Thursday, February 28, 2013

Break-in at shop featured on TV's 'American Guns'

(AP) ? Police in suburban Denver are investigating a break-in at the gun shop featured on Discovery Channel's "American Guns."

Wheat Ridge police were notified of a silent alarm at the Gunsmoke Gun Shop just before 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they found that the shop had been entered through a hole in the roof.

Police say a witness across the street reported seeing a silver two-door car leaving the gun shop's parking lot, shortly after the silent alarm was received.

Police say it appears more than one person may have been involved in the burglary. Investigators had no suspect descriptions Wednesday afternoon, and an inventory of stolen property was not yet complete.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives is assisting local investigators.

Associated Press


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Euro zone sentiment rises for fourth month in February

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Economic and business confidence in the 17 countries using the euro improved for the fourth straight month in February, the European Commission said on Wednesday, as factories saw their order books filling up.

Economic sentiment in the euro zone rose by a better-than-expected 1.6 points to 91.1, continuing a recovery started in November last year, the Commission said.

The euro hit a session high against the dollar after the data release, before slipping back slightly to trade around 1.3093 by 1035 GMT.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected a reading of 89.8.

The euro zone was managing to eke out a small recovery, but it was too soon to be optimistic about a broader trend, Capital Economics economist Ben May said.

"Clearly the Italian election and the political uncertainty and the market uncertainty that resulted from that is potentially another trigger for a new downward leg in business and consumer sentiment, and given that this survey predates that I think you certainly wouldn't want to assume you are going to see this continued upward trend in sentiment over the months ahead," he said.

The Commission also said business morale increased by 0.36 points to -0.73, reaching a level last seen in May 2012.

The European Central Bank's unprecedented decision last year to buy the bonds of governments who ask for help calmed the euro zone crisis dramatically, removing the risk for businesses of a break-up of the currency bloc.

The mood in factories brightened in February and managers told the Commission they saw rosier outlooks on expected production and on the size of overall order books. Morale in services also drove the rise in confidence, with service confidence up slightly as managers revised past evaluations.

Optimism was due to "sharp improvements in managers' assessment of the past business situation, and to a lesser extent, their views on past demand", the Commission said.

Consumer confidence increased marginally in the euro zone, by 0.3 points. Consumers were more positive about the future economy in general, but pessimistic about their own ability to save money over the next 12 months.

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(Reporting By Ethan Bilby; editing by Robin Emmott and Rex Merrifield)


