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Children with bad allergies and asthma have a much higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems at a young age, according to research published Tuesday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.Allergies and asthma have already been tied to obesity and other metabolic disorders in adults. The new research suggests the conditions might be more of a public health problem than previously realized.Researchers looked at data on 13,275 children between birth and age 17 in the US and found that asthma and allergies in young children were associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. In addition, eczema, a condition that causes itchy, inflamed skin, was associated with a higher risk of obesity.advertisement Related: Another factor: Children with the most severe cases of asthma and allergies are often treated with steroids. Asthma patients, for example, are often prescribed a drug that falls into the family of beta-agonists, which relax constricted airways and ease breathing. But while they relieve symptoms of asthma, Marshall said, they also can raise blood pressure.“This finding really underscores why we need safer and better long-term medications to treat these disorders,” Silverberg said.Experts said doctors and parents need to be more attuned to cardiovascular problems that crop up in children with asthma and allergies, including checking their cholesterol levels periodically. But they said not enough physicians are doing so.“It hasn’t yet risen to the conscious level of providers that deal with this on a regular basis,” Marshall said, “and that’s alarming.” Megan Thielking Unvaccinated babies not always welcome in pediatricians’ offices On the left is Dulera and on the right is Albuterol, both used for asthma. News Editor Pediatricians urge tough rules on e-cigarettes Tags allergiesasthmapediatrics “If there’s smoke in all these different places, you’ve gotta believe there’s a fire somewhere,” said Dr. Gailen Marshall, an allergy and immunology researcher from the University of Mississippi who was not affiliated with the study. “It’s just a matter of figuring out where the fire’s coming from, and that’s the stage of research we’re in now.”advertisement About the Author Reprints Alan Levine/Flickr @meggophone HealthChildren with allergies, asthma may be at risk of heart problems, too Related: By Megan Thielking Dec. 8, 2015 Reprints [email protected] One possible factor: Children with severe asthma often find it difficult to participate in sports or other physical activity. Kids with severe eczema face a similar problem, because sweat exacerbates their skin condition.These issues can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, and that, in turn, can lead to cardiovascular problems. And there’s no good research on how to keep kids moving when exercise leads to serious side effects like asthma attacks, said Dr. Jonathan Silverberg, a dermatologist at Northwestern University and the lead author of the study. But researchers aren’t sure why the link exists.
Home Sport GAA Nine Talking Points as Laois footballers go down to Westmeath in league… SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter GAA Nine Talking Points as Laois footballers go down to Westmeath in league final Pinterest WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin 3 – Cahillane’s goal missOne of those missed opportunities was Paul Cahillane’s goal chance midway through the first half. He got on the end of a sublime pass from Donie Kingston, rounded the keeper but the angle was then tight and he dragged his shot wide.Had it been scored it would have put Laois five up but Westmeath went straight down the field and got a point and went on to outscore Laois by 0-5 to 0-1 over the next 15 minutes. It was a turning point of sorts and a huge moment in the game4 – Brody caught out and Westmeath goalThe crucial moment, though, was the goal that was scored – Ger Egan firing to the net in the 60th minute when Westmeath led by one.The goal came after Graham Brody – on one of his now trademark runs out the field – over hit a free to Trevor Collins. Laois were almost all pushed up and Westmeath counter attacked with purpose and worked it to Egan who fired past Colm Begley who ended up back on the line.Westmeath got the next two points and Laois were chasing it from there.Paul Cahillane of Laois in action against Boidu Sayeh of Westmeath during the Allianz Football League Division 3 Final match between Laois and Westmeath5 – Westmeath on top again as championship next upHaving lost to Westmeath in Round 4, Laois have now lost twice to Jack Cooney’s side this year, both by three points. It’s a trend they’ll want to end when the sides meet in the championship quarter-final in Tullamore on Sunday, May 26, as Westmeath are now on top in this rivalry in 2019.Indeed Westmeath have won the two trophies available to them having earlier won the O’Byrne Cup.Some of the Laois supporters before the game. Picture: Julie Anne Miller6 – Black card dry spellLaois played 20 minutes of the game with an extra man as Westmeath had both James Dolan and Boidu Sayeh sin-binned. Laois took full advantage of Dolan’s absence as they outscored Westmeath 0-5 to 0-2 when he was off. But it was a different story during Sayeh’s absence as Laois failed to score during that spell and Westmeath pointed twice. To have a chance of winning, Laois needed to make much more of that 10-minute period.7 – Impressive debut for O’FlynnSean O’Flynn made a number of sub appearances during the league but today was his first start and the young Courtwood man – still a Leaving Cert student in Mountrath CS – acquitted himself well.He got on a mountain of ball and while he’ll