the box with the Note 10 – but we shall see. One can cross their fingers as hard as they want and never see a pair of next-gen earbuds pop out.Galaxy Note 10 Release DateWe’re expecting Samsung’s August 7, 2019 event to show the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 in all its glory. We expect that the Galaxy Note 10 release date is August 23, 2019, barring unforeseen circumstances that change the way Samsung generally schedules event-then-release dates. Story TimelineYour Galaxy Note 10 may replace all your other gadgetsGalaxy Note 10 leaked release date ready images in fullGalaxy Note 10 poses for the FCC to confirm rumors This morning we were taking a look at our latest set of pre-release date Galaxy Note 10 details (read: rumors and tips) and happened upon a revelation. The future was right before our eyes, and it wasn’t even a feature that hadn’t popped up on a phone before. In fact, it’ll appear on the base model!
We analyzed data on twenty-one million outpatient visits obtained from electronic health record systems, which allowed us to measure time spent in the waiting room beyond the scheduled appointment time. Median wait time was a little more than four minutes. Almost one-fifth of visits had waits longer than twenty minutes, and 10 percent were more than thirty minutes. Waits were shorter for early-morning appointments, for younger patients, and at larger practices. Median wait time was 4.1 minutes for privately insured patients and 4.6 minutes for Medicaid patients. After adjustment for patient and appointment characteristics, Medicaid patients were 20 percent more likely than the privately insured patients to wait longer than twenty minutes, with most of this disparity explained by differences in practices and providers they saw. (Oostrom, Einav and Finkelstein, 5/1) Health Affairs: Rapid Growth In Mental Health Telemedicine Use Among Rural Medicare Beneficiaries, Wide Variation Across States Health Affairs: Outpatient Office Wait Times And Quality Of Care For Medicaid Patients Research Roundup: Wait Times; Telemedicine For Mental Health; Medicaid Waivers Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs. American Academy of Actuaries: How Changes to Health Insurance Market Rules Would Affect Risk Adjustment American Journal of Managed Care: Battling The Chargemaster: A Simple Remedy To Balance Billing For Unavoidable Out-Of-Network Care Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers provide states with an avenue to test new approaches that further the objectives of the Medicaid program in ways that differ from what states can do under current law. On March 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to state governors that signaled a willingness to use Section 1115 authority to “support innovative approaches to increase employment and community engagement” and “align Medicaid and private insurance policies for non-disabled adults.” … Wisconsin and Maine are seeking waiver authority to make significant changes to Medicaid that would affect non-expansion Medicaid populations. … Wisconsin and Maine’s proposals include provisions that have not been approved in any state (such as work requirements, drug testing, and time limits). (Musumeci, Hinton and Rudowitz, 5/10) The Kaiser Family Foundation: Proposed Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers In Maine And Wisconsin Potential changes to the rules applying to the health insurance market have various implications for risk adjustment. Short of returning to the pre-ACA environment of underwriting and risk rating, risk adjustment would still be necessary to reduce incentives for insurers to avoid high-cost enrollees. Some changes, such as incorporating high-risk pooling and increasing flexibility in cost-sharing requirements, could require only adjustments to the risk adjustment design. Other changes, such as loosening or eliminating the EHB requirements and allowing sales across state lines could greatly complicate the design and effectiveness of a risk adjustment mechanism. If states have flexibility in setting benefit and rating rules, the risk adjustment models and payment transfer factors may need to vary by state. The administration of risk adjustment is complicated. Moving administration of a risk adjustment program from CMS to the states would require a significant investment of state resources. (5/10) Chargemaster abuses from OON [out of network] and emergency care inflict serious financial harm to the most vulnerable while undercutting the functioning of healthcare markets and the creation of valuable insurance products. At the same time, they present straightforward questions of contract law and lead to a simple conclusion: providers are entitled only to collect prevailing negotiated prices for OON services, and patients and payers are under no legal obligation to pay higher chargemaster charges. Applying this interpretation of contract law will prevent providers from hiding behind a convoluted hospital pricing system, will encourage the development of attractive narrow network insurance offerings, and will shield urgently sick people from the dread of medical predation. State legislators … should pursue court remedies that correct both the immediate and the long-term dynamic harms caused by chargemaster strategies. (Richman et al, 4/28) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. [W]e analyzed Medicare fee-for-service claims for the period 2004–14 to understand trends in and recent use of telemedicine for mental health care, also known as telemental health. The study population consisted of rural beneficiaries with a diagnosis of any mental illness or serious mental illness. The number of telemental health visits grew on average 45.1 percent annually, and by 2014 there were 5.3 and 11.8 telemental health visits per 100 rural beneficiaries with any mental illness or serious mental illness, respectively. … Compared to other beneficiaries with mental illness, beneficiaries who received a telemental health visit were more likely to be younger than sixty-five, be eligible for Medicare because of disability, and live in a relatively poor community. (Mehrotra et al., 5/1)
