Toenail, hair samples hold clues to diseases

first_imgToenail clippings from over 100,000 people are among the 3.5 million samples of blood, plasma, urine, hair, and other specimens donated by participants in the nearly 40-year-old Nurses’ Health Study and several other large cohort studies that continue to provide new clues about diseases to scientists today. The toenails are housed in the BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository, jointly run by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public and the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The toenail samples, used in at least 400 research projects on 40 diseases, and pony tail hair samples were the subject of a STAT news story on November 12, 2015. The samples are valuable because they enable scientists to analyze the average level of hormones and trace elements such as selenium and arsenic over a period of months.“When you take the edge of the nail of all five toes, you have a measure that stretches over the past year,” Shelley Tworoger, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and executive director of the biorepository, who is using the toenails to research ovarian cancer, told STAT.Meir Stampfer, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, also conducted a study that used the toenails to compare the mercury levels in people who had heart attacks to those who did not. In the end, the researchers concluded mercury levels didn’t have a role in the cardiac issues, he told STAT. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lupita Nyong’o Talks Her Off-Broadway Debut & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Lupita Nyong’o on EclipsedWe’ve got a British stage and screen vet to thank for Lupita Nyong’o’s return to the boards this fall! “One of the things Emma Thompson encouraged me to do was get back to the stage,” the Oscar winner admitted to Vogue, “and this is advice I have taken very seriously.” Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, also revealed to the magazine that he offered Nyong’o any stage role, but that “she had fallen in love with a play called Eclipsed, set during the Liberian Civil War…Who am I to say no to Lupita?” Nyong’o will begin previews in Danai Gurira’s work on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Cry-Baby Album Sets Release Date The “Misery, Agony, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Heartache and Woe” that Cry-Baby fans around the world have been suffering since June 22, 2008 is, at long last, at an end. We now know that the previously reported Broadway cast recording of Cry-Baby: The Musical will be released digitally on September 25 and in stores on October 9, courtesy of Broadway records, so it’s time to dry those tears!Roger Rees Memorial DetailsA memorial tribute will be held for Tony winner Roger Rees on Monday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Doors will open at 12:30 PM, with general admission seating available to the public. Rees, who was last seen on Broadway earlier this year opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit, died of brain cancer on July 10 at the age of 71. Drew Gasparini Joins Forces With Alex BrightmanComposer and singer/songwriter Drew Gasparini is heading to Webster Hall. The Smash and stage scribe will play the Marlin Room on September 28, with Drew Gasparini Live featuring appearances from multiple Broadway faves including School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, Wicked’s F. Michael Haynie and Les Miz’s Andrew Kober. For a taster of what to expect, check out the video below. Related Shows Eclipsedlast_img read more

“Be creative” advises Busy Signal

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews “Be creative” advises Busy Signal by: – February 3, 2012 Share Reanno Gordon AKA “Busy Signal”One of Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed musical artists has advised young singers to be creative and hold on to their dream.Reanno Gordon better known by his stage name or nick name “Busy Signal” for his hit songs like “Nah Go A Jail Again”, “Tic Toc”, “One More Night”, “Unknown Number” and “Comfort Zone” will be live in concert at the Krazy Kokonuts, “The Entertainment Capital of Dominica” this evening.At a press conference on Friday morning, he advised young singers, performers and talents to be creative and remain positive even in negative environments.“My main advice is be creative, stay focused. Sometimes it takes a little while for you to really get the exposure you need or to get to the level you need in terms of getting out there for people to know you on a wide scale not just your friends alone but a whole magnitude of people.”He says remaining focused on one’s dream may require patience as it took him some time to gain international fame but he held on to his dream and advises young singers to do likewise.“Sometimes it takes a while to build up to get to that level but hold on to your dreams it is possible because I didn’t know that I would be here as an artist representing music, representing my country doing music, I didn’t know that for a fact but I had that dream and I held onto it.”According to him, “Prior to being an artist I was just a conductor collecting money on the side of a bus helping people with their bags and before that I was just cutting hair, being a barber not a certified barber but cutting hair for my friends”.He said further that the Church was the first place he learnt of microphones, guitars and drum sets and expressed gratitude to his mother who would take him to church as a young boy.Although he says it is difficult to remain positive while being surrounded by negativity; his advice is that there is always room for positiveness.Click here to listen to Busy Signal’s impromtu promo: Busy_Signal“Keep holding onto your goals; being positive and staying focused these are the main things. It is not really easy to be positive in a negative world but there is still room for positiveness if you look within yourself and be focused and be strong.”“My goal is for the people to get the message in a lot of my songs. I have a wide variety of songs; I have songs for the young crowd people who want to dance, want to party and I have songs that send a positive and substantial message. The main goal is for people to get the messages that’s being sent out in a substantial form of lyrical content in my songs.”L-R: D-Major, Esco Levi and Busy SignalHe explained that many students in Jamaica use some of his songs as an anthem for example, “Nah go jail again” to keep them away from trouble. He also noted that he supports the advancement of education in his country by sponsoring 16 computers to a school as well as various scholarships at his alma mater.Busy Signal said he is happy to be in Dominica and to be a part of the warm up to Carnival as he promotes creativity and all types of genres of music. He says he is all about entertainment and promised patrons a wonderful show.Two other Jamaican artists will also be featured at tonight’s concert; they are whose Wayneford “Exco Levi” Levy and Damian “D-Major” Codlin.[nggallery id =132]The show begins at 10:00pm at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 34 Views one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press April 4, 2020 Update on the latest sports He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website.— The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer.Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters.center_img McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter. The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.”OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday. Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGMcLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from AustraliaUNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race.McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.last_img read more