Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps

first_img Add to Queue Disney 2 min read The class action suit alleges that the media giant is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. Senior Editor Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag –shares This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Lawsuit Claims Disney Is Tracking Kids in 42 Apps Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Matthew Humphries Children need protecting when they are online, which is why since April 21, 2000, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) has been in effect. Now Disney is facing a class action lawsuit claiming that 42 of its gaming apps aimed at children violate COPPA.COPPA applies to children under the age of 13 and requires verifiable consent from a parent or guardian before personal information can be collected about a child. Even if consent is given, there are limitations on how the collected information can be used, extra protections must be in place and methods made available for parents to review the personal information collected.According to American City Business Journals, Amanda Rushing discovered that no such parental consent was asked for when her child downloaded the app Disney Princess Palace Pets. Even so, Rushing believes the app collected personal information about her child and shared that information with third-parties including advertisers.This led to a federal class action lawsuit being filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California by law firms Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam against The Walt Disney Co., as well as software developers Upsight Inc., Unity Technologies SF and Kochava Inc.According to The Verge, a total of 42 Disney apps are included in the lawsuit that apparently violate COPPA. It asks that Disney is forced through an injunction to stop tracking children without consent, but also that “appropriate relief” be awarded covering “actual and statutory damages and punitive damages, plus costs.”Disney responded to the lawsuit with the following statement:”Disney has a robust COPPA compliance program, and we maintain strict data collection and use policies for Disney apps created for children and families. The complaint is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of COPPA principles, and we look forward to defending this action in court.”This isn’t the first time Disney is facing COPPA violation accusations. In 2013, the Disney-owned subsidiary Playdom violated COPPA rules by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from hundreds of thousands of children. To settle the charges, Disney ended up paying $3 million. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 10, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more