Source: Bloomberg The US Securities and Exchange Commission has formally accused Elon Musk of misleading investors when he tweeted that he had funding lined up to take Tesla private at $420 a share. The SEC intends not only to impose a fine, but also seeks to bar Musk from serving as officer or director of a public company.The agency says that Musk’s claim in his August tweet that he had “funding secured” was false. “In truth and in fact, Musk had not even discussed, much less confirmed, key deal terms, including price, with any potential funding source,” the SEC says in its complaint.“Musk made his false and misleading public statements about taking Tesla private using his mobile phone in the middle of the active trading day,” the SEC said. “He did not discuss the content of the statements with anyone else prior to publishing them to his over 22 million Twitter followers and anyone else with access to the Internet. He also did not inform Nasdaq that he intended to make this public announcement, as Nasdaq rules required. Musk’s false and misleading statements and omissions caused significant confusion and disruption in the market for Tesla’s stock and resulting harm to investors.”The cute reefer reference (420) was suggested by Musk’s girlfriend, Canadian singer and songwriter Grimes, according to the agency.“It’s unusual for a case of this significance to move this quickly, in particular when you’ve got a high-profile individual,” said former SEC attorney Robert Long. However, the agency “could have conducted its investigation quickly” because it was focused on only a few fateful tweets.In addition to the SEC suit, Bloomberg reported that the Justice Department is also looking into whether Musk misled investors.The stock market was expecting the SEC suit, but apparently not the drastic demand that Musk step down as CEO of Tesla – TSLA stock retreated from its recent rally, and then some, in after-hours trading. Some believe Musk will be forced to negotiate quickly with the SEC and reach a settlement, so as not to leave investors wondering about the future of his magnum opus.“This unjustified action by the SEC leaves me deeply saddened and disappointed,” said Musk. “I have always taken action in the best interests of truth, transparency and investors. Integrity is the most important value in my life and the facts will show I never compromised this in any way.” Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine
Source: Charge Forward Most new urban electric motorcycles we’ve seen lately are designed for modest speeds and ranges. But not the NUUK electric motorcycle.This new urban e-moto breaks from the pack with its impressive speed and range ratings. more…The post These new electric motorcycles hit 65 mph and can go 180 miles appeared first on Electrek.
Sponsored by LittelfuseEV charging stations come in many different types and provide differing speeds (or levels) of charge to a vehicle. Most chargers can be classified into one of two types:AC chargers, which provide alternating current (AC) power to a vehicle’s on-board charger from an electrical utility supplyDC chargers, which provide direct current (DC) power to a vehicle’s battery system, bypassing the on-board chargerSome chargers may provide the means to perform AC or DC charging within the same unit. AC and DC chargers are also further classified into sub-types based on the differing levels of power they provide and the type of communication that occurs between the charging station and the vehicle. While they may differ in architecture, EV charging stations must meet three basic goals in order to be a viable solution for keeping EVs running on the road. They must be designed for safety, efficiency and reliability.This guide provides an overview of the different types of EV charging stations in the market, showing common architectures and how safety, efficiency and reliability are incorporated for the best designs.AC Charging StationsThe role of an AC charging station is to safely provide power from the utility supply (grid) into the on-board charger inside of the vehicle. The vehicle’s on-board charger does the conversion of AC power into DC power to charge the vehicle’s battery. Due to space and weight constraints in the vehicle, on-board chargers and AC charging stations are typically limited to lower amounts of power (22 kW or less), which translates to a slow charging time (several hours).Fuses rated for AC protection serve to limit the amount of short-circuit or overload current that could flow in the event of a fault or failure in the system. Fuses also protect the equipment itself from the risk of fire in the event that wiring and printed circuit boards carry excess current than intended due to the wearing of insulation or corrosion or oxidation on electrical conductors. For convenience and ease of maintenance, some fuses and fuse holders are provided with indicating features to let you know if a fuse has opened and which one has opened.Earth/ground faults are another risk of electrical shock for users or equipment damage. Exposure