The Pentagon is going to spend $2 billion on AI because things are getting serious now

DARPA artificial intelligence

If North Korea’s dear leader wakes up tomorrow, takes a crazy pill and decides to lob a nuclear missile at the U.S. mainland, there’s a good chance the military will be relying on artificial intelligence to protect us.

Reuters reported earlier this summer on the existence of a secretive military effort — actually, of multiple classified programs in various stages that are all focused on the development of AI-reliant systems to help us anticipate the launch of a missile, as well as to track launchers. In North Korea and, of course, beyond.

Continue reading…

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Surprise sale slashes the Fire TV Stick to just $ 25 for Prime members
  2. One of the coolest dash cams we’ve ever seen usually costs $ 110, but it’s on sale for $ 44

Trending Right Now:

  1. Best Buy slashes Apple Watch Series 3 prices by $ 300 for one day only
  2. ‘Avengers 4’ will bring back another beloved hero from the ashes of ‘Infinity War’
  3. NASA’s Curiosity rover just snapped a stunning 360-degree panorama of Mars

The Pentagon is going to spend $ 2 billion on AI because things are getting serious now originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 7 Sep 2018 at 23:34:52 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


BGR

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

All Deals on HP, Dell and Lenovo!

How Low is Too Low? Study Highlights Serious Risks for Intensive Blood Pressure Control

PASADENA, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente research published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found if patients with hypertension taking prescribed medications experience unusually low blood pressures — systolic blood pressure under 110mmHg — they are twice as likely to experience a fall or faint as patients whose treated blood pressure remains 110mmHg and above.

This research is timely because late last year the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lowered its definition of high blood pressure from a systolic blood pressure of at least 140 to a systolic of at least 130, said the study’s lead author John J. Sim, MD, a nephrologist with the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

John J. Sim, MD

John J. Sim, MD

“Efforts to reduce blood pressures for patients with hypertension are an important factor in reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke,” Dr. Sim said. “But our study shows that attaining a lower blood pressure could create to a subpopulation of patients whose blood pressures may go too low, which can pose risk for serious falls and fainting.”

To determine the effects of blood pressure reduction among hypertension on patients, Dr. Sim and a team of researchers studied the electronic health records of more than 475,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Southern California who were prescribed medication to treat hypertension. Over a one-year period, both mean and minimum systolic blood pressure readings of less than 110 mmHg were associated with higher rates of serious falls and fainting that resulted in emergency department visits or inpatient encounters.

Among the patients with treated blood pressure:

  • 27 percent had a systolic blood pressure under 110mmHg during at least one visit
  • 3 percent of patients had an average systolic pressure reading of less than 110mmHg over the one-year study period
  • Patients with a single episode of systolic pressure lower than or equal to 110mmHg during the one-year period were twice as likely to experience a serious fall or faint
  • Patients who had an average systolic blood pressure lower than 110mmHg over the one-year study period had a 50 percent greater risk of serious falls and fainting than those who had an average systolic blood pressure higher than 110mmHg

“Physicians considering lower blood pressure targets for their patients should weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive blood pressure lowering on an individual basis, especially in older patients,” said Dr. Sim.

He noted that older patients are more likely to have acute reductions in blood pressure, such as orthostatic hypotension, which is when a patient’s blood pressure drops substantially when they stand or get upright, and have slower reflexes to compensate and normalize their blood pressure. They also are more susceptible to side effects of low blood pressure, he said.

Some characteristics physicians should watch out for before considering lowering a patient’s blood pressure are acute illness, blood pressure variation throughout the day, and orthostatic hypotension, Dr. Sim said.

This study was supported by the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Clinician Investigator Program.

Other authors on this study include Hui Zhou, PhD, Rong Wei, MS, Steven J. Jacobsen, MD, PhD, and Kristi Reynolds, PhD, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation, Pasadena, California; Simran K. Bhandari, MD, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center; Jeffrey W. Brettler, MD, Jocelyn Tran-Nguyen, PharmD, and Joel Handler, MD, Regional Hypertension Program, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Pasadena; and Daichi Shimbo, MD, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.


About the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation
The Department of Research & Evaluation conducts high-quality, innovative research into disease etiology, prevention, treatment and care delivery. Investigators conduct epidemiologic research, health services research, biostatistics research, and behavioral research as well as clinical trials. Major areas of study include chronic disease, infectious disease, cancer, drug safety and effectiveness, and maternal and child health. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, the department focuses on translating research to practice quickly to benefit the health and lives of Kaiser Permanente Southern California members and the general public. Visit kp.org/research.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

The post How Low is Too Low? Study Highlights Serious Risks for Intensive Blood Pressure Control appeared first on Kaiser Permanente.

