Expert Advice Series: Medication Holidays

first_img“Medication holidays” are often used by parents for children taking stimulant medications for ADD or ADHD. A medication holiday is when a child is taken off their medication for a specific amount of time, like the weekend or during the holidays. Often times, parents choose to take their child off of the medication to have their child’s appetite return if the medication reduced their appetite. Medication holidays are common during the summer months when children are out of school as well as during holidays. Question: What are your thoughts on ‘medication holidays?’ We have a lot of children that come to summer camp who are taking a break from their ADD medication (Military Service Provider).Advice: Stimulant medicine is intended to help with concentration for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD); however it also causes a child to have a reduced appetite. If the child is not doing something that needs their concentration, then they can be off of the medication. Being off of ADHD/ADD medication increases the child’s appetite and since children are constantly growing, they need the nutrients from their food to aid in growth. There is a caveat however against allowing teens to have medication holidays if they’re old enough to drive. Being off of the medication decreases their ability to concentrate, resulting in distraction while driving.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristFor more advice from Dr. Dixon, watch and listen to his professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry to learn about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting.How do you feel about medication holidays? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section. Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.The new blog series provides monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 3, 2016.last_img read more

Forget those New Year’s resolutions — spring ahead with goals instead

first_imgby Karen Shirer, Associate DeanI wonder if you are like me. Every year in late December I set resolutions for a healthier and happier new year. Then, a few months later my best intentions have often ended up on the garbage heap of lost causes. This year my resolutions included maintaining a healthy weight, focusing on the positive and what I can control and change, practicing yoga and running, and well…. being better in whatever way I can imagine. I think you get the picture.This year has been no different. I’ve done okay on weight and physical activity, but focusing on the positive and what I can control and change — not so much. Which brings me to this blog post. Maybe like me, you struggle with keeping your resolutions past the first few months of the year. The slide into spring on March 20 provides a fresh start to forget those New Year’s resolutions and spring ahead with goals instead!When faced with a perplexing issue, I do a web search to find out how to address the situation. Here’s what I learned this year that you may find useful.Tip #1:  Remind yourself that you’re not alone in struggling to keep your new year’s resolutions.Fast Company magazine recently reported that 27 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of the first week of January, and 31 percent give them up by the third week. Just over 50 percent make it to the one month mark.The article goes on to explain that the one big difference between those who stay resolute and those who don’t is based on how one feels about the resolution. To stay committed, the article says, we need to set goals for which we have passion and that are based on our values, beliefs and interests.One last thought on this tip: Cut yourself some slack if you are part of the 50 percent who have given up. Personal change is hard, requiring time and lots of mistakes and false starts. Make sure you are talking to yourself in an encouraging way with thoughts like “I can do this,” “What did I learn from this attempt that can help me be more successful in the future?” and “I have a whole year to get this right!”Tip #2:  Reset and swap out your resolutions for goals that work.The Fast Company article also gives wise advice on setting goals. Most important, our goals need to be about what we want to accomplish in the end. Instead of starting with “I am going to spend less money” or “I am going to run five days a week,” think about the overarching goal of improving financial or physical health.Once we are clear on our overall goal, we can identify activities and concrete steps to get us closer to it. (This is where “I am going to run five days a week” makes more sense.) We also should try to understand everything we can about our goal and why it’s important to us; take immediate steps for fast wins; and realize we’ll make mistakes.So here is how I would swap the resolution that isn’t working for me:Swap resolution: Focus on the positive and what I can control and change.For goal: I will find ways to enhance my mental well-being and lower my    stress over the next year.I’ve already taken some concrete action steps to achieve my newly stated goal:Learn everything I can about ways to improve positivity in my personal and professional life.Practice mindfulness by listening to the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Military Caregiving Mindfulness Podcast Series.Get my physical activity outside (instead of inside) whenever the weather permits because soaking up some sunlight lifts the spirits.Tell myself “I am learning something new every day to reach my goal” when I fall short.These steps are ever evolving and change frequently. But now that I’ve swapped my resolution for an aspirational goal — mental well-being — I have a better sense of what steps to take and what to avoid. Try it and see how it works for you.Tip #3:  Access all the resources you can, including support from others, to reach your goals. I found a useful resource before the new year — some tips in The Guardian newspaper:Make your goal aspirational, but then break it down into concrete, achievable action steps. This makes the goal easier to reach. In a way, you are making the healthy choice the easy choice for yourself.Take advantage of mornings to focus on your goal. The articles cites a study that showed that simple habits form more quickly in the morning due to elevated cortisol.Get a system in place to track your progress like a journal, an app or a spreadsheet. Again, research shows that tracking improves success.Set up a rewards program for yourself when you act on your goal and reward yourself immediately after reaching it. And make the reward fun.Resist finding excuses to not follow through on your action steps. When I sense resistance, I often tell myself “I don’t have to be perfect but just need to do something.” It really helps me with the excuses.In addition to these tips, look at your support network and identify others who can help you with your goals. A “goal buddy” or a group with like interests will help keep you on track and build you up when you hit the rough spots.Rich with resourcesOf course, the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) is rich with resources in the areas of family transitions, nutrition and wellness, personal finance, personal and family relationships, and mental health As part of our network, we encourage you to use these resources to reach your goals! In addition to the Mindfulness Podcast Series mentioned above, here are a few of my top recommendations:New Year, Stronger Connections!  blogMake Your Financial Goals SMART an Your Savings Systematic  blogAre You a Resilient Professional?  blogHealth is a Family Affair: Connecting the Dots between Health & Family blogFinding Joy in the Face of Adversity blogMission Possible … Mastering the Process of Change blogCommunity Capacity Building: Say what?? blogFinding the Golden Ratio-Using Positive Emotions in Every Day Life and During Times of Stress blogBurning the Candle at Both Ends: How to Combat Burnout blogNavigating the space between our personal and professional roles blogTo sum up: Swap your resolutions for goals and action steps, and begin your reset today with an easy win. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when things don’t go as planned. You will be more successful in the long run. Embrace the New Year …. and take steps to spring ahead to achieve your goals in the remaining months. Karen Shirer is a member of the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team and the Associate Dean with the University of Minnesota, Extension Center for Family Development. Karen is also the parent of two adult daughters, a grandmother, a spouse, and a cancer survivor.last_img read more