to moisture, mis-wiring and degradation of insulation on wiring are just some of the causes for earth/ground faults. Leakage currents to parts of the EV charging system that can be touched by users present a risk of shock if they are not limited to a safe level. Additionally, excessive amounts of leakage currents to earth/ground can cause arcing with enough energy to rupture equipment and potentially damage anything nearby the equipment. Earth/ground-fault relays are devices used to detect these types of faults and signal the need for appropriate action to take place, which often involves disconnection of the power supply.Outside of safety, equipment performance and reliability are critical for the long-term survival of EV charging stations in outdoor environments. Electrical transients on the AC grid, such as surges due to lightning strikes or voltage fluctuations due to other loads on the electrical grid, tend to be problematic for sensitive electronics in EV charging stations. Overvoltage protection devices, such as metal-oxide varistors (MOVs) and transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes, are instrumental in absorbing transient energy from the grid and protecting sensitive systems downstream. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) events are also problematic for some of the “smart” features on AC charging stations, such as user displays with touch screens, communication ports, and antennas for wireless payment and communication systems. TVS diodes and polymer ESD suppressors are often the go-to solutions for reducing the risks related to ESD events.DC Charging StationsThe role of a DC charging station is to convert power from the electrical grid (AC power) into DC power that can be directly fed into the vehicle’s battery system for charging of the battery. Since the conversion from AC to DC power is being done in the charging station, these units can provide higher levels of power (50 kW to 350 kW and beyond) to the vehicle compared to AC charging stations. This translates to a faster charging time (30 minutes or less).Since DC charging stations are connected to the AC grid, fuses rated for AC protection are also instrumental for the connections to the grid. These AC fuses tend to be larger in nature since most DC chargers are installed on 3-phase utility supply (as opposed to single-phase supply connections for AC chargers). Additionally, earth/ground-fault protection is an important feature to incorporate into a DC charging station design, not only for the AC grid side but also for the DC output side. Most DC chargers are designed with electrical isolation from the AC grid, and thus the DC side must maintain isolation from everything else, including earth/ground. Earth/ground-fault relays for DC voltage systems are instrumental in detecting if an electrical fault has occurred in which the isolated DC side has a leakage path to earth/ground. These systems are often employed to minimize the risk of shock hazards to users.Besides safety, efficiency in power conversion is a major challenge to overcome when designing DC charging stations. The effectiveness of a design is often measured by the amount of power a charger can deliver to a vehicle versus the amount of power it takes from the AC grid.DC charging stations often employ several stages of AC/DC and DC/DC conversion to get the best level of performance while minimizing overall system size and cost. Efficiency in the power conversion process starts with power semiconductors. Power semiconductors are used to switch on and off the power source and to change the direction of power flow to create stages of alternating current that can be converted to differing levels of voltage or current.This switching action in the power semiconductors leads to heating which is ultimately lost to the surrounding environment and contributes to the reduction of power available for delivery to the vehicle. New enhancements to diodes, insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) have allowed these devices to become ever more efficient. Additionally, the commercialization of wide band-gap technologies, such as silicon carbide, have helped newer generations of semiconductors minimize their switching losses to the lowest levels in the market today. With the constant evolution of these power semiconductor devices, there also comes an evolution to the types of drive circuits used to switch these devices on and off. Newer IGBT and MOSFET gate drivers are pushing the boundaries to provide faster switching and higher levels of isolation between the low-voltage drive circuits and the high-voltage power semiconductors.Littelfuse’s application expertise has helped to design some of the most efficient next-generation power converters for EV charging stations.For help designing the right level of safety, efficiency and reliability into your EV charging system, download your copy of our EV Charging Overview today. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine
Vaporware? Think again.Unlike a lot of the new startups that appear too good to be true, Lightning Motorcycles was out there from the beginning racing and setting records with their prototypes. After months of near silence following the announcement that they’d try to add world record range to their world record speed run, an image of their “assembly line” appeared on their Instagram yesterday. At least four bikes can be seen currently under construction in what we assume is their San Jose, CA facility, though it certainly looks like a boutique operation still.More Lightning News Source: Electric Vehicle News We have been following the exploits of Lightning since about 2010 when their early prototype bike set a speed record for electric motorcycles of 173+ mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats. CEO and founder Richard Hatfield started small and logically, by buying a Yamaha R1 race bike with a blown motor in 2006 and installing the current best off the shelf batteries and motor in it. By 2012 they had the prototype Lightning, no longer based on a Yamaha, setting 215 mph records at Bonneville, and (not the same bike obviously) winning electric bike road races with the FIM. In 2013 they beat every other motorcycle, gas or electric, to the top of Pike Peak, and last year they announced they were preparing to go after the distance/range record too.But while there was a small media presentation of “the first production LS-218” delivery in 2014, their website has only ever allowed reservations, not pre-orders. Unlike a lot of exotic startups, they at least had an MSRP listed at $38,888, which apparently includes full Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes. Yes, that is a bit rich, but maybe not when you compare it to a Ducati Panigale, which is fair considering it LS-218 makes nearly the same power, more torque, and has the same quality of componentry.If anything, Lightning has been flipping the script on the typical startup, which is: 1) Market heavily, 2) Make huge claims 3) Deliver little proof. Whoever is running Lightning’s social media (obviously not a professional social media manager) has been very sporadic about posting updates and information, sometime going 90 days without a tweet or Facebook post. But, perhaps this is how it should be?As we recently reported, electric startup Vigo was marketing the hell out of their bike, which doesn’t actually exist yet, in an attempt to raise the funds to build it, and not doing a very good job. The Arc Vector, which also has never been seen running under its own power, can’t even match the performance of the Lightning yet has an MSRP of over $100,000, but at least they have substantial financial backing to build it.We look forward to getting an email soon inviting us to the Bay Area to take a ride on a production Lightning LS-218. Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Lightning Motorcycles Gunning For 400-Mile Single-Charge Run Lightning LS-218 Becomes World’s Fastest Production Electric Motorcycle – Full Specs Released Lightning LS-218 Electric Motorcycle on Discovery Channel – How They Do It Show (Video)
Though Autopilot is still far from perfect, the system has improved over time by learning. As more and more miles get added into the mix, Tesla will be able to improve upon what’s already considered the best in the biz.And with the fleet now growing more quickly than ever, thanks largely to soaring Tesla Model 3 sales, the miles will rack up faster than ever before.That’s the projection of Lex Friedman, who mocked up this simple chart below. The chart shows the expected growth of Autopilot miles through the end of 2019. The curve’s rise will continue to sharpen as more and more countries around the globe begin to accept Model 3 deliveries.New @Tesla Autopilot mileage projections. Today it’s over 1 billion miles. By end of next year, it’ll be over 2.3 billion. All of us working in autonomous vehicle research want nothing more than to save lives. Happy holidays & good luck @karpathy @elonmusk https://t.co/ZOfZn6HlFY pic.twitter.com/6uTyp9EYIE— Lex Fridman (@lexfridman) December 24, 2018 Source: Electric Vehicle News More miles means more learning and a more accurate system.Tesla Autopilot miles now stand at some 1 billion, but by the end of next year, that figure will grow exponentially to 2.3 billion or so.More Autopilot Action How Well Does Tesla Autopilot Detect Motorcycles? Video Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 26, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Watch How Cops Use Tesla Autopilot To Stop Alleged Drunk Driver Watch As First-Time Tesla Autopilot Users Are Terrified
Daimler Starts Construction Of New Battery Factory In Alabama Daimler Orders $22.8 Billion Worth Of Lithium-Ion Battery Cells Mercedes-Benz EQ batteries to be produced also in PolandDaimler announced one more battery pack production site for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQ cars. The German manufacturer will build a new factory in Jawor, Poland approximately 100 km away from the German border and not far from LG Chem’s battery cell plant.The latest investment is Daimler’s second in Jawor after the state-of-the-art engine factory (four-cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles) currently under construction. It’s also the ninth battery plant for the group – and there is no guarantee that Daimler will stop at 9.“In the course of the electric initiative Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the polish site in Jawor and thus extend the global battery production network of up to nine factories.”