Injured Bishoo ruled out of third Test

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies’ hopes of using two spinners for the third Test match against Australia have been squashed after leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was ruled out of the final game here starting today (last night Jamaica time).Captain Jason Holder announced that Bishoo had not fully recovered from a left shoulder injury and was not available for selection.The one specialist spinner left in the squad is left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, who played in the first match in Hobart and the second match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”We’re down to one spinner with the injury to Bishoo, so we just have to work with what we have. I’m sure Kraigg Brathwaite will come to the fore and bowl a bit more,” Holder told reporters on the eve of the match.”I’ve seen they’ve gone with two spinners. We’ve been accustomed to spin-bowling in the Caribbean and, hopefully, our batsmen can get into that a lot better than we have in this series.”Heavy defeatsWest Indies have already lost the series following heavy defeats in the first two Tests. They went down by an innings and 212 runs in the Hobart opener before losing by 177 runs in the second Test in Melbourne last week.Holder said the team was buoyant following their improved outing in the second match, when they showed more resistance than in the three-day defeat in Hobart.”We showed some improvement with the bat in Melbourne and we will look to take that into this match here. From the start of the tour, many people say the odds are against us, but we have belief and we will put up a good showing,” Holder contended.last_img read more

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Ignore the sensationalist nonsense about Liverpool’s line up – talkSPORT Opinion

first_imgBut can any of Rodgers’ critics honestly, hand on heart, claim that a different line up would definitely have led to a better result?Would the inclusion of Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling magically have denied Madrid victory?All the ‘Liverpool have a proud European heritage’ talk in the world can’t hide the fact that, at this moment, Madrid are on a different level. That is not defeatist, it’s a fact.The current Champions League holders had won 11 consecutive games going into the Liverpool game, and their scoring sequence was as follows: 5-8-5-2-2-5-5-3-3-4-4.Liverpool had lost three, drawn two and won two of their last seven Premier League games, and lost their last two Champions League matches, including a 3-0 humbling at Anfield against Madrid.There were men in red sat on the subs bench at the Bernabeu who recently laboured to defeat at Newcastle, Basel and West Ham, as well as at home to Aston Villa and Madrid, and a tedious 0-0 draw with Hull at Anfield.And yet their exclusion from the starting line up was supposedly trampling on Liverpool’s history. Being comprehensively outclassed 3-0 on home turf was surely more embarrassing.Indeed, the respective form of both clubs meant that, before the line ups were announced, an ex-Liverpool player told talkSPORT his old club faced “an impossible job in Madrid… I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a Liverpool fixture before.”Meanwhile, Andy Gray told us the Reds were in for a “torrid time” in the Spanish capital.As it was they lost 1-0 to quite probably the best team in Europe right now. Disappointing? Yes. Shaming the history of Liverpool Football Club? Get a grip.For an alternative view, see what this Liverpool legend had to say: ‘RODGERS HAS ALIENATED A LOT OF FANS‘ 5 5 5 The Telegraph’s Henry Winter pursued the trampled heritage theme in his match report… 5 5 And the tabloids got stuck in, too… The hand-wringing over Liverpool’s line up against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu is truly nauseating.Brendan Rodgers made a calculated decision to change his team and it made sense. Losing 1-0 to the best team in Europe doesn’t change that.Gary Lineker was quick to accuse Rodgers of admitting defeat before a ball was kicked and criticised his team selection in light of “Liverpool’s stature”. All very emotive, but successful football managers don’t make decisions based on emotion, and a successful manager is what Rodgers is trying to become.The Northern Irishman utilised his squad with another demanding match coming up, against runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea. Juggling resources is what the biggest and best clubs do, but only time will tell if Rodgers can do it successfully.Rather than ‘throwing a white towel’ – which is an insult to the 11 players selected by Rodgers – you could easily argue Liverpool’s manager dropped a load of underperforming players.Those men will now be fresh for the Chelsea game and quite possibly hungry to prove a point.On top of that, the players selected at the Bernabeu acquitted themselves well, and Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has told talkSPORT that he wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the so-called ‘second string’ start against the Blues.Meanwhile, the fact Liverpool lost 1-0 in Madrid has increased the criticism of Rodgers’ team selection. Liverpool’s team was much changed for the match at Real Madrid last_img read more

