Study: Seasonal Flu Shot Lowers Risk Of Alzheimer’s

first_imgA new study shows the seasonal flu shot can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in millions of Amerians.Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference reported today that at least one flu shot was linked to a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s. More frequent vaccinations were associated with another 13% reduction. Researchers also found the protective association between the vaccine and the risk of Alzheimer’s was strongest for those who received their first vaccine at a younger age. For example, those who go their first documented flu shot at age 60 benefited more than those who first received it at 70.While the study doesn’t explain why flu vaccinations are linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, some experts speculate the vaccine may impact brain inflammation that could lead to the disease, said Dr. Steven DeKosky, professor of neurology at the University of Florida and deputy director of UF’s McKnight Brain Institute.“The vaccine activates the immune system to defeat the flu virus itself,” he said. “The activation may have beneficial effects that fight off or slow down the inflammation associated with AD.” However, the Mayo Clinic says most scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.last_img read more

U18 Northern Strikers looking to enter Tier 2 at Provincials

first_imgThe second game in the series will be held in Grande Prairie, Monday, July 23.If each team wins a game in the two-game series, the Tier 2 seat will be selected through a tie breaker.Friday’s game begins at 7 p.m. and will be taking place at the North Peace Secondary School fields.- Advertisement -If the U18 Strikers emerge victorious in the series, they will travel to Red Deer, playing in the Alberta Soccer Association’s Tier 2 Provincial championships, taking place from August 17-19.If the team loses the series, they will play in the Provincial championship’s Tier 3, taking place in Coaldale, from August 10-12.last_img

Merger talk, overseas gains help give Wall Street big lift

first_imgOverseas, Japan’s Nikkei stock average rose 1.59 percent, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 1.65 percent, and the sometimes volatile Shanghai Composite Index rose 2.87 percent. Britain’s FTSE 100 closed up 0.96 percent, Germany’s DAX index added 1.39 percent, and France’s CAC-40 finished up 1.43 percent. “I would attribute what we’re seeing to relief that the Asian markets were stronger despite the Bank of China having raised interest rates,” Kumar said. “I don’t put a lot of faith in the idea that this rally is sustainable. I think we’re range-bound.” Investors are trying to determine whether the economy can pull off a so-called soft landing or whether areas of weakness such as the housing sector are poised to drag the economy into a pronounced slowdown. They seemed to look past a report from the Chicago Fed that Midwestern manufacturing activity pulled back 2.3 percent in January from December to the weakest reading since October 2005. They also appeared to shrug off a decline in sentiment among home builders: the National Association of Home Builders said its index of sales activity for new single-family housing slipped to 36 from a reading of 39 in February, which was revised down from 40. It marked the first decline in six months in the index.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think the markets are very sentiment-driven. It does also appear that when the global markets see recovery in one area, they all seem to move up and when they see concern in another market, they all seem to move down,” said Subodh Kumar, global investment strategist at Subodh Kumar & Assoc. in Toronto. The Dow rose 115.76, or 0.96 percent, to 12,226.17, its biggest one-day gain since March 6, when the index climbed more than 150 points. Broader stock indicators also rose sharply. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index gained 15.11, or 1.09 percent, to 1,402.06, and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 21.75, or 0.92 percent, to 2,394.41. Bonds fell as stocks made gains. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 4.57 percent from 4.55 percent late Friday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, rising to 117.59 yen from 116.73 yen late Friday. Gold prices rose. The advance in U.S. equities came as stocks overseas rose sharply, even after China’s central banks raised interest rates to try to cool the economy. NEW YORK – Stocks spiked higher Monday as Wall Street joined overseas markets in riding a wave of merger news to bounce back from a losing week. The Dow Jones industrials rose 115 points. The buyout news, particularly the possibility of an enormous deal that would unite Dutch bank ABN Amro Holding NV with British bank Barclays PLC, propelled stocks higher as investors theorized that companies remain upbeat about the economy if they’re willing to cut new deals. The advance kicked off an important week for economic data; the first reading, a report from the Chicago Federal Reserve, said regional manufacturing slowed in January. The market was also waiting for today’s start of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on interest rates. While few expect the Fed will adjust short-term interest rates, investors will be looking for any change in the central bank’s posture that could hint at where rates are headed in the coming months. Given the volatility that has returned to the marketplace and the upcoming statement from the Fed, market watchers aren’t ruling out more big swings in stocks going forward. last_img read more