“With the construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site approximately 300 new jobs will be created. The battery assembly will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The series production of batteries for vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ is slated at the beginning of the next decade.” Source: Electric Vehicle News Daimler’s battery investments 9 battery pack plants at 7 sites on three continents:two plants (Deutsche Accumotive) in Kamenz, Germany – first since 2012, second start production in Spring 2019plant in Beijing, China – Currently Daimler and Joint-Venture partner BAIC together are building a local battery production at the existing location in Yizhuang Industrial Parkplant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Near the existing Mercedes-Benz SUV plant in Tuscaloosa (USA) construction works of a battery factory have recently begunplant in Bangkok, Thailand – Together with the local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plan (TAAP) construction is underwaytwo plants planned in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germanyplant planned in Sindelfingen, Germanyplant in Jawor, Poland (announced)Press blastNew site in the global battery production network: Mercedes-Benz Cars to build battery factory in Jawor, Poland The global battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars is increasing to nine factories on three continents.Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain: “We will electrify the complete Mercedes-Portfolio until 2022 and will be able to offer in each segment various electrified alternatives to our customers. We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish an additional future technology in Poland.”Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland: “The decision of Mercedes-Benz Cars to start the production of electric batteries for a new type of vehicles in Jawor shows that companies that have started operations in our country positively assess the investment climate and want to continue to grow here. We are witnessing the 4.0 industrial revolution in which Poland plays a leading role.”Stuttgart, Germany / Jawor, Poland – In the course of the electric initiative Mercedes-Benz Cars will build a battery factory at the polish site in Jawor and thus extend the global battery production network of up to nine factories. “We will electrify the complete portfolio until 2022 and will be able to offer in each segment various electrified alternatives to our customers. This includes more than ten pure electric vehicles. We will produce batteries on our own, what we consider a significant success factor in the era of electric mobility. After the production of high-tech engines, we will establish additional future technology in Poland. The battery factory in Jawor is the second largest investment at this new Mercedes-Benz site,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.In Jawor, approximately 100 km away from the German border, a state-of-the-art engine factory is currently being built. The plant will produce four cylinder engines for hybrid and conventionally driven vehicles. This will be the first production site of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Poland and will offer more than 1.000 jobs.“The decision of Mercedes-Benz Cars to start the production of electric batteries for a new type of vehicles in Jawor shows that companies that have started operations in our country positively assess the investment climate and want to continue to grow here. We are witnessing the 4.0 industrial revolution in which Poland plays a leading role. All the more we are glad that in Jawor will be produced not only traditional engines, but also the hearts of cars of the future, namely electric batteries”, says Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.The engine production in Jawor will start in 2019 and supply car plants of Mercedes-Benz in Europe and around the world. With the construction of a battery factory on the existing ground at the site approximately 300 new jobs will be created. The battery assembly will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The series production of batteries for vehicles of the product and technology brand EQ is slated at the beginning of the next decade.“The engine plant and the new battery factory in Jawor are important parts of our global powertrain production network. With nine factories in our global battery production network we are very well positioned. It became apparent that building an engine factory in Jawor has been a good decision. This success story will be continued with the battery factory. We are looking forward to strengthen the collaboration with the region and the Polish colleagues,” says Frank Deiß, Head of Production Powertrain Mercedes-Benz Cars.Mercedes-Benz Cars belongs to the first and biggest industrial companies in Poland who have concluded contracts with local green electricity and heat suppliers. The engine factory as well as the battery factory will be supplied with CO2-neutral energy. Thus, within the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars Jawor is one of the pioneers.Global battery production networkDaimler is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production network, within the worldwide production organization of Mercedes-Benz Cars. At the moment the battery production network consists of eight factories at six sites on three continents:In Kamenz the battery production is running since 2012. Additionally a second battery factory is being built at this site. The series production will start in spring 2019.At the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim two battery factories are planned.Currently Daimler and Joint-Venture partner BAIC together are building a local battery production at the existing location in Yizhuang Industrial Park in Peking (China).Near the existing Mercedes-Benz SUV plant in Tuscaloosa (USA) construction works of a battery factory have recently begun.Together with the local partner Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plan (TAAP) construction of a battery production in Bangkok (Thailand) is underway.At the Mercedes-Benz car site in Sindelfingen a