Researchers make strides in schizophrenia diagnosis research

first_imgShare Pinterest Currently, diagnosing schizophrenia and similar disorders requires a thorough psychological evaluation and a comprehensive medical exam to rule out other conditions. A patient may be evaluated for six or more months before receiving a diagnosis and beginning treatment, particularly if he or she shows only early signs of the disorder.Recent studies have indicated that patient outcomes could be improved if the time elapsed between the onset of symptoms and the initiation of treatment is much shorter. For this reason, researchers believe a chemical test that could detect oxidative stress in the blood — a state commonly linked with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders — could be invaluable in helping to diagnose schizophrenia more quickly.The UMD and UMB team, led by research associate Eunkyoung Kim, used a discovery-driven approach based on the assumptions that chemical biomarkers relating to oxidative stress could be found in blood, and that they could be measured by common electrochemical instruments.Building on an understanding of how foods are tested for antioxidants, an iridium salt was used to probe blood serum samples for detectable optical and electrochemical signals that indicate oxidative stress in the body. The promising initial tests have shown various biological reductants can be detected, including glutathione, the most prominent antioxidant in the body.The group worked with professor of psychiatry Deanna Kelly and her team at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, to perform an initial clinical evaluation using serum samples from 10 clinical research study participants who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and a healthy control group. Using the new testing method, the research group was able to correctly differentiate the samples of those who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia from those who had no history of the disorder.“Much emerging data suggests that schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders may be due, in part, to inflammation and oxidative stress abnormalities,” Kelly said. “Current methods for measuring these potential biomarkers are not standardized and have many flaws. Our team is excited to work with our collaborators at the University of Maryland to help develop a technique that can more globally measure these outcomes. Being able to have a subjective marker for clinical response or aid in more prompt diagnosis could be revolutionary.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebookcenter_img Researchers from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and Baltimore (UMB) campuses have developed a blood test that could help doctors more quickly diagnose schizophrenia and other disorders. Their study, “Redox Probing for Chemical Information of Oxidative Stress,” was recently published in the journal Analytical Chemistry.“We hope our new technique will allow a more rapid detection and intervention for schizophrenia, and ultimately lead to better outcomes,” said Gregory Payne, one of the authors and a joint professor with UMD’s Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BIOE) and the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR).Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe mental disorder that affects approximately one percent of the U.S. adult population and influences how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. The onset of symptoms usually begins between ages 16 and 30. Symptoms can range from visual and auditory hallucinations and movement disorders to difficulty beginning and sustaining activities. Email LinkedInlast_img read more

Tye’s new rugby pitch

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DASPA to implement new passenger facility charge

first_imgLocalNews DASPA to implement new passenger facility charge by: – March 12, 2019 Tweet Sharing is caring! 260 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share The Dominica Air and Sea Port Authorities (DASPA) will implement a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) of US$10 and EC$27 on all passengers entering Dominica.This will be enforced at all sea ports island-wide including the Roseau Ferry Terminal effective by Apr. 2, 2019.According to a Press Release from DASPA, this is implementation is in keeping with the SRO 23 of 2014 this fee was to be collected at all ports upon entry into the island.This rule was implemented at the Douglas-Charles Airport in June 2017. However, due to administrative delays to add this PFC to tickets the implementation was delayed. Recent discussions among Port Administrators has led to the decision of this date of implementation as DASPA seeks to improve the port services.last_img read more

Olympic Show Jumping competition begins today for Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global

first_img Olympic Show Jumping competition begins today for Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global Tags: 14 August 2016, 00:27 Home  »  General  »  Olympic Show Jumping competition begins today for Greg Broderick and MHS Going Global Tipperary’s Greg Broderick gets his Olympic Show Jumping campaign underway today (Sunday) in Rio, hoping to build on some excellent Irish equestrian performances so far at the Games.Thirty-year-old Broderick will ride The Irish Sport Horse MHS Going Global, (pictured above) with the Irish pair drawn 39th of the 75 starters, in a competition which gets underway at 2pm Irish time in Deodora Olympic Park.Today’s opening competition will be followed by further rounds of jumping on Tuesday and Wednesday, after which just the top 35 combinations will go forward to the individual medal deciding rounds on Friday.Already this week in Rio, Ireland’s Jonty Evans scored a top 10 finish in the Eventing competition with the Irish Sport Horse Cooley Rorkes Drift, while Kildare’s Judy Reynolds has booked a place in tomorrow’s Dressage Freestyle to Music with her horse Vancouver K.last_img read more

