Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

first_imgA new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. The study, a participant data meta-analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials including more than 11,000 participants, has been published online in The BMJ.“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”Several observational studies, which track participants over time without assigning a specific treatment, have associated low vitamin D levels with greater susceptibility to acute respiratory infections. A number of clinical trials have been conducted to investigate the protective ability of vitamin D supplementation, but while some found a protective effect, others did not. Meta-analyses of these trials, which aggregate data from several studies that may have different designs or participant qualifications, also had conflicting results.To resolve these discrepancies, the research team — led by Adrian Martineau from Queen Mary University of London — conducted an individual participant data meta-analysis of trials in more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. While traditional meta-analyses compare average data from all participants in each study, individual participant data meta-analysis separates out the data from each individual participant, producing what could be considered a higher-resolution analysis of the data from all studies.The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.“Acute respiratory infections are responsible for millions of emergency department visits in the United States,” said Camargo, who is a professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. “These results could have a major impact on our health system and also support efforts to fortify foods with vitamin D, especially in populations with high levels of vitamin D deficiency.”The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health Research (U.K.).last_img read more

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Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit held in Russia

first_imgFrom July 9 to July 11, 2019, the second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Sverdlovsk Region, and the Russian Export Center are the key organizers of the second edition of GMIS. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin welcomed the summit’s participants.As a global forum covering all industries, the summit brought together the world’s leading experts and key players in the field of industrial production, education and science to identify new global challenges to industrial development and jointly develop an approach to their solution, as well as their role in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, as reflected in the U.N. agenda on sustainable development 2030.Within the framework of the program, several thematic sessions, panel discussions, and presentations related to the main topic of the summit — nature-like technologies took place in Yekaterinburg-Expo. According to Badr Al Olama (Harvard Law School, 2005), head of GMIS organizing committee, “Our ways of living and working are having an irreversible impact on nature, and our future.”Juan Carlos Reyes Garcia (from left), Roman Lyadov, Mikhail Akim, Andrey Berezin, Sheriff Refaat, Shishir Shrotriya, and Alexander Rodriguez. Credit: The Roscongress FoundationAndrey Berezin (HES’2017) moderated the section “The Role of Young Professionals in the Transition of Industry to Sustainable Development.” Among panellists were Sheriff Refaat, co-founder and director of Business Development of N-Gage Consulting; Shishir Shrotriya, adviser for science and technology at the Embassy of the Republic of India in the Russian Federation; Alexander Rodriguez (HES’2016), founder and managing lawyer of International Blockchain Legal; Mikhail Akim, vice president, ABB Ltd. and chairman of the Modernization and Innovation Working Group for the Association of European Businesses, Roman Lyadov(HBS’2011) – Chief Executive Officer of GTLK Europe DAC; Juan Carlos Reyes Garcia (HES’ 2017), lead consultant, Efficiency.ca.During the discussion, the panelists outlined the critical role of public-private cooperation in the development of young professionals. Panelists agreed the role of education in public-private cooperation is of paramount importance, as education contributes to the development of human capital, in other words, education is a training of young professionals who develop innovative technologies in the industrial sector to solve global problems and improve quality of life.Director of the UNIDO Center in the Russian Federation, Head of ITPO UNIDO Moscow, Sergey Korotkov and Svetlana Erkenova, the vice president of the MED “Living Planet,” national expert of the UNIDO, noted the importance of youth-related issues in industrial development discussed within Innovation Theatre at GMIS’2019.  According to Bruno S. Sergi, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, “Russia is moving towards a greener economy based on  the concept of preservation of natural resources and development of innovations.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man Opens Off-Broadway

first_img The three-character play features Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones) and Andrew Brewer (Cougar the Musical). Based on the international best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, the show features a straight woman, a seductive model, and well, of course, the gay man who’s got the tips for um, you know. Audiences are welcomed into a fun-filled world of foolproof moves and insider advice that could only be culled from that most insightful of individuals: a woman’s gay best friend. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 23, 2018 Battle of the sexes! The play Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man officially opens February 9 off-Broadway. Written by Altar Boyz producer Matt Murphy and directed by Tim Drucker (Fat Camp), the comedy will run at the 777 Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Sex Tips For Straight Women From a Gay Manlast_img read more

