first_imgMcConnell has a total work force of 6552 with approximately 3250 active duty members, 915 civilians, and 1900 Reservist and National Guard members. The base also has 3090 family members and serves approximately 9000 military retirees in the local area. Area Population: 372,186.last_img

Fish oil may help improve mood in depressed veterans

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Sharecenter_img “We looked at how physical activity levels and performance measures were related to mood state and resiliency,” Kreider says. “What we found was the decrease in physical activity and the concentration of fish oil and Omega-3s in the blood were all associated with resiliency and mood.”Kreider says fish oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids that help to boost brain function. He says studies also show that fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory within the body — helping athletes and soldiers manage intense training better. Fish oil content is especially important for soldiers due to the consistent training and physical regiments performed in and out of combat and risk to traumatic brain injury.The study originated from research conducted by Colonel Mike Lewis, M.D. who examined Omega-3 fatty acid levels of soldiers who committed suicide compared to non-suicide control and found lower Omega-3 levels in the blood were associated with increased risk of being in the suicide group.Barringer says he believes these findings to be significant toward addressing some of the issues many soldiers face.“The mental health of our service members is a serious concern and it is exciting to consider that appropriate diet and exercise might have a direct impact on improving resiliency,” Barringer notes.In order to properly measure soldiers physically, Kreider and Barringer developed a formula they say has the potential to assist in effectively screening soldiers with potential PTSD ahead of time. The formula measures a number of factors including: fitness and psychometric assessments, physical activity, and additional analysis.“By improving resiliency in service members, we can potentially decrease the risk of mental health issues,” Barringer says. “Early identification can potentially decrease the risk of negative outcomes for our active service members as well as our separated and retired military veterans.”“The military is using some of our exercise, nutrition, and performance-related work and the findings may help identify soldiers at risk for depression when they return from combat tours,” Kreider notes. He says that by working to identify such high-risk issues faced by soldiers, it can set a precedent that will benefit not only military leadership, but also the general public.“The public must realize that our soldiers need support before, during, and after their service,” Kreider explains. “There needs to be a time for soldiers to transition, become re-engaged within a community, and stay engaged in that community.”More information regarding fish oil and other exercise and nutrition-related research can be found at the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab’s website. Low concentration of fish oil in the blood and lack of physical activity may contribute to the high levels of depressed mood among soldiers returning from combat, according to researchers, including a Texas A&M University professor and his former doctoral student.In a study titled “Fatty Acid Blood Levels, Vitamin D Status, Physical Performance, Activity and Resiliency: A Novel Potential Screening Tool for Depressed Mood in Active Duty Soldiers,” researchers worked with 100 soldiers at Fort Hood to identify which factors affected moods in returning soldiers.The research was conducted by Major Nicholas Barringer when he was a Texas A&M doctoral student under the direction of Health & Kinesiology Professor and Department Head Richard Kreider, in collaboration with several current and former members of the U.S. Army, and colleagues at Texas A&M. Pinterestlast_img read more

EPL: Morata speaks on his new role at Chelsea

first_imgChelsea striker, Alvaro Morata has spoken on his new role in manager Maurizio Sarri’s formation.Sarri had demanded that the Spain international play more with the midfielders and attack the box.The 26-year-old netted Chelsea’s goal in their 1-0 victory against Vidi in the Europa League encounter last two weeks.Speaking to Chelsea’s official matchday programme, Morata said: “I need to come and get on the ball, connect with the midfielders and the wingers, and then I need to attack the box after that – but not to be in the box all the time.“When you come to take the ball deeper, it’s different – it means you attack the box and that makes it difficult for the other team because you arrive running.“I’m in a good way now.”Morata added. “I want to score more goals, to play more games, but at the end of the day the most important thing is the team wins, the other things come with that.“Right now, we are near the top of the Premier League and we are in a good position in the Europa League, so we need to continue in the current way because, with a little bit of luck, I think we can fight for all the trophies this year.”Morata will hope to lead Chelsea to victory when they take on Burnley on Sunday in the Premier League fixture.last_img read more

