Friday, November 21, 2014

World's Children report 2014

The State of the World's Children reports

Each year, UNICEF’s flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics and is available in French and Spanish language versions.  
2014


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tobacco agreement US

1998:Anti-smoking billboardAmerican tobacco companies signed an agreement with the governments of 46 U.S. states to settle the states' claims for reimbursement of Medicaid funds they had expended to treat smoking-related illnesses, the settlement costing the tobacco manufacturers $206 billion beyond the $40 billion they had agreed to pay four other states in 1997.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

2680 - AMICOR 17

John Briscoe (1948 - 12/11/2014)

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 7 minutos
1. Perdi meu amigo: John Briscoe. 2. 3. Eu não desejava acreditar, nem receber a notícia do falecimento do John, mas aos poucos fui me lembrando dele, e me dei conta que agora água não significa para mim simplesmente um líquido que mata a sede, essencial para criar, sustentar e desenvolver a vida, mas me recorda querido amigo que tive a ventura de conhecer, e a felicidade de com ele conviver bons momentos, e sonhar juntos. Lembrei-me de ouvir dele que Economia era mais do que uma ciência ou arte de lidar com dinheiro e valores, mas era uma e... mais »

Adib Domingos Jatene (04/06/1929 - 14/11/2014)

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 5 horas
*Recebi a triste notícia através de uma paciente comum que havia sido operada por ele.* *Grande homem, médico, cardiologista, amigo e cidadão.* Morre ex-ministro Adib Jatene em SPSegundo o Hospital do Coração, ele teve um infarto agudo do miocárdio. Um dos pioneiros da cirurgia cardíaca no Brasil, Jatene tinha 85 anos. Do G1, em São Paulo Morreu na noite desta sexta-feira (14), aos 85 anos, o médico e ex-ministro da Saúde Adib Jatene. Segundo o Hospital do Coração, em São Paulo, a causa da morte foi infarto agudo do miocárdio. O velório será realizado no anfiteatro do hospital neste sá... mais »

oldest living people

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 5 horas
Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published Researchers unable to find genes significantly associated with extreme longevity November 13, 2014 Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest living person, at age 116 Using 17 genomes, researchers were unable to find rare protein-altering variants significantly associated with extreme longevity, according to a study published November 12, 2014 in the open-access journal *PLOS ONE* by Hinco Gierman from Stanford University and colleagues. Supercentenarians are the world’s oldest people, living beyond 110 years of age. Seve... mais »

Supercomputer

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 9 horas
IBM developing 100-petaflops supercomputers for national labs November 14, 2014 [image: One trillion connected objects and devices on the planet will be generating data by 2015 --- currently 2.5 gigabytes per day (credit: IBM)] IBM today (Nov. 14) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver “the world’s most advanced ‘data-centric’ supercomputing systems” at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security.” The world is gene... mais »

Robô Philae

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há um dia
Robô Philae da missão Rosetta faz pouso histórico em cometa 106 Do UOL, em São Paulo 12/11/201414h04 Compartilhe3312,1 mil Imprimir Comunicar erro - ESA/BBC [image: Imagem do robô Philae, que vai coletar amostras do cometa 67P] Imagem do robô Philae, que vai coletar amostras do cometa 67P O robô Philae pousou na superfície do cometa 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, nesta quarta-feira (12), às 14h03 (horário de Brasília), a aproximadamente 500 milhões de quilômetros de distância da Terra. O pouso foi confirmado pela Agência Espacial Europeia (ESA), em Darmstadt, na Alemanha. ... mais »

Quaternary Prevention

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 2 dias
Earth Citizens' Health and Wellbeing My goal in this blog is to promote a Triangular Approach to the Health and Wellbeing of Earth Citizens. This Triangular Approach consists of: 1) Quaternary Prevention (Preventing Unnecessary Interventions in Clinical Medicine and Public Health ), 2) Preconception Prevention of Diseases, 3) Social Prevention of Diseases and Social Treatment of the Patients Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Professor Dr BM Hegde : " If we can put an end to coronary angiograms for the diagnosis of anginal pain millions will be saved from morbidity, adverse drug reaction... mais »

ASA and NAFLD

Aloyzio AchuttiemAMICOR - Há 2 dias
ACG: Regular aspirin use may be associated with reduced risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [image: Non alcoholic fatty liver] as presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting. Researchers at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., have found that regular aspirin use (>/=15 times/month) may be associated with a lower prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), primarily among men and older patients. The first-in-humans study was presented at ACG, held in October in Philadelphia. To investigate an association between a... mais »

John Briscoe (1948 - 12/11/2014)


  1. Perdi meu amigo: John Briscoe.

  2. Eu não desejava acreditar, nem receber a notícia do falecimento do John, mas aos poucos fui me lembrando dele, e me dei conta que agora água não significa para mim simplesmente um líquido que mata a sede, essencial para criar, sustentar e desenvolver a vida, mas me recorda querido amigo que tive a ventura de conhecer, e a felicidade de com ele conviver bons momentos, e sonhar juntos.

