Gene may predict severity of post-traumatic stress disorder

first_imgA gene linked in previous research, appears to predict more severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms as well as a thinner cortex in regions of the brain critical for regulating strong emotions and coping with stressful experiences. This study is believed to be the first to show that the spindle and kinetochore-associated complex subunit 2 (SKA2) gene may play a role in the development of PTSD.Led by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the National Center for PTSD and the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders at VA Boston Healthcare System, the study appears online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.PTSD is prevalent among veterans. Eleven to 20 percent of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have experienced PTSD in a given year. Studies suggest that warzone trauma, PTSD symptoms and other post-deployment mental health problems put veterans at heightened risk for suicide relative to the general population. Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Email The researchers performed MRI brain scans and collected blood samples from 200 veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They looked at whether a chemical change (methylation) in the function of the SKA2 gene measured in blood predicted the thickness of brain cortex (a measure of neuronal health) and psychological symptoms, specifically PTSD and depression.“Our findings showed that an in increase in methylation of the SKA2 gene is associated with decreased cortical thickness in the prefrontal cortex, which may play a role in the development of PTSD and may explain why this gene predicts risk for mental health problems, like PTSD and suicide,” explained lead and corresponding author Naomi Samimi Sadeh, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at BUSM and a psychologist in the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston.According to the researchers the implications of this study are significant since it is difficult to predict who will develop PTSD following traumatic events. “These findings suggest that in the future it may be possible to use a genetic blood test to identify military personnel at risk for developing PTSD in response to warzone stressors. We hope these findings will ultimately enhance our ability to identify individuals who are at risk for this disorder by using information about biology to improve diagnosis,” Sadeh concluded. Sharelast_img read more

Psychopathy increases risk of violence in romantic relationships

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn People with higher levels of psychopathic tendencies are more likely to assault their romantic partners. They are also more likely to drink alcohol, a UBC study has found.The study, which was conducted at UBC’s Okanagan campus, involved looking at data and police reports involving 700 US civil psychiatric patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as 870 students at UBC’s campus in Kelowna, BC.“In this research, we noted that having higher levels of psychopathic personality traits is an important predictor of how likely someone is to engage in intimate partner violence,” says Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology and the study’s principal investigator. “While we also found that people with psychopathic tendencies tended to drink more alcohol, the data tells us it is their personality traits more than substance use that is associated with violence. Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter “With further investigation, this research may be able to assist policy makers and service providers in their efforts to both predict and reduce violence among couples.”The research also found that association between psychopathic personality traits and violence was consistent across both students and psychiatric patients.Walsh’s study, conducted with Jenifer Langille of UBC and Marisa Okano of McGill University, was recently published in the journal Law and Human Behaviour. Emaillast_img read more

Antigua and Barbuda In Talks For Forty Percent Stake In Scotia Bank

first_img Belize PM concerned over Scotiabank sale – CARICOM… (Antigua News Room) The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has received ‘positive” feedback to a proposal that would allow it to own at least 40 per cent of the Scotiabank branch here, which is being sold as part of several branches in the Caribbean to a Trinidad and Tobago-based financial institution. Prime Minister Gaston Browne, speaking on his privately –owned radio station, said that his administration had put two options on the table with the Trinidad-based Republic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) regarding the sale. “Our first position is that Antigua and Barbuda consortium comprising the government and a group of domestic banks should be given the first option to buy the Antigua Scotia branch. Antigua, Guyana raise concerns regarding sale of Scotiabank(Barbados Today) — Two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments Tuesday expressed some unease at the announcement that the Canadian-based Bank of Nova Scotia had agreed to sell its operations in nine Caribbean countries to a Trinidad-based financial institution. The Antigua and Barbuda government Tuesday said it was “deeply disappointed” that the…November 28, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Antigua still optimistic about sale of Scotiabank to local investorsST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda Government says it remains optimistic that an agreement could be reached regarding the sale of Scotiabank to a consortium of local stakeholders. Information Minister Melford Nicholas says while the Gaston Browne administration is maintaining its position regarding the sale of the…May 21, 2019In “Antigua & Barbuda”Impact of proposed Scotiabank sale to be assessed in accordance with Treaty – CCCThe CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) has said that any impact the proposed acquisition of Scotiabank by Republic Financial Holdings Limited will be assessed in accordance with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC). The Commission, a CARICOM Institution that was established by Article 171 of the RTC, is mandated to promote…December 5, 2018In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp Imbert: Taxes Removed on Computers, Laptops, Tablets –… Jul 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 9, 2020center_img LIAT to be Liquidated and New Airline Formed – PM Gaston… CARIFESTA XV in Antigua and Barbuda postponed to 2022 Sep 7, 2020 Read more at: Antigua News Room Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 29, 2020last_img read more