Main RSS Feed – Kaiser Permanente

NEW PARENT ESSENTIAL UPDATE:

First ever study of serious case reviews of sudden unexpected infant deaths conducted

For the first time in England a study has been conducted of official investigations of unexpected infant deaths. The researchers aimed to develop a detailed understanding of the circumstances of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) cases subject to serious case review.
Infant and Preschool Learning News — ScienceDaily

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATE:

Former Young & the Restless Actor Convicted on Serious Criminal Charges

Absolutely appalling news about a former Young & the Restless actor was reported out of Florida on Friday. Us Weekly, crediting the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News, reported that actor Corey Sligh has been convicted on one of two counts of child molestation in Georgia and is facing prosecution in Florida.

More: Is Eileen Davidson Leaving The Young & the Restless for Good?

Sligh was found guilty on one count of molesting a child under the age of 10 in Cherokee County, Georgia. According to district attorney Shannon Wallace, who spoke to the Tribune & Ledger-News, Sligh faces five to 20 years in prison on the felony conviction. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Us Weekly also noted that Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County, Florida, said that “one count of lewd and lascivious molestation regarding the same girl — which he still faces in Florida — carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if he is charged.”

Paul Ryan spokesman on report Jim Jordan allegedly ignored sexual abuse at Ohio State: ‘These are serious allegations’

"The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry,” said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Paul Ryan.
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

If you’re in your 50s, here’s how to get serious about planning for retirement

For people who have passed the half-century mark, here are five tips to prepare for the next phase of life.
Health Care

U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

New ‘Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass’ Details Will Make Fans Happy

Of all the cool details we’ve learned about Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass, the one we’re most excited about is the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of enemies on-screen at once.

Not “thousands,” which may be the level of craziness you’d expect from the franchise. “Hundreds of thousands” was the term used, and the developers do mean that literally.

Towards the end of our demo session we saw an entire army of classic Serious Sam enemies coming over a hill. At the time we were in a large harvester and had been mowing down individual bomb-carrying enemies.

The prospect of mulching a horde of smaller enemies seemed like amazing fun — but unfortunately the demo ended right there. It’s early days, and perhaps the engine isn’t ready to show us all of that blood.


Serious Sam 4 Kleer Skeleton
Those damn Kleers are back in Serious Sam 4

The 3D models for all of the Serious Sam enemies, like Gnaars, you’d expect look much more “realistic” now. As real-to-life as you can expect a headless, screaming maniac carrying two bombs with lit fuses. All of which makes it more impressive that Croteam is able to fit so many into one battle.

After Devolver included precisely zero minutes on Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass in its press conferences, we still had nothing to go on other than the original teaser trailer. In the interview above, we were able to get a few of the main important points out of Croteam.

Co-Op and Huge Levels

There will definitely be co-op, fans will be happy to hear. You and a friend can roam the incredibly large maps together, looking for secret areas, tackling quests, and circle-strafing your way to victory.

This is the French countryside, and everything is very green and pleasant, but make no mistake — it’s already been taken over by Hellish forces. In the full game, sections of the world map will either be under control of Earth or Mental, and you’ll be liberating what territories you can. In our demo, we were in France because a nearby fort had a relic we needed — the Holy Grail.


Serious Sam 4 Beheaded Kamikaze motorcycle
Don't spend too long enjoying the French scenery

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass features huge levels, and Croteam believes the wide open spaces are a pillar of the franchise. It’s not an open world, but it does kind of act like one. There’s a lot of exploration, side quests with NPCs, and tackling objectives in whatever order you like. We’re told a level will be 80×80 miles.

There were long periods of roaming the wide levels on Sam’s motorcycle, but Croteam is keen to keep you on your toes as you ride. Enemies will run out of forests and other hidden spots and intercept you if you don’t have a weapon handy.


Serious Sam 4 bull charge
In circle-strafe we trust.

Speaking of forests, there were a lot of trees dotting the landscape, which could provide a different kind of firefight than Serious Sam fans are used to. Either as providing cover, or just making it more difficult for the AI to pick a path through. The trunks provide more opportunity for your shots to be blocked as well.

Serious Sam 4 Weapons Have Kick

We also noted that the weapons seemed to have a lot more kick than in previous games. And having just recently played through the co-op of Serious Sam 3, that old co-op action was fresh in our memory.

There’s a bit more weight to weapons as they kick back, as opposed to the old way of just watching to see if an enemy explodes as your only form of aesthetic feedback on your shots.