If he stole it: O.J. a robbery suspect after hotel incident

first_imgLAS VEGAS – O.J. Simpson, who famously vowed to find his ex-wife’s real killer, took matters into his owns hands to solve the caper of his purportedly stolen memorabilia. But police say Simpson may have crossed the line and they’re looking into whether he committed armed robbery when he and some acquaintances went to a casino hotel room and snatched the collectibles. While police were mum on details Friday, Simpson and other men who claimed to be in the hotel room aired conflicting accounts about what happened in a city that’s supposed to keep its secrets. “We didn’t break into any room. There was no armed robbery,” Simpson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Simpson, who was in Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding, said he arranged to meet Riccio at the hotel. Riccio had set up a meeting with collectors under the guise that he had a private collector interested in buying Simpson’s items. A message left for Riccio was not immediately returned. “We walked into the room,” Simpson said in the telephone interview. “I’m the last one to go in and when they see me, it’s all `Oh, God.”‘ Items recovered Simpson said he was accompanied by several men he met at a wedding cocktail party, and they took the collectibles. Simpson said he wasn’t sure where the items were taken. Dillon said investigators were trying to untangle the web of ownership, and that some items had been recovered. He did not say which collectibles were located. “We do have some conflicting statements, there is legitimate information that part or all of the items possibly are the possessions of O.J. Simpson,” Dillon said, adding that would not excuse a robbery. Police spokesman Jose Montoya said when officers talked to Simpson, he “made the comment that he believed the memorabilia was his. We’re getting conflicting stories from the two sides.” One of the collectors in the room was Alfred Beardsley, a real-estate agent and longtime collector of Simpson memorabilia, some of which he has been ordered to turn over as part of the Goldmans’ lawsuit. “I’m OK. I’m shaken up,” Beardsley told the AP by phone. He said Simpson’s account of the incident was fairly accurate except that there were guns. Simpson said: “I didn’t see anybody with any guns.” Guns and `hollering’ Bruce Fromong, a collector who testified at Simpson’s civil trial, said he was in the room when Simpson barged in with other men. “Him and some of his guys come busting through the door,” Fromong told celebrity-gossip site “They came in with guns, hollering and screaming.” Fromong, who reportedly tried to sell the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted of murder, described him as a former close friend and said he couldn’t explain the behavior. “O.J.’s in enough trouble. For him to come and do this kind of thing, I don’t know what’s wrong with O.J. This is stupidity.” Simpson was released after he and several associates were questioned, and he remained in Las Vegas. “We don’t believe he’s going anywhere,” Montoya said. The Las Vegas District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to pursue charges in the casino case. Both Beardsley and Simpson indicated that the underlying issue was recovery of photos from Simpson’s childhood. Simpson has had to auction off his sports collectibles, including his Heisman Trophy, to pay some of the $33.5 million judgment awarded in the civil trial. On Thursday, the Goldman family published a book about the killings that Simpson had written under the title, “If I Did It,” retitled “If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.” Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman’s father, said he was stunned by the news from Las Vegas. “I’m overwhelmed and amazed,” Fred Goldman told the AP. “If it turns out as it is currently being played, I think this shows more of who he is. He is proving over and over and over again that he thinks he can do anything and get away with it.” Goldman’s lawyer, David Cook, said he would seek a court order Tuesday to get whatever items Simpson took in Las Vegas.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Las Vegas Metro Police Capt. James Dillon said the confrontation was reported as an armed robbery involving guns. But he said no weapons had been recovered and stressed that the investigation was in its infancy. The incident at the Palace Station casino once again hurled Simpson into the headlines more than a decade after he was acquitted of killing ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, only to be found civilly liable for their deaths and ordered to pay a $33.5 million judgment. Simpson insisted there were no guns involved and that he went to the room only to get stolen mementos that included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover. “It’s stolen stuff that’s mine. Nobody was roughed up,” Simpson said. Simpson said auction house owner Tom Riccio called him several weeks ago to say some collectors “have a lot of your stuff and they don’t want anyone to know they are selling it.” last_img


