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Avengers Endgame hurtles past Avatar in US now No 2 movie of

first_img Share your voice Tags Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future TV and Movies This means Endgame is sailing past Avatar’s $761 million in domestic ticket sales and taking the No. 2 spot here, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is still No. 1 domestically with $937 million in the box office sales.Worldwide, Endgame has now sold an estimated $2.6 billion in tickets, including $76.2 million this weekend. But Avatar still reigns at No. 1 with $2.79 billion in ticket sales globally.Disney, by the way, owns all three franchises, so we know who the real winner is. 26 Photos Watch out, Avatar. Here they come. Marvel Studios Fans are still waiting for Avengers: Endgame to inevitably snap Avatar’s record as the No. 1 movie of all time worldwide. But this weekend, Endgame has taken another step toward that milestone, racing past Avatar’s ticket sales domestically.According to box office estimates and Disney, Endgame will take in $29.4 million domestically — as in the US and Canada — at the end of its fourth weekend for a total of $770.8 million in domestic ticket sales.center_img 0 Post a comment 2:58 Now playing: Watch this: How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right orderlast_img read more

Domestic fuel price strategic concerns weigh on India as Iran oil waiver

first_imgThe US decision to end a waiver to India and other countries on Iran oil imports is threatening to drive domestic fuel prices up. ReutersThe US has offered to make available crude at concessional terms as India faces runaway fuel price rise when trade with Iran stops as the waiver on oil imports granted to India ends on May 2. However, there is cause for concern that any concession deal could come with strings attached affecting India’s strategic interests involving Iran and Russia.International crude prices have spiked after news emerged of US decision to end the waiver from Iran trade sanctions given to oil imports to India, China, South Korea and Turkey emerged. China and Turkey have taken a defiant stand but India has agreed to stop buying Iranian oil. International crude price has hit a recent high of $74 per barrel and there is a threat that it could go even higher. India’s domestic fuel prices are linked to the international oil price and an increase in international crude price could push up the fuel price and hurt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election bid in the ongoing general election.The US has strong strategic ties with the Persian Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that view Iran as a regional rival. India, however, has long-standing strategic relations with Iran and cannot afford to alienate the nation, which provides the only corridor for stable access to Afghanistan and Central Asian nations like Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. India developed Iran’s Chabahar port as a counterweight to Chinese-controlled Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The port is a key hub of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative with economic and geostrategic ramifications. An employee fills diesel in a public bus at a fuel station in Kolkata. The spike in international oil prices has threatened a runaway increase in India’s domestic fuel prices.ReutersBeyond trade, New Delhi considers ties with Teheran as important for containing geopolitical strategies of Islamabad and Beijing. Gwadar port is considered to be part of China’s ‘String of Pearls’, a network of ports intended for Chinese power projection in the Indian Ocean Region.It is not clear whether the US would meet India’s expectation of buying oil under the same lenient terms as Iran provided including a 60-day credit period. Washington has apparently asked Riyadh and Abu Dhabi to help India meet the shortfall with the cancellation of the deal with Teheran.The US is also unhappy about India’s strong defence ties with Russia. India is one of the largest arms importers from Russia and there are ongoing discussions for buying more arms from Russia. US arms manufacturers are direct competitors to Russian arms makers and they have always envied India’s cosy relationship with Russians. Though India is in talks with the US manufacturers for buying more military equipment, the slow progress has been frustrating for them. Any deal with the US for oil at concessional terms could provide US arms makers leverage in trade talks.last_img read more

