first_imgEric Kim, a doctoral student in the U-M Department of Psychology and the study’s lead author, and colleagues analyzed data on 6,808 older adults from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative panel study of people over age 50. Respondents, who were followed for four years, provided background information about themselves, health history and psychological data.In order to help rule out the possibility that other factors could better explain the link between optimism and heart failure, the researchers adjusted for factors that might impact heart failure risk, including demographic factors, health behaviors, chronic illnesses and biological factors.Higher optimism was associated with a lower risk of heart failure during the study’s follow-up period—a finding that could eventually contribute to creating new strategies in the health care industry to prevent or delay the onset of this epidemic, Kim said.The researchers said that the protective effect of optimism might be explained by previous research, which has shown that optimism is associated with important health behaviors (eating healthier diets, exercising more, managing stress), enhanced physiological functioning and other positive health outcomes that are strongly linked with a decreased risk of heart failure.MORE: Optimistic Spouse Better for Partner’s HealthA 2010 study was the first American research to find a very strong link between positive emotions and a lower risk of heart disease, an “independent relationship” spelled out through clear data, as opposed to just being based on a person’s own report of their attitude. A 2006 Dutch study showed a 50% lower risk from cardiovascular death for the elderly men identified as optimistic and studied over 15 years.The study’s other authors were Jacqui Smith, a professor in U-M’s Department of Psychology and Institute for Social Research, and Laura Kubzansky, a professor at Harvard’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The findings appear online in the new issue of Circulation: Heart Failure.– Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOptimistic older adults who see the glass as half full appear to have a reduced risk of developing heart failure, according to the latest study on the topic.Researchers from the University of Michigan and Harvard University found that optimism—an expectation that good things will happen—among people age 50 and older significantly reduced their risk of heart failure. Compared to the least optimistic people in the study, the most optimistic people had a 73-percent reduced risk of heart failure over the follow-up period.RELATED: Optimistic People Have Healthier Hearts, Study Findslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe science of positive psychology, now in its twentieth year, offers evidence-based approaches to help people live meaningful lives. The studies in this field can help steer us towards mental health and flourishing outcomes.A new online course from Coursera not only showcases the visionary scientific work of Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues in the field of positive psychology, but it also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately. ”Together we will ‘lift the hood’ of positive psychology to discover the tiny engines that drive it: Positive emotions.”Emotions like creativity and resilience are subtle and always fleeting,but are  “remarkably consequential for our physical health.”No background in science or psychology is needed for the free course.(Sign up for the course at by Agustin Rafael Reyes (CC license) / Story tip Mike McGinleyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_img Current Role: Jauntily navigating the dual puppeteering roles of wide-eyed college grad Princeton and uptight and closeted Rod in the off-Broadway transfer of the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q. Avenue Q That’s Dr. Bluestone to You: If Darren Bluestone weren’t an actor, he might have become a doctor. “I was deciding between Northwestern or Washington University for biology or medicine,” he recalls. His love of drama had been sparked by seeing Big on Broadway when he was seven, doing plays after school and dressing up in crazy costumes with his sister, but his academically minded parents urged him to pursue a more secure career. “So, of course, I did exactly the opposite,” he jokes. Bluestone entered Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in musical theater. “It was such a fantastic and stunning experience,” he recalls. “I was given so much freedom there, and it really prepared me for what was to come.” Finding “Purpose” on YouTube: Bluestone made his NYC debut in NYMF’s 2011 production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and was offered a gig as an Avenue Q vacation swing six months after college graduation. Technically, however, he had auditioned seven years earlier. After seeing the show on Broadway, Bluestone uploaded a video of himself singing “Purpose” on YouTube. “[Composer] Jeff Marx saw it, and we started Facebook messaging but lost contact after a couple of years,” he recalls. “After I got Princeton/Rod, I emailed him to tell him I was going to be the lead in his show. He was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s you?!’” When Bluestone told original star John Tartaglia the story, “He was like, ‘That’s how I know you! Jeff showed us this video of a dorky high school sophomore trying to sing that song!’ I was mortified.” Age & Hometown: 24; Santa Fe, NM Related Shows It’s That Little Flame: Avenue Q’s fresh-faced Princeton was a perfect match for Bluestone as he made his own transition to New York City. “Figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, moving into an apartment, finding a good group of friends—I was going through all of that while singing ‘I Wish I Could Go Back to College,’” he says. Luckily, he made those friends, found an apartment in Morningside Heights and has never been more sure that he’s found his “purpose.” The recent 10th anniversary performance of Avenue Q felt like a re-opening for the show, “our cast’s opening and our re-introduction to the world.” Next, Bluestone hopes to make his way to the Main Stem. “I really want to play Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, and I’d love to be in The Book of Mormon,” he says. While dreaming big, “I’m learning how to relax in this whole process and enjoy it.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019last_img read more