new battery factory is planned.With Jawor, the global battery production network grows to nine factories at seven sites on three continents.Purchase of cells secures best possible technologyThe intelligence of the battery is integrated in a highly complex overall system. Daimler is therefore concentrating on the key competence of the battery assembly. Cells are an essential component of the battery. Daimler is buying the cells on the world market and is instructing the suppliers to produce based on special specifications. In this way, the company is securing itself the best possible technology. With the purchase of battery cells for more than 20 billion euros, the company is establishing the preconditions for the consistent change towards an electrical future. The cells will be used in the electric fleet of the electric smart, SUV, vans, buses and trucks (light and heavy duty version) as well as vehicles of the next generation of the product and technology brand EQ. Mercedes-Benz EQC To Enter Production In Mid-2019 Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 22, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Up or down? The number is still small regardless.Source: Electric Vehicle News
Model 3 sales alone are high enough to almost outsell all of Porsche. The Jaguar brand will be next to fall.Source: Electric Vehicle News
You’ve got the car, now get the gear.Source: Electric Vehicle News
Username Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Lost your password? Password David Chamberlain will officially take office during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Antonio on June 18-19 and will serve as chair until June 2016 . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.
by, Kyrié Carpenter, Managing EditorTweetShare140Share1Email141 SharesImage Credit: Aleah ChapinThere is a massive industry dedicated to selling the idea of anti-aging. Anti-aging is a notion which plays on the illusion that if we can stay cognitively sharp, physically fit and wrinkle free we can stop the aging process. It does not take a whole lot of logic to find the flaw in this. Look no further than the mythological personification of our anti-aging obsession, vampires. Not surprisingly, in current fiction they are depicted as ideal beings more than monsters. Anti-aging is a ridiculous notion perpetuated by the very people who profit off of it.If we recognize the ridiculous and insidious nature of anti-aging, does this mean we should stop going to the gym, eat whatever we want, cancel our hair appointments and delete our Lumosity app? These are all anti-aging propaganda ploys right? Yes and no. Like most social issues, there are not clear, hard lines which divide the anti-aging and embracing-aging worlds. A softer approach is needed as well as a perspective shift.Anti-aging becomes toxic and increases our suffering when we equate our ‘bodies’ with our ‘selves’. When we judge ourselves on how many gray hairs we have, how many pull-ups we can do, how many things we can multi-task, we place our self worth in one very fickle part of ourselves, our body. The anti-aging myth is all about our bodies and it encourages us to define our value based on our bodies performance. Our bodies are many things, transporter, communicator, worker, but they are not us. They are the vessel the “us,” or our psyche, or soul or whatever term works for you is housed in. Our bodies are our means to communicate with the world, to interact with it, to be in it. There is not a wisdom tradition I am aware of that says our body is us. This distinction is important. When we recognize that we are not our bodies, we also recognize that our value does not lie in our bodies. Our worth is not measured by our appearance or ability; that is a myth perpetrated by marketers trying to sell you stuff.Once we can remove our value from being attached to our bodies we can ask: what then are our bodies if they are not us? They are ours. By this I mean that while we are not our bodies, our bodies are our own. Our bodies are a precious gift that allow us to be in this world, to be able to communicate and form relationships and grow. From this perspective taking care of our body has a different purpose. Yes, move often and eat lots of vegetables–not because you are afraid of aging, but because you value this body you have been given and want to be able to interact with this amazing world for as long and as much as possible. With this lens one can look at the barrage of tools aimed at anti-aging and see which can be pro-living and which are truly anti-aging, which is really anti-living.Coloring your hair can be an act of self-expression or it can be anti-living if you are hiding your grays because you feel they take away your value. Going to the gym to pass as younger is anti-living, going to the gym to improve our balance and bone density so we can walk for longer in life and in more places is pro-living. Use this lens to differentiate between self-care and self-deprecation. By the same token, when parts of our body begin to fail, as they will if we are lucky to live long enough, remember we are not failing, our vessel is just beginning to prepare us for leaving it. This loss can be grieved but it is not a failure. We are designed with wisdom, our bodies are wise teachers if we are open to them and listen.Take care of your body but do not align your value with it. Your body is a vessel for consciousness, take care of your vessel but do not equate your value with your vessel.Related PostsRestraining AgingAs children we welcomed the aging process excitedly, wondering when we would grow and what we would look like. We quickly lose this wonder as we become seduced by an anti-aging culture into disavowing, denying and resisting aging. We’re pressured to see aging as a villain to be stopped, to…Anti-Aging as BlasphemyDoes religion need death in order to be relevant to the living? Consider this:It Never StopsTweetShare140Share1Email141 SharesTags: Health and Wellness