UNCF Masked Ball Celebrates 70 Yrs of Service to Blacks in Higher

first_imgD.C.’s civic, business and education notables gathered March 27 as the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) held its annual Masked Ball, this year celebrating the UNCF’s seven decades of service in the name of Blacks in higher education. For Debbi Jarvis, PEPCO Holdings’ vice president of corporate citizenship and responsibility, and her husband Ernie Jarvis of First Potomac Realty, the D.C. ball, which the couple co-chair, marks a key moment for African Americans in higher education. “Attaining a college degree is still the great equalizer and in these tough economic times as college costs continue to skyrocket minority students need help,” Jarvis said of the UNCF masked balls held in 14 cities each spring as a national fundraiser for the UNCF. The D.C. ball was held at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium near the National Mall. “We were thrilled to serve as the Inaugural Co-Chairs of the Washington Masked Ball and to return for a second year to support this fabulous event,” said Jarvis. “PEPCO is a proud and longtime supporter of UNCF. Helping to ensure that African American students get a chance to attend college is an important investment that Pepco’s is making in the communities we serve.” As one of the nation’s oldest and best known non-governmental sources of funds for Blacks in higher education, the UNCF is a key provider of higher education financial aid to minority students. PEPCO is a primary corporate sponsor of UNCF in the mid-Atlantic states. On March 22, Delmarva Power—a subsidiary of PEPCO Holdings, Inc.—served as sponsors for the Delaware UNCF Masked Ball. Delmarva Power President Gary Stockbridge chaired the Delaware event. Stockbridge said in a statement, “Delmarva Power is proud to join together with corporate donors and sponsors to help fortify the ranks of young African-American and Latino men and women in Delaware attain the goal of a higher education.”last_img read more

Louisville to Participate in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball will participate in the 2019 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This February, Louisville fans can compete against fans from colleges and universities across the country with each free throw the Cardinals hit. The money raised will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those who are battling cancer by raising money for research and assisting the underserved.Last season, Cardinals fans proved once again why they are the best in the country as they led the nation in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge pledges.Louisville women’s basketball is once again collaborating with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by joining the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. They are competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer.Click here to support the Cards by pledging for every free throw they make during the month of February!Follow Louisville’s progress on the National Leaderboard. With our fans support, we can once again be crowed champion in 2019. All proceeds of the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.In addition, Louisville women’s basketball will host its annual Play4Kay “Pink Out” game vs. Miami on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Cardinals will wear pink uniforms, pink t-shirts benefiting Gilda’s Club will be available for purchase and survivors will be recognized on the court at halftime.For more information, visit For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at read more

Harting Touches Sixth in 200M Fly Comerford and Dahlia Win Silver

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville swimmer Zach Harting finished sixth in the 200M butterfly in a race that shattered Michael Phelps long-standing world record at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. Teammates Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won silver as for swimming the preliminaries as part of the 4×100 mixed medley.In Harting’s race, South Africa’s Chad le Clos blasted out from the start, posting 24.13 first split, and was still under world record pace at 100-meter mark, turning in 52.55. Top qualifier Kristof Milak was in hot pursuit and turned at a world record pace at the 150 at the 1:21.57, to take the lead.Milak pulled away from the field and shattered Michael Phelps’ World Record of 1:51.51 to board a time of 1:50.73. Japan’s Daiya Saito won silver in 1:53.8 and on bronze in 1:54.15, edging Italy’s Federico Burdisso, who touched 4th in 1:54.39.Ukraine’s Denys Kesil finished 5th in 1:54.79. Zach Harting finished sixth in 1:55.69. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus of Brazil was seventh with a time of 1:55.96, and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary, finished 8th in 1:57.10.In the relay prelims, Americans Matt Grevers, Andrew Wilson, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford put up the top qualifying time of 3:41.23 in the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay, putting up a time of 3:41.23. In the finals, Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ramzan Spread

