The vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory infections during infancy and the occurrence of wheezing during early childhood, but not the risk of developing asthma. Results of a study in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics support the theory that widespread vitamin D deficiency contributes to risk of infections.“Our data suggest that the association between vitamin D and wheezing, which can be a symptom of many respiratory diseases and not just asthma, is largely due to respiratory infections,” says Carlos Camargom of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), who led the study. “Acute respiratory infections are a major health problem in children. For example, bronchiolitis — a viral illness that affects small airway passages in the lungs — is the leading cause of hospitalization in U.S. infants,”Although vitamin D is commonly associated with its role in developing and maintaining strong bones, recent evidence suggests that it is also critical to the immune system. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight, and achieving adequate levels in winter can be challenging, especially in regions with significant seasonal variation in sunlight. Previous studies by Camargo’s team found that children of women who took vitamin D supplements during pregnancy were less likely to develop wheezing during childhood. The current study was designed to examine the relationship between the actual blood levels of vitamin D of newborns and the risk of respiratory infection, wheezing and asthma.The researchers analyzed data from the New Zealand Asthma and Allergy Cohort Study, which followed more than 1,000 children in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch. Midwives or study nurses gathered a range of measures, including samples of umbilical cord blood, from newborns whose mothers enrolled them in the study. The mothers subsequently answered questionnaires — which among other items asked about respiratory and other infectious diseases, the incidence of wheezing, and any diagnosis of asthma — 3 and 15 months later and then annually until the children were 5 years old. The cord blood samples were analyzed for levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), considered to be the best measure of vitamin D status.Cord blood samples were available from 922 newborns in the study cohort, and more than 20 percent of them had 25OHD levels less than 25 nmol/L, which is considered very low. The average level of 44 nmol/L would still be considered deficient — some believe that the target level for most individuals should be as high as 100 nmol/L — and lower levels were more common among children born in winter, of lower socioeconomic status, and with familial histories of asthma and smoking. By the age of 3 month, infants with 25OHD levels below 25 nmol/L were twice as like to have developed respiratory infections as those with levels of 75 nmol/L or higher.Survey results covering the first five years of the participants’ lives showed that the lower the neonatal 25OHD level, the higher the cumulative risk of wheezing during that period. But no significant association was seen between 25OHD levels and a physician diagnosis of asthma at age 5 years. Some previous studies had suggested that particularly high levels of vitamin D might increase the risk for allergies, but no such association was seen among study participants with the highest 25OHD levels. Camargo notes that very few children in this study took supplements; their vitamin D status was determined primarily by exposure to sunlight.An associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Camargo said that the study results do not mean that vitamin D levels are unimportant for people with asthma. “There’s a likely difference here between what causes asthma and what causes existing asthma to get worse. Since respiratory infections are the most common cause of asthma exacerbations, vitamin D supplements may help to prevent those events, particularly during the fall and winter when vitamin D levels decline and exacerbations are more common. That idea needs to be tested in a randomized clinical trial, which we hope to do next year.”
The essentials of good teaching and learning took the stage at the second annual Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference, a daylong event at the Science Center on Wednesday.The session examined those issues in three panels: “The Science of Learning,” “The Art of Teaching,” and “Innovation, Adaptation, Preservation.”Frances Frei, the UPS Foundation Professor of Service Management and senior associate dean for faculty planning and recruiting at Harvard Business School, addressed innovation, saying that in the context of education it means the courage to delineate what you will not address, to address something worthy of you, and to maintain standards while demonstrating deep devotion.“We talk with educators around the world. We haven’t been able to find a single one who doesn’t want to produce excellence. We’ve talked to students around the world, and we haven’t been able to find a single one who doesn’t want to consume it.” Yet it’s hard to find, she said.“What we think is going on is, well-intentioned, energetic people following their natural instincts are a large part of the problem.”Frei said students thrive in what she called “the bookends of human nature,” devotion and high standards. But “these things trade off against each other in any single human.”She illustrated her point with a picture of her small son, sitting on a kitchen counter next to a raw egg, a plugged-in blender, and a stove. “I love this boy with all my heart, and I do not have the stomach to set standards for him. Thank goodness he has another mother in the frame.”At the conference, Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk discussed adaptation, saying that when it comes to new technology, “the trick is not to adopt, but to adapt.” During a break in the daylong event, Frenk (left) spoke with Graduate School of Education Professor Robert Kegan.She said just like good parents mix their tenderness with discipline, good educators must understand that dedication to their students is a necessary corollary to the demands they make upon them — along with the courage to follow through with both.“It’s easy to be devoted if you don’t have standards. It’s easy to set high standards if you don’t have to worry about people,” she said. “Someone has to do an intervention on parents like me. Someone has to do the intervention on junior faculty members so they understand that if they leave their humanity at the door, they’re not going to be nearly as effective.”Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk took up the subject of adaptation, saying that when it comes to new technology, “the trick is not to adopt, but to adapt.”Frenk said the School’s new educational strategy has two main dimensions, instructional and institutional. Instruction, he said, comes in three types — informative, formative, and transformative — which are present to different degrees in online and residential learning. The institutional part of the model also has three levers — colleagues, capacity, and culture — and “They can be barriers to change or levers to institutional adaptability.”Preservation was the topic for Nannerl O. Keohane, a member of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the president emerita of Wellesley College and Duke University. She said that amid the changes in higher education, particularly the move to online learning, four pillars were desirable to maintain, and five were essential.She said the desirables are institutional loyalty among faculty, students, alumni, and staff; the rite of passage to adulthood for traditional undergraduates; the sporting events, arts, parties, and community service that cannot be shared at a virtual campus; and the capacity to “look outside” at the grounds and buildings that make up a brick-and-mortar university, with the “treasures that we are preserving in our architecture and in our libraries and museums.”The essentials, she said, are accessibility for people from all backgrounds (which has “huge financial consequences, but unless we do that, we’ll start to see a world in which the online education is for people of lesser means”); the classics in every field (“the canon of human achievements … We preserve them by using them, teaching them, reinterpreting them”); the mundane documents that chronicle human history (“letters, deeds, property statements … artifacts that reconstruct the past and provide a tangible basis for understanding how people lived”); the symbiosis between teaching and research, for both faculty and students; and the community of teachers and learners.“Some of it needs to be face-to-face,” she said. “Finding ways in which we preserve communities of scholars is one of our most important and most pressing obligations.”Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and professor of the practice of theater, wrapped up the conference with a look at “the essentials,” taking the audience members through some voice and movement exercises that had them stretching and shouting. Then she asked them to finish some sentences about teaching:“I feel nervous in the classroom when …“The best advice I would give a new teacher or student coming to Harvard is…“One way I know that I’m engaged while I’m teaching/learning is …” (One answer from the audience: “When I hurt myself on an apparatus and I don’t feel pain.”)Paulus said, “As a pedagogue, I try to encourage a student to ask a bigger question. … Ask the biggest question we can.” After that, she said, “Discussion is Act II.”
Inclusivity has never been more important to the workplace of today — or tomorrow. It has also never been more important to Dell. We are proud of our culture of inclusion and committed to ensure that our workplace reflects the diversity of all the customers we serve.The millennial generation — already the largest demographic of today’s global workforce — expects to be part of a global team made up of different races, ethnicities, gender identifications and ages. According to a study by Deloitte, they’re now thinking of diversity and inclusion in a cognitive context – focusing on how the workforce encourages collaboration between people with different experiences, ideas and skill sets.Not only is this good business sense — a diverse range of ideas and experience drives innovation — but it is the right thing to do. And it is something that we believe in deeply.I was proud to read an article last week in The Tennessean by Dell team member and co-lead for our North American PRIDE Employee Resource Group, Nikki Gibson, about the importance of an inclusive culture in the workplace. It’s an absolute given that when team members feel valued, engaged and inspired, they do their best work for our customers and communities. That’s why our leadership team is committed to creating an inclusive culture for all team members, all around the world, all year round. Inclusion is a leadership imperative and, as Nikki points out, takes intention and structure.At Dell, we have been focused on three imperatives: Culture, Communities and Commitment.We recognized early on that culture is critical to enabling inclusivity. Dell was the first IT company to participate in an initiative called Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), led by global non-profit organization Catalyst. This training engages leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender and diversity in the workplace as well as topics such as unconscious bias. We are committed to 100 percent executive participation in this initiative.In addition, our global Employee Resource Group (ERG) community provides opportunities for personal and professional development by connecting team members around areas such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background. Because these groups are so powerful in shaping our culture and positively contributing to our business through increased employee engagement, we actively encourage all of our team members to participate. We currently have 14 ERGs in 60 countries consisting of 32,000 members and 300 chapters, and were recognized last month by DiversityInc for the strength of this program. And we are dedicated to continue to increase our participation levels in the coming years.With regard to community, at Dell, we are committed to being great role models for each other and the industry. After all, you can’t be what you can’t see. Through partnerships with agents of change, like the Human Rights Campaign, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), the Society for Women Engineers and The Partnership, we reach beyond the borders of our organization to share and gain insight into best practices for cultivating and promoting a culture of equality and inclusion.We are very proud of the supportive and inclusive culture we have built at Dell, but great is never good enough. We must continue to raise the bar and hold ourselves accountable for creating welcoming workplaces for everyone. Our leaders are committed to growing a diverse workforce, starting with our Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, who chairs our Global Diversity Council.I am a woman, a partner, a mother and a business leader — and I intend to live each facet of what makes me “me” to the fullest. I know I can do that at Dell, a company that believes in harnessing the power of the best and brightest talent – regardless of gender, work style or country of origin.