Serious Sam 4 new enemy shotgun
The shotgun shows more kick against these new enemies.

NPCs will occasionally help, too. An injured woman in a stone tower was blasting enemies with a sniper rifle as our demo driver circle-strafed on the ground. She had radioed for help, and we had answered. It was a side quest, but one that resulted in us obtaining a new sniper rifle.


Harvester kamikaze bio-mechanoid Serious Sam 4
Yep, that's a harvester. Yep, we're riding it into an army.

All things considered, Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass is shaping up to be very much what we’d expect, but cranked up to eleven. We didn’t expect to see anywhere near the amount of enemies on-screen as Croteam is boasting, and the levels are also significantly larger than usual. Time will tell if it’ll all run well, and how co-op will affect that.

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass will be out on PC/Linux at a date to be announced.

The post New ‘Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass’ Details Will Make Fans Happy appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Nick Jonas ‘serious’ about Priyanka Chopra romance

OHMYGOSSIP — Nick Jonas is “serious” about his reported romance with Priyanka Chopra.
The 25-year-old singer has been rumoured to be dating the ‘Quantico’ star for several weeks, and after it was claimed Nick took Priyanka to his cousin’s wedding last week, sources now say the new couple are head over heels for one another.
A source told People magazine: “It’s a huge deal that Nick brought Priyanka to his cousin’s wedding. He’s dated a lot over the last couple years but it’s never been anything serious, so this is a big step.
“Nick and Priyanka really like each other, and his family enjoyed getting to know her as well. She fit right in!”
The new couple were spotted jetting into JKF airport last week and then headed to New Jersey for the wedding, which was also attended by Nick’s brother Kevin Jonas, his wife Danielle and many of their extended family.
Priyanka, 35, was seen mingling and laughing with the ‘Jealous’ hitmaker’s family throughout the long weekend.
The pair then added more fuel to the dating rumours after they were spotted heading out for a dinner date in New York City at Park Avenue Summer.
A source said: “They were very affectionate with each other and seemed to not care who saw. Priyanka ran her hands through his hair at one point and they were laughing and even dancing to the music.
“[They] seemed really into each other. They were very cute.”
Priyanka and Nick had previously set tongues wagging when they spent Memorial Day weekend together.
A source said at the time: “Priyanka and Nick were talking really closely and were very smiley and very happy. They weren’t trying to be private as they were in a pretty public place, but they were talking to people around them, sitting closely and they both just seemed super happy.”
And, although an onlooker claimed that the couple were very careful when it came to a public display of affection, it’s believed they are now a proper item.
The source explained: “They are dating and it’s brand-new. It’s a good match and they are both interested in each other.”

Find us also on Twitter @OHMYGOSSIP and @OHMYGOSSIP_USA

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

HTC U12+ hands-on preview: See-through design, pressure-sensitive sides, serious specs

HTC U12+ Release Date

At the very least, HTC won’t be accused of jumping on any bandwagons when it comes to the design of its 2018 flagship smartphone. Confusing called the HTC U12+ (there is no U12), the newest phone from HTC doesn’t really stand out. Although HTC has upped the size from 5.8 inches to 6 inches, the phone retains both a forehead and a chin, unlike many of the all-screen phones that its rivals have introduced (i.e. the iPhone X).

That said, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the U12+, which allows HTC to offer a slightly larger screen-to-body ratio, and dual cameras can be found on the front and back. So while it doesn’t look quite as modern as its competition, it won’t totally stand out in the crowd… for better or worse.

Continue reading…

BGR Top Deals:

  1. No one will know you’re secretly recording 1080p video with this $ 25 spy pen
  2. Your iPhone will never run out of storage again thanks to this accessory

Trending Right Now:

  1. OnePlus 6 vs. Galaxy S9: Which Android flagship should you buy?
  2. Here’s how much all life on Earth weighs, and how insignificant humans are by comparison
  3. Amazon is permanently banning customers that make too many returns

HTC U12+ hands-on preview: See-through design, pressure-sensitive sides, serious specs originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 23 May 2018 at 06:01:42 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


BGR

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

All Deals on HP, Dell and Lenovo!