    Lembrei-me de ouvir dele que Economia era mais do que uma ciência ou arte de lidar com dinheiro e valores, mas era uma expressão numérica de apreciar e medir o relacionamento humano. Esta ideia eu a usei - dando-lhe o devido crédito - num artigo que escrevi para um jornal local.

    Há um gráfico que lembro vê-lo desenhando numa folha de papel e que depois ilustrou uma publicação do Banco Mundial sobre “Brazil. The New Challenge of Adult Health”, para a qual ele viera solicitar minha colaboração. Tratava-se de uma curva hipotética, representando a vida humana. Para muitos, a partir de um ponto vai descendo até chegar ao zero com a morte. Para outros, o que seria o ideal, mantém-se cada vez por mais tempo num patamar elevado, e depois, abruptamente cai até zero, como folhas de árvores no outono-inverno. Temo que meu amigo não tenha tido a felicidade de terminar sua jornada como ele idealizava, mas pela sua carta sinto que conseguiu superar esta transição com tranquilidade e no conforto do lar com sua amada Conceição, Alexa e demais familiares.

    Ele veio a Porto Alegre com o projeto de trabalhar comigo para uma publicação do Banco sobre Prevenção de Doenças Crônicas ou Não Transmissíveis. Tive a satisfação, durante nossas discussões, ao vê-lo adotar a proposta de um título positivo, contemplando a Saúde e não a Doença. Não sairá de minha memória o momento no qual fui busca-lo no aeroporto com um cartaz escrito “John Briscoe” para facilitar nosso encontro,  e terminei encontrando um amigo.

  3. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRBgIZEq9aM

    06/11/2012 - Vídeo enviado por Muddied Waters
    Professor Briscoe believes that the Water Act of 2007 is an abomination and was an attempt to put ...

Carta de Conceição Andrade, viúva do John,

Dear friends
John wrote the letter below for you, a few days before his passing away, on November 12th, 2014.  Please forward it to anyone you think might like to know.  Many thanks.
Love, Conceicao
Dear friends
It is tricky to know exactly how to communicate one's imminent death.   I am now on my last leg and wanted to say goodbye.

I lived a very blessed life as many of you know.  This is true with my friends, my family and with my profession.   I had every opportunity imaginable to a young boy from South Africa. And always my life was a lucky one with immense opportunity at every stage, including the 22 years at the World Bank and the last 6 at Harvard University. 
In some ways a culmination of my life in water was that I was named as the Stockholm Water Laureate (Often referred to as the Nobel Prize in Water) this year.  Here is a link to the award ceremony.
The last two and a half years I have lived with colon cancer.  I have been fortunate in being able to manage it at home with a tremendous amount of care and love from Conceicao, and friends and family.

You are getting this note because you were a very important part of my life.   I’m deeply thankful for that,  and I hope and trust that you and your family will have many happy years together.

Love

John

My wife's email address is 
conceicaoaandrade@yahoo.com 
If you wish to commemorate my passing in any ways, I have three suggestions.  
First, if you wish to you can send a note to Conceicao.   There will will no Ceremony now, but in the Spring, Conceicao will invite some friends to our house in Poolesville.  If you wish to send flowers, in lieu, you may make a donation to The John Briscoe STEM Award, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, for which a Development Fund has been set up as a Development Trust Account, at my high school in Kimberley:
Account Name:        St. Patrick's Development Trust Account
Account No.:            2007687526
Type of Account:      Savings
Bank:                        Nedbank, Chapel Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Bank Code:                10350200
Bank SWIFT code:    NEDSZAJJ

Adib Domingos Jatene (04/06/1929 - 14/11/2014)

Recebi a triste notícia através de uma paciente comum que havia sido operada por ele.
Grande homem, médico, cardiologista, amigo e cidadão. A profissão e a especialidade não nos conferem imunidade para DIC...