be disappointed not to have at least one point to show from three shots on goal, he looked well up to the standard and we’ll surely see more of him in the county colours in the years ahead.8 – Small crowd and return of the soup and sandwichesThe official attendance in Croke Park was 7,647 but that counted all three games including the two colleges finals on beforehand. Given that the supporters of those games had left by the time the Laois game started, what was actually there for the Laois-Westmeath game was down on that.On a different note, after being left without refreshments during the most recent visit to GAA HQ – the Laois v Louth Round 2 game – there was soup, sandwiches and tea for the press box gang today. A sign of the modern times, however, was that the only sandwich choice left at half time of the Laois game was ‘New York Mostrami’. Whatever that might be – but it’s not the traditional GAA offering!9 – What now?Laois have a seven-week break before they play Westmeath again in the Leinster championship. In the meantime you can expect the players to return to their clubs where there’s a busy schedule of Division 1 games over the month of April, beginning next weekend.SEE ALSO – Weekend Read: Remembering the classic Laois v Westmeath Leinster minor final saga from 1995 TAGSAllianz Football League Division 3Laois senior footballersLaois v Westmeath Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Steven Miller – 6th April 2019 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook Previous articleWasteful Laois lose Division 3 decider against Westmeath in Croke ParkNext articleIn Pictures: Laois fans show their support but disappointing Croke Park outing Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Facebook GAA Evan O Carroll of Laois in action against Ronan Wallace of Westmeath Brought to you in association with Cllr Brendan PhelanThe Laois senior footballers wrapped up their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign in Croke Park this afternoon – but it wasn’t to be a happy ending as Westmeath won 1-13 to 0-13. Laois had secured promotion to Division 2 prior to the game but they’ll still be disappointed to lose to their midland rivals for the second time this season.We take a look at some of the main talking points from the clash.1 – Man of the Match: Stephen Attride (Laois)While Westmeath attacker Ger Egan got the official award and rightly so after a fine showing and a haul of 1-6, the best Laois player on view was arguably captain Stephen Attride.He came out of defence with a lot of possession and his ability under the high ball was excellent from start to finish. The Killeshin man rarely has a poor game and this was a continuation of another consistent run of performances in the league. He’ll be disappointed with the result but it marked a good return to Croke Park following his horror injury in the Leinster semi-final against Carlow last year.2 – Wides, wides, widesIt’s hard to get away with kicking so many wides over the course of 70 minutes. By our count, Laois hit 16 wides in total and also dropped a couple short.Laois could have built up a decent lead early on – but the wides kept Westmeath in the game and they were much more efficient with their opportunities and that made all the difference. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA
Home News WATCH: Laois school produce uplifting video for their students News Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WATCH: Laois school produce uplifting video for their students Twitter Previous articleRemember the Game: Sarsfields win first Laois ladies football senior title in 2008Next articleLaois primary schools doing all they can to help parents and students during Coronavirus pandemic Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter News WhatsApp Pinterest Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 4th April 2020 Facebook WhatsApp “We want all our students to stay safe and positive and we will all get through this uncertainty together and soon we will all be back in the classroom.”But the school teachers weren’t the only ones to get creative.In response to their video, Junior Cert student Fionn Abbey, who comes from Stradbally, made a cracking video himself.Fionn got creative and produced an excellent video showing what life is like keeping up with his subjects at home.Check out his response below:SEE ALSO – 424 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland while deaths go above 100 Electric Picnic Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest It is tough being a student at the moment.Since March 12, they have been taken out of their classroom setting and forced to change their learning environment to their homes.That is tough for everyone and especially those who are hoping to sit Leaving and Junior Cert exams in the summer.And so, the staff of Portlaoise College have come together to produce a video with a heartwarming and uplifting message.Deputy Principal Keith McClearn said: “The message of the video is simple, we wanted to say Hello to all our students and maybe put a smile on their faces by watching the video. TAGSPortlaoise College Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date
