贵族宝贝,上海贵族宝贝,上海龙凤论坛 - Powered by July, 2019

first_img Bloomberg: Anthem, Aetna Deals Threaten Competition Across U.S., AMA Says AMA: Insurance Company Mergers Threaten Competition The American Medical Association said the proposed merger deals involving the nation’s four largest insurers could do harm to consumers and doctors. Reuters: U.S. Doctors Group Says Planned Health Mergers Anti-Competitive The leading U.S. physicians’ organization said on Tuesday that two proposed mergers of U.S. health insurers worth tens of billions of dollars could lead to higher prices in 17 states for companies that buy insurance for their workers or people who buy their own insurance. Aetna Inc announced plans to buy smaller rival Humana Inc in early July and Anthem Inc agreed to buy Cigna Corp later that month. Both mergers are being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and state insurance officials. (Bartz and Humer, 9/8) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.center_img CNN Money: AMA Says Insurance Mergers Will Raise Premiums And Hurt Quality Of Care The American Medical Association says the proposed mergers between four of the nation’s largest health insurers will drive up costs for patients and hurt the quality of care. In a study released by the physicians’ trade association, the AMA argues that insurance competition would be significantly reduced in 97 metropolitan areas spread across most states. It’s calling for the mergers to be blocked. (Isidore, 9/8) The market for health-insurance in the U.S. is already so highly concentrated that pending tie-ups among four of the country’s largest insurers risk hurting both consumers and doctors, the American Medical Association said. Anthem Inc.’s proposed takeover of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s bid for Humana Inc. would reduce competition among insurers in 154 metropolitan areas, worsening already concentrated markets, the organization said in studies released Tuesday. The mergers could cause premiums to go up and decrease payments to doctors, the AMA said. (McLaughlin, 9/8) last_img read more

Read More

first_img The Associated Press: Trump Signs Bill To Help Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas by the military will find it easier to receive help under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Trump on Wednesday signed the legislation that Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, pushed through Congress. It requires the Veterans Affairs Department to reconsider disability benefits denied to those who claimed the testing caused health problems. (8/18) The VA reassigned the head of the agency’s national health enrollment office in Atlanta and another employee pending the outcome of an investigation into racially charged messages that included mention of sending people to “the ovens.” The move comes after a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News this week about the messages between HEC Director Angel Lawrence and program analyst Nathan Jaco. (Schrade, 8/17) Trump Signs Law To Aid WWII Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas The legislation was advanced through Congress by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reconsider denied disability benefits for those who claimed the testing caused health problems. center_img Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta VA Employees Reassigned After Racially Charged Messages This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Read More

first_img Twitter Royal Bank president David McKayCanadian Press Sponsored By: April 4, 201910:44 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street Comment Recommended For YouFDA Approves OTEZLA® (apremilast) for the Treatment of Oral Ulcers Associated with Behçet’s DiseaseBlackRock CEO Larry Fink says ECB must buy equities to stimulate euro zoneU.S. to grant final approval to American Airlines-Qantas joint venture -sourcesU.S. oil drillers cut rigs for third week in a row -Baker HughesWall St slightly higher on Microsoft results, rate cut hopes ← Previous Next → Featured Stories Facebook TORONTO — The chief executive of Royal Bank of Canada, the country’s biggest lender by market value, said on Thursday that Canada’s struggle to compete with global peers is hurting its ability to grow the economy.Canada, a G7 economy, has suffered in recent years from low productivity growth, lackluster foreign direct investment and difficulty in bringing oil, one of its major exports, to market due to a lack of pipeline capacity.When I travel overseas, I often hear concerns from investors about Canada’s falling position in the worldRBC Chief Executive Dave McKay Join the conversation → The Liberal government, which faces a general election in October, has committed to major infrastructure investment and has allowed businesses to write off additional capital investments to make them more competitive, but has opted not to match aggressive tax cuts by the United States. TD Bank sees ‘constrained growth’ for Canada’s economy this year Banks face fresh wave of skepticism on fears loan losses will grow Canada’s prospects of being plunged into recession are dim, unless ‘another shoe’ drops, National Bank CEO says “Our competitiveness is challenged. Our capacity to grow and advance our economy is stalling,” said RBC Chief Executive Dave McKay, in prepared remarks for shareholders at the company’s 150th annual meeting, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Related Stories:Canada’s farm labour shortage is costing billions and expected to rise: reportCanada’s struggling energy industry takes stock at annual Stampede partySpain’s Banco Santander eyeing Canadian banking licence as more European lenders cross the pond“When I travel overseas, I often hear concerns from investors about Canada’s falling position in the world,” McKay said.RBC has a market capitalization of about $149 billion, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.Data last month for the fourth quarter showed that Canada’s economy barely grew due to plunging Canadian crude oil export prices and that the labour productivity of Canadian businesses fell by 0.4 per cent.Steps that Canada can take to improve its competitiveness include building digital and physical infrastructure, such as energy pipelines, McKay said.Due to a lack of pipeline capacity, the price of Canadian heavy crude fell last October to a discount of more than US$50 a barrel below the benchmark for U.S. oil.A Canadian court last August overturned approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion. The government has since bought the pipeline in an effort to save the project. © Thomson Reuters 2019 Reddit Email 6 Comments More advertisement Investors abroad tell RBC’s CEO that Canada’s position in the world is falling David McKay says capacity to advance our economy is stalling Reuters Share this storyInvestors abroad tell RBC’s CEO that Canada’s position in the world is falling Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generationlast_img read more