Using the Sound Remover Effect in Adobe Audition

first_imgPick up unwanted sounds in the background of your audio? Learn how to remove them in this Adobe Audition video tutorial.In a perfect world we can all shoot films on sound stages with perfect acoustics and high-end audio gear, but more often than not, we aren’t afforded this luxury. Street noise, airplanes, cellphones, and (worst of all) chatter, plague indie-film audio. As we’ve discussed in the past, a film is 50% video and 50% audio, but all-to-often indie-filmmakers focus on the visuals while making audio an afterthought.As we’ve already discussed in our “Removing Background Noise in Audition” Adobe Audition has a lot of tools for removing general unwanted noise, but what if you want to remove a very specific sound? The answer is simple, Audition’s Sound Remover tool.This Adobe Audition video tutorial covers:The Learn Sound Model ButtonAdjusting Sound Remover SettingsWorking with Presets This tutorial was first shared by Infinite Skills on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys.The best way to get good audio is to record it right the first time! Pick up some tips for on-set audio recording in our ‘Fundamentals of the Boom Operator and Location Mic Techniques‘ post.Have Adobe Audition tips to share? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

How Circle Bursts Can Enhance Your Motion Design

first_imgCan circle bursts transform your motion design? Let’s take a 360 degree look.There are a lot of trends that come and go in the world of motion graphics, but one such trend that has only grown in popularity in recent years is circle bursts. Circle Bursts are cool on a lot of levels and their simplicity makes them only more desirable to both motion designers and clients.In the following post we’ll take a closer look at circle bursts and examine a few ways that we can integrate circle bursts into our projects. Plus we’ll watch a few quick tutorials about how they’re made and discover a few free and paid places to find them. Let’s dive in:Where to Get Circle Bursts1. RocketStock Price: FreeOur good friends at RocketStock are giving away free circle bursts with no strings attached. Just click the download button on the circle burst blog post. While you’re there check out their freebie section full of awesome After Effects freebies. The circle bursts are pre-rendered footage that can be easily colored in After Effects using the tritone effect. The cool thing about these elements is they can all be integrated directly into After Effects.2. AE Sweets Price: $14.99 a packAE Sweets is a… sweet script designed to help with creating 2D elements. You can simply select the shape you want, hit apply and watch the shapes form before your eyes. There are also a bunch of other cool shape effects on AE Sweets website including a few freebies.3. Create Them YourselfCircle bursts are relatively simple to make, essentially it’s a shape layers with just a few keyframes. The process is simple, but refining the animation is the hard part. In this quick tutorial from Evan Abrams we’ll take a look at how to create Circle bursts in After Effects. It’s really simple and the end result is pretty awesome. The Benefits of Circle BurstsCircle Burst elements are great for multiple reasons:1. They Can Help Add Visual Complexity Without Being DistractingIt is certainly cool to add in grunge or distortion to your projects, but in a lot of circumstances, namely client work, it’s not necessarily ideal when it comes to tone. Circle bursts, as opposed to ink drops or film grains, are neutral and can be easily integrated into most projects. This is especially true if your project is a little too simplistic. By simply adding in a few circle bursts you can breath life into previously boring projects.2. They Can Hide CutsJust ignore the man behind the curtain, and by man we mean edit point… and by curtain we mean circle elements. Can’t think of a great way to transition between two scenes? If you’re stuck try adding in a few circle bursts. They can help ease the audience between two ideas without there being a jarring cut. In this way circle bursts help those artists who prefer to create animations using the “Post to Pose” style of classical animation. More