Tim Gets Serious with His New Girlfriend, Juanitra | Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s | OWN

OWN

SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN:

http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News

CHARITY UPDATE :

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Decision To Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Deal Serious Mistake: Obama, Biden

Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden have vehemently criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the international nuclear deal with Iran. In a move that disappointed the global community, Trump announced Tuesday that he is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, and re-imposing
RTT – Political News

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Five ways for 50-somethings to get serious about planning for retirement

Your 50s are a great time to evaluate what you need to prepare for the next phase of your life.
Health Care

U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

‘Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass’ Just Jumped the Queue of E3 Announcements

Getting well ahead of the E3 news rush, Croteam has announced Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass ahead of E3. It will definitely be available on PC, though we don’t know about consoles yet. We should hear more at E3.

Not much is shown in the trailer, but the classic Serious Sam enemy of a beheaded, shirtless lunatic sprinting towards you with two bombs features prominently. How is he even yelling?

Fans of the old games will fondly remember that moment after one of those enemies is killed, and then a horde of them come running over a hill. It’s a moment faithfully recreated in this trailer. Now with added grass that sways in the breeze!

It’s a sequel in an old-school, silly franchise in an era of old-school, silly FPS franchises trying to grow up and show maturity in their sequels.

We do have to wonder if Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass will undergo a similar change.

Wolfenstein is still very silly but no one could accuse it of being stale and unchanging. It’s upped its storytelling game massively, and included a bunch of bonkers weapons to play with.

Doom also innovated. It was very much a Doom game, but a few smart additions like the melee insta-kills that keep you going in the fight were welcome improvements.

Will Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass similarly level up? Or is there a place in 2018 for games that unashamedly stick to their roots?

To be clear, we’re not talking about Sam himself becoming some grizzled, newly sensitive protagonist with a redemption story arc. Not every game needs to be Logan or God of War.

But at their core, Serious Sam games were largely shoot & strafe. They were born of a time when the first-person perspective was so new, shoot & strafe was exciting enough on its own. On a mechanical and gameplay level, Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass is just going to have to do more to keep modern FPSers interested.

You’ve got your FPS games targeting the retro market, to be sure. We recently covered Dusk, which is all about those old-school FPS feels. It does a great job of it. But that works as an indie game with a niche market. If you’re targeting a larger audience (and a larger budget), you’re going to need more.

The post ‘Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass’ Just Jumped the Queue of E3 Announcements appeared first on FANDOM.

FANDOM

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Primary care doctors may be unsure when kids’ bad moods are serious or not

Family medicine doctors and pediatricians are less confident than psychiatrists in their abilities to tell the difference between normal irritability and possibly bigger issues in children and adolescents, according to researchers. Primary care providers and pediatricians were also more likely to prescribe medications when they thought there was a problem, while psychiatrists were more likely to start with behavioral therapy.
Child Development News — ScienceDaily

SPECIAL CHILDREN DEAL UPDATE:

PSA: Cardi B’s Sister Has Serious Style

We’ve already waxed poetic on Cardi B’s style numerous times, from her top-notch fashion week looks to her affordable boots. Now, we’ve got our eye on her younger sister, Hennessy Carolina. Vogue just profiled her Instagram account, and now we seriously regret not following her sooner.

Her account, which boasts two million followers, has everything you’d want: cool outfit posts, entertaining commentary, and the occasional cute ode to her famous older sister. Read on to see some of our favorite Instagrams from Hennessy Carolina.

Celebrity Style and Fashion Trend Coverage | http://www.whowhatwear.com

BEST DISCOUNT UPDATE:

Up to 50% Off Original Price @ BCBGeneration.com!

WATCH: Woman Thinks Jokester Boyfriend’s Marriage Proposal Is a Prank: ‘Are You Being Serious?’

You can’t pull one over on this bride-to-be!

Chelsea Newble, 23, couldn’t believe her eyes when 24-year-old boyfriend Chris Morley got down on one knee to propose to her at Santa’s Enchanted Forest theme park in Miami, Florida, ABC News reports.

“You’re so funny. You’re being so funny right now,” Newble is heard saying in a video of the moment after she turns to see Morley with a ring box. “Are y’all serious. Are you being serious right now? No, you’re not.”

In the footage that has been viewed more than nine million times on Facebook, Newble is shown examining the ring and Chris while refusing to believe the proposal.

Chelsea Newble (left) and Chris Morley

“Him being a prankster, I thought he was playing, but when I looked into his eyes, like, you could tell it was watering up,” she told WPLG.

Newble added: “I looked at the camera and, like, my mom and best friend , ‘Chelsea, it was real,’ and he was real, and this was a real situation.”

In the end, she finally believes him and bursts into tears as she accepts the ring. She later told ABC that the couple loves to laugh and joke all the time. They’ve been dating for two years.

“I was completely surprised,” Newble said of the proposal. Morley added that he was “nervous” to pop the question, but planned to do it at the amusement park. He told WPLG that the proposal was the longest two minutes of his life.

