Month: February 2021

Combination PET/CT Scanner Could Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore A new type of scanner that combines the qualities of a  PET (positron emission tomography) scan and the qualities of a CT (computed tomography) scan could lead to improved breast cancer imaging. This imaging will allow doctors to identify the stage of breast cancer in patients that have already been diagnosed. In turn, this knowledge can lead to more specific treatment methods and better planning of surgeries. (read the full story at Science Daily) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Former Prisoner of North Korea Builds University for his Former Jailers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreDecades after being imprisoned by North Korea on espionage charges, Dr. Kim Chin-Kyung is opening the first privately funded university in that country as a way to increase dialogue with the closed-off country.He recalled what happened during the war in 1950, “I told God that if I survived, I would return the love to my enemies,” he says – his enemies at the time being North Korean and Chinese soldiers.Read the story, featured in the new Making a Difference section of the CS Monitor. ..AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Smile, Science Says it’s Good for Your Heart

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore (READ the story in Australia Financial Review) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNew research shows optimistic, cheerful people are significantly less likely to develop coronary artery disease than their pessimistic peers.Two new studies by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore underline the fact that, like many other diseases, coronary artery disease is more than just a physical condition. It has mind and soul components, too.last_img read more

Prince Now Has His Own Shade of Purple

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRain isn’t the only thing that is purple now.Prince, who was the musical genius responsible for ”1999”, “Purple Rain”, and “Little Red Corvette”, has just been given his very own shade of purple.In partnership with the Prince Estate, the Pantone Color Institute has released a new, intense shade of purple named “Love Symbol #2”: the symbol by which the pop icon was identified. The hue was reportedly inspired by the custom made purple Yamaha keyboard that the singer had made before his tour.WATCH: Cast of Broadway’s The Color Purple Sing Electrifying Prince Tribute Onstage“The color purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, entertainment advisor to Prince’s Estate.Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute said: “We are honored to have worked on the development of Love Symbol #2, a distinctive new purple shade created in memory of Prince, ‘the purple one.’ A musical icon known for his artistic brilliance, Love Symbol #2 is emblematic of Prince’s distinctive style. Long associated with the purple family, Love Symbol #2 enables Prince’s unique purple shade to be consistently replicated and maintain the same iconic status as the man himself.”The singer passed away in his home recording studio at the age of 57 last year.In addition to the new shade of purple, Prince has been honored by a digital museum of his legacy, and countless musical tributes. Though Prince left no heirs behind, he also lived a secret humanitarian life that was only truly reviewed after his death.Adore This Story? Click To Share With Your Girlfriend (Photo by Pantone)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