on this in our principles of animation post.3. They Can Create a Custom LookWhen it comes to motion graphics perceived value is one of the most valuable tools when marketing yourself as a motion designer and giving your projects a “custom” look is a quick way to make your work look much more valuable. So if you’re animations are looking too “computery” you can always give your video a more hand-made look by adding circle bursts. Circle Bursts In-ActionHere’s a few examples if good circle bursts in-action.Full Circle Logo Build – Concept B Created By: Miguel ReyesThis lifestyle logo designed by Miguel Reyes is a great example of well thought-out animations with good physics. Notice how each movement is motivated.Tendril Relaunches – Logo AnimationCreated By: Gabriel RochaThis is another great logo example of circle bursts in action. These animations are a little bit more bold, but the animation is none-the-less amazing.Qadrant.io Explanation Animation Created By: Studio FourPlus Explainer videos are a great medium to for integrating circle bursts, and smooth 2D elements for that matter. This awesome video created by Studio FourPlus is a great example of both circle bursts and eased keyframes.Want to learn more about working with flat 2D animation? Check out a few of the following resources:Sliding Intro – PremiumBeatStripes Transition with Shape Layers – PremiumBeat2D Animated Shapes – RocketStockHave any tips for creating circle bursts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more

78 Free Production Elements and Templates to Use in Any Video Project!

first_imgDownload dozens of free production elements! Get free After Effects elements, sound effects, Photoshop templates and more!For five days, PremiumBeat gave away original production elements for readers to use in their own productions. All of the elements are still available for download!1. 20 Free Color Grading Presets for After EffectsWith PremiumGrades, quickly apply color grading presets to your footage in After Effects. These 20 Free After Effects presets will add style and tone to your project.The effects presets were designed to be dragged and dropped into your layers in After Effects. Take a look at all 20 presets in action in this demo:Read more and download the Color Grading Presets here.2. Movie Marketing PackThe Movie Marketing Pack includes 2 free Photoshop templates — one to create a movie poster and one to create a trailer rating tag.Create a movie poster in minutes with the Free Movie Poster Template. All basic elements are included: 4 Star ratings, film festival laurels, poster credits, and more. Simply add your photo to the background layer and change the text.With the Free Trailer Rating Tag, you can make a version of the famous green rating trailer intro. The template lets you easily change the text or film rating… plus, you can make it a red band trailer with a only single click.Read more and download the Movie Marketing Pack here.3. 16 Free Transitions for After EffectsNeed something more colorful or exciting than a fade or dissolve? Here are 16 free transitions full of color and action. All of the transitions can be recolored and customized to fit your project.Check out this demo of the free After Effects transitions in action:Read more and download the Free Transitions Pack.4. 20 Free Epic Sound EffectsCurated from our vast SFX collection at PremiumBeat, here are 20 of the best Epic Sound Effects for Free. These sweeps, risers, and slams are designed to create epic action trailers.The Trailer Construction Kit (Lite Version) is full of great SFX, just take a look at how we used them in this trailer.Read more and download 20 Free Sound Effects.5. 20 Free Animated IconsAnimated icons are a staple of corporate and business videos. They’re a great way to make the information more entertaining. With the 20 Free Animated Icons Pack, you can easily drop these custom-made animations into your videos.An added benefit: these animated icons are already rendered and setup to work in any NLE or motion graphic software. Take a look at the icons in action:Read more and download the 20 Free Animated Icons.Have you already used any of these elements in your own projects? Be sure to share with us!last_img read more

