Aircraft noise linked with heart problems

first_img Read Full Story Older people exposed to aircraft noise, especially at high levels, may face increased risk of being hospitalized for cardiovascular disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). Researchers found that, on average, zip codes with 10-decibel higher aircraft noise had a 3.5% higher cardiovascular hospital admission rate.It is the first major study to estimate the association between residential exposure to aircraft noise and cardiovascular hospitalizations, using data on the nationally representative U.S. population age 65 and older and noise data from airports across the country.“It was surprising to find that living close to an airport, and therefore being exposed to aircraft noise, can adversely affect your cardiovascular health, even beyond exposure to air pollution and traffic noise,” said senior author Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics and associate dean of information technology at HSPH.The study and accompanying video appear online October 8, 2013 in BMJ (British Medical Journal).last_img read more

Harvard’s Philosophy Chamber Collection — Rediscovered and reunited after almost two centuries

first_imgThis spring, the Harvard Art Museums will present “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820,” a special exhibition that brings together many long-forgotten icons of American culture. It will present new findings on this unique space — equal parts laboratory, picture gallery, and lecture hall—that stood at the center of artistic and intellectual life at Harvard and in New England for more than 50 years.Celebrated at the time as one of the grandest spaces in America, the original Philosophy Chamber and its adjacent rooms housed an extraordinary collection of paintings, portraits, and prints; mineral, plant, and animal specimens; scientific instruments; indigenous American artifacts; and relics from the ancient world—all of which was used regularly for lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Highlights include: portraits by John Singleton Copley, Stephen Sewall’s 1768 mural-sized copy of the Native American inscription on the famous Dighton Rock in Massachusetts, and a grand orrery (a model of the solar system) created by Joseph Pope between 1776 and 1787. Many of the objects in the exhibition have not been shown publicly since the collection was dispersed almost 200 years ago.The reassembled Philosophy Chamber invites visitors to examine the role that images and objects play in building, organizing, and transmitting knowledge; and as a historical study, it deepens our understanding not only of Harvard’s past, but also the history of early American art and culture. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Governor addresses permit reform at weekly press conference

first_imgWith several representatives for various building, construction and realty organizations present, Governor Jim Douglas (during his weekly press conference yesterday) called for enhanced efforts to help build the economy and grow Vermont jobs by embracing his proposed Economic Growth Plan. One of the critical components of the plan is permit reform.”It is critical for us to get to work building the economy and growing jobs, said Governor Douglas. But we can t do that in our current environment we are going to have to change how we allow business to work in our state. We need to be more welcoming to those who want to grow in our state, he said.Also speaking were Chris Snyder, from Snyder Home Construction, and Santo Longo, an Attorney from Paul, Frank and Collins. The group discussed the many challenges that Vermonters face when applying for building and construction permits, including high costs, uncertainty and very long delays.###last_img read more