Bob nails the medal

first_imgLewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, April 12, Green Valley – Monthly Medal1st Bob Stokes (16) net 642nd Eddy Beilby (19) net 733rd Christian Boysen (14) net 73 Bob Stokes was preparing to leave town on a high note, ending his holiday and heading back to his native Scotland, and he gave the gang something to remember him by with a sizzling gross 80 (net 64) at Green Valley.  Bob picked up the biggest prize of the month, the monthly medal, and also took possession of a lead crystal engraved whiskey goblet, a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey and an invite to the yearend Gold Medal.  His name will also be etched on the Lewiinski’s wall of shame.Medal winner Bob Stokes with his wife Ann.Bob was nine strokes clear of Eddy ‘the Eagle’ Beilby and Christian Boysen, with the scales of justice tipping in Eddy’s favour.Bob Stokes, with a brace, and Claude Harder shared the ‘2’s pot.  After the presentation everyone wished Bob and Ann a safe journey home and a speedy return.Tuesday, April 14, Burapha C & D – Stableford1st Chris Crayforth (8) 38pts2nd Brett Soipe (9) 32pts3rd Ian Pickles (15) 32ptsSongkran week was upon us and several of the venues decided to cancel their fixtures rather than fight the water and the exodus of farangs.  Lewiinski’s has always been a halfway house for wayward souls, especially to those that stay behind at Songkran.Two non-members, Chris Crayforth and Brett Soipe, joined us for the day’s golf at Burapha, and when they left they did so with a few lucky Lewiinski’s baht in their pockets; Chris winning the day with a splendid 38 points as Brett lifted the silver a stroke adrift.Long time members Ian Pickles and Irishman Peter ‘the silver surfer’ Henshaw were tied on 32 points, but alas there was no luck for Peter and no podium spot for either.Wednesday, April 15, Eastern Star – Stableford1st Pierre Zbinden (19) 37pts2nd Jim Elphick (24) 34ptsAs most of the Lewiinski’s golfers were away “celebrating” Songkran, a depleted group braved the trip to the Robert Trent Jones Jnr. designed Eastern Star.The course was in fair condition, which suited Pierre Zbinden down to the ground as he was top man with a steady 37 points and was also the only player to better his handicap.  Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick lifted the silver as he edged Lou Zigzag off the podium steps in a count back, both tied on 32 points.Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Peter on 086 139 6301.  Transport is provided.last_img read more