Dogs Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos: Meet Pumpkin

first_imgPumpkin aka Punky is a shepherd mix who at 3 months of age became a foster through the Jemez Valley Animal Amigos. She quickly stole the heart of her foster mom who adopted her. Punky will be 3 years old in June and loves to lift spirits all over Los Alamos. She is a member of the Monique Beyerle family.last_img

Obituary: Myra W. Hoen Dec. 4, 1935 – July 7, 2020

first_imgMYRA W. HOEN Dec. 4, 1935 – July 7, 2020Myra W. Hoen, formerly of Los Alamos, died Tuesday, July 7at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, at the age of 84.Born Dec. 4, 1935, Myra was the only child of Edwin Groff Waterhouse and Hazel Mateal (Cox) Waterhouse in Seattle, Washington. Despite living through the hardships of World War II, her childhood included music, ice skating and horseback riding lessons. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society at University of Washington where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics. While attending graduate school at North Carolina State University, she met and married doctoral candidate Klaas Hoen. Msgr. Herbert A. Harkins officiated their July 6, 1959 wedding at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina.As their family grew, Myra and Klaas lived in the Netherlands, Australia and Ireland before moving back to the United States and settling in Salem, Virginia, for many years. Myra loved music and was accomplished at playing flute, piccolo, piano, clarinet, violin and viola. She played in community symphony orchestras and bands in each community where she lived and taught private flute and piano lessons as she raised her family. Once her children were grown, she tutored several Vietnamese refugees through college. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and knitted or crocheted many sweaters and blankets for them. She also created a variety of Christmas ornaments and cross-stitch projects as gifts for family.After her husband’s retirement, the couple moved to Hampton, Virginia, close to their son and his family. A year after her husband died in April 2006, Myra moved to Los Alamos and spent many hours at Los Alamos Senior Center as a volunteer, enthusiastic participant in the Day Out Program and a regular at lunch. She was an active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with a weekly Eucharistic Adoration hour on Monday afternoons. As she needed more help, Myra moved to Brookdale Independent Living and then to Vista Hermosa Vista Living Care, both in Santa Fe. In 2018 she returned to southeast Virginia.Myra is survived by a son, Jan Hoen (Angie), Hampton, Virginia; daughters Margi Harrach (Ed), Los Alamos; Helena Hoen, Westfield, Indiana; grandsons: Nick Hoen (Jayne), Huntsville, Alabama; Allen Page, Lakewood, Colorado; Bill Hoen, Washington, D.C. area; Bryce Hoen, Blacksburg, Virginia; Patrick and Liam Hoen, Westfield, Indiana; granddaughters: Alex Hoen, Washington, D.C. area; Elizabeth Harrach, Albuquerque; Allison Harrach, Los Alamos; and great-grandson Harry Hoen, Huntsville, Alabama.A funeral service with interment will be scheduled with St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roanoke, Virginia, after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.The family extends a special thank you to Vista Hermosa in Santa Fe for their loving care of Myra during her last years in New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Myra be remembered with your contribution to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Vista Hermosa or a musical organization or music program of your choice.last_img read more