Read More

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 25, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News The automotive startup tweeted out (embedded below) its X Game attendance today, and included a few photographs. The team has its R1T electric truck out and available for viewing during the event. They also have a number of people on hand to answer questions as well. From the tweeted photos, it seems like the display is somewhat static, so there will probably not be any dashes up ski slopes with athletes in tow à la Mitsubishi.To find it, just go to the base of Gondola Plaza at 601 East Dean Street between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. It should be pretty easy to spot. Look for a small crowd surrounding a silver pickup that looks unlike any you’ve seen before.As a reminder, the Rivian pickup, which shares the same platform and drivetrain with the R1S SUV, is just slightly smaller than the full-size Ford F-150, but has outsized performance. Depending on which battery pack option customers choose, it is said to sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds and travel as far as 450 miles on a charge.If you manage to make it, please drop by the Rivian section of the InsideEVs Forum and give us your impressions. In the Forum you can mingle with other fans and pre-order holders as we all look forward to the vehicles rolling out of the company’s Normal, Illinois factory. Adventure truck seeks, finds winter adventure.Rivian is a brand of all-electric adventure vehicles. It makes sense, then, that it would show up at places where outdoor fun is in full effect. From now until Sunday, one particularly happening location is Aspen, Colorado, where the Winter X Games are now underway. Besides skiing, snowboarding, and freestyle snowmobiling, you can also check out the future of adventure-oriented transportation.More with the Rivian electric truck and SUV Source: Electric Vehicle News Source: Rivian Rivian R1S & R1T Electric SUV & Truck Featured In Fully Charged: Video Rivian: Third EV Is A Rally-Like Car With “Bananas” Level Of Performance We’re calling #Aspen home for the next few days. Stop by to see the #R1T in Gondola Plaza (Durant Ave and Hunter St) on your way to the slopes! Visit us through Sunday the 27th, from 9am – 4pm daily. Learn more here: https://t.co/AvXPJiJTgm #ElectricAdventure pic.twitter.com/pawBuixy7S— Rivian (@Rivian) January 25, 2019 Rivian CEO: R1T & R1S Are Best Driving Truck & SUV In The Worldlast_img read more

Read More

first_imgSource: MIT News Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in China say they’ve developed a new version of the cathode. The researchers describe the cathode as a “hybrid,” since it combines aspects of intercalation-type and conversion-type cathodes to increase gravimetric energy density (per-pound energy output) and volumetric energy density (per-liter energy output).The cathode has relatively high electrical conductivity, the researchers say, reducing the need for carbon and decreasing its overall volume. However, the cathode hasn’t matched the longevity of Li-ion batteries.In its current version, the hybrid cathode exceeds 360 watt-hours per kilogram and 581 watt-hour per liter, according to the researchers. They think future versions can achieve 400 watt-hours per kilogram and 700 watt-hours per liter.Describing the hybrid cathode, Ju Li, an MIT Engineering Professor who led the research, said, “It is like the primer and TNT in an explosive, one fast-acting, and one with higher energy per weight.”The work is described in the journal Nature Energy.Molecular diagram shows the structure of molybdenum sulfide, one of the materials used to create the new kind of cathode for lithium-sulfur batteries. Source: Electric Vehicles Magazinelast_img read more

