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Easily Pronounced Names May Make People More Likable

first_imgWired: Though it might seem impossible, and certainly inadvisable, to judge a person by their name, a new study suggests our brains try anyway.The more pronounceable a person’s name is, the more likely people are to favor them.“When we can process a piece of information more easily, when it’s easier to comprehend, we come to like it more,” said psychologist Adam Alter of New York University and co-author of a Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study published in December. Fluency, the idea that the brain favors information that’s easy to use, dates back to the 1960s, when researchers found that people most liked images of Chinese characters if they’d seen them many times before.Read the whole story: Wired More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

CDC: Antibiotic-resistant bugs sicken 2 million a year

first_imgThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that antibiotic-resistant pathogens sicken 2 million Americans a year and listed the three most urgent threats as Clostridium difficile, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.The agency’s first all-encompassing report on antibiotic disease threats spans 114 pages and ranks the pathogens in part to spur a multipronged effort to prioritize and battle the problems. Antibiotic-resistant microorganisms play a role in 23,000 deaths each year, the CDC said.At a media briefing today, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said the landmark report provides a snapshot of the antibiotic-resistant organisms that have the biggest impact on human health. He said the numbers are very conservative estimates that don’t take into account infections that occur outside hospitals, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers.The numbers are worrisome, because so few antibiotics to battle the new pathogens are in the development pipeline, he said. “If we don’t take action early, the medicine cabinet will be empty for patients with life-threatening infections.”The CDC ranked the antibiotic-resistant organisms based on seven criteria: health impact, economic impact, how common the infection is, 10-year projection of how common it will become, ease of spread, antibiotic availability, and prevention barriers. It also grouped the organisms into three groups, based on threat level.Topping the list is C difficile, which so far hasn’t shown significant drug resistance, but the CDC included it in the report because it can cause deadly healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and is linked to antibiotic use in facilities. The CDC said C diff causes 250,000 hospitalizations and $1 billion in healthcare costs each year and is linked to at least 14,000 deaths.The other two organisms in the CDC’s “urgent” category are CRE and drug-resistant N gonorrhoeae. In March the CDC called CRE “nightmare bacteria” that are more dangerous than methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). CRE is considered a triple threat, because it resists nearly all antibiotics, has high mortality in invasive infections, and can spread resistance genes to other bacteria.In spelling out the scope of the problem, CDC officials said antibiotics used in food-producing animals to fight disease and promote growth are part of the problem, but added that hospitals remain the source of most drug-resistant organisms. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently proposed a pathway for using the drugs in food animals only to address diseases and health problems.The 12 organisms in the CDC’s “serious threat” category include MRSA as well as fluconazole-resistant Candida, which is a fungus. The CDC said in the report that Candida is the fourth most common cause of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections in the United States, sickening 46,000 people each year. Patterns show a shift toward species that have increased resistance to first- and second-line antifungal drugs.Frieden said the CDC released the report now to galvanize action, because urgent steps are needed to address the problem. “The [antibiotic] pipeline is nearly empty for the short-term. New drugs are a decade away.”The report details four steps to address the threat, which include preventing infections and the spread of resistance, tracking antibiotic-resistant infections, improving antibiotic stewardship, and developing new drugs and diagnostic tests.”The bottom line is stewardship,” Frieden said. “We need to preserve antibiotics for the future.” A November 2012 report from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy, a Washington, DC, think tank, said that although overall antibiotic usage in the United States is declining, it found a wide geographic variation, with antibiotic use highest in Appalachia and Gulf Coast states.The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said in a statement today that the new report underscores that drug-resistant hazards in the nation’s food supply pose a serious threat to public health. It noted that a third of the 12 pathogens that the CDC classifies as serious are found in food.Caroline Smith DeWaal, the CSPI’s food safety director, said in the statement that overuse of antibiotics in the animal sector can no longer be ignored.”The volume of antibiotics sold for use in animals dwarfs those used in human medicine. While attention to both sectors is vital, action is urgently needed to manage the food safety risks posed by the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals,” she said.She added that the CDC’s report gives human health-related advice for how to avoid contributing to antibiotic resistance but missed the opportunity to provide specific advice to veterinarians, the food industry, and agencies that regulate food safety.In May 2011 the CSPI petitioned the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to declare four antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains as adulterants in ground meat and poultry, which would trigger testing. The strains have been linked to foodborne illness outbreaks. In its statement today the CSPI repeated its call for the USDA to grant the petition and recommended steps that the government, producers, and the public can take to reduce the antibiotic-resistant bacteria threat to the food supply.See also:Sep 16 CDC press releaseSep 16 CDC drug resistance reportMar 5 CIDRAP News story “CDC warns of drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae”Nov 13, 2012, CIDRAP News story “Good news, bad news on US antibiotic use and resistance”Sep 16 CSPI statementlast_img read more

