AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLoud workplace noise has been found by many studies to cause harm, but a recent analysis links the sounds of all-night car horn blasts and shouting by bar revelers in New York City’s noisiest neighborhoods to unexplained improvements in body weight and blood pressure for the urban poor living there. “To be clear, we’re not saying that neighborhood noise causes better health, and a lot of further research is needed to explain the relationship we found between this kind of disturbance and health,” says senior study investigator and NYU Langone Medical Center epidemiologist Dustin Duncan. “It may just be that New York’s noisiest neighborhoods are also the most walkable and that its residents get more exercise that way. But our study shows that neighborhood noise may have an indirect impact on health that is different from known risk factors, such as diet and sedentary lifestyles.”MORE: Good News For Pregnant Women Who Love Drinking Coffee“It made sense to study neighborhood noise because the neighborhood is where people spend most of their time; the city is a bustling, congested environment; and the health of people being studied is already at risk from the stresses of poverty,” says Duncan.Specifically, researchers observed relatively lower body mass index (or BMI, a measure of body weight by height) and blood pressure among 102 men and women in the city’s noisiest neighborhoods. All were participants in the NYC Low-Income Housing, Neighborhoods and Health Study and lived in affordable public housing. Most have annual incomes of $25,000 or less. Researchers gauged noise levels based on more than 145,000 noise complaints placed to the city’s 3-1-1 non-emergency phone system in 2014.Among the key findings of the analysis was that poor people living within a five-block radius with a thousand noise complaints had a BMI 2.72 points lower than if they had lived in a neighborhood that hypothetically had no noise complaints. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered “normal,” and a BMI of 30 or more constitutes obesity, a major indicator for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.RELATED: Eating More Cheese May Explain Healthier Hearts in FranceSimilarly, for blood pressure, researchers estimated a 5.34 point drop in systolic pressure (the upper number of two used to measure it) for a neighborhood with 1,000 noise complaints compared to a statistical model of a five-block radius that had none.According to researchers, the city neighborhoods with the most noise complaints were mostly in Manhattan, and included Times