Source:http://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-leads-fine-motor-improvement-after-stroke May 11 2018Stroke is common and accompanied by complex disabilities–such as lower and upper limb disability, speech impairment, and chronic post-stroke pain. An analysis of published studies found that non-invasive brain stimulation may have beneficial effects on fine motor movement in stroke patients and healthy participants. The findings are published in the European Journal of Neurology.Related StoriesStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenThe meta-analysis examined the effects of two common non-invasive brain stimulation technologies–transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)–on hand and finger movement, like picking up objects, writing, or similarly precise tasks that are often affected after a stroke.The investigators observed statistically significant gains in fine motor movement in stroke patients following tDCS and TMS; however, time since onset of stroke event, the severity of impairment, combination of non-invasive brain stimulation with other interventions, and risk of bias were all relevant factors. Fine motor improvement in healthy participants’ non-dominant hand (a surrogate to an impaired hand) was also observed.”Encouragingly, research to refine these gains, understand their impact on lifestyle, and determine best responders to these types of treatments is happening now,” said lead author Dr. Anthony O’Brien, of the Spaulding Neuromodulation Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
Source:http://www.uwo.ca/bmi/index.html Jun 13 2018Neuroscientists at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute, have confirmed and detailed a rare case of a blind woman able to see objects – but only if in motion.A team led by neuropsychologist Jody Culham has conducted the most extensive analysis and brain mapping to date of a blind patient, to help understand the remarkable vision of a 48-year-old Scottish woman, Milena Canning.Canning lost her sight 18 years ago after a respiratory infection and series of strokes. Months after emerging blind from an eight-week coma, she was surprised to see the glint of a sparkly gift bag, like a flash of green lightning.Then she began to perceive, sporadically, other moving things: her daughter’s ponytail bobbing when she walked, but not her daughter’s face; rain dripping down a window, but nothing beyond the glass; and water swirling down a drain, but not a tub already full with water.Glaswegian ophthalmologist Gordon Dutton referred Canning to the Brain and Mind Institute in London, Canada, where tests by Culham’s team included functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to examine the real-time structure and workings of her brain.They determined Canning has a rare phenomenon called Riddoch syndrome – in which a blind person can consciously see an object if moving but not if stationary.”She is missing a piece of brain tissue about the size of an apple at the back of her brain – almost her entire occipital lobes, which process vision,” says Culham, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Graduate Program in Neuroscience.”In Milena’s case, we think the ‘super-highway’ for the visual system reached a dead end. But rather than shutting down her whole visual system, she developed some ‘back roads’ that could bypass the superhighway to bring some vision – especially motion – to other parts of the brain.”Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustChemotherapy drugs delivered using biodegradable paste can prolong survival in brain cancerIn essence, Canning’s brain is taking unexpected, unconventional detours around damaged pathways.During the study, Canning was able to recognize the motion, direction, size and speed of balls rolled towards her; and to command her hand to open, intercept and grab them at exactly the right time. She could navigate around chairs.Yet she inconsistently identified an object’s color, and was able only half the time to detect whether someone’s hand in front of her showed thumb-up or thumb-down.”This work may be the richest characterization ever conducted of a single patient’s visual system,” says Culham. “She has shown this very profound recovery of vision, based on her perception of motion.”The research shows the remarkable plasticity of the human brain in finding work-arounds after catastrophic injuries. And it suggests conventional definitions of ‘sight’ and ‘blindness’ are fuzzier than previously believed.”Patients like Milena give us a sense of what is possible and, even more importantly, they give us a sense of what visual and cognitive functions go together,” Culham says.For Canning, the research at BMI helps explain more about what she perceives and how her brain is continuing to change. She is able to navigate around chairs, can see a bright-shirted soccer goalie and can see steam rising from her morning cup of coffee, for example.”I can’t see like normal people see or like I used to see. The things I’m seeing are really strange. There is something happening and my brain is trying to rewire itself or trying different pathways,” Canning says.The research is newly published in the journal Neuropsychologia.
