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DD HEALTH: MOST ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE INEFFECTIVE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS, SAYS STUDY

December 28, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: iuxgjddtb.

first_imgDD HEALTH: MOST available antidepressants are ineffective for children and teenagers with major depression, and some may be unsafe, according to a study.Only one drug, fluoxetine, was found to work better at relieving the symptoms of depression than a look-alike placebo with no active ingredients, said the study.Another drug, venlafaxine, was linked with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts compared with placebo and five other antidepressants, it reported. The study, published this week, reported that major depressive disorder is common in children and adolescents, affecting around 3% of children aged 6 to 12 years and about 6% of teenagers aged 13 to 18 years.Psychological treatments are recommended as the first-line treatment for depression in many clinical guidelines, and in 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) black box warning against the use of antidepressants in young people up to 24 years because of concern about increased risk of suicidality.However, use of antidepressants has slowly increased between 2005 and 2012.The report stated, as an example, the proportion of US children and teenagers (aged 0-19 years) taking antidepressants increased from 1.3% to 1.6%, and in the UK from 0.7% to 1.1% . Sertraline is the most widely prescribed antidepressant in the USA and fluoxetine is the most common in the UK.“The balance of risks and benefits of antidepressants for the treatment of major depression does not seem to offer a clear advantage in children and teenagers,” said co-author Peng Xie from The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University in China.The international team of researchers recommended that youths taking such medications be monitored closely regardless of the antidepressant chosen, particularly at the beginning of treatment.They also called for more transparency and information sharing.“We can’t be completely confident about the accuracy of the information contained in published and unpublished trials,” lead author Andrea Cipriani at the University of Oxford said in a statement. “Delay in implementing responsible data sharing policies has negative consequences for medical research and patient outcomes.”The study covered 34 clinical trials involving 5,260 participants, aged 9 to 18.Two-thirds of the trials were funded by pharmaceutical companies.In a comment, also in The Lancet, Jon Jureidini from the University of Adelaide in Australia questioned whether the lack of data about individual patients obscured the true number of suicidal events. “Claims that appropriate access to such data is incompatible with intellectual property constraints and patient privacy must be strongly resisted.”DD HEALTH: MOST ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE INEFFECTIVE FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS, SAYS STUDY was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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)Tags:antidepressantdonegal daily healthlast_img read more

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LYIT LECTURER USES ROBOTS IN SUCCESSFUL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME

December 24, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: iuxgjddtb.

first_imgfe (left) Eibhlin Doherty Crana College, Buncrana working on their project in the after -schools “Mobile Robot programme” developed by LYIT Lecturer Martin Bradley.Encouraging young people to build and program their own robots has proved to be a big hit with school children in Donegal. Martin Bradley, a lecturer in the electronic engineering department at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), pioneered an after-school robotics programme to help encourage students to become inspired by engineering.The Mobile Robot programme was first introduced in December 2011 at Crana College with Sean McFadden, an engineering teacher at the school. The programme taught young students how to program a light-following robot and older students how to build and program it. “I felt if we could engage young students in engineering in a practical way it would make the subject enjoyable and accessible. Robots seemed to me to be an imaginative way to get the students’ attention,” explains Martin. He had previously introduced robot building and programming into the “Introduction to Electronic Engineering” module at LYIT. Major US Multinational Texas Instruments, whose microcontroller is the brain of the robot are very excited and have published an article about the programme “ The Luck of the Launchpad in Ireland” on their website.What started out as a pilot sparked such huge interest amongst the students that Martin decided to expand it. The Mobile Robot Programme has been rolled out to 8 other schools and will be available to the general public in Inishowen this summer through a “Technology Club” which is to be set up in the new Sliabh Sneacht Centre in Drumfries.The success encouraged Martin to broaden the curriculum to teach students how to build and program seven different types of robots. The LYIT lecturer has posted a video on YouTube that showcases the various robots that have been created such as , light-following robot, Android app remote control, noise-following robot, line-following robot, tilt control using an Android app, voice-controlled robot and Play-Doh controlled robot. Have a look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqeEKaEtx-c. Sean Deehan, a student at Crana College, says he got a lot from Mobile Robots, “I enjoyed learning about the chips in the robots. It’s interesting to see how this links to real life applications. It was brilliant making and controlling the robot.”Liam Galbraith, Principal at Crana College, adds, “It was great to see students engrossed in something that obviously captivated them. This will benefit these students a great deal.”The impact of the programme didn’t go unnoticed. In May 2013, Crana College received the Science, Technology, Education, Arts and Math (STEAM) Awards at the Donegal Vocational Education Committee awards ceremony. Last Year, four students from Crana College showcased their robots on the Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) stand at the BT Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin.What’s next? Bradley hopes to integrate Texas Instruments SimpleLink™CC3000 Wi-Fi and CC1101 Sub-1 GHz connectivity modules on future robots and expand into the new Junior Certificate programs across Ireland.“A synergy has resulted from this and I believe the impact on the local economy will be seen in the future. I’d like to thank all of the people who help run the Mobile Robot programme and the students who participate. They keep us on our toes.” Bradley said.The Mobile Robot programme has since moved to other secondary schools such as Magh Ene College Bundoran, Carndonagh Community School and Scoil Mhuire Buncrana. Primary schools Scoil Cholmcille Newtoncunningham, Scoil Iosagain Buncrana, St Mary’s National School Malin Head and Scoil Naomh Padraig Drumfries have also been introduced to the programme. For more information on engineering courses at LYIT visit lyit.ie/courses or to find out about the The Mobile Robot programme contact Martin Bradley martin.bradley@lyit.ieLYIT LECTURER USES ROBOTS IN SUCCESSFUL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME was last modified: January 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:LYITROBOTSlast_img read more