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 7, 2016

first_img“Working As Intended” – An Exploration into Android’s Accessibility Lag: Mishaal Rahman takes a behind-the-scenes look at Android’s accessibility lag. Good dicussion in the comments.Apps that use Accessibility Services in a manner that was unintended by Google will always incur some performance overhead. AccessibilityAccessibility from the Ground Up: Build Captions and Usable Design into All eLearning: Do it right the first time, follow the principles of universal design. Did you know captioning was first designed for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, but that the largest number of users of captioning are sports bars and airports?Takeaways from Accessibility in Office 365, Microsoft Ignite 2016: If you’re interested in how Office 365 apps support accessibility, and what features are coming in the near future, check out my recap of last week’s Office 365 accessibility session.From Tom Wheeler, current chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications CommissionIf we don’t do everything possible to harness this #tech revolution to attack the challenges of individuals w/ disabilities then shame on us— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) October 6, 2016 Can we stop bad-mouthing CSS in developer talks, please?: I love working with CSS, and I’m tired of people who make fun of it or those who work with it.In other words: if you don’t like it, don’t use it. Work with someone who does like it. 10K Apart: It’s time! Voting is now open for the 10K Apart contest, where designers and developers were challenged to build a compelling web experience in less than 10kB, without JavaScript. Which ones are your favorites? Twitter Needs a Sense of Urgency: Will my favorite social media channel close down? I hope not. Scott Monty points out that Jack Dorsey has yet to meet his three objectives for Twitter. And time is running out.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedOctober 5, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why every designer should have a foundation in psychology, find out the tentative schedule for WordPress 5.0, discover how to improve color accessibility on your website/apps, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”October 19, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about the relationship between information architecture and content strategy, find pragmatic rules for web accessibility, discover how and why you would use negative grid lines in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I…In “Web design & development links”center_img What I Found InterestingHow to Make YouTube Playlists with a Google Spreadsheet:Create an anonymous playlist, not connected to your YouTube channel. And not connected to your Google account. Nice shoutout to my friend Martin Hawksey at the end of the post, with a link to his project for using Google Forms to collaborate on a YouTube playlist.I totally agree with this!Articles belong on the web, not in incomprehensible tweet storms. Write your thing, publish it, then use Twitter to *promote* it.— Matt Hill (@matthillco) October 3, 2016 In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover what McDonald’s Happy Meals can teach us about good user experience, find out why there’s an accessibility lag in Android, learn about variable fonts in web design, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the Week☝Just a reminder in this sea of webdev despair: Minimum requirements to build a website 👉 💻 Browser📝 *Text* editor ⏰ Time💪 Enthusiasm— @rem (@rem) October 6, 2016User ExperienceWhat Happy Meals Can Teach Us About Good User Experience: Reduce choices and create smarter defaults to streamline the customer journey, says Amy Ahearn, senior innovation associate at Acumen.UX in Action: IBM Watson: This free user experience webinar on October 13 hosted by UserTesting.com features my friend Carol Smith. A senior design manager at IBM Watson, Smith will share her insights on building a UX-focused design team and discuss lessons learned from past UX research projects.10 Tools for Prototyping on a Budget: Have a limited budget for prototyping tools? Note: many are free trials, free for one project, or only available for the Mac. I liked the Alternative Tools section at the end, which offered all-in-one prototyping solutions.Service design: Isn’t it just UX with a different name?: No, they’re not, says Sanjay Poyzer of the UK Government Digital Service.Let’s be clear: service design and UX design are not the same, because a service is different from a user’s experience. WordPressWordPress Meetup in Paris: How wonderful to read this post by Isabelle Garcia, who I met at WordCamp Columbus 2016 when she conducted video interviews with speakers, organizers, and attendees. Izzy is a true digital nomad, she shares her thoughts on attending her first WordPress meetup.WordPress.com Adds SEO Tools to Business Plan: Glad to see this new search engine optimization feature available. Personally, I’d love to see this feature included in all WordPress.com premium plans.WordCamp Orlando Canceled Due to Hurricane Matthew: Totally understandable, given Hurricane Matthew. Anyone who purchased a 2016 WordCamp Orlando ticket is available for a full refund; you must request the refund via Google Forms by October 14, 2016. I was sad when I heard the news of the cancellation; I had a great time at WordCamp Orlando 2013.How to quickly find and edit code from themes and plugins: These two free plugins will make it a lot easier for you to locate which WordPress file to edit. CSS and HTMLIntro to Variable Fonts in Web Design: Imagine being able to load one font and get different styles of the font: italics, bold, different sizes. That’s what variable fonts is all about. Glad to see Adobe, Apple, Microsoft and Google are working together to make OpenType Font Variations happen!Start with a good foundation.Learn HTML. Everything else is an enhancement.— Ian Devlin (@iandevlin) October 4, 2016last_img read more

