7 gadgets that needed more testing time

first_img Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. It’s not just the Samsung Galaxy Fold that could have done with a bit more time in the oven. While Samsung’s bendy handset faces an uncertain future after a number of review models broke less than 48 hours into their testing process, tech not behaving as expected is far from a problem that’s unique to Samsung. Here are seven products where a little more testing time could have made a whole world of difference.Related: Best smartphonesThe Xbox 360’s Red Ring of DeathIt seems like a lifetime ago as the current console generation comes into its swansong, but the Xbox 360 was hit by all kinds of problems despite being pretty successful between launching in 2005 and the 2013 arrival of the Xbox One. It was subject to a WatchDog investigation into its disk scratching in 2009, but most people will remember it for the dreaded Red Ring of Death – a problem associated with overheating that eventually led to Microsoft tripling the length of warranty for impacted consoles.HP’s dangerously hot laptop batteriesIt’s never a good sign when you can point to the above headline and say “which time?” HP has had to recall potentially dangerous laptop batteries on two separate occasions. The first was in 2011 when 70,000 of them were recalled. Last year, HP users will have got a huge sense of deja vu when the company recalled batteries from 15 laptops after one owner was left with first-degree burns. EE’s free gift badly backfiresEE had a similar battery backfire in 2015 when the EE Power Bar – a portable charger for smartphones and tablets – received multiple reports of overheating. Eventually the battery pack was discontinued and all returned units would get the owner a £20 voucher – a painful gesture for EE, given that the Power Bars were handed out to customers free of charge to begin with.Google’s April Fools Day prank backfiresIt’s not just hardware that can have issues. Back in 2016, Google’s April Fools day prank – which would send a mic-dropping minion GIF and mute email chains when you’d had enough – was being sent out by mistake with serious consequences for people who used their Gmail accounts professionally. Google ended up apologising and pulling the joke feature.  No wonder Microsoft decided to ban April Fools Day pranks this year, really. Windows 10 update starts deleting filesThis one is definitely still fresh in the memory, given it was the October 2018 update which caused the problems. Microsoft was forced to pause the roll out of Windows 10 version 1809 after multiple reports of it deleting users’ files – 220GB amassed over 23 years for one unamused user. Ouch.  The iPhone 6 Plus and BendgateApple has always strived for thinner and thinner products, and it seems it went a bit too far with the iPhone 6 Plus when multiple users reported the phone would bend just by being carried around in pockets. For a while, there were fears that history was repeating itself with the 2018 iPad Pro, but Apple maintains that this is just a natural effect of the way the tablet is manufactured. The Galaxy Note 7: Samsung’s flammable phabletWe started with Samsung, and we’ll end with Samsung. The Galaxy Note 7 was such a PR disaster for the South Korean tech giants that many speculated it’d have to retire the Note name after a number of exploding batteries forced a worldwide recall back in 2016. Related: Best Android phonesThe Note 8 and 9 proved excellent controversy-free handsets though, and the Note 10 looks set to continue the trend this year. Is that a good omen for the Galaxy Fold? That really depends on how things progress over the next few days…  Did we forget any? Let us know on Twitter: @TrustedReviews. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more

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Forget the Galaxy S10 5G itll be years before the nextgen tech

first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. It’ll be at least four years before 5G becomes the main networking tech used by smartphones, according to fresh research from Gartner.The report went live on Wednesday and suggests 5G will make up the majority of smartphone sales by 2023, but will remain a niche in 2019. The biggest leap in 5G adoption is expected to occur between 2020 and 2023 – with 5G sales jumping from 6% to 51% of the smartphone market.5G is continuing to roll out across the UK – with EE and Vodafone expected to launch in more locations before the year is out. 5G launches have also begun across countries like the US, South Korea, Switzerland and Finland this year. These rollouts are expected to lead to 7% of global communications providers offering commercial 5G by 2020.As it stands there are a limited number of handsets with 5G connectivity. The main ones most networks are carrying are the Galaxy S10 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.Related: Best 5G phonesThe report comes from research agency Gartner and – while the 5G growth sounds promising for networks – the analysis doesn’t show it’ll all be plain sailing for manufacturers and network providers.Despite the 5G growth, global smartphone shipments are expected to fall by 2.5% this year. The decrease would mark the worst decline ever for smartphone sales.Garner research director Ranjit Atwal said: “The current mobile phone market of 1.7 billion shipments is around 10% below the 1.9 billion shipments reached in 2015. If mobile phones don’t provide significant new utility, efficiency or experiences, users won’t upgrade them, and will consequently increase these devices’ life spans”.Related: 5G in the UKAtwal’s comments on life spans are backed up by the data. The figures show the life span of high-end smartphone ownership is expected to increase from 2.6 years to 2.9 years by 2023 – meaning phone users are buying new devices far less often.Gartner has previously released analysis about a different side of future smartphones. By 2023, foldable smartphones are expected to account for 5% of all high-end smartphone sales.The recent analysis went beyond mobile phone sales. A decline is expected across the whole device market (PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones). This year will see a 3% drop in global device shipment sales. The decrease in sales is expected to continue year on year.last_img read more

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Computer Security Experts Hack Tesla Model S Key Fob In Seconds

How Hard Is It To Steal A Tesla? Pektron software produces the technology, which is also used by other brands like McLaren. The researchers confirmed that the system is much easier to hack than other similar technologies. This is because the hackers can perform the breach without being close to the cars and the key fob at the same time. You can watch them work their magic in the video above.According to McLaren, this new research does prove a:theoretical vulnerability in our vehicle security systems … (however it has) not been proven to affect our vehicles, and we know of no McLaren that has been compromised in such a way.Nonetheless, the automaker has reached out to owners to make them aware of the potential flaw and is sending them a pouch to store the key fob in, which will block incoming signals.Tesla was already made aware of the possible flaws and initiated a new “pin to drive” feature that lets owners set a pin, which must be entered to operate the vehicle. The researchers are suggesting that owners use the new feature and also turn off the Tesla’s passive entry system. The automaker also recently updated its Model S key fob to match the new technology found in the Tesla Model X.Source: Autocar Apparently, attacking and cloning a Tesla Model S key fob took researchers only seconds.A group of expert researchers at the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography research group (COSIC) at the University of Leuven, Belgium recently exposed a security issue with keyless entry and vehicle-start technology used in Tesla vehicles. The group was able to unlock and start two Tesla Model S sedans by attacking and cloning the cars’ key fobs.Related Stories: Find Out What’s Inside A Tesla Key Fob Here Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Adds New “PIN To Drive” Security Feature Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 17, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Scania To Supply 15 PHEV Trucks For German EHighways Trial

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News eHighway news “The 15 trucks will be equipped with pantograph power collectors, developed by Siemens, mounted on the frame behind the cab for charging while in motion. These trucks will be operated by haulage companies in actual transport operations. Delivery of the first hybrid R 450 truck by Scania for Hessen is scheduled for May 2019. In addition to delivering trucks, Scania will manage vehicle maintenance and data collection from the trials.Scania has previously been selected as partner in the concurrent research project conducted by Volkswagen Group Research. A hybrid Scania R 450 is expected to be delivered to the project in February and commissioning is ongoing on Siemens test track outside Berlin. A second electrified research vehicle will be delivered in autumn 2019. The research programme will seek to analyse and optimise the powertrain concept, energy management, hybrid transmission, battery ageing and the next-generation cooling system.” VW & Siemens Team Up For Long-Haul Electric Trucks World’s First Electric Road (eHighway) For Electric Trucks Opens in Sweden Magnus Höglund, Head of Electric Road System, Scania said:“Unlike passenger cars, which remain parked and stationary most of the day, trucks are deployed for long hours in transport assignments when stopping to charge can be highly disruptive in the operations. E-highways offer rational and effective charging en route. The solution also saves batteries and reduces load on the energy network,”. Hybrid trucks with plug-in capabilityScania announced that in May 2019 it will supply 15 R 450 hybrid trucks for the German eHighway trials. The trucks will be equipped with special pantograph power collectors, developed by Siemens, so they can drive electric on roads with an overhead catenary system.So far, several trials like this were conducted around the world with subsidies, but so far no one decided to invest in commercial operation, which suggests that battery-electric trucks are seen as a better solution.Three places will be electrified:A5 Autobahn in Hessen, where the five-kilometre e-highway infrastructure with electric power supplied from overhead lines in both directions has been completedA1 Autobahn to the Port of Lübeck, with additional stationary charging capacity planned at the port (summer 2019)in Baden-Württemberg along a section of the B462 federal road (early 2020) Italy To Start Electric Road Trials With Backing From Scania, Siemens Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Sponsored Post 4 Issues That Could Arise When Going OffRoading