Read More

first_imgWe must admit that it’s great to see that Ford is finally introducing new plug-in models and through expansion in the hybrid segment, will also accustom more consumers with electrification.Especially the Kuga and Explorer plug-in hybrids could be interesting proposition thanks to all-electric range of up to 50 km (31 miles) and up to 40 km (25 miles) respectively.Go Further Live Video.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Press blast:Tailored to Customer Need: Ford Reveals New Electrified Vehicle Line-Up at ‘Go Electric’ Experience in Amsterdam 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV Revealed With 25 Miles Of Electric Range Ford news Six new plug-ins confirmed for production by FordFord outlined its electrification strategy for Europe saying that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Because of that, the offer will be broad and include mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains as well as all-electric models.During the official presentation, Ford said also that its electrification push starts now with a plan to electrify every single model.Among the 16 presented new versions or all-new models, six are plug-ins:7 mild hybrids3 full hybrids4 plug-in hybridsKuga PHEV (Escape PHEV in U.S.) (2019)Explorer PHEVTransit Custom PHEV (2019)Tourneo Custom PHEV (2019) Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 3, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News 2020 Ford Escape Brings With It A Plug-In Hybrid Option A power sliding door that opens halfway to reduce heat loss and can be activated by the passenger using a smart device. The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning blower is automatically deactivated when the door is openHeated business-class passenger seats and surfaces that enable passengers to control their local temperature, reducing the energy required for the large cabinSix roof-mounted solar panels that charge a 12-volt battery for powering seat heating, cabin lighting and on-board electrical systems including wireless charging for passenger mobile devicesA polycarbonate divider between the passenger door and seating area that further reduces heat loss as passengers enter and exit, and protects passengers from external elementsVentilated double-glazed windows that reduce cold contact surfaces and insulate against heat lossMood lighting that adjusts according to cabin temperature – red for warmth and blue for cooling –  subliminally influencing passengers’ perception of cabin temperatureAn insulated rear floor and roof that further reduce cabin heat lossFuture iterations of the concept are planned to enable the driver to control heating and cooling of individual seats – and deactivation of unoccupied seats. Automatic passenger detection inspired by existing airbag deployment technologies will also feature.Ford anticipates beginning road-trials with the Transit Smart Energy Concept later this year, after completing wind-tunnel tests.“By developing this concept we’ve found a number of clever ways to save energy that could help further improve the electrified vehicle experience for customers in the future,” said Kilian Vas, project leader, Vehicle Architecture, Ford of Europe.# # #Mondeo Hybrid Wagon CO2 emissions from 101 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 4.4 l/100 kmTransit EcoBlue Hybrid anticipated CO2 emissions from 144 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 7.6 l/100 kmTransit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid anticipated CO2 emissions from 139 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 6.7 l/100 kmTourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid anticipated CO2 emissions from 137 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 7.0 l/100 kmTransit Custom Plug-In Hybrid anticipated CO2 emissions from 75 g/km, fuel-efficiency from 3.3 l/100 km*Officially homologated fuel-efficiency and CO2 emission figures will be published closer to on-sale dateThe declared fuel/energy consumptions, CO2 emissions and electric range are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel-efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car’s fuel/energy consumption, CO2 emissions and electric range. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming.Since 1 September 2017, certain new vehicles are being type-approved using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) according to (EU) 2017/1151 as last amended, which is a new, more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Since 1 September 2018 the WLTP has begun replacing the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), which is the outgoing test procedure. During NEDC Phase-out, WLTP fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are being correlated back to NEDC. There will be some variance to the previous fuel economy and emissions as some elements of the tests have altered i.e., the same car might have different fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Ford outlines electrification strategy for Europe under Ford Hybrid banner; announces 16 electrified models at special “Go Electric” experience in Amsterdam, NetherlandsAll-new Ford Kuga SUV is first Ford to feature mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Kuga Plug-In Hybrid makes global debut with more than 50 km (31 miles) electric rangeAll-new Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid seven-seat SUV unveiled; delivers 450 PS, 840 Nm of torque, and 40 km (25 miles) electric driving rangeNew Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid eight-seat people-mover targets a zero-emission driving range of up to 50 km (31 miles), for cleaner towns and citiesNew Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid use advanced mild-hybrid technology to boost power, responsiveness and fuel-efficiency for popular family carsMustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV arriving in 2020 with 600 km (370 mile) WLTP range. New all-electric Transit announced and anticipated to launch in 2021Innovative Transit Smart Energy Concept is helping Ford find new ways to extend battery-electric driving range for electrified vehiclesAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2, 2019 – An advanced line-up of Ford electrified vehicles marks a new milestone for Ford and its customers, the company today announced at a special “Go Electric” experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands.A new range of models under the Ford Hybrid banner features sophisticated mild-, full- and plug-in hybrid powertrains to enhance fuel-efficiency and driving experiences for customers in Europe. Ford today announced 16 electrified models that will deliver the company’s brand values of trust, affordability and fun-to-drive for passenger car and commercial vehicle customers.Ford unveiled at “Go Electric” the Kuga Plug-In Hybrid variant of the company’s all-new mid-size SUV – Ford’s most electrified vehicle ever and the first Ford to offer mild-hybrid, full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid, powertrains.The all-new Explorer Plug-In Hybrid seven-seat SUV and the new Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid eight-seat people-mover today made their global debuts – each offering pure-electric driving capability alongside the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.Ford also revealed the new Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models that feature sophisticated mild-hybrid technology for reduced CO2 emissions, optimised fuel-efficiency, and a more responsive and rewarding driving experience.In addition, Ford announced that a new all-electric Transit will join the company’s line-up of electrified commercial vehicles in 2021. Designed to deliver pure-electric propulsion, the new van will contribute to cleaner, quieter towns and cities, and reduced running costs for business and operators.“Forward-looking, technologically advanced and using a wide range of electrified solutions to suit the different needs of different consumers, our new Ford Hybrid vehicles will make electrification relevant and affordable for more drivers than ever before,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “The models introduced today are just the start of our plans to develop a comprehensive line-up of smart vehicles for a smart world. From Fiesta to Transit, every new vehicle that we introduce will feature an electrified version that best suits the needs and pockets of our customers across Europe.”Ford Hybrid vehicles already offered or confirmed for introduction in Europe include:Mondeo Hybrid four-door and wagon – featuring self-charging, full-hybrid, petrol-electric powertrain technology that offers a compelling alternative to diesel. The Mondeo Hybrid wagon was shown today for the first time as a sporty new ST-Line variantTransit EcoBlue Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid – using mild-hybrid technology to reduce running costs for van owners and operatorsTourneo Custom EcoBlue Hybrid – featuring mild-hybrid technology that enhances fuel-efficiency for eight/nine-seater people-mover customersTransit Custom Plug-In Hybrid – equipped with an advanced electric powertrain using Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine as a range extender. The vehicle is currently being trialled to better understand the benefits for the environment and for customers in London, U.K., with further trials soon to begin in Valencia, Spain, and Cologne, GermanyFord’s Mustang-inspired all-electric performance SUV will arrive in 2020, with a pure-electric driving range of 600 km (more than 370 miles) calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), and fast-charging capability.