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Spring Head-to-Toe from Columbia Sportswear

first_imgColumbia means a lot of things to a lot of different people, from skiers to anglers to backpackers and travelers worldwide. But for springtime in the Blue Ridge, it’s a brand I continually turn to for waterproof, bug-proof, breathable apparel and footwear.Their motto is “Trying Stuff since 1938,” and while simple, it’s a statement not only about the innovation but also the humility with which the company approaches the outdoor market, in an effort to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, and bringing technical products to the market that help people enjoy being outside.  This Spring, Columbia is incorporating its Omni-Freeze ZERO, Omni-Wick EVAP, Insect Blocker and Omni-Shade proprietary technologies across several styles for a head-to-toe kit ideal for southeastern climes. image015The Zero Rules SL gives you a wicking, breathable technical tee for hiking and trail running for under $40, when you can easily spend twice that, and it’s jam packed with features. In a nutshell, the Omni-Freeze ZERO cools the surrounding fabric when it becomes wet, the Omni-Shade UPF 30 blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays, antimicrobial helps reduce the stink factor, and Omni-Wick pulls moisture away from the body and enables perspiration to evaporate more quickly.For hikes, pair it with the Insect Blocker Cargo Pants ($80), also a technical, breathable material but impregnated with Columbia’s Insect Blocker technology to keep ticks and mosquitoes at bay. Throw the Insect Blocker Mesh Jacket ($90) in your pack — and leave it there — for when it gets buggy but you’re too hot to put more clothes on, and don’t want to cover yourself in bug spray.Columbia’s trail shoes are also a shocking value for the money, although these days they compete right up against other top shelf brands; and with the company’s OutDry (a waterproofing technology out of Italy they snatched up lock, stock and barrel two seasons ago for use exclusively in shoes, gloves – and packs in the Mountain Hardwear brand), they are even more competitive. image021The new-for-spring Conspiracy Razor OutDry ($110) are lightweight, waterproof, nimble and soft; while being lugged, welded, and reinforced for performance and durability.Finally, for less than $100 ($99.99 in men’s and women’s), add the new EvaPOURation rain jacket to your kit. It’s a full-featured jacket with pit zips, hood, and simple (versatile) styling that blends Columbia’s Omni-Tech, Omni-Wick Evap, and Omni-Shield tech for a completely waterproof breathable shell.(Click here for an explanation of all of Columbia’s apparel technologies.) col spr 14 imageslast_img read more

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Berger to Congress: It’s time to help credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger urged the leaders of Congress to protect the credit union tax exemption in 2015 in a letter Tuesday detailing the association’s top legislative priorities for the year.“As we have communicated to Congress before, the cumulative benefit credit unions provide the greater U.S. economy totals over $17 billion a year, according to an independent study released by NAFCU in February of last year,” Berger wrote. “This far outpaces the cost of the credit union tax exemption and any potential revenue that would be raised by eliminating the exemption.”Berger also listed regulatory relief, capital reform, data security, housing finance reform, member business lending, modernizing field-of-membership requirements and patent reform as issues NAFCU will push for legislative responses to in 2015. Berger’s letter and, in particular, his call for regulatory relief for credit unions, was reported on by The Hill.Also this week, the association put out a list of regulatory and legislative priorities for 2015, as approved by the association’s board of directors. The list of top priorities is featured in a special, two-page NAFCU UPDATE. continue reading »last_img read more

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Secure your network like your business depends on it . . . because it does

first_imgThere are 25 million small businesses in the United States, 87% of them recognize they are at risk for a cyber-attack. Yet 83% of those businesses admit they don’t have the capabilities to manage them.   We all think that it can’t happen to us, but the reality is, that it most certainly will.  Unfortunately, most of the small to mid-sized businesses that get attacked wont be prepared, and a lot won’t be able to recover.The fact of the matter is, we have never relied on technology to do business more than we do now, as a result we’ve never been more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.So, what can you do as a SMB owner?Stop and ReviewCEO’s ask your team, and your partners to stop and review all the changes that you’ve made over the last few weeks. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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A new calendar of Croatian holidays and commemorations has been confirmed in Parliament