first_imgWays to Prevent Them & Get You Back Running EfficientlySituation: You’ve done your research and bought the four-wheel drive machine of your dreams. It’s the most fuel-efficient in its class and can take you wherever you want to go–except when it can’t. Besides keeping you from getting where you’re going, a stuck 4WD adds unnecessary emission while also hitting you in the wallet.Here are some savvy tips to get your off-road machine back doing what you bought it for. Whether as a recreational activity in itself or a means of getting to the campsite or fishing hole where the real recreation can begin, off-roading can do a number on your vehicle. From the undercarriage to the tires to the wheels, a 4×4 vehicle is better equipped to handle the potential hazards of driving over rugged off-road terrain, but there are steps you can take to prevent damage or unplanned stops ahead of time.You need to keep your tires rolling to maintain fuel efficiencyIssue: Loss of Control Due to Poor Tire TractionLosing control of your vehicle in an off-roading situation can cause serious trouble. Maximizing tire traction helps you to keep a better grip.Solution: When you get on the trail, air down your tires. This will help you maintain maximum traction by growing your contact patch. The trail series of method racing wheels have a patent-pending Bead Grip technology that allows you to drive with lower tire pressure.Issue: Vehicle Becomes Stuck in The MudJeep mud tires are designed to handle muddy conditions, with their self-cleaning abilities and large tread lugs, but tires can only do so much if the mud is too deep.Solution: Making yourself aware of weather and trail conditions beforehand can help you avoid the muddy spots, but if you do get stuck, vehicles equipped with winches are often successful at pulling themselves or other vehicles out of sticky situations.Issue: Tire Goes Flat or Becomes DamagedTires specifically designed for off-roading perform far better on the trails than tires designed for the street. However, though built to take a lot of punishment, off-road tires are not invulnerable to punctures.Tires need to be designed to take you where you want to go; some will take you farther than othersSolution: Be sure you carry a spare off-road tire and ensure that it is properly inflated and in good repair before you set out.Issue: Long-Term Damage to Your VehicleOver time, the demands of off-roading can cause damage to even the hardiest vehicle, particularly to the transmission, brakes, and suspension.Solution: You can slow the damage and lengthen the life of your vehicle by cleaning it and performing maintenance after every trip.Whatever off-road issues you’re facing, we can help you find the solution when you visit with us. Source: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicleslast_img read more

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Kiwano KO1 one wheel selfbalancing electric scooter is the weirdest thing Ive

first_imgSource: Charge Forward One of the perks of working for Electrek is that I get to review all sorts of electric bicycles, e-scooters, e-skateboards and other micromobility e-devices. While many share similarities, every now and again one comes along that is unlike anything I’ve ridden before. Case in point: the carbon fiber Kiwano KO1+ one-wheel self-balancing electric scooter.This thing was incredibly fun to learn to ride, though the process wasn’t a piece of cake. Read on to learn more about this unique vehicle that goes on sale today, and to watch me make a fool of myself learning to ride it. more…The post Kiwano KO1+ one wheel self-balancing electric scooter is the weirdest thing I’ve ever reviewed appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

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Twenty20 spinoffs can shape the future