The lovebirds haven’t set a date yet, and are waiting until Morley tries out for the NFL to do so.

“I have so many girlfriends and they’re just ready to have dinners and parties now,” Newble said.


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Hill staffer who won first sex harassment case sees ‘serious’ culture shift

WASHINGTON – It’s taken nearly 30 years, but Dorena Bertussi may finally get Congress to overhaul its sexual harassment policies. Bertussi, 65, was the first congressional staffer to win a sexual harassment case against a member of Congress back in 1989. The process before the House Ethics Committee was a “joke” back then, Bertussi said,…
News | New York Post

EMPLOYMENT SEARCH UPDATE:

Time exec: Meredith buy makes us a ‘serious digital player’

Not everyone at Time Inc. is running from soon-to-be new owner Meredith Corp. Alan Murray, the chief content officer of Time Inc., said that adding Time’s digital footprint to Meredith’s makes the combined company the sixth biggest digital site in the country — with 174 million unique visitors. The combined companies firepower gives them a…
Media | New York Post

SPECIAL DISCOUNT DEAL:

HomeKit is the latest Apple product to have a serious security flaw

Apple HomeKit security bug in iOS 11.2

A zero-day vulnerability with Apple’s HomeKit exposed users’ smart door locks and garage-door openers to hackers, 9to5Mac reports. The serious security issues have already been fixed via a server-side patch by Apple, and an update to iOS 11.2 is coming in the near future to fix any broken functionality.

The site reports that a “HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers.” It describes the bug as “difficult to reproduce,” but said that it potentially “allowed unauthorized control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, and plugs.”

Continue reading…

BGR Top Deals:

  1. Today’s best deals: $ 46 sound bar, best fast wireless charger, August lock, Norelco shavers, more
  2. This is pretty much the only way you’re getting a Super NES Classic before Christmas

Trending Right Now:

  1. Here’s what your cat is telling you when it shows you its butt
  2. People are ditching cable at record speed, so of course AT&T is hiking prices
  3. Even by Bitcoin’s standards, this is crazy

HomeKit is the latest Apple product to have a serious security flaw originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 7 Dec 2017 at 16:32:09 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


BGR

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

All Deals on HP, Dell and Lenovo!

5-Year-Old With Serious Heart Condition Gets the Wedding Photo Shoot of Her Dreams

“This may be the only time I see my baby in a wedding dress” her mom said.

Health – Good Housekeeping

HEALTH CARE UPDATE:

Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine!

SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE:

Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating over 30 million discount prescription cards to over 50k organizations in an effort to assist millions of Americans in need. Please click here to donate today!

Patients with Serious Mental Health Conditions Receive Preventive Care at Rates Similar to Those Without These Conditions

PORTLAND, Ore. — People with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder received preventive health screenings at rates similar to or higher than people without mental illnesses, according to a study of more than 800,000 patients published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Nearly 10 million people in the United States live with a serious mental health condition, and they have higher early death rates compared to those without these conditions. In fact, one study found that patients with schizophrenia were 3.5 times more likely to die early, compared to the general population.

The disparity is largely due to preventable causes such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease, and to modifiable risk factors such as poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and medications that cause weight gain.

Researchers hypothesized that people with mental illnesses might receive less preventive care than people without these illnesses. However, this study, which included patients within the Kaiser Permanente system and patients who get their care from safety-net clinics, found just the opposite.

Kaiser Permanente patients who were diagnosed with a mental health condition received between 80 and 81 percent of the recommended preventive care, while people with no diagnosis of a mental health condition received about 80 percent of the preventive care recommended for them.

In safety-net clinics, there was a larger difference between the two groups. Patients diagnosed with mental health conditions received between 62 and 70 percent of the preventive services recommended for them, while patients without a diagnosis of a mental health condition received about 60 percent of the recommended care.

“We were pleased to learn that people with mental health conditions received as many or more preventive services as people without these conditions,” said Bobbi Jo Yarborough PsyD, lead author and researcher with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

However, Yarborough added, the finding doesn’t answer the question of why, according to national statistics, these people die earlier.

“It may be that people with mental illnesses aren’t getting the support and treatment they need to prevent chronic disease. For example, we know that the medications people take to manage serious mental illnesses can cause rapid weight gain, but there are few programs to help these people manage their weight while they are on the medications,” said Yarborough.

To address this need, Yarborough and her colleagues developed a successful weight loss and diabetes risk reduction program, but she says few health systems implement these types of programs.

