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Study Sheds Light on Antibiotic Use

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Study Sheds Light on Antibiotic Use By Gary Truitt – Apr 19, 2012 Previous articleRFA Submits Testimony in Favor of Domestic Fuels Protection ActNext articleASA Applauds Senate Ag Committee on Farm Bill Draft Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter A well-organized, well-funded, and vocal coalition of groups is putting pressure on the government to ban the use of antibiotic in livestock production. They claim farmers are pumping masses of drugs into animals and that this puts human health at risk. A new study by Kansas State indicates that is not the case. Dr. Mike Apley, Kansas State University Professor of Veterinary Medicine, recently led a study using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a survey of swine veterinarians, “We were able to identify which drugs were used for growth promotion, disease control and prevention, and treatment by producers.” He said they were able to classify which drugs were not important in human therapy and which ones were important in human use.Apley says the main purpose of the study was to get an actual estimate that reflects true use of antibiotics, not just estimating doses but surveying veterinarians on which doses might be used. KSU found that annually about 1.6 million pounds of antibiotics are used in pork production for growth promotion/nutritional efficiency and for disease prevention. A 2001 report, “Hogging It,” from the Union of Concerned Scientists claimed that 10.3 million pounds a year are used. “Pork producers use antibiotics carefully and judiciously to protect public health and the health of their animals and to produce safe food,” NPPC President R.C. Hunt, a pork producer from Wilson, NC said. “To denigrate America’s hog farmers by deliberately peddling misinformation about how they care for their animals is despicable.”Apley says this gives a good baseline use estimate for specific antibiotics for specific classes of pigs for specific purposes. The KSU study, which was published in the March issue of Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, found that 2.8 million pounds of antibiotics were used for growth promotion/nutritional efficiency, disease prevention and disease treatment. That amount is 368 percent less than the amount asserted by UCS for just growth promotion/nutritional efficiency and disease prevention. Numerous peer-reviewed risk assessments have shown a “negligible” risk to human health from antibiotic use in livestock production.This study is important for the ag industry, Apley says, because establishing a way to estimate true use of antibiotics in swine will help other livestock producers do the same in the future. But in the end, he does not think the results of the study will change current FDA plans to limit antibiotic use.Study Sheds Light on Antibiotic Use SHARE Facebook Twitter Study Sheds Light on Antibiotic Uselast_img read more

US Acute Care Solutions Physician-Owners to Buy Out Private Equity Partner WCAS

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  Facebook Twitter Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook US Acute Care Solutions Physician-Owners to Buy Out Private Equity Partner WCAS Pinterest Twitter Previous articlePharmaJet Announces Appointment of Marian Wentworth to Board of DirectorsNext articleLeonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ reopens to public with short wait Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Housing’s Role in Economic Success

first_img January 15, 2020 1,291 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Housing’s Role in Economic Success Housing may be key to keeping the U.S. economy safe from slowing investment practices, according to Bloomberg utilizing data from the Atlanta Fed. According to Bloomberg, the stronger U.S. housing market could provide a cushion from the effect of a “derailment” in corporate spending.Economic growth, though slow, has been propped up largely by housing, according to the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. The Group notes that housing should also continue to function as a positive contributor to growth in the near term, as indicated by both new and existing single-family home sales advancing in Q3, as well as pending home sales, permits, and starts. However, persistent supply and affordability constraints continue to hold back household formation, inhibiting housing market activity.According to Bloomberg, earnings announcements show order books are growing at a few builders, including Lennar Corp.“The indicators that we see and hear from our customers reflect confidence in the stability of the economy and in the job market,” Stuart Miller, Lennar’s Chairman, said on the company’s recent earnings call.Increased residential construction spending could help limit the negative effects of capital-spending weakness, despite not taking up a large segment of the economy.Additionally, more Americans are looking to buy a home, putting pressure on builders to address inventory shortages, leading to a potential for faster economic growth as the housing market gains more traction.The housing market is expected to “continue to stand firm” as home sales rise to 6.0 million for 2019 before increasing to 6.1 million for 2020 according to Freddie Mac’s November Forecast.“The economy has seen increased volatility in November as hopes for a favorable resolution to the trade dispute have recently waned,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist. “However, given low interest rates, modest inflation and a solid labor market, the U.S. housing market continues to stand firm, and our forecast is for the housing market to maintain momentum over the next two years.” Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: LOGS Network Expands Partnership with Janeway Law Firm Next: Foreclosure Trends, State by State Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News building HOUSING Investment 2020-01-15 Seth Welborn Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing’s Role in Economic Success Tagged with: building HOUSING Investment Subscribelast_img read more