first_img100 | Pick Twenty20 spin-offs can shape the future 0 1 Comments 13 All Reply 0 1 0 1 First published on Thu 12 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT Allout: The real prize is not the USA, but China.Fletcher’s point was not that T20 is a lottery, but that in the short form a single player’s genius can win the game more easily. This already happens in Test matches, it’s part of why names like Brian Lara and Curtley Ambrose are so famed, but T20 allows it to happen more often. comment Share on Twitter 13 Jun 2008 16:48 People say Twenty20 cricket is not proper cricket, but all cricket is proper cricket, and the fewer overs, the greater the emphasis on skill. Twenty years ago they would have said you were mad to sweep the fast bowlers, and the amount of slower balls and back-of-the-hand stuff these days is amazing. Of course, this approach can increase the chances of error, but the format is going to keep introducing new skills to the game and I believe in time we’ll see it replacing the 50-over format – possibly with sides splitting up 40 overs into two innings as they see fit. I’m a traditionalist, but I don’t want to see the game going backwards, and if any form of cricket is going to work in the United States, Twenty20 is it. That would be huge for the game.What does concern me, though, is the effect this new money might have on the dressing room. It’s going to make for some delicate situations. Certain players might feel like they’ve got to pull their weight and not let their team-mates down in order to justify their £500,000, while other blokes might think they should be rewarded more if they’re scoring all the runs or taking the wickets.People might be wondering whether I feel I left the England team too early, but that’s life: I don’t want to be one of those ex-players and coaches walking around feeling bitter about the money in the game nowadays.All the talk about the Stanford match and the future of the game means it’s easy to forget the fact that, after today’s Twenty20 international, there are five 50-over games to be played against the New Zealanders. Twenty20 is still too much of a lottery to call because the game can turn on a remarkable individual performance, but England should be favourites for the one-day internationals, especially if they bowl tightly and the ball’s swinging. That will prevent the Kiwis from playing across the line, and I believe the way they succumbed at Trent Bridge will have an impact. England won comfortably and the grumbles that will have ensued in the New Zealand camp might still be lingering. Whether the buzz will be there for the 50-over stuff after the events of the last few days is another matter. Close report comment form Twitter Report Share on Twitter Facebook Reply Cricket Share Facebook Twenty20 Cup 2008 Reply Loading comments… Trouble loading? | Pick Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Duncan Fletcher Share on Pinterest Show 25 Reuse this content,View all comments > 13 Jun 2008 16:26 | Pick newest 13 Jun 2008 18:55 | Pick These are fascinating times for cricket. No one can truly say what effect the Twenty20 revolution is going to have on other types of cricket, but with all the money involved it’s likely the players are going to gravitate towards the 20-over stuff. That could mean, inevitably, that the longer forms of the game are going to struggle, but my hope is that Twenty20 can have a positive effect on Test cricket, even if it might mean changing its format at some point.A few years ago, when I was coach of Glamorgan, we played an experimental two-day game in South Africa against the University of Cape Town in a format I thought could benefit three and four-day cricket. Each side had 110 overs to use spread across two innings, so a team could bat all 110 overs in one innings, or 90 in the first, leaving their better batters to face 20 in the second. The Glamorgan players were sceptical at first, but afterwards they changed their mind: the game ended in a tie.The increased number of overs in the day meant the spinner came into play because he was needed to quicken things up, while fast bowlers were encouraged too by being used in short, sharp bursts. If the system were applied to county cricket, you could squeeze four-day matches into three days, and I believe it would help get rid of the excessive number of draws at domestic level. By equating overs with runs rather than time, as is the case with Twenty20, the onus was placed on the captains to think that much harder. Matthew Maynard was the Glamorgan skipper and he saw great merit in it. The format got rid of things such as nightwatchmen, because teams didn’t want to waste valuable overs, and it called into question the idea of opening batsmen taking the shine off the new ball.I’m not saying Test cricket needs this just yet, but if Twenty20 conditions the public to think along exclusively limited-overs lines and people find they are not prepared to sit through five days of a Test match, then we could trial the system in three- or four-day first-class matches to see if it works. Report Share via Email When I visit England I watch County cricket and I find it a very enjoyable experience. I don’t understand the people who knock it. I agree with MOM about the coming off for bad light. I think the main problem with County cricket and Test cricket is the administrators. They have little regard for the paying spectator. The first test against NZ was an absolute joke the way the umpires kept taking the players off the field on day 2. Share on Twitter 13 Jun 2008 18:07 Reply Reply Twitter Support The Guardian View more comments Let’s not forget an important possibility in the Stanford circus, and that is that England might actually LOSE – and therefore all this talk of who gets how much cash becomes meaningless. Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply Share Topics They don’t come off for bad light in T20 and, surprise, surprise, nobody gets killed; the new batsman also starts walking to the crease the moment the dismissal is confirmed; and 15 minutes is enough for the innings break. Report Share on Facebook I agree with DF’s point that 20/20 sharpens the skills and tactics of the captains. With sucha short space of time to recover a situation it’s about making the right selections first time – surely something players can take into any game. Personally I love test cricket and would hate for it to die out but it just won’t anyway.I enjoy 20/20 but (and slightly off blog because I can’t find one on here) I am not a fan of the Stanford matches.Who wants to be the man who drops a catch or doesn’t hit the winning run of the last ball to cost his team mates £500k each? how could you not walk off and think ‘that bloke just cost me a fortune’. Yes I know you can always think that ‘he cost us the match/series etc’ but if it’s not about the money then why play for such huge sums.I also can’t agree that it’s a means to keep england players away from the IPL. We seem to be suggesting that we want to keep an insular game for engalnd vs an all star XI rather than let them compete against the best players from other countries. Surely regular competition against the best bowlers and batsmen that the world has to offer would be more useful?? Friends Life t20 13 Jun 2008 19:40 Share on Facebook Share Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter lucas livingincanada Share on Facebook Facebook Cruiseboy, I agree about tactical nous being even more important in Twenty20 because one or two bad overs can lose you a game.A perfect point was the Somerset v Northants game on Wed. Hall was starting to get stuck in to our two spinners and JL continued with the spin for 1/2 overs too long in my opinion (given the number of great decisions he has made for us I can forgive him a relatively small mistake) but I suspect it was this decision that lost us the game. | Pick letsstopthisnonsense 13 Jun 2008 16:07 0 1 Facebook Share on Facebook Share Report Allout Report Share on Messenger 0 1 Facebook Sportblog fraxinus Report Share on Twitter 0 1 | Pick Share on Facebook Sportblog Facebook Allout Report Share Share on Facebook Duncan Fletcher’s 110 over game reminded me of the 2 day Under 17 county games that are (I hope still) played in this country, and which is played amongst the MCC UCCE sides. The format is a 2 innings game decided on first innings – meaning that the second innings is normally just used for bonus points, unless one side collapses very quickly, and so an traditional outright win is unlikely. The side batting first cannot bat more than 110 overs. It provides a real test of batting long periods of time, and gives spinners the opportunity to bowl long spells to attacking fields, and makes for great cricket. I am not proposing trying to incorporate this into County Cricket – but feel it is a really good format which prepares young players well for the longer game. | Pick Very interesting article indeed. But … Afraid I am a bit of a Test cricket fundamentalist. Why is this? I am not always sure , but I think it is because there is SO MUCH MORE (sorry to use emphasis!) to it than technical skill. Courage, mental strength, physical stamina. It’s a 100% examination of the participants, and the biggest reputations are paid for in blood, sweat and (sometimes) tears.No wonder they call it Test cricket. Sorry, but how can 20/20 ever create this level of human interest? Report CruiseboyI, too, am surprised that there is no Stanford blog – apparently whether KP should open the batting is a far more important topic.You could certainly imagine the player who dropped the crucial catch buying a teammate a beer and the teammate thinking “Now he just owes me £499,998”. But what can you do about the situation? The players, naturally, want the chance to make the money so they have to take the rough with the smooth. Hopefully, if something like that did happen, the players would be mature enough to deal with it (it’s far from certain but you can hope!)On the topic of the IPL, I think the matter is multi-layered. The problem is that in the brave new world of T20 that power and money are synonymous. So, if all the England players are beholden to the IPL then this effectively gives the IPL (through cross-directors the BCCI) power over the English game, and they have shown over the past year or two that they do not handle that power with the requisite care.If I was English I would have nothing against the English players playing in the IPL for a couple of weeks but it should be in consultation with the English set-up in order to keep them fresh for England action. The Stanford money should be able to keep the players’ loyalty to England and resist any temptation to sign up to the IPL for the full five weeks. Twitter Metatone Share on Twitter unthreaded Share on Facebook Facebook YamYam Report Read more 0 1 Reply Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Facebook 13 Jun 2008 16:13 Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook Reply Facebook MetatoneAgree that China is a more logical expansion market that the States.Now that you have kindly explained Fletcher’s point to me (there’s always one who can’t grasp things as quickly as the rest!) I am clear that I don’t agree with it. Yes, the shorter form of the game allows genuises to turn it more quickly, but the same applies to hitters relying on brute strength who can mis-hit sixes. A couple of these in an over can change the course of the game but surely this cannot be classed as “skill” or “genuis”. The shorter the form of the game the greater the effect of each single ball; that is self-evident but to equate this to skill having a greater role in the game is counter-intuitive. 13 Jun 2008 17:15 … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. | Pick Share Share on Facebook Facebook 13 Jun 2008 19:40 Report | Pick | Pick cruiseboy Twitter collapsed 50 Thu 12 Jun 2008 19.01 EDT | Pick Friends Life t20 Report 0 1 comments (13)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Reply 0 1 Reply 0 1 Share England cricket team Twenty20 Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook Share on Facebook expanded Order by oldest Twitter oldest Share on Twitter | Pick 25 Report Shares00 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Report Share Share on Facebook 13 Jun 2008 18:43 Some interesting ideas in here but overall a quirky blog IMO. For example, first Fletch states:”the fewer overs, the greater the emphasis on skill” and then he goes onto say that 20/20 is totally unpredictable i.e. the most skilful side will often not win.Also, this idea of cricket becoming big in the USA is, I believe, pie in the sky. The Yanks already have a bat and ball sport with massive tradition and games lasting around three hours. Why are they suddenly going to take the time and effort to learn the rules and basic tactics of a new one? At least with continental Europe you could argue that there is a potential gap in the market as there is no established bat and ball sport in most areas – the only one I can think of off the top of my head is pelota in the Basque country. Twitter Reply Facebook Share Share 13 Jun 2008 17:29 Twitter 0 1 MouthoftheMersey Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp 13 Jun 2008 14:01 | Pick cruiseboy Share Share stavros – was it that or your batsmans inability to build on a great start? Chasing 200 and you were well in the game when Tres was in and even when he was out the depth of batting should have at least made it a closer contest. Allout 0 1 Twitter Twitter Reason (optional) Reply Report 14 Jun 2008 7:12 Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Last week the Durham County Championship match went down to the wire and Warwickshire completed a successful run-chase to win at Glamorgan in the final session of the final day. Perhaps there was an element of the Twenty20 influence in both, perhaps there wasn’t – not every game is a nailbiter but the County Championship is far more competitive and interesting that it is often given credit for, which saddens me. There seems to be an unquestioned assumption that Twenty20 delivers heart-pounding excitement all the time. It doesn’t. Can everyone please calm down and instead of desperately trying to market cricket to people who don’t like the sport concentrate on those that do? stavros85 Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Threads collapsed Email (optional) Twitter Share recommendations Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Reply Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Canada Should Say No To DPAs