Get $7,000 from Robert Rodriguez to Make a Film in 14 Days

first_img5 amateur filmmakers have the chance to make a feature film funded by Robert Rodriguez. Enter now!Images via Robert Rodriguez/El Rey Network.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of El Mariachi, Robert Rodriguez’s legendary low-budget debut film, the director is now giving five filmmakers the chance to make a film on the same size budget he had.In partnership with Rodriguez’s El Rey Network, this competition will be filmed for the six-episode series Rebel Without a Crew, based of the popular book Rodriguez published that inspired a whole generation of filmmakers like Jon Favreau — who used the book Rebel Without A Crew as a guide while making Swingers.We all struggle with that balance. Robert Rodriguez was my big hero when I was in high school. That was my dude. I read Rebel Without A Crew… —Jon FavreauThe five selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot and edit a new feature film for $7,000 USD.To apply, filmmakers must be U.S. Residents, ages 18+ who have not directed a full-length feature. They must also have access to a script that they own all the rights to.Selected filmmakers will have fourteen days to shoot the film with an additional four days of pre-production (which includes finalizing scripts, storyboards, locations, props, scripts, casting, and planning the fourteen-day shoot).Filmmakers must be available to shoot for six weeks in October/November 2017 in Austin, Texas. The show will stream on Go90 as six hour-long episodes, leading up to the debut of the final feature films.In addition to the competition, Rodriguez himself will also be participating. Go90 will also stream a docu-series that documents Rodriguez’s production, exploring “the philosophy of his process and shows him re-experiencing ultra low-budget indie filmmaking.”Submissions are open now. You can apply at firstfeaturefilm.castingcrane.com. There is an extensive survey to fill out, and you must answer thoroughly and honestly.Don’t worry about the answers being too long, we’d rather know too much than not enough. Getting to know you as a person and a filmmaker is *vital* to our selection process.Do you have what it takes to be a rebel without a crew? Apply now.last_img read more

21 middle-level officials reshuffled, more coming

first_imgAs many as 21 Joint Secretaries were appointed in different Central government departments on Monday as part of a mid-level bureaucratic reshuffle.Of the total number of officials, nine are from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The remaining are from other services such as the Indian Forest Service and the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. Major appointmentA prominent appointment is that of 1989-batch Gujarat cadre IAS official K. Srinivas. Mr. Srinivas has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). He is currently Principal Secretary (Revenue) in the State government, and was Personnel Secretary when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.Two IAS officials of the Tamil Nadu cadre— Jatindra Nath Swain of the 1988 batch and K.Rajaraman of 1989 batch— have been appointed as JS in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Department of Expenditure, respectively.Other IAS officials who figure in the list include Anil Srivastava as Advisor to NITI Aayog, Upma Srivastav as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, P.K. Borthaumar as JS, Agriculture, Shantmanu as Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Pramod Tiwari as JS, Food and Public Distribution, and Nidhi Chibber as JS in the Department of Defence.Sources said a major Secretary-level reshuffle is also expected to happen soon to fill in several vacancies. Among those who are set to retire this month are Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar and Economics Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Mr. Das’ tenure had been extended in January.Officials said the appointments would be made from the pool of 1984 and 1985 batch IAS officials.“The empanelment list will be out soon,” an official involved in the appointment process said.last_img read more

Haryana BJP chief’s son Vikas Barala, friend arrested again in Chandigarh stalking case