One of the Largest Native American Tribes Has Just Voted to End Their 100-Year Dependency on Coal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor almost an entire century, the Navajo Nation has been economically dependent on coal – but after approving a historic new piece of legislation last month, the tribe will now be pursuing more eco-friendly alternatives.After nearly eight years of deliberation, the Navajo Council recently announced that they would no longer be pursuing the acquisition of a coal-fired power plant in Arizona.Upon rejecting the mine’s purchase in an 11-9 vote, the committee passed a new piece of legislation which highlighted the tribe’s commitment to investing in more sustainable sources of revenue and renewable energy. Since the Navajo Nation is the second largest native tribe in America by populace, their shift away from coal is a landmark moment for national climate action.RELATED: Native American Tribe Donates $184,000 to Cover Funeral Costs of Alabama Tornado Victims“For close to 100 years, the Navajo Nation has been a strong traditional energy producer. In that time, government revenue from energy production has supported the Nation in becoming the strongest and most robust tribal government in the United States, propelling our people in endeavors our forbearers would have never imagined,” said Navajo Council Speaker Seth Damon.“Last night, that Navajo Nation Council signaled that it is time for change,” he added. “Expanding tourism, alternative energy development, carbon credits, and manufacturing are all ideas that this council is pursuing to ensure that a healthy government can continue to provide for its people.MORE: Oil Company Surrenders 15 Land Leases on Sacred Native American Land“As we have done through centuries of interaction with external actors, it is critical that our people band together and support one another. We are a proud nation that has existed on this land since time immemorial. The Navajo Nation Government may have been originally organized to approve energy leases. Though, as evidenced by the innumerable services the government provides, it is not the sole purpose of the government today.“Our people, our sovereignty, and our right to self-determination predate the first coal seam found on Navajo, and we will endure and thrive together.”Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Teen Creates App to Organize All The Family’s Caregivers After Grandmother Gets Alzheimers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThere seems to be an app for just about anything these days, but for a hands-on, ‘round-the-clock task like dementia care, is there really “an app for that”?When Logan Wells’s grandmother was first diagnosed with dementia, her family chose to care for her at home so she could enjoy her three-mile daily walks and a social life with friends. Logan’s parents, Hallie and Eric, and his aunt Lisa set out to organize a schedule for Nannie and all her companions.Hallie told Colonial Times Magazine, “When we first started, there were pieces of paper all over Nannie’s house: the chore chart on the fridge, the calendar on the kitchen counter, the medication check-off.” But, as Nannie’s condition declined and more specialized care was required, the family in Lexington, Massachusetts, began introducing professional caregivers into the mix. With six family members and three professional staff, the teenager witnessed the overwhelming number of tasks created by constantly having to update the team through texts, emails, and calling multiple numbers—and he wondered if there was a better way.50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia, but despite the large adult population going through similar circumstances, it’s common for families to feel isolated and overwhelmed.Seeing the stress it was putting on his mom to coordinate all medical appointments, medications, and be the main point of contact for all the helpers, Logan did what he could to help. He also began learning programming from online tutorials with the plan to develop an app that would coordinate all the data and calendar information.RELATED: Thanks to Student’s Hunch, Seniors With Dementia Are ‘Coming Alive’ Again With the ‘Magic’ of Virtual RealityDevelopment of the app quickly became a family project. Logan’s dad, Eric, helped with his background in technology and programming; his twin brother Devin and sister Delaney provided input for the prototype; and Logan’s mom and aunt tested the initial version and provided crucial feedback.Later in the development process, they brought in software consultants to provide security features, and help to scale up the app so it could be offered to families everywhere. The result is CareZare.Logan and his father then took it to a local senior care facility and collected feedback from test groups of care professionals who knew how massive amounts of health and behavioral data could be streamlined and improved.The pair also met with families facing different types of care challenges, such as adult family members with developmental disabilities. “We started to think – we can build this so it’s useful to other people,” Eric said. The suggestions they received were integrated into the app.POPULAR: New Research Links Five Simple Lifestyle Choices to a 60% Reduced Risk of Developing Alzheimer’sWith the free app, users can log activities, track tasks (such as, if patient took their meds), keep an up-to-date calendar and have all of your contacts in one place. The app inventors say that future enhancements include integration with Google and Apple calendars, weather updates that could help care team members plan ahead, and even streaming video feed from home security cameras.When asked about log-in problems experienced by a few users who then left poor reviews, Logan Wells told GNN, “We had a steep rise in users in a short amount of time which caused some issues, but those are now resolved.”Currently, CareZare is offered for both Android and iPhone devices.So, yes, even for the myriad challenges that families face in helping care for one of their own, there really is an app for that. CareZare launched in November of 2017.“It has been a godsend, honestly, from the communication point of view,” Logan’s aunt Lisa said. “Before, you could spend half your day just calling people and trying to figure things out.”MORE: After Breakthrough Trials, Alzheimer’s Vaccine That Uses the Body’s Immune System May Soon Be Tested on HumansNannie can be very proud of her grandson, who spent so many of his teen years working to improve the lives of his family members, and so many others.MULTIPLY the Good by Sharing the News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Belles study leadership, cultural inclusion