Volunteer Group ‘All Together Los Alamos’ Steps Up To Help During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

first_imgOmega Canyon Bridge. Courtesy photoCOMMUNITY News:A volunteer group of Los Alamos County residents called “All Together Los Alamos” is stepping up to provide information on resources and services to individuals and families who are housebound during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This group will supplement services already being provided by local senior centers and other non-profits.All Together Los Alamos hopes to promote and enhance existing neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and networks as well as recently established social media sites to maximize communication within the community as the expected surge in needs emerges. This will include getting the most current information on resources from the County, non-profits and local businesses out to people who are homebound.All Together Los Alamos plans to assist homebound residents with:Simple “well-check” phone calls;Directing people to available resources;Providing over-the-phone support for setting up communication methods such as video-chatting; andPicking up prescriptions or groceries and delivering them to homes.The group also will provide information to local online and print newspapers, local social media and KRSN radio.Applications for assistance are not currently being accepted but further information will be released early next week.To enroll as a volunteer, register at https://sites.google.com/view/alltogetherlosalamos/home, or call 505.500.4116 for more information.last_img read more

Tiz The Law set to romp Kentucky Derby

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP):Forget the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, men in seersucker suits and women wearing hats exploding in a floral frenzy. The Kentucky Derby still has horses – Tiz The Law is the biggest favourite in 31 years – but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other.‘’It’s going to be weird,’’ said five-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert.None of the cheering – or cursing after losing wagers – from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America’s longest continuously held sports event will go on today, four months later than usual. The track initially planned to allow 23,000 fans to attend until escalating positivity rates for COVID-19 in Louisville dictated otherwise.‘’Quietude can’t hurt,’’ said Barclay Tagg, trainer of 3-5 favourite Tiz The Law. ‘’We’ve had quiet for almost all his races this year.’’Of course, silence changes the very nature of the Derby, known for a mix of the raucous and refined, the freakish and fashionable.Gone will be the parade of celebrities on the red carpet, the who’s who of sports, politics and entertainment crowding Millionaires Row, the national anthem sung by a big name. The University of Louisville marching band won’t strike up My Old Kentucky Home while the crowd sings along as the horses step on to the track, and the traditional call of ‘’Riders up!’’ won’t be shouted by a bold-faced name standing in the paddock.Tiz the Law has already won the Belmont Stakes, the kick-off to the Triple Crown that was run in June at a shorter distance. A victory in the Derby would set him up for a Triple try in the Preakness on October 3.Also in his favour is that he’s already proved he can handle the Derby distance of 1 1/4 miles, often the biggest question for any three-year-old colt. Tiz The Law won the Travers by 5-1/2 lengths over the same distance at Saratoga a month ago.‘’He’s checked all those boxes, and I believe he very well could win the Triple Crown this year,’’ said Jerry Bailey, the retired Hall of Fame jockey and NBC Sports analyst.Tiz The Law has won six of seven career starts – his only loss came at Churchill Downs last year – by staying close to the pace and making one big run at the top of the stretch.last_img read more

Thai Nice – serving up quality food with a ‘sea view’

first_imgThai Nice, on the Uxbridge Road just up from Acton High Street, has been serving up meals for more than a decade.Open every evening until 11pm, the restaurant cooks up authentic Thai cuisine but has a number of other tricks up its sleeve.Cocktails are two for one between 6pm and 7.30pm and children eating in the restaurant with an adult can claim a free ice cream.AdChoices广告And if you’re celebrating a birthday, bring seven or more friends with you and you’ll be treated to a free birthday cake – and a singsong.One table even boasts a ‘sea view’ – well, of the goldfish swimmingly happily in their tank, anyway.Thai Nice first opened its doors in 2001 and it marked its 12th birthday with one of a number of discount promotions it runs through the year.The menu contains an array of Thai-cooked food, from chicken, pork, beef and duck dishes to curries, salads and seafood. Vegetarian options are well catered for and the chronically indecisive can go for the value-for-money set menu.Thai Nice isn’t just about the food, the cocktails or the deals. It also welcomes wedding or civil partnership receptions and has been known to put on a show itself.Intrigued? Check out the website for Vivian and the Thai Ladyboys’ tribute to the divas of pop in their ‘An Evening with Beyonce’ show…For more information or to reserve a table, visit www.thainice.co.uk, call 0208 99 22 225, or drop in to the restaurant.If you’re interested in advertising with West London Sport, email [email protected]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more