News News By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.01.13 3:16pm Am 09. Januar erklärte Pjöngjang, dass esseinen Nukleartest aussetzen würde, solange Washington die alljährlicheMilitärübungen mit Seoul abbricht. News Daraufhin erwiderte Außenamtssprecherin JenPsaki, „Das Statement Nordkoreas, welches einen möglichen Nukleartests desNordens zweckwidrig an die US-ROK Routineübungen knüpft, ist eine inbegriffeneBedrohung.“ „Nordkoreas Nukleartests sind laut derResolution des UN-Sicherheitsrates verboten und der Norden muss dies befolgen.“ Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE Facebook Twitter Südkoreas Verteidigungsministerium erklärte,dass Nordkoreas Angebot die gemeinsamen Militärübungen zwischen Washington undSeoul abzubrechen, sei wie „eine Eintrittskarte für jeden Räuber.“ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Verteidigungsministerium: „Die Militärübungen abzubrechen bedeutet eine Eintrittskar There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Kim Min Seok, Sprecher des südkoreanischenVerteidigungsministeriums, erklärte während eines regulären Briefings: „Diegemeinsamen ROK-US Militärübungen sind dazu da, um Südkorea vor den Drohungendes Nordens zu verteidigen.“ Er fügte hinzu, „Nordkorea hat kein Recht seineNukleartests in Bezug auf die ROK-US Militärübungen als Druckmittel zu benutzen.“ News Kang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected]
RelatedMinistry of Justice Appoints Chief Technical Director Advertisements Ministry of Justice Appoints Chief Technical Director JusticeFebruary 25, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Justice is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Cheryl Davis Ivey as Chief Technical Director, effective February 15, 2010.The Ministry of Justice is moving to become a modernized and policy focused entity. As Chief Technical Director, Mrs. Ivey is the head of the Ministry’s Policy and Modernization Division. She leads the Ministry of Justice in all policy and modernization matters affecting the justice sector and acts as deputy to the Permanent Secretary.Mrs. Ivey has strong management and technical experience in the public sector with proven track records in the fields of health, education and the social sector.She was Director, Executive Services, Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education before she joined the Ministry of Justice. In her role, she managed the Ministry’s Cabinet and Legislative Programmes and co-led the preparation of the Ministry’s budget estimates, among other duties.She also brings to the Ministry extensive international experience gained during a number of years working with USAID, Kingston and UNICEF, Colombia.Between 2002 and 2005, Mrs. Ivey was the Director of the Strategic Reform Division in the Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for Corporate and Operational Planning, Performance Management and Communication. During that time, she was acknowledged by the Jamaica Social Policy Evaluation Project (JASPEV) for her personal contribution to the Government of Jamaica policy development process.She also served as Deputy Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board, where she had direct responsibility for the Agency’s Finance and Accounts, Human Resource Management and Administration, Network Administration and Logistics Departments. At the NFPB, Mrs. Ivey was acknowledged by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) for her role in the computerisation of the NFPB’s accounting system as well as her input and review of a published continuing education guide to computerisation of accounting systems for small organisations.Between 1991 and 1992, Mrs. Ivey served the then Ministry of Youth and Community Development as Programme Development Officer in the Child Support Unit. She has also worked as Health Planner with the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Outreach Counsellor with the Women’s Centre Foundation of Jamaica, Guidance Counsellor for the St. Anne’s Secondary School and Registered Nurse with the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Medical Associates Hospital.A past student of Holy Childhood and St. Mary High Schools, Mrs. Ivey has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies (Mona), she also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from the same institution and has a Certificate in Nursing from the University Hospital of the West Indies. Other areas of training include a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from the Management Institute for National Development, a Diploma in Spanish from the Berlitz Language Institute, Colombia. She also participated in a Project Implementation Course and is the holder of a certificate in Adolescent Fertility Management from the UWI, Mona. RelatedMinistry of Justice Appoints Chief Technical Director RelatedMinistry of Justice Appoints Chief Technical Director
‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca There could even be a luxurious ‘Vignale’ variant offered for the European market, though that model is unlikely to cross the Atlantic. We’ll bring you full details on the new Fiesta next week. Start counting down the days, because Ford will reveal its latest Fiesta next week.Per Automotive News, the reveal is happening in Germany on Nov. 29. We’ll also see an updated mobility strategy and new fuel-saving tech, as well as new commercial vehicles revealed alongside the Fiesta – which, by the way, is expected in North America for 2018.Rumours suggest the new Fiesta will still be underpinned by the outgoing platform, but will be spruced up in the refinement and driving dynamics department. Count on seeing more active safety features and upgraded interior bits, such as better materials and sharper displays. Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSFiestaFordNewsEnergy Efficiency and ConservationEnvironmental Issues and ProtectionEuropeGermanyNature and the EnvironmentNorth AmericaWestern Europe See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Ford Fiesta Handout / Ford We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. New Mercedes-AMG four-cylinder engine makes over 100 horsepower per cylinder Small is big, and a battery’s a benefit, according to Wards. The auto industry analyst company has named its 2020 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems, which contains four electrified powertrains and only a single V8.The company said “this year’s list of winners reflects an industry that is trying to do it all with heart-pounding fire-breathers, capable pickups that don’t need V8s, family cars that don’t need V6s, and a battery-electric CUV that is fun to drive.”Wards has listed its 10 Best Engines each year since 1995, but with more electrified vehicles coming to market, renamed it this year to include propulsion systems as well. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSChevroletFlexNew VehiclesFlex See More Videos advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever In alphabetical order by automaker, the winners are the:BMW 3.0L turbocharged I6 (MW M340i) Daimler 3.0L turbocharged 48-volt I6 (Mercedes-Benz GLE 450) FCA 3.6L V6 with 48-volt eTorque (Ram 1500) Ford 2.3L high-performance turbocharged I4 (Mustang) GM 3.0L turbocharged I6 (GMC Sierra) GM 6.2L V8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray) Honda 2.0L Atkinson I4 with hybrid system (Accord Hybrid) Hyundai 150-kW electric propulsion system (Kona EV) Hyundai 1.6L turbocharged I4 (Sonata) Nissan 2.0L variable-compression turbocharged I4 (Altima) The editors at Wards chose the winners after testing 26 all-new or significantly-improved engines during everyday driving in Detroit in October and November. Nominees from previous years are eligible. Each is scored on power, torque, comparative specs, NVH management, observed fuel economy and new technology. The vehicles must have a base price that doesn’t exceed US$65,000.The BMW, FCA, Honda, Hyundai electric and Nissan engines were repeat winners from 2019.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Hyundai Kona EV Hyundai Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” “It’s important that our winning picks remain within reach for American consumers, and represent a wide range of internal-combustion and electrified propulsion sources.” Ford cuts 5.0-litre V8 engine production due to lower demand“We’ve had years with several luxury brands making the list, but this year there were only two,” said Drew Winter, Wards senior content director. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Maersk’s intra-Europe subsidiary, Seago Line, is claiming the new sulphur oxide (SOx) ship emission regulations will cost it $40m a year.At last week’s Container Trade Europe event in Hamburg, organised by the JOC, Seago Line key account manager Andrea Avani said the line had targeted carrying 850,000 teu this year, which would mean the new regulations that came into the force at the beginning of this year in Europe had cost the line around $45 per teu.Mr Avani said that of the 50 vessels in the company’s fleet, 22 were employed in its shortsea mainliner business, with capacities of 1,700 teu to 4,500 teu. The remaining 28 vessels, ranging in capacity from 500 teu to 2,700 teu, operate on feeder trades.On 1 January, the European Union reduced the allowable SOx content of vessel fuel emissions from 1% to 0.1% in three Special Emission Control Areas (SECAs): the Channel, North Sea and Baltic Sea. By Gavin van Marle 28/09/2015 He told delegates: “Twenty-seven of our vessels have been impacted by the SECA regulations, and the cost increase on the year before was about $40m – that was the figure we had to collect from our direct customers [shortsea shippers] and business customers [deepsea carriers that buy Seago feeder services].”Mr Avani said all vessels transiting the SECAs were burning low-sulphur marine gas oil (MGO) rather than using scrubbers, and in response to the new legislation it had introduced carefully calibrated low-sulphur surcharges (LSS) for three areas: north-west continent & the UK; Scandinavia & Poland; Russia & the Baltics.“Have we been successful in collecting these surcharges? Not hugely,” said Mr Avani. “For example, we had some success on intra-European cargo from North Europe to the Mediterranean in the first quarter, but by Q2 that was eroded by competitors not deploying dedicated assets.“On the northbound route, we had no success whatsoever; but our intra-North Europe customers have universally accepted the LSS. One of the main reasons for this is that most competitors also introduced the surcharge and customers have been more mature and willing to contribute,” he added.However, Mr Avani also admitted that on some trades – principally the trunk Russian container import supply chain routed through St Petersburg – other factors, such as economic sanctions and the declining value of the rouble, had masked the direct impact of the new SOx regulations.He also took the opportunity to reiterate shipping industry claims that the regulations had distorted competition between transport modes, and he called for the ‘playing field to be levelled’.“One of Seago’s founding pillars was that we would win conversion cargo, but the overall industry competitiveness has decreased compared with road. Am I optimistic? Not really, we need to find a more balanced approach to environmental legislation and it needs to include other modes,” he said.In addition, he expressed concern over the lack of enforcement of the regulations, after Per Holmvang, project director of environmental protection technologies at class society DNV GL, had revealed that just 1% of commercial vessels sailing in the SECAs were expected to be inspected for compliance.“We have complied with the regulations from day one and have since had 7,000 sailings in the SECA areas. The fact that we haven’t had a single inspection seems to me to be wrong – where is the enforcement of this regulation? Is it really protecting the environment as it is supposed to?” Mr Avani asked.