Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – January 16

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Major Renovations at National Stadium

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says the National Stadium in St. Andrew is slated to undergo major renovations over the next three to five years.The Minister, who made the announcement while making her contribution to 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 5, said the works will include the modernisation of the stadium’s infrastructure, increased seating capacity and improved facilities for patrons.In this regard, certain specific capital projects have been identified, such as the renovation of parts of the bleachers, the installation of improved toilet facilities and improvement of concession areas.Mrs. Neita Headley pointed out that based on the financing available; the projects will be implemented over the next three to five years and will be carried out by Independence Park Limited.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Longtime repetitive work ups rheumatoid arthritis risk

first_imgFor example, exposure to repeated vibration , carrying or lifting weights greater than 10 kg, bending/turning, and working with hands either below knee level, or above shoulder level may put people at higher risk of developing the inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet, the findings showed.For the study, the researchers analysed information from a population of 3,680 rheumatoid arthritis patients and 5,935 matched controls included in the Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA).  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To investigate whether some people are more susceptible than others, the risk was compared in participants with and without a specific genotype (HLA-DRB1), and an analysis was performed in relation to the presence/absence of ACPA (anti-citrullinated protein antibodies) among rheumatoid arthritis patients.“We found that some types of physical workload increased the odds of developing RA (rheumatoid arthritis) more than others,” said Pingling Zeng from Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“There also appeared to be a significant interaction between genetic makeup, in terms of HLA-DRB1 genes, and the risk of ACPA-positive RA from specific types of physical workload,” she noted.The estimated odds ratio of developing rheumatoid arthritis in exposed versus unexposed participants was greater than or equal to 1.5, the study said. The findings were presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2016) in London.“These new insights into the cause of RA may hopefully lead to effective strategies to prevent the development of RA, particularly in those RA patients with a susceptible genotype,” Zeng concluded.last_img read more

Happy songs trigger pleasant memories

first_imgListening to happy or peaceful music can make pleasant memories spring into your mind, while sad or scary tunes may invoke negative emotions, a new study has found.Researchers from McGill University in Canada studied 48 participants, who were made to listen to 32 newly composed piano pieces unknown to them in 30 seconds.The pieces were grouped into four retrieval cues of music, happy (positive, high arousal), peaceful (positive, low arousal), scary (negative, high arousal) and sad (negative, low arousal). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfParticipants were then asked to recall events in which they were personally involved, that were specific in place and time and that lasted less than a day. As soon as a memory came to mind, participants pressed a computer key and typed in their accessed memory.The researchers noted how long it took participants to access a memory, how vivid it was and the emotions associated with it. The type of event coming to mind was also considered and whether for instance it was quite unique or connected with an energetic or social setting. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMemories were found to be accessed most quickly based on musical cues that were highly arousing and positive in emotion and could therefore be classified as happy.A relationship between the type of musical cue and whether it triggered the remembrance of a positive or a negative memory was also noted. The nature of the event recalled was influenced by whether the cue was positive or negative and whether it was high or low in arousal.”High cue arousal led to lower memory vividness and uniqueness ratings, but both high arousal and positive cues were associated with memories rated as more social and energetic,” said Signy Sheldon from McGill University. Researchers found that a greater proportion of clear memories were recalled when highly arousing positive cues were played in a blocked fashion.Positive cues also elicited more vivid memories than negative cues. In the randomised condition, negative cues were associated more vividly than positive cues, researchers said. The study was published in the journal Memory and Cognition.last_img read more