first_imgIftar is a meal taken just before sunset, to break the fast. Traditionally, Muslims eat three dates in adherence to the Prophet Mohammad as he preached and practiced the same.Dates are followed by a sumptuous healthy meal, which traditionally consists of choley or kaale chane, pakode, dahi vade, fruit salad, samosas and sandwiches followed by light drinks like Roohafza, shikanji or fruit juice.The roze-daar (faster) strives to eat as healthy as possible for sehri or suhoor. The meal before the fast, eaten in the morning. The sehri should be very healthy as for a 14-15 hour fast, the body needs energy all day long. So, eat right as so is his will. For many people, iftar quite naturally translates into sumptuous meal. But, some prefer to keep it simple and light. Saad Mohammad, a foodie from Zakirnagar says, “biryani is a must in the gap of iftar and Tarawee”. For him, an essential iftar meal is incomplete without delicious chunks of Chicken or Mutton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Whereas, Aiman Sartaj of Old Delhi believes in keeping it light for iftar by including boiled chana, fruit salad and lemonade in her meal. Being a weight-conscious girl, she avoids eating the traditional khajla and phaini for sehri as the gracious use of ghee bothers her. What is the ‘right food’? What is an ideal Ramzan meal like? What do we eat for iftar? What to have for sehri? Well, here are some of the easily available tasty and healthy items that can be in your perfect meal. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDrinks:Flavored lassi – To quench parched throats, with a flavorful drink, Lassi is the drink to have in summers. Available in many flavors, it can really refresh you.Sandalwood Sherbet – Giving a subtle woody aroma, this sherbet has a great cooling effect. Its a great choice as an iftar drink.Starters:Pineaple raita – It is a yogurt based serving in which pieces of pineapple and pomegranate are added, as they are healthy and tasty. Raita, due to the ease in digestion it gives can be part of sehri as well. Chicken shammi kebab – A lavish iftar spread is incomplete without a non-vegetarian dish. Chicken tikka serves the purpose of keeping it light and flavourful, which can either be fried or baked.Chicken kebabs, fried or baked, make for the perfect ingredient for a lavish iftar spread, as it is light and flavorful, especially for a non-veg dish.Main Course:Whole wheat naan – A naan made of wholewheat floor is a good choice to make part of your Iftar meal. Its very nutritious and served best with daal makhni or any other curry based dish.Biryani – Biryani is an integral part of Iftar spread not only in India but in several other countries. Healthier than white, brown rice is better in terms of both nutritional and other health benefits. Adding chickpeas, carrot, beans, paneer or even chicken to brown rice makes it a healthy meal.Desserts:Seviyan Kheer – Vermicelli kheer is a healthy and low fat dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Almonds and cashews can be included in the kheer, if a little bit of natural fat doesn’t bother you. Do not forget, it tastes best when served chilled.Mango Mousse – This light, mango flavored creamy mousse is sure to delight you after the fast.Happy Fasting & Feasting!last_img read more

Shahs Kolkata rally a flop show BJP chief insulted Bengal TMC

first_imgKolkata: Slamming BJP national president Amit Shah over his remark that the signals of all Bengali channels were lowered so that locals can be prevented from viewing his address, the TMC said everything was telecast and urged the BJP not to blame the media unnecessarily.Terming the rally as a flop show, taking to its Twitter handle, the TMC stated that either Amit Shah should prove his allegations or resign from his post. Calling the rally a “big flop show,” the TMC tweeted: “BJP has just concluded another flop show in #Bangla After the flop meeting BJP are looking for excuses. They are saying their meeting was blacked out. Blackouts and blackmailing are what BJP does. Don’t insult the media. All showed. We challenge BJP. Either they prove it or resign.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTMC spokesperson and MP Derek O’Brien said on Saturday: “Amit Shah should apologise within 72 hours or else we would take legal action.” He further added: “Who is Amit Shah? He can’t get away by alleging corruption against Mamata Banerjee. He has crossed the limits of decency by dishonouring the culture of Bengal… This state has a tradition and culture which Shah will never understand. Before commenting on Bengal’s culture, Shah should look into his own track record. We have the recording of the 27-minute speech of Amit Shah and if he does not tender apology we will take him to court.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDerek also maintained that the BJP is trying to play communal politics. Asked to comment on Shah’s statement that the Centre will complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and neither Mamata Banerjee nor Rahul Gandhi has any power to stop it, he said: “Trinamool’s stand is very clear. The party will stand by the genuine Indian citizens whose names have been dropped from the NRC. The relatives of the former President of India’s names have not been included in the NRC list. The names of many jawans have been omitted. BJP is playing divisive politics.” While addressing a BJP rally on Mayo Road on Saturday, Shah said: “Earlier in Bengal, people used to hear Rabindra Sangeet and now this has been replaced by the sound of bombs.” Shah added that only Modi can give corruption-free Bengal. Shah further added that Bengal is submerged in corruption and chit fund cases involving Sarada, Narada and Rose Valley. Bengal’s development is possible under Narendra Modi only, he maintained. Derek said: “Shah has attacked the personal integrity of Mamata Banerjee and the people of Bengal are not going to tolerate this.”last_img read more

