In a current prototype, a series of webbing straps around the lower half of the body contain a low-power microprocessor and a network of supple strain sensors. These act as the “brain” and “nervous system” of the Soft Exosuit, respectively, continuously monitoring various data signals, including suit tension, wearer position (walking, running, crouched), and more.“Over just a couple of short years, Conor and his team will work to fundamentally shift the paradigm of what is possible in wearable robotics,” said Wyss Institute director Don Ingber. “Their work is a great example of the power of bringing together people from multiple disciplines with focused resources to translate what first seems like a dream into a product that could transform people’s lives.”In addition to its military application, the team will collaborate with clinical partners to develop a medical version of the suit that could greatly benefit stroke victims, for example, whose gait often becomes slow and inefficient.Collaborators include Wyss Institute and SEAS faculty member Robert Wood and visiting professor Ken Holt, and Terry Ellis at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Critical to this project’s success to date has been a team of Harvard postdoctoral fellows (Alan Asbeck, Stefano de Rossi, Ignacio Galiana, Yigit Menguc) and graduate students (Ye Ding, Jaehyun Bae, Kai Schmidt, Brendan Quinlivan), and staff from the Wyss Institute (Zivthan Dubrovsky, Robert Dyer, Mike Mogenson, Diana Wagner, Kathleen O’Donnell). Boston-based New Balance also will be a key collaborator on this new phase of the project, bringing expertise in textile and apparel innovation.Under the terms of the contract with DARPA, the Wyss Institute will receive up to $2.9 million for its work on Warrior Web, with full funding contingent on meeting a series of technical milestones. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azSpdF8CGPw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/azSpdF8CGPw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> A biologically inspired smart suit that fits under clothing and could help soldiers walk farther, tire less easily, and carry heavy loads more safely has been given a boost that could be as much as $2.9 million.The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it has been awarded a first-phase, follow-on contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further develop its Soft Exosuit — a wearable robot — alternative versions of which could eventually help those with limited mobility as well.Technologies developed by DARPA’s Warrior Web program aim to prevent and reduce musculoskeletal injuries for military personnel, but can have civilian applications, too. The suit could reduce long-term health care costs and enhance the quality of life for people on and off the battlefield.The award is the first of what could be a two-phase contract, and it enables Wyss Institute core faculty member Conor Walsh and his team to build upon their earlier work (also funded by DARPA) demonstrating the proof-of-concept of this radically new approach to wearable robot design and fabrication. Inspired by a deep understanding of the biomechanics of human walking, Soft Exosuit technology is spawning development of entirely new forms of functional textiles, flexible power systems, soft sensors, and control strategies that enable intuitive and seamless human-machine interaction.The lightweight Soft Exosuit overcomes the drawbacks of traditional, heavier exoskeleton systems, such as power-hungry battery packs and rigid components that can interfere with natural joint movement.“While the idea of a wearable robot is not new, our design approach certainly is,” said Walsh, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab.The lightweight Soft Exosuit overcomes the drawbacks of traditional, heavier exoskeleton systems, such as power-hungry battery packs and rigid components that can interfere with natural joint movement. It is made of soft, functional textiles woven into a piece of smart clothing that is pulled on like a pair of pants, and is intended to be worn under a soldier’s regular gear. The suit mimics the action of leg muscles and tendons when a person walks, and provides small but carefully timed assistance at the leg joints without restricting the wearer’s movement.