Facebook Has Shadow Banned Marijuana Businesses

first_img –shares Cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are also abruptly hard to find. Marijuana-related companies, regulators and trade groups around the globe recently stopped appearing in Facebook searches, becoming casualties in what appears to be the social media platform’s latest attempt to filter results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The phenomenon is known as “shadow banning,” in which posts on an online social community such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram become invisible to users searching for them.Facebook, to be sure, has shuttered thousands of pages belonging to cannabis businesses and related entities over the years. But the social media giant also allows MJ businesses and related entities to maintain pages – provided they don’t violate the platform’s community standards.That’s why the latest developments are raising alarm bells among MJ companies. Many rely on Facebook to engage with consumers and educate people about marijuana and MJ products.“While Facebook has held a pretty hard line on advertising, which cannabis companies have been dealing with for years, this a big hit to cannabis businesses and brands,” observed Rosie Mattio, founder of New York’s RMPR, a public relations firm that works with marijuana businesses. “A company’s social pages are as important, if not more important, than their website.”Here are some of the MJ industry’s main concerns surrounding the situation — and Facebook’s response.Related: Cannabis Companies Likely to Raise More in 2018 Than the Last 3 Years Combined1. Questions and inconsistencies swirl around Facebook’s search policy — and raise concerns about financial fallout. Critics charge the new search filter is the most recent example of Facebook enforcing community standards inconsistently for marijuana businesses and affiliated organizations. “It’s ridiculous,” said Mason Tvert, the vice president of public relations and communications at VS Strategies, a Denver-based cannabis consulting firm. “(Marijuana is) a major political issue at the federal level, as well as in many states. There’s no rational reason for blocking searches involving the word marijuana when it’s such a popular topic of discussion.”Among MJ businesses, inconsistencies in how and when the Facebook search ban occurs — and how it’s applied — have raised concerns about the potential impact on companies’ bottom lines. One recent example of the fallout: You could not find a company like Maine’s Summit Medical Marijuana dispensary in a Facebook search result. You could, however, see two of its competitors, Canuvo and the Wellness Connection.Another example: While Ontario-based Aphria appears in search results, Alberta-based Aurora Cannabis doesn’t — even though marijuana is federally legal in Canada.Related: Marijuana Is a $794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized Adult Use2. Facebook’s response leaves many questions unanswered.A spokesperson for Facebook declined to be quoted for this article but acknowledged the company’s methods for enforcing community standards and filtering search terms is imperfect. In statements provided to Marijuana Business Daily, the spokesperson said:Facebook uses a combination of technology, human review and community reports to enforce community standards.Mistakes are made. If something was removed that shouldn’t have been, reviewers quickly work to restore it.Facebook is actively making it harder for users to find content that facilitates the sale of opioids or other drugs on its platform.The social media site has filtered search results for many terms associated with drug sales. In some cases, such a search will only return links to drug-related news articles or permissible information that is shared on Facebook.As a result, users may see inconsistent results related to specific search terms.Related: Business Ideas for Those Who Don’t Want to ‘Touch the Plant’3. The fallout is far reaching — from state cannabis regulators to licensed businesses and more.In addition to MJ businesses, cannabis regulators, advocacy organizations and trade groups are among the victims in Facebook’s latest attempts to filter search results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.”The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), for example, stopped appearing in some Facebook searches last week. Similar issues reportedly zapped the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Their pages still exist, but the change to Facebook’s search filters makes them more difficult to find.If you search “Bureau of Cannabis Control,” “Marijuana Policy Project” or “National Cannabis Industry Association” on Facebook, you’ll see no results. By contrast, search “MPP” or “NCIA” and their pages show up — at least at the time this story was written.The inconsistencies don’t stop there. Type in “CalCannabis,” the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s cultivation licensing page on Facebook, and it’ll be one of the first results you see. Search for “Drug Policy Alliance” and “Ganjapreneur” and they pop up, too.But a Marijuana Business Daily search brings no results.Related: 3 Ways to Work in Weed Without Ever Touching The Plant4. The situation is having an impact on regulatory efforts.Facebook is a vital part of the California BCC’s communications strategy, said Alex Traverso, the bureau’s chief of communications. But the social media giant’s new search filtering tactics have had a big impact on the state agency’s ability to reach its 10,000 followers.Typically, the BCC’s posts reach about 4,000 users, Traverso said. Last week — when the bureau’s page stopped appearing in some search results — that reach was cut in half and only about 2,000 users interacted with some posts. To make matters worse, it’s a crucial time for cannabis businesses in California. They only have until Aug. 27 to comment on the state’s permanent MJ regulations, and the BCC uses its Facebook page to promote public comment events and encourage licensees to participate in the process.Now, however, that content is harder to find on Facebook. “We’re doing what we can to continue to try to work all our other communication channels that much more to get people the information they need,” Traverso said.The problem: Facebook has been one of the state cannabis agency’s more reliable ways to share news and events with its followers, he said. The BCC has even paid to have posts promoted on the site. “From our point of view, we’re not a cannabis business,” Traverso said. “We’re a state agency. We don’t sell cannabis products. We don’t advocate for the use of cannabis.“We’re strictly informational, and we use the site as a way to communicate with people about the work we do and to be transparent about the work we’re doing.”Related: The New ‘This Is Your Brain On Cannabis’ Ad Is Rad5. Following the rules doesn’t ensure you’ll be found. Social media specialists have provided best-practice recommendations for using social media platforms like Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. Experts note that users can appeal when their pages are removed. But it can often be an exercise in futility.“I’ve followed the rules to a ‘T’ on Instagram and lost an Instagram account,” said Amy Donohue, the owner of Hybrid Social, a Phoenix-based social media firm that works with several Arizona dispensaries. “Even if you’re playing by the rules, you’re still vulnerable to being taken down.” Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Image credit: Omar Marques | Getty Images Omar Sacirbey and Joey Pena Brought to you by Marijuana Business Daily Add to Queue August 10, 2018 7 min read Download Our iOS App Facebook Has ‘Shadow Banned’ Marijuana Businesses Free Green Entrepreneur App Facebook Marketing Next Article last_img read more

Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis

first_img November 2, 2018 Employing Individuals with Disabilities May Solve Your Talent Crisis Nancy Geenen Hiring –shares Add to Queue 5 min read Next Article Guest Writer Image credit: VGstockstudio | Shutterstock 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now » There are more than 56 million people with disabilities in the U.S., which equates to one in five Americans identifying as having some form of disability. This means it is highly likely you already employ individuals with disabilities, and there is a highly motivated and talented resource waiting for your call. Too often, employers are given outdated social service reasons for building a strategy that is inclusive of disability. Yet, there is a persuasive business case for an inclusive and accessible workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers who have embraced disability as a component of their talent strategy report a:90 percent increase in retention of valued employees72 percent increase in employee productivity45 percent increase in workplace safetyRelated: The Incredible Reason This Company Only Hires Adults With AutismIn addition, 38 percent report saved workers’ compensation or other insurance costs, and 28 percent report increased profitability. Ninety percent of consumers surveyed “specifically agreed that they would prefer to give their business to companies that hire individuals with disabilities.”Given these statistics, what are the challenges to employing more individuals with disabilities?The interview process.A primary barrier is the attitude and inexperience of the hiring manager. Most of us would state unequivocally that we do not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. And yet, studies show that bias — implicit or unconscious — paired with discomfort of the unknown has a negative effect on the interview process.The recruiter screens resumes, conducts phone interviews, and selects the candidates who make the cut. The individual with a disability arrives for the interview and the hiring manager experiences a momentary brain freeze that hijacks the process. The fear of saying the wrong thing causes the interviewer to lose track of the questions and instead become absorbed with an internal monologue that evaluates whether the candidate can do the job with the disability. Very few of the questions specifically scripted get asked. Even fewer responses get recorded. Most likely, the candidate has already conquered many of the challenges, real or imagined, that cause concern. The interview goes sideways; the paperwork is sketchy; and the candidate with a disability does not get a call back.Related: Is An Inclusive Workforce Still a Distant Dream?How do interviewers avoid the brain freeze trap? Stick to the script. Ask the questions that assess whether the person shares the core values of the organization, has the skills needed and is a good fit for the role. Being uncomfortable in a new situation is normal. Stay focused on the interview process and assess the whole person. This is a talented, eager candidate who is ready to prove her value to the company. There’s a person to get to know and the potential for an amazing colleague who will help an organization grow.  The workplace.The ADA requires that employers provide effective, reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Experienced employers understand many people arrive to the job with accommodations already in place. Employers and employees who work together as a team to understand the accommodation needs will find an effective and reasonable resolution. Use design thinking to understand the disability-related limitation causing the productivity issue. Evaluate several options to find the best solution. Think about accessibility tools and strategies that increase productivity in the workplace, rather than those that accommodate the disability. Less than 40 percent of individuals with disabilities require accommodations in the workplace. And often, the accommodation is an accessibility tool that costs less than $500 and increases productivity or safety for others. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)The rapid advancements in artificial intelligence are changing the future of work and directly impacting accessible technologies for employees with disabilities. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the AI for Accessibility Initiative that will focus on the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions for individuals with disabilities. Already, this is having a cost-efficient impact on accommodations: Microsoft Translator creates real-time captions for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.Start with three simple steps:Talk with your HR manager to determine whether candidates are asked if any accommodations are needed during the interview process, and train for this in the interview process.Look at your website and recruiting materials to see if individuals with visible disabilities are represented.Create external partnerships with organizations like Galt Foundation, which specializes in disability employment and has access to talent and resources for your company.The brain freeze phenomena is simply due to outdated ideas of what it means to live and work with a disability. Changing our attitudes about individuals with disabilities is the one thing over which every person has control. Employment rates won’t change until companies begin to shift attitudes and awareness about the abilities, value and potential within the talent pool of disability. If the HR training is missing the humanity, your company is missing out on talent.Related: This Leader Is Making It Easier for Members of the Deaf Community to Start Their Own BusinessesThere is a new generation of 20-somethings whose mainstream education has changed the way they view themselves and their abilities. Many of these young professionals are well-educated college graduates who expect to enter an accessible and diverse workplace that is open to their talent. Since 2001, about 52,000 service men and women have been wounded in action. Many more have returned to civilian life with invisible disabilities. By the year 2020, the CDC estimates that nearly half of the U.S. population will be living with chronic medical issues.As employers, we need a talented diverse work force to compete in the global marketplace. Understand the facts and the solutions that individuals with disabilities can provide for your gaps in recruitment. Then lead with your heart to create a fair and equitable workplace. Employment rates won’t change until companies begin to shift attitudes and awareness about people with disabilities. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. CEO of Flexability LLClast_img read more