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

ScienceDaily: Living Well News

ScienceDaily: Living Well News Stories about health and wellness, lifestyle issues and trends, family concerns and other topics about everyday life.en-usWed, 27 Feb 2013 10:29:57 ESTWed, 27 Feb 2013 10:29:57 EST60ScienceDaily: Living Well News For more science articles, visit ScienceDaily.Do thin models and celebrities really help sell to women? Advertisers who put images of female celebrities and models next to their products spark scorn rather than shopping, according to new research.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:58:58 EST much vitamin D during pregnancy can cause food allergies Pregnant women should avoid taking vitamin D supplements, new research suggests. Substitution appears to raise the risk of children developing a food allergy after birth.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:58:58 EST cohabitors less healthy than those in heterosexual marriages, study suggests Same-sex cohabitors report worse health than people of the same socioeconomic status who are in heterosexual marriages, according to a new study, which may provide fuel for gay marriage proponents.Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:57:57 EST risk of sleep disorder narcolepsy in children who received swine flu vaccine A study finds an increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents who received the A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine (Pandemrix) during the pandemic in England.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:40:40 EST Gloves Dangerous in Winter, Says expert Fingers are one of the first body parts to suffer from the cold and popular fingerless texting gloves can lead to frostbite and in worst cases, amputation, says an expert.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:12:12 EST becoming a pain in the neck Orthopedic surgeon, spine specialist says excessive leaning head forward and down, while looking at a phone or other mobile device could result in what some people call ?text neck.?Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:12:12 EST reinforces learning: Children?s brains transform subconsciously learned material into active knowledge During sleep, our brains store what we have learned during the day a process even more effective in children than in adults, new research shows.Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:11:11 EST diet helps cut risk of heart attack, stroke: Results of PREDIMED study presented Results of a major study aimed at assessing the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet in the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases show that such a diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or tree nuts reduces by 30 percent the risk of suffering a cardiovascular death, a myocardial infarction or a stroke.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:15:15 EST good is good for you: Volunteer adolescents enjoy healthier hearts Giving back through volunteering is good for your heart, even at a young age, according to researchers.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:22:22 EST CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could save more lives Targeting CPR education in high-risk neighborhoods could increase the number of bystanders giving CPR and decrease deaths from cardiac arrest, according to a new statement.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:30:30 EST gap disappears in school math competitions The idea that boys are better at math and in competitions has persisted for a long time - primarily because of the competition format. A new study shows that competitions that extend beyond a single round result in parity between the sexes.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:30:30 EST surveys show environment ranks low among public concerns A newly released international study reveals that the issue of climate change is not a priority for people in the United States and around the world. The surveys showed that when asked to rank priority worries, people were five times more likely to point to the economy over the environment.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:15:15 EST of spirituality can induce liberal attitudes, researchers find People become more politically liberal immediately after practising a spiritual exercise such as meditation, researchers have found.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:15:15 EST strategy may help depressed people remember the good times New research highlights a memory strategy that may help people who suffer from depression in recalling positive day-to-day experiences.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:20:20 EST question of accountability: What happens when employees are left in the dark? All employees are accountable for something, but very few fully understand exactly what they are accountable for, according to a new study.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:23:23 EST Workplace conflicts between women get bad rap A new study suggests troubling perceptions exist when it comes to women involved in disputes at work.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:22:22 EST babies slow to grow catch up by early teens New research shows that most babies who are slow to put on weight in the first nine months of life have caught up to within the normal range by the age of 13, but remain lighter and shorter than many of their peers. There are significant differences in the pattern of "catchup," depending on the infant's age when the slow weight gain occurs.Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:22:22 EST talking about their own drug use to children could be detrimental Parents know that one day they will have to talk to their children about drug use. The hardest part is to decide whether or not talking about ones own drug use will be useful in communicating an antidrug message. Recent research found that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but delivered a strong antidrug message, were more likely to exhibit antidrug attitudes.Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:31:31 EST lunchrooms make lunch choices child's play In Jan. 2012, the United States Department of Agriculture passed a series of regulations designed to make school lunches more nutritious, which included requiring schools to increase whole grain offerings and making students select either a fruit or vegetable with their purchased lunch. However, children cannot be forced to eat these healthier lunches. In a new study, researchers determined that small, inexpensive changes to school cafeterias influenced the choice and consumption of healthier foods.Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:31:31 EST study: Meet virus' new enemy Virologists have discovered a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing the influenza virus. Working on the premise that too much of a good thing can be a killer, the scientists have advanced previous researchers' methods of manipulating an enzyme that is key to how influenza replicates and spreads. The new compounds will lead to a new generation of anti-influenza drugs that the virus' strains can't adapt to, and resist, as easily as they do Tamiflu.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:42:42 EST make older adults less forgetful in memory tests Scientists have found compelling evidence that older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests. The cognitive boost comes from a surprising source -- a distraction learning strategy.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:39:39 EST grandma join Facebook? It may give her a cognitive boost, study finds Preliminary research findings suggest learning to use Facebook may help give adults older than 65 a cognitive boost. The study shows that seniors who learned to use Facebook saw improvements in their ability to continuously monitor and quickly add or delete the contents of their working memory.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:39:39 EST backpacks may damage nerves, muscles and skeleton, study suggests Damage to muscles and the skeleton is the frequent consequence of carrying heavy backpacks and occupational gear on our backs. New research confirms that damage to the nerves that travel through the neck and shoulders is also a serious risk.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:16:16 EST A life outside the workplace New research suggests the growing number of workers who are single and without children have trouble finding the time or energy to participate in non-work interests, just like those with spouses and kids.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:58:58 EST rich and poor nations, giving makes people feel better than getting, research finds Feeling good about spending money on someone else rather than for personal benefit may be a universal response among people in both impoverished countries and rich nations, according to new research.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:43:43 EST poisonings leading cause of deaths at home, study finds An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose, according to a new study.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:41:41 EST capital -- the benefit of Facebook 'friends' Intense Facebook usage is found to have a positive effect on psychological well-being, according to a new study.?Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:46:46 EST children can hop on one leg: Motor development in children under 5 can now be tested reliably Researchers have determined normative data for different exercises such as hopping or running. This enables parents and experts to gauge the motor skills of young children for the first time objectively and thus identify abnormalities at an early stage.Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:46:46 EST about being old is important indicator of body dissatisfaction Similar to talking about being fat, talking about being old is an important an indicator of body dissatisfaction, shows new research. Body dissatisfaction is known to be correlated with, and predictive of, physical and mental health problems including binge eating, emotional eating, stress, low self-esteem, depression, and use of unhealthy weight control behaviors. High levels of talking about weight and being fat, ?fat talk?, is known to be a good indicator of body dissatisfaction.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:37:37 EST 'unwinnable' drugs war and divert funds into curbing global antibiotic misuse, experts say Governments around the world should stop squandering resources fighting an "unwinnable war" against illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. Instead, they should use the cash to curb antibiotic misuse, which poses a far more serious threat to human health, claims a leading ethicist.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:49:49 EST exposed to DEET once are less repelled by it a few hours later, study claims Mosquitoes are able to ignore the smell of the insect repellent DEET within a few hours of being exposed to it, according to new research.