first_imgChandigarh stalking case accused Vikas Barala. Photo: Special Arrangement Pursued by danger: on the Haryana stalking case Both interrogated at length, says DGPMr. Luthra said both were interrogated at length on Wednesday and the police collected vital information during the interrogation.“They [accused] were thoroughly interrogated and we were able to collect vital information that will help us in the investigation,” he said, adding that at this point he would refrain to divulge minute details. “There are many thing for which we need the accused to reconstruct the scene to verify facts,” he observed. Mr. Luthra refuted allegations of working under political pressure. “There’s no political pressure on us and we are working independently and professionally,” he said.To a question on the on the slapping of the abduction charge, he said pressing of new sections were based on many facts, including a statement of a witness and other evidences, besides legal opinion.Also Read The police had summoned Vikas and Ashish for investigation at the city’s Sector-26 police station in connection with the investigation of the ”stalking case” by 11 a.m. on Wednesday. But both reached the police station in a white sport utility vehicle only at 2:30 pm.The police had been facing flak for not invoking Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC to the previous FIR. Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, on Wednesday were arrested again after the Chandigarh police added Sections 365 and 511 of the IPC in the FIR registered already against them for allegedly stalking and harassing a young woman on on the roads of Chandigarh last week end.Vikas and Ashish were arrested on last Friday night but released later.(Section 365 pertains to kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly or wrongfully to confine a person) and Section 511 refers to punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment.)“We have decided to press Sections 365 and 511 against both the accused and arrested them. We will produce them before the court tomorrow and demand their police custody,” Chandigarh DGP Tajender Singh Luthra told reporters.last_img read more

Disruption of Christmas event in Rajasthan flayed

first_imgCivil rights groups here on Thursday flayed the disruption of Christmas celebrations in Pratapgarh allegely by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal activists. The activists had manhandled the participants accusing them of indulging in “forcible religious conversions.” Two of the organisers, taken to the police station for questioning, were let off late in the night.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said the incident had proved that the Hindutva forces had spread their net in Rajasthan and were working to polarise the society.last_img

Manohar Parrikar chairs meeting Goa IPB meeting

first_imgAmid controversies and speculations surrounding the exact state of his health, ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday evening chaired a meeting of the Goa State Investment Promotion Board (IPB) at his private residence near here.The Chief Minister who has not made a public appearance since his return from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14, met members of the board which included some Cabinet Ministers, industrialists and other officials at the meeting which lasted for more than an hour. A picture released by the State unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on social media platforms showed a bare-foot Mr. Parrikar in a half-sleeved shirt and dark blue trousers seated on a sofa with pillows to rest his left hand, with members of the IPB in front of him.“The Chief Minister is in good health. He made positive suggestions during the Board meeting,” Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte told presspersons after the meeting.For the last few days, the Congress has been demanding a video or photographic proof of the Chief Minister’s well-being from the government.Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi since February this year. Mr. Parrikar is expected to chair a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the second after the one in August this year.last_img read more

India to install telescope for Sikh devotees to view Kartarpur in Pakistan

first_imgIndia plans to install a “high-powered telescope” in Punjab’s Gurdaspur for Sikh devotees to view Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib across the border in Pakistan, the Home Ministry said on Monday. This is part of a series of projects planned to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh faith.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had criticised Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in September, when he had announced that Pakistan’s Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa had given him an assurance about opening a route to Kartarpur Sahib from Punjab.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had constituted a National Implementation Committee (NIC) under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to plan events for the anniversary which falls in 2019. The committee’s meeting, on November 8, was attended by Mr. Sidhu among others.The telescope would be installed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Home Ministry said in a statement. Currently, pilgrims pay homage to the holy site with the help of binoculars, installed by the local gurdwara committee in Gurdaspur, on a raised platform that is manned by the Border Security Force (BSF). The Centre would also release a commemorative coin and postage stamps, the Home Ministry said.“Sultanpur Lodhi, where Guru Nanak spent much of his life, will be developed as a heritage city, also incorporating Pind Babe Nanak Da,” the Ministry said. “A National Institute of Inter Faith Studies will be set up by Ministry of Human Resource Development in Punjab for which the State Government will provide land free of cost.” Chairs on Guru Nanak Dev would be set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, one in a university in the U.K. and another in Canada.“Publication of Gurbani in different Indian languages will be made by National Book Trust (NBT), Ministry of Human Resource Development. UNESCO will be requested to translate and publish anthology of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s writings in world languages,” the ministry added.last_img read more

Odisha lawyers to join two-day BCI strike

first_imgExtending support to the strike called by the Bar Council of India, the Odisha State Bar Council on Wednesday urged the lawyers to join the February 11 and 12 agitation. Addressing media persons here, the State Bar Council chairman Tahali Charan Mohanty said that the lawyers in Odisha would submit the BCI’s five-point charter of demands to their respective District Collectors and tehsildars on February 11 and request them to forward it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Mohanty added that Cuttack and Bhubaneswar lawyers would also submit the charter to the Governor on February 12. The protest is against the “indifferent” attitude of various governments, including the Centre, towards lawyers, said Mr. Mohanty. The demands include better infrastructural facilities for courts across the country and a budgetary allocation of ₹5,000 crore for financial protection, stipend and insurance cover for lawyers and their families.last_img read more