At the conclusion of SpaceXs maiden voyage to the

first_imgAt the conclusion of SpaceX’s maiden voyage to the International Space Station, pundits from both sides of the aisle are praising this as a milestone for the private space travel industry. But NASA’s 2013 budget of $17.45 billion, which was recently passed by the House, includes some strings that may restrict the current pseudo-competition for NASA’s contracts.It’s well known that NASA’s budget has been slashed amidst calls for austerity in the US. Even at $17.45 billion, NASA’s budget is near its 2008 level. One step NASA has taken is to narrow the scope of its operations.(Click on image to enlarge)The first step in this process was the establishment of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program (COTS). Started in 2006, COTS aimed to ease the transition out of the shuttle era by establishing a public-private partnership between NASA and private space companies. The goal was for private companies to eventually take over low-Earth orbit cargo launches (i.e., delivering supplies to the International Space Station), thus allowing NASA to focus on its goals of manned deep-space missions.The COTS program was intended to pit private space companies against one another to see who had the most viable operations. The list of companies included aviation bellwethers Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT), newcomers SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), and about 10 other firms.In the first round of the COTS program, NASA selected six semifinalists. The winners were Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the now-defunct Rocketplane Kistler. Once Rocketplane went belly-up, NASA had $175 million in funding free for round two, which was won by Orbital Sciences Corporation for its signature Cygnus spacecraft.To keep the program alive, the Obama administration requested $830 million for commercial crew in the 2013 budget and sought to fund at least two competing, privately operated crew systems to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017.Instead, the House shot back a $500 million appropriation, with a clause stating that NASA had to either pick a single private company immediately or allocate the majority of funds to a primary provider and give a “backup partner” a smaller award under a “leader-follower arrangement.” The arrangement would also leave the US dependent on the Russian space program to transport US crews to the ISS, a prospect deeply frowned upon in the Obama administration.Basic economic theory will tell you that if competition is eliminated or restricted in any industry, prices ultimately rise. When more players are in a market, the least efficient of them eventually goes bankrupt, while the most efficient offers the most competitive prices. But even this fundamental law is skewed when placed in the context of “government enabled” competition.When people talk about private competition for NASA’s public contracts, it’s not true competition in the free-market sense of the word. Since the competition is for government contracts and the government isn’t spending its own money, it’s hard to tell whether the company with the best, most efficient product is awarded the contract. The company who ultimately wins the contract could have influenced (cough… paid off… cough) key people in Washington, D.C., or it just happens to be run by or employ the brother-in-law of an influential senator, or some other reason unrelated to who has the best product.The underlying problem with government-enabled competition is that governments are more concerned with process than results. Regardless of the outcome, the tax dollars will keep flowing, so there’s no incentive for bureaucrats to allocate public funds to companies that build the best products at the lowest prices. Rather, there’s an incentive to appease those with the right political connections. That said, some competition for contracts is still preferably to none at all.Even NASA administrator Charles Bolden understands that restricting the little competition left in the government contract game is going to do little to develop a more efficient way to transport our astronauts and cargo to and from the International Space Station:Ending competition by down-selecting to a sole commercial space company could double the cost of developing a privately built human spaceflight system and it will leave us in the same position we find ourselves today – having only one option for getting our astronauts to the space station.With heavy hitters who have succeeded in private industry already involved – including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk – the potential for real competition exists, which could be good for consumers. Even newcomers, like the publicly traded Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), are making a run at it with its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft.But until the government stops picking winners and losers, Mr. Bolden’s statement will probably come to fruition, and we’ll be stuck with another inefficient, subsidy-laden “private” space program.last_img read more