first_imgOn June 17, 2015, I attended a meeting in Toronto at the invitation of Transparency International – Canada Legal Committee. My powerpoint presentation titled “Canada Should Say No to DPAs” is here.Given the types of individuals in the room and those joining the meeting via phone (generally speaking lawyers, accountants and others who stand to benefit from more enforcement of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act – CFPOA), I didn’t really expect to change minds regarding the then early push by certain Canadian participants to adopt DPAs to resolve alleged instances of CFPOA scrutiny.Thus, I was not surprised to read this July 2017 report released by TI-Canada titled “Another Arrow in the Quiver? Consideration of Deferred Prosecution Agreement Scheme in Canada.” This post analyzes the TI-Canada report and just like I urged the U.K. not to adopt DPAs (see here), just like I urged Australia not to adopt DPAs (see here), I urge Canada not to adopt DPAs.For starters, in my 2010 article “The Facade of FCPA Enforcement” I warned that one of the reasons why the facade of enforcement matters is because of “modelling” and “the increasing frequency by which other nations are modeling enforcement of their own bribery laws on U.S. enforcement methods and theories. These methods and theories, unless addressed and corrected here in this country, will continue to be replicated elsewhere, perhaps leading to a global facade of enforcement.”Given what happened in the U.K., what is happening in Australia (and France), and what some want to happen in Canada, this warning turned out to be true.The main thrust of TI-Canada’s recent report seems to be that low CFPOA enforcement levels are somehow an inherent problem that must be corrected and that more CFPOA that may result from DPAs is the solution that is inherently good.For instance, the forward to the TI-Canada report states:“[A] consensus did emerge that in the Canadian context – where enforcement levels are chronically low – DPAs, if promptly designed and implemented, have the potential to support increased enforcement of anti-corruption laws and increased self-disclosure and compliance by corporations.”Elsewhere, the report states:“On balance, as a means of pursuing greater enforcement of and compliance with anti-corruption laws, we urge the Government of Canada to consider adopting a properly designed DPA mechanism.”[…]“Trials for corporate economic crimes are under-prosecuted and overly complex, which makes them the perfect candidate for DPAs …”.Aside from the quantity vs. quality focus of the TI-Canada report, another deficiency (like prior deficiencies in the pro-DPA movement in the U.K. and Australia) is the complete absence of any discussion of why a legal system that only ascribes criminal liability to a business organization based on the acts or omissions of high-ranking corporate officials even needs the DPA option.Unlike the U.S. respondeat superior model, Canadian law (generally speaking) requires that a “senior official” must be involved in the improper conduct for there to be corporate criminal liability. Thus, if a business organization faces legal liability based on the acts or omissions of high-ranking corporate officials, this seems like a just and reasonable result for which a DPA is not needed. Sure, the TI-Canada report predictably advances the “Arthur Anderson effect” (i.e. the notion that criminal charges alone with lead to corporate death), but the Arthur Anderson effect, long debunked as a myth (see here for the prior post) is truly dead (see here for the prior post).Given how corporate criminal liability attaches under Canadian law, prosecuting such a case via a DPA would seem to represent “under-prosecution” of egregious corporate conduct.The TI-Canada report states that it has “review[ed] the experience of other countries, who have adopted, or who are considering adopting, DPA.” However, the problem is that much of what is asserted to be fact in the TI-Canada report actually represent highly debatable, disputed points that are often undermined by actual facts.For instance, the TI-Canada report asserts, on a number of occasions, that DPA’s increase self-disclosure and compliance.However, there is no evidence that the DOJ’s (or SEC’s) use of DPAs (or NPAs, or “declinations with disgorgement” for that matter) have increased self-disclosure of FCPA issues. Indeed, the DOJ’s launch of an FCPA Pilot Program in April 2016 – which remains in effect – to further motivate companies to self-report FCPA offenses should be seen as an acknowledgment that the DOJ’s long standing efforts spanning over a decade (including through use DPAs) to motivate self-reporting were not successful.Likewise, there is no reliable evidence to suggest that alternative resolution vehicles used to resolve alleged FCPA offenses has enhanced compliance or the accountability of business organizations resolving such offenses. Indeed, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) report on FCPA enforcement observed that the “actual deterrent effect [of NPAs and DPAs] has not been quantified,” and it requested that the U.S. “[m]ake public any information about the impact of NPAs and DPAs on deterring the bribery of foreign public officials.” The DOJ’s response to this request stated:“Scholars have recognized that quantifying deterrence is extremely difficult. This is equally true for the deterrent effect of DPAs and NPAs. Thus . . . measuring ‘the impact of NPAs and DPAs in deterring the bribery of foreign public officials’ would be a difficult task, save providing certain anecdotal and other circumstantial evidence. One of the best sources of anecdotal evidence demonstrating that DPAs and NPAs have a deterrent effect comes from the companies themselves. The companies against which DPAs and NPAs have been brought have often undergone dramatic changes.”Moreover, the statement that DPAs increase compliance is undermined by the fact (as highlighted in this recent post) that several companies that resolved alleged FCPA offenses through DPAs have since become FCPA repeat offenders.The TI-Canada report further states:“DPAs should be based on the understanding that it is the individuals within a corporation, rather than the corporation itself, that make or carry out decisions that produce illegal conduct. This is consistent with the Yates memorandum in the United States and the legislation in the United Kingdom.”And now for some facts about DOJ FCPA enforcement actions since the September 2015 Yates Memo. As highlighted in this post, there have been nearly 20 corporate FCPA enforcement actions by the DOJ, approximately $1.4 billion collected, and not one company employee has been charged with FCPA offenses by the DOJ.In short, the TI-Canada report states that “DPAs in the United States have been met with great success,” but this assertion is highly debatable and often undermined by actual facts.It is interesting to note that TI-Canada suggests that a DPA “can sometimes serve as a middle ground” and should be “considered as an extraordinary measure.”Well, that’s how things started off in the U.S. In 2008 when NPAs and DPAs were first explicitly mentioned in DOJ official policy documents, the DOJ stated:“In certain instances, it may be appropriate . . . to resolve a corporate criminal case by means other than indictment. Nonprosecution and deferred prosecution agreements, for example, occupy an important middle ground between declining prosecution and obtaining the conviction of a corporation.”Far from being used only “in certain instances” or functioning as a “middle ground,” since 2010 approximately 90% of DOJ corporate FCPA enforcement actions have used, in whole in part, alternative resolution vehicles.Even though the TI-Canada report skips analysis of certain relevant issues and portrays as fact several debatable points often undermined by actual facts, kudos to the TI-Canada report for recognizing that “DPAs in the United States have no statutory basis and are not subjected to any specific legal framework.”Kudos as well to the TI-Canada report in the following respects:Like the U.K. and Australia, the TI-Canada reports implicitly rejects NPAs.Like the U.K. and Australia, the TI-Canada report rejects the U.S. DPA model. As stated in the TI-Canada report:“In light of the controversies surrounding the lack of judicial involvement in the US, we believe it wise to adopt the UK approach should Canada adopt a DPA regime, which mandates strong court supervision in matters involving a DPA.”[…]“Should DPAs be adopted in Canada, Transparency International Canada believes it is crucial to take precautions to avoid perceived pitfalls experienced in the United States. For a DPA scheme to be effective, it should be enacted through specific legislation, carried out under transparent judicial purview and include specific measures aimed at the following objectives: 1) Financial reparations 2) Sincere compliance reform 3) Accountability of individual wrongdoers.”[…]“In light of American and British models that have been discussed above, we believe that the following elements should be considered by the Canadian government, should it enact its own DPA scheme. In general terms, if Canada were to adopt a DPA scheme we would favour a scheme closer to the UK model, as well as proceeding through the legislative route, rather than solely through memoranda and prosecutors’ guidelines.” FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available. Learn More & Registerlast_img read more