Stringr Announces Expansion Into the UK Market

first_imgThe Expansion Enables UK Media Companies to Access Stringr’s Robust Content Library and Livestreaming FunctionStringr, the premium video marketplace for custom, high-quality, video content, has announced its launch into the United Kingdom. Through this expansion, UK based broadcasters, publishers and brands can now source, edit and publish custom footage from 80,000+ videographers across the globe.Since launching in the UK market, Stringr has already recruited 3,000 local videographers across major cities and remote areas, exemplifying the company’s ability to enable media companies to source video in time sensitive and geographically challenged situations. Later this year, Stringr plans to launch similar recruitment efforts across the continent.“Stringr helps the largest media organizations in the US source custom video,” said Lindsay Stewart, CEO and Co Founder of Stringr. “Offering the same service of getting video fast and at a scalable price point to companies in the UK is a natural extension of what we already do, and a part of our larger plan to roll out to the rest of Europe over the next year.”Marketing Technology News: Acembly Launches C2C – Simplified Cloud to Cloud Big Data TransfersBy utilizing the Stringr platform, customers are able to address various industry challenges, including reduced newsroom budgets, geographical hurdles, as well as the challenges that come with a 24/7 news cycle. Professional and amateur videographers contributing to Stringr’s content library ensure that media organizations are able to quickly access premium content, and ultimately report on news that is most relevant for their audiences. Additionally, Stringr recently announced the availability of its livestreaming function, giving customers the ability to request live video content from anywhere.Marketing Technology News: Tipalti Partners with Everflow to Provide Performance Marketing Tracking, Analytics, and Global Publisher Payouts in One PlatformStringr is a comprehensive video marketplace that enables media organizations to source custom footage, edit and publish — under very tight deadlines. The company leverages the only nationwide network of more than 80k highly responsive videographers who provide broadcast-quality video in every major US market. Stringr is based in NYC and was founded in 2014 by Lindsay Stewart and Brian McNeill, who met at The Wharton School.Marketing Technology News: UserIQ Brings Mobile Application Support to the Customer Success Market Stringr Announces Expansion Into the UK Market MTS Staff WriterMay 17, 2019, 3:27 pmMay 17, 2019 Lindsay StewartMarketing TechnologyNewspremium video marketplaceStringrUK Marketvideo content Previous ArticleSiriusDecisions Summit 2019 Takeaways: Enablement May Not be a Word, But It’s Growing NonethelessNext ArticleEventbrite Powers New Ticketing Functionality for Facebook Eventslast_img read more