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Intercultural Leadership (IL) offers students with an interest in social responsibility the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and learn more about cultural diversity. The IL Program is a two to three year co-curricular program that combines leadership development with study of diversity and intercultural inclusion. Intercultural Studies Program Director Mana Derakhshani said the program aims to teach students about leadership and acting for the common good.  “The main goal of the IL program is to provide … opportunities for students, whether they are involved in formal, traditional leadership roles or not, to recognize their leadership style and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be an agent of change for the good,” Derakhshani said. The program requires students to attend monthly meetings as well as a number of retreats, according to the program’s commitment form.  Senior Ambreen Ahmad said the retreats are important to the leadership development aspect of the program.  “The retreats are an opportunity to see who you are as a leader, to recognize your values and to know what you stand up for,” Ahmad said.  Senior Maeya Alexander said, for her, the retreats are the most enjoyable component of the IL program. “[My favorite part is] going on the retreats,” said Alexander. “Getting to hang out with people who are your peers … really [challenges] the way we collectively live as leaders. It’s really tough, but that’s what makes it fun. You really get to bond with a lot of the girls.” Participants must also complete 50 hours of community-based learning and nine credit hours in intercultural leadership topics, in addition to leading an inclusive leadership project, in order to complete the IL Program. Alexander said IL participants are instructed to design their projects so other students can continue their projects after they graduate. “One of the things that we’re supposed to accomplish by the end is to create a leadership project that can be replicated and continued at Saint Mary’s,” she said.  Alexander said past leadership projects have ranged from data comparisons of the status of women in South Bend to the nationwide status of women to comprehensive informative booklets and programs designed to prepare students for study abroad. Derakhshani said the components of the program help students develop six proficiencies: Recognize the leader within, articulate your ethical and spiritual center, engage and value diversity, dialogue on power and privilege, create inclusive and equitable communities and make your difference in the world. The choice of service placement, individual leadership project and where to study abroad are different ways that students can tailor the program to match their personal interests, Derakhshani said. She said all of the students benefit from the bonds formed through spending time with like-minded peers.  “I think different students appreciate different components of the program, but everyone agrees that an unexpected benefit is belonging to a cohort of like-minded individuals,” Derakhshani said. “That bond remains strong throughout their career at Saint Mary’s and hopefully beyond.” Derakhshani also said the program challenges students to be more effective in a diverse world and stands out on a resume to employers who understand the importance of intercultural awareness. Ahmad said she has learned a lot about collaboration and being a woman through the IL Program “One big thing that I’ve taken away is that there is immense value in being a woman, and being collaborative and inclusive,” said Ahmad. “It’s been a really great experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself through it.” Alexander said she would recommend all interested students apply to the program. “I would definitely recommend it for anyone, not only to meet people, but to talk about the issues in our world that people don’t always see,” Alexander said. “It’s given me a lot of confidence to do things that I wouldn’t have thought I could do.” Derakhshani said the program is open to rising sophomore and junior students from any discipline. Derakhshani said the application process opens each spring, and this year applications will be accepted through Monday. She said around 10 new students are accepted into the program each year.last_img read more

CLC discusses assault

first_imgThe Campus Life Council (CLC) met Monday afternoon at their final weekly meeting of the fall semester. Luis Llanos, chair of the Diversity Council, updated the CLC about group’s resolution passed about a month and a half ago and passed on to administrators last Thursday. “I have been in contact with the administration [about the resolution],” Llanos said.  “They’re going to meet up next week and then we will discuss all the points in depth. They have all been positive about it.” The focus of the meeting turned to student government’s campaign against sexual assault on campus. Student Body President Alex Coccia said plans are underway for a spring semester project. “When we come back in the spring semester, student government is facilitating a student engagement campaign,” Coccia said. “The campaign title is ‘One is Too Many.’” Student government is getting four or five people will to run and facilitate a pledge against sexual assault in each residence hall, he said. Student government will train the dorm representatives in the spring semester. “We want to make sure the people who are doing the conversations feel comfortable talking about it,” he said. “We want them to feel knowledgeable about reporting and logistics of the dialogue. From there, we’re really going to try and adapt and evolve the campaign.” Coccia said the campaign is open to as many people who want to be involved, with plans to weave the initiative into freshman orientation and dorm mass homilies in the future. “Student government is facilitating [the campaign],” Coccia said. “But we want anyone that wants to be involved to be involved.” Llanos asked what is being doing for off-campus students since sexual assault may happen there also. Coccia said logistically, that aspect is more difficult, but still possible. “We will focus on [University] Edge and [Irish] Row, but we’re also looking at social media pledges and getting off-campus people involved,” he said. Annie Selak, Walsh Hall rector, said there is the potential of communication breaking down since the campaign is on a representative basis in different dorms.   Pasquerilla East Hall rector Cindy Broderick said it will be important to make sure proper support structures are in place to maintain the campaign and also support  students who have been affected by sexual assault. Contact Kyle Witzigman at [email protected]last_img read more

