Afraid to Get Tested? Slow Down and Think About It

first_imgThe New York Times: Many patients are eager to search bottomless troves of health information on the Internet. But when it comes to learning whether they are at risk for certain diseases by getting a medical test, millions would rather just not know.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three patients infected with H.I.V. do not get tested in sufficient time to benefit from existing treatments. The research literature is rife with studies of low rates for colonoscopies, mammograms and an array of genetic testing.…The University of Florida psychologists carried out a series of experiments that sought to address that divergence, asking “How can we get people to put aside their emotions and fears and receive potentially bad news about their health?” said Jennifer L. Howell, a graduate student and lead author of the study, along with James A. Shepperd, a professor of social psychology.In their most recent work, published in the journal Psychological Science, they tried an approach called contemplation, a psychological technique that gets subjects to identify their qualms and think about them.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Red Ball Oxygen appoints Vice-President

first_imgHeadquartered in Louisiana, Red Ball Oxygen TGS manufactures and distributes a full line of specialty gas products, including EPA protocols, calibration standards, high purity gases, medical device mixtures, and Lightning CalTM transportable cylinders. Source: Red Ball OxygenPatten has been with Red Ball Oxygen since 2000 and helped form the TGS division back in 2003. Under his leadership, the division has already experienced rapid growth and expanded its product portfolio.“We’ve grown our specialty gas business by listening to our customers and responding with urgency to their requirements. In that respect, Mr.Patten is the perfect person to lead the charge for us, because he is customer-driven to the core,” says Alex Kennedy, CEO of Red Ball Oxygen. “Growth happens when we give our customers the all-out effort they deserve. Keep getting the little things right, and the big things will take care of themselves,” Patten added.last_img read more

High-speed IDEAs

first_imgTHE US Transportation Research Board has expanded its Ideas Deserving Exploratory Analysis programme to include high-speed rail. Last month TRB invited proposals for ’innovative technologies and concepts’ for ’cost-effective upgrading of current rail systems for safer, faster, more efficient and reliable, and environmentally sound high speed operations.’Areas being considerered for IDEA-HSR include communications and train control systems, track and structure upgrading, environmental and ergonomic factors, level crossing safety, and rolling stock.Dr K Thirumalai, IDEA Program Manager, Transportation Research Board, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington DC 20418, USA. Fax: +1 202 334 4371last_img read more

Gumbel’s ‘Real Sports’ returns to air before real sports

first_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By First Published: 28th April, 2020 10:44 IST SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 28th April, 2020 10:44 IST Gumbel’s ‘Real Sports’ Returns To Air Before Real Sports The HBO television show “Real Sports” is returning from a suspension forced by the coronavirus before the real sports themselves begin again. LIVE TV The HBO television show “Real Sports” is returning from a suspension forced by the coronavirus before the real sports themselves begin again.Host Bryant Gumbel will preside from his Florida home in Tuesday’s episode of the sports news magazine, which is attempting to navigate technical issues and strike the right balance in dealing with a pandemic that has changed every viewer’s life.The March episode was canceled, both because some necessary travel proved impossible and the worry that some segments would appear tone deaf at a time when the sports world was put on hold, Gumbel said.April marks the 25th year that “Real Sports” has been on the air, and it barely made its anniversary month.The host will appear Tuesday in a roundtable with sportscasters Mike Breen, Joe Buck and Jim Nantz. The show will have a story about quick pivots, such as a company that switched from manufacturing lacrosse helmets to protective gear for medical workers, and another piece on sports entities that moved too slowly to cancel events.Gumbel said he understands people who might believe that stories on sports aren’t right for the moment.“But I also think you run the risk of overdoing it if (coronavirus) is all you have to offer,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “We’re like every other operator right now. We’re trying to strike a very difficult balance between being responsive to what people want to know, and being responsive to that point at which they say, OK, I’ve had enough. Give me something else.”The absence of sports right now isn’t really an issue for the show, he said.“We are in the business of telling stories that have nothing to do, or very little to do, with who won and who lost,” he said. “Our difficulty was and is that we are a monthly at a time when the overall issue in our environment is a story that is not just changing daily, but by the hour and minute.”The need to make a show that can feel relevant Tuesday and in two weeks steered Gumbel and his roundtable panelists away from such things as predicting when sports may return to issues like whether they’d be comfortable traveling to assignments.It’s too early to tell which sports figures will emerge as leaders in any effort to bring games back, likening it to judging a trade or draft pick instantly instead of waiting for things to settle.“I just hope that the commissioners are responsible enough to be taking their guidelines from the people who are the scientists and not from the people who are looking to get reelected,” he said.Gumbel hasn’t hesitated to criticize the NFL in the past but believes league officials acted responsibly in conducting its annual player draft last week. The NFL was rewarded with weeks worth of high-profile coverage in newspapers and strong television ratings.Gumbel offers a hat tip to his wife in helping him get the show off the ground again.She’s had to learn how to operate equipment sent to their home by HBO. She operates the camera, sets the lighting, manages the audio and applies the makeup.He doesn’t want to appear insensitive to people who are dying, but Gumbel can admit it: He misses sports a lot.“Like everybody else, I think it was difficult for us to understand how much we watched, talked about it, cared about it, debated it, especially with our buddies,” he said. “It’s left a void, there’s no doubt about that.” last_img read more