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:49:49 EST checks, permanent records needed for all firearm transfers, not just gun sales by retailers, experts urge Gun violence in the United States can be substantially reduced if Congress expands requirements for background checks on retail gun sales to cover firearm transfers between private parties, a new report concludes.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:36:36 EST children can suffer lasting psychological harm as adults Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new study.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:36:36 EST shed pounds in worksite-based weight loss intervention with behavioral counseling Workplace-based programs that include dietary advice coupled with behavioral counseling appear to be a promising approach for men and women with significant weight loss goals, based on the results of a pilot study. Employees enrolled in the intervention arm of a randomized controlled trial lost on average, 18 pounds over a six-month period compared to a two pound weight gain in a control group.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:35:35 EST bike lanes, slower vehicle speeds greatly reduce bicycle injuries Using your bicycle to commute to work has numerous health and environmental benefits. Yet, the largest Canadian study on cycling injuries suggests cyclists are at risk of injury due to the lack of cycling infrastructure in large urban centers.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:17 EST shows promise to protect hearing, cognition Resveratrol, a substance found in red grapes and red wine, may have the potential to protect against hearing and cognitive decline, according to a new study.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:17 EST for common hangover? 'Pill' mimics action of human liver in fighting alcohol intoxication In a discovery that could promise a quick fix to the common hangover, a team of engineers has identified a method for speeding up the body's reaction to the consumption of alcohol.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:43:43 EST rivalry could boost sport and business performance New research shows that people can recover from poor performance when rivals comment on their failures. The research shows that while criticism from team members sends individuals into downward performance spirals, external criticism can be a trigger that boosts performance as people try to prove the outsiders wrong.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:38:38 EST mating advice deepens bond between straight women and gay men A new psychology study suggests the glue that cements the unique relationship between gay men and straight women is honest, unbiased relationship advice.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:32:32 EST risks were not consumers' first concern over horse meat contamination Days after the initial announcement by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) on the 15th January that horse and pig DNA were found in beef burgers, researchers conducted an online consumer study, as part of the EU-funded project FoodRisC. This study took place before the latest developments about the widespread presence of horsemeat in certain beef products within some European countries.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:47:47 EST of sleep? Keep away from the buffet New research shows that sleep-deprived people select greater portion sizes of energy-dense snacks and meals than they do after one night of normal sleep. Poor sleep habits can therefore affect people?s risk of becoming overweight in the long run.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:47:47 EST children have a better 'working memory' than monolingual children Bilingual children develop a better working memory ?- which holds, processes and updates information over short periods of time -? than monolingual children, according to new research. The working memory plays a major role in the execution of a wide range of activities, such as mental calculation (since we have to remember numbers and operate with them) or reading comprehension (given that it requires associating the successive concepts in a text).Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:44:44 EST flash for photos in dark from smart phones Small but mighty Xenon flash for mobile phones - great shots in the dark soon to be a reality.Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:44:44 EST movement to 'dry run' mental imagery enhances performance Adding movement to mental rehearsal can improve performance finds a new study. For high jumpers the study shows that dynamic imagery improves the number of successful attempts and the technical performance of jumps The technique of mental rehearsal is used to consolidate performance in many disciplines including music and sport. Motor imagery and physical practice use overlapping neural networks in the brain and the two together can improve performance as well as promoting recovery from injury.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:15:15 EST marker of dyslexia discovered: Ability to consistently encode sound undergirds the reading process Researchers believe they have discovered a biological marker of dyslexia, a disorder affecting up to one out of 10 children that makes learning to read difficult. The researchers found a systematic relationship between reading ability and the consistency with which the brain encodes sounds. The good news: Response consistency can be improved with auditory training.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:21:21 EST marker predicts susceptibility to common cold Researchers have identified a biological marker in the immune system that -- beginning at about age 22 -- predicts our ability to fight off the common cold. The study found that the length of telomeres -- protective cap-like protein complexes at the ends of chromosomes -- predicts resistance to upper respiratory infections in young and midlife adults.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:21:21 EST people are looking out for their future selves Would you prefer $120 today or $154 in one year? Your answer may depend on how powerful you feel, according to new research.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:12:12 EST a parable for cycles in finance, fashion, politics and more Using a grown-up version of the rock-paper-scissors game, cognitive scientists offer a new theory of the group dynamics that arise in situations as varied as cycles of fashion, fluctuations of financial markets, eBay bidding wars and political campaign strategies. "People playing this kind of game subtly influence each other, converging on similar ways of reasoning over time. The natural analogy for the process is to a flock of birds veering in concert."Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:12:12 EST in poverty show different physiological vulnerabilities to the care-giving environment Some infants raised in poverty exhibit physical traits that make them more vulnerable to poor care-giving, according to new research. The combination of physiological vulnerability and poor care-giving may lead these children to show increased problem behaviors later in childhood.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:10:10 EST trends in 60 years of Oscar speeches Scientists have analyzed 60 years of Academy Awards acceptance speeches as part of a research project that focused on gratitude.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:02:02 EST's off to work we go Researchers have discovered that decisions about where to live and how to get from home to work happen simultaneously. What's more, your commuting choices depend not only on cost and travel time, but also on who you are and where you live.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:15:15 EST, efficient chip cleans up common flaws in amateur photographs Smartphone snapshots could be instantly converted into professional-looking photographs with just the touch of a button, thanks to a new processor chip.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:12:12 EST, shared activities are 'game changers' for dad/daughter relationships The most frequent turning point in father-daughter relationships is shared activity -- especially sports -- ahead of such pivotal events as when a daughter marries or leaves home, according to a new study.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:12:12 EST there a link between childhood obesity and ADHD, learning disabilities? A new study has established a possible link between high-fat diets and such childhood brain-based conditions as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and memory-dependent learning disabilities.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:10:10 EST insight into dogs' fear responses to noise A study has gained new insight into domestic dogs' fear responses to noises. The study provides an important insight into dogs' fear of noises, and could improve our understanding of behavioral signs of fear or anxiety.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:25:25 EST know when we're being lazy thinkers: Human thinkers are conscious cognitive misers A new study shows that human thinkers are conscious cognitive misers. Are we intellectually lazy? Yes we are, but we do know when we take the easy way out, according to a new study. Contrary to what psychologists believe, we are aware that we occasionally answer easier questions rather than the more complex ones we were asked, and we are also less confident about our answers when we do.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:22:22 EST may be educational, but what is that TV show really teaching your preschooler? Most parents carefully select what television programs and movies their children can watch. But a psychologist says educational shows could come with an added lesson that influences a child?s behavior. Children exposed to educational programs were more aggressive in their interactions than those who weren't exposed.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:21:21 EST, anger or pain: Why do babies cry? Researchers have studied adults' accuracy in the recognition of the emotion causing babies to cry. Eye movement and the dynamic of the cry play a key role in recognition. It is not easy to know why a newborn cries, especially amongst first-time parents. Although the main reasons are hunger, pain, anger and fear, adults cannot easily recognize which emotion is the cause of the tears.Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:06:06 EST linked to low birth weight babies Maternal nutrition is important to a developing embryo and to the health of the child later in life. Supplementing the diet with specific vitamins is known to increase health of the fetus for example folic acid (vitamin B9) reduces the risk of spina bifida. However not everything an adult might consume is beneficial to a developing baby. New research shows that caffeine is linked to low birth weight babies and that caffeine from coffee in linked to increasing length of pregnancy.Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:15:15 EST fat may be to blame for older adults who slow down A new study shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:32:32 EST