first_imgIf someone was looking forward to having more non-working days a year, they will unfortunately be disappointed. There is no increase in the number of working days, but it is still a total of 13 non-working days. Below you can check out what that calendar will look like next year. It is now up to you to prepare interesting offers and motives for coming, in order to attract citizens to visit your tourist destination as part of an extended weekend. Last month, the Government of the Republic of Croatia sent amendments to the Holidays Act to a public consultation. The said proposal was approved by the Croatian Parliament today. According to the proposal, Statehood Day should again be celebrated on May 30, and the current Independence Day, October 8, should be a commemorative and working day in the future. Croats are known for combining holidays with extended weekends. According to the proposal, almost all holidays fall during the week, so we can certainly count on the fact that this year, fortunately for all tourism workers, it will be popular to combine holidays for an extended weekend. Source / photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia; Pixabaylast_img read more

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Photo of the Day: East Anglia ONE Transition Pieces on Happy Ride

first_imgBelfast Harbour has published a photo showing the heavy lift vessel Happy River arriving at the port with 12 transition pieces for the 714MW East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.Source: Belfast Harbour (Credits to S. Wilson)The 140 meter-long vessel departed from Lamprell’s premises in Dubai and is currently in Harland and Wolff’s (H&W) building dock at Belfast in Ireland.The first shipment of partly-assembled jacket foundations arrived in Belfast from Dubai earlier this month.ScottishPower Renewables, the developer of the wind farm, awarded Lamprell with a contract to manufacture and supply 60 jacket foundations and accompanying piles back in November 2016, while the remaining 42 jacket foundations for the 102-turbine project are being delivered by Spanish joint venture between Navantia and Windar.The 102 Siemens 7MW turbines, located 43km offshore Suffolk in the UK, are expected to be fully commissioned in 2020.last_img read more

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Headphone-wearing Mourinho scouts Tottenham’s UCL opponents against Bayern

first_img Loading… Jose Mourinho was in the crowd to scout Champions League opponents RB Leipzig as they took on Bayern Munich. The Spurs boss was disguised in a black baseball cap, scarf and a jacket with white iPhone headphones in as he took in the Allianz Arena. Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topper Going into the game, Leipzig were just a point behind Hans-Dieter Flick’s side and a win would see them leapfrog the defending champions. Mourinho appeared to keep a low profile in the Allianz Arena crowd Read Also: Bundesliga: Leipzig hold leaders Bayern to stay point behind But Mourinho seemed more concerned about making sure he kept an eye on Leipzig, who Spurs face in 10 days’ time in North London. Timo Werner has been among the most sought-after stars in German football. And the 23-year-old striker has been having a breakthrough season not dissimilar to Harry Kane’s in 2014-15. Werner has had 25 goals in all competitions for his club and will surely be a player Mourinho wants his defenders to keep one eye on. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet Know6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIncredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow Spurs’ players are currently soaking up some sunshine during their winter break after it was shortened, due to their FA Cup replay win over Southampton. But not boss Mourinho, 57, who is hoping for a big victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the last-16 of Europe’s premier competition. He would have witnessed a gigantic banner reading ‘F*** RB’ in one end behind the goal ahead of kick-off. And he would have witnessed an impressive RB Leipzig side, who have been giving serial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich a serious run for their money in Germany’s top tier.last_img read more

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Frederick conquers Stock Cars at 141 opener

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (April 16) – Kyle Frederick exited the pit area following opening night at 141 Speedway as the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car point leader.Frederick used all the tack in the track to put his no. 50F ride solidly up front in a feature that ran cau­tion-free.  Frederick put his racer on cruise control early as a great battle ensued behind him for second.Shawn Havel flew to the front of pack to challenge the leader. The duo ran side by side early but Havel could not maintain the pace. Frederick ran down lapped traffic and took his time getting through.Frederick picked up the win in comfortable fashion. John Heinz ran down Havel and finished second later in the contest. Defending champion Brett Wenzel finished fourth with Troy Muench fifth.On the first lap of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, Robby Thiel flipped his car in turn three. Track officials decided to call the rest of the evening’s events for drivers’ safety.Saturday nIght, April 30 will be the Red, White and Blue series opener.  Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will be racing for $1,000 to win. If not already vote eligible, the winner becomes a candidate for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s.last_img read more

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