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Love Job Hunting?

December 2, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_imgBought out, fired, let go, laid off, relocated, transferred, leaving for personal reasons, shown pink slip, given poor performance evaluation, bullied into quitting, offered an opportunity to leave – doesn’t matter anymore. Bottom line is, there is no job for you. Look somewhere else.Now what? Perhaps you have the cushion of a severance package, a term with an outplacement agency or meager unemployment insurance. Perhaps not. But you have to face family responsibilities, financial obligations and uncertainty in your job search. You often look back and wonder, “But why me?” You answer it internally with some anger, some remorse, some guilt, some shame, and, to be honest, surprisingly, some feeling of liberation as well. A few days after getting laid off, I came across an inspiring article by actor/comedian Ranjit Sourie on improvisation techniques. One of them is “Yes … and,” which involves accepting the situation “as is” offered to you – the “Yes” part – and build on it something new, giving a different direction, which is the “and” part. So with that mindset, I began my job search.A job search brings a lot of uncertainty. But it is a phase that will eventually end, leading to perhaps something better, if managed intelligently. My friend Gina related job searching to finding a parking spot in a lot you have been circling for a while. You just have to wait. Many times, right near the entrance a car parked long enough drives out, leaving the most comfortable spot just for you, which perhaps you may not even have imagined for yourself; you realize it was worth the wait.At one point, I wept bitterly and my yoga master said, “Whatever happened is an arrangement of a higher power, there is a plan for you, just do what you are supposed to be doing and make sure you do your best.” It’s also a phase to “let go” of your emotional attachments to joys and sorrows, disappointments and familiarities of your past to make room for unknown experiences ahead of you. He said, “Close your eyes and meditate upon the light down the tunnel, there is a beautiful scenery lying ahead.”Think of it as a phase to strengthen spiritual connections, clear mental blockages, revitalize the mind, body and spirits and give back some of ourselves to some noble cause and some higher good for a more satisfying life. To take risks that brings out the entrepreneurial spirit within you. To learn new skills, catch up with friends and family, network with other professionals, develop new hobbies, travel and explore life from varied angels. To pay attention to your secondary passions, lying latent, smoldering quietly within you as you slogged away at work.Such was the case with a friend, Ruby, who after 20 years as an administrative assistant in a biotech firm lost her job following a merger. Instead of taking a transfer to another department, she accepted her severance package and pursued an undergraduate degree in her 50s. She was inspired by her granddaughters to write a children’s book, which was published by a renowned U.S. publisher in America and now graces Barnes & Nobel bookshelves.Despite the rejections therefore, this phase can be exciting, rich and fulfilling. “Every time you face a rejection, say, ‘Thank You, You’ve directed me to something better,’” says Bob, the famous 80-year-old Berkeley beggar, who is homeless, hunchbacked with a white beard and shaking limbs. He loves books on philosophy, often spots souls in distress on Shattuck Avenue and dispenses freelance advice in exchange for spare change.The day I left my last place of work, a coworker stopped by to wish me well. I expressed my apprehension about life without work after nine years of dedicated service. His response, “Looking for work is also work.”From my career management sessions with an outplacement agency my former employer placed me with, I have learnt that this phase is not just about looking for work as a source of a paycheck, but also an opportunity for transformation, transition, reassessment, reevaluation and reinvention, both in career and in life. True, it’s easier said than done. But consider a job search as a project, which needs strategic planning, patience, persistence and continuous productivity. It begins with asking several questions: who you are, what you want to do, where you want to go, what are you looking for, why do you want what you are targeting, what would happen in case you don’t get what you want, how you will achieve your goals, what skills you possess, what needs to be developed, why is it so important, who can help you, what is the time frame, what is your budget, what are your accomplishments, where do you see yourself in the future, is there a backup plan, would a temporary engagement do, salary expectations, what to negotiate and how, why did you leave, what do you wish to see in your future employer, any career alternatives, any transferable skills, what are your target markets, what culture, size and values are important to you, what are your strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats, who would give strong referrals, what search engines and firms to use, how to reach out to recruiters and contact hiring managers, what to mention in the cover letters and query emails, how to network and approach an insider, etc., etc. This is the “Yes” part of improvisation, which begins with accepting yourself as an entity that can be marketed again.The “and” part starts with personal branding. Practice speaking out loud before a mirror or a friend your positioning statements, your career objectives, your exit statements, your core competencies, your accomplishment stories, your personal characteristics, your responsibilities. You need more than just a well structured resume, which besides your achievements should also highlight specific situations, obstacles encountered, actions taken and outcomes. The reflection of your personality in the first phone screen, the non verbal communication during the interview and the follow up after the meeting also count. A business card, well crafted email signature, an online presence through a professional website, which allows you to add details of your professional and academic accomplishments, contribute to your personal branding.As they say, 20 percent of the jobs you secured are by responding to advertised positions, while 80 percent are obtained by networking. Once you have refurbished and refined your brand, launch yourself out there. There are employers waiting for that perfect product like you, with all the core competencies, compatibility and chemistry for the compensation they are willing to offer. Post and update your resumes online at sites of interest, respond to openings, but just don’t wait for someone to call you. With the volume of applications online, trust me, it’s all random luck.Make sure you seek opportunities for face to face interactions with potential employers and hiring managers by making yourself visible. Take a course related to your professional development, attend job fairs, industry events, networking meetings, workshops, trade shows, seminars, social gatherings, lunch with colleagues who could introduce you, phone calls to hiring managers and recruiters, anything to help build connections. One of the best and most professional ways of seeking contacts is via LinkedIn.com, which is an online paradise for making professional connections.Frustrating as it may get, writing a daily log of productivity, having a regular schedule of activities and a To Do list with priorities highlighted helps maintain structure in life. Exercise and enjoy something daily. Learn and laugh a little everyday. Show your love to those you care. Say your prayers, if you will. Write down three blessings before going to bed each night. Reward yourself for small and big things.Try to catch the rainbows. Count the glittering stars. Bask in the warmth of the sunshine. Go eat breakfast in the coffee shop across a busy street. Take walks admiring sunsets and sunrises and moonlit nights. Observe a bird, a bee and a baby. Feel the drizzling rains and falling snow. Dream some more. Dance as if no one is watching. Sing out loud.For tomorrow, if your job search succeeds, this is what you could be missing….  Related Itemslast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