first_img Star Files Jacob Dickey steps into the title role of the Tony-nominated musical Aladdin beginning on July 16. Recent star Ainsley Melham took his final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre on July 14.Dickey previously covered the roles of Aladdin and Kassim in the Broadway production. He also spent time playing the title role on the North American tour.Dickey joins a current principal cast that includes vlogger Michael James Scott as Genie, Arielle Jacobs as Princess Jasmine, Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, J.C. Montgomery as the Sultan, Mike Longo as Kassim and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago.Based on the hit Disney animated film, Aladdin features a book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and additional lyrics by Beguelin. The production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw with music supervision by Michael Kosarin.Dickey will play a limited engagement through September 12. View Comments from $57.50 Jacob Dickey(Photo provided by Disney Theatrical)center_img Jacob Dickey Related Shows Aladdinlast_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont PBS has embarked on a strategic planning process to help us envision our future. The company is talking with members, viewers, partners, and industry experts as we look to enhance our service to Vermonters for the 21st century. As part of that effort, we’re visiting several Vermont communities for informal gatherings during November and December. Join us to hear some of our ideas and to share your thoughts.Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6-8 pm St. Johnsbury Anthenaeum, St. Johnsbury, VT Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6-8 pm 14th Star Brewery, St. Johnsbury, VT Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-8 pm Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, VT Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7-9 pm Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-8 pm Black Box Theater at Rutland High School, Rutland, VT To register to attend any of these free forums, please go to For more information, contact Julia Andrews at sends e-mail) or 802-655-4891.last_img read more

first_imgIn another experiment, the researchers trained a computer, using a learning algorithm, to match names to faces. In this experiment, which included over 94,000 facial images, the computer was also significantly more likely (54 to 64 percent accuracy) to be successful than random chance (50 percent accuracy).This manifestation of the name in a face might be due to people subconsciously altering their appearance to conform to cultural norms and cues associated with their names, according to Zwebner.“We are familiar with such a process from other stereotypes, like ethnicity and gender where sometimes the stereotypical expectations of others affect who we become,” said Zwebner. “Prior research has shown there are cultural stereotypes attached to names, including how someone should look. For instance, people are more likely to imagine a person named Bob to have a rounder face than a person named Tim. We believe these stereotypes can, over time, affect people’s facial appearance.”This was supported by findings of one experiment showing that areas of the face that can be controlled by the individual, such as hairstyle, were sufficient to produce the effect.“Together, these findings suggest that facial appearance represents social expectations of how a person with a particular name should look. In this way, a social tag may influence one’s facial appearance,” said co-author Ruth Mayo, PhD, also from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “We are subject to social structuring from the minute we are born, not only by gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status, but by the simple choice others make in giving us our name.” LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Share If your name is Fred, do you look like a Fred? You might — and others might think so, too. New research published by the American Psychological Association has found that people appear to be better than chance at correctly matching people’s names to their faces, and it may have something to do with cultural stereotypes we attach to names.In the study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, lead author Yonat Zwebner, a PhD candidate at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the time of the research, and colleagues conducted a series of experiments involving hundreds of participants in Israel and France. In each experiment, participants were shown a photograph and asked to select the given name that corresponded to the face from a list of four or five names. In every experiment, the participants were significantly better (25 to 40 percent accurate) at matching the name to the face than random chance (20 or 25 percent accurate depending on the experiment) even when ethnicity, age and other socioeconomic variables were controlled for.The researchers theorize the effect may be, in part, due to cultural stereotypes associated with names as they found the effect to be culture-specific. In one experiment conducted with students in both France and Israel, participants were given a mix of French and Israeli faces and names. The French students were better than random chance at matching only French names and faces and Israeli students were better at matching only Hebrew names and Israeli faces. Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgAug 3, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The number of variant swine-origin H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza cases in the United States has reached 16 in the past 3 weeks and 29 in the past year, prompting health officials to watch the virus closely for any increase in its now-limited ability to spread from person to person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.The agency said 15 of the 16 recent cases have been in people, mostly children, who visited or were involved in county fairs, and the 16th case was in a farmer who has pigs. All the recent patients have recovered without hospitalization, though three of the earlier cases involved inpatient care, the CDC said.”Twenty-nine cases is a significant number of detections of this type of virus in recent years,” Joseph Bresee, MD, of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a press conference today.The virus contains the M, or matrix, gene from the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, he noted, adding, “This may confer increased transmissibility to and among humans compared to other variant influenza viruses.”Of the 29 cases in the past year, three that occurred last fall and winter are believed to have involved limited person-to-person transmission, Bresee said.The illness caused by H3N2v is impossible to distinguish clinically from seasonal flu, he said. “I think the difference between this virus and seasonal viruses is that this virus doesn’t spread efficiently in humans,” he commented. “It’s still principally a swine virus, so when it affects humans it can cause illness but it doesn’t seem to have onward spread.”Nonetheless, the CDC recommended taking precautions to avoid contracting the virus through exposure to pigs. People who have an increased risk of flu complications, including the elderly, children ages 5 and under, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions should consider staying away from pigs and swine barns this summer, especially if sick pigs have been identified, the agency said.”This virus may be circulating widely in US swine at this time,” the CDC said in a report released today. And at the press conference, Lisa Ferguson, DVM, of the US Department of Agriculture, said the virus has been found in pigs in 11 states.Cases by stateThe latest 16 cases include 1 in Hawaii, 5 in Indiana, and 10 in Ohio. All but one of these—the 10th Ohio case—were reported previously. The CDC said all five Indiana cases were related to county fairs, and all 10 Ohio cases likewise were associated with a fair, identified previously as the Butler County Fair. The Hawaii case, reported Aug 1, was in a Maui resident.Today’s CDC report said the overall H3N2v case count by state since July 2011 includes Hawaii, 1; Indiana, 7; Iowa, 3; Ohio, 10; Maine, 2; Pennsylvania, 3; Utah, 1; and West Virginia, 2.It remained unclear today whether the Maui patient had any exposure to pigs. Bresee said no link between the Hawaii cases and other recent cases has been found. “From the epidemiologic investigation we don’t have a link between humans or pigs in Hawaii and humans or pigs in Indiana and Ohio,” he said.The CDC said today, as it has previously, that studies have indicated that children under age 10 have little or no immunity against the H3N2v virus, whereas adults may have some cross-protective immunity. That finding matches up with the preponderance of children in the reported cases.Breseee said the seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against H3N2v, because the latter is substantially different from the H3N2 component of the vaccine.However, the CDC has developed a candidate vaccine for H3N2v, and clinical trials are expected to be conducted before the end of this year, officials have said.Virus first identified in 2010Ferguson said the H3N2 virus with the M gene from pH1N1 was first detected in swine in the summer of 2010. “We’ve had samples essentially from 11 states that show that similar type of virus in the intervening time frame,” she said.To reduce the risk of catching the virus, the CDC today listed a number of precautions, including washing hands thoroughly before and after exposure to animals, avoiding eating and drinking while in animal areas, and avoiding close contact with animals that look or act sick.The agency noted that variant H3N2 does not spread through eating properly handled and cooked pork.Chronic conditions that increase the risk of flu complications include asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weakened immunity, and neurologic or neurodevelopmental conditions, the CDC noted. It said those who have such conditions should consider avoiding exposure to pigs this summer.The antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) are expected to be effective in treating H3N2v illness, the CDC noted today. But it said rapid flu tests may not detect the virus in human specimens, so samples should be tested at state health departments if it is suspected.In related news today, the Ohio Department of Health said two sick pigs were sent home from the Ohio State Fair yesterday and that testing of the pigs was under way.In Indiana, the State Department of Health announced the launch of a call center to provide information about flu. The center was open this afternoon and will be open on weekdays starting next week, officials said today.See also: Aug 3 CDC report on recent H3N2v casesAug 3 Ohio Department of Health press releaseAug 3 Indiana Department of Health press releaseAug 2 CIDRAP News story on H3N2v caseslast_img read more

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first_imgThe survey takes less than five minutes to complete. The results will be published online at in mid-April and in an upcoming issue of IRN. The results are aggregated, so individual responses are anonymous.ERA/IRN RentalTracker Survey – Q1 2020ENGLISH: can also access the survey links on the KHL website.For more information on the survey, or if you have any questions, please contact: Thomas Allen, Editor, International Rental News. E-mail:, Tel: +44 (0)1892 786209. The European Rental Association (ERA) and International Rental News (IRN) would be grateful if rental companies in Europe could complete the online Q1 2020 ERA/IRN RentalTracker survey. The survey is carried out every six months by the ERA and IRN.last_img read more

first_imgLinz, Austria headquartered voestalpine Group operates worldwide and manufactures, processes and develops high-quality steel products. It has selected Port Corpus Christi for the development of a direct reduction facility – where it will manufacture “sponge iron”. It has proposed USD700 million of investment for the new plant and will generate 150 full-time jobs in the region. Mike Carrell, chairman of the Pacific coast gateway commented, “Their operation will drive import and export cargo through the Port of Corpus Christi.” www.portofcc.comwww.voestalpine.comlast_img read more