Blood test ‘to help smokers quit’

first_img Sharing is caring! 213 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle Blood test ‘to help smokers quit’ by: BBC News – January 12, 2015 Although smoking is becoming less popular in many parts of the world, the total number of smokers is growingA blood test could help people choose a stop-smoking strategy that would give them the best chance of quitting, research in a Lancet journal suggests.Studies show as many as 60% of people who try to give up start smoking again in the first week.But researchers argue measuring how quickly a person breaks down nicotine could boost the chances of success.Other experts say the cost-effectiveness of these extra tests would need to be assessed.Patches or pillsNicotine is one of the most addictive substances in cigarettes – smokers crave more nicotine when their body’s levels drop, prompting them to smoke again.But different people break down nicotine at different rates.Some scientists suggest people who break it down more quickly may crave more cigarettes and in turn find it harder to quit.In this study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US enlisted some 1,240 people on different smoking cessation programmes.They checked each volunteer’s blood to see if nicotine was broken down at a normal or slow rate.Volunteers received either a nicotine patch, a drug called varenicline or treatment with a dummy pill.Varenicline is a non-nicotine based drug that is available on prescription . Doctors balance potential side-effects – including the risk of depression and suicide – against the harms of continued smoking.Everyone in the trial had access to behavioural counselling too.Nicotine replacement can be in the form of patches and spraysScientists found people who broke down nicotine at a normal rate had a better chance of quitting while using varenicline than those using nicotine replacement patches.Though volunteers who broke nicotine down more slowly had similar success rates whichever method they used, they reported more side-effects with the varenicline.Prof Caryn Lerman, one of the lead researchers, said: “If these tests are used, people could have a sizeable chance of success.Wider use“For some people, with normal metabolism of nicotine, the chance of success might be low on the patches but could double if they take the pill while for a third of the population with slower breakdown, cheaper patches might be best.”Blood tests to check for nicotine breakdown speed are currently used in research but scientists say they could be easily developed for much wider use.Prof Neil Davies, of the University of Bristol, provided an independent comment: “The results are an important scientific advance.“If the findings can be replicated they could lead to changes in practice. But there are still questions that need to be answered.“The cost-effectiveness of these tests would need to be taken into account.”Prof Robert West, from University College London, who was not involved in this paper, said: “We know that if people try to quit unaided their chance of success for a year is about 4%.“The way to succeed is to keep trying. It is like rolling a dice. If you keep rolling it you will succeed but if you stop rolling you will fail.”The University of Pennsylvania research was published in the the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. Sharelast_img read more

House OKs Measure To Allow Guns In Cars On School Grounds

first_imgControversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. Credit: file.INDIANAPOLIS – Controversial legislation that would allow guns in vehicles on school grounds passed the Indiana House late Monday. It’s currently a felony to bring a gun onto school property, but Senate Bill 229 would allow those with proper carry permits to keep firearms out of sight in vehicles on school grounds.Nicki McNally, leader of the Indiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence, said she’s disappointed and hopes some of the issues can be clarified in conference committee.“There’s still a chance that we can get things changed or make it a little bit more tolerable,” she said. “This is something the schools don’t want, so the Legislature is going to have to listen to that eventually.”The bill also would allow individuals to carry guns to off-campus school functions.McNally said the bill also needs clarification on whether bus drivers can carry firearms while transporting pupils.“There’s no definition of ‘bus’ in the bill: it only refers to motor vehicles, so it sort of opens that window and that language really needs to be clarified,” she stated. “I think most people, even gun owners, would not want their bus driver having a gun on the bus.”McNally pointed out that the bill also prohibits schools from adopting policies related to firearms on school buses or school parking lots.“So it’s completely trumping their ability to decide what’s best for them as a school or as a school district across the state,” she said. “That’s a big thing, given that every school is different, every area is different, and this does not give them any choice in the matter.”According to McNally, the measure is dangerous because it will increase the risk of gun-related incidents. Supporters say it allows those who legally carry guns for self-protection to do so without committing a crime.last_img read more