Zlatan indispensable, says Mourinho

first_imgIbrahimovic has also played in more matches than any of United’s other strikers this season, featuring in 24 of their 26 games so far, and will start up front in the Premier League clash with in-form West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.“Is it almost impossible to leave him out? Yes, it is,” said Mourinho at the eve of match press conference on Friday.“As a striker he is one of the impossible positions where you cannot hide.“He is phenomenal and plays again tomorrow (Saturday) and then one week to rest.“I am not surprised at all. I knew from the physical point of view he could resist but obviously he cannot play 60 matches.”Mourinho, who enjoyed a good relationship with Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan when he was in charge there, said he would need to rest him but he was such an integral part of the side it was hard to omit him.“I must give him a rest. I must leave him out a game,” said Mourinho.“He was suspended against Arsenal. So that game he did not play.“In some matches in the Europa League he was on the bench, also against Northampton (in the EFL Cup).“So now and again I will find him a way to give him a rest.“But as our target striker we can see he is the only one. And the way we normally play we need him.”– ‘A great example in everything’ –Mourinho said Ibrahimovic is also a great example to United’s youngsters with the manner in which he conducts himself in matches and on the training ground.“He is a great example in every aspect he is very professional,” said the 53-year-old Portuguese.“Great also with his family life and on keeping his family life the most positive and private.“He is a great example in everything and when you have him and Michael Carrick at 35 the kids could not have better examples.”Mourinho’s West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis is presently the highest placed British manager in the Premier League with his side seventh, four points behind United in sixth.Mourinho believes British managers do not get the recognition they deserve for their achievements compared to him and other big name foreign managers now in charge of Premier League clubs.“In English football there are different kinds of profiles,” he said.“Tony (Pulis) got trophies everywhere in every club.“He was not relegated with Stoke, it’s a trophy. He was not relegated with West Brom, it’s another trophy. Not relegated with Palace it’s another trophy. And so on, and so on.“So he has lots of trophies. By trophies I mean reach the target and he did that.“Like some, never relegated, that is a big trophy.“You are not expecting some of the clubs he manages to be the champion. So for me, yes, English (sic) managers are not looked at as they should be.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic has found the net 14 times in all competitions for Manchester United this season © AFP/File / Oli ScarffMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has performed so well that he has made himself virtually undroppable this season according to manager Jose Mourinho.The 35-year-old former Swedish international has found the net 14 times in all competitions for United this season after he joined from French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer.last_img read more