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Kombucha on Draft at District Tea Lodge, Opening In March - Young ...

Looking for a place to get your zen on after yoga? Yoga District founder Jasmine Chehrazi is opening District Tea Lodge, a spot for kombucha on draft, kava-kava root cocktails, and teas to aid what ails you.

The teahouse, located on the street level of Yoga District's location at 1922 I St. NW, is set to open this March. District Tea will offer a rotating selection of about 20 teas, many of which Chehrazi says aren't available elsewhere in D.C. An in-house herbalist selected the teas, which primarily come from the northwestern United States. Teatenders, like bartenders, will help guests find teas that best suit them. Trouble sleeping? Aches and pains? They will direct you to teas that are supposed to help with that.

District Tea will also serve cocktails with three varieties of kava-kava instead of alcohol. Chehrazi says the western Pacific root has sedative properties that create a "meditative, relaxing" effect and numb the mouth. Each of the kava-kavas offered have varying strengths and tastes. "Just like some people might like one vodka over another, they might like one kava-kava over another," Chehrazi says. The root will be mixed with juices from pineapple, passionfruit, mango, coconut, and other fruits.

There will also be two taps for kombucha. Capital Kombucha will always be on draft, along with "brews" from different guest kombucha makers.

Also available: a limited animal-free, gluten-free food menu based on Ayruvedic medicine, a form of ancient Indian medicine which Chehrazi says is all about balancing the body and returning it to its natural constitution. The menu will consist of one-bowl meals with a salad, quinoa, or brown rice component along with a stew. The staple stew will be kitchari, a ginger-heavy porridge that has balancing effects for all types of constitutions and is often used for cleanses, Chehrazi says.

For dessert, District Tea will have raw puddings made out of fruits, vegetables, and chia seeds. The most popular one tested so far contains avocado, banana, chia seeds, and maple. There will also be a coconut-based flan.

Chehrazi is trying to avoid the word "vegan." "Sometimes people hear the word vegan and they don't want to touch the food. They think it's going to taste like cardboard," she says.

The entire drink and food menu will include pictures of each item. "We're such a visual society these days, and we really want people to see the texture of the teas. We want them to get to know the product, learn about it, look at it, understand where it comes from and how it might effect them.

The space itself has "homey cabin feel" with natural woods and faux taxidermy, including a rhino head made out of old French newspapers and a ceramic moose with the D.C. flag painted overtop.

Chehrazi wants people to feel comfortable camping out there. "I know there's a lot of cafes these days that are like, 'only sit here for 15 minutes and you're not allowed to use the internet,'" she says. "If that's what comes to you right now, then that's what you should do."

All the profits from District Tea Lodge once it pays off its expenses will go to Chehrazi's nonprofit?Yoga Activist, which brings yoga to under-served communities.

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An unprecedented, year-long collaborative effort involving policy experts from UC Berkeley, CEOs of major health insurers and health care delivery systems, and leaders from California?s public sector has produced a detailed roadmap that would transform the state?s health care system and improve care and outcomes while saving billions of dollars in the process.

The Berkeley Forum has developed a roadmap for transforming California?s health care system. (Courtesy of UC Berkeley?s School of Public Health)

The members of the Berkeley Forum for Improving California?s Healthcare Delivery System have?agreed to?support a risk-adjusted?global budget model of paying for coordinated care, and today (Tuesday, Feb. 26), will issue a detailed report on specific actions that would save the state of California $110 billion ? about $800 per household annually ? over the next decade.