The Trojans will need to retain their well-rounded attack in order to face potential competitors in later rounds of the tournament, including No. 6 Arizona State and No. 4 UCLA. Sixteen Trojans contributed points to their two matches last weekend, and these players will need to bring the same offensive pressure against stiffer competition. Sophomore driver Paige Hauschild goes for a goal against China Jan. 31 at home. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) USC has kicked off its 2019 season in dominant fashion on both ends of the pool, outscoring opponents 140-19 in just eight games, four of which were against ranked teams. Along with their stellar play, Longan and Parker have taken on important leadership roles in and out of the pool, which will be crucial as the competition gets tougher. A win against Pomona-Pitzer would advance USC to a second game on Saturday afternoon against the winner of the Loyola Marymount-Long Beach State matchup. The Women of Troy could then compete in a semifinal match on Sunday with the aim of securing a berth in that day’s championship game. The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team looks to continue to wreak havoc on its opponents this weekend at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. The Trojans will begin their tournament against Pomona-Pitzer and play three subsequent games to determine their final place in the tournament. “We have a pretty young team and some new girls that have come and immediately made an impact,” Parker said. “I think [we need to] just put everything together and continue doing what we’re doing.” Despite their early success, the Trojans look to continue improving over the course of the season, with the hope of ultimately reaching another NCAA title match. “[My goal is] obviously, to stop some shots,” Parker said. “[I also] just try to be a leader, command the defense and help to continue to improve our overall defense.” The Trojans’ young talent has also been on display this season, with the invitational setting allowing new players to integrate themselves in the program. Freshman 2-meter Tilly Kearns has been a powerhouse scorer for the Trojans with 14 goals, the second-highest total on the team. Freshmen drivers Alejandra Aznar and Mieria Guiral also boast 13 goals apiece so far this season. The team has also demonstrated its defensive depth early on this season. Senior goalie Amanda Longan, last year’s Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Year, currently leads the MPSF conference with 12.9 saves per game. However, the Trojans’ talent in scoring is not limited to Longan. Redshirt sophomore goalie Holly Parker has played 3.5 of the Trojans’ eight games thus far, and opponents are averaging just 2 goals against her in these games. “We need to work on 5-on-6 defense [and] improve our center plays and half-court plays to achieve [a national title] at the end of the season,” Parker said. In contrast, Pomona-Pitzer has struggled to find a win so far this season, falling in its first two games to Azusa Pacific and Loyola Marymount. While Pomona-Pitzer had a perfect 14-0 conference record last season, it fared poorly in non-conference play, resulting in a 22-11 overall record. In their meeting last season, the Trojans defeated the Sagehens 21-3. The match against Pomona-Pitzer will take place Saturday. With a win, the Trojans would take on the winner of LMU-Long Beach State later the same day. The semifinal and final matches take place on Sunday, as well as the consolation matches to determine each team’s tournament finish.
