Read Full Story Exposure to diesel exhaust on the job appears to raise the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease, according to Aisha Dickerson, a Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Dickerson was one of seven Fellows who presented their research at the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Symposium, held Feb. 26, 2018 at Harvard Chan School.Named for Dr. Alonzo Smyth Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Program aims to advance the intellectual and professional development of its Fellows. The program has trained more than 50 Fellows since its inception in 2001. It is directed by Christina Burkot, senior search and review officer, and overseen by Betty Johnson, assistant dean for faculty and staff diversity, development and leadership.Meredith Rosenthal, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Karen Emmons, dean for academic affairs, gave opening remarks. Rosenthal called it “a gem in our efforts to diversify the faculty and invest in the next generation of public health researchers.”Dickerson described how she and colleagues—including her mentor, Marc Weisskopf, professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology—used national data from Denmark to identify 1,639 patients with ALS. They then estimated the ALS patients’ exposure to diesel exhaust based on their employment history and compared that information with 100 others of the same age and sex who did not have ALS.They found that anyone ever exposed to diesel exhaust through their work had 17 percent higher odds of getting ALS. The greater the exposure to diesel exhaust, the greater the risk.Six other Fellows presented at the symposium:Maria Andrée López Gomez talked about her work at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Work, Health and Well-Being. Her research has suggested that mental health issues could be a risk factor for occupational injury.Carlos Giovanni Silva-García, who conducts research in William Mair’s lab in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, discussed his study of the role of a protein called CRTC-1 in lipid metabolism and how that impacts the aging process.Loren Saulsberry, a Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management, discussed the impact of breast density notification laws on the use of supplemental breast imaging and breast biopsies. Some states require women be notified if mammograms reveal that they “dense breasts,” because mammograms may fail to detect tumors in dense tissue.Ambika Satija, who works with Department of Nutrition chair Frank Hu, talked about their research comparing the effects of healthy vs. less healthy types of plant-based diets on cardiometabolic health.Özge Karanfil, a fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population, discussed her work on how changing guidelines for health screening tests—such as mammograms, pap smears, and PSA tests for prostate cancer—impact clinical practice.Tia McGill Rogers, who does research on trauma epidemiology with Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, talked about how the prevalence of “complex trauma”—trauma that is pervasive, prolonged, and often repetitive, and linked with undermining primary caregiver relationships—affects children’s health over time.– Karen Feldscher
… Tournament hailed as a successPOLICE Football Club last evening received their spoils for winning the inaugural Corona Invitational Football tournament earlier this month.Speaking at the presentation ceremony at the Bransville Hotel, Troy Mendonca, co-director of the tournament organisers Petra contended that the tournament was a success.“We (Petra) want to congratulate all 12 teams. Pleased with the team turnout and that they were ready to start at 17:00″hrs.Mendonca continued, “We are very happy with the response of the tournament.”“You’ve made Top Brandz very proud to be a part of the tournament. Corona is looking forward to continuing to support the football industry in Guyana,” Gabriella Chapman, promotions coordinator of the company, said.Apart from winners Police pocketing $1M, losing finalists GFC collected $400 000, third-place finishers Western Tigers carted off $200 000 and Northern Rangers took home $100 000.Darius Frank of Police was adjudged the Best Keeper while the Highest Goalscorer was Andrew Murray with 12 goals and Dwain Jacobs of Police picked up the MVP award.Police routed hosts Georgetown Football Club (GFC) 4-0 in the final to win the tournament after a strong performance.
The Lightning reached a rare milestone Monday.Tampa Bay became the third team ever to tally 60 wins in a season. The team joins the Red Wings, who completed the feat in 1995-96, and the Canadiens (1976-77). Lightning sign coach Jon Cooper to multi-year extension Lightning clinch Atlantic Division, Presidents’ Trophy The Lightning beat the Senators, 5-2, to move to 60-15-4 on the season. They have just three regular-season games left. The @TBLightning are the third team in NHL history to reach the 60-win mark in a season, joining the Red Wings in 1995-96 (62-13-7, 131 points) and Canadiens in 1976-77 (60-8-12, 132 points). https://t.co/lPGHEyLceq #NHLStats #TBLvsOTT pic.twitter.com/p7UKaAUD2B— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 2, 2019Tampa Bay clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Division on March 18, and earned the Presidents’ Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL team that finishes with the most points in the regular season. Related News
JOHNSTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican, says if there’s a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S Senate should start the process of filling it as soon as possible.“We have a Republican-held Senate and a Republican president,” Ernst said Friday afternoon, “and so I don’t see there would be any difference between the president and the senate on a selection of a supreme court justice.”Republican Senators refused to act on President Obama’s nominee after Justice Scalia died in early 2016, arguing voters that November should decide which president should get to fill the vacancy.“That was a different situation,” Ernst said. “…That was a Republican-held Senate with a Democratic president and so we were divided on who that selection would be. This is a different scenario where you have a Republican president and a Republican senate. There’s likely not to be a lot of disagreement when it comes to the selection of a justice.”Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announced Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy for a recurrence of pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg, who is 87, intends to remain on the court.Senator Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s other Republican senator, was chairman of the senate committee that refused to hold a hearing on Obama nominee Merrick Garland in 2016 and Grassley has said a hearing should wait until after the election, if there is an opening on the court in 2020.Ernst said Republican senators should hold a hearing on a Trump nominee even in a so-called “lame duck” session in November and December — after the election. She discussed the issue with “Iowa Press” host David Yepsen Friday afternoon.“If President Trump is defeated, if Republicans lose control of the Senate, would you still support doing this prior to January?” Yepsen asked.Ernst replied: “Well, one, I wish nothing but the best of health for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I think we all do and I will be praying for her and it is a lame duck session. I would support going ahead with any hearings that we might have and, if it comes to an appointment prior to the end of the year, I would be supportive of that.”A spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party blasted Ernst’s comments.“Senator Ernst promised to be an independent voice for Iowans, but instead she’s spent her six years in Washington shamelessly putting Mitch McConnell’s harmful agenda above the interests of Iowans,” IDP spokesman Jeremy Busch said in a written statement.In 2016, when Republicans refused to act on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Ernst argued that “in the midst of an important election, the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come.”Ernst became a member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel’s hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, the second justice President Trump has appointed to the nation’s highest court.