Loss Prevention Jobs in California

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Rich sexual past between modern humans and Neandertals revealed

first_imgOnly a bit of the DNA coiled inside the cells of Europeans and Asians comes from Neandertals, but those snippets have sparked a flurry of research. In the past few years, researchers have traced them to one or two ancient encounters with our extinct cousins. Now, a report published online in Science this week details a far richer sexual past for modern humans and their archaic cousins, one that played out at multiple times and places over the past 60,000 years.By developing powerful new statistical methods, an international team has identified how often and on which continents modern humans, Neandertals, and a second kind of archaic human called Denisovans met and mated. The researchers conclude that if you’re an East Asian, you have three Neandertals in your family tree; Europeans and South Asians have two, and Melanesians only one. (Africans, whose ancestors did not mate with Neandertals, have none.) Add in two additional liaisons known only from fossil DNA, and the ancestors of modern humans and Neandertals mixed it up at least five times. (Any matings that produced no offspring can’t be traced.) Meanwhile, the Denisovans bred at least once with Melanesians. “It was apparently separate events, so not just one single happy party at some point,” says evolutionary biologist Alan 
Cooper of the University of Adelaide in Australia, who was not part of the new study.When researchers first spotted traces of Neandertal nuclear DNA in living people, they assumed that it must have come from a rare mating or two, likely when modern humans left Africa and first pushed into Neandertal territory in western Asia. 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Then, they found that Denisovans had also interbred with  Neandertals. Last year, researchers discovered that a 40,000-year-old modern human from Romania had a Neandertal great-great-great grandparent—but this Neandertal genome does not live on in present-day humans (Science, 22 May 2015, p. 847). Last month researchers reported modern DNA in a Neandertal toe bone, suggesting another early mating between the two types of humans, perhaps 100,000 years ago or so. And this week, the same team reports interbreeding between Denisovans and 440,000-year-old ancestors of Neandertals.All this mixing has resulted in a patchwork of archaic DNA segments in modern human genomes. Tracing the source of each segment isn’t easy, in part because Neandertals and Denisovans were closely related. In Melanesians, for example, “up to 20% of the time when we say a segment matches a Neandertal, it’s Denisovan,” says population geneticist Joshua Akey of the University of Washington, Seattle, who led the new study.So Akey’s team developed a statistical method to help identify and classify archaic DNA more reliably. They sequenced the genomes of 35 Island Melanesians, who carry more archaic DNA than any other group, and also analyzed the genomes of nearly 1500 other people around the world. They used the sequence data to find chunks of DNA likely inherited from archaic ancestors. Then they used new statistical methods to see how reliably they could classify the archaic DNA as Neandertal or Denisovan, and whether different populations had the same source of archaic DNA.Akey expected that diverse Neandertal ancestors had contributed to Melanesian genomes, but that’s not what the team found: Most of the Melanesians’ archaic DNA turned out to be from Denisovans. What Neandertal DNA they have stems from a single liaison—the first one, soon after modern humans left Africa. A second Neandertal encounter shows up in the genomes of Europeans, South Asians, and East Asians, and likely happened in the Middle East before these populations diverged. Finally, the ancestors of East Asians had a third hookup with Neandertals, presumably somewhere in Asia (see graphic, below). ADAPTED FROM VERNOT ET AL./SCIENCE The most likely explanation, Akey says, is that Melanesians split from the ancestors of Europeans and Asians before the second encounter. Later, East Asians broke away from Europeans and South Asians and got a third pulse of Neandertal DNA as they went their separate way. Meanwhile, the ancestors of Melanesians picked up genes from Denisovans somewhere in Asia. The legacy of this ancient sex includes 21 chunks of archaic DNA bearing immune genes that recognize viruses, along with several metabolism genes, such as GCG, which increases blood glucose levels, and PLPP1, a cell membrane protein that breaks down fats. These genes may have helped modern humans adapt to new diseases, diets, and climates as they moved into Neandertal territory in Europe and Asia. But the researchers also found “deserts”—stretches of the human genome where no archaic DNA appears. These genomic regions may once have carried the legacy of ancient encounters, but it no longer survives in living people. That suggests that these parts of the genome, which contain genes linked to language, brain development, and autism, are critical to a modern human’s identity and reproductive fitness: Archaic gene variants can’t be tolerated here.Some researchers caution that modern DNA may not be a completely reliable guide to ancient matings. Groups like Melanesians may have simply lost archaic genes over time, so that their full mating history with Neandertals was erased. “It seems possible that the differences in Neandertal ancestry between present-day people could be due to differences in the efficacy of natural selection ‘weeding out’ Neandertal segments,” says population geneticist Pontus Skoglund of Harvard University.Still, he and others praise the power of the new method and the pace at which researchers are building a catalog of DNA inherited from archaic humans, which keeps adding new twists to the story of our origins. As evolutionary biologist Eske 
Willerslev of the University of Copenhagen and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom notes: “It seems like [ancient admixture] keeps getting more complicated.”last_img read more