Soy-rich diet may offset BPA’s effects on fertility

first_imgRegularly eating soy may protect women undergoing infertility treatments from poor success rates linked with bisphenol A (BPA), according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It is the first study to show a possible interaction between soy and BPA in humans.The study was published January 27, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.BPA is a widely used chemical found in plastic food containers, water bottles, and in can linings. More than 96% of Americans have BPA in their bodies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chemical can mimic estrogen, one of the two main sex hormones found in women. Many previous studies have linked BPA with health problems, including reproductive disorders.Researchers looked at the relationship between BPA exposure, diet, and success rates among 239 women who underwent at least one in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center from 2007 to 2012. The study found that among women who did not consume soy, higher urinary BPA levels were associated with lower chances of embryo implantation, fewer pregnancies advancing to the point where the fetus could be seen on an ultrasound, and fewer live births. However, BPA had no impact on IVF outcomes among women who routinely ate soy.“Our study highlights the need to consider the possibility that the health effects of environmental chemicals can be modified by lifestyle factors such as diet,” said Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Who Has the Power? You Do!

first_imgMaximizing power visibility and control with OpenManage Enterprise Power ManagerAs data center professionals, we are often faced with operational efficiency objectives from the business. These objectives become more demanding as the IT infrastructure transforms. At times, the need to maintain and control a reliable, cost-efficient environment can become overwhelming. Fortunately, Dell EMC puts the power in your hands. With the release of the new Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager, you can quickly identify areas to gain efficiencies and reduce costs.OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager gives you the tools to recognize the power and thermal health of your servers. The intuitive user interface helps you monitor, set alerts, and cap the power within your server infrastructure. Additionally, you can monitor and set alerts for temperature fluctuations. The comprehensive dashboard helps you view, manage, measure, and control server power consumption so you can easily increase infrastructure performance.The enhanced power management visibility and control provided by OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager is a critical tool in your quest to sustain uninterrupted power in your data center. Power interruptions and downtime are very costly, even detrimental, to your data center. With OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager, you can reduce power related downtime, and deliver a more cost-efficient IT environment.Centralized control of power, thermal and server lifecycle management Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager is delivered as a plugin to the Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise console. The plugin extends the OpenManage FlexSelect value proposition with a unified dashboard that lets you manage data center power and server lifecycle tasks from the same interface. The Power Manager plugin is included with the OpenManage Enterprise Advanced License. After OpenManage Enterprise is installed, the Power Manager plugin can be easily activated by hitting “Install” on the Consoles and Extensions page of OpenManage Enterprise.Once the Power Manager plugin is installed, you can view power and thermal status directly from the OpenManage Enterprise interface. You can also view power and thermal alerts on the main OpenManage Enterprise dashboard. Finally, when you enable the plugin, you enable power and thermal reports in the OpenManage Enterprise reports list.Power and thermal visibility are the first step. OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager also gives you the information you need to make power-saving decisions and the tools you need to control the power in your infrastructure.Reporting: As infrastructures transform, understanding the power history is important for planning and expansion. Reporting in Power Manager can highlight optimal placement of new servers, energy usage for specific groups, and identification of inefficient servers. Users can download various reports to view key information for optimal decision making.Emergency Power Reduction (EPR): Many data centers require a comprehensive business continuity plan for unpredictable events. In the event of an urgent situation, Power Manager EPR can reduce power consumption and heat generation. In a few seconds, users can easily invoke EPR and continue server operation with minimal power. Once the disruptive event is resolved, Power Manager allows users to return to previous power levels.Combined with OpenManage Enterprise, OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager uses an intuitive interface to automate, alert, and create reports that help you maximize resources, lower energy consumption, and prevent outages. Using the data reported with Power Manager, you can identify individual servers and groups of servers, which would benefit from relocation, workload adjustment, and power reduction. With Power Manager in the data center, you have the power to lower power costs, and reduce downtime.Visit dellemc.com for more information on OpenManage Enterprise Power Manager.To learn more about PowerEdge servers, visit dellemc.com/servers, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.last_img read more