August 11, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of | Filed in: adzvswdvm.

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Hubert did not quit his job, as he told them he had to take some time off.“I may be back, but hopefully I won’t (be),” he said, adding that his situation was understood.How could it not be? Hubert is not the first player to keep chasing his dream while at the same time in part live his life as if that next chance will never come.“It’s just crazy,” he said. “I’m learning every day how the business goes, just how at any time your number can be called. You’ve just got to be ready, that’s what I tried to do. It’s a great feeling, really.”Hubert said he was hoping to hold off on getting a regular job, because he had a feeling the Cardinals would give him a call at some point.“I just didn’t know when,” he said.Then, the phone rang.“It’s been great, getting the call to come back and then being able to be active, it’s a true blessing,” he said.Hubert said he was informed right before practice that he was going to be active.“So yeah, I’m really happy, really excited,” he added.The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Hubert was a surprise star in the early parts of training camp, coming down with long catches seemingly every day. The undrafted rookie free agent from Fayetteville State made the team’s practice squad out of camp, but was released after Week 1 as the Cardinals looked to add more size at the position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arians said they liked him from his time with the team earlier in the season.“He’s bright,” the coach said. “He’s a dual-position guy, so he could give us depth for Sunday.”The Cardinals turned to Hubert because they may be a bit shorthanded at receiver, with Jaron Brown now on IR, John Brown working his way back and Michael Floyd dealing with a hamstring injury.As a senior last year, Hubert caught 71 passes for 862 yards and 13 touchdowns, and his training camp performance turned some heads.Hubert said as of Wednesday he was not sure what kind of role he would have with the team this week or going forward, but he should be in uniform Sunday when the Cardinals visit the Panthers. Hubert is from Raleigh, so the chance to be active for the first time in a game in his home state is a blessing, he said.“Really, just to be able to go back home and be active for the first time, on the 53, it’s a dream come true,” he said.Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals’ Chris Hubert works on a drill during NFL football practice, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the team’s training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Since being released by the Cardinals on Sept. 13, Chris Hubert said he spent time working out and catching passes from a JUG machine with his father.He had also, recently, gotten a job.“I actually had gotten a job with UPS,” he said Wednesday. “I worked there for seven days before I got a call to come back yesterday.”The call was from the Cardinals, who on Tuesday re-signed Hubert to their practice squad. The next day he was elevated to the 53-man roster. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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