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How The Supreme Courts Hobbs Act Decision In Ocasio v United States

first_imgToday’s post is from Mike Dearington, an associate at Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C. Dearington previously authored several FCPA Professor guest posts as a law student regarding the prosecution of corrupt foreign officials. (see here, here, here, here, and here).*****In recent years, the Department of Justice has ratcheted up its efforts to pursue corrupt foreign officials who accept bribes in return for improper business advantages. By my count, since 2009 alone, federal prosecutors have charged at least eleven foreign officials with crimes related to bribery schemes, netting numerous guilty pleas and convictions. These prosecutions appear to be part of DOJ’s broader strategy of targeting the “demand side” of foreign bribery, rather than focusing only on bribe-payers.Despite these convictions, prosecutors have not charged any of these officials with actual FCPA violations. The anti‑bribery provisions of the FCPA criminalize only the payment of bribes to foreign officials—not an official’s receipt of bribe payments. Moreover, DOJ has long abided by the Fifth Circuit’s seminal decision in United States v. Castle, where the court held that prosecutors cannot charge bribe-taking foreign officials under the general federal conspiracy statute (18 U.S.C. § 371) with conspiracy to violate the FCPA. See United States v. Castle, 925 F.2d 831 (5th Cir. 1991) (per curiam). The court in Castle concluded, based on the “Gebardi principle,” that, in enacting the FCPA, “Congress affirmatively chose to exempt this small class of persons from prosecution,” and thus did not mean to make them liable for conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Id. at 836.As a result, federal prosecutors have had to pursue other, more creative prosecution theories when charging bribe-taking foreign officials. For instance, prosecutors have repeatedly charged these officials, where appropriate, with substantive or conspiracy violations of the Money Laundering Control Act and the Travel Act. But investigators must typically uncover additional conduct beyond the mere receipt of bribes in order to support these charges, which likely limits prosecutors’ ability to pursue certain bribe-taking foreign officials.Last year, however, the Supreme Court decided a Hobbs Act case that may call all that into question. In Ocasio v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1423, 1427 (2016), the Court held that, under “age-old principles of conspiracy law,” a police officer could conspire with shop owners to extort those very same shop owners in violation of the Hobbs Act. The corollary is that a shop owner can, in theory, conspire to extort himself. If a shop owner can conspire to extort himself, why can’t a bribe-taking foreign official conspire to pay himself bribes in violation of the FCPA?In an article I recently published with the Washington & Lee Law Review Online, I posit that Ocasio may open the door for federal prosecutors to charge bribe-taking foreign officials with conspiracy to violate the FCPA, contrary to the Fifth Circuit’s decision in Castle. See Michael F. Dearington, Ocasio v. United States: The Supreme Court’s Sudden Expansion of Conspiracy Liability (And Why Bribe-Taking Foreign Officials Should Take Note), 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 204 (2017) (available here).The article proceeds in two parts. First, the article closely examines the Ocasio decision and argues that the Supreme Court in Ocasio seems to have misinterpreted and misapplied two of its early conspiracy‑law cases—Gebardi v. United States, 287 U.S. 112, 120 (1932), and United States v. Holte, 236 U.S. 140, 145 (1915)—in reaching its anomalous holding. Second, the article turns its focus to a logical extension of the Ocasio decision: Although the Fifth Circuit’s longstanding Castle decision previously precluded federal prosecutors from charging bribe‑taking foreign officials with conspiracy to violate the FCPA—leaving them to pursue other, more creative charges—Ocasio’s holding and its apparent evisceration of the “Gebardi principle” cast doubt on Castle and could enable prosecutors to charge bribe‑taking foreign officials with FCPA conspiracy.Only time will tell whether federal prosecutors will challenge the Castle decision—proceeding along the lines outlined in my article—or whether they will instead stay the course and continue to employ other prosecution theories when charging bribe‑taking foreign officials. This tactical decision could depend in part on how lower courts interpret Ocasio’s principles and holding in the years to come. Irrespective of DOJ’s tactical approach, however, one thing remains clear: Notwithstanding the FCPA’s statutory focus on the “supply side” of the foreign-bribery equation, federal prosecutors have shown no sign of scaling back their strategy of pursuing bribe-taking foreign officials and the “demand side” of foreign bribery.The views expressed in this post are personal views and do not represent the views of Arent Fox LLP, its partners, employees, or clients. The information provided is not intended to be legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Learn More & Register FCPA Institute – Boston (Oct. 3-4) A unique two-day learning experience ideal for a diverse group of professionals seeking to elevate their FCPA knowledge and practical skills through active learning. Learn more, spend less. CLE credit is available.last_img read more

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FuelFix Feds Charge Houston Oil Trader Outside Consultant with Bribery

first_img Username Lost your password? A federal grand jury in Houston has charged that a Chevron oil trader and a Houston energy consultant engaged in international commercial bribery scheme and funneled the money they received from kickbacks into offshore bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said Thursday . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Passwordcenter_img Remember me Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook.last_img

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FDA seeks order of permanent injunction to stop two stem cell clinics

first_img Source:https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm607257.htm May 10 2018The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in two complaints filed today in federal court, is seeking permanent injunctions to stop two stem cell clinics from marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements.”Cell-based regenerative medicine holds significant medical opportunity, but we’ve also seen some bad actors leverage the scientific promise of this field to peddle unapproved treatments that put patients’ health at risk. In some instances, patients have suffered serious and permanent harm after receiving these unapproved products. In the two cases filed today, the clinics and their leadership have continued to disregard the law and more importantly, patient safety. We cannot allow unproven products that exploit the hope of patients and their loved ones,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “We support sound, scientific research and regulation of cell-based regenerative medicine, and the FDA has advanced a comprehensive policy framework to promote the approval of regenerative medicine products. But at the same time, the FDA will continue to take enforcement actions against clinics that abuse the trust of patients and endanger their health with inadequate manufacturing conditions or by purporting to have treatments that are being manufactured and used in ways that make them drugs under the existing law but have not been proven safe or effective for any use.”A permanent injunction is being sought against US Stem Cell Clinic LLC of Sunrise, Florida, its Chief Scientific Officer Kristin Comella and its co-owner and managing officer Theodore Gradel for marketing to patients stem cell products without FDA approval and while violating current good manufacturing practice requirements, including some that could impact the sterility of their products, putting patients at risk. The FDA is taking this action because US Stem Cell Clinic did not address the violations outlined in a warning letter to the clinic and failed to come into compliance with the law. The FDA is seeking an order of permanent injunction requiring US Stem Cell and the individual defendants to cease marketing their stem cell products until, among other things, they obtain necessary FDA approvals and correct their violations of current good manufacturing practice requirements.The FDA is also seeking a permanent injunction to stop California Stem Cell Treatment Center Inc., with locations in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, California; Cell Surgical Network Corporation of Rancho Mirage, California; and Elliot B. Lander, M.D. and Mark Berman, M.D., from marketing to patients stem cell products without FDA approval. Berman and Lander control the operations of approximately 100 for-profit affiliate clinics, including the California Stem Cell Treatment Center. The FDA is seeking an order of permanent injunction requiring California Stem Cell Treatment Center Inc. and Cell Surgical Network Corporation and the individual defendants to cease marketing their stem cell products until, among other things, they obtain necessary FDA approvals and correct their violations of current good manufacturing practice requirements.US Stem Cell ClinicThe FDA issued a warning letter to US Stem Cell Clinic in August 2017 for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements, including some that could impact the sterility of their products. The warning letter also cited an FDA inspection of the clinic which found that it was processing adipose tissue (body fat) into stromal vascular fraction (a cellular product derived from body fat) and administering the product both intravenously or directly into the spinal cord of patients to treat a variety of serious diseases or conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and pulmonary fibrosis. The FDA has not approved any biological products manufactured by US Stem Cell Clinic for any use.Related StoriesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellCancer stem cells elude the body’s immune cells by deactivating danger detectorEvaluating safety and efficacy of magnetically labeled mesenchymal stem cellsDuring the inspection of US Stem Cell Clinic in April and May 2017, FDA investigators also documented evidence of significant deviations from current good manufacturing practices in the manufacture of at least 256 lots of stem cell products by the clinic. For example, the clinic was cited for its failure to establish and follow appropriate written procedures designed to prevent microbiological contamination of products purporting to be sterile, which puts patients at risk for infections.The complaint for permanent injunction against US Stem Cell Clinic was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Inc. and Cell Surgical Network CorporationIn August 2017, the FDA took action to prevent the use of a potentially dangerous and unproven treatment belonging to StemImmune Inc. in San Diego, California and administered to patients at the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills. On behalf of the FDA, the U.S. Marshals Service seized five vials of Vaccinia Virus Vaccine (Live) – a vaccine that is reserved only for people at high risk for smallpox, such as some members of the U.S. military. The seizure came after FDA inspections at StemImmune and the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers confirmed that the vaccine was used to create an unapproved stem cell product (a combination of excess amounts of vaccine and stromal vascular fraction – a cellular product derived from body fat). The product was then administered to cancer patients with potentially compromised immune systems and for whom the vaccine posed a potential for harm, including the possibility of inflammation and swelling of the heart and surrounding tissues. The unproven and potentially dangerous treatment was being injected intravenously and directly into patients’ tumors.California Stem Cell Treatment Center products are also being used for the experimental treatment of patients who suffer from a variety of serious diseases or conditions, including cancer, arthritis, stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes. The FDA has not approved any biological products manufactured by California Stem Cell Treatment Center for any use.During inspections of California Stem Cell Treatment Center’s Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage facilities in July 2017, FDA investigators documented, among other violations, evidence of significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements. For example, the clinics were cited for failing to establish and follow appropriate written procedures designed to prevent microbiological contamination of products purporting to be sterile, which puts patients at risk for infections.The complaint for permanent injunction was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.Regenerative medicine regulatory frameworkThese cases support the FDA’s comprehensive policy framework for the development and oversight of regenerative medicine products, including novel cellular therapies. The FDA issued four guidance documents in November 2017, two final and two draft, that build upon the FDA’s existing risk-based regulatory approach. Under this framework the FDA detailed its efficient, science-based process for helping to ensure the safety and effectiveness of these therapies, while supporting development in this area. One of the two draft guidance documents laid out a novel and efficient clinical development model by which promising cell-based products could pursue review and approval by the FDA. The suite of guidance documents also describes a risk-based framework for how the FDA intends to focus its enforcement actions against those products that raise reported safety concerns or potential significant safety concerns.last_img read more