*A one-of-a-kind Ford Transit Smart Energy Concept 10-seater minibus is helping the company explore solutions for further optimising the energy-efficiency and driving range of electrified vehicles.Electrifying the futureFord is committed to being a leader in providing customers with a broad choice of electrified vehicles with easy access to charging, and supporting them with enhanced connectivity and related mobility services.Earlier this year, Ford announced that every one of the company’s nameplates launched from the all-new Focus onwards will include an electrified option. This includes new nameplates and new versions of existing vehicles. Either one of, or a combination of, mild-hybrid, full-hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full battery electric options will be offered, delivering one of the most encompassing line-ups of electrified options for European customers of any manufacturer.Ford Hybrid and all-electric models utilise a range of powertrain technologies and technical solutions to tailor performance and capability to surpass customer expectations and reflect diverse operating scenarios for different vehicles.For example, electric torque assistance from a Belt Integrated Starter/Generator will enhance the dynamic petrol engine driving experience for Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid family cars by enabling greater power, responsiveness and fuel-efficiency. For EcoBlue Hybrid models including Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom, the technology is employed solely to further improve the fuel-efficiency of diesel powertrains.Both the new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid and Explorer Plug-In Hybrid SUVs combine combustion engine, mains-chargeable battery and electric motor for greater fuel-efficiency and zero-emissions driving capability. Kuga deploys a power-split hybrid transmission that blends both power sources for optimised fuel-savings, where-as Explorer uses a parallel-hybrid architecture that can combine the full power of engine and electric motor for maximum towing capacity.The series-hybrid configuration of the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid further adapts the mains-chargeable battery and electric motor configuration to suit the application – using a fuel-efficient petrol engine solely to recharge the battery, with no physical connection the wheels.And the self-charging full-hybrid technology employed by the Mondeo Hybrid is capable of pure electric driving for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The powertrain eliminates both range anxiety and the need for customers to use an external power source to charge the battery.Ford’s future all-electric vehicles will deliver next-generation connectivity for over-the-air updates, and the company is in the advanced stages of setting up charging solutions for its electric-vehicle customers. Ford is a founder member of the IONITY consortium that aims to build 400 fast-charging stations in key European locations by 2020, with a charging capacity of 350 kW. This enables a significant reduction to charging times compared to existing systems.Ford will also partner with NewMotion to provide a one-stop-shop for charging, using NewMotion’s charging network, which covers more than 100,000 charging points in 28 countries across Europe. In addition, Ford has commissioned its own smart wall-box solution and will partner with major energy companies to give customers access to specialist electric-vehicle tariffs and installation services.“There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to electrification – every customer’s circumstances are different,” said Joerg Beyer, executive director, Engineering, Ford of Europe. “Ford’s nuanced powertrain strategy is designed to help our customers find the right solution to make their electrified vehicle experience easier and more enjoyable.”Kuga’s comprehensive hybrid line-upThe all-new Ford Kuga is the first Ford passenger car to be offered with plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid powertrains.Available from launch later this year, the all-new Kuga Plug-In Hybrid offers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine alongside the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain. Combining a 2.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor and generator, and 14.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver 225 PS, Kuga Plug-In Hybrid delivers a pure-electric driving range in excess of 50 km (31 miles) and anticipated 1.2 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 29 g/km CO2 emissions.The stylish and distinctive all-new Kuga Titanium, sporty Kuga ST-Line and upscale Kuga Vignale range debuts sleek new exterior design, more interior space and advanced technologies. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring technologies will help drivers negotiate stop-start and highway traffic with greater confidence. Active Park Assist 2 enables fully automated parking manoeuvres simply by holding down a button.Pure-electric, pure luxury, Explorer Plug-In HybridThe all-new Ford Explorer Plug-In Hybrid will be offered in two distinctive, high-specification variants – the sporty, Ford Performance-inspired Explorer ST-Line and the luxurious Explorer Platinum. Powered by a combination of Ford’s 3.0-litre EcoBoost V6 petrol engine, electric motor and generator, the Explorer Plug-In Hybrid delivers 450 PS and 840 Nm of torque. The SUV will also offer 40 km (25 miles) zero-emissions, pure-electric city driving range, alongside anticipated 3.4 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 78 g/km CO2 emissions.The exceptionally spacious, luxurious, comfort-focussed Explorer Plug-In Hybrid offers advanced features including a 10.1-inch central portrait-mounted touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, and family-friendly versatile seating for up to seven.Standard Ford Intelligent All-Wheel drive technology, Drive Modes and Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission optimise performance in scenarios from urban to off-road driving.Tourneo Plug-In Hybrid contributes to cleaner citiesThe eight-seat Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid – designed to contribute to reduced local emissions and enable operation in growing number of ultra-low-emission vehicle zones being introduced across Europe – will be available to European customers from late 2019.The Tourneo Custom Plug-In Hybrid’s front wheels are driven exclusively by an electric motor/generator, powered by a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine acting as a range extender. The advanced hybrid powertrain targets a zero-emission driving range of up to 50 km (31 miles) or 500 km (310 miles) using the range extender, alongside anticipated 3.3 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 75 g/km CO2 emissions.Comfort is optimised using Tourneo Custom’s unique-to-segment ability to arrange the two rear rows in conference format for outstanding access and enhanced interaction between passengers – or in two rows of three seats facing forward.Transit goes all-electricAnticipated for volume launch in 2021, the new all-electric Ford Transit van is designed to address the needs of businesses for a practical and versatile load-carrier with zero-emission driving capability for urban applications. The all-electric Transit will be available in multiple body styles, delivering full Transit capability and durability.Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid: Lower emissions, higher powerThe Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid will feature a sophisticated mild-hybrid architecture tailored to enhance fuel-efficiency while complementing Ford’s fun to drive experience with more powerful and responsive performance.A belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG) replaces the standard alternator, enabling recovery and storage of energy usually lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack.The BISG also acts as a motor, seamlessly integrating with the low-friction, three-cylinder 1.0‑litre EcoBoost combustion engine and using the stored energy to provide torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as running the vehicle’s electrical ancillaries.The intelligent, self-regulating mild-hybrid system continuously monitors how the vehicle is being used to determine when and how intensively to charge the battery for optimal benefit, and when to utilise the stored battery charge using one of two strategies:Torque substitution, which deploys the electric motor functionality of the BISG to provide up to 50 Nm of torque – reducing the amount of work required from the petrol engine to maximise fuel savings and contribute to targeted 112 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.9 l/100 km fuel-efficiency for Fiesta, and targeted 106 g/km CO2 emissions and 4.7 l/100 km fuel-efficiency for FocusTorque supplementation, which deploys the electric motor functionality of the BISG to increase the total torque available from the powertrain by up to 20 Nm above the level available from the petrol engine alone at full load – for optimised performanceThe electric torque assistance helps deliver punchier, more responsive performance, particularly at lower engine speeds, for a more flexible and connected driving experience. The BISG has also enabled Ford engineers to lower the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine’s compression ratio and add a larger turbocharger for more power, by mitigating turbo-lag using torque supplementation that also rotates the engine faster for maintained turbocharger boost response.“Our 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has already proven that fuel-efficiency and performance can go hand-in-hand. Our EcoBoost Hybrid technology takes that to the next level,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “We believe customers are going to love the smooth and urgent power delivery of our EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains just as much as they’ll enjoy less-frequent trips to the fuel pumps.”Able to restart the engine in approximately 300 milliseconds – about the same as the blink of an eye – the BISG also enables the Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrids’ Auto Start-Stop technology to operate in a wider range of scenarios for even greater fuel savings, including when coasting to a stop below 15 km/h (10 mph) and even when the vehicle is in gear with the clutch pedal depressed.Ford EcoBlue Hybrid technology will similarly combine electric torque assistance with Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine to deliver anticipated 132 g/km CO2 emissions and 5.0 l/100 km fuel-efficiency for the Ford Kuga EcoBlue Hybrid from later this year.Smart Energy Concept looks to the futureFord also today revealed the new Transit Smart Energy Concept – a one-of-a-kind 10-seater minibus that is helping the company explore solutions for maximising the energy efficiency and driving range of future electrified vehicles.Delivering 150 km (93 miles) driving range from a 4-hour charge, and developed by engineers at Ford’s Merkenich Technical Center, Germany, the concept uses a Ford Transit chassis fitted with the same battery-electric drivetrain technology as the StreetScooter WORK XL, supported by energy-saving and energy-generating innovations including:An innovative heat pump system that utilises waste heat from the drivetrain components, the outside air and the air within the cabin to reduce heating system energy usage by up to 65 per cent, resulting in a range extension of 20 per cent Ford Confirms Mustang-Inspired Electric SUV Goes 370 Miles Per Charge 2 all-electricMustand-inspired SUV BEV (2020)Transit BEV (2021)last_img read more