6 Crazy Facts About the Internet According to Mozilla

first_imgInternet 4 min read Add to Queue Image credit: Nicolas Asfouri | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand 6 Crazy Facts About the Internet, According to Mozilla –shares Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. For many of us, we spend much of our work hours and downtime on the internet. But what do you really know about the internet?Researchers at Mozilla, the company that makes the open source web browser Firefox, has assembled its first ever Internet Health Report. The study identified five central components of the web — privacy and security, openness, digital inclusion, web literacy and decentralization — and took a deep dive to assess where our usage of the internet is heading and what it means for overall user wellbeing. The answer isn’t as definitive as you might think.“There are some straightforward indicators to watch,” the researchers wrote in an overview of the findings. “Things are getting a bit better in areas like: access, affordability and encryption. And they are getting worse in: censorship, online harassment and energy use. Simple indicators miss the complexity that comes with global ecosystems like the internet.”A significant part of that ecosystem, Facebook, is being scrutinized this week as CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill about the Cambridge Analytica user data scandal. In conversation with PCMag, Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman explained why this situation in particular is so damning for the social media giant.”Cambridge Analytics took all that data, put it in a database, and connected it to a bunch of other data sets. Then they sold that off as a way to target advertising,” Surman said. “It is not so much a data leak so much as it is a nuclear waste spill.”Here are some intriguing statistics from the Mozilla report for any entrepreneur that has a goal of creating a global presence to keep in mind.Related: Here Are the Airports With the Best and Worst Wi-FiGoogle dominatesChrome has 64.7 percent of the desktop web browser market share and 47.8 percent of the mobile web browser market share. For search, 95 percent of mobile users and 87.1 percent of desktop users opt for Google.Check that electric billThe study authors noted that some researchers are predicting that by 2025, it is possible that global tech companies will have created more carbon emissions than most countries, with the exception of China, India and the United States.Net neutrality abroad While the U.S. recently repealed net neutrality protections that were put in place in 2015, these are the countries that do have net neutrality protections on the books: Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, India, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, The U.K., Ireland, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.Related: The Internet Sucks Up a Full Day of Our Time Each WeekHappiness online The researchers cited a study conducted by screen time tracking app Moment and the Center for Humane Technology about the apps that affect people’s moods the most. The apps that induced the most happiness were Sonos, Audible, Headspace and Sleep Cycle. The ones that drove the most unhappiness were Facebook, Instagram, Telegram and Reddit.Safety and privacyEighty-one of the 100 most visited sites on the web now use HTTPS, which features encryption. But some of the biggest tech companies get a less than stellar grade when it comes to their privacy policies and how they handle user data. Google, for example, is at the top of the list and only got a 65 percent from Ranking Digital Rights’ Corporate Accountability Index.Connected, or notThere is a wide amount of disparity when it comes to who has access to the internet. Eighty percent of people in Europe have internet access, while only 20 percent of people in Africa have a connection. In every country except for the U.S., more men than women are online. A new study looked at the state of our lives online and where the internet is headed. Enroll Now for $5 Next Article April 11, 2018 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful.last_img read more