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Don’t be afraid to take the lead, to earn the next map piece you already have everything that you need! This week, you can work individually to find a trackable or drop one anew, you’ll earn 10 coins for every one that you do. Remember, you can gather gold coins on the Friend League in more than one way, so review the points below to decide how you want to play! Earn 10 gold coins from July 24-30, 2017 to earn the second map piece souvenir!New to trackables? A trackable is a geocaching game piece that travels from geocache to geocache. By sending a trackable off on a mission, you can see the world through other geocachers’ logs and photos!Week 2 point values: Retrieve a trackable from a cache = 5 gold coins.Drop a trackable into a cache = 10 gold coins.Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 7 gold coins.Attended any event cache = 7 gold coins.Before you go off to earn your next souvenir, be sure to log the caches you found last week from both far and near! Log your finds by Tuesday in order to be sure you’ll receive last week’s first map piece souvenir.The Friend League will refresh every Monday at 5am (PDT), Noon (UTC). Keep in mind that depending on where you live, this could be Tuesday for you! For more information on this, head over to the frequently asked questions. This week’s souvenir will be awarded to your profile on Wednesday August 2, 2017.Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.Continue sailing on!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedThe lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaitsAugust 7, 2017In “News”Looking for treasure? Here lies the next clue!July 31, 2017In “News”FAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”
Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Apple launched a new entry level iPod Touch early Thursday, and also quietly confirmed that they’ve sold 100 millon of the portable media devices since launching the line in 2007.Both announcements came, well, without announcements of any sort; the new iPod quietly appeared in Apple’s online store last night, and company spokespeople mentioned the sales milestone in a conversation with blogger Jim Dalrymple. There isn’t a related press release to be found.The $229 device features the same slim form factor, A5 chip, 4″ Retina display and iOS 6 operating system as Apple’s other Touch models, but lacks the rear-facing camera and larger storage capacities of the previous Touches. Available only in one configuration (16GB of storage paired with a black & silver finish), the newest iPod will ship within 24 hours and be available in Apple retail stores tomorrow.(See Also: ‘iOS 7 Rumor Watch: Black, White and Flat All Over‘)For all the attention iPad and iPhone duly garner, iPod Touch is a pretty stunning piece of technology. Measuring a scant 6.1 mm front-to-back and weighing just over three ounces, the sixth-gen Touch is amazing to hold. The new 16-GB model retains the 4″ display and front-facing camera that make it so popular for gaming and video chat/selfie photo sharing. In other words, it’s perfect for the teenager in your life who’s adept at sniffing out open WiFi networks but can’t pay his own $80/month iPhone bill.Curious is the fact that Apple added the new model under the radar instead of using either CEO TIm Cook’s appearance at D11 this past Tuesday or the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference to launch the device. While it’s not entirely out of character for Apple to slip a relatively low-profile new device out into the wild without much hoopla, the company’s marketing teams have to be aware of what they’ve just done to fan the flames of the “Cheap iPhone” rumor mill. Which was probably the point. noah kravitz 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Victolero keeps faith in Lee despite missing potential game winner It was the fourth most number of rebounds by a player in a PBA game and the second highest rebound output in the playoffs next to Michael Hackett’s 45 back in 1985.“Next time, we should limit his rebounding as well as his scoring,” said Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhodes found himself in foul trouble again, but still came away with a decent showing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and a block.“After the first half, we know that Ratliffe already has 22 rebounds. He got 30-plus rebounds, but as long as their locals aren’t scoring, it’s okay for us. We won by one point, but next time, we have to limit their locals again,” he said. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel emerged victorious in Game 2, but Beermen coach Leo Austria is expecting more from his import Charles Rhodes after Star’s reinforcement Ricardo Ratliffe nearly led his team to a win with a dominating performance Monday night.Ratliffe outplayed Rhodes with a 25-point, 35-rebound performance in the Beermen’s 77-76 escape to knot the semifinals series at 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Austria also issued a challenge to Rhodes.“For me, [Ratliffe] is the best import right now. Maybe, Charles can argue with that and it’s up to him,” he said. “Because of eagerness to block and to attack, sometimes he gets called for an offensive foul. He knows that Ratliffe is really the kind of import who you can’t take lightly, so he should step up because this next game is very important for us.”Game 3 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
This hybrid role aims to develop the sport and help manage competitions throughout South Australia. Reporting to the SA Business Operations Manager, it is envisaged that the responsibilities of this position will be evenly distributed between junior development and competition management, providing a unique opportunity to gain vast experience in sports administration.Applicants should email/post a covering letter and job specification addressing the qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to Tim Wyld: [email protected] (400 Gilles Street, Adelaide SA 5000) Please find the attached position description and/or call Tim Wyld on (08) 8402 4188 for more information. Related Fileshybrid_junior_development_competitions_coordinator_pd-pdf