first_imgTory as far as the eye can see!The stunning setting of Tory Island will provide the perfect backdrop for a 10K walk in aid of a very special cause next Saturday.The walk, from East Town to West Town, will take place for the Irish Guide Dogs on August 9th.Tory’s famous lighthouseIf you have never visited Tory Island then this is your perfect chance. From boasting its very own King in the affable Patsy Dan Rodgers to the Tory Island Painters, the island is a remarkable piece of the Donegal landscape which not enough of us see.The cost of the walk is €10 per adult, €5 per child and €20 per family.Registration is at 12.45pm at the Harbour Hotel and the walk commences at 1.30pm.A reduced boat fare of just €20 return is available for walkers. There will also be refreshments and a session in the Harbour View Hotel which is now run by the former lighthouse keeper Sean Doherty and his family.If you have always wanted to visit Tory then now is your chance to do so for a good cause.For more details ring Bernie on 086 603 9343 or email WHY NEXT WEEKEND IS THE PERFECT EXCUSE TO VISIT TORY ISLAND was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Guide Dogspatsy dan rodgersTory HotelTory IslandWalk for th Blindlast_img read more

Bank heist suspect’s luck runs out at casino

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re reasonably certain that he is (both bandits),” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “They had similar MOs.” The bandit was known for being abusive and foul-mouthed, police said. In some cases, he threatened customers and tellers with a gun. Five times, he claimed he had a bomb, forcing the LAPD to evacuate the bank and neighboring businesses until the Bomb Squad cleared the area. Often, he’d wear bandages on his face to make it appear as if he’d been involved in a serious accident. Other times, he’d don the fedora. He lived alone, was unemployed and likely used the robberies to support a gambling habit, Eimiller said. Investigators believe it was Sykes whose face was covered in Band-Aids on Nov. 25 when he held up the First Commerce Bank in Encino. According to a federal arrest warrant, that’s when he made his big mistake. Edmond Sykes apparently likes to gamble – not only with cards, but in real life. This week, the odds caught up with him. The 54-year-old Encino man was arrested Wednesday at Commerce Casino – in between poker hands – on suspicion of robbing 17 banks in the past 21 months, most in the San Fernando Valley. He was formally charged Thursday in U.S. District Court on one count of armed bank robbery, although officials expect to add more charges. He was being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The FBI initially suspected Sykes in the robberies committed by a person they dubbed the Armed Old Man Bandit. But after arresting him, they also linked him to robberies committed by the Fedora Bandit. After the holdup, a bank employee followed the robber into the parking lot and wrote down the license plate number of his 1998 Mitsubishi. Officials traced the car to Sykes. Three days later, an FBI agent showed three bank employees Sykes’ picture, and all three identified him. The FBI served a search warrant at his Encino home Nov. 29, but he wasn’t there and never came back. The FBI believes he had been living in a hotel. Because of his gambling habit, investigators looked for him in local casinos and card houses. “One of our agents happened to go to the casino in Commerce (on Wednesday) and was conversing with security personnel there, giving them fliers, when he looked over and saw Mr. Sykes actually playing,” Eimiller said. The FBI agent and casino security lured Sykes into a private room, where he was arrested. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL MARATHON: As the summer months begin to kick in, it’s that time of year again when Marathon season gets going in earnest. Donegal Marathon 2015 takes place on 23rd August this year at 9.15am on the outskirts of Letterkenny.This fantastic sporting occasion promises to be bigger, better, and faster than last year’s event. 2014 saw the return of competitive marathons to Donegal after a break of 38 years.The event proved to be a massive success and was fantastically supported by the public at large.To build on this success, the Organising Committee, have undertaken two new initiatives that will further develop the event into one of the premium occasions of the sporting calendar.In addition to the events of the day, the Organising Committee have teamed up with Donegal Sports Partnership and is taking to the road with an informative road show that aims to give expert advice on all aspects of preparing for a marathon. The road shows have Free Admission and a panel of experts will give a series of talks and be on hand to answer any queries that you might have.The road show dates are as follows:  10th June – Letterkenny Institute of Technology @ 7pm 17th June – Buncrana Youth Club @7pm 24th June – Abbey Vocational School Donegal Town @7pmSecondly, as a follow up exercise in assessing the success of the 2014 event, the committee entered into a comprehensive feedback process among the competitors and production crew.As a result of this analysis, a new and improved route is in place that aims to build on the support shown by the public and also to shorten personal times.The route will see the competitors make their way in and out of Letterkenny not once but twice this year which will add to the excitement of the day and the carnival atmosphere that was experienced at the Aura Leisure Centre where a fun-packed family day will also be staged once again. For further details of registration and the new route – visit www.donegalmarathon.comSo come along a be a part of an event that continues to capture the imagination of the public and harness the amazing interest that exists within the county and beyond, in a pursuit that challenges, inspires, and invigorates in equal measure.The Donegal Marathon is the People’s Marathon and has been established at a grass roots level which stemmed from a simple conversation about the rise in popularity of this sport across the country.Now is the time for you to get involved in whatever way suits you; as a runner of the full; or half; as a volunteer; or just by lining the route as a spectator on the day to encourage all those participating. Whatever your involvement come along and support a road show near you!DETAILS OF DONEGAL MARATHON INFORMATION ROAD SHOWS ANNOUNCED was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONHome-page SportInformation Roadshowsnewslast_img read more