Global budgets, whereby physicians and hospitals optimize care under pre-determined expenditure targets, are a major shift from today?s predominantly fee-for-service environment. The current system, in which providers are paid for each treatment or procedure rendered, leads to the provision of more and duplicative services rather than efficient care that promotes good health, the report authors said.

Roadmap for change

?For the first time, the key actors who deliver and pay for our health care have?come together?to?support?a roadmap?for fundamental change?in how we?buy and provide health care services,? said forum chair Stephen Shortell, the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management at UC Berkeley and dean of the School of Public Health. ?They agreed that fee-for-service must be put to bed and that they support actions to move towards global budgets that will facilitate major innovations in delivering better, more coordinated care.?

The report comes as the state prepares to implement the Affordable Care Act, which will add millions of additional people to the health insurance roster. (A copy of the forum?s full report, ?A New Vision for California?s Healthcare System,? and its executive summary are available online here.)

Convened by experts from UC Berkeley?s School of Public Health, forum members include presidents and CEOs of Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, Cedars-Sinai Health System, Dignity Health, Health Net, HealthCare Partners, Kaiser Permanente, MemorialCare Health System, Monarch HealthCare, Sharp HealthCare and?Sutter Health. The heads of these hospital systems, medical groups and health insurers joined state and federal health care officials in a series of meetings held throughout the past year.

UC Berkeley?s Richard Scheffler, Distinguished Professor of Health Economics and Public Policy and director of the Petris Center on HealthCare Markets and Consumer Welfare, and Liora Bowers, director of Health Policy and Practice at the Petris Center, are lead authors of the report. While designed in the context of California?s unique set of health care challenges, the initiatives endorsed by the forum offer relevant and realistic reforms for states across the country, they said.

?The report represents an innovative private sector approach to a problem that the federal and most state governments have failed at: improving quality and slowing the rate of health care spending,? said Scheffler.

At the core of the forum?s report are two interrelated proposals to fundamentally change how health care services are financed and delivered. The first entails a major shift toward the use of global budgets, which would be adjusted for the underlying health of patient populations. Payments would also be partly tied to quality of care and patient satisfaction measures to ensure that high standards of care are maintained.

Broader access

The second proposal calls for broader access to and participation in integrated care systems that coordinate care for patients across conditions, providers, settings and time. Many of the forum participants? organizations are already implementing new payment and care coordination models.

?The Forum Vision represents a bottom-up, reality-based approach to addressing the cost of health care in California, and it comes as the state prepares to insure an additional two million people or more through the Affordable Care Act,? said Shortell. ?Getting the buy-in of the health care industry is critical for this effort. The Berkeley Forum represents the first time that top leaders in the private health care industry collectively voiced support for a transition to global budgeting and integrated care systems.?

The Berkeley Forum expects to save $110 billion for California in the next decade. (iStock)

The Forum Vision described in the report sets a goal of reducing the share of health care expenditures under fee-for-service systems from 78 percent to 50 percent by 2022. The forum also sets a goal that 60 percent of California?s population ? equivalent to about 23 million people today ? be enrolled in fully or highly integrated care systems by 2022, a doubling of the current figure.

?Health care costs are a great concern for all of us,? said L. Wade Rose, vice president of external and government relations of Dignity Health, the largest hospital system in California. ?It is vitally important that health care services in California are affordable so that all people who need care can receive it.?We know how to improve health care in the state, and the Berkeley Forum?s report identifies some of the specific measures that will help sustain access to care for all Californians.?

Beyond expanded use of global budgets and integrated care, the forum members are supporting six additional initiatives that would simultaneously improve care and increase savings.

Those initiatives address the need for better management of chronic conditions; expanded access to palliative care; programs to help the inactive engage in more physical activity; efforts to reduce infections acquired in health care settings; prevention of pre-term births and greater reliance on nurse practitioners and physician assistants for primary care services.

?Creating a forum for multiple parties ? medical groups, hospitals, insurers, regulators and academics ? to discuss ?industry issues and collaborate on solutions is groundbreaking, and it puts us on a path to improving the ailing California health care system,? said Pam Kehaly, president of Anthem Blue Cross.?

Currently, California spends more than $850 million per day on health care, according to the report. The report projects that health care costs in California will total $4.4 trillion from 2013 to 2022 under the status quo. By 2022, state health care spending is projected to increase to 17.1 percent of the state?s economy, and health insurance premiums for families would amount to nearly one-third of median income.?

Full implementation of the Forum Vision will require a new regulatory framework that allows for the development of more integrated care systems, provides incentives for efficiency and quality, and promotes market-based competition, according to the report. The report also noted that the growing rates of employer self-insurance, as well as government policies and private sector market forces that contribute to a decline in commercial HMO enrollment, present additional challenges to the vision that need to be addressed.

?We must make meaningful reform to the health care delivery system,? said Dr. Robert Margolis, CEO of HealthCare Partners LLC. ?This Berkeley Forum report provides a roadmap for private industry and government officials that will benefit California residents from a? quality and cost standpoint.?

Forum members point out that working in the vision?s favor is the fact that it is aligned with the goals of Gov. Jerry Brown?s recently released ?Let?s Get Healthy California? initiative, which is designed to make California the healthiest state in the nation over the next 10 years. Forum participants pledged to work with all sectors to achieve the cost savings that will be needed to support the state?s overall health objectives.