Motown’s Allison Semmes on Lacking Diva Vibes

first_img Age: “I’m legal!”Hometown: Chicago, ILCurrent Role: Semmes takes on the role of Motown’s Supreme diva Diana Ross and shows her sensational rise and romance with music legend Berry Gordy (Chester Gregory).Stage Cred: Motown’s a leading lady played Diana Ross (and before that Florence Ballard) on the show’s successful national tour. She made her Great White Way debut in The Book of Mormon. Her other stage credits include The Color Purple tour (as Squeak) and regional productions of Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide and Violet. Related Shows Allison Semmes(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Motown The Musicallast_img read more

VEDA approves $17.1 million in commercial and ag financing

first_imgCommercial and agricultural development projects totaling $38.5 million throughout the state will receive more than $17 million in financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Included in this round of approvals is more than $2 million in low-interest agricultural stimulus financing to Vermont farmers seeking immediate assistance. The Authority is making investments in projects that will add jobs in almost all sectors of Vermont s economy, said Jo Bradley, VEDA s Chief Executive Officer. As announced by Governor James Douglas and approved by the Vermont General Assembly last month, this special low-interest agricultural stimulus financing is part of up to $6 million VEDA has available for a limited time to help eligible farmers, said Bradley. The Authority was able to buy down interest rates with $1 million in federal economic stimulus funds from Vermont s share of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and make these special loans through our agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation.Projects approved for VEDA financing are:John and Karel Underwood, Montpelier Approval of $800,000 in financing will help John and Karel Underwood purchase the Inn at Montpelier. The Inn property consists of a 19-room bed and breakfast, 10-unit apartment building, and two detached garages located on 1.2 acres in downtown Montpelier. The Underwoods, previous owners and operators of several restaurants in Cleveland, Ohio, plan to develop the function and group business side of the Inn s business. Employment at the Inn currently numbers 3.5 positions, and is expected to grow to 8 positions within three years of the $3 million project.Thetford Academy, Thetford Final approval was given for issuance of $6 million in tax-exempt industrial revenue bond financing to support a $10.8 million construction,renovation and refinance project at Thetford Academy. The project had received approval by VEDA in May, 2008, but due to subsequent changes in project scope that necessitated additional permit review, closing was delayed until this spring. Mascoma Savings and Laconia Savings Banks have agreed to participate in the project financing, which will add a new gymnasium and make major renovations of the current gym into a theater and cafeteria. The Academy s science and agriculture building also will be significantly renovated and updated. Established in 1819, Thetford Academy is Vermont s oldest continuously operating secondary school, serving students from Thetford and surrounding towns.Preci-Manufacturing, Inc., Winooski – Financing of $640,000 was approved for Preci-Manufacturing, Inc. (PMI) as part of a $1.7 million project to expand the company s manufacturing operations through construction of a 19,000 square foot addition. Located in the Highland Industrial Park in Winooski, PMI manufactures precision-machined metal components for use primarily in the defense and aerospace industries. PMI employs 103 persons, a number expected to grow to 115 within three years of the project.Durasol Awnings, Inc., Middlebury Financing of $794,000 was approved to assist Durasol Awnings, Inc. in their plans to purchase the 54,000 square foot commercial building on 18 acres where they currently lease space in Middlebury. The purchase and leasehold improvement renovations to the Geiger building on Pond Lane will help improve Durasol s efficiency in manufacturing and distribution. The Middlebury National Bank of Middlebury is also participating in the project. Durasol s Middlebury, Vermont facility, originally begun in 1976 as Otter Creek Awnings, employs 21 persons, and manufactures commercial awning products, distributing them to commercial contractors around the United States and Canada.Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., Brattleboro – Preliminary approval was given for issuance of $2,853,000 in tax-exempt industrial revenue bond financing the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. to help the school make extensive energy conservation upgrades at the Brattleboro campus, and refinance existing debt from prior renovations. Originally established in 1904 as the Austine School, the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. now provides comprehensive educational and support services through several programs to deaf and hard of hearing children, adults, and families throughout Vermont and surrounding states. The school s campus consists of multiple school and dormitory buildings on approximately 174 acres of land. The school employs 201 persons, a number expected to grow to 229 within three years of the project, should final approval for project financing be secured.SBE, Inc., Barre VEDA direct financing of $1.3 million to SBE, Inc. of Barre was approved contingent on award of an $8 million Department of Energy (DOE) matching grant for which SBE, Inc. has applied. The DOE grant is associated with the Economic Recovery Act for its Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative. SBE, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of film/foil and metalized capacitors for DC and AC applications. SBE s traditional line of capacitors, which store electricity or electrical energy, are used in virtually every electronic and electrical device made, including cellular phones, televisions, power supply and power generation units, household appliances and industrial machinery. SBE, Inc. currently employs 43 persons, a number that could grow to 176 if the DOE grant is awarded. If the grant is awarded, SBE would undertake a significant $12.3 million manufacturing expansion, involving the construction and equipping of a new 50,000 square foot facility to be located in Wilson Industrial Park in Barre.The Authority also approved:An additional $433,000 in Direct Loans to several Vermont businesses and manufacturers;A total of $3.6 million in farm ownership and operating loans through the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation;$343,500 for several small business development projects through the Vermont Small Business Loan Program;$197,385 through the Vermont Business Energy Conservation Loan Program to help small businesses make energy efficiency and conservation improvements; and$159,450 to finance the construction of water systems through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund.VEDA s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.4 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