Morphological variation in taxonomic characters of the Antarctic starfish Odontaster validus

first_imgMorphologies of animals can vary significantly, and variation in characters in relation to taxonomic discrimination is often either underestimated or not evaluated. It can, however, make the identification and separation of species on morphological criteria less sound. Here, we investigate variation in morphological characters used to separate species of the Antarctic starfish genus Odontaster. Three closely related species in this genus have recently been identified using molecular barcoding (Odontaster validus, Odontaster roseus and Odontaster pearsei), and their morphologies have also been reported to be distinct, allowing them to be identified as separate species and not cryptic on morphological criteria. Our study shows that variation in overall shape, colour and for the number of spinelets on the abactinal plates of individuals in a single population of O. validus collected from one locality covers the whole range of that reported for O. roseus and overlaps that of O. pearsei. These may be separate species at the molecular level, but care needs to be used when using morphological criteria to separate them, and more care is needed to include assessment of morphological variation when constructing taxonomic keys for these species.last_img read more

Oxford research shows why psychopaths get ahead in business

first_imgResearch by an Oxford psychologist, indicates that being a psychopath is often beneficial in high-powered careers such as neurosurgery, the armed forces, and business.In their new book The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Success, Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton and co-author Andy McNab demonstrate that psychopathic characteristics often found in high-level criminals, such as ruthlessness, a lack of emotional empathy and an ability to act on impulse in stressful situations, are actually identical to professional personalities in high-pressure jobs.Dutton gives an example of an interview he had with a neurosurgeon who described surgery as “a blood sport”. He explained, “If things go wrong in an operating theatre, you don’t want someone to start freaking out and panicking, you want someone to absolutely focus on the job in hand and not get fazed out, and also that kind of dispassionate distance that psychopaths have, that cold empathy that they display.”Flo Harris, a second-year experimental psychologist, stressed, “It is important to remember that it is a personality disorder and people present on a spectrum. The word ‘psychopath’ doesn’t tell you a lot about what those people might actually be like.”Dutton defined a psychopath as having, “a distinct cluster of personality traits which include ruthlessness, fearlessness, charm, charisma focus and a lack of conscience”. These traits are all found in the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, a psychological assessment used to distinguish psychopaths scored on a scale of 0-40 with 30 and above constituting psychopathy.In his research, Dutton distinguishes between dysfunctional psychopaths and those that can function within society. He stresses the difference between dysfunctional psychopaths, who are naturally violent, asocial, or unintelligent, and functional psychopaths, who are able to apply themselves to careers and relationships without being a danger to themselves or others. The latter category, Dutton suggests, could succeed in some of the most high-powered, well-paid positions in society.last_img read more