The bold and the BID

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GRSE-Built Offshore Patrol Vessel for Mauritius Floats

first_imgGarden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.(GRSE) launched the Offshore Patrol Vessel (MOPV) built for the Government of Mauritius on 02 August 2013. During the ceremony, new ship has been christened “CGS Barracuda”.The ship was launched by Mrs K.O. Fong Weng-Poorun, Senior Chief Executive, PMO, Govt of Mauritius in the presence of His Excellency Dr Arye Kumar Juggessar, GOSK, High Commissioner, Government of Mauritius, Vice Admiral Pradeep K Chatterjee, AVSM, NM, Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral (Retd) A.K. Verma, VSM, Chairman & Managing Director, GRSE and other dignitaries from Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs and State administration.GRSE had signed the contract for this prestigious export order on 4th March, 2011 which is not only a significant milestone in the Indo-Mauritian co-operation but also ushered in a new chapter in Indian Shipbuilding with the first ever warship export order for an Indian Shipyard. The keel of the ship was laid on 23rd April 2012.The Mauritius OPV measuring 74.10m in length, 11.40m in breadth, shall be capable of moving at a maximum speed of 20 knots with an approximate displacement of 1300 tonnes. The ship has been fitted with state-of-the-art Main Engines, Controls and Integrated Bridge System catering to all needs of Communication and Navigation. The ship will be provided with improved habitability with fully air-conditioned modular accommodation.With the objective of ensuring safety and security of maritime zone/EEZ of Mauritius, MOPV has been designed for playing multipurpose roles as Anti Piracy, Search & Rescue Operation, Anti Smuggling & Anti-Drug Surveillance, Anti Poaching Operation, Logistic Support Operation (including Transportation of Dry Cargo, Fuel Oil, Fresh Food), Pollution Response and External Fire Fighting, Transportation of Small Detachment of Troops/Personnel, Helicopter Operations (without hangar)[mappress]Press Release, August 14, 2013last_img read more

Does the whole GDP debate really rest on dodgy construction output figures?

first_imgTo continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

London firm converts to plc

first_imgLondon health and social care firm Ridouts has converted from an LLP to public limited company (Plc) status as part of an expansion strategy that could lead to a stock market flotation.The firm, which specialises in ‘operational’ advice to hospitals and care homes, has been licensed as an alternative business structure and has changed its name to Ridouts Professional Services Plc.last_img

Woman compensated for alleged historical sex abuse by solicitor

first_imgMartin Rogerson: died in 2015The woman, 50, alleged she was sexually abused more than 35 years ago by former Shropshire solicitor Martin Rogerson, prompting police charges against him. He died in 2015 before the case was heard. His father, former GP Gerard Rogerson, had also been subject to accusations of historic sexual abuse, The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has paid out settlements to a number of former patients of the doctor, and the organisation has now approved damages for the woman alleging abuse by the solicitor.She alleged she was abused by Martin Rogerson at his home as well as at his parents’ house. The abuse, she said, started as inappropriate touching and advanced to sex over a period lasting five years.The woman said she did not speak to anyone about the case until in her 40s but was prompted to come forward after seeing other high-profile cases in the news.Through a statement issued by her legal representatives at national firm Hudgell Solicitors, she said: ‘It was after speaking to counsellors that I went to the police and he was questioned and charged. Sadly, the first thing his solicitor assumed was that I wanted money. I didn’t need or want the money, I just wanted to make the flashbacks and vile memories from my childhood go away.’Martin Rogerson was set to appear in court in September 2015, but he died days before he was due to appear in court aged 72.The woman says she was then advised to apply for compensation through the CICA, which awarded damages based on the acceptance ‘on the balance of probabilities’ that she had been the victim of sexual assault as a child, over a period of up to three years.Victoria Neale, who has represented people in damages claims relating to Dr Gerard Rogerson, said the CICA scheme provided ‘completely justified compensation’ for those who suffered abuse, particularly where there has been no criminal conviction.Neale added: ‘It is only right that there is a system in place to ensure people can secure damages, and we are in touch with numerous charities to offer counselling support if they haven’t already.’ A woman who alleged she was abused as a teenager by a now deceased solicitor has been awarded £16,500 damages, a law firm has revealed. last_img read more