Paris mayor visits USC for roundtable discussion with students

first_imgParis Mayor Anne Hidalgo made a stop in Los Angeles on her way to San Francisco for the C40 Summit, a network that brings together more than 90 of the world’s largest cities in an effort to address and combat climate change. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)When the city of Los Angeles presented USC with the chance to have a conversation with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy jumped at the opportunity on Monday and invited 20 students to have a roundtable discussion. The center, a collaboration between the School of International Relations and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks to involve students in a discussion of cultural relations and global involvement. The roundtable comprised both graduate and undergraduate students, whose majors and concentrations included engineering, economics, public policy, journalism and French.Hidalgo and her team are visiting Los Angeles to meet with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss both Los Angeles and Paris’ goals for the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympic Games — with an emphasis on urban sustainability and efficiency.“I am very happy to be here because Los Angeles is a wonderful city and this university is very famous, of course,” Hidalgo said upon arriving to the event. “I am here, especially, to share with you [my] experiences. Between L.A. and Paris, have a very strong relationship.”Between 2015 and 2017, Los Angeles and Paris competed to host the 2024 Olympic Games. In September 2017, the International Olympic Committee voted to simultaneously award Paris and Los Angeles the 2024 and 2028 games, respectively. “We have been building a strategy between Paris and L.A. [for the] Olympic Games, and now we are working together not just on [the games], but also about the transformation of our cities,”  Hidalgo said. “We will work on climate change and what our cities can do, because we have to fight against pollution.” After her short visit to Los Angeles, Hidalgo will be traveling to San Francisco for the C40 Summit. C40 is a network that brings together more than 90 of the world’s largest cities in an effort to address and combat climate change. Hidalgo, the first woman to be elected mayor of Paris and former co-host of the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, now serves as Chair of the C40. Garcetti serves as the vice president. “Tomorrow, we are going to San Francisco for the summit on climate change with Governor Jerry Brown, Mike Bloomberg and 30 mayors [from] all over the world,” Hidalgo said. “[Our goal] is to convince people that we have the solutions and that these solutions can create new opportunities [for jobs] …  “We can have in the same view economy, ecology, and health.” Hidalgo wants to focus much of Paris’ Olympic preparation on transforming the city.  “[Paris] can build strategies and alliances with other cities and even the private sector,” she said. “We are [at] the forefront of all that is changing, and we have to build solutions for new problems.” Paris Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika, who spearheads the city’s initiatives in innovation and architecture, attended the meeting as well. He oversees a program that encourages worldwide competition among cities to create architecture solutions that are zero waste and zero emissions. “Cities are discussing … regulations, norms and strategies in order to have more clean industries …” Missika said. “This is the challenge of the next five years. It’s not a question of the long future. It’s tomorrow.” Students had the chance to direct questions to the mayor, all of which ranged from Paris’ treatment of refugees to the C40’s developing nations assistance.Kelechi Emetuche, a public diplomacy progressive masters student, questioned Paris’ motivation for wanting to host the games.“In 2015 when I decided to do this campaign [for the Olympics], one [motivator] was the attacks,” Hidalgo said. In November 2015, Paris endured multiple terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS. To recover, the Paris community hoped to, “include young people in positive projects and for me, the Olympic games are an [example of] optimism.” Hidalgo also discussed how the Olympics would transform northern Paris, an impoverished region, and create more economic opportunity for its residents. Though the event was brief due to Hidalgo’s schedule, she encouraged students to be problem-solvers. “You young people have to see what the problems of [your] cities are, and you need to find solutions to them,” she said.last_img read more