The human brain works in reverse order to retrieve memories

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 14 2019When we remember a past event, the human brain reconstructs that experience in reverse order, according to a new study at the University of Birmingham.Understanding more precisely how the brain retrieves information could help us better assess the reliability of eye witness accounts, for example of crime scenes, where people often are able to recall the overall ‘gist’ of an event, but recall specific visual details less reliably.The study, published in Nature Communications, was carried out by researchers in the Centre for Human Brain Health, who reconstructed the memory retrieval process, using brain decoding techniques. These techniques make it possible to track when in time a unique memory is being reactivated in the brain.They found that, when retrieving information about a visual object, the brain focuses first on the core meaning – recovering the ‘gist’ – and only afterwards recalls more specific details.This is in sharp contrast to how the brain processes images when it first encounters them. When we initially see a complex object, it’s the visual details – patterns and colours – that we perceive first. Abstract, meaningful information that tells us the nature of the object we’re looking at, whether it’s a dog, a guitar, or a cup, for example, comes later.”We know that our memories are not exact replicas of the things we originally experienced” says Juan Linde Domingo, lead author of the study. “Memory is a reconstructive process, biased by personal knowledge and world views – sometimes we even remember events that never actually happened. But exactly how memories are reconstructed in the brain, step by step, is currently not well understood.”During the study, participants saw images of specific objects, and then learned to associate each image with a unique reminder word, for example the word ‘spin’ or ‘pull’. The participants were later presented with the reminder word and asked to reconstruct the associated image in as much detail as possible.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskBrain activity was recorded throughout the task via 128 electrodes attached to the scalp, allowing the researchers to observe changes in brain patterns with millisecond precision. Finally the researchers trained a computer algorithm to decode what kind of image the participant was retrieving at different points in the task.”We were able to show that the participants were retrieving higher-level, abstract information, such as whether they were thinking of an animal or an inanimate object, shortly after they heard the reminder word,” explains Maria Wimber, senior author of the study.”It was only later that they retrieved the specific details, for example whether they had been looking at a colour object, or a black and white outline.””If our memories prioritise conceptual information, this also has consequences for how our memories change when we repeatedly retrieve them,” adds Linde Domingo.”It suggests they will become more abstract and gist-like with each retrieval. Although our memories seem to appear in our ‘internal eye’ as vivid images, they are not simple snapshots from the past, but reconstructed and biased representations.”Follow-up studies will need to test whether this reversed reconstruction cascade is ‘hard-wired’ in the brain. If it is, the sequence of reconstruction should remain stable under different conditions, even when a person for example consciously focuses their attention on specific details during learning.The team is currently also looking in more detail at how and where the brain reconstructs more complex memories. Once the pathway of memory retrieval is established in the healthy brain, researchers can also start looking into how it is altered in healthy ageing, or how this pathway might contribute to the over-generalization of memories in conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. Source: read more

Myelinproducing cells are altered in multiple sclerosis shows study

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Subpopulations of oligodendrocytes, myelin-producing cells in the brain that are targeted by the immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS), are altered in MS and might therefore have additional roles in the disease than previously described. The results are published in the journal Nature, in a study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and University of Edinburgh in the UK.Around the world 2.5 million people are living with MS. MS develops when the immune system’s white blood cells attack the insulating fatty substance known as myelin, which is produced by oligodendrocytes and coats nerve fibres in the central nervous system. This interferes with the proper transmission of nerve electric signals and causes the symptoms of the disease.Previously the researchers have investigated oligodendrocytes in a mouse model of MS and shown that they might have a significant role in the development of the disease. In the current study they have mapped oligodendrocytes in human samples from post-mortem brains of MS patients.”While we found some similarities between the mouse model of MS and human MS, our results also unveil differences. We found changes in different oligodendrocyte subpopulations in MS, suggesting a more complex role of these cells in the pathology of the disease, but also in regeneration of new cells,” says Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet, one if the lead researchers of the study.The results show that oligodendrocyte precursor cells, which are thought to have a crucial role in relapsing-remitting MS to restore myelin, are depleted in the progressive disease.”In addition, the proportions of different resident oligodendrocytes in the lesions are changed, along with their properties, suggesting that they might have important roles in MS,” says Eneritz Agirre, postdoctoral researcher in Castelo-Branco’s group at Karolinska Institutet.Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaSchwann cells induce self-repair of damaged nervesThe researchers used single-nuclei RNA sequencing, which allows determination of genetic activity of individual cells, to investigate the cellular composition of MS lesions with unprecedented resolution.”We found that oligodendrocytes are a diverse population of cells and that different types are likely to have different functions in the brain,” says Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.”Understanding which types of oligodendrocytes are most beneficial in repairing myelin will be crucial for maximising the chances of developing much-needed treatments for MS,” says Professor Anna Williams of the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.The researchers also found novel markers that can be useful for the neuropathological characterisation of MS.”Our findings illustrate the power of this technology to study the neuropathology of human diseases such as MS. We predict that the widespread use of this technology with larger numbers of samples will further enhance our understanding of MS and lead to revision of current concepts of the disease,” says Gonçalo Castelo-Branco.Another paper is published simultaneously in Nature, from Professor Jonas Frisén’s group also at Karolinska Institutet, arriving at overlapping conclusions, with a different methodology, Source: read more

