Scientists Are Working On A New Way To Reverse Hearing Loss

first_imgRoughly one-third of senior adult citizens suffer from moderate hearing loss. With more people choosing to attend live concerts without the use of ear protection, and with more emphasis on volume than on clarity, that number of people detrimentally effected by sound will likely increase. However, according to a new study reported by the Atlantic, we might be able to reverse the effects of hearing loss.As the Atlantic explains the matter,We owe our hearing to a tiny field of swaying cilia deep in the skull. Four rows of hair cells sprout in the snail-shaped cochlea of the inner ear, which is filled with fluid. Sound vibrations cause them to bend, opening pores that activate electrical signals bound for the brain. We are born with 15,000 hair cells in each ear, but unlike skin or other cell types, they do not turn over or replenish themselves. Loss of these hair cells over time accounts for much of the age-related hearing loss around the world, as well as that caused by too much loud noise. A loud sound can permanently bend or physically prune a fragile hair cell, rendering it ineffective.This does not ring true for all animals, however. While animals like birds and reptiles have “notch inhibitor” class molecules, which stimulates regrowth in sensory hair cells after destruction of hearing, humans and other mammals do not, which is why our hearing loss is currently more permanent. This new study suggests that a treatment could potentially act as the missing notch inhibitor and cause the lost hair cells to regrow and multiply in a semi-natural state. The article explains, “Each hair cell responds best to a particular frequency of sound — they are arranged in order of frequency along the cochlea — so scientists can pinpoint the effect of these new cells on hearing. When regenerated hair cells were then grown in the cochlea of mice, the pitches corresponding to their placement were better detected by the animals.”In 2013, Dr. Albert Edge led a team of researchers to grow and regenerate hair cells in the cochlea of mice, which allowed the rodent to increasingly detect different kinds of sounds. The team noticed the similarities between the side effects of dementia treatment and in treating deafness, which brought them to testing the mice’s response — which proved successful.Dr. Edge’s company Audion Therapeutics is moving forward with this method by planning the same attempt on humans. They are using compounds developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and are teaming up with Frequency Therapeutics for the human clinical trials to develop the treatment, using either a tube or piece of foam in the middle ear to similarly stimulate the regrowth of hair cells that were once damaged by sound in the human ears.Projects like these have no proposed trajectory of time or success, and may take years to see developments in the theory. However, we’re moving in the right direction, and hopefully those who spent their early years scoping out the rail closest to the bass amp will be able to hear again one day. Though, you should still always take care of your ears![Photo Credit: Phillippe Wojazer / Reuters][via The Atlantic]last_img read more

Diversity dialogue

first_imgOn the surface, the desire for diversity in the office might seem to contradict the need for organizational unity. But Harvard’s associate chief diversity officer said he believes a diverse workforce is actually good for business.“Everything we know about diversity is that it leads to greater productivity, greater success rates, greater creativity around the workplace,” said Norm Jones, associate chief diversity officer in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional and Diversity Equity. “Our efforts [at Harvard] around affirming identity are valuable for recruiting and retaining people.”Jones spoke about that value during a panel discussion Thursday titled “Diversity Across the Spectrum: Further Reflections on the Continuum of Inclusion.” The discussion was part of a broader series of initiatives focused on advancing staff diversity within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and was attended by FAS faculty and staff. It included practical advice from a panel of experts on interacting within a diverse workforce.According to Jones, managers send important signals to employees by using inclusive language on signs, forms, and in conversation.“How we socialize in the workplace underscores who does and doesn’t matter,” he said.Supervisors should embrace differences in their offices and encourage open conversations, said Emelyn dela Pena, the College’s assistant dean of student life for equity, diversity, and inclusion.“We bring our whole selves into the workplace,” said dela Pena, who moderated the talk. “Opening up a conversation [about differences] creates an atmosphere where I feel I matter enough to talk about myself in this environment.”Indeed, conversations can get awkward and reflect outdated attitudes. Panelist David Stevens, executive director of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, said that in the future, people are likely to work into their 70s.“How many of you think 75 is too old for sex, or that an old person is not good enough for the workforce?” he asked. “You need to check yourself any time you say something like that.”It also will be important to accommodate people of different capabilities. Older workers are just one example, Stevens said, but an example who prove it can be done. He pointed to a Harvard Business School (HBS) study showing a team of older workers who initially finished tasks slower than the younger ones, but after several simple job accommodations, caught up to and surpassed their juniors.Similarly, simple and thoughtful steps can make a difference to transgender employees and job applicants, said Van Bailey, director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard. Access to gender-neutral restrooms and application forms is respectful. So is referring to a person by the gender preferred he or she prefers ― even if that causes uneasiness.“A couple of minutes of your discomfort is nothing compared to my discomfort for a lifetime,” Bailey said.Building a diverse and inclusive environment is a lifelong endeavor, Jones said. “You never arrive, you never hit a ceiling, and it’s work we all have to do every day. … You can’t just check the diversity box.”Mary Thomas, director of disability services in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional and Diversity Equity, said diversity is a key to the future of the productive workplace.“It’s all of the people who aren’t in the room [today], making it matter to them, that’s the trick,” Thomas said. “We have to figure out how get new faces at the table.”Andrea Kelton-Harris, senior human resources consultant at FAS, introduced the panel, which was held at the Forum Room at the Lamont Library.The diversity initiative within FAS includes recruitment efforts, the Career Plus career coaching and competency initiative aimed at building a diverse talent pipeline, Year Up internships that offers six-month stints to talented urban young adults, the Administrative Fellowship Program, and the FAS Diversity Dialogue Series.Chris Ciotti, associate dean for human resources, said that future dialogue series speakers will include David Livermore, an authority on cultural intelligence; Mark E. Fowler, managing director of programs for the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding; and Amy C. Edmondson, the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at HBS.last_img read more