Top Hiking Festivals in the Blue Ridge

first_imgHIKINGDahlonega Trail FestDahlonega, GeorgiaMarch 22-24, 2013Only 70 miles from Atlanta, Dahlonega is the perfect site for the kickoff festival of the A.T. season. Guest speakers such as author Johnny Malloy and 16-time thru-hiker Warren Doyle give presentations and host clinics, giving this festival a decidedly educational feel. The town started the festival following their designation as an A.T. Trail Community, but it’s not just about the A.T. Canoeing, kayaking, and mountain biking workshops and activities are also planned. dahlonegatrailfest.orgHot Springs TrailfestHot Springs, North CarolinaApril 19-21, 2013The A.T. runs down Main Street of this hamlet of 650 people, well known by hikers as the first “Trail Town” for north-bounders. Virtually the whole town turns out to line the streets for TrailFest, held at the end of April every year since 1995. Along with music and guided hikes, TrailFest has activities focused specifically on thru-hikers. These include a hiker’s chili cookoff, where each entry must include at least one ingredient from your pack. There are also Hiker Games and a talent contest, and a ducky race and family flotilla on the French Broad. The festival wraps up on Sunday with a community-wide pickup soccer game. hsclc.orgSierra Club One-Day 100k HikeWashington, D.C.April 27, 2013Since 1974, the Sierra Club has been hosting the One Day Hike, concurrent 100K and 50K hikes that take place almost entirely on the C&O Canal Towpath. The 100K hikers take off from the Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown and hike the towpath all the way to Bolivar, W.V. just west of Harpers Ferry. This long distance hike begins at three in the morning, with hikers completing the first two hours in complete darkness. Most see the sun come up over Great Falls on the Potomac, one of the more memorable sights on the route. The 100K hike has an average finishing rate of around 50 percent. The hike is fully supported, with over 100 volunteers manning aid stations and bikes to make sure no one falls too far behind. onedayhike.orgTrail daysDamascus, VirginiaMay, 2013Damascus celebrates its designation as Trail Town, USA each spring with one of the largest hiking festivals in the East, drawing up to 20,000 people annually. Aimed to coincide with northbound thru-hikers coming into town in the spring, Trail Days’ hosts and vendors provide many services for those on the Appalachian Trail including free gear repair, medical screenings, and hot showers. More important than the services is the chance for A.T. enthusiasts and thru-hikers past, present, and future to mingle, culminating in a parade through downtown with thru-hikers as the stars. traildays.usNational Trail DaysNationwideJune 1, 2013National Trail Days was created in 1993 as a response to a White House report stating that all Americans should live within 15 minutes of a trail through their city or town. While we as a nation are still trying to accomplish this lofty goal, Trail Days is a great place to start. Towns and communities hold their own events that vary greatly; anything from dog walks to mass bike rides are included. Each event is tailored to the needs of a particular trail or trail community. The main goal of the events is to raise awareness of existing trails, spark interest in building more, and promote trails as the path to a healthier lifestyle anyone can enjoy. In 2012, the American Hiking Association reported 157,000 Trail Days event participants nationwide hiked a total of 375,000 miles, biked another 200,000 miles, and paddled 33,000 miles. Not bad for one day. americanhiking.orgBest of the RestSouthern RuckWesser, North CarolinaJanuary 18-21, 2013 • soruck.netFranklin April Fools Trail DaysFranklin, North CarolinaMarch 29-30, 2013 • aprilfoolstraildays.comA.T. Founder’s Bridge FestivalWesser, North CarolinaApril 3-6, 2013 • noc.comAldha GatheringAthens, West VirginiaOctober, 2013 • aldha.orgFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more

Alternative mortgage lenders are changing home buying

first_imgMarketplaces and brokers assist potential borrowers shopping for mortgages and the best mortgage rates.Online mortgage lenders seek to shorten the home loan process.Non-bank lenders offer solutions to credit-challenged consumers. continue reading » A number of new players jumped into the void — alternative lenders testing new business models and leveraging technology to improve the process of getting a home loan or mortgage refinance: The biggest banks, once major players in the $1.5 trillion mortgage industry, have backed away from a large portion of the business, citing low profit margins and high legal risks. It’s a result of the enhanced regulatory environment that followed the 2008 housing meltdown.center_img If you’re looking for a mortgage, there’s one less reason to walk into a bank these days. Alternative mortgage lenders — non-bank companies without customer deposits — are transforming the mortgage industry. Their goal: to offer mortgage rate transparency and help you complete the home loan process quickly, efficiently and mostly (if not completely) online. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The first conference on health tourism on the Croatian islands