Read More

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Honda has released some new information about its upcoming Honda E electric car, including more on its electric motor. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Honda e electric motor details revealed along with new images and video appeared first on Electrek.last_img

Read More

first_imgTesla is reportedly in discussions with Disney to sponsor and make the Tomorrowland Speedway electric in a new partnership to promote electric transport. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla to make Tomorrowland electric in new partnership with Disney, sources say appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Read More

first_imgWhat happens when a Japanese company has a German-based subsidiary, which in turn has a South African subsidiary, that both allegedly make improper payments to a South African political party?Why of course, $19 million to the U.S. treasury because the Japanese company just happened to have American Depositary Shares traded in the U.S.In the latest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action against a foreign company, yesterday the SEC announced an enforcement action against Tokyo-based Hitachi, Ltd.  for violating the FCPA “when it inaccurately recorded improper payments to South Africa’s ruling political party in connection with contracts to build two multi-billion dollar power plants.”As alleged in this settled SEC civil complaint:“In 2005, Hitachi created a subsidiary in South Africa for the purpose of establishing a local presence in that country to pursue lucrative public and private contracts, including government contracts to build two new major power stations.Hitachi sold 25% of the stock in the newly created subsidiary to Chancellor House Holdings (Pty) Ltd. (“Chancellor”), a local South African company that was a front for the African National Congress (“ANC”), South Africa’s ruling political party. Hitachi’s arrangement gave Chancellor- and by proxy the ANC- the ability to share in the profits from any power station contracts secured by Hitachi. Hitachi also entered into an undisclosed “success fee” arrangement with Chancellor, wherein Chancellor would be entitled to “success fees” in the event that the contract awards were “substantially as a result” of Chancellor’s efforts.During the bidding process, Hitachi was aware that Chancellor was a funding vehicle for the ANC. Hitachi nevertheless continued to partner with Chancellor and encourage Chancellor’s use of its political influence to help obtain the government contracts.As a result, Hitachi was awarded power station contracts in South Africa worth approximately $5.6 billion. In April and July 2008, Hitachi paid the ANC- through Chancellor- “success fees” totaling approximately $1 million.Hitachi’s South African subsidiary inaccurately recorded its “success fee” payments to Chancellor as “consulting fees” in its books and records for the year ended December 31, 2008. The inaccurate books and records of Hitachi’s subsidiary were consolidated into Hitachi’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009, which were filed with the Commission.In 2010, Hitachi’s South African subsidiary also inaccurately recorded a dividend worth over a million dollars to be paid to Chancellor, its 25% shareholder. The journal entry recorded this dividend as “Dividends Declared” in the subsidiary’s books and records for the year ended December 31, 2010. The books and records did not reflect that the dividend was, in fact, an amount due for payment to a foreign political party in exchange for its political influence in assisting Hitachi land two government contracts. The subsidiary’s inaccurate books and records were consolidated into Hitachi’s financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, which were filed with the Commission.”Based on the above allegations, the SEC charged Hitachi with violating the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions.The conduct at issue focused on:Hitachi Power Europe GmbH (“HPE”), during the relevant time period a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi based in Germany, that was an international supplier of boilers for power stations; andHitachi Power Africa (Pty) Ltd. (“HPA”), during the relevant time period, a majority-owned subsidiary of HPE based in South Africa, that executed power station orders in South Africa.The SEC’s complaint alleges as follows regarding Chancellor House:“Chancellor House Holdings (Pty) Ltd. is a South African investment finn created by the ANC as a funding vehicle. Chancellor was named after a building in downtown Johatmesburg that in the 1950s housed the law finn of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, two future ANC presidents. From 2005 to at least 2008, Chancellor’s parent organization, Chancellor House Trust, was administered by a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and a director of Eskom Enterprises, an Eskom subsidiary.”Eskom is described as follows.“Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. (“Eskom”) is a government-owned and government-run public utility established by the Government of South Africa. Eskom supplies approximately 95% of all electricity in South Africa and the Government of South Africa is Eskom’s sole shareholder. Thus, Eskom is an instrumentality of a foreign government. From 2006 to at least 2008, Eskom’s chainnan simultaneously served as a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee.”According to the SEC:“While its political com1ections were extensive, Chancellor lacked any engineering or operational capabilities that could assist Hitachi with contract perfotmance should it secure the Eskom contracts. Chancellor differed in this respect from at least one other local South African entity that Hitachi initially considered for partnership with HPA.Hitachi was fully aware of Chancellor’s operational shortcomings, and sought a partnership with Chancellor precisely because Chancellor would not provide it operational support. From an internal profile of Chancellor prepared in 2005, HPE’s senior management was advised that Chancellor “has a lean HQ staff and it does not get involved in the operational business of the companies in which it invests. Supp0rt for invested companies is provided via networking at board level.” The internal profile also specifically highlighted Chancellor’s “good connections within Eskom.”The SEC further alleged:“[I]n total, Chancellor – the ANC’s funding vehicle – received approximately $10.5 million from Hitachi, a return of over 5,000% on its investment in HPA.”As to internal controls, the SEC specifically alleged:“During the time it was registered with the Commission, Hitachi failed to devise and maintain an adequate system of internal accounting controls. HPE and HPA were able to enter into a shareholders’ agreement and an undisclosed “success fee” arrangement with Chancellor- a front for the ANC- to pay that entity for exerting its political influence. Although HPE had a code of conduct in place before the success fees were paid that specifically prohibited contributions to political parties, HPA paid Chancellor more than $1.1 million pursuant to this side-arrangement. HPA was able to do so despite a stream of reporting in the South African media that publicized the fact that HPA’s 25% shareholder was a funding vehicle for the ANC.HPA also was able to record Chancellor’s invoices for success fee payments as “consulting” expenses, which they were not, without proper documentation or reasonable detail. Hitachi’s intemal accounting controls failed again when Hitachi declared and recorded as dividends to be paid to Chancellor transactions that, in fact, would instead be payments to a foreign political party for its assistance in securing govemment contracts. Among other further intemal accounting controls deficiencies, Hitachi failed to conduct adequate due diligence of Chancellor, a potential agent and a potential shareholder of HPA, and to keep records of such due diligence, even though Hitachi intended for Chancellor to use its political influence to help obtain government contracts.Hitachi’s intemal accounting controls, or lack thereof, also were inadequate to provide reasonable assurances that Hitachi would not violate its own codes of conduct and compliance policies, the FCPA, or South African law. For example, Hitachi failed to adequately supervise and ensure compliance with its policies and procedures, and neither HPE nor HP A conducted any FCPA-specific compliance training during the time period in which Hitachi through HPE and HPA- was seeking lucrative contracts with an instrumentality of a foreign government and authorizing the payments of”success fees” to a foreign political party.”As noted in the SEC’s release, without admitting or denying the SEC’s allegations, Hitachi agreed to settlement that requires it to pay a $19 million penalty and to be enjoined from future FCPA books and records and internal controls violations.Hitachi was represented by Linda Chatman Thomsen (a former SEC Director of Enforcement, currently at Davis Polk & Wardwell).last_img read more