Weekend Roundup

first_imgHere’s a quick collection of recent news articles bearing on questions of origins, morals, fossils, outer space, science, health and Darwin.Mars risks:  The dust on Mars may be toxic to humans.  New Scientist reported that evidence from the rovers shows the electrically-charged dust clinging to everything.  “If the dust is toxic and you bring it inside” a human habitat, a NASA scientist said, “it could be extraordinarily bad.”Stem cell breakthrough:  The tools for repairing a broken heart may be inside you.  An optimistic article in Science Daily reported on a proof-of-concept study at the Mayo Clinic that shows a patient’s own stem cells (induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS) could be injected into the heart to repair damage.  “This study establishes the real potential for using iPS cells in cardiac treatment,”Dr. Timothy Nelson said of this first-ever application of iPS technology to heart disease therapy.  In the tests, “Bioengineered fibroblasts acquired the capacity to repair and regenerate infarcted hearts.”Fathers get respect:  “Fathers are not dispensable just yet,” headlined a story in New Scientist, as if that would cheer up Dad.  Their “biological programming” to help raise children may have profound effects on the health of the young.  The article is accompanied by a picture of an infant feeling very happy getting nurturing attention from Daddy.  When Linda Geddens began her article, “You may tempted to think men are becoming an optional extra in the mating game,” who was she talking about?Tiny furry feet:  Mammal tracks have been discovered at Dinosaur National Monument says PhysOrg.  Hundreds of prints smaller than a dime were discovered in an area open to the public on the park grounds.  “The tracks are a rare find, mostly because they were left at a time when the area was a hostile, vast Sahara-like desert where towering sand dunes seldom preserved signs of animal life.”  A park paleontologist called the find “astonishing.”  Mammal tracks are apparently interspersed with the dinosaur tracks.Ammonia moon:  Enceladus has ammonia, announced a press release from Jet Propulsion Lab.  The ion and neutral mass spectrometer found the molecule emitted from the south pole geysers of Saturn’s little hyperactive moon.  Planetologists believe that ammonia, by suppressing the melting point, indicates the possible presence of an ocean under the crust.  Jonathan Lunine provided the automatic response: “Where liquid water and organics exist, is there life?”Origin of Speciation still debated:  Science Daily pointed out that a debate you thought Darwin solved is still going on.  “The tremendous diversity of life continues to puzzle scientists, long after the 200 years since Charles Darwin’s birth,” the article began.  “However, in recent years, consistent patterns of biodiversity have been identified over space, time organism type and geographical region.”  Then they launched into a study that supports the controversial view of sympatric speciation – the idea that speciation can occur within a population without geographic barriers.Readers may want to ponder an analogy put forth by one of the researchers in that last story about sympatric speciation.  He said, “One can think about the creation of species on the genetic level in the same way we think about the appearance of many patterns, including traffic jams.”  Does that mean we humans might be products of the very pattern we so despise in our daily commutes?  Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of The New England Complex Systems Institute and a senior author of the study, tried to elaborate: “Just as traffic jams can form from the flow of traffic itself without an accident, the formation of many species can occur as generations evolve across the organisms’ spatial habitat.”  If this is still not clear, his colleague Les Kaufman put a moral imperative on it: “Our insights can be applied to the immense challenge that we now face — not only to prevent the extinction of a large chunk of life, but also to prevent ourselves from quenching the very forces that fuel the continuous creation of new life forms on earth.”  Readers may be puzzled by considering traffic jams as creative forces for anything.  Other readers may be puzzled by why extinction should be prevented when we all seem to desire a smooth flow of traffic, not traffic jams.Secular science news is a strange mix of good, bad, and ugly.  The price of intellectual liberty is eternal baloney detecting.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Strange Large Mammals Make News