?What makes the actions to be taken stand out is that they were borne out of a?collaborative effort?among?industry and government agencies,? said Scheffler. ?Health care reform is just too complex a problem for any single firm, industry or government agency to tackle, so having these parties come to the same table and reach a?shared understanding for how to improve health care quality while reducing costs is a remarkable achievement.?

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

US stopping use of term 'Negro' for census surveys

In this photograph of a sample 2010 US Census form, obtained by The Associated Press shows question 9: "What is Person 1's race", on the first page of the 2010 Census form, with options for White: Black, African Am., or Negro. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern-day labels, ?black? or ?African-American?. (AP Photo)

In this photograph of a sample 2010 US Census form, obtained by The Associated Press shows question 9: "What is Person 1's race", on the first page of the 2010 Census form, with options for White: Black, African Am., or Negro. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern-day labels, ?black? or ?African-American?. (AP Photo)

FILE - In this April 14, 1964 black-and-white file photo, a man holds a Confederate flag at right, as demonstrators, including one carrying a sign saying: "More than 300,000 Negroes are Denied Vote in Ala", demonstrate in front of an Indianapolis hotel where then-Alabama Governor George Wallace was staying. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern-day labels, ?black? or ?African-American?. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File)

In this photograph of a sample 2010 US Census form, obtained by The Associated Press shows question 9: "What is Person 1's race", on the first page of the 2010 Census form, with options for White: Black, African Am., or Negro. After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in its surveys. Instead of the term popularized during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern-day labels, ?black? or ?African-American?. (AP Photo)

(AP) ? After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys.

Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American".

The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.

He pointed to months of public feedback and census research that concluded few black Americans still identify with being Negro and many view the term as "offensive and outdated."

"This is a reflection of changing times, changing vocabularies and changing understandings of what race means in this country," said Matthew Snipp, a sociology professor at Stanford University, who writes frequently on race and ethnicity. "For younger African-Americans, the term 'Negro' harkens back to the era when African-Americans were second-class citizens in this country."

First used in the census in 1900, "Negro" became the most common way of referring to black Americans through most of the early 20th century, during a time of racial inequality and segregation. "Negro" itself had taken the place of "colored." Starting with the 1960s civil rights movement, black activists began to reject the "Negro" label and came to identify themselves as black or African-American.

Still, the term has lingered, having been used by Martin Luther King Jr. in his speeches. It also remains in the names of some black empowerment groups that were established before the 1960s, such as the United Negro College Fund, now often referred to as UNCF.

For the 2010 census, the government briefly considered dropping the word "Negro" but ultimately decided against it, determining that a small segment, mostly older blacks living in the South, still identified with the term. But once census forms were mailed and some black groups protested, Robert Groves, the Census Bureau's director at the time, apologized and predicted the term would be dropped in future censuses.

When asked to mark their race, Americans are currently given a choice of five government-defined categories in census surveys, including one checkbox selection which is described as "black, African Am., or Negro." Beginning with the surveys next year, that selection will simply say "black" or "African American."

In the 2000 census, about 50,000 people specifically wrote in the word Negro when asked how they wished to be identified. By 2010, unpublished census data provided to the AP show that number had declined to roughly 36,000.

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We will bounce back in ODI series against South Africa, says Shoaib Malik

Malik, who is now considered only for T20 or ODI matches said the coming series was also a personal challenge for him. Malik, who was captain from 2007 to 2009, said he had also played well in the one-day series in India.

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Lahore:? Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik says the national team has the ability to bounce back in the One-day series against South Africa after a disappointing show in the Test series. Malik, Kamran and Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shahzad, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali will join the national team for the series of two T20s and five one-dayers.

"Cricket is a funny game once you run into a bad patch it is difficult to come out of it unfortunately we had a bad start in the Test series and we couldn't get out of it. I don't think our team is as bad as the results show," Malik told PTI at the Gaddafi stadium.

He said Pakistan had a good Test side but unfortunately things didn't work out in South Africa.

"But we need to now just move on and try to reverse the results in the one-day series although it will be a challenge," he said.

Malik said Pakistan had a very good record in T20 and ODI matches and was capable of producing different results and pose a strong challenge for South Africa.

"It is a good opportunity for us to show everyone we are a far better side than the results suggest in the Test matches."

Malik, who is now considered only for T20 or ODI matches said the coming series was also a personal challenge for him.

"I was in South Africa late last year for the Champions League so I know the conditions are different there but I have been playing lot of domestic cricket and I know that I can do well," he added.

Malik, who was captain from 2007 to 2009, said he had also played well in the one-day series in India.

"I am feeling good about my cricket and I am ready to bat at any position for Pakistan against South Africa. Having played domestic cricket also I am ready for the challenge."

Malik scored a brilliant 153 in his last domestic match in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy last week while leading Sialkot region into the final of the tournament.

"I also wanted to play in the final I was even willing to play for just three days but the board said we have to leave tonight for South Africa and get some time to acclimatize to conditions there."