first_imgThe island of Korcula will host the first Conference on Health Tourism on the Croatian Islands, which will be held on May 17 and 18 in Vela Luka, Hotel Korkyra. The meeting is organized by the Member of the European Parliament Ms. Ruža Tomašić, in cooperation with the Municipality of Vela Luka and the local action group LAG 5.The conference will bring together representatives of public institutions from Croatia (from the Ministry of Health, Tourism and Agriculture, Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce) and Europe (from the European Commission, Gozo, Malta), as well as international experts (specialized tour operator FitReisen from Germany and Fortuna from the Netherlands, global health insurance Cigna and others) and local experts and professionals in the field of health tourism and entrepreneurship that promote the sustainable development of the island.The aim of the conference is to strengthen the potential of Croatian islands in the field of health tourism, including wellness, spa and health offer with the offer of local agricultural products. Special attention will be paid to presenting the possibility of financing health tourism projects of health resorts and special hospitals after the introduction of the Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council which increases the funds of the Structural Reform Support Program (JSRS).See the program of the entire conference in the attachment, and you can apply herePROGRAM:  Conference on health tourism on Croatian islands, Vela LukaRelated news:IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLYOGNJEN BAGATIN, POLYCLINIC BAGATIN: HEALTH TOURISM CAN AND MUST BE ONE OF THE SOLUTIONS ON SEASONALITYNEVENKA KOVAČ, SB MEDICO: WE HAVE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT STRATEGIES AND POSSIBILITIES OF HEALTH TOURISM, AND TOO MUCH WORK IS IN THE FIELDDR. MILJENKO BURA: WITHOUT QUALITY AND PRESENT HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WE CANNOT BUILD A YEAR-OLD TOURISMlast_img read more

Rivals unite for £400m Belfast retail scheme

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Helen Kelly’s medicinal cannabis application was driven by ‘political motives’

first_imgStuff 6 April 2016Family First Comment:  No kidding!!! We already knew that.As we have repeatedly said, medicinal cannabis is being used by many groups as a smoke screen for full decriminalisation of marijuana and other harmful drugs.Former union boss Helen Kelly has spoken out about her “political motives” for applying for medicinal cannabis.Kelly’s oncologist, Dr Anthony Falkov, who applied and later withdrew an application to the Ministry of Health for a non-pharmaceutical grade cannabis product, told the ministry he believed Kelly was making a “political point in trying to seek medicinal cannabis”.Kelly stands by that and says the comment isn’t a criticism of her as she discussed her motives with Falkov.“He’s a very good person and it was unfortunate he got dragged into it.”“People said, why are you doing this when you’re getting what you need – I said, well there’s people who aren’t getting what they need.”READ MORE: read more

American Airlines accidentally sends wrong plane to Hawaii

first_imgInternationalLifestylePrintTravel American Airlines accidentally sends wrong plane to Hawaii by: Associated Free Press – September 14, 2015 259 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — American Airlines accidently sent the wrong plane across the ocean from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a company spokesman confirmed to AFP Sunday.In the August 31 incident, first reported by transportation blogger Brian Sumers, a plane that was not authorised to fly long distances over open water made the flight — albeit safely — to Honolulu.American Airlines spokesman Casey Norton said they were still looking into how the mix-up happened.He emphasised that the plane that made the trip, an Airbus A321S, is the same plane as the one that was supposed to make it, an Airbus A321H, aside from having an “ETOPS” certification, which requires the plane to carry additional equipment.“It has the same engine, same fuel tanks, same range,” Norton told AFP, but, he said, the A321H has extra medical oxygen — different than the oxygen masks that drop from the ceiling — in case of an in-flight medical emergency and an additional fire-suppression canister.Planes that are flying over water in an area where they will be more than an hour from a possible landing area are required to carry that precautionary equipment and the ETOPS authorisation certifying they are on-board, he said.He said the Federal Aviation Administration was “immediately notified” of the incident when the company realised it had happened and that they have revised their software to “properly identify the correct aircraft are operating the correct routes.”Norton said he was not aware of similar past incidents at American or other airlines.center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Alwin Bully surpised at UWI’s upcoming degree

first_imgMr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: flickr.comRegional Cultural Icon Alwin Bully has been named among 20 outstanding Caribbean nationals to receive honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies.Bully, who will receive a doctor of letters degree on October 15th– told an interview with the media that he was surprise he received the news.“I never really did my work with the intentions of receiving accolades from anyone. I do my work because I feel that it’s necessary. Receiving an award like this is like icing on the cake because when you want to do work and get a job done that is already rewarding enough. I feel very proud and happy and very honored,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 82 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Alwin Bully surpised at UWI’s upcoming degree by: – May 27, 2011 Sharelast_img read more