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Study Symptoms of borderline personality disorder tend to worsen around menses

first_imgJun 1 2018Symptoms associated with borderline personality disorder -; a severe and chronic mood disorder characterized by an inability to manage strong emotions -; tend to worsen just before and during menses, according to a study in Psychological Medicine.Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image and behavior, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. These symptoms often result in impulsive actions and problems in relationships. People with borderline personality disorder often experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days. Recurrent thoughts and behaviors related to self-injury or suicide are also common, and approximately 10 percent of people with borderline personality disorder die from suicide.”Our study provides the first evidence that females with borderline personality disorder are at risk for worsened symptoms during the perimenstrual window of their menstrual cycle -; the week before and during menses,” said Tory Eisenlohr-Moul, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago and lead author on the paper. “This is particularly important since people with borderline personality disorder are at a high risk of suicide, so anything that can help patients and clinicians reliably predict changes in their symptoms is very useful.”Eisenlohr-Moul and her colleagues wanted to investigate whether the menstrual cycle might be a contributing factor to the instability of symptoms associated with borderline personality disorder in females.”While we didn’t expect females with borderline personality disorder to have higher or different hormone levels over the course of the menstrual cycle compared to those without the disorder, we suspect that, similar to females who suffer from severe premenstrual syndrome, women with BPD may simply be more sensitive to normal hormone changes, which we do know have an effect on mood,” Eisenlohr-Moul said.The researchers recruited healthy women with normal menstrual cycles between the ages of 18 and 45 who were not taking any psychiatric medications or birth control. Of the 310 females who met the original screening criteria, 17 met the criteria for borderline personality disorder, and 15 women ultimately completed the study. This is the largest prospective study examining cyclical mood changes in patients with BPD to date.Participants completed several questionnaires at the beginning of the study related to borderline personality symptoms, past traumas, demographics, anxiety and depression and menstrual cycle symptoms. Participants kept a record of daily symptoms related to borderline personality disorder and menstruation for 35 consecutive days. Urine tests for luteinizing hormone and saliva tests for progesterone were used to confirm ovulation and track the phases of the menstrual cycle.Related StoriesSocial media use and television viewing linked to rise in adolescent depressive symptomsBiden calling ACA ‘breakthrough’ for mental health parity highlights gapsLow estrogen causes muscle loss in women after menopauseThe researchers used the Carolina Premenstrual Assessment Scoring System, a questionnaire for evaluating clinically significant menstrual cycle effects on emotional symptoms, to evaluate whether the patients showed cyclical mood changes large enough to impact their day-to-day functioning.The researchers found that most symptoms attributable to borderline personality disorder were significantly exacerbated in the week before and during menstruation. “Symptoms, on average for the females in our study, worsened by at least 30 percent during the perimenstrual phase,” said Eisenlohr-Moul. “This is equivalent to going from moderate depression to extreme depression on the rating scale.”For a patient population where almost every day is a difficult day in terms of coping with mood and stress, a 30 percent worsening of symptoms is a very significant uptick, explained Eisenlohr-Moul. “Because this group is at such a high risk for suicide, knowing that things get even worse for them during this time of the month around onset of their period, is a piece of information that we can work with to help prepare patients for a time when we know, based on solid research, that things could get worse.”The perimenstrual phase of the cycle may be risky for people with borderline personality disorder because levels of estrogen and progesterone fall off rapidly, according to Eisenlohr-Moul.”For some women, or individuals who are freely cycling independent of their gender identity, it may be as though the plug is being pulled on these hormones that we know can help regulate mood,” she said. “Stable levels of estrogen and progesterone can improve mood and have an anti-anxiety effect. When these drop so precipitously around menses, it’s not surprising that some women with trouble regulating mood and emotions have an even harder time.”Eisenlohr-Moul hopes to investigate the impact of hormone-stabilizing treatment on borderline personality disorder symptoms in women in the future. “If we can smooth out the hormonal peaks and valleys over the course of the month, it would be interesting to see if we can reduce emotional symptoms by eliminating those hormonal triggers,” she said. Source:https://today.uic.edu/symptoms-worsen-around-menses-for-people-with-borderline-personality-disorderlast_img read more