first_img2017 Kicks Off With People’s Choice, iHeartRadio Award NominationsPlatinum-selling recording artist and The Voice’s five-time victorious coach Blake Shelton reaffirms a commitment to his team members, adding Season 11 champion Sundance Head to his 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” tour. Also performing on the 13-date run is Season 2 contestant, label-mate and Pandora’s 2017 “Ones To Watch” artist RaeLynn, making this tour Shelton’s most Voice-packed endeavor yet.“I’m excited to get back out on the road and bring new music from If I’m Honest, some previous hits and a few surprises,” said Shelton. “Having RaeLynn on the tour again is terrific, and I’m thrilled Sundance is joining and bringing his incredible musical talents.”“I’m just elated and really excited about being able to perform with a great entertainer and learn something from him while I’m on the road. It’s going to be the most fun thing I’ve ever done,” added Head.With this latest announcement, Shelton’s 2017 is already looking bright. In addition to the “Doing It To Country Songs” tour, which will kick off on February 16 in Bakersfield, California and continue through March, the country music superstar recently received People’s Choice Award nominations for Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Album along with a nod from iHeartRadio for Best Lyrics with his No. 1 single “Came Here To Forget.”Shelton wrapped the year with a performance on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Voice and Ellen. His record If I’m Honest, which features his latest Top 3 and climbing single “A Guy With A Girl,” boasts 2016’s biggest first- week country debut and was the year’s best-selling country album. Tickets for the “Doing It To Country Songs” tour are currently on sale. For information about purchasing VIP experience packages through CID Entertainment, please visit the latest news and information, be sure to follow Shelton on Twitter @blakeshelton and stay tuned to FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: New investment for businesses to tackle ocean plastics crisis

first_imgPlastic pollution is creating an environmental crisis in the oceans.According to the United Nations (pdf), more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the water every year, killing up to 1 million sea birds and 100,000 mammals, turtles and fish.Unless significant action is taken, the amount of plastic in the seas will triple by 2025.New investment partnershipTo tackle the plastics problem, Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures have joined forces to offer UK businesses £6 million in simultaneous public and private funding.Innovate UK will provide up to £3 million in grants to enable the UK to lead the fight against waste, catalyse new ideas and quickly get products and services to market. Part of this is from the Plastics Research and Innovation Fund – a £20 million programme led by UK Research and Innovation.Sky Ocean Ventures will offer the same amount in private investment. Set up by Sky, the firm looks to support young companies and create meaningful change by highlighting environmental disaster caused by plastic pollution in the oceans. Find out more about Sky Ocean Ventures’ goals. developing new, sustainable polymer materials developing sustainable plastic alternatives alternative business models and supply chains that use less plastic supporting circularity through improved resource use and design new product designs technology-enabled models that change consumer behaviours new recycling processes, including collecting, sorting and processing of waste plastics increasing the value of recycled polymers scalable, technology-enabled remedial solutions Our aim is to enable entrepreneurs to support innovative new ideas at the earliest stages with both investment and mentorship. We will use the reach and voice of Sky’s platforms to highlight their solutions and help consumers change behaviours. Applications should identify where revenue generation and growth will occur in the UK as a result of the innovation being developed and exploited.Workable solutions before it’s too lateOn the competition, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Claire Perry said: Plastic waste has created a crisis that needs a global resolution. We need businesses, investors, government and researchers pulling in the same direction, creating workable solutions that people will be able to see on the shelves before it’s too late. the first part of the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 13 March 2019 micro and small businesses are eligible to apply, working alone applicants must be based in the UK and intend to carry out the work here we expect projects to have total costs of between £100,000 and £200,000 and to last up to 12 months funding is for feasibility studies, industrial research or experimental development successful applicants could get up to 100% of their project costs. This will be split between Innovate UK and Sky Ocean Ventures Heart-breaking images of wildlife suffering due to plastics waste have been a stark reminder that harmful pollution can have a devastating impact on our oceans. That is why, this time last year, the Prime Minister committed us to eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042. We are investing more than ever before to find alternative materials to harmful plastics. We want innovators and businesses to get behind this too, helping us find new ways to cut down waste and pollution while growing their business to have global impact. Fred Michel, Group Director, Impact Investment and Sky Ocean Ventures, added: Competition information Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, said: This follows a recent report by Beauhurst that companies receiving both Innovate UK grants and follow-on equity typically raise more money and achieve higher valuations.Ideas to reduce plastic wasteThe first part of the funding competition is inviting applications from projects that reduce plastic waste and pollution of wider environment and promote a circular economy.Projects could include: Find out more about this competition and apply.last_img read more