first_imgHere are unexpected facts about 4 large mammals.The unicorn:  A deer with an “extremely rare deformity” was reported by National Geographic.  Shot in Slovenia, the deer had deformed antlers that merged into a single, pointed “horn” on top of its head, that “looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.”Saber-tooth deer:  Readers may be taken aback by a photo of a fanged deer on Science Daily.  The species was thought extinct (the last one was seen 60 years ago), but a living one turned up in the forested slopes of Afghanistan.  Males of the Kashmir musk deer use the fangs during rutting season like other species use antlers for battle.  Poachers have driven the species to the point of extinction by hunting for their scent glands, which are considered more valuable than gold.Hippoopo:  The “river horse” (hippopotamus) releases so much dung each day, it alters the ecology of rivers.  In Science Magazine, Elizabeth Pennisi relays how scientists are taking renewed interest in hippos, which are hard to study because of their aggressive behavior toward humans (they kill more people than do lions or elephants).  Of particular interest to one team is the realization that hippo poop moves massive amounts of carbon from land to waterways, nourishing a whole food web of insects, fish, and other animals.Moose facts:  On Live Science, Alina Bradford provided interesting facts about moose (plural, moose).  The largest members of the deer family, moose are also the tallest mammals in North America; males can stand 6.5 feet tall, with a six-foot spread of antlers.  They are cud-chewers with four-chambered stomachs.  Their fur is hollow, providing excellent insulation in the seasonally-snowed habitats they prefer.  Their hooves act like snowshoes and, despite their ungainly appearance and bulk, they are strong swimmers, able to swim over 12 miles at a time.Update 11/19/14: National Geographic answers the question, “How do moose get so big eating plants?”  All herbivores get more energy from their food, the answer goes, and they spend much of their time eating.  Moose in particular have an “absolutely phenomenal ability” to get the most out of what they eat, one biologist says.The adaptation of animals to their environments is striking.  Creationists allow for a fair amount of variability within created kinds, believing that genetic adaptations are built in to the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of each kind.  Today’s mammals probably do not resemble the original created kinds, or even those before the Flood.  The sorting out of traits between species adapted to specialized environments does not represent an increase in genetic information required by the evolutionary theory.  It’s actually a loss of information as each species retains only the genes and gene networks needed for its habitat.  The variations among dog and cat kinds are good examples.  Both evolutionists and creationists believe they descended from common ancestors of their own kinds (e.g., domestic dogs, dingoes and coyotes from an original wolf-like animal), but creationists deny that the huge increase in genetic innovation required to turn a mouse into a cat is possible or supported by evidence.  Many variations went extinct in the severely-altered habitat after the Flood.   Nevertheless, each species is a marvel of engineering design and warrants praise to its Creator and protection. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

FreeGreen’s Open-Source Floor Plan Adventure

first_imgFollowing the open-source model more commonly associated with software development, this design firm offers floor plans for free or at low cost, and invites others to suggest plan improvementsMany people associate the term open source with the strategy for marketing and improving software by making its underlying code available to the community of users and developers, who in turn revise or write more code to improve the original. In truth, though, the concept can be applied to any discipline, including green home design, that might benefit from feedback by those who use it.So it is with FreeGreen, a Charlestown, Massachusetts, architecture firm that in July will offer its first set of free downloadable floor plans, construction documents, and energy efficiency calculations for a New England Colonial home being built for a family in the Boston suburb of Needham. (Click here for a blog by the Needham home’s owner, Rob Glazer, about the progress of the project.)A green plan cafeteriaFreeGreen says homes built according to its plans are 30% to 50% more energy efficient than those built to prescriptive code, and each of its plans includes LEED for Homes and National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Standards ratings.The FreeGreen, founded in 2008, says it helps distribute 36,000 house plans annually. Architectural firms from all over the country participate. Some plans are available for a fee, some are offered for free; the FreeGreen site includes a “most downloaded” page that shows fee-based plans ranging in price from $20 (for the 800 sq. ft. Upside Down House, from Silvia and Silva) to $2,500 (for the 3,105 sq. ft. RS House, from Gregory La Vardera Architecture).FreeGreen makes money through advertising from the manufacturers, contractors, and other companies whose products and services are paired with FreeGreen plans.“In order to avoid product bias,” the firm says on its site, “we present every product and material in a fair and clear light. Users can see ratings from established third-party green certification programs such as LEED and NAHB for each product (good or bad), or research performance through our energy modeling reports.”last_img read more