Malik said people needed to support the Pakistan team despite its whitewash in the tests against South Africa.

"You must understand South Africa is the number one test side and they played as per their reputation," he stated.

Story first published on: Sunday, 24 February 2013 22:35


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Christoph Waltz Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Austrian thesp clenches second statuette for his performance in 'Django Unchained.'
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Christoph Waltz at the 2013 Oscars
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White House Previews Local Impacts of Sequester

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Governors Association's winter meeting is under way in the nation's capital, and while President Obama hosted the state executives for their annual black-tie dinner in the White House today, his administration is pushing a new angle over the partisan bickering around the sequester: how it relates to individual states.

READ: What's a Sequester?

Five days remain for Congress to agree to a deficit-reduction deal that would avoid triggering the $85 billion package of automatic cuts that would be split among the federal government over seven months, half from the Defense Department. There has been little public indication that lawmakers are in serious negotiations to avoid the deadline.

Tables released by the White House today indicate each state would receive penalties to mostly similar programs, including meal assistance for seniors and law enforcement grants. But the release is tailored to outline the individual impact to each state in the union.

In a sample from military-heavy Virginia, "90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $648.4 million in total."

The document also says maintenance on 11 Navy vessels serviced in Old Dominion would be cancelled under the cuts.

Three-hundred disadvantaged children in Colorado could lose access to child care. Meanwhile in Louisiana, "1,730 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $118,000," it reads.

READ: The full list of alleged consequences from the sequester

That state's governor, Bobby Jindal, is the head of the Republican Governors Association and was one of the state executives present at the White House dinner. Earlier that morning he accused the administration of fear mongering, rather than focusing on the issue at hand.

"It's time to stop campaigning," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "Stop sending out your cabinet secretaries to scare the American people. Roll up your sleeves and do the hard work of governing."

The governor, a fierce opponent of the president's healthcare agenda, suggested tweaks to the Affordable Care Act would be a good starting point to meet the debt goal.

"Just delay the Medicaid expansions, delay the health care exchanges so they can work with states on waivers, on flexibility. You could save tens of billions of dollars there by - and you're not even cutting a program that's started yet. Just delay it for a few years," he said.

With few exceptions, the sequestration law makes across-the-board cuts to all government departments, with each individual program taking a hit of between 5 percent and 7 percent. But as written, it does not allow those departments to reallocate funding between individual programs.

For example the Federal Aviation Administration says it stands to furlough the bulk of its 47,000 employees, including large numbers of air traffic controllers. Yet the FAA would not be able to take money from another program and dump it into the one that manages those air traffic controllers to offset the slashed budget.

READ: Devastating sequester spending cuts? Give me a break!

That may not mean the resulting cuts aren't salvageable. Economist Doug Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, says that at the end of the day sound management could minimize the impact.

"Take defense for example. We're going to have to, at the present plan, furlough defense workers for roughly 22 days over the next six months roughly one day a week. You could do that by giving everybody Friday off, but Fridays would be a bad day for producing defense services. Or you could spread that out and have some people on Mondays, some on Tuesdays, some on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday," he told ABC News. "Manage the workflow to try to deliver what you need in terms of running the Pentagon and the effects would be a lot smaller.

Holtz-Eakin, who also advised Sen. John McCain during his 2008 presidential run, said the impacts would be "real" but may not be immediately recognizable for months.

"They're going to be slow," he said. "They're going to have the ability to manage the impacts and where possible states can pick up the slack."

ABC's David Kerley contributed to this report.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Texas Tornado slump continues in 4-3 loss to Topeka on Friday; Two teams meet again Saturday in Frisco on Youth Jersey Night

Here is the press release:

Max Shuart scored twice in the third period, but couldn?t lead his team to a win, as the Texas Tornado lost to the Topeka Roadrunners on Friday, 4-3. The loss is the seventh in a row for the Tornado, who fall to three points behind Topeka for second place in the South division. Shuart?s two goals came after Brandon Hawkins netted his league-leading 32nd goal of the season. Hunter Leisner saw 33 shots and made 29 saves, though Spencer Viele got the win in net for the Roadrunners.

Hawkins?s goal was the only one of the first period and was not scored without protest. Scott Conway fed him with a pass and the Macomb, Mi. native ripped a wrist shot past Viele. The puck looked to ricochet off the cross bar and back out front, but referee Jake Brenk emphatically signaled a good goal, giving the Tornado a 1-0 lead. The Roadrunners were unhappy but their protests fell on deaf ears as the Tornado took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Before the period ended, though, Shuart got his name in the penalty sheet, dropping the gloves and serving a fighting major with Kyle Sharkey.

The Roadrunners drew even, however, with exactly a minute gone by in the second period. Juraj Kurcirko and Tyler Groat skated into the Tornado zone on a 2-on-1, with Kurcirko taking the puck along the right wing. Kurcirko hit Groat with the pass, which he corralled before sending it past Leisner for a goal. Groat?s fourth of the season was the only marker of the second period, and the two teams started the third period tied at one.