Hep C and drug abuse often go hand in hand but screening

first_img This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 19 2018When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis C are generally low on their list.They’ve often reached a crisis point in their lives, said Marie Sutton, the CEO of Imagine Hope, a consulting group that provides staff training and technical assistance to facilitate testing for the liver-damaging virus at more than 30 drug treatment centers in Georgia.”They just want to handle [their drug problem],” she said. “Sometimes they don’t have the bandwidth to take on too many other things.”Even though health care facilities that serve people who use drugs are well-positioned to initiate screening, too often that is not happening, recent studies have shown. Not testing these patients for hepatitis C is an enormous missed opportunity, public health experts agree.”It’s a disease that can be cured the moment we identify somebody,” said Tom Nealon, president and CEO of the American Liver Foundation. “Not testing is incomprehensible when you look at what hepatitis C does to their bodies and their livers.”As the number of people who inject drugs has soared, the rate of hepatitis C infection, frequently tied to sharing needles, has climbed steeply, too.People who are infected with hepatitis C can go for years without symptoms, so they may not have any inkling that they’re sick. That delayed onset makes screening important, advocates say, since people may unwittingly infect others.Screening people who misuse drugs for the deadly virus is a commonsense strategy to get people cured and break the cycle of transmission. But there are obstacles — sometimes a lack of money, staff or other resources.”Reimbursement rates for hepatitis C testing often don’t match the cost,” said Andrew Reynolds, hepatitis C and harm reduction manager at Project Inform, an advocacy group. If patients test positive, they need to be linked to treatment, and financial support for staffing to do that is often limited, he said.Only 27.5 percent of 12,166 substance abuse facilities reported offering testing for hepatitis C in 2017, according to research published on the blog for the journal Health Affairs in October. It is one of the first studies to look at this issue since the federal government began reporting on testing for HIV and hepatitis C in its national survey of substance abuse and treatment services in 2016.When researchers narrowed their analysis to the much smaller number of opioid treatment programs that are federally certified to use methadone and other drugs in treatment, a higher, but still not overwhelming, proportion — just over 63 percent — said they offered screening for hepatitis C.”We certainly thought the numbers would be higher,” said Asal Sayas, a co-author of the analysis and director of government affairs at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. “Testing is one of the most fundamental forms of prevention.”In primary care settings, the situation sometimes isn’t much better, even when patients have a diagnosed “opioid-use disorder.”An analysis by Boston Medical Center researchers of nearly 270,000 medical records of people aged 13 to 21 who visited federally qualified health centers from 2012 to 2017 found that 36 percent of the 875 patients with that diagnosis were tested for hepatitis C.”Even in a setting with an identified risk factor in opioid-use disorder, too few youths are being screened for hepatitis C,” said Dr. Rachel Epstein, a postdoctoral research fellow in infectious diseases at Boston Medical Center and a co-author of the study, which was presented at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in early October.Hepatitis C is a virus that causes inflammation to the liver, in some cases leading to scarring, liver cancer and death. It is transmitted through blood, including contaminated needles that people share when they inject drugs.The initial test for hepatitis C is an inexpensive blood test to check for antibodies in the blood that indicate exposure to the virus. If that antibody test is positive, a second test is necessary to find out if the virus is circulating in the bloodstream, which would mean someone is infected with the virus. The secondtest can cost several hundred dollars, experts say.Related StoriesFlorida is the latest Republican-led state to adopt clean needle exchangesRutgers experts highlight increase in suicide attempts among preteens, mainly girlsStudy evaluates long-acting HIV therapy in patients unable to adhere to strict daily regimensTo be sure, some federally qualified health centers have made testing for hepatitis C a priority. Clinicians at two community health centers run by Philadelphia FIGHT — which was established as an AIDS service organization — test many of their patients who are at high risk because of injection drug use or unsafe sexual practices, such as having sex with an infected partner. The screenings are often done on an annual basis, with a reminder to the medical personnel in the patient’s electronic medical record.”That’s something pretty basic that we’ve done in our community health centers to make sure we’re testing people and providing a cure,” said Dr. Stacey Trooskin, director of viral hepatitis programs at the FIGHT centers and clinical assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.Among at least 3.5 million people who have the disease, most are baby boomers who were infected before routine screening of donated blood began in the early 1990s. In recent years, as the drug epidemic has taken hold, new infections have been concentrated among young people who inject drugs, in particular those between ages 18 and 29, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Complicating the effort to get people screened is the fact that many of the people who enroll in drug treatment programs are uninsured, said Imagine Hope’s Sutton. In states that have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the program generally picks up the tab for hepatitis C testing and treatment, though often with restrictions. But 14 states, including Georgia, haven’t expanded that coverage for adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($16,753 for one person).Insurance coverage isn’t the only challenge. If people have to come back to a clinic for the second test, chances are they may fall through the cracks and not get that follow-up.When a patient tests positive, a nurse or counselor at the drug treatment center, who is likely overbooked working with patients to address their addiction, must carve out time to explain this new diagnosis and talk through treatment options.”There’s a whole system of care that needs to be built for these people and, unlike HIV, it doesn’t exist for hepatitis C at this time,” Sutton said.Like many other clinics around the country, hepatitis C testing at Georgia drug treatment centers is supported with funding from the Focus program, sponsored by drugmaker Gilead — the first company to offer a new class of highly effective drugs that generally cure hepatitis C in three months or less with few side effects.Gilead didn’t respond to requests for comment.Finding resources to pay for treatment is also difficult. The high costs of the new drugs when they were introduced led some public and private insurers to strictly limit access. But, in recent years, drug prices have come down as more drugs hit the market and many states have loosened Medicaid restrictions.For example, New Mexico’s Medicaid program doesn’t require that people be sick or abstain from using illicit drugs or alcohol for a time before starting treatment. Still, “hepatitis C testing remains out of reach for many because their providers aren’t aware that their patients can get treated,” said Kimberly Page, an epidemiologist and professor of internal medicine at the University of New Mexico who focuses on hepatitis C.last_img read more