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Two hospitalised in overnight collision

first_imgTwo people were injured in a two-car collision in Bridgend last night.The incident occurred at 10.20pm on Sunday, on the Burt side of the Bridgend roundabout.A large number of emergency service vehicles attended the scene. There are no further reports of diversions this Monday morning. Gardaí are investigating the crash. An appeal has been issued for witnesses to come forward with any information which may assist Gardaí. The public can contact Letterkenny Garda Station on (074) 916 7100.Two hospitalised in overnight collision was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A new rite of passage for NFL draft hopefuls: Scrubbing your social media history

first_imgBy Roman Stubbs | The Washington PostBefore they could celebrate their new partnership two winters ago, Patrick Mahomes and agent Leigh Steinberg needed to have one final talk over dinner at a restaurant in Tyler, Texas. Steinberg warned Mahomes of the potential pitfalls his impending fame would bring, and with the 2017 NFL draft just a few months away, he asked Mahomes if there was anything about his past that he should know about.Then he told Mahomes that there was one final step he needed …last_img read more

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A’s Takeaways: The goods for a seven-man rotation

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The A’s deep starting rotation seems to be growing stronger by the day.Sean Manaea delivered his second straight strong performance since coming off a year-long absence to rehab shoulder surgery, allowing just one run and striking out 10 in seven innings as the A’s beat Detroit 3-1 on Sunday in front of 24,550 to close out a homestand.After the game came word that the A’s will reportedly bring up top …last_img read more

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Loco pilots awarded for jumbo feat

first_imgThe Northeast Frontier Railway has awarded six staff, including two locomotive drivers, who stopped a passenger train to let a herd of elephants cross the track.Loco pilot Amar Nath Bhagat, alerted by his assistant Pawan Kumar, had on August 24 stopped the Bamanhat-Siliguri Junction passenger train between Sivok and Gumla stations in northern West Bengal to let a herd of seven elephants pass.NFR general manager Sanjive Roy presented a certificate and cash award of ₹2,500 each to Mr. Bhagat and Mr. Kumar for their presence of mind that helped avert a “possible mishap”.The other awardees included Shib Shankar Singh, a gateman who alerted after noticing heavy smoke in a coach of Kamakhya-Ranchi Express on July 21, and fellow gateman Prasenjit Roy who noticed sparking in the Dibrugarh-Delhi Brahmaputra Mail and helped avert a mishap. The other two were Sone Lal Ram and Kundan Kumar who detected a defect in a goods train wagon at New Jalpaiguri station .last_img read more

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Bedfont appoints Dr Jafar Jafari as first member of the Gastrolyzer Medical

first_img Source:https://www.bedfont.com/news/home/bedfont-announces-dr-jafar-jafari-as-its-first-member-on-the-gastrolyzer-medical-advisory-board Jan 18 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Bedfont, who has specialized in the design and manufacture of breath analysis medical devices for over 40 years, announces today that Dr Jafar Jafari will be the first appointment to its Gastrolyzer Medical Advisory Board.Head of Upper GI Physiology at the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust Hospitals, Dr Jafari has an MD in Medicine, a PhD in Neurogastroenterology, and has been involved in over 100 research publications regarding gastroenterology.  Notably, one of Dr Jafari’s main areas of interest is Hydrogen and C13 GI breath testing.The Gastrolyzer range works by measuring exhaled levels of hydrogen and methane that are produced when the gut breaks down food; interpreting these gas levels can help to determine gastrointestinal disorders such as lactose intolerance, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and more. We are privileged to welcome Dr Jafari into our Bedfont Family and onto our Gastrolyzer Medical Advisory Board. We are very fortunate to be able to call upon his extensive knowledge and expertise in the gastrointestinal field.”Jason Smith, Managing Directorcenter_img The Gastrolyzer range provides an instant, non-invasive and easy-to-use method for healthcare professionals and patients to use when investigating gut function. I am privileged to have been given this opportunity to contribute to Bedfont’s GI breath testing campaign.”Dr Jafar Jafarilast_img read more