Health insurance schemes to get Rs. 1,021 crore

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party government’s flagship medical insurance scheme for the poor, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), and the State government’s Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MJPJAY), have received a major boost with a proposed allocation of ₹1,021 crore for 2019-2020.As compared to last year when PMJAY alone was allocated ₹576 crore, the proposed budget this year has seen a nearly 77% jump. The budget allocation for the National Health Mission also saw more than 100% jump with an outlay of ₹2,098 crore proposed this year.Health activists say that with the general election round the corner, the attractive budget figures were expected. However, the utilisation of the money and outcome remain questionable.“The government never comes up with a comprehensive and explanatory outcome document to show us where and how the money has been spent and what are the changes that have been achieved. They should be able to give us details about changes in various health indicators and achievement. It is possible that all indicators cannot be achieved 100% but we should know,” said Milind Mhaske, Director, Praja Foundation. He said the focus of the government should be on primary health care, taking tertiary care to remote areas, and utilisation of existing infrastructure. “Take the example of the HBT Trauma Care Hospital in Jogeshwari which cost crores to build. The hospital lacks doctors and specialists,” he said.The NHM, which merged the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), looks at the strengthening of public health systems. Dr. Abhijit More of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan said budget utilisation has been a major question with NHM. “They can propose very attractive amounts but what is the point if merely 55% to 60% of the amount is being actually spent?” asked Dr. More.It has been observed that a majority of the funds in the NHM are spent in the last quarter, which leads to forceful and unreasonable purchases and opens avenues for corruption.On the insurance scheme for the poor, Dr. More said there is an urgent need to audit the treatments under the scheme. “A large chunk of the money is going to the private sector. But no one knows the quality of care and other ground realities,” he said.Wednesday’s interim Budget announcement also focused on maternal and child care, with an allocation of ₹1,097 crore proposed for providing nutritious food for children between six months and three years of age, pregnant women and lactating mothers.last_img read more

Reply to CBI’s plea on arrest: SC to ex-top cop

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to a plea by the CBI to arrest him in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.The CBI urged a Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, to lift its February 8 stay order against any “coercive action” against Mr. Kumar. The agency said that his arrest was necessary to “unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scam cases”.The Bench gave Mr. Kumar four weeks’ time to file his response.The CBI also sought the court’s directions to the West Bengal authorities to comply with the court’s earlier orders “in letter and spirit” and not to create any hurdle in the probe or try to “intimidate, harass and scare the agency officials” probing the cases.last_img read more

Lalu’s sons come together

first_imgLalu Prasad’s sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav have given up their tug of war to work jointly for the victory of their eldest sister Misa Bharti. Tej Pratap had recently quit as the patron of the party’s students’ wing and campaigned against RJD nominees when the names recommended by him were ignored. At a rally on Sunday, the two brothers stood side by side, holding aloft a photograph of their jailed father. Tej Pratap Yadav also reaffirmed his “fondness” for his younger brother, saying he saw him as Arjuna, who he was helping as Lord Krishna.The rift between Tej Pratap and his family first surfaced when he filed a divorce petition against his newly married wife and widened when his estranged father-in-law Chandrika Rai, a former minister, was chosen to contest from Saran.Both Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi had fought elections from Saran constituency in the past.An RJD leader said on condition of anonymity that the two brothers came together at the insistence of Misa Bharti, who made them sit together and explained that by fighting each other they will end up falling into the trap of the BJP-led NDA, which wants to “finish off the party.last_img read more

