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Baby hearing follow-ups neglected

first_imgThe nation has made great strides in screening newborns – 95 percent are tested, up from 3 percent in 1989. And there are signs of success with follow-ups, too. It used to be that just half of babies received diagnostic evaluations; now, two-thirds do. When babies show difficulty with the initial screening – typically done in hospitals with a machine – they should be referred for further testing. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that follow-up take place by three months of age, though White recommends by one month for healthy babies. In the diagnostic test, babies listen to clicks or tones through earphones. Electrodes measure how the sound travels from the ear to the brain to see if the nerve is functioning. White said pediatric audiologists, who perform the diagnosis, can be hard to find. And physicians may be ill informed, advising their patients that children cannot be tested until they are older. Almost all American newborns have their hearing tested. But of the babies who show signs of hearing loss, one-third don’t get follow-up tests – putting them at risk for language, social and learning delays, according to data released Wednesday. The figure alarms Karl White, director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. The Logan, Utah, center tracks newborn screening for the federal government. It also crunched the numbers. “There’s good research showing the earlier these babies get intervention, the better they will do,” White said. Most children whose hearing loss is caught early and who receive help – such as hearing aids or cochlear implants, listening and speech training – will catch up with their peers and won’t need special education services, he said. “Pediatricians might say, `Why don’t we wait and see?’ That’s exactly the wrong thing to do now, but it was the right thing to do 25 years ago,” White said. “You want to try to follow up with the child as soon as possible,” said Faye Mitsunaga, audiologist at Mountain West Hearing Center in Salt Lake County. “There is that critical period for speech and language development.” Today’s deaf adults, who didn’t get them, read at a fourth-grade level on average, White noted. INFANT HEARING LOSS FACTS How do your child’s hearing and language compare with developmental milestones? BIRTH TO 3 MONTHS: Blinks or jumps when there is a sudden, loud sound. Quiets or smiles when spoken to. Makes sounds like “ohh” and “ahh.” 3 TO 6 MONTHS: Looks for source of sounds. Starts babbling. Uses many sounds, squeals and chuckles. 6 TO 9 MONTHS: Turns head toward loud sounds. Understands “no-no” and “bye-bye.” Babbles. 9 TO 12 MONTHS: Repeats simple words and sounds you make. Correctly uses “mama” and “dada.” Responds to singing or music. Points to favorite toys and objects when asked. BY 24 MONTHS: Has a word for almost everything. Uses 2-3 word sentences. BY 36 MONTHS: Strangers are able to understand much of what the child says. Uses verbs ending in “ing” such as walking or talking. Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management – The Salt Lake Tribune160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Former QPR boss condemns Chelsea over Clattenburg allegations

first_imgFormer QPR manager Neil Warnock has condemned Chelsea for lodging a complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg.Chelsea allege that the official used “inappropriate language” towards two of their players in Sunday’s match against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.“You know my relationship with referees but I have got to say I am disgusted with what’s gone on. I’m on Mark Clattenburg’s side,” Warnock told talkSPORT.The Leeds boss added: “We ask referees to man-manage and that’s what he does.“I’m sure he might have said a few things but are you telling me if Chelsea had won that game that there would have been one iota of a complaint?“He’s not had the best of games but the Torres one was the one decision he got slightly wrong.“I think he has made a mistake but they are trying to kill him and I don’t agree with that at all.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SANBio empowering female owned bio-businesses

first_imgSANBio empowering female owned bio-businessesThis year, International Women’s Day shared a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity under the campaign theme #PressforProgress. There is a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.This has since seen organisations such as the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) have in place programmes that are gender inclusive. They look for ambitious female leaders in bioscience-based businesses want to grow their business through acceleration programmes, and gain regional exposure and access to international markets.SANBio is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively, to address some of Southern Africa’s key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.With support from the BioFISA II programme, SANBio has implemented a second round of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, aimed at supporting women in biosciences. The Programme was created to develop leadership, technological and business skills in female-owned businesses in the SADC region.Although sub-Saharan Africa has not been famous for its status as a leader in female inclusion within the economic sector, African women are surprisingly beating the odds and defying the obstacles in the field of entrepreneurship in the region.Entrepreneurs characteristically have ambition, determination and a flair for original ideas. However, many lack the business expertise required to develop these into commercially viable ventures.“This programme creates a platform for peer learning and will empower women to lead in health and nutrition through science and technology”, says Zvikomborero Tangawamira, BioFISA II programme manager.For more information on deadlines, timelines, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit the FemBioBiz Season 2 page.last_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 4 – Black Walnut Farms, Warren County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A trip to southwestern Ohio wrapped up the 2016 Feeding Farmers program, courtesy of AgriGold. Each Friday for the past four weeks, the crew of the Ohio Ag Net traveled to various parts of the state delivering lunch, fellowship, and midday broadcasts to farm families that are the backbone of American agriculture.Don Tharr heads up Black Walnut Farms in Warren County alongside his family. The farm overlooks ideal scenery in the valley its positioned in. A retired teacher, Tharr said this year’s planting was behind that of normal years and that they were getting ready to take on the never-ending-job that is weed control.The farm is staying busy this summer erecting grain bins in which they are planning to pour the concrete for this week. From beginning to end, Tharr said the whole process takes all of three weeks, weather permitting.With his sons having grown and now supporting their own families with the farm, Don said they’ve had to position themselves marketing-wise to make that sustainable down the road.Dale Minyo talked with Tharr about this unique year on the farm and the grain bin construction. Watch that video interview below. Don Tharr talking with Dale Minyolast_img read more