Mourning paradise Collective trauma in a town destroyed

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 8 2019One of the final memories Carol Holcomb has of her pine-shaded neighborhood was the morning sun that reflected red and gold on her trees last Nov. 8. That day, she said, promised to be a beautiful one in the Butte County town of Paradise.So she was surprised to hear what sounded like raindrops tapping her roof a short time later. Holcomb, 56, stepped outside to investigate and saw a chunk of pine bark floating down from the sky.”It was about 3 inches by 2 inches,” she said. “And it was smoking.”It was her first glimpse of the approaching wildfire that would become the deadliest and most destructive in California history — one she continues to relive in debilitating nightmares and flashbacks.The Camp Fire virtually incinerated Paradise, a town of 27,000. It killed 85 people in the region — many of them elderly. Most died in their homes — others while fleeing in their cars or trying to flee on foot.For thousands of residents, the terror of sitting in traffic jams as the wildfire bore down left emotional scars. “Everyone who experienced this went through trauma,” said Linnea Duncan, a licensed clinical social worker who fled the fast-moving firestorm from her home in Magalia, a community just north of Paradise.Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health, said: “We would expect to find a high burden of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.”Galea, a leading researcher in the field of mass trauma and disaster, said the consequences for individuals can vary depending on factors such as the intensity of their experience, the type of support available to them after the disaster and whether the community comes together in the recovery and rebuilding process.For Holcomb, it took nearly three hours to escape Paradise as smoke from burning houses, cars and brush turned day to night and cut visibility to mere feet. Barely able to see the road, she got behind a large truck — its tail lights her guide. As she watched the flames devour nearly everything around her, she could hear residential propane tanks exploding like steel-encased kernels of popcorn.”You could hear ‘Boom, boom, boom,'” she said.Just as she got out of the flames, her truck caught fire. Holcomb pulled onto the median of the highway and jumped out in time to save herself and her cat. A man she didn’t know told her to get into his truck, and together they made it to safety. In the commotion, she left a backpack next to her burning truck. It contained treasures: her mother’s Bible, her grandfather’s Purple Heart medal from World War I and photographs of both of them.Diagnosis: PTSDNightmares and flashbacks in the immediate aftermath of a disaster are normal, said Barbara Rothbaum, director of a trauma and anxiety recovery program at Emory University School of Medicine. So too are irritability, anger, hyper-vigilance and problems with sleep and concentration. But when these symptoms persist for at least a month, the diagnosis can be post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. First acknowledged by America’s mental health community in 1980, it’s the one mental health disorder predicated on exposure to traumatic events.For most people, Rothbaum said, the psychological distress will fade. But for others, especially those who avoid thinking, speaking or writing about the event, symptoms may stick around for years, affecting their relationships, their work and their ability to heal.”It’s very similar to the grief process,” Rothbaum said. “We don’t think there’s any way to the other side of the pain except through it.”In the general population, Galea said, about 10% of those with direct exposure to a disaster will experience PTSD. But among children, women and those with prior mental illness, susceptibility to disaster-induced PTSD is significantly higher, studies show.”It’s the magnitude of a disaster that oftentimes can help us to predict how severe the mental health distress is going to be among affected populations,” said sociology professor Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Related StoriesPsychiatric diagnoses deemed “scientifically meaningless” by expertsTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinencePerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationAnd in Paradise, the “magnitude of the disaster” was staggering.Paradise officials report that 9 in 10 homes burned down in this middle- to low-income town popular with retirees.”It’s been pretty traumatic,” said Elissa Crane, who lost the low-income rental she shared in Paradise with her husband and her disabled adult son. The family has been staying in an insurance-paid hotel since November as they search for an affordable apartment for themselves and their two cats. And now, with temporary housing insurance about to run out, they’re considering a permanent move to Idaho.“We are animals and our nests are very important to us,” Rothbaum said. “One of the most stressful things you can do to an animal is mess up its nest.”Martha Bryant’s house was one of three remaining in a ravaged neighborhood. On her first visit back, she said, she failed to recognize her own house.She continues to have nightmares; traffic jams trigger panic attacks.”What I remember the most is just the sheer fear and panic and my heart pounding,” said Bryant, 60, a third-generation resident of Paradise. “Nobody was moving. And I was just screaming, ‘Move! Move! Get going! Move!'”She said she knows she needs counseling, but life’s been too full of other decisions to seek it out.In a 2017 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, Galea and colleagues found that one way to address the psychological consequences of disaster is through “stepped care,” which screens survivors as they move through the recovery process, “so that you can direct them to the care they need, when they have that need,” said Galea.Providing regular mental health treatment — including practical approaches like cognitive behavior therapy — is one of two key steps to recovery. The other, Galea said, is through restoring a community’s social and economic functioning.Sociologist Peek, who studied PTSD after Hurricane Katrina, said for those who want to return to Paradise, participation in community-wide conversations is essential.Virtual town halls helped people displaced by the 2005 hurricane participate in the recovery, Peek said. “It was those moments of connection and the sense of cultural familiarity