For the current study, researchers compared the proportion of recommended preventive screenings received among more than 100,000 adults who had a diagnosis of schizophrenia, bipolar or affective psychosis, or other mental health conditions such as anxiety or major depressive disorder, to the proportion of recommended screenings received among nearly 700,000 adults without a diagnosis of mental illness.

Study subjects were members of the Kaiser Permanente Northwest health system, or patients who received care in clinics that serve low-income individuals and those without health insurance. During 2012-2013, the researchers examined the medical records of these patients to find out if they were eligible for and had received 12 preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

The services included screening for obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as the pneumococcal and flu vaccines. And for women, screening for breast and cervical cancer, and chlamydia and osteoporosis were also included.

The study was funded by a grant (R01 MH096795) from the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition to Yarborough, study authors include: Nancy A. Perrin, PhD, Scott P. Stumbo, MA, and Carla A. Green, PhD, MPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; and John Muench, MD, MPH, of Oregon Health & Science University.

About the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
The Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, founded in 1964, is a nonprofit research institution dedicated to advancing knowledge to improve health. It has research sites in Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Visit kpchr.org for more information.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to share.kp.org.

The post Patients with Serious Mental Health Conditions Receive Preventive Care at Rates Similar to Those Without These Conditions appeared first on Kaiser Permanente Share.

rss-feed – Kaiser Permanente Share

NEW PARENT ESSENTIAL UPDATE:

This British city just got serious about cutting pollution

LONDON – The university city of Oxford has unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars from its center as part of the most radical set of proposals so far in Britain to curb pollution. While London is rolling out an “ultra-low emission zone,” which will see the most gas-guzzling vehicles pay daily charges to…
Tech | New York Post

SPECIAL SHOE DISCOUNT:

Knicks Call Attention to ‘Serious Issues’ by Locking Arms During National Anthem

Prior to their preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, players and coaches on the New York Knicks locked arms during the national anthem. They did so as a "sign of unity" and as a means to bring attention to the issues of "gun violence, poverty, equal justice, access to education and civil rights."

"We have a deep love and respect for this country," 

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Knicks Call Attention to ‘Serious Issues’ by Locking Arms During National Anthem

Rolling Stone Latest Sports News

BEST DISCOUNT DEAL:

Great deals and discounts on popular styles from Men’s Clearance at Nike.com

Uber will die without a serious attitude adjustment

With the British prime minister calling London’s refusal to extend Uber’s license “disproportionate,” and Uber’s chief executive heading to London to talk to regulators, a compromise is in the offing. But it shouldn’t give Uber a false sense of security: Isolated regulatory demands aren’t its biggest problem. Viewed in isolation, each of Uber’s setbacks this…
Opinion | New York Post

SPECIAL SHOE DISCOUNT:

Everyday Savings: Up to 40% Off on over 2,000 Styles at DSW! Shop Now!

Trump tax plan could result in ‘serious blowback’ from Congress: Ex-Obama advisor Goolsbee

It's risky for the Trump administration to produce a tax reform plan because congressional leaders "jealously guard their turf," Austan Goolsbee said.
Politics

BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Save 50% Today! Get 24/7 Access to Your Credit Scores & Reports with TransUnion

Should Comic-Book Movies Be Serious or Fun? Watch the Latest FANDOM Live

FANDOM Live is your weekly lens into the world of pop culture, where FANDOM’s team of experts debate the key news of the week. This week, the team debates whether comic-book movies should be dark and serious or light and comedic, asks the audience about which books they’ve read the most, and more.

The post Should Comic-Book Movies Be Serious or Fun? Watch the Latest FANDOM Live appeared first on Fandom powered by Wikia.

Fandom powered by Wikia

ENTERTAINMENT DEAL UPDATE:

Steve Scalise’s Condition Upgraded to Serious As Family and Friends Rally Around the Congressman

Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, PEOPLE confirms, as friends, family and colleagues continue to rally around him after he was shot and wounded last week during baseball practice.

“Doctors are happy with the progress he’s made,” Scalise’s press secretary, Lauren Fine, tells PEOPLE. “But his doctors said he will be in the hospital for some time.”

Scalise, (R-La.) the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, was one of four people shot when a gunman opened fire early Wednesday morning while the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia, for the annual bipartisan Congressional Baseball Game.

When Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) found out that his close friend and colleague was among those who had been shot, “I just didn’t think it could be real,” he tells PEOPLE.

 “There were other members there that morning who were shot at who are lucky and blessed to be alive,” he says. “A lot of folks have been affected by this. It’s shaken everyone up in a serious way.”