BizKid$ co-creator shows kids how to turn $100 into $1,000,000

first_imgIf you can teach a kid how to turn $100 into $1,000,000, they’re all ears. Well, that’s the intention of BizKid$ Co-creator Jeannine Glista, as she and fellow authors James McKenna and Matt Fontane have published a new kids financial education book entitled: How to Turn $100 into $1,000,000: Earn! Invest! Save!.This book is not some get-rich-quick, pyramid scheme. It’s a guide teaching kids how to budget and invest properly when they’re young so they can have a solid foundation of sound financial habits as they grow older — ultimately becoming, yes, millionaires or just financially stable.So, naturally, we invited Jeannine on the show to give us the details of her book, why she and her peers wrote it, key pieces of advice, and how can credit unions step up and help — especially when a majority of elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide not offering financial education classes. We also wanted to know what’s up with the disco ball hanging from the ceiling in the background.So check it out and let us know what you think — and pick up the book! continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

8 other groups eligible for credit union membership

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA can be pretty restrictive about who’s eligible to join federal credit unions. That’s why it may surprise you how many groups are automatically allowed to be added to your field of membership. A number of persons, by virtue of their close relationship to a common bond group, may be included, at the charter applicant’s option, in the field of membership. Here are eight “affinity” rules that NCUA automatically approves to be added to your charter:Spouses of persons who died while within the field of membership of this credit unionNote that the deceased spouse doesn’t have to have been a member, they just have to have been eligible for membership at the time of their death. continue reading »last_img read more

Syria jihadist-regime clashes leave 41 fighters dead

first_imgAn Al-Qaeda offshoot led an offensive Monday against regime forces in northwest Syria, sparking clashes that left 19 pro-government fighters and 22 jihadists dead, a war monitor said.”Jihadist factions led by Hurras al-Deen launched an assault on two villages in Sahl al-Ghab,” a region of the central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.They briefly seized the villages of Al-Fatatra and Al-Manara, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. Topics : The offensive was launched from within the Idlib region, which is controlled by jihadists and rebels and is the last bastion of resistance to Damascus after nine years of devastating civil war.A truce reached on March 6 has largely stemmed fighting in the region, which President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to fully retake.Hurras al-Deen is a relatively small but powerful armed group led by Al-Qaeda loyalists.It is a rival of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of Islamist factions dominated by former members of Al-Qaeda’s ex-Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra — although the two groups cooperate at times.The Idlib truce brokered by regime ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey has largely kept Syrian and Russian warplanes out of the region’s skies.The calm came as the novel coronavirus pandemic spread across the Middle East.Aid groups had warned that an outbreak of the COVID-19 illness in the Idlib region could cause a humanitarian disaster of previously unseen proportions.center_img But regime forces took them back just hours later amid Russian air strikes and intense shelling, the Britain-based monitor said.Abdel Rahman said the clashes left 19 government soldiers and 22 jihadists dead.The country’s official SANA news agency also reported the attack on “two Syrian army positions,” saying it involved “explosive-rigged vehicles and suicide bombers”.Citing a military source, it said the situation was now under control after the jihadists were forced to pull out under regime fire.  last_img read more