Third time’s the charm for Thomas

first_imgIPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links BarMonday, August 31, Greenwood C & B (white tees) – StablefordThe Pattaya Golf Society was last here at Greenwood three weeks ago.  On that occasion we reported the course appeared well on its way back to the good conditions we are used to, but today’s course offering was disappointing.  Fairways were uncut, meaning many lies presented a challenge normally associated with the first cut of rough.  Bunkers were OK, but the greens, so good three weeks ago, were very slow.  Notwithstanding those issues, we are confident that this course will be fine in the very near future, and at 600B green-fee it is very good VFM. Three weeks back we reported five ‘2’s; today there were none.  That would no doubt please the podium as our turnout of just three groups meant a relatively modest payout.  Tied second with a very credible 34 points was Aussie Stuart Thompson, his post-accident swing still a work-in-progress.  Alongside Stuart was Papua New Guinean Brendan Gilsenan, whose two-over par round was equally meritorious having been achieved with rental clubs.David Thomas. The day’s winner is testimony to perseverance.  At this course on our previous visit, 10 August, David Thomas tied second, with 36 points.  The visit prior, he also tied second, with 34 points.  Today he finally broke through for the win, and by five shots to boot with a 3-under par total and 39 points.  Give enough monkeys enough typewriters …?Back at the Links, Mr Len drew Murray Edwards’ name for the lucky “beer” draw, whilst the booby bevvy was awarded to a golfer of some note – in absentia.  The “of some note” label is clearly justified, as we are referring to the golfer whose performance has so dominated August’s player standings that he is likely to win player of the month by a record margin.  So with some irony we note that Jon Batty’s performance today put him into a place with which he is not familiar – last.Wednesday, Sept. 2, The Emerald – StablefordSeptember for the Pattaya Golf Society began with a visit to Emerald in Ban Chang on Wednesday and the small group found a course in good condition and void of other golfers!  Fairways are improving all the time here and the greens are consistent.  Pin positions however gave concern as many were set on slopes and lagging a putt was virtually impossible.  The R&A has some sound advice for greenkeepers regarding pin positions and it should be required reading (in Thai) for the masters of the courses’ greens.In third place was Thai golfer Wichai Tananusorn with 32 points, enjoying golf on his return from a break in Chang Mai, and in second with the best gross of the day (81) was Russell Exley and his second place score of 35 points set a high standard.  However, the field had ignored the progress of Aussie golfer Brendan Gilsenan, an old friend of the group, and his nine holes every week in jungle conditions in PNG served him in good stead for the broad grassed areas of Emerald in the very humid conditions.  He returned his best ever score with PGS, 39 points and enjoyed his final outing with the group this trip.There was one birdie ‘2’, Russell’s excellent effort on the seventh and the booby bevy went to Huw Phillips for his 5-13 split figures.  The non winner’s beer draw was appropriately won by Mr Len.Friday, Sept. 4, Phoenix – StablefordOn Friday, the Pattaya Golf Society left The Links in Soi Buakhao to play a stableford round at nearby Phoenix, from a mix of the blue and white tees, all exclusively marked with IPGC tee markers, making it a sterner test than normal for the field.The course was in good condition and greens were consistent, but the bunkers need to be half emptied of sand and have it transferred to other areas of the course which are under construction.  Phoenix, as always with money at the top of their priorities, would save a fortune in building costs and improve the bunkers immensely, in one fell swoop!The single flight saw two birdie ‘2’s, both on the Ocean par threes with Murray Edwards almost nailing an ace on hole five and Mark Lang securing a birdie on the seventh.  On the main stage four golfers shared second place with scores of 33 points, the only surprise being high handicapper John Tallett sharing the spotlight with the long hitters Mark Lang, Jon Batty and Wichai Tananusorn.  Well done indeed John!  The winner, on his return from England, was Simon Kendall and his 39 points gave him a clear win by six points.Elsewhere in the field the Welsh pair of Huw Phillips and Mr Len both saw their efforts rewarded with the booby bevy and Jesper Hansen enjoyed a free beer as a result of the always eagerly awaited non-winners’ draw.With two more visits to the course next month we fear it will be a long time before many Pattaya golf groups return as the proposed high season green fee almost doubles what the discerning golfer will pay at courses like Khao Kheow, Greenwood, Bangpra and Emerald.Enjoy Phoenix while there is still time.last_img read more