Read More

first_img© 2014 The Texas Lawbook.By Brooks Igo – (July 7) – Winstead PC announced recently that Houston shareholder Denis Braham was elected chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston at the Federation’s Annual Meeting in June. For the last ten years, he has served as the organization’s chair of the Israel and Overseas committee and as vice-chair of special projects.Braham, a transactional attorney, focuses on matters in real estate, sports and corporate law. He has represented the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans and has served as legal . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Remember mecenter_img Lost your password? Passwordlast_img

Read More

first_img Lost your password? Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Password Remember mecenter_img Username The digital health market is expected to exceed $200 billion by 2020. Many companies and startups looking for a share of this market are headquartered right here in Texas. This article from lawyers at Jones Day looks at the legal and regulatory issues facing these emerging technologies . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.last_img

Read More

first_imgOkanogan County Commissioners have decided not to outsource juvenile detention services.  The elected officials were considering such a move after learning the detention facility had fallen into disrepair.Commissioner Ray Campbell says the decision was made after considering what was best for the kids, and after hearing from citizens who wanted the services retained locally.“Still recognizing we have to do an analysis on it.  We have to do it now and get a study done on that, to see what the defects are, what it’s going to take to correct those defects, and the dollars it’s going to take to do so.”Andy Hover, who’s running against Campbell in this year’s election, thinks the board made the right decision, but is now challenged to find funding for the services.“If the current commissioners don’t want to use outside funding sources like grants and things like that, it’s going to be pretty tough” said Hover.  “I think that they should try to not burden the taxpayer with it as much, but explore every avenue that you possibly can.”Hover is a Republican as is Campbell.  In 2013, the Commissioners proposed spending almost $20 million on a new juvenile detention facility before considering the move outside the county earlier this year.Before making their decision against outsourcing services, commissioners heard proposals to move detention to facilities in Chelan County as well as a location near Spokane, Martin Hall, which houses incarcerated juveniles from several counties – including Adams, Asotin, Douglas, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman.last_img read more

Read More

first_imgby, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesWhat I love about blogging is the ability to present an idea or raise a question and almost immediately receive feedback from people who are smarter/more experienced than you are. I’m amazed by the response to my blog post Alzheimer’s Disease Has a Brand Problem. I received some valid criticism, some valued praise, and most importantly, some new insights. Here’s a sample of the best comments:Al PowerI agree that we need a more positive message, but “hope” is a tricky thing. The way hope is usually presented with Alzheimer’s is that “a cure is just around the corner, of only we funnel a few more dollars into drug research”. But close scrutiny of the mechanisms of dementia and its association with aging of the brain and vascular system suggest that this is false hope at best.More important is to highlight the potential for millions of people with dementia to live positive, engaged and meaningful lives, when we better understand how to support them and enhance their well-being. Will more effective treatments be forthcoming down the road? I believe so. But I don’t believe there is a magic bullet. Unless we go “Logan’s Run” and start killing everyone off at 30, dementia is with us to stay. The big question is, how are we going to help those who live with us continue to thrive, as we do with any other chronic illness or disability?Michelle J.I think that legislators and their staff in particular need to hear from more individuals who are living with Alzheimer’s. One of the challenges of this disease (compared to AIDS, cancer, heart disease, etc.) is that beyond the early stage of the disease, it becomes very difficult for people with Alzheimer’s to speak out about their experience. The most powerful meetings I’ve had with legislative staff have been those meetings were our group included a person with Alzheimer’s, who could share his/her experience. Jim RogersSorry, Kavan. I couldn’t disagree with you more. This isn’t about “branding.” It’s about raising public awareness — which is exactly what you’re seeing finally begin to happen. Organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Women Against Alzheimer’s, and others are now fully engaged in well-orchestrated campaigns aimed at informing/educating the public — as well as policymakers — about the looming crisis posed by this horrific disease. Indeed, even the media have begun focusing more on the issue. HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary “The Alzheimer’s Project” is an excellent recent example of how the entertainment industry is responding to the issue. And lest we forget, the 2008 Oscars included two Best Actress nominations for performances in movies dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Given these and other recent treatments of the topic, I suspect we’ll see a growing number media outlets attracted to stories of a similar nature. (I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see some filmmaker soon undertake a project focusing on Glen Campbell and his battle with Alzheimer’s.) No, Kavan, this isn’t about branding. This is about letting people know the awful truth about this disease — that, as things now stand, if you live long enough, your chances of developing Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia are greater than 70 percent.Related PostsTrust at StakeThe full text of Eilon Caspi’s recent journal article “Trust at stake: Is the “dual mission” of the U.S. Alzheimer’s Association out of balance?” is now available for free thanks to an anonymous donor seeking to raise awareness of the gross imbalance of effort and funding between the Association’s dual…Latest Alzheimer’s From The Inside Out NewsletterThe latest edition of Richard Taylor’s newsletter Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out was published today. If you want a deeper understanding of dementia, and the people who live with it, I highly recommend you become a subscriber by clicking here. Here’s what Richard has to say about the latest research…Best Blogs and Web Resources Focused on Alzheimer’sDr. Al Power (ChangingAging’s resident dementia expert) and I have been trying to put together a list of the best blogs and web resources focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia. We want to make sure we connect with those sites on the ChangingAging Blogstream when it goes live. Today I want to…TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Aging al power Alzheimers Dementialast_img read more