Switzerland’s UBS says it no longer will finance new coal-fired plants

first_imgSwitzerland’s UBS says it no longer will finance new coal-fired plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):UBS Group AG said it will no longer provide project-level finance to new coal-fired power plants around the world, as it outlined tighter rules on funding such transactions.Switzerland-based UBS noted it will only finance existing coal-fired operators — defined as being more than 30% reliant on coal — that have a transition strategy that supports the Paris climate agreement, or transactions that are related to renewable energy.The bank also intends to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.UBS said its carbon-related assets amounted to $2.7 billion in 2018, down from $6.6 billion a year before. Climate-related sustainable investments totaled $87.5 billion, up from $74 billion in 2017.Additionally, UBS disclosed that its total sustainable investment assets and core sustainable investment assets stood at $1.11 trillion and $313 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2018, respectively, representing 35.8% and 10.1% of the banking group’s total invested assets.More ($): UBS further tightens rules on coal financinglast_img read more

Utilize member-facing documents to grow your auto lending portfolio

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr By December 2015, credit unions saw massive growth in auto loans with balances projected to reach the highest to-date: $264.7 billion, according to Callahan & Associates. Furthermore, credit unions bagged 16.5% of the auto market, which is the highest year-end rate since December 2009 at 19.9%.In an effort to aid credit unions in their continued pursuit of auto lending portfolio growth this year, here are some ways to utilize member-facing documents to meet this strategic goal:Segment Your AudienceBecause there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter member, standard marketing will not produce the same response rate as segment marketing. According to MailChimp, segmented email campaigns see 59.99% more clicks than non-segmented campaigns. Incorporating targeting and personalization in your documents using business rules and workflows provide the ability to significantly improve your print marketing ROI. continue reading »last_img read more

UPDATE: COVID19 case confirmed in Delaware County, no cases in Broome

first_imgMore details will be released when they are announced. For more coverage on the coronavirus, click here. There are NO confirmed COVID-19 cases in Broome County. The state incorrectly identified a positive case that actually occurred in a DIFFERENT county. The patient is currently living in that other county & is quarantined there.Again, there are NO confirmed cases in Broome Co.— Jason Garnar (@jasongarnar) March 12, 2020 —— —– 3:47 UPDATE: The county confirmed the state government’s information with 12 News.center_img Garnar says the state government incorrectly identified a positive case that is a different county. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Broome County. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced Broome and Delaware counties have one confirmed case of the coronavirus each. 3:16 P.M. UPDATE: (WBNG) — Delaware County Public Health Services says there is one confirmed case of the coronavirus in Delaware County.last_img read more

Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties April 7 update

first_imgTioga County Chenango County The information released varies per county. 46 positive cases292 people are in mandatory quarantine80 people are in precautionary quarantineSeven people have recovered Delaware Countycenter_img (WBNG) — The following is a an update on coronavirus cases in Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties for April 7. 12 positive cases37 people are in mandatory quarantineSix people are in precautionary quarantineFive people have recoveredSeven tests are pending 42 positive cases42 people are in mandatory isolation22 people are in precautionary isolationlast_img read more

Asian countries teaming up to thwart avian flu

first_imgDec 21, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Overcoming the threat of avian influenza is the single most pressing agricultural and public health issue facing Southeast Asia, Singapore’s minister of state for national development, Cedric Foo, said yesterday in opening a regional meeting on the disease, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.In his address to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore, Foo made a point others have raised in recent months: that combating the deadly avian flu will require regional collaboration.”A coordinated regional approach to prevent, control and eradicate HPAI [highly pathogenic avian influenza] is crucial to overcoming this threat,” AFP quoted Foo as saying.The ASEAN members agreed today to focus on several activities for preventing and controlling avian flu, according to Xinhua, the Chinese news service.The report said tasks were split out this way: Singapore will share information on regional epidemiologic studies; Thailand will attend to disease surveillance and alerts as well as diagnostic abilities; and Malaysia is to focus on disease-free zones, containment, and emergency preparedness. Coordinating countries will make detailed work plans.Members of the ASEAN task force on avian flu will meet next in Thailand in May, the story added.United Nations activitiesThe Vietnamese government and the United Nations announced on Dec 18 that they would set up a task force to coordinate efforts against avian flu. It will include the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and Vietnam’s ministries of health and agriculture, according to an online report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The WHO sounded a similar tone on Dec 15 in announcing the opening of a pandemic emergency response center at WHO headquarters in Geneva, according to the United Nations News service.The emergency response center is a $5 million room that can be reorganized quickly to address diseases that threaten to become pandemics, such as avian flu. It is wired for a variety of communications aimed at linking far-flung laboratories and specialists, and can function even if local electrical and phone service are interrupted, the news release said.The lab will allow the WHO to muster “a targeted public health response anywhere in the world in 24 to 48 hours,” the WHO’s Dr. Michael J. Ryan said in the news release.Virus reported in wild birdsThe push for partnerships and improved surveillance comes against a drumbeat of concern about the persistence of H5N1 flu in Southeast Asia. In the last week, a grey heron was found dead from that flu strain in Hong Kong, according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Tests of poultry farms within 5 kilometers of the dead heron found no indication of avian flu.In Thailand, scientists have found evidence of the virus in wild native birds not previously known to harbor it, according to a Dec 14 story in the Bangkok Post. Ten of 1,011 bird samples tested recently were positive, including samples from pigeons, Asian open-billed storks, a cormorant, a red-collar dove, a scaly breasted munia, and a black drongo.Although the WHO has not confirmed any human cases of H5N1 since the 32 deaths and 44 total cases noted by Oct 25, scientists in Japan say poultry workers and a health worker there might have been infected with the virus during a poultry outbreak last February.None of the five people who might have been infected became seriously ill, according to articles posted on ProMED-Mail, a Web site of the International Society of Infectious Diseases. Researchers found antibodies to avian flu in blood samples taken in February and March, but hadn’t determined whether the five had contracted the disease.The Japanese health ministry is expected to release a detailed report Dec 22.In other developments, AFP reported today that 3,680 chickens in southern Vietnam died or were killed recently after showing symptoms that suggested H5N1 avian flu. The chickens were on farms in the Mekong Delta’s Can Tho city, the report said.Tests for the virus were conducted on several other farms in the area, and results were being awaited, according to the story.See also:UN News report on emergency response centerlast_img read more

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