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Effects of white meat on cholesterol are identical to red meat

first_imgObservational studies suggest that red meat intake is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, whereas no such association has been observed with regular consumption of poultry. Conversely, plant protein sources and vegetarian dietary patterns appear to be cardioprotective.” When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have a more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat, but we were surprised that this was not the case – their effects on cholesterol are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent.” ‘We were surprised [by the findings]’Dietary guidelines currently recommend eating white meats instead of red meats as a source of protein, as red meat has associations with cardiovascular disease (CVD).Senior author of the study Ronald Krauss, MD, a senior scientist and director of Atherosclerosis Research at CHORI and a UCSF professor of medicine said there had been no comparison between the effects of red meat, white meat, and nonmeat proteins on blood cholesterol, and the results were very different to what he and the research team had expected. The study, named the APPROACH (Animal and Plant Protein and Cardiovascular Health) trial, references the current literature suggesting contrary results this new study’s findings.It notes that saturated fatty acids (SFAs) increase plasma concentrations of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and as such there is a widespread belief that “the SFA content of red meat contributes to its association with CVD risk.”Although the study did not include grass-fed beef, fish, or processed meats such as bacon or sausage, the results suggested that restricting dietary intake of red and white meat is better for lowering blood cholesterol levels than it is currently thought. In fact, proteins derived from plant sources were best for lowering blood cholesterol levels, according to Krauss.Concentrations of large cholesterol-enriched LDL particles increased in diets with high levels of saturated fats. Large cholesterol-enriched LDL particles are not as strongly associated with CVD risk as smaller LDL particles, and it was found that levels of large LDL particles also increased with higher intakes of red and white meats. This is in comparison to diets that do not include meat products.“Our results indicate that current advice to restrict red meat and not white meat should be based only on their effects on blood cholesterol. Indeed, other effects of red meat consumption could contribute to heart disease, and these effects should be explored in more detail in an effort to improve health,” said Krauss.The study made the following conclusion: The findings are in keeping with recommendations promoting diets with a high proportion of plant-based food but, based on lipid and lipoprotein effects, do not provide evidence for choosing white or red meat for reducing CVD risk.” By Lois Zoppi, BAJun 7 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that eating red and white meat has equally negative effects on blood cholesterol levels. This is in contrast to popular belief that red meat has a worse effect on blood cholesterol than white meat.Nitr | ShutterstockThe aim of the study was to investigate whether levels of atherogenic lipids and lipoproteins (lipids and lipoproteins that promote the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries) differed in diets rich in red meats compared with diets in which protein is derived from white meat or nonmeat sources.The study was led by researchers at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), which is the research department of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.Plant-based protein is bestStudy participants included healthy men and women aged 21 to 65 years old who had a body mass index (BMI) of 20 to 35kg/m2, a blood pressure level of <150/90, and who were not using vitamin supplements or drinking alcohol, amongst other criteria.The participants were given experimental diets that substituted red meat for white meat or non-meat protein sources and were followed for four weeks at a time. In between these experimental diets were breaks of two to seven weeks, during which participants consumed their normal diet.For each experimental diet, blood samples were collected for plasma lipid, lipoprotein particle subfractions, apolipoproteins, and glucose level analysis. Body weight, blood pressure, and hip and waist circumference were also taken.The researchers discovered that consuming high levels of red meat or white poultry caused higher blood cholesterol levels when compared to diets that sourced protein from plant sources.This surprising discovery was also apparent in diets that included a high amount of saturated fats, which increased blood cholesterol to the same extent as red, white, and plant protein sources. Journal Reference:Bergeron, N., et al. (2019). Effects of red meat, white meat, and nonmeat protein sources on atherogenic lipoprotein measures in the context of low compared with high saturated fat intake: a randomized controlled trial. 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Study Nearly a quarter of lowrisk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 11 2019Nearly a million Americans live with thyroid cancer and doctors will diagnose more than 50,000 new cases this year. Fortunately, the survival rate for this kind of cancer is one of the best. Five years after diagnosis, more than 98 percent of patients are survivors.Now a team of researchers led by Alliric Willis, MD, a thyroid surgeon in the Department of Surgery in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and researcher with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health, finds nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessary. The practice carries potential long-term risk to the patient and added financial costs. The discovery could help to shift how doctors treat thyroid cancer patients.”Just as a patient can be at risk of under treatment, a patient can be at risk of over treatment,” says Dr. Willis, who published the work in the journal Surgical Oncology. “Our research really shines light on the fact that we are not treating all patients the same.”The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits over the airway in the neck. The gland makes