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Mark Snelling will be officially kicking off his campaign for Lt. Governor Thursday April 22, 2010, in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse in Montpelier at 12:30 pm. Friends and supporters have been invited to listen to the kickoff as Mark describes his vision for the future of Vermont. All are welcome.Snelling has been working hard on the campaign trail for several months already and has attended over 70 campaign related events in all corners of the State.Snelling also promised to unveil his new look – a clean shaven face. Snelling has had a beard for many years.He explained, “Years ago, I dared my father to grow a beard and he said he would if I shaved mine. He fulfilled his part of the bargain and I am now fulfilling my part of the bargain.” Snelling said joking, “I am trying to do my part for the economy. I’ll be buying razors and shaving cream now.”Snelling is the son of Governor Richard Snelling and Lieutenant Governor Barbara Snelling. His sister, Diane, is a state senator from Chittenden County.Source: Snelling campaign. 4.19.2010
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but Mother Nature isn’t really taking note. The last week or so has been one of the hottest weeks of the season, with the Blue Ridge Mountains fairly baking under high temps. Here’s hoping that September brings some cooler temps so time out on those trails is just a bit more pleasant.Take a listen to this month’s Trail Mix as you wait and watch for these sweltering summer temps to finally go down. As always, Trail Mix has gathered the best that the indie and Americana world has to offer and has served it up, just for you.We lead off this month with a brand new track from Trampled By Turtles, the frenetic, Minnesota based acoustic crew whose music defies description or classification. At one point, I would have described them as bluegrass. No longer, though. Thanks to front man Dave Simonett’s songwriting, Trampled By Turtles simultaneously blends the spirits of Neil Young, Bill Monroe, and The Ramones and deliver their folksy, Appalachian sound with a definite punk rock spirit.If you want to catch Trampled By Turtles live and hear a live rendition of “Western World,” featured on this month’s mix, along with a slew of other tunes off of Wild Animals, the band’s newest record, take a shot at the trivia question down below.Two of Virginia’s finest up and coming artists are featured this month. Check out “These American Hearts,” the title track of the latest record from one of Central Virginia’s finest young songwriters, Bryan Elijah Smith, and “Every Time” from folk rockers The Last Bison.Also featured are tracks from Marco Benevento, Brandon Whyde & The Devil’s Keep, The Fauntleroys, Judah & The Lion, Marc Ford (of Black Crowes fame), Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer, Jesse Winchester, and many more.Remember to stream and download Trail Mix as often as you like. Play it loud. Tell a friend or neighbor an artist you didn’t know about before you turned this mix on the first time. And, of course, get out and buy records from these great bands or go catch them live when they swing through your town.
There are two days left until the beginning of the largest tourist event and the traditional meeting of tourist workers and all stakeholders in the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia – the Day of Croatian Tourism (DHT).How branding and promotion is carried out by the world tourism superpower UK; what modern Michelin-starred chefs from the Basque Culinary Center look like; the importance of lifelong education of tourism sector stakeholders; sustainable business and many other interesting topics await the participants of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, which are held this year on October 25 and 26, 2017 in Mali Lošinj, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Croatian Tourist Board, and over 1300 participants are expected .The Days of Croatian Tourism will crown the best stakeholders of Croatian tourism in the actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. These prestigious tourist awards will once again reach the hands of the most deserving individuals, representatives of the tourist industry and the best destinations.At this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism, interesting lectures, workshops and gatherings were prepared for all participants, among others on the topic of trends in tourism in Europe, the construction of national tourism brands, and the role of national tourism organizations in the tourism system; forecasts and forecasts of tourist trends in the coming years; sustainable tourism for sustainable development, regional centers of competence, etc.On the first day, Wednesday, October 25, the “Performance Analysis of the Croatian Hotel Sector 2000-2016” will be presented and the 17th Croatian Tourism Forum will be held. This year’s forum is dedicated to the topic “Trends and forecasts: What awaits the travel industry?”, Ie the latest trends and the future of tourism development in the world will be discussed. In addition, on the first day of this event, a conference “ESF – Establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism” will be held to discuss the challenges of strengthening the competitiveness of human resources and the establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism.On the second day, Thursday, October 26, there will be a round table on the topic of building national tourist brands “Tourist destinations – management, marketing and branding”, which will be attended by distinguished experts from the UK, Slovenia and Croatia. lecture on “Sustainable tourism for sustainable destination development” as one of the fundamental principles of enabling further growth and development of tourism. In addition, on the second day, a traditional meeting of tourism workers with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia will be held to discuss the most current topics and challenges facing the tourism system.The highlight of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism will be the award ceremony for the best in the actions of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. On the first day (Wednesday, October 25), awards and recognitions will be given in the evening for nominees in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia) and people in tourism. On the second day (Thursday, October 26) starting at 20:05, prizes will be awarded for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Cultural tourist attraction of the year, Tourist event of the year, Innovation in tourism of the year, Restaurant of the year, Tourist Agency of the Year, Marina of the Year, Camp of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award for Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Tourist Destination of the Year.For more detailed information on participants in individual events as well as the entire program, see here