Aug 15 2018Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that women whose mothers lived to at least age 90 were more likely to also live to 90, free of serious diseases and disabilities.The study, published in Age and Ageing, found women whose mothers lived into their ninth decade enjoyed 25 percent increased likelihood of also doing so without suffering from serious or chronic illness, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, hip fractures or other debilitating disabilities.”Achieving healthy aging has become a critical public health priority in light of the rapidly growing aging population in the United States. Our results show that, not only did these women live to age 90, but they also aged well by avoiding major diseases and disabilities,” said first author Aladdin Shadyab, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine at the time of the study. “It’s not just about the number of candles on the cake. These women were independent and could do daily activities like bathing, walking, climbing a flight of stairs or participating in hobbies they love, like golf, without limitations.”Related StoriesMothers with gestational diabetes transferring harmful ‘forever chemicals’ to their fetusStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerInterestingly, the study also found that if only the father lived to 90, it did not correlate to increased longevity and health in daughters. However, if both the mother and father lived to 90, the likelihood of the daughter achieving longevity and healthy aging jumped to 38 percent.The study did not address parental life span effects on sons. Rather, it analyzed data from approximately 22,000 postmenopausal women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative, a large, national study investigating major risk factors for chronic diseases among women. Limitations included no knowledge of the health or cause of death of the participants’ parents.Shadyab and colleagues believe a combination of genetics, environment and behaviors passed to subsequent generations may influence aging outcomes among offspring.”We now have evidence that how long our parents live may predict our long-term outcomes, including whether we will age well, but we need further studies to explore why. We need to clarify how certain factors and behaviors interact with genes to influence aging outcomes,” Shadyab said.At baseline, the women in the study whose mothers lived to at least 90 were more likely to be college graduates, married with high incomes and incorporated physical activity and a healthy diet into their lives.”Although we cannot determine our genes, our study shows the importance of passing on healthy behaviors to our children,” said Shadyab. “Certain lifestyle choices can determine healthy aging from generation to generation.” Source:https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2018-08-15-parental-life-span-predicts-daughters-living-to-ninety-without-chronic-diseases.aspx
The ceratopsians, horned and frilled dinosaurs that include the famous Triceratops, were one of the most successful and widespread dino groups, especially between about 90 million and 66 million years ago. But little is known about the evolution of their horns, because there are only a few early specimens. Now, a team working in Canada’s Alberta province, near the border with Montana, reports finding a 79-million-year-old ceratopsian they call Wendiceratops pinhornensis (“Wendi” after the Alberta fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda, who discovered the site where the fossils were found, and “pinhornensis” after the name of the site locality, the Pinhorn Provincial Grazing Reserve in Alberta). As the researchers report online today in PLOS ONE, the 6-meter-long beast (artist’s conception above) had the typical ceratopsian features of a frilly crown behind its head and probably had horns over its eyes. But the scientists say that the most important trait is a tall horn on its nose, the earliest sighting of this feature that characterized later ceratopsians. Because Wendiceratops is more closely related to a different group of ceratopsians than Triceratops—one that includes the recently discovered “Hellboy” dinosaur—the discovery suggests that the tall and high version of the nose horn evolved twice in the ceratopsian family. This also means that the precursor of the tall horn, a more modest stubby version, probably evolved in an early ancestor that gave rise to both Wendiceratops and Triceratops.
This week we hear stories about putting rescue bots to the test after the Mexico earthquake, why a Scottish village was buried in sand during the Little Ice Age, and efforts by the U.S. military to predict posttraumatic stress disorder with Online News Editor David Grimm.Andrew Wagner interviews Alexandra Tinnermann of the University Medical Center of Hamburg, Germany, about the nocebo effect. Unlike the placebo effect, in which you get positive side effects with no treatment, in the nocebo effect you get negative side effects with no treatment. It turns out both nocebo and placebo effects get stronger with a drug perceived as more expensive.Read the research.Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Chris Burns/Science; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Chris Burns/Science