Syracuse to honor the late Dick MacPherson with patch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss SU appeared in five bowl games during MacPherson’s 10-year tenure and overall, his teams combined for a 66-46-4 record. Syracuse was ranked as high as fourth in a national poll during his tenure.MacPherson, a Korean War veteran, is known for catapulting the Syracuse program into national prominence, which extended beyond his time as coach, into the 1990s. In 1987-88, SU finished 11-0 in the regular season and tied Auburn, 16-16, in the Sugar Bowl. He was consensus pick for National Coach of the Year. Over his final four seasons, SU went 36-10-3.His success at the college level launched a career in the NFL. After the 1990 season, he was named head coach of the New England Patriots. He coached there for two seasons before retiring. Commentscenter_img Syracuse football will wear a patch on its uniforms this season in memory of the late Dick MacPherson, who coached SU from 1981-1990. MacPherson died earlier this month. He was 86.The orange patch features orange lettering that reads “Mac,” a nod to MacPherson’s nickname of “Coach Mac.” The same design will also appear on the Carrier Dome’s turf.In a statement, SU athletic director John Wildhack called the patches “a tribute to the lasting impact (MacPherson) had on Syracuse University.”last_img read more

PA Media launches ‘PA Betting Services’ as betting multimedia arm

first_imgShare PA Betting Services: Meeting demand for esports in-play action May 28, 2020 Related Articles PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map November 15, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Understanding why esports is such a valuable proposition for betting operators April 2, 2020 Submit International news media agency PA Media Group has launched its new unit ‘PA Betting Services’ offering sports betting content, data and editorial services for the industry’s diverse stakeholders.“Betting Services will act as a one-stop destination for multimedia betting content and services for existing customers and key target markets like the USA and Africa,” said PA Media as part of its launch statement.Launching its new betting editorial arm, PA Media details that it seeks to position its business as the lead sports content supplier, fulfilling betting incumbents multimedia needs for coverage on horseracing, greyhounds, football, esports and further content requirements.PA Betting Services consolidates PA Media’s portfolio of betting-related editorial and multimedia services which include video streaming, expert editorial across words, images, video, infographics and more, providing customers with a range of ready-to-publish and bespoke solutions for their platforms.Michael Grenham, Managing Director of Racing and Betting at PA Media Group, underlined the firm’s 60-year legacy of providing specialist racing and betting data and editorial content to clients around the world.“The creation of this new brand identity is an important step in our strategy to provide a wider range of customers with an innovative new offering that responds to their changing needs” said Grenham.“PA Betting Services is uniquely positioned to capitalise on PA’s unparalleled expertise and international reach as the global betting market continues to evolve. Ours is a brand that is trusted around the world – PA has been synonymous with quality and integrity for decades and those attributes will continue to guide our growth ambitions.”last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw completes scoreless spring in Dodgers’ 10-0 win over Royals

first_imgTHE GAME: Clayton Kershaw took a shutout into the seventh inning as the Dodgers beat the Kansas City Royals 10-0 on Friday afternoon in Surprise, Ariz.PITCHING REPORT: Kershaw completed a scoreless spring with 6-2/3 shutout innings against the Royals. Kershaw pitched 21-1/3 innings over six Cactus League starts, allowing only 12 hits, walking four and striking out 23.HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers scored seven runs in the third inning and outhit the Royals 11-4 in the game. … Yasiel Puig was 2 for 2 with a home run for the second consecutive game. He was one of a handful of players who left camp a day early and headed back to Southern California on Friday afternoon. Puig finished the Cactus League schedule batting .349 thanks to six hits in his last eight at-bats this week. … Corey Seager also homered for the second consecutive game and went 2 for 3, raising his spring average over .200 (.225). … Kike’ Hernandez was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a triple – his latest extra-base hit off a right-handed pitcher. … Matt Kemp was 0 for 3 and has just one hit in his past 16 at-bats.UP NEXT: LHP Alex Wood is scheduled to start the Cactus League finale against the Chicago White Sox (LHP Hector Santiago) at Camelback Ranch, Saturday, noon PT (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more