hormones that help to control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and how the body uses energy. When cells grow out of control in the thyroid, cancer develops.Typical treatment for thyroid cancers that have not spread to other parts of the body begins with surgical removal of the gland. After completing surgery, patients can then go on to receive a second therapy known as radioactive iodine ablation. Radioactive iodine ablation is therapy taken as a pill. Because iodine is preferentially taken up by the thyroid gland, which relies on iodine to produce hormones, the radiation dose becomes concentrated there. The high amount of radioactivity in the iodine kills off any lingering cancer cells. Historically, patients have had fantastic results with radioactive iodine ablation treatment, Dr. Willis says. But the therapy does not come without costs.Experts estimate the financial cost of radioactive iodine ablation exceeds $9 million dollars per year across the country. Additionally, for several days to weeks after surgery, patients who receive the radioactive iodine treatment must stay away from small children and pets. “They’re virtually in isolation because the radioactivity will be on their clothing and on their sheets,” Dr. Willis says. The dose of radioactivity in the treatment is so high that airport security has picked up radioactivity from patients as well as their spouses.The treatment also carries the risk of permanent long-term side effects such as altering patients’ perception of taste and the development of other cancers, particularly leukemia. Yet patients who have low-risk thyroid cancer-;cancers that are small and have not spread to other parts of the body-;do not benefit from the additional treatment. “Low-risk thyroid cancer patients have a five-year survival rate that is greater than 97 percent, whether they receive radioactive iodine ablation after appropriate surgery or not,” Dr. Willis says.Related StoriesSpecial blood test may predict relapse risk for breast cancer patientsEngineered stem cells offer new treatment for metastatic bone cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskIn 2015, the American Thyroid Association released guidelines for thyroid cancer treatment that indicated radioactive iodine ablation is not always necessary for patients with low-risk thyroid cancer. Based on the guidelines, Dr. Willis and team sought to identify groups of patients that are most at risk of being overly treated for thyroid cancer.”This is really important when we’re talking population health and managing the increasing cost of health care by more effectively and efficiently using our resources,” says Dr. Willis.The researchers analyzed more than 32,000 thyroid cancer cases identified through the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) database. They found more than half of patients were low-risk. About 25 percent of the low-risk patients received radioactive iodine ablation treatment, the researchers report.Patients younger than 65 years old were most at risk of overtreatment, according to the study. Men were also more at risk of over treatment as were Hispanic and Asian patients.”Young healthy patients are certainly going to be willing to receive whatever treatment may benefit them, but again we’re talking about something that’s been demonstrated to be over treatment,” Dr. Willis says.Some low-risk patients had their lymph nodes removed in addition to the thyroid gland, even when the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes. These patients were more likely to go on and have radioactive iodine ablation treatment.”That’s particularly interesting because that tells you they may be in a setting where people are more aggressive in their approach to surgery and subsequent treatments,” Dr. Willis says. “This is where guidelines such as those outlined by the American Thyroid Association, can really help. The guidelines can say this more extensive treatment is unnecessary. You will not have better outcomes because of it.”Dr. Willis hopes that his team’s research will make people more aware of the fact that some patients are at risk of over treatment. “I think it will make people more mindful of following recommended guidelines with all patients so that we can give each patient the most effective treatment and get the best outcomes possible,” he says. Source:Thomas Jefferson UniversityJournal reference:Moten, A.S. et al. (2019) The overuse of radioactive iodine in low-risk papillary thyroid cancer patients. Surgical Oncology. doi.org/10.1016/j.suronc.2019.05.011.last_img read more

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Alibaba sets up AI research centre in Singapore

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Alibaba sets up AI research centre in Singapore (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-alibaba-ai-centre-singapore.html Explore further The institute, a tie-up with Nanyang Technological University (NTU), is Alibaba’s first joint research centre outside mainland China. It aims to develop cutting-edge AI technologies in areas such as elderly care and urban transport.The institute will carry out research on artificial intelligence technologies for an initial five years, starting with a pool of 50 researchers from both organisations, according to a joint press statement.Alibaba chief technology officer Jeff Zhang said the Singapore venture was part of research and development efforts by Alibaba’s DAMO Academy, which was launched last year.A focus of the institute will be on technologies to help in caring for the elderly, including developing robot companions to stay with them at home and sensors to help detect problems.”Using AI technologies, we can address fundamental societal challenges such as an ageing population,” said NTU president Subra Suresh.Singapore, a city-state of 5.6 million people, has a rapidly ageing population which is causing problems such as labour shortages.There is intense competition among leading companies in the area of artificial intelligence, with Google, Microsoft and Amazon scrambling to develop new software and technologies. © 2018 AFP Alibaba is opening an AI research centre in Singapore Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence research institute in Singapore in partnership with a local university, as the battle to develop AI technology heats up. read more

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