Scalise, 51, was shot in the hip by a bullet that ripped through his body, causing severe damage to internal organs, his doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.

While he was able to speak while he lay injured on the field, he suffered massive blood loss and went into shock, which left him in “imminent risk of death” upon arriving at the hospital via helicopter, his doctors said Friday.

Since Wednesday, he has undergone several surgeries, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his family.

On Saturday, he underwent yet another surgery, MedStar said.

“He continues to show signs of improvement,” the statement said. “He is more responsive and is speaking to his loved ones.”

• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter

During a press conference on Saturday, Scalise’s trauma surgeon, Dr. Jack Sava, said he is expected to recover fully but will need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged.

Besides Scalise, congressional aide Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika, and US Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner were shot during the rampage. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

Bailey was injured from bullet fragments while exchanging fire with the shooter, Fine says.

The gunman, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died from injuries he sustained during a shootout with police on the scene.

‘Team Scalise’ Rallies for Its Beloved Leader

While Scalise continues to recover, a tight-knit group of family, friends, and colleagues continue to hold vigil at his bedside and at the hospital.

“Everyone is hopeful,” says Fine.

Since Wednesday, Scalise’s wife, Jennifer, his sister and other family members, close friends from Louisiana and colleagues have packed into a waiting room in the hospital.

Scalise’s high-profile visitors have included Pres. Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and fellow Congressman Cedric Richmond, (D-La.)

As those gathered at the hospital dined on ‘southern comfort food’ like Chik Filet and other goodies sent to the hospital by well-wishers, Jennifer Scalise and her sister-in-law greet visitors with hugs.

“They are a warm family,” says Fine.

So is his work family, says McHenry.

“Working with Steve makes you part of his family,” says McHenry.

Adds Fine: “People are very loyal to him. And he is loyal back to them. We are Team Scalise.”

Known to “just dive big into life,” Scalise started to feel more like himself on Saturday, when he cheered for his alma mater Louisiana State University’s baseball team on Twitter, saying, “Tigers win! Tigers win!”

On Sunday, Scalise’s Twitter account featured a Father’s Day message thanking well-wishers for their “outpouring of love” and giving a special nod to his family.

“Steve’s greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer,” the message read. “This Father’s Day has special meaning for the Scalise Family, and they send their best wishes to every family, especially the dads. Take the time to be close to the ones you love.”

Like many others, McHenry continues to pray for Scalise, saying he has the strength to pull through this ordeal.

“He’s the guy who finishes up at 3 in the morning and you see him at 6 in the morning back again and always has the same sort of optimism and happiness,” he says.

“I describe him as a tank,” he says. “He is just tough.”


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Fatalities Reported After ‘Serious Incident’ at U.K. Arena Where Ariana Grande Performed Monday

Police said a “serious incident” and “a number” of fatalities were reported at Manchester Arena in the U.K. on Monday night, where Ariana Grande performed a concert, PEOPLE confirms.

“Emergency services responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area,” police tweeted about 11:30 p.m. local time. “More details will follow as soon as available.”

In a statement, police said there were “a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.”

Local authorities could not immediately be reached for further comment and the exact timing of the incident was unclear, whether it occurred during or after the official performance.

“Ariana is okay,” a rep for Grande said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We are further investigating what happened.”

The nature of the incident and the exact number of casualties were not immediately clear, though reports swirled on social media about some kind of large and very loud noise at or near the arena during the concert.

Manchester police said an explosion had been reported.

Witnesses described it as a “huge bang,” according to the BBC.

One video shared on Twitter appeared to show the venue in the aftermath of the incident, with people screaming and streaming to the exits.

This is a breaking news story. Please return for updates.

• Reporting by PHIL BOUCHER and JEFF NELSON


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Here’s Samantha Bee With Good News About a Serious Subject

Some hope out of Georgia.

Lifestyle – Esquire

SHOPPING DEALS UPDATE:


Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky Heating Up! ‘She’s Open’ to Getting More Serious, Says Source

They’ve been spotted on dinner dates, partied in Miami and even frolicked in Paris together, but what exactly is going on with Kendall Jenner and A$ AP Rocky?

According to a Jenner pal, the model — who’s been linked to the rapper for months — has been “spending more time” with the rapper and “she’s open to seeing where it goes.”

Busy traveling the world for her modeling gigs, “Kendall’s still not exclusive with anyone, but she’s definitely been showing more interest in A$ AP,” adds the friend.

After being spotted with Jordan Clarkson, Travis Scott and even briefly reuniting with ex Harry Styles, a source told PEOPLE last year that Jenner wasn’t ready to settle down.