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has cautioned city residents over a widely shared link to Google Maps purporting to show flooded areas in Jakarta.Beredar secara luas peta banjir terlampir, ada juga yang diedarkan via link google maps. Peta tersebut adalah peta genangan banjir thn 2013. Peta yang update berdasar laporan masy bisa diakses di https://t.co/LhQnyCWoMx @BNPB_Indonesia @TurnBackHoax #banjir2020 #Jabodetabek pic.twitter.com/OHp6iffl9R— Agus Wibowo (@aw3126) February 25, 2020“The attached flood [area] map has been widely shared. It is also being shared as a Google Maps link. The map shows flooded areas in 2013. The updated flood map based on public reports can be accessed at petabencana.id,” BNPB spokesperson Agus Wibowo posted to Twitter on Tuesday. Following the link reveals that the map was created on Jan. 20, 2013. The map, which shows massive flooding across most of Jakarta, has been circulating via messaging apps and on social media since Tuesday morning.Google Indonesia did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for comment.Residents once again awoke to widespread flooding on Tuesday, following heavy overnight rains in the capital and surrounding areas.Mild to severe flooding across Greater Jakarta has paralyzed traffic on several major roads and disrupted public transportation.Topics :
Reach Out PA: Wolf Administration Seeks Input from Providers on Barriers to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment February 07, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Insurance Department, in partnership with multiple state agencies, released a survey asking health care providers for input on their experiences with barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment.Under the governor’s Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters initiative, the Wolf Administration is undertaking a long-term, statewide campaign that seeks to educate and empower Pennsylvania providers and consumers about consumer rights under state and federal parity laws.“The results from this survey will allow us to better inform and collaborate with providers, advocates and personnel on the front lines,” said Gov. Wolf. “Their experiences will help us enhance resources, develop more tools and create learning opportunities that will help serve the providers’ needs, which will ultimately help those in need of mental wellness services.”For more than a decade, state and federal laws have required that treatment and services provided for mental health and substance use disorders must not have limitations that are stricter than those applied to medical/surgical treatments. Recent market conduct examinations of Pennsylvania insurers, however, have indicated that there are noncompliant barriers that are limiting consumers’ ability to access the treatment they need for mental health and substance use disorders.“While complicated in its wording, both state and federal law are very clear that inequitable barriers to mental health and substance use disorder treatment will not be permitted,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “Through our market conduct examinations, we have found that many insurers have placed limitations on treatment that are stricter than state and federal parity requirements allow.”The Wolf Administration is looking for feedback from mental health and substance use disorder providers, as well as other providers who have heard from patients that they have run into barriers when seeking treatment. The survey, developed by a working group of staff from the Insurance Department, and departments of Health (DOH), Human Services (DHS), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), State, Aging, the Office of the Attorney General and the Governor’s Office, will be sent to providers across the commonwealth.The survey requests specific instances regarding complaints providers have heard from their patients about barriers to access. The survey also includes questions about providers’ experiences with barriers to treatment and problems with reimbursement for mental health and substance use disorder services. The aggregate data will be used to identify and address areas of concern by creating more accessible resources, included what is needed to help providers and other stakeholders learn more about parity.“We often hear of struggles when providers seek authorization from insurers for substance use disorder treatment, particularly opioid use disorder treatment,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “We hope to get a better understanding of trends and how best to address them.”“Providers typically have trusted relationships with their older adult patients that can be used to overcome stigma to seeking services and to help them gain access to mental health and substance abuse disorder treatments,” said Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “We want all providers to have a knowledge base that empowers them to point their patients in the right direction.”“The process for determining whether parity protections are being followed is incredibly detailed and requires data that is best identified by mental health and substance use disorder providers,” said DOH Secretary Rachel Levine. “Using the insights we gain from this survey, we will be able to give our providers better tools to empower their patients and clients.”“Ensuring that mental health services are accessible to all Pennsylvanians is a critical step as we work to break down stigma and other barriers that keep people away from treatment,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We need people to know that when they are ready to seek help, they will be met with support, not obstacles. This survey will help identify areas to improvement to ensure that people can access the help they need.”The survey specific to providers will be sent directly to the e-mail addresses provided to the Department of State through the licensing process. The Insurance Department will be accepting survey responses through March 4, 2020. For more information about the survey, individuals can e-mail [email protected] its introduction at the beginning of the year, Reach Out PA efforts have included a new consumer feedback form launched on January 23, and publication of a proposed regulation to enhance mental health parity reporting requirements for commercial health insurers. In just 10 days, more than 1,000 Pennsylvanians have completed the online form, offering input and suggestions, many of which detail challenges to accessing mental health services and pointing to potential parity violations.Resources are available on agency websites, including information on substance use disorder and mental health coverage. More information and videos on parity can be found on insurance.pa.gov. These resources will be updated and expanded based on responses to the survey.
LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Gazprom M&TThe 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the Papua New Guinea Highlands last week caused a halt in loading at the PNG LNG facility, causing LNG carriers to look for cargoes elsewhere. An LNG carrier that was on its way to Papua New Guinea from Taiwan has changed its course and headed to Singapore, Reuters reports.The 177,420 cbm Gigira Laitebo tanker was scheduled to load a cargo on March 6.One more LNG carrier, the 145,400 cbm Pacific Arcadia was on course from Japan to Papua New Guinea but is now looking for a cargo.According to the vessel tracking data by the marine data provider, VesselsValue, the Velikiy Novgorod LNG carrier capable of transporting 170,200 cubic meters of the chilled fuel is now heading in the away from the facility.Reuters notes the tanker arrived from China.To remind, the ExxonMobil-operated liquefied natural gas production plant was shut down following the earthquake on February 26, and according to the company’s latest update, it will take approximately eight weeks to repair and restart production at the plant.
Ethiopia and its nationals have been marking the country’s 8th Flag Day. The main event was at the Addis Ababa stadium, and served to shore up national pride and unity. In attendance at the celebration was the President, Mulatu Teshome. It is believed that the colors of the flag, which are green yellow and red, were an inspiration for many African states to gain their freedom, and some even adapted the colors in their own flags. President Teshome urged Ethiopians to continue maintaining the ideals symbolized by the flag.
18 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Depressed women ‘have increased risk of stroke’ by: – August 12, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Depression could mean people take less care of their healthWomen with depression may also be at increased risk of having a stroke, US researchers suggest.A study of over 80,000 women found those with a history of depression had a 29% increased risk of stroke.The research, in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, said doctors should be aware people with depression may neglect their general health.UK stroke experts said depression alone was unlikely to increase stroke risk.IndicatorThe women, all aged 54-79, who were all taking part in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study which has been following women across the US since the mid 1970s.In this study, the researchers looked at data from 2000 to 2006.None had had a stroke before the study began, while 22% had been diagnosed with depression.Compared to women without a history of depression, depressed women were more likely to be single, smokers and less physically active. They were also slightly younger, had a higher body mass index and conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.During the course of the research, 1,033 women had a stroke.As well as the increased risk for those who had been diagnosed with depression at any point, the researchers also found women who had used anti-depressants particularly SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) at any point in the two years prior to the study, was 39% higher.Bur Dr Kathryn Rexrode, who led the research, said the medicines were more likely to be an indication someone was more seriously ill, rather than a cause of the stroke.“I don’t think the medications themselves are the primary cause of the risk. This study does not suggest that people should stop their medications to reduce the risk of stroke.”She added: “Depression can prevent individuals from controlling other medical problems such as diabetes and hypertension, from taking medications regularly or pursuing other healthy lifestyle measures such as exercise. All these factors could contribute to increased risk.”LifestyleDr An Pan of the Harvard School of Public Health, who also worked on the research, said inflammation could be the physical mechanism linking depression and stroke.But he added: “Regardless of the mechanism, recognising that depressed individuals may be at a higher risk of stroke may help the physician focus on not only treating the depression, but treating stroke risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol as well as addressing lifestyle behaviours such as smoking and exercise.”Dr Peter Coleman, deputy director of research at the UK’s Stroke Association, said: “Depression is a very serious condition which needs to be treated carefully by healthcare professionals.“This research appears to indicate that women suffering from depression may be less motivated to maintain good health or control other medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which have an associated increased risk of stroke.“However, it is very hard to determine whether there is a direct link between depression and stroke risk and a lot more research is needed in this area before depression alone can be viewed as a stroke risk factor.“It’s important that anyone taking antidepressants should continue doing so, and anyone concerned about their overall stroke risk should speak to their GP.”BBC News