Video Tutorial: How to Create a Film Look in Post

first_imgWant the ease of shooting digitally but the look of film? What can you do in post production or editing to make your digital footage appear more filmic?In the following video tutorial video production pro Matt Scott tackles the burning question “How do you create a classic film look?” There are certain things you can do on-set (lighting, lens choice) to simulate more of a film look, but during post production is when many of the film emulation tricks really come into play.This video tutorial covers the fundamentals of giving your digital footage a film look during video editing including:Modifying Aspect RatioUsing Blending Modes for Film GlowApplying Film Grain (download Matt’s FREE film grain from the Downloads tab here)Additionally, Matt dissects what color and curve properties are indicative of film – and the steps necessary to apply these looks in post (see a quick before and after shot below). The video editing application used in this tutorial is Grass Valley Edius, but the same principles can be applied in any video editing application.Thanks for sharing Matt? Check out the corresponding blog post here.Do you have your own tricks for creating a film look in post production? Share them in the comments below!last_img read more

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Models suggest little brown bats more susceptible to fungus than bigger bats

first_img 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. Big eared townsend bat (Corynorhinus townsendii) Credit: Public Domain Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Models suggest little brown bats more susceptible to fungus than bigger bats (2016, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-brown-susceptible-fungus-bigger.html Explore further More information: D. T. S. Hayman et al. Environment, host, and fungal traits predict continental-scale white-nose syndrome in bats, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500831center_img © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from several institutions in New Zealand and the U.S. has found, via modeling, that little brown bats in North America are likely more susceptible to dying due to a certain fungal infection than bigger brown bats, due to their size and habitat. The team has published their results in the journal Science Advances. Scientists and environmentalists alike have become concerned as the number of little brown bats in North America dying due to a fungal infection known as white-nose syndrome, has climbed into the millions. The fungus attacks the facial skin while the bats are hibernating, causing them to wake from hibernation early—that in turn causes them to die from exposure due to early expenditure of energy reserves. Prior studies have shown that other bats in North America and Europe are not harmed by the fungus and that has led to this newest effort to find out why there is such a stark difference between species.To learn more, the researchers conducted simulations to better understand the conditions that lead to fungal growth and then developed models based on the simulations they ran. Next they built models that mimicked the energy requirements of hibernating bats, taking into account the energy needs for the little brown bats, big brown bats, and also their European cousins, serotine and greater mouse-eared bats. They also noted that white-nose syndrome is relatively new to North America—prior studies have indicated the fungus migrated from Europe.In studying the results offered by all of the models, the researchers found that the energy requirements of hibernating bats varied by species as did metabolic rates, and that both were related to size. They also found that the fungus showed faster growth in areas of high humidity. The team also noted that the little brown bats, besides being smaller than all the others under study, also tended to hibernate in more humid parts of the country.Taken together, the data from the models suggests that it is likely the reason that little brown bats are more susceptible to dying from the fungus is because of their smaller size and because they hibernate in areas where the fungus grows faster. The team also suggests that European bats may have evolved traits that help them fight off the fungus—over their much longer history with the disease. Explaining species differences in bat mortality from white-nose syndromelast_img read more

Dog care tips to beat the heat

first_imgThe scorching heat takes a toll not only on humans but on animals as well. If you own a dog or you can care for a street dog, save them from the heat by keeping them hydrated and don’t serve them day old food in the summer season, suggest experts. Rashi Narang, Founder at Heads Up For Tails, and Akshay Kanitkar, Director- Operations at PetSutra, have listed ways for you to keep your paw-friends happy:Keep them indoors during the day: Do not take your pets for a walk during the scorching day hours. Ensure walks are restricted to only early mornings and post sunset during the summer months. Dogs are extremely sensitive to heat and apart from falling ill, they may also develop cracks on their paws due to walking on the hot concrete during the days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBe sure to look at your dog’s paws to check for discoloration, cuts, and bruises. Apply dog paw cream regularly and make them wear dog socks to prevent the paws from burning.Travelling: Avoid going for long drives with your pet, as the heat is too strong for him/her to handle. Also, do not leave your dog in your car during summers.Grooming and spa: Take your dog out for regular grooming sessions including a bath and trimming of coat only if necessary. Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to shave off your dog’s coat in summers as their coats are protective layers that safeguard them from sunburns and heat strokes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSponge with wipes: Since it is neither possible nor advisable to bathe your dog multiple times in a week, occasional wet wipe sponging followed by thorough drying and brushing of coat can also be a good way to remove dirt, allowing their skin to breathe better and cool off.Brush well everyday: It helps manage circulation of blood better and aids in temperature control. It also helps them shed dead hair making the dog feel lighter and more active.Include liquids in diet or moisten the food: To ensure the dogs are well hydrated during summer, it is advisable to moisten their food and also serve them healthy liquids like coconut water and homemade chhaach in small proportions, every now and then.Change the water in their bowl every hour and keep an extra bowl of water, before going to bed.If your dog can’t get the refreshment from you, then they might go looking elsewhere and that can mean a potentially dangerous situation. Higher temperatures can accelerate the growth of bacteria in standing water and thirsty pets can also drink hazardous liquids if they are parched.Take them for cool dip on the weekends: If your dog is comfortable with and exposed to swimming, nothing beats a good swim session and some fun splashing around in a pool. There are many pet exclusive pools that have hygienic pools for your dogs to dip in.Ensure that post-swimming the dog is rinsed well in normal water and thoroughly dried.Uneaten food: Just like human food, bacterial growth accelerates in dog food also, during summers. Avoid serving uneaten food to your pet if they tend to have it outdoors. Pets that eat their food inside can still have leftover food of last 4 to 5 hours; yet overnight left food is a big no.last_img read more

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