Stress during early pregnancy may reduce future fertility of offspring

first_img Source:E V Bräuner, Å M Hansen, D A Doherty, J E Dickinson, D J Handelsman, M Hickey, N E Skakkebæk, A Juul, R Hart, The association between in-utero exposure to stressful life events during pregnancy and male reproductive function in a cohort of 20-year-old offspring: The Raine Study. Human Reproduction. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.May 30 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Stressful events during early pregnancy could be detrimental to the reproductive development of male offspring, according to researchers at the University of Western Australia. The team identified an association between mothers who experience stressful events during early gestation and having a boy with a lower sperm count once he is an adult.Roger Hart and colleagues say that developing male reproductive organs are at their most vulnerable during early pregnancy and that maternal exposure to stressful life events during this time may “have important life-long adverse effects on men’s fertility.”Syda Productions | ShutterstockThe link between stress and future sperm countAnimal studies have previously suggested that gestational stress may affect the reproductive health of male offspring.Studies on mice have suggested that early gestation – the equivalent of eight to 14 weeks in humans – is a crucial period for the development of male reproductive organs and that stress during this time reduces the production of testosterone in fetal testes. However, studies looking at the association in humans are lacking.Research conducted by the World Health Organization has also shown that life in the developed world has become more stressful and that, along with other factors such as having high blood pressure or being overweight, this could be having a detrimental effect on fertility.A growing body of evidence supports that sperm counts have declined among men of European ancestry over the last 40 years.A 2017 review which looked at 43,000 men found that sperm concentration had reduced by almost have during this time, while still meeting the criteria for “normal”, as established by the World Health Organization. The study also found that there was no significant decline in sperm concentration among men in South America, Asia, and Africa.Early pregnancy is a ‘vulnerable period’ for male offspringFor the current study, Hart and team wanted to find out whether exposure to gestational stress in the period critical for normal differentiation and growth of male reproductive tissue is associated with male reproductive function in later life.The researchers examined data from a prospective longitudinal study that recruited around 3,000 women who were in their 18th week of pregnancy between 1989 and 1991. At week 18 (early gestation) and week 34 (late gestation), the mothers completed a standardized, 10-point questionnaire about stressful life events during the previous months such as moving to a new house, losing a job, the death of a loved one and financial problems.A total of 1,454 of the boys born to these mothers were tracked over the next two decades and once they turned 20, the researchers performed testicular ultrasounds for 643 of the men, who also provided blood and semen samples for analysis of sperm count and testosterone concentration.Multivariate linear regression analysis was then used to examine associations between the men’s results and the mothers’ questionnaires.As reported in the journal Human Reproduction, 63 percent (407) of the males recruited had been exposed to at least one stressful life event during early gestation. This compared with only 53 percent (343) of men during late gestation.Exposure to maternal stress in early gestation was negatively associated with total sperm count, the number of motile sperm and morning serum testosterone concentration. No such effect was observed when exposure during late gestation was examined.Men who had been exposed to three or more stressful life events during early gestation had, on average, a 36% reduction in the sperm count, a 12 percent reduction in sperm motility and an 11 % reduction in testosterone concentration, compared with men who had not been exposed to any such events during that period. Improved support for women in the first trimesterThe authors note that, although the findings demonstrate a clear association between sperm health and maternal exposure to stressful events during early gestation, they do not necessarily point to a cause-and-effect relationship. Other factors that are known to accompany stress such as smoking and drug use may play an equally important role.Although the lowest sperm count among men whose mothers had experienced repeated stress would not be enough by itself to result in infertility, it may be a contributing factor.To provide some perspective, says Hart, the association between exposure to stressful life events and reduced sperm counts was not as strong as that observed for maternal smoking and sperm counts, which was associated with a 50% reduction in sperm number.However, the findings do suggest that exposure to stressful life events during early, but not late gestation, are associated with reduced adult male reproductive function, say the team.The researchers suggest that improved support for women exposed to such events during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester, could help to improve the reproductive health of their offspring in later life. This suggests that maternal exposure to stressful life events during early pregnancy, a vulnerable period for the development of male reproductive organs, may have important life-long adverse effects on men’s fertility.”Roger Hart, Senior Author Intervention studies of improved pregnancy support could provide more insight into this association and more information is needed about the potential specific epigenetic mechanisms underlying this association.”last_img read more