Read More

first_imgMay 17 2018Our brains are obsessed with being social even when we are not in social situations. A Dartmouth-led study finds that the brain may tune towards social learning even when it is at rest. The findings published in an advance article of Cerebral Cortex, demonstrate empirically for the first time how two regions of the brain experience increased connectivity during rest after encoding new social information.The study examines the role of two brain regions, the medial prefrontal cortex and tempoparietal junction, which are integral to social inference or our ability to evaluate other people’s personalities, mental states and intentions. Previous research has found that these two regions tend to experience a spontaneous spike in connectivity during rest and as such, are considered part of the brain’s default network. The Dartmouth-led research team examined if these two default network regions consolidate social information during rest.”We’ve known for a while that brain regions associated with social thinking engage rest but we really never understood why. This study suggests an important function to this pattern: engaging these regions during rest may help us learn about our social environment,” said lead author Meghan L. Meyer, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences, and director of the Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab.For the study, 19 participants were asked to complete social encoding and non-social encoding tasks during a brain scan session while undergoing fMRI. Before encoding, they had a baseline rest scan and after each task, a resting state scan of 8.4 minutes, where they could think about anything, as long as they stayed awake. Related StoriesAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaChemotherapy drugs delivered using biodegradable paste can prolong survival in brain cancerNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpThe participants encoded 60 social trials and 60-non-social trials. Some had the social encoding task first while others had the non-social one first. Right after the scan, participants completed a surprise, associative memory test in a quiet testing room, to assess if they could accurately identify certain photos of persons and places, and their respective set of traits, which were presented earlier.The findings revealed that during the rest period after social encoding, there was an increase in connectivity between the medial prefrontal cortex and tempoparietal junction regions. The greater the connectivity between these two default network regions, the higher the levels of social memory performance.The researchers observed an order effect in which participants who encoded the social information or photographs of persons first maintained higher levels of connectivity between these two brain regions during the post social rest and also the non-social rest period; however, this was not found to be the case for those who were presented with the non-social task first.The study demonstrates that it appears that the brain consolidates social information as soon as it has the opportunity to rest. “When our mind has a break, we might be prioritizing what we learn about our social environment,” added Meyer. For the social encoding task, participants were asked to look at a photograph of a person, their job title such as “doctor” and two traits used to describe the individual such as “educated, sincere.” They were then prompted to evaluate the impression of the person by rating the person’s warmth and competence on a scale of 1 to 100 on a computer screen. The non-social encoding task was similar only participants were presented with photographs of a location that was paired with two traits used to describe it upon which they were asked to evaluate the place on warmth and pleasantness.center_img Source:http://www.dartmouth.edu/last_img read more