Dean & Clegg get the plaudits

first_img2nd Carole Kubicki (21) 33pts3rd Rob Brown (6) 32ptsB Flight (22+)1st Karen Brown (33) 39pts2nd Jan Lovgreen (22) 39pts3rd Marie Jany (27) 38ptsNear Pins: Graeme Lomas, Ronnie Ratte, Carole Kubicki, Dave RichardsonLong Putts: Ronnie Ratte, Kenneth MadsenCafe Kronborg played at Pleasant Valley on Monday for the penultimate game of the season.  The course was in good condition, but the greens were showing signs of the course’s popularity with many repaired pitch marks not having had chance to recover.  Putting was therefore somewhat dependant on how many of these were on your line.The flights played off different tees with A Flight off the blue tees and B flight off the forward white tees and ladies off their usual red tees.The A Flight winner was decided on count-back with 2 players having 33 points.  Ronnie Ratte was the winner with a sterling 21 points on the back-nine after struggling on the front.  Carole Kubicki was second with a count-back of 15 points, and third was the ever-present Rob Brown with 32 points and a 16/15 count-back over Graeme Lomas.In B Flight again the winner was decided on count-back with 2 players having 39 points, the best score of the day.  Karen Brown, Rob’s better half, took first place with a count-back of 19 points over Jan Lovgreen’s 17.  Marie Jany was third with 38 points, her best score of the season.Thursday, March 29, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordA Flight (0-20)1st Jon Dean (12) 41pts2nd Kenneth Madsen (15) 39pts3rd Richard Kubicki (12) 37ptsB Flight (21+)1st Gordon Clegg (24) 39pts2nd Karen Brown (33) 35pts3rd Jan Lovgreen (22) 35ptsNear Pins: Kenneth Madsen, Ronnie Ratte, Jan Lovgreen, Carole KubickiLong Putts: Carole Kubicki, Eddie GlinsekCafe Kronborg played Pattaya Country Club Thursday for their final round before many people returned to whence they came to enjoy spring in colder but hopefully less wet climes.The recent rains had given the course a good soaking and playing off the front nine fairways was like hitting the ball off a water filled sponge.  Bizarrely the back nine were their usual dry and hard self.  The pins were mainly placed on the front of the greens in an attempt to counter the lack of any roll on the fairways, especially on the front nine, which meant overall the course was a reasonable challenge.Back in the clubhouse the cards showed that scores were pretty good, no-one in the A flight making less than 30 points and the B flight not far behind.The A Flight winner was Pattaya Country Club specialist Jon Dean who had a superb 41 points, which I guess was pretty exceptional even for him as he took a picture of his card for future admiration.  A disappointed Kenneth Madsen was second with a rock solid 39 points, Kenneth recovering in style from a bad day on Monday.  Third was Richard Kubicki with 37 points, things starting to get a bit tougher for Richard with his new lower 12 handicap.In B Flight, Gordon Clegg had a sterling 39 points to take first place, his recent excellent scores point towards another impending handicap reduction which will make things a bit harder.  Second and third places were decided on count-back with 2 players having a solid 35 points; Karen Brown finishing the stronger of the two with an 18 point countback to take second place over Jan Lovgreen. Jon Dean (left) and Gordon Clegg (right) with Dave ‘The Admiral’ Richardson.PSC Golf from The Cafe KronborgMonday, March 2, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-21)1st Ronnie Ratte (20) 33ptslast_img read more

UFC Fight Night 143

first_imgAdvertisement a0g26rlNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vszxq8mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6g0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6dvq7Would you ever consider trying this?😱7filCan your students do this? 🌚21tedRoller skating! 294cfSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morejBody tricks that only special people can do pt-16lqsHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkies714A visualization of how Karma works b1i9fo76k6Powered by Firework In 2018, the UFC crowned two champ-champs, as Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes each moved up a weight class and claimed a second belt. This weekend, 135-pound king T.J. Dillashaw will move down in weight to challenge Henry Cejudo for the Flyweight Title. For the first time, a UFC fighter will move down in weight for a shot to become a simultaneous two-division champion. The Co-Main event will see a former NFL player, Greg Hardy make his debut inside the Octagon this weekend.Advertisement Flyweight Title Bout – Henry Cejudo vs T J DillashawAdvertisement In the latest champion versus champion showdown, flyweight king Henry Cejudo will put his title on the line against TJ Dillashaw, who moves down from 135 pounds for the opportunity to win a second belt. Fighters Profile:Advertisement  Henry Cejudo:Henry ‘The Messenger’ Cejudo, an Olympic gold medallist in wrestling is coming off a career-defining win by dethroning former champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 back in August of 2018. “The Messenger”, has won three fights in a row while growing in stature each time he gets inside the Octagon. Henry Cejudo holds a slight grappling advantage over his opponent along with powerful wrestling abilities. To make his first successful title defence, Cejudo will have to beat one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport when he takes on TJ Dillashaw this weekend. In the build up to this much anticipated fight “The Messenger” says, “A true UFC division champion never goes down a division to win a belt, champions go up and win the belt. I am going to make TJ Dillashaw pay for every inch of pound he has lost. I am out here to finish TJ Dillashaw and make a statement and make Flyweight division great again.”T.J. DillashawT.J. Dillashaw steps down a weight class to take on flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the 125-pound title. An elite Bantamweight for several years and now legacy-chasing TJ Dillashaw aims to be the best and not just UFC’s next double division champion. He enters the contest with back-to-back knockout wins over former champion Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw has a big spotlight on him after he cut down to 125 pounds to fight in flyweight division. According to UFC champion and analyst Daniel Cormier “TJ Dillashaw is the best UFC bantamweight of all time but going down one division to be a two-division champion seems a bit unreal”Both fighters went down against their respective opponents last August at UFC 227, so two champs have virtually been on a collision course with one another for the past five months. It all comes to a head this weekend in Brooklyn.Heavyweight Bout – Greg Hardy vs Allen Crowder Fighters Profile Greg Hardy MMA fighter Greg Hardy is a former American Football player who was in the news for all of the wrong reasons in the recent years. Charges of domestic violence and a raft of media attention has not deterred the 265-pound 30-year old from his goal of making a big name for himself in mixed martial arts. He will make his UFC debut after just three professional fights while amassing a 3-0 record with all his wins coming by way of first-round knockout. As a natural athlete, Hardy has all the tools to become a top-flight heavyweight but he is yet to be tested on the canvas and hasn’t had a long fight to test his stamina.Allen CrowderAllen Crowder, who didn’t fight at all in 2018, will return to the Octagon against a controversial figure this weekend. Allen Crowder enters this fight with a 9-3 record and has won 56 percent of his fights by knockout. Although he is facing a controversial opponent known for the best knockouts, Allen thinks, “In the heavyweight division, you have to worry about anyone knocking you out. If you make a mistake you are going to pay for it. You always have to worry about that knockout power. I don’t plan on letting him get that knockout shot. I will enter this fight with a game plan and I have pretty good game plan in mind.”  Advertisementlast_img read more