Pension funds less tough on tobacco than insurers: survey

first_imgIt suggested the difference was attributable to the fact that many insurers also sell healthcare policies and have adjusted their investment policies accordingly.VBDO found that six pension funds had blacklisted investments in tobacco firms. They include the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW, which ceased investing in cigarette manufacturers in 2013.The occupational schemes for general practitioners (SPH) and medical consultants (SPMS) have also halted investing in tobacco.The large metal schemes PMT and PME, when asked, indicated that they didn’t have a tobacco policy, although PME said it would introduce one soon.The €22bn multi-sector pension fund PGB also said it would come up with a policy, following a survey suggesting that just 17% of its participants supported tobacco investments.The €382bn civil service scheme ABP and the €54bn pension fund for the building sector (BpfBOUW) said they invested in tobacco companies “as the sale of cigarettes is still legal in the Netherlands”.The €5bn pension fund PNO Media made clear that it had launched a survey to find out how its participants perceived tobacco investments.According to VBDO, which didn’t publish the names of the investors participating in the survey, nine of the 11 interviewed insurers did not invest in tobacco.VBDO and the Heart Foundation rejected the often cited point that smoking is a free choice, arguing that many smokers have difficulties to quit the habit because of their physical addiction.They also contended that excluding tobacco investments doesn’t negatively affect returns.In their opinion, tobacco investments don’t have a future “as governments increasingly curb smoking and the worldwide number of smokers has been decreasing for years”. Dutch insurers have much stronger exclusion policies on tobacco industry investments than the country’s pension funds, a survey has revealed.The study, conducted by the Association of Investors in Sustainable Development (VBDO) and commissioned by the Heart Foundation found that an increasing number of pension funds were looking into the issue.VBDO said 55 institutional investors took part in the survey, including 30 pension funds with combined assets of €800bn, and 11 insurers.According to the VBDO, more than two-thirds of pension funds didn’t have a policy in place for tobacco investments, compared to 10% of insurers.last_img read more

Danz Catz take second place in national competition

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Franklin County High School Dancz Catz earned second place at a national competition at Northern Kentucky University recently for their Pom, Open and Kick routines.The team is made up of captain Ashlin Sacksteder, co-captain Sarah Wewe, co-captain Gracie Graf, Kendra Hunter, Emma Metcalf, Brylee Pace, Allie Routh, Jaylee Cregar, Brianna Meyers, McKenna Metz, Chloe Cowen, Regan Barker, Halee Barker and Macie Fohl. The coaches of the team are Erin Bath, Alex Kirkindall and Kamryn Schell.last_img read more

D.C. Businesses Ordered Closed

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. – The Decatur County Board of Commissioners, the executive body of county government, issued an Emergency Ordinance Saturday afternoon.  The measure declares a two-week period, beginning Monday, March 23, at 8:00 a.m., during which all non-essential businesses should close.  Below is the complete text of the ordinance, along with a statements of support from Decatur County Public Health Officer Dr. Arthur Alunday, and Greensburg Mayor Josh Marsh.Ordinance No. 2020-____AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THEDECATUR COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERSWHEREAS, Decatur County believes its residents are immediately threatened by the Coronavirus/COVID19 and believe it is imperative to take action at this time in an effort to protect citizens and contain the spread of the virus to the greatest extent possible, andWHEREAS, Covidl9 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness and death and is easily transmitted from person to person, and:WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020 the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public emergency for the COVID-19, and:WHEREAS, on March 6, 2020 Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued his Declaration of Public Health Emergency for the State of Indiana for COVID-19, and:WHEREAS, The Board of Commissioners of Decatur County, pursuant to IC 36-8-2-4 and 5, is authorized to regulate conduct that might endanger the public health, safety or welfare and to impose restrictions to prevent the transmission of diseases, and:WHEREAS, due to potential severity of COVID-19 and the need to take urgent action, the following is effective Monday March 23, 2020 at 8:00 amNOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Commissioners of Decatur County, Indiana, do hereby:Declare that a public health emergency exists in Decatur County due to COVID-19.For a period of two (2) weeks, only critical or essential business should remain open. All other non-essential businesses should remain closed.Only those organizations providing essential services such as Community food assistance, Meals on Wheels, counseling services, transportation assistance, and the like may remain open subject to further review.Critical Essential businesses to remain open, include, but are not limited to:All health care service providers, including doctor offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and therapy establishments;Essential City of Greensburg and Decatur County governmental service offices;Grocery Stores;Funeral homes;Banks, lending institutions and all other related businesses;Gas stations and auto repair businesses;Convenience stores;“Dollar” stores;Day care facilities;Restaurants and bars (carry out, delivery, and drive up only;Utility and Trash ServicesAirport;Postal Services/ Delivery Services;Veterinarian clinics;Home improvement/hardware;Hotels/Motels;Laundromats;Public Transportation;Agricultural Operations;Legal Services;Social Service agencies such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc.;It is recommended to limit travel to essential business only, such as grocery, medical, pharmacy, or work.There should be no public gatherings of more than ten (10) people and all residents are to attempt at all possible times to maintain a social distance of six (6) feet or more from others. The 10 person restriction does not apply to work places so long as the social distancing guidelines are followed and internal safeguards are put in place with regard to cleaning and social distancing.The Board of Commissioners acknowledge the hardship and sacrifice that is being imposed on the businesses and citizens of Decatur County by these closures. These restrictions will be revisited as the COVID-19 circumstances change, and are subject to revision as deemed appropriate for the health and well-being of Decatur County Citizens.This is an ongoing and evolving public health crisis. Refusal to comply may result in suspension of permits as well as fines by order of the Decatur County Health Department and the Health Officer under IC 16-20-1-19 and IC16-20-1-21.Read and adopted this 21st day of March, 2020.Supporting Statement From Mayor Joshua Marsh:As the world, United States, Indiana, and Decatur County continue to battle COVID-19, we have seen our community come together to lend a hand to one another. Both County and City Officials have worked well together over the last several weeks, and now the City of Greensburg joins the Decatur County Commissioners in supporting travel restrictions for nonessential business and personal travel. We also join the call for all nonessential businesses to close for at least the next two weeks. We will continue to work closely with each group and every major employer and service provider to keep a unified front against this outbreak. We ask that all residents join us and adhere to these restrictions to help keep Greensburg and Decatur County as safe and healthy as possible.Supporting Statement of Decatur County Public Health Officer Dr. Arthur Alunday:Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Decatur County Health Department is convinced it is absolutely necessary to take more extensive measures to control this of this decision is about not only protecting our citizens but also about limiting the burden on the local healthcare system so that it is not overwhelmed and can continue to serve our entire community. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and sacrifice to keep Decatur County safe.last_img read more