Read More

first_imgJun 21 2018In an effort to improve stroke recognition and reduce life-threatening pre-hospital delays worldwide, an international team lead by researchers at Penn Medicine created a universal stroke awareness program, Stroke 112. This week, the team published encouraging results in Stroke, the journal of the American Stroke Association, about the program’s acceptance in a non-English-speaking environment.Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and studies point to non-English speaking countries and regions having higher mortality and disability rates. This is partly due to delays in recognizing stroke occurrences, which hampers prompt emergency treatment. In the United States, the acronym FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, and Time) is used to help people recognize stroke symptoms and get stroke victims to a hospital quickly. However, the acronym does not translate well for non-English-speaking countries and regions, as it is difficult to remember the foreign language characters and their related meaning.To overcome language barriers, Renyu Liu, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and a Center of Penn Global Health Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, developed Stroke 112, which utilizes the universal emergency phone number: 112. Globally, there are about 80 countries and regions using 112 as the universal emergency phone number. Stroke 112 contains the emergency number to call, and similar to FAST, in Stroke 112, each number corresponds with a warning sign: 1 uneven face (crooked mouth), 1 weak arm (arm weakness), and 2 incoherent lips (slurred speech).The researchers selected Taiwan as a non-English speaking region to test the acceptance of this simple, but potentially powerful, life-saving tool. Additionally, FAST has been used to educate people in Taiwan for fast stroke recognition for many years. The research team translated Stroke 112 into traditional Chinese and compared it to the Chinese translation of FAST through an initial online survey in Taiwan in August of 2017. In addition to gathering general demographic information–age, gender, and whether the responder was a medical professional–the survey asked which stroke educational program could be most easily remembered by people in Taiwan.The Stroke 112 program was officially released to the public by the Stroke Treatment and Research Society of Taiwan in March of 2018, along with an educational video about Stroke 112 in Chinese. Two weeks later, the same survey was distributed electronically through social media and by a registered email list from the Taiwan Stroke Treatment and Research Society.Related StoriesNew method improves detection of atrial fibrillation in stroke survivorsNew promising approach repairs system of blood vessels following strokeNew approach to post-stroke rehabilitation proposedIn the first round of the survey, before the public launch, 465 individuals (122 males and 343 females) between 11 and 80 years of age, consisting of 84 medical professionals and 381 nonmedical professionals, completed the survey. Among the survey responders, more than 54 percent thought that Stroke 112 would be easier for the people in Taiwan to remember than FAST.About six months later, after the formal introduction of Stroke 112, the survey was repeated. This time, about 67 percent thought that Stroke 112 was easier to remember compared to FAST.Due to its higher acceptance than that of FAST, Stroke 112 could be used as the main or alternate stroke educational tool in non-English speaking environments. It could also improve stroke response times due to its direct link to an emergency phone number. Additionally, there is potential for increased international adoption of this program, as unlike FAST, the Stroke 112 strategy can be translated into almost any language. Even in some countries where 112 is not the primary emergency number, much like in the United States, a call to 112 can be redirected to the primary emergency phone number.”Another benefit of this program is that 112 can be dialed free of charge even when a cellphone is locked or without an active service contract. Furthermore, the location of the caller can be immediately detected by the operator if the caller’s phone has a Global Positioning System (GPS) function. This critical feature could help avoid significant delays in locating the caller, especially when that person has a speech problem due to stroke or the caller does not speak the local language,” Liu said.Liu and first author Jing Zhao, MD, PhD, of Minhang Branch, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, created a similar program in China in 2016 called Stroke 120–in China, 120 is the specific medical emergency phone number used. The program was officially endorsed by the Chinese Stroke Association, which promoted the program nationwide and incorporated the strategy into its stroke management guidelines.”The Stroke 120 program is now well established across China and with the high acceptance of Stoke 112 in Taiwan, we’re looking to provide versions of Stroke 112 in other languages,” Liu said. Liu and his research team are now working with international experts to promote Stroke 112 worldwide. Source:https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2018/june/life-saving-stroke-educational-program-goes-globallast_img read more

Read More

first_imgAug 23 2018If more phosphate is consumed with food, blood pressure and pulse rate increase in healthy young adults. These findings were shown by a study led by the University of Basel and published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.They make processed cheese spreadable, prevent coffee from clumping and help preserve many meat products: phosphates are a common additive in industrially produced foodstuffs.Natural foods also contain phosphates, but modern eating habits mean that we are increasing our intake of them. Increased consumption of processed foodstuffs has significantly increased phosphate intake in recent years, which now often exceeds the daily intake of 700 mg recommended in the US.Healthy people also at riskAs a high phosphate level can lead, for example, to deposits in blood vessels, a low-phosphate diet has long been recommended for people with chronic kidney problems.However, an increase in dietary phosphate also increases the likelihood of developing or even dying from arteriosclerosis or a cardiovascular disease in healthy people. This has been shown by epidemiological studies that examine the connection between potential risk factors and certain diseases.Physiological study with young adultsFor the first time, a research team led by Professor Reto Krapf from the University of Basel has now verified this statistical connection in a qualitative study with 20 healthy test subjects.Over 11 weeks, half of the participants received an additional dose of sodium phosphate in tablet form alongside their normal diet. This increased the phosphate content in their blood to an above-average level, albeit one that is widespread in the population.The second group took a phosphate binder that inhibits the substance’s intake in the body. They also received salt as sodium chloride to equal the first group’s sodium intake.Related StoriesBlood pressure medication associated with increased risk of diverticulosisScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksDon’t ignore diastolic blood pressure values, say researchersEffect on blood pressure and pulse rateAfter six weeks, the doctors examined the effects of the different diets on various cardiovascular indicators such as blood pressure and pulse. A comparison of the two groups showed that the increased phosphate intake significantly increased the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of healthy young adults – by 4.1 and 3.2 mmHg, respectively. At the same time, pulse rate increased by an average of four beats per minute.The researchers show that increased phosphate intake, more specifically an increased serum phosphate level, activates the sympathetic nervous system, which accelerates cardiac activity and increases blood pressure. The study demonstrated the effect to be reversible: two months after the end of the study, the participants’ levels had returned to normal.No effect of vitamin DVitamin D is increasingly prescribed for various reasons. It both stimulates intestinal phosphate absorption thus further increasing phosphate load, but also as putative cardioprotective effects. Therefore, in the second phase of this study, the effect of an additional supplement of vitamin D was examined. However, no measurable influence on the cardiovascular values was found in either group.”Our results provide an important explanation for the association of dietary phosphate intake with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population,” says study leader Reto Krapf. “These conclusions are important for public health and should be further examined in larger studies in various population groups.”Source: https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Increased-phosphate-intake-elevates-blood-pressure-in-healthy-adults.htmllast_img read more

Read More

Atlantic white sharks may be at the top of the food chain, but trophy fishing and inadvertent catch by fisherfolk—known as by-catch—decimated their numbers in the western North Atlantic Ocean by as much as 73% in the 1970s and 1980s. That led to major international protections, restricting, in some waters, finning or commercial harvesting—and a new database on shark sightings in the western North Atlantic Ocean suggests the measures are working. The study, which included 649 confirmed records of shark captures or sightings between 1800 and 2010, combined new records gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with previously published data. Since 1990, scientists found, the sharks’ abundance is now “comparable to what it was in the 1930s and 1940s,” wrote authors in PLOS ONE this week, noting that this is “a more optimistic outlook for the recovery of this iconic predator.” Although rebounds are also apparent in the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, preventing by-catch worldwide can help protect “the long-term sustainability of their populations,” the authors add. Some celebratory chum for shark fans: The biggest animal documented in the study was more than 5 meters long. read more

Read More