Cats take Bombers to the limit

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsOn paper, the L.V. Rogers Bombers should have no trouble dealing with the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.But that’s only on paper.Tuesday, at the South Slocan-based school gymnasium, the Cats gave the Bombers everything they could handle during a 75-62 loss to LVR in West Kootenay High School Boy’s Basketball action.LVR, coming off a lacklustre performance during the final game of the Fulton Maroons tournament Saturday in Vernon, continued to struggle early against the Wildcats.Paced by the all-around play from senior Steven Hernandez and Grade 11 forward Zach Grigg, the Wildcats took the early lead in the game.John Zak keyed the Bomber comeback to help the visitors to a 14-13 first quarter advantage.LVR increased the margin to 32-25 at recess.The Cats kept pace with the Bombers in the second half and trailed by only six points with 150 seconds left in the game.However, the hosts could not overcome the deficit before falling to the Bombers.Zak led the Bombers with 26 points while Clay Rickaby added 16.Replying for Mount Sentinel was Grigg with 22 points and Hernandez with 17.The Bombers return to action Thursday when the club hosts rival J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail at the Hangar.The Senior Girl’s tip off the two-game night at 5 p.m. with the boy’s tilt to follow at 6:30 [email protected]last_img read more

Supporters Update – Donegal Road Diversion Lifted For Sunday

first_imgThe Statement Reads… Donegal GAA have released an update on the Road Diversions that were in place that would have affected those going to Sunday’s game between Donegal and Galway in O’Donnell Park Letterlenny “I wish to advise that Donegal County Council have given Donegal GAA the following commitment in regards the the proposed road closure at the N13 between Kilross & Stranorlar at Tircallen.The road closure will be in force from Friday at 7pm. The contractor will work around the clock to ensure that the culvert is fitted and the road is tarred prior to Sunday morning and it is hoped that the road will be fully re-opened on Sunday morning to allow for the diversions to be lifted and traffic to flow freely without restrictions on the road.***IN THE EVENT THE WORKS ARE NOT COMPLETE***In a worst case scenario if the works are not completed by Sunday morning, the traffic coming from the south of the County and Galway will be permitted to travel on one lane of the road without restrictions (No traffic lights), whilst the diversion will remain in place for traffic coming from Letterkenny.For traffic leaving the game in Letterkenny the diversion will be changed to allow traffic from the match to travel through without restriction and the diversion will be in place for traffic coming for the South of the County.Donegal GAA will be contact with Donegal County Council throughout the weekend. As of now we expect a small time delay, however NO restrictions will be in place for those travelling to the game from South of the County of Galway the road will be open on the return journey also.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more