Review Harmful and beneficial effects of pacifier use in newborns infants

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 17 2019The new research establishes recommendations based on the critical analysis of nearly 2,000 scientific articles.Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I Desirée Mena and Jennifer Sánchez, from the Predepartmental Unit of Nursing, have reviewed 1,897 scientific articles on the harmful and beneficial effects of pacifier use in newborns and infants. The conclusions of the study, published in the journal Rol de Enfermería, propose a series of recommendations based on evidence aimed at facilitating decision-making when choosing pacifiers in order to provide parents and carers with the most appropriate information to decide freely.The use of pacifiers has been related to the appearance of oral malformations, with an early abandonment of breastfeeding, the appearance of otitis media, the maintenance of the habit of digital suction and a decrease in the production of speech sounds, as well as the establishment of smoking habit in adolescence and adulthood. As for the beneficial effects associated with its use, there is the protective factor against the syndrome of sudden death of the infant during sleep and the appearance of overweight and obesity in adolescence, analgesia produced during stressful procedures or situations and stimulation of the sucking reflex in situations in which it is underdeveloped.For the development of the study, an integrative review of the literature developed through a filter of scientific quality was carried out. The obtained articles were submitted to an analysis centred on the design of the study, population, sample, follow-up period, evaluation, results, conclusions, etc., depending on the design. Likewise, a descriptive analysis of the variables was carried out, classifying them as favourable, unfavourable or non-influential effects.From an analysis based on scientific evidence, “a series of recommendations are established with the aim of providing mothers, fathers and carers with the best information that allows them to freely deliberate and choose what best suits their needs, beliefs, expectations…”, as lecturer Desirée Mena explains. If breastfeeding is chosen, it is suggested not to use the pacifier, as it is related to the difficulty in its establishment and early weaning. In case of using it, to avoid dentition problems, specifically, oral malformations, its use is recommended from the six months of age. However, its use is related, especially after this age, to the appearance of otitis media. Another reason why it is discouraged is that its use appears to be related to persistent digital suction in childhood, the onset of smoking habit in adolescence and adulthood and a decrease in the production of speech sound.Related StoriesNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissResearch questions whether tongue-tie surgery to improve breastfeeding is neededUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepThe research indicates that the use of the pacifier is recommended in the case that the baby has not developed the nutritive sucking reflex, as it can be used to stimulate it. It is also recommended to soothe the baby in stressful or painful situations. To this end, explains Jennifer Sanchez that “we do not discourage the joint use of sucrose, although for nutritional reasons it is not recommended; however, breastfeeding would always be better as a first option if it is available. In addition, the use of the pacifier during sleep is recommended to avoid the appearance of sudden infant death syndrome.In the case of pacifier use, the recommendation is to wash it with a 0.12% aqueous chlorhexidine solution or immerse it in boiling water. In addition, periodic dental check-ups are recommended to monitor the growth of the temporary dentition and detect the appearance of malformations. In the case of breastfeeding, the study indicates that it is advisable to make periodic visits with the midwife or paediatric nurse to supervise it in order to detect early possible problems arising from the use of the pacifier.Finally, the researchers at the UJI point out that the study has also made it possible to detect potential future lines of research aimed at having strong evidence on the use of pacifiers, the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and the appearance of otitis media. Source:Asociación RUVIDlast_img read more