Morre ex-ministro Adib Jatene em SP

Segundo o Hospital do Coração, ele teve um infarto agudo do miocárdio.
Um dos pioneiros da cirurgia cardíaca no Brasil, Jatene tinha 85 anos.

Do G1, em São Paulo
Morreu na noite desta sexta-feira (14), aos 85 anos, o médico e ex-ministro da Saúde Adib Jatene. Segundo o Hospital do Coração, em São Paulo, a causa da morte foi infarto agudo do miocárdio. O velório será realizado no anfiteatro do hospital neste sábado (15)
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oldest living people

Whole-genome sequences of 17 of the world’s oldest living people published

Researchers unable to find genes significantly associated with extreme longevity
November 13, 2014
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest living person, at age 116
Using 17 genomes, researchers were unable to find rare protein-altering variants significantly associated with extreme longevity, according to a study published November 12, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Hinco Gierman from Stanford University and colleagues.
Supercentenarians are the world’s oldest people, living beyond 110 years of age. Seventy-four are alive worldwide; 22 live in the U.S. The authors of this study performed whole-genome sequencing on 17 supercentenarians to explore the genetic basis underlying extreme human longevity.
From this small sample size, the researchers were unable to find rare any protein-altering variants that are significantly associated with extreme longevity compared to control genomes. However, they did find that one supercentenarian carries a variant associated with a heart condition, which had little or no effect on his/her health, as this person lived over 110 years.
Although the authors didn’t find significant association with extreme longevity, the authors have publicly published the genomes, making them available as a resource for future studies on the genetic basis of extreme longevity.

Supercomputer

IBM developing 100-petaflops supercomputers for national labs
November 14, 2014

One trillion connected objects and devices on the planet will be generating data by 2015 --- currently 2.5 gigabytes per day (credit: IBM) IBM today (Nov. 14) announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver “the world’s most advanced ‘data-centric’ supercomputing systems” at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to advance innovation and discovery in science, engineering and national security.” The world is generating more than 2.5 billion gigabytes of “big data” … more…

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Robô Philae




  • Do UOL, em São Paulo
    Compartilhe3312,1 mil
     Imprimir Comunicar erro
    • ESA/BBC
      Imagem do robô Philae, que vai coletar amostras do cometa 67P
      Imagem do robô Philae, que vai coletar amostras do cometa 67P
    O robô Philae pousou na superfície do cometa 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, nesta quarta-feira (12), às 14h03 (horário de Brasília), a aproximadamente 500 milhões de quilômetros de distância da Terra. O pouso foi confirmado pela Agência Espacial Europeia (ESA), em Darmstadt, na Alemanha. Pelo Twitter, a agência anunciou: "Estamos no cometa". Trata-se de um feito inédito na história da exploração espacial, que permitirá aos cientistas ter mais informações sobre a origem da vida na Terra.
  • Quaternary Prevention



    Wednesday, November 12, 2014


    Professor Dr BM Hegde : " If we can put an end to coronary angiograms for the diagnosis of anginal pain millions will be saved from morbidity, adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and premature death. This was exactly the advice that my former chief, Nobel Laureate Bernard Lown, gave in his article in 1992 (JAMA 1992; 266: 754-757)."

    ASA and NAFLD

    ACG: Regular aspirin use may be associated with reduced risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

    Non alcoholic fatty liver
    as presented at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting.
    Researchers at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., have found that regular aspirin use (>/=15 times/month) may be associated with a lower prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), primarily among men and older patients. The first-in-humans study was presented at ACG, held in October in Philadelphia. 
    To investigate an association between aspirin use and NAFLD prevalence in a general United States population, the investigators conducted a cross-sectional analysis of data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). They included 11,416 adults aged 20-74 years who underwent ultrasonography; of those, 2889 were identified as having NAFLD and 8527 as controls. Aspirin use during the month prior to interview was categorized as never use (0 times), occasional use (1-14 times), and regular use (>/=15 times). 
    In the multivariate unconditional logistic regression analysis, regular aspirin use was found to be associated with low prevalence of NAFLD (odds ratio [OR] 0.62). Among males, the prevalence of NAFLD was decreased by both occasional and regular aspirin use (OR 0.58 and 0.32, respectively). (There was no significant association among females.) Further, the occasional and regular aspirin use was inversely associated with NAFLD among patients over age 60 years (OR 0.74 and 0.21, respectively) but not among the younger patients.