Researcher Behind Stem Cell Controversy Agrees to Retraction

first_imgAfter steadfastly defending her work against accusations of falsified data and an official misconduct ruling, the lead author on two controversial stem cell papers published this year in Nature has reportedly agreed to retract one of them. Earlier today, Japanese media began reporting that stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, is willing to retract a paper concluding that so-called STAP stem cells can form a wide variety of tissues, but does not intend to retract the paper describing how to make those stem cells.Along with colleagues in the United States and Japan, Obokata described online on 29 January in Nature a new method for reprogramming mature cells into stem cells. The technique, called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP), appeared amazingly simple—exposing mature cells to an acid bath or physical pressure could seemingly switch them into stem cells. But it drew almost immediate accusations of image manipulation and plagiarism. In April, an investigating committee at RIKEN ruled that the issues with the papers constituted research misconduct, but did not call for their retraction. Obokata’s lawyer now tells the Japanese press that she will retract a secondary paper describing what STAP cells can develop into, but not the methods article, in which the committee had identified image manipulation and data apparently reused from Obokata’s graduate thesis.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Obokata has argued that the problems with the papers were the result of inexperience, not deliberate wrongdoing, and that STAP cells really do exist. After the ruling, she issued a statement saying that she intended to appeal the judgment.The Japan Times reports that at least two of Obokata’s 10 co-authors on the letter have also agreed to the retraction, including Teruhiko Wakayama of the University of Yamanashi, the paper’s last author. Wakayama has been consistently critical of the work, telling the Japanese press he had “lost faith” in the paper, and calling for its retraction. However, Charles Vacanti of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, last author on the main article and Obokata’s former adviser, has continued to defend the research. A BWH representative told ScienceInsider that Vacanti had no comment on Obokata’s announcement.Willingness to retract one paper but not the other is a sign of the lingering disagreement among the co-authors, says stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler of the University of California, Davis. He argued in a blog post earlier this week that Nature should editorially retract both. “It would be naive to think that only the letter [the second paper] can be retracted and that the [methods] article will remain with the STAP cell narrative overall having any legitimacy,” he told ScienceInsider in an e-mail. “I believe the ultimate fates [of the two papers] are tightly tied together.”last_img read more

Scientists trot out dueling analyses of deadly landslide

first_imgOne of the deadliest landslides in U.S. history was unleashed when part of a mountain collapsed onto a rain-sodden slope, sending a wall of mud shooting through a Washington state neighborhood, according to a federal landslide expert.The new account from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) differs from the explanation offered by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, which on Tuesday unveiled the first published analysis of the 22 March  slide. The accident killed 43 in the little town of Oso at the edge of Washington’s Cascade Mountains.The difference revolves around a critical question: What caused a hillside with a history of relatively minor landslides to suddenly turn into a tsunami of mud and debris that sped about a kilometer across a valley? The findings could influence what signs scientists look for when trying to detect other potentially explosive slides.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The GEER team, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, blamed rain and ground water soaking a hillside weakened by decades of smaller slides. In their analysis, first the slope began to slide. The movement, combined with ample water, turned the sliding ground into a fast-flowing semiliquid. The process, known as liquefaction, occurs when water pressure in the soil builds high enough that it pushes particles of earth apart and the slope can’t hold together. Four minutes later, a second portion of the mountain fell after losing support from below. The report pointed to two spikes recorded by nearby seismic devices as evidence of a two-stage scenario.But Richard Iverson, a landslide expert at USGS’s Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, says that a closer look at the seismic data tells a different story. “The USGS disagree[s] significantly with several aspects of the GEER report,” Iverson says. According to the unpublished analysis by scientists with the USGS and the University of Washington, all the important action appears to have been compressed into a rapid chain reaction in the first few minutes. The lower slope began to slide slowly, but just 50 seconds after that began, an upper part of the mountain broke loose and collapsed onto it. The violence of that impact could cause the soil to rapidly liquefy and shoot across the valley, much like a foot slamming down into a mud puddle, he said. Iverson and scientists working with him concluded the second incident recorded in the seismic data was an “extremely small event.”Iverson’s explanation relies on a new method of analyzing low-speed shaking in the earth. Newer seismometers capable of detecting slower, less intense motion are enabling scientists to gain a more detailed, second-by-second picture of how a landslide unfolds. Iverson surmised that the GEER scientists relied on a less sophisticated analysis of the seismic data.Responding to Iverson’s critique, GEER co-leader Jeffrey Keaton, an engineer at AMEC Americas, a private engineering firm, says that observations in Oso helped convince them that much of the mountain collapsed a few minutes after the initial slide. Large chunks of relatively intact earth still covered with trees would probably have broken up if they had been part of the first slide, he said. And swaths of sand had flowed up onto the back end of the first slide, suggesting it happened after the first slide slowed to a halt.last_img read more