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New Spectrum digitizers are ideal for use in multichannel applications

first_imgImportantly, each channel of a digitizerNETBOX has its own ADC and signal conditioning circuitry. The ADC’s all share a common clock so that the acquisitions made on all the channels are fully synchronous and have zero phase error. The design of the clocking system ensures that cross channel timing measurements are made with the highest possible precision while the independent signal conditioning enables the units to be used with signals that have a wide range of amplitudes. Each channel has its own programmable input amplifier, with ranges between ±200 mV and ±10 V, input offset for unipolar measurements, termination of 50 Ohm and 1 MOhm and an integrated calibration circuit. The inputs also feature single-ended and true differential channel modes.Delivering Dynamic Measurement PerformanceThe signal conditioning circuitry is further complemented by the high-resolution 16-bit ADCs which offer signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) up to 81 dB, spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) up to 103 dB and total harmonic distortion (THD) as low as -86 dB.Oliver Rovini, CTO at Spectrum, says: These new digitizerNETBOX systems offer an easy-to-use solution for anyone who needs to make accurate multi-channel measurements. They should be of interest to everybody working with multiple signals, such as those produced by arrays of sensors, receivers, detectors or antennas, and also to users who need to test signals from multiple electronic components or test points. As such, we believe the instruments will find wide application in areas such as Ultrasound, Laser, Communications, Lidar, Radar, Power, Physics, Automotive, Medical and Materials Science, as well as general electronic Test and Measurement.” Easy Remote ControlRelated StoriesSpectrum’s ultra-fast digitizer enables breakthrough in cell sortingControlling and accessing the data collected by the digitizerNETBOX is done by simply connecting it with GBit Ethernet to a host computer (e.g. laptop or workstation) or anywhere on the corporate network. The platform is fully LXI compliant (following Core 2011 Specifications) and offers an IVI compatible interface for the IVI Scope and IVI Digitizer classes. Users can write their own control program using almost any popular language including C++, LabVIEW, MATLAB, VB.NET, C#, J#, Delphi, Java and Python code. Alternatively, users can simply run Spectrum’s own software, SBench 6 Professional.SBench 6 Professional comes as standard with the digitizerNETBOX. It lets users control all the modes and settings of the hardware via a simple, easy-to-use, interface. The software is designed to support multi-channel acquisitions and has a host of built-in features for waveform display, data analysis and documentation. These include FFT analysis, XY display, a function interpreter, parameter measurements, export into ASCII, Wave, MATLAB, signal and display comment functions as well as a powerful report generator.System FlexibilityTo match nearly every application requirement, the units come with a variety of signal triggering techniques, large on-board memories and a number of intelligent acquisition modes. All the channel inputs, as well as the external trigger inputs, can be used as a valid trigger source. These can even be combined with logical AND/OR functionality to allow pattern specific triggering. Acquisitions can be made in single-shot mode (for transient recording) or in other modes such as multiple recording, gated sampling or ABA (the combination of fast and slow continuous acquisitions) that allow the most efficient use of the on-board memory.For synchronization with other external equipment, front-panel clock and trigger inputs and outputs are standard. Further flexibility is provided via three individually programmable front panel connectors that offer Asynchronous Digital-In, Synchronous Digital-In and a Timestamp Reference Clock.All digitizerNETBOX units are shipped factory tested and include SBench 6 Professional software, the complete SDK for Windows and Linux, and a full 5-year warranty. “The DN6.59x series products represent the latest in technology for users needing multi-channel signal acquisition and measurement,” stated CEO Gisela Hassler. “Furthermore, they’re backed up with our industry leading warranty which includes software and firmware updates free of charge for the lifetime of the product. Support is done directly by our skilled in-house team of engineers – normally within a couple of hours after receiving the request.” Jul 27 2018Fully synchronized for multi-channel applications covering DC to 60 MHzSpectrum Instrumentation has added twelve new products to its family of LXI-based digitizerNETBOX data acquisition instruments. Designed specifically for situations where multiple signals need to be acquired, stored and analyzed, users can select from models that provide 24, 32, 40 or even 48 fully synchronized channels. The new DN6.59x series digitizers are all based on the latest high-resolution 16-bit ADC technology and come with a choice of maximum sampling rates (20, 40 and 125 MS/s) and bandwidths (10, 20 and 60 MHz) to best match applications found in a wide variety of industries. It’s a combination that makes these new instruments ideal for use in multi-channel applications where signals, in the DC to 60 MHz frequency range, need to be acquired and analyzed with the highest precision and accuracy. Source:https://spectrum-instrumentation.com/enlast_img read more

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Statins may improve conditions of people with rare lung disease

first_imgAug 17 2018FINDINGSIn the first study of its kind, researchers have found that cholesterol-lowering statins may improve the conditions of people with a rare lung disease called autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. The research also suggested that two new tests could help diagnose the condition.BACKGROUNDAutoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare syndrome affecting 1 in 150,000 people worldwide. The condition stems from an abnormal accumulation of an oily substance made up of cholesterol, phospholipid and proteins in the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs. The buildup occurs because cells called alveolar macrophages, which normally help clear out the substance, do not function properly. When the air sacs become clogged, patients develop shortness of breath and, potentially, respiratory failure. Currently, the only treatment is “whole lung lavage,” an invasive procedure performed under anesthesia that washes out the buildup of debris from the lungs. Statins are a class of drugs that lower cholesterol in the blood and can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. They work by blocking a substance needed to make cholesterol.METHODThe key observations that initiated this study were serendipitous. Researchers noticed that a patient with autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis had responded poorly to whole lung lavage but drastically improved with oral statin therapy. Six months after starting statin therapy for high blood cholesterol, the 58-year-old woman’s breathing unexpectedly improved and she no longer required supplemental oxygen therapy. Researchers subsequently identified another patient, a 66-year-old woman, whose pulmonary alveolar proteinosis also improved on oral statin therapy.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyPrompted by the clinical improvements in these women, researchers then took cells derived from a group of people with autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and exposed the cells to statins in a culture. The study showed that statins stimulated the alveolar macrophages, the cells responsible for helping to clear excess cholesterol and proteins. Next, researchers were able to demonstrate that statin therapy improved markers of pulmonary alveolar proteinosis in mouse models.The study also highlights the potential use of two new measures to diagnose pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. One used a computer software program that analyzed computed tomography scans of the lungs and, in doing so, improved assessment of the disease’s severity. A second method measured cholesterol levels from fluid obtained during a lavage treatment in conjunction with an endoscopic evaluation, a technique that could replace the need for a more risky lung biopsy.The study did not define the optimal dose of statin therapy or the time required to reach maximum improvement. The next steps will be to research the specific mechanisms of action, how statins affect the disease and the potential role of statin therapy in autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Clinical trials will evaluate the relative safety and potential efficacy of statins in patients.IMPACTThis study suggests that oral statin therapy may be a new approach for patients with autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis. Source:http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/statins-associated-with-improvement-of-rare-lung-diseaselast_img read more

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Wound healing work presented at the RCP Innovation in Medicine Conference 2018

first_imgProf Keith Harding, Medical Director at the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, said: “Wounds and problems associated with wound healing, including infection management, are an important clinical issue. The Welsh Wound Innovation Centre is pleased to be working with Neem in the development of their innovative approach to managing infection in hard-to-heal wounds to make sure that the right treatment is delivered to the right patient at the right time”. Wound infection is an area that presents much opportunity for clinical innovations that will benefit both people with wounds and healthcare providers. Neem Biotech is pleased to be playing a pioneering role in this field”.Graham Dixon, Chief Executive Officer, Neem Biotech Source:Neem Biotech Aug 23 2018Neem Biotech, a South Wales based R&D pharmaceutical biotech working in the field of novel antimicrobial drug development, and the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre recently attended the Royal College of Physicians’ Innovation in Medicine Conference 2018 where Neem presented their data around wound-relevant biofilms.The promising laboratory data presented reinforces the role of quorum sensing inhibition in virulence factor regulation and biofilm disruption, with implications for management of antimicrobial resistance.Dr Graham Dixon, Neem’s CEO and Prof Keith Harding, Medical Director of the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, teamed up after the event to share their thoughts about the management of infection in hard-to-heal wounds. Innovation in WoundcareRead the full interview with Prof. Harding and Dr. Dixonlast_img read more

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Study Transcatheter mitral valve repair reduces mortality for patients with mitral regurgitation