that sometimes made a big difference in terms of the emotional healing process,” she said.The Town of Paradise Facebook page seems to be filling that role. In addition to providing notices about building regulations, safety issues and where to get free drinking water, it’s acting as a public forum where people can participate in live planning meetings and discussions about the town’s future. Social worker Linnea Duncan is part of a group of therapists offering free treatment for Paradise residents.For Carol Holcomb, though, there will be no going home to Paradise. She is healing — getting treatment for PTSD symptoms and, thanks to a thoughtful person who put the backpack she’d left on the median back in her burned-out truck, she recovered some of her family’s treasures.But Holcomb won’t rebuild, she said. She is instead looking for a home in a farming community with trees in orchards, which can resist a wildfire. “I can’t live in the forest again,” said Holcomb. “I just can’t.” This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Democrats unveil bill to restore US ‘net neutrality’ Explore further Provided by Princeton University This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Speaking before the Federal Trade Commission’s hearing on internet competition and consumer protection, Nick Feamster said changes to the structure of the internet require new methods to measure online services. He said using speed as a benchmark is no longer the best measure.”Oversimplification is going to lead to wrong conclusions,” Feamster, a professor of computer science, told the audience during the March 20 conference in Washington, D.C.Feamster, who is also deputy director of the Center for Information Technology Policy, later explained that internet speeds have vastly increased overall and most traffic now consists of video. At the same time, content is delivered to consumers in ways that are fundamentally different than five 10 years ago.”The real issue here is that the dynamics are changing because of faster speeds and shifting market structure,” Feamster said in an interview. “We have to figure out how to help protect consumers in light of the changing technical dynamics.”The conference featured speakers and panel discussions that raised issues related to consumer protection on the internet, especially in light of recent changes. Tithi Chattopadhyay, the center’s associate director, joined a panel discussion on technological developments and market structure. A former director of Wisconsin’s state broadband office, Chattopadhyay discussed internet competition and commerce and spoke of states’ roles in the market.In his address, Feamster spoke about efforts to measure and oversee consumers’ access to information on the internet. In the past, much of this has concerned the speed at which information moved across the internet to consumers. Discussions over download speed and the potential for slowing or throttling downloads still play a central role in political discourse. But Feamster said that the internet has evolved to the point where speed is extremely difficult to measure and is not often a good measure of consumer experience. For much of the past decade, fierce political battles over the internet have involved concerns that the fastest access would go only to those with the greatest ability to pay. In testimony last week in Washington, however, a Princeton professor said measuring such performance is no longer so simple. On the internet, speed no longer rules. “The methods of delivering traffic are a lot different than they were even five years ago,” Feamster said.In its early stages, the internet was simpler, although not actually simple. Companies or people created content and uploaded it to their internet service provider. The information then moved through a series of large autonomous networks until it reached the consumer’s internet service provider, which downloaded it to the user.Now, the map is much more complex. Companies called content delivery networks, which specialize in moving large amounts of data across sections of the internet, have emerged to handle much of the network traffic. These companies are often not segregated in such a way that they could be targeted by predatory service providers trying to throttle traffic. Instead, these networks often place their machines inside the large networks that make up the internet’s backbone. At the same time, corporations that create a lot of content have merged with internet companies. Most of those companies also rely on cloud computing providers to store, manage and deliver data directly to consumers. Someone watching a movie on their laptop or phone might be relying of half a dozen companies to deliver the data.”To deliver content to a consumer, there are a lot of parties who come to the table,” Feamster said.Each of those players, he said, could be responsible, even unwittingly, for slowing download speed. Without detailed knowledge of the delivery system, it’s extremely difficult to identify the choke point, which could range from a large network player to a home router or an older-model phone.”You might be tempted to say I buy access from an ISP [internet service provider], it’s clearly their fault,” he said. “The problem is that it is really tough to observe this from the edge of the network as a user.”Even if the slowdowns were easily identifiable, he said, speed is not the always the best or most reliable measure of network performance. At high download speeds, on the order of gigabits per second, it’s very difficult to accurately measure download rates. For many applications, high download speed is not the most important technical limitation. The efficiency of an app, such as a phone’s web browser, might be the limiting factor. For conference calls, consumers might be more interested in the smoothness with which data is downloaded, a quality experts refer to as jitter. Gamers might be more interested in latency, which is the delay in response between their device and a gaming server.To better measure consumer satisfaction, Feamster said, regulators need to look at many factors that affect performance and not just rely on speed. Better measurements will allow regulators “to better answer questions about the products that are delivered to consumers.” Citation: Post ‘net neutrality’ internet needs new measurement tools, Princeton experts tell policymakers (2019, April 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more

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