How some whales live more than 200 years

first_imgBowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus), denizens of Arctic seas, are known to live more than 200 years, yet they show few signs of the age-related ailments that plague other animals, including humans. Even the bowhead’s closest cetacean relative, the much smaller minke whale, lives only 50 years. That suggests the larger whales (which have more than 1000 times as many cells as humans) have evolved some special natural mechanisms that protect them against cancer and aging. Now, in an effort to uncover the massive cetaceans’ longevity secrets, a team of scientists has mapped the bowhead’s genome. This is the first time that the genome of a large cetacean has been sequenced. The researchers compared the whale’s genome with that of nine mammals, including other cetaceans, cows, rats, and humans, they report online today in Cell Reports. Their comparative analysis uncovered mutations in two genes, one that is thought to confer resistance to cancer and is also linked to aging and DNA repair; the other is involved with DNA repair only. The scientists next intend to insert these genes into laboratory mice to see if they increase their longevity and resistance to disease.last_img read more

Are earthquakes triggered by oil and gas production becoming deadlier?

first_imgSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—Over the past several years, a torrent of small earthquakes has accompanied the glut of oil and gas produced by industrial operations across the central United States. In 2014, Oklahoma saw three times as many earthquakes magnitude 3.0 or greater than California. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is not the main culprit. Rather, most of the small earthquakes have been linked to injection wells, which dispose of huge quantities of water used to flush out oil and gas in extraction operations. Here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes Science), Science had a chance to catch up with three experts working at the forefront of this field of induced seismicity: William Ellsworth, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California; Mark Zoback, a geophysicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California; and John Parrish, the California state geologist in Sacramento.So far, most of the earthquakes associated with injection have been small—things that might rattle the china cabinet. What is the potential for larger, life threatening earthquakes?Ellsworth: That’s really one of the hardest problems we have. It requires knowing where the faults are, and what their dimensions are. And knowing if they’re oriented properly, and if there is sufficient stress to drive them. We’re really stuck using what we’ve seen happen in the past. In Oklahoma, we know that there was an earthquake about magnitude 7, 1300 years ago. We also saw the magnitude 5.7 just in 2011. So things that have happened in the past should be considered in the future.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Zoback: We know the risk is posed by large faults which are potentially active in the current stress field. The challenge is, can we find those faults and avoid them. The thing the public has to remember is that not all faults are dangerous.USGS is trying to incorporate induced earthquakes in its hazard maps. You’re saying that places like northern and central Oklahoma are becoming potentially as hazardous as places like the New Madrid region near Memphis, Tennessee, and Charleston, South Carolina, which have a history of highly damaging earthquakes?Ellsworth: Over the short term—what’s likely tomorrow—those would be areas of high hazard. Whether they’re high over the timescales we think about for building codes is a whole other question. That I don’t think we have an answer to.This could eventually force stricter building codes in places like Oklahoma. Is it fair for those additional costs to be born by builders when the earthquake risk is essentially a dial controlled by oil and gas industry?Zoback: That’s a policy question. If you go back to building bridges and roads, trucks pay fees, because they’re hard on bridges and roads. How these things get paid for is a policy decision.Parrish: It’s really going to be a local decision.Sometimes you say there’s a strong link between certain wells and earthquakes. Other times you say there’s a lot of uncertainty in making that connection. What allows you to make a definitive diagnosis?Ellsworth: If there’s one well, and there are earthquakes directly beneath that well … then you can make a pretty good connection as to what’s going on. If you have multiple wells, we know that the pressure field is going to be distributed, and it can be very far reaching.Why does California see so many fewer induced earthquakes than places like Oklahoma?Parrish: Our geology is quite a bit different from the geology in the midcontinent and the eastern states. For one thing, their production formations are very old. California, we have very poorly consolidated sediments that are much younger.Ellsworth: The change has been when water begins to be injected in virgin formations, places where no perturbations have happened before. That seems to be to me at least one of the signatures for situations where can say these earthquakes have been induced.Aside from identifying problematic faults, what other techniques are there that industry can adopt to minimize induced earthquakes?Zoback: Let’s take Youngstown, Ohio. It’s right on the border with Pennsylvania. What was happening in Pennsylvania is that the flowback water after hydraulic fracturing was being trucked to Ohio so that it could be injected into … permitted injection wells where the geology was better. They’ve migrated from trucking water out, to recycling the water.Are these good times to be an earthquake scientist?Zoback: It’s always a good time.Ellsworth: We have new challenges, which is good.Parrish: I like the saying: Love a geologist, and feel the earthquake.Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? Tell us on Twitter and Vine with #msgtospace!last_img read more