Modi 20 Union Ministers and Portfolios

first_imgMay 30, 2019 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED SHARE Dr Harsh Vardhan along with Harsimrat Kaur arrived for Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Friday, May 31, 2019 Nirmala Sitharaman to hold Finance and Corporate Affairs. Nirmala Sitharaman is now the Finance Minister  Here is the list of Ministers and their portfolios:Shri Narendra ModiPrime Minister and also in-charge of:Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;Department of Atomic Energy;Department of Space; andAll important policy issues; andAll other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.  Cabinet MinistersPortfolios1Shri Raj Nath SinghMinister of Defence.2Shri Amit ShahMinister of Home Affairs.3Shri Nitin Jairam GadkariMinister of Road Transport and Highways; andMinister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.4Shri D.V. Sadananda GowdaMinister of Chemicals and Fertilizers.5Smt. Nirmala SitharamanMinister of Finance; andMinister of Corporate Affairs.6Shri Ramvilas PaswanMinister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.7Shri Narendra Singh TomarMinister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; andMinister of Panchayati Raj.8Shri Ravi Shankar PrasadMinister of Law and Justice;Minister of Communications; andMinister of Electronics and Information Technology.9Smt. Harsimrat Kaur BadalMinister of Food Processing Industries.10Shri Thaawar Chand GehlotMinister of Social Justice and Empowerment.11Dr. Subrahmanyam JaishankarMinister of External Affairs.12Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’Minister of Human Resource Development.13Shri Arjun MundaMinister of Tribal Affairs.14Smt. Smriti Zubin IraniMinister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles.15Dr. Harsh VardhanMinister of Health and Family Welfare;Minister of Science and Technology; andMinister of Earth Sciences.16Shri Prakash JavadekarMinister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; andMinister of Information and Broadcasting.17Shri Piyush GoyalMinister of Railways; andMinister of Commerce and Industry.18Shri Dharmendra PradhanMinister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; andMinister of Steel.19Shri Mukhtar Abbas NaqviMinister of Minority Affairs.20Shri Pralhad JoshiMinister of Parliamentary Affairs;Minister of Coal; andMinister of Mines.21Dr. Mahendra Nath PandeyMinister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.22Shri Arvind Ganpat SawantMinister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise.23Shri Giriraj SinghMinister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.24Shri Gajendra Singh ShekhawatMinister of Jal Shakti. Ministers of State (Independent Charge) 1Shri Santosh Kumar GangwarMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.2Rao Inderjit SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; andMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning.3Shri Shripad Yesso NaikMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); andMinister of State in the Ministry of Defence.4Dr. Jitendra SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region;Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office;Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions;Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; andMinister of State in the Department of Space.5Shri Kiren RijijuMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs.6Shri Prahalad Singh PatelMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; andMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.7Shri Raj Kumar SinghMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.8Shri Hardeep Singh PuriMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs;Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.9Shri Mansukh L. MandaviyaMinister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Ministers of State 1Shri Faggansingh KulasteMinister of State in the Ministry of Steel.2Shri Ashwini Kumar ChoubeyMinister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.3Shri Arjun Ram MeghwalMinister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.4General (Retd.) V. K. SinghMinister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.5Shri Krishan PalMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.6Shri Danve Raosaheb DadaraoMinister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.7Shri G. Kishan ReddyMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.8Shri Parshottam RupalaMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.9Shri Ramdas AthawaleMinister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.10Sadhvi Niranjan JyotiMinister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development.11Shri Babul SupriyoMinister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.12Shri Sanjeev Kumar BalyanMinister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.13Shri Dhotre Sanjay ShamraoMinister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development;Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.14Shri Anurag Singh ThakurMinister of State in the Ministry of Finance; andMinister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.15Shri Angadi Suresh ChannabasappaMinister of State in the Ministry of Railways.16Shri Nityanand RaiMinister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs.17Shri Rattan Lal KatariaMinister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.18Shri V. MuraleedharanMinister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.19Smt. Renuka Singh SarutaMinister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.20Shri Som ParkashMinister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.21Shri Rameswar TeliMinister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.22Shri Pratap Chandra SarangiMinister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.23Shri Kailash ChoudharyMinister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.24Sushri Debasree ChaudhuriMinister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development. COMMENT Prime Minster Narendra Modi along with 57 ministers swore-in on Thursday in New Delhi. The portfolios were announced on Friday. Nirmala Sitharaman will hold Finance and Corporate Affairs, while first-time MP Amit Shah will be the Minster of Home Affairs.   Narendra Modi and his new cabinet   –  Twitter/Narendra Modi COMMENTSlast_img read more


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