Network with the biggest names in bakery at the Baking Industry Awards

first_imgThe clock is ticking, pardners – there are just a couple of weeks left to ensure your place at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards.With a Wild West theme, and hosted by West End and TV star Denise van Outen, it’s going to be a night to remember.As well as offering great food, excellent entertainment and the drama of the awards announcements themselves, the night is a fantastic opportunity to network with the top names in Britain’s baking industry.But don’t take our word for it – here are what attendees and winners said about last year’s awards ceremony:Andy Clarke, buying manager for in-store bakery at Morrisons: “It’s so useful to get the chance to talk to colleagues, suppliers, and people across the industry that you wouldn’t normally come into contact with.Steven Taylor, Taylor’s of Cheshire: “The food was fantastic, and the category sponsors were perfect hosts.”Other attendees told us:“An excellent evening , meeting many suppliers and acquaintances in the industry.”“Good networking opportunity and time to catch up with past colleagues.”“Great to catch up with friends and contacts from the industry.”So, ensure your place among hundreds of senior figures from all aspects of the industry at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 6 September by visiting cost £285 plus VAT. A table of 10 costs £2,575 plus VAT. For more information, contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or [email protected] This year’s awards categories are:Baker of the Year – sponsored by Brook Food Processing EquipmentBakery Manufacturer of the Year – sponsored by SonneveldBakery Innovation of the Year – sponsored by European Process PlantCelebration Cake Business of the Year – sponsored by RenshawFree-from Bakery Product of the Year – sponsored by IngredionSupermarket Bakery Business of the Year – sponsored by Lantmännen Unibake UKSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – sponsored by BakelsThe Craft Business Award – sponsored by Dawn FoodsThe Customer Focus Award – sponsored by CSM Bakery SolutionsThe Rising Star Award – sponsored by RondoOutstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry – sponsored by Délifrancelast_img read more

Volcano-Themed Stage Catches Fire During Destroid Set At Lost Lands Festival [Videos]

first_imgLast night, during Excision‘s inaugural Lost Lands Music Festival at Thornville, OH’s Legend  Valley, the party got a little hotter than anticipated. During Destroid‘s Saturday night performance, a piece of the elaborate stage set–ironically shaped like a volcano–lit on fire, causing the stage to shut down temporarily. According to attendees at Lost Lands, the volcano caught fire during the dub-step trio’s set, bringing the scheduled music to a half at the festival’s Paradox main stage. Several festival-goers caught footage of the volcano set going up in flames: The fire was quickly extinguished and the stage has since been reopened for the remainder of its scheduled performances. According to YourEDM, Excision posted a statement in the official Headbangers Facebook group:“Headbangers! Destroid was lit!We were temporarily shut down due to a small fire at the top of the volcano. On hand fire personnel quickly had it under control and the fire was immediately extinguished. After approval from the fire marshal and the sheriff, we’ve started back up again and Zeds Dead is on stage killing it right now! Thanks everyone for your concern, Lost Lands goes on!”You can watch a video recap of the festival’s first day below, via Excision’s Facebook:last_img read more

Jenna Ushkowitz to Replace Kimiko Glenn in Waitress

first_img Waitress Jenna Ushkowitz Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz will take over the role of Dawn from July 29 while Kimiko Glenn takes a leave of absence from Waitress. Headlined by Tony winner Jessie Mueller, the Diane Paulus-helmed musical is baking up a storm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Ushkowitz is best known for playing Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee. She made her Broadway debut at age nine in the 1996 revival of The King and I, and was in the original production of Spring Awakening, where she performed the roles of Ilse, Martha, Anna and Thea. Ushkowitz will be soon be seen starring in Tom Gustafson’s musical movie, Hello, Again.The Tony-nominated musical marks five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles’ stage-writing debut. Based on the 2007 film by the late Adrienne Shelly and book by Jessie Nelson, the tuner follows Jenna, a small town waitress stuck in a loveless marriage. As a nearby baking contest approaches (and a new doctor comes to town), she’s torn between her commitments and—thanks to her pie-making expertise—a chance at freedom.The cast also includes Tony nominee Nick Cordero, Drew Gehling, Keala Settle, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris and Ryan Vasquez. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img read more