The third period saw all five goals scored within 2:30 of each other, but the Tornado were never able to regain the lead. First, at 7:25, Roadrunners rushed into the zone on the attack. Leisner made the save on an initial shot, but their captain, Drew Kariofiles, crashed the net hard and got the goal to make it a 2-1 Topeka lead. Less than 30 seconds later, Topeka took a penalty and gave the Tornado a power-play.? They took advantage as a scramble in front early in the power-play led to eight players around the crease, but a loose puck right by Shuart. With everyone scrambling to try to find it, Shuart calmly wristed it into the open net and tied the score.

The tie was short-lived, as just 25 seconds later, Tomas Nechala ripped a slap-shot from the top of the circles past a screen and Leisner ?and allowed Topeka to regain the lead. Less than 30 seconds following that, Jerad Tefoya scored a puck right out front and Topeka had a 4-2 lead. Shuart?s second of the night came 54 seconds after Tafoya?s goal, and the Tornado still had 10 minutes left to attempt to tie the score. It was not to be, however, as neither team scored in the final half of the third period and Topeka skated away with a 4-3 victory.

Both teams return to the ice on Saturday for a game at 7:30 p.m. The Tornado are celebrating Youth Jersey Night on Saturday; the first 1500 fans 12 years old and under will receive a free youth jersey courtesy of the Texas Tornado.



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It's official: Samsung's got a new 8-inch Note tablet

The rumors you might've heard are true: Samsung's got a new 8-inch tablet, appropriately named the Galaxy Note 8.0, on the way.

The new tablet will sit between the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. It competes with Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini and Google's 7-inch Nexus 7.

Like the other devices in Samsung's Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will include the S Pen, which Samsung emphasizes is not merely a stylus. You can use the pressure-sensitive digital pen ? which is powered by technology created by Wacom, the company behind professional-grade digital drawing tablets ? to add notes, manipulate content on the screen, and even preview videos and emails by simply hovering it close to the Galaxy Note 8.0's screen.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will run Android 4.1.2 (better known as Jellybean). Under the hood, it has a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a 5 megapixel camera in the back, a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front, 2GB of RAM, and a microSD slot. The tablet's 8-inch display offers 1280x800 pixels, which breaks down to 189 pixels per inch (ppi). (In comparison, the iPad Mini and Nexus 7 have 163 ppi and 216 ppi displays, respectively.)

Those who were intrigued by the Galaxy Note 10.1's multi-app split-screen feature will likely jump for joy when they hear that it is included on the Galaxy Note 8.0 and that it now supports nearly any app ? not just Samsung's included suite of tools. (This means that you can take notes while watching a video, type out emails while editing a spreadsheet on the side, scribble over a photo while checking out instructions in a document, and so on.)

The Galaxy Note 8.0 will come in 16GB and 32GB versions. No word yet on pricing details, but since we should see the tablet hit shelves in the second quarter of this year, it won't be too long before we find out how much Samsung wants for its latest gadget.

Want more tech news or interesting links? You'll get plenty of both if you keep up with Rosa Golijan, the writer of this post, by following her on Twitter, subscribing to her Facebook posts, or circling her on Google+.


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RBS seen planning Citizens Financial IPO

(Reuters) - The Royal Bank of Scotland will unveil plans next week to float a portion of its stake in U.S. retail bank Citizens Financial Group Inc, the Telegraph newspaper reported late on Friday.

A full sale of Providence, Rhode Island-based Citizens could raise more than 8 billion pounds ($12.21 billion) for Britain's largest state-backed lender, which has been under pressure from regulators to strengthen its balance sheet.

RBS was expected to announce a plan to move forward with the IPO when it reports full-year results on Thursday, the newspaper said, citing an unnamed source familiar with the plan.

RBS may aim to spin off up to a 25 percent stake in the next two years, but the bank would also entertain offers from buyers looking for a full stake. Canada's TD Bank was one potential buyer, the paper said.

The RBS board has secured the support of both the Financial Services Authority and UK Financial Investments, which manages the taxpayers' 82 percent stake in RBS.

An RBS spokesman contacted by Reuters declined to comment.

(This story is corrected with potential value of sale to 8 billion pounds from $8 million)

(Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Vicki Allen)


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First Dedicated Asteroid-Tracking Satellite Will Be Canadian

cylonlover writes "In the wake of the meteor blast over Russia and the close-quarter flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14 last week, many people's thoughts have turned to potential dangers from above. It is timely then that the Canadian Space Agency will next week launch NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite), the world's first space telescope for detecting and tracking asteroids, satellites and space debris." The meteor incident in Russia has spurred interested in asteroid defense across the globe; donations are pouring in for asteroid-related projects, government officials are making a show of seeming interested, and researchers are stepping up their efforts. Unfortunately, as a related article at Wired notes, we're still a long, long way from having anything more than early warning systems. Quoting: "A new endeavor coming online in 2015 named the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System Project (ATLAS) will provide an early warning system that could provide one week?s notice for city-destroying 45-meter asteroids and three week?s notice for potentially devastating 140-meter objects. ... A more targeted effort comes from the B612 Foundation, which plans to launch the Sentinel telescope in late 2016. This spacecraft would sit inside the orbit of Venus and constantly be on the lookout for killer asteroids, whichever direction they come from. Sentinel will spot nearly all asteroids 150 meters or larger and identify a significant portion of those down to 30 meters in diameter."


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