DWD provides update on unemployment insurance eligibility

first_imgStatewide– The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is required by federal law to re-determine eligibility on a quarterly basis for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).Claimants who must file a Quarter Change claim can take the following steps to continue to file for unemployment benefits:• On your Uplink Claimant homepage, check to see if you have vouchers to file. File all vouchers for weeks you wish to claim and were unemployed;• After filing all vouchers, return to your Uplink Claimant homepage and check to see if you have a link to file a new claim. File the new claim as soon as the link is available, before Saturday, July 11, and complete it by 8:45 p.m.PUA created a temporary federal unemployment insurance program for individuals not otherwise eligible for benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors, and gig economy workers.PUA benefits are set to end on Dec. 25, unlike the $600 weekly benefit available under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. Those benefits are scheduled to end in Indiana on July 25, but DWD will still make FPUC payments after that date on benefit weeks for July 25 and earlier.PEUC also is a federal program and provides up to 13 weeks of benefits to claimants who have exhausted their Unemployment Assistance benefits.Since the week ending March 13, 2020, DWD has paid out $3.6 billion in unemployment insurance benefits. To apply for unemployment insurance benefits, review Frequently Asked Questions or learn more about unemployment insurance benefits, click here.last_img read more

Rohr: Draw with Brazil is big booster

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has landed his playing body a huge pat on the back for a gutsy performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in a friendly match in Singapore.Five-time world champions Brazil to to dig deep into their arsenal before securing the equaliser as the Super Eagles had them on the back foot following Joseph Ayodele-Aribo’s 35th minute goal.“This result is a good confidence booster for the team. We now have to prepare for the more competitive games next month. I am happy we stayed organized even when the Brazilians mounted a lot of pressure on us in the second half. The only negative thing is the injury to (Francis) Uzoho,” the Franco-German said minutes after the final whistle at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang.Aribo’s goal, his second in as many matches in the colours of the Super Eagles, was an eye-catching finish as he received a pass from Moses Simon and then waltzed his way through a number of outstretched Brazilian legs to shoot past goalkeeper Ederson.Brazil drew level three minutes after the restart but the three-time African champions held firm in the face of onslaught after onslaught, and could have won in the end had Thiago Silva not upended a marauding Aribo with the South Americans exposed.Uzoho, who horribly twisted his leg as he went for the ball from a corner kick, will be out for a minimum of six months, according to team doctor Ibrahim Gyaran.Nigeria host Benin Republic on November 14 in the opening day of the 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign, before flying to Lesotho for a Day Two match on November 19. Tags: BrazilGernot Rohrlast_img read more