“She’s just having fun and not taking anything too seriously with anybody right now,” said the source at the time.

Late last month, Jenner, 21, stepped out for a shopping excursion at a Paris flea market with the rapper, 28. They were also spotted in the City of Light last June at one of her favorite restaurants, L’Avenue.

In December, they partied together in Miami during Art Basel and were “very flirty” while clubbing until the early hours of the morning, according to an onlooker.


PEOPLE.com

Fashion Deals Update:

Chrisley Knows Best Star Savannah Chrisley Suffering From Fractured Vertebrae and More Injuries After Serious Car Accident

Savannah Chrisley, NYFWSavannah Chrisley was involved in a frightening car accident yesterday, and the reality star’s father is sharing an exclusive update with E! News about how she’s doing.
In a…

E! Online (US) – Top Stories

Special Entertainment News Bulletin:


Check Groupon First

Billibong Mens R U Serious Boardshort

Billibong Mens R U Serious Boardshort


Billibong Mens R U Serious Boardshort. The RU Serious boardshorts come in 3 different prints: clean plaid, a simple open plaid and a camo print in our Platinum X Quad Stretch boardshort with H2 Repel. Product outseam measurements were taken using size 32. Please note that measurements may vary by size. 22″ Hydrostretch Materials. 92% polyester. 8% spandex 32, Camo
List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

It’s Not Just Nail Salons. Hairstylists Face Serious Health Problems, Too

The health and safety of nail salon workers made headlines earlier this month after The New York Times published a series on unsafe and unfair work conditions. It turns out that manicurists aren’t alone: Hairstylists can also relate to some of the struggles reported on by the Times as they are often forced to work long hours in hazardous conditions and for unfair wages.

Alexandra Scranton, director of science and research at Women’s Voices for the Earth, joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd on Thursday to discuss the high price of fabulous hair. After taking a deep dive into medical reports, Scranton discovered that “up to 60-70 percent of salon workers reported dermatitis on their hands and respiratory conditions like asthma and decrease in lung function,” mostly due to chemical overexposure.

Hairstylist Cassi Hurd revealed that she recently burned her hand twice in the same spot while working, and she also experiences “coughing attacks” as a result of mixing hair colors or bleach.

The health risks are especially appalling among African-American hairdressers, since many treatments include working with harsh chemicals. Teni Adewumi, an environmental justice research coordinator for Black Women for Wellness, joined the conversation to disclose findings from an upcoming report that show cases of stylists suffering from uterine fibroids, miscarriages, and even ergonomic problems.

Things get really hairy when you factor in how these issues may potentially affect the health of consumers. Hopefully, dialogues such as these, along with proper training, state legislation and regulation within the beauty industry will change things for the better.

Click here to watch HuffPost Live’s full segment.

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Style – The Huffington Post
FASHION NEWS UPDATE-Visit Shoe Deals Online today for the hottest deals online for shoes!

Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look At America's Economic Ills

Fubarnomics: A Lighthearted, Serious Look At America's Economic Ills


FUBAR, an acronym stemming from World War II GI slang, means fouled up (or some other F word) beyond all recognition. To the author, fubarnomics perfectly captures the sorry state of our economy today. In this witty, informative, and nonpartisan overview of contemporary economic ills, Wright takes a fresh approach to public policy by finding fault with both the government and the market, and with both Democrats and Republicans. The author convincingly shows that major economic trouble has almost always been the result of a hybrid failure, a combination of both bad policy making and marketplace deficiencies. He examines contemporary and historical examples of FUBAR across a wide spectrum, from mainstay social institutions such as higher education to cataclysmic national upheavals such as the Great Depression. In analyzing our most current crises, he offers unique insights into the recent crippling recession, including the subprime mortgage meltdown, as well as the looming healthcare crisis, and the perennial problem of social security. Beyond identifying the major problem areas, the author also offers practical solutions. From creating combined life-healthcare insurance policies and divorcing healthcare from employers, to government education subsidies for students only, and using long-term bonds to pay for private insurance that mimics social security, his suggestions are provocative and creative, and may just solve some of the thorniest problems facing us today.
List Price:
Price:

Cresemba Approved for Serious Fungal Infections

Most often these illnesses affect people with weakened immune systems
healthfinder.gov Daily News
SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens

Cat Bites May Lead to Serious Infections, Hospitalizations

Felines’ sharp teeth can inject harmful bacteria deep into joints and tissue, doctors warn
healthfinder.gov Daily News
SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
HEALTH SPECIALS!!-

Save up to 50% at Walgreens