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 24 2018A multicenter clinical trial has found that a minimally invasive procedure called transcatheter mitral valve repair significantly reduced hospitalizations and mortality for heart failure patients with moderate-to-severe or severe functional mitral regurgitation.Findings from the Cardiovascular Outcomes Assessment of the MitraClip Percutaneous Therapy for Heart Failure Patients with Functional Mitral Regurgitation (COAPT) trial were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Gregg W. Stone, M.D., co-principal investigator of the trial and director of cardiovascular research and education at the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, will present the study this morning at the annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics in San Diego.”Although some drugs can help alleviate symptoms of functional mitral regurgitation due to heart failure, those therapies are of limited benefit,” said Dr. Stone, who is also a professor of medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. “To be able to reduce hospitalizations and improve survival is a breakthrough for patients who previously had few treatment options.”Mitral regurgitation (MR) occurs when the valve that connects the left ventricle and left atrium in the heart doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow backward into the heart and forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. Primary MR occurs when the valve leaflets or surrounding tissue become damaged. Functional MR, also known as secondary MR, the focus of this study, occurs when the left ventricle enlarges after heart damage from any cause, such as a heart attack. Primary MR can be treated effectively with surgical valve replacement or repair. However, there is little evidence that surgical procedures improve outcomes for patients with secondary MR, who tend to have a worse prognosis and are thus typically managed medically with drugs such as beta blockers or with pacemakers to regulate heart rhythm. Nearly one in 10 adults age 75 or older in the U.S., or four million Americans, suffer from primary MR. The prevalence for secondary MR is uncertain as it is frequently undiagnosed, but is believed to be substantially higher than that of primary MR.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figuresTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockThe trial enrolled 614 heart failure patients with moderate-to-severe or severe secondary MR at 78 sites in the U.S. and Canada who remained symptomatic despite treatment with recommended medical therapies.Participants were randomized to treatment with MitraClip – a minimally invasive treatment that fastens the mitral valve leaflets together – and medical therapy or medical therapy alone. The researchers then compared the number of heart failure-related hospitalizations and deaths over 24 months in both groups.Patients who had the minimally invasive procedure had 47 percent fewer heart failure-related hospitalizations and 38 percent fewer deaths than those who were managed medically.”The improvement in symptoms and reduction in need for hospitalization due to heart failure was almost immediate after the MitraClip. In contrast, the improvement in survival emerged about a year after the procedure, a delayed response consistent with the long-term benefits of reducing volume overload on the heart,” said Dr. Stone.The procedure was also associated with significant improvements in quality of life and functional capacity. The treatment was determined to be safe, with low 30-day rates of death or stroke, and the reduction in MR was durable through the 2-year follow-up of the study.”Patients with heart failure and severe secondary or functional MR who remain symptomatic despite all the best medical therapies now have substantially more hope because we can improve their quality of life and survival by reducing their MR with a safe, low-risk procedure,” said Dr. Stone. Source:https://www.nyp.org/last_img read more

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Crabs protect corals from voracious starfish

first_imgCoral reefs provide habitat and nurseries for as much as a quarter of all ocean species, but they face many natural predators, from sea snails to starfish. Fortunately for the Pocillopora corals in the Indo-Pacific, coral guard crabs come to the rescue. As small as 4 millimeters wide, the crustaceans make their homes in the corals (shown in the above photo) and fiercely defend their hosts in exchange for food and shelter. To study how coral guard crabs of various species and sizes differ in their defense abilities, researchers removed the largest species, Trapezia flavopunctata, from 45 coral colonies surrounding the Moorea Island in French Polynesia for 2 weeks in 2008, when a booming population of crown-of-thorns starfish as large as trashcan lids threatened to wipe out the corals. Coral colonies with T. flavopunctata remained intact, whereas those without were eaten by the starfish overnight, even when other crab species inhabited them, the team reports online today in PeerJ. Other experiments found that the smallest crabs were experts in defending the corals against sea snails, while medium-sized crabs protect the colonies from the cushion stars.last_img read more

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Drought is preventing trees from fighting climate change

first_imgExamining tree-ring data from Europe, North America, and parts of Asia between 1940 and 2008 (a time with reliable weather data), researchers discovered that, in trees with at least 25 years’ worth of rings, these layers were thinner than usual not just in years of droughts, but on average for 3 or 4 years afterward. Scientists had known droughts could damage tree tissues, leaving a drought legacy, but they didn’t know how long the legacy lasts. As they report online today in Science, trees growing in drier climates, such as the U.S. Southwest, fared the worst.”The study represents our best understanding of how long the trees need to recover after drought disturbances at a broad range,” says Yongguang Zhang, an ecosystems ecologist at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam, who was not involved with the work. “Drought legacy effects will reduce our carbon storage in the future.”Anderegg and his colleagues do not know what leads to the prolonged downturn in growth. It could be that the hydraulic system plants use to pull water into leaves breaks down. “It’s a big unknown in the field as to how much plants can repair their hydraulic systems,” he notes.Anderegg’s team also checked predictions made by computer programs that look at the big picture: climate warming caused by rising carbon dioxide levels. The most sophisticated models factor in plant growth to calculate carbon storage potential, but these models were inaccurate when it came to tree growth in the regions that Anderegg and his team studied. “There’s a reasonably large disconnect between reality and the models,” Anderegg says.That’s a little worrisome, says Milena Holmgren, a plant ecologist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, who was not involved in the research. “The paper shows that current climate-vegetation models are not able to reproduce the observed legacy effects and are therefore underestimating the effects of drought on vegetation and carbon cycling.” Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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As they grow, they pull carbon dioxide out of the air and convert it into sugars that add bulk to their trunks. This carbon storage ability is so well-known it has spurred an international tree-planting movement to slow global warming.But drought could compromise the ability of trees to protect us from climate change, according to a new study. Scientists have shown that drought slows tree growth for many years beyond the initial dry spells, creating what researchers call a “drought legacy.” And scientists trying to predict climate change “could be really missing the boat,” if they are not including the effects in their computer models, says Melinda Smith, a community ecologist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, who was not involved with the work.To determine the true toll of droughts, Princeton University ecophysiologist William Anderegg and colleagues turned to the International Tree-Ring Data Bank, which stores 100 years or more of tree-ring data from more than 1500 nontropical areas of the world. In these temperate zones, trees lay down new trunk each summer but go dormant in winter, creating a pattern of rings that track the intensity of annual growth. The broader the area between two rings, the more productive the tree and the more carbon it stores.  Click to view the privacy policy. 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Australias emissions target panned at home and abroad

first_imgThe new target clearly does little to dispel Australia’s reputation as a “laggard state” in the international effort to hold global warming below 2°C, says University of Melbourne climate policy expert Peter Christoff. Previously, Australia was viewed internationally as a climate change leader for establishing a carbon-pricing scheme in 2012. The scheme was repealed in 2014 after the election of the conservative Abbott government.Coal-rich and coal-dependent Australia has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of all major nations. And according to climate change policy and economics specialist Frank Jotzo of the Australian National University in Canberra, by 2030 Australia’s emissions per person will be double the levels targeted in the United States and Canada, even with the reductions.The proposal Australia is taking to the United Nations climate negotiations in Paris in December is among the weakest by developed countries. The European Union and Norway  are targeting a 40% reduction; Switzerland, 50%; and Germany, 55%. All of these nations use their 1990 emissions as a baseline. Australia has shifted its baseline, first from 1990 to 2000 and now to 2005 “to lessen its mitigation task but also make it seem tougher,” Christoff notes.“The target is bad for the climate and bad for our international competitiveness,” says John Connor, CEO of the Sydney-based nonprofit group The Climate Institute. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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The target, for 2030, is “pathetic” and places the country among the “don’t cares” of the international community, Lord Deben, formerly known as John Gummer and head of the British government’s climate change advisory body, told The Guardian newspaper yesterday, the day the target was announced.Even the Marshall Islands took aim, with Foreign Minister Tony de Brum telling the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that if the rest of the world followed Australia’s lead, his country would “disappear,” along with other vulnerable Pacific atoll nations.Last April, the governmental Climate Change Authority recommended cutting emissions by 30% by 2025 and by 40% to 60% by 2030, relative to 2000 levels. Rejecting the advice, Prime Minister Tony Abbott set the target at 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. “Mr Abbott’s hubris is staggering,” Deben says.last_img read more

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