Clarinetist leads fans in song

first_imgThe Band of the Fighting Irish features 380 members, but for a few minutes every football weekend, all eyes focus on just one clarinetist.Michael Yu | The Observer Before the start of the fourth quarter of the first two home football games, sophomore Michelle Mann temporarily abandoned her instrument and took to the end zone to perform “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” a jazzy 1960 record originally performed by Jesse Hill. Since then, she has performed the call-and-response tune during the pep rallies before the games against Purdue in Indianapolis and against Stanford at home.“I was terrified because the day before [the first game, director of bands] Dr. [Ken] Dye is like, ‘There are 80,000 people in this Stadium.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, okay no pressure,’” Mann said. “And 8,000 of them I have to go to school with … so, you know, better be impressive.”Mann won the spot as featured soloist through an audition process during the summer. The band directors ultimately selected her to replace Terron Phillips, a 2014 graduate of Holy Cross and former trumpet player, who frequently sang the song during the 2013 football season, Mann said.“They held auditions over the summer, so I sent in a video of me singing ‘Ooh Pooh Pah Doo,’” she said. “I had my sister do the responses to my call, and it worked out. It was a little more competitive than I was expecting because a lot of people tried out; I didn’t realize that, but I’m really happy.“It’s such a blessing, and it’s so fun to get to do it so often.”The band directors’ choice to have Mann perform the number throughout the season came as a shock, Mann said.“A few days before we practiced it in band, one of the directors found me and said, ‘We think you’re great, and your last step will just be practicing it with the band,’” she said. “I was pretty shocked and also so terrified, but I definitely couldn’t contain my excitement.”Practicing with the band itself proved to be the steepest personal challenge for Mann, partly because of the group’s expert knowledge of music and its familiarity with the song.“The first time I did in front of the band was almost actually more nerve-wracking because they all know the song, and they know the guy who did it last year,” Mann said. “It was actually scarier then than it was with the rest of the audience because at a certain point you don’t even see anyone, you just see a giant group of people. It’s still scary every time, but I get more freedom every time I do it.”Though ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ gives Mann an opportunity to showcase her own vocal prowess as the only individual vocalist during the game, she said she sees her role as a way to help the band rather than herself.“While this is something I do, it’s still being a part of the band,” Mann said. “I don’t consider myself separated or any kind of greater-than-thou.“This is my service to the band; some people serve as drum major or as officers, and this is how I can serve. It’s a privilege and an honor; it’s not a right.”Dye said Mann exemplifies the enthusiasm needed of a marcher to promote the Notre Dame game day experience.“Michelle is a wonderful talent among the ranks of the ND clarinet section,” he said. “… She is always prepared and in great spirit to entertain the ND fans at pep rallies and games.”Sophomore clarinetist Emily Foernssler, who also lives next door to Mann in Breen-Phillips Hall, praised Mann’s spirit and ability to connect with the fans.“She is the perfect face for the band and exactly what we need to get the crowd excited about the band,” Foernssler said.Marching with the band and participating in mentorship programs, jazz bands and brass bands have fundamentally shaped Mann’s time at Notre Dame, she said. Mann boasts nine total years of practice with the clarinet and calls that section of the marching band her “family.”“It’s really been the biggest portion of my experience, with the exception of class, because it’s where I spend a good chunk of my time,” she said. “… It gives you stability and it gives you structure and it definitely teaches you about commitment and about time management.”Mann said the energy of the band as they perform enhances and complements the energy of the hundreds of thousands of fans who come to cheer for the Irish.“It’s this mixture of pure adrenaline-based excitement and there’s a little bit of fear, especially the first couple of times, but there’s also this heartwarming, amazing sense of love,” she said. “… You can feel an energy that is just unspoken and you can see it in people’s eyes and every single person who’s here on campus can feel it; there’s a connection that doesn’t have to be spoken.”“My favorite moment really is when we’re playing ‘America the Beautiful,’” she said. “… Every time we’re playing it, I recognize it’s not just about the Notre Dame band or me, it’s about this band at this school, this amazing University in this amazing country. … It totally makes you recognize what a huge blessing this is, and it’s undeniable.“You cannot doubt the fact that this is an amazing opportunity that not everybody gets, and I’m reminded of that every time I step out of the tunnel.”Tags: Band of the Fighting Irish, football, football friday, marching band, Michelle Mann, Musiclast_img read more

NDtv holds open auditions for ‘The Irish Bachelor’

first_imgThis spring, a group of women will compete for one Notre Dame man’s heart on NDtv’s The Irish Bachelor.NDtv Station Manager Caitlin Crommett said the idea for the Irish Bachelor was prompted by the success of last year’s Irish Bachelorette — a dating show modeled after ABC’s The Bachelorette.“[We thought] it might be fun to bring in people that aren’t in NDtv to be in NDtv, and we had extreme popularity – we weren’t expecting this many people to turn out for everything,” Crommett said.Crommett said the station received numerous requests for an Irish Bachelor.“We of course said we couldn’t have two Irish Bachelorettes in a row, so we thought we’d move on to The Bachelor,” Crommett said.Claire Rembecki, who will work production for The Bachelor, said the show’s predecessor, The Irish Bachelorette, prompted discussion on the dating experience at Notre Dame. This year, the show plans to delve deeper into issues posed last season, she said.“[Dating at Notre Dame is] such a weird phenomenon,” Rembecki said. “We kind of want to put that on camera, not because we want to make people fall in love – obviously, if that happens it’s great, we don’t have that high of expectations. … We kind of want to put [the contestants] in front of a camera and see what it’s like – when you first talk to the guy you find attractive, when you first go on a date, when you’re weighing whether to date them or not — it’s fun to watch.”Rembecki said last year’s show also drew some negative responses on campus.This backlash, along with the popularity of the show, made the role of The Irish Bachelorette difficult, last year’s Bachelorette Kirsten Fernandez said.“The Bachelorette ended up being much bigger than I originally thought it was going to be,” Fernandez said. “I did not expect that so many people would recognize me from the show and ask me about it while I was in class, at work or out with my friends. Although most people’s comments to me about the show were positive, I did not enjoy that kind of exposure and the negative comments on social media and The Observer were hurtful to deal with. I don’t think I would choose to do it again.”This year, the show plans to make a few changes, including a longer production time and more focus on documenting the dating experience at Notre Dame, Rembecki said. Dates the contestants go on will also be primarily off campus, she said.“We’re looking at getting more out into the South Bend community, so doing dates in South Bend, maybe even in neighboring cities,” Rembecki said. “To get us away from the show we had last year, but also more in touch with the community because there’s so much of an issue with being in the Notre Dame bubble, so we wanted to use the show, which is kind of a social experiment in itself, to break out of that.”Crommett said The Irish Bachelor is hosting open auditions this year. Auditions for the show’s hosts, the Bachelor and the contestants will be open to students in the Sorin Room of LaFortune on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 3 to 5 p.m.Tags: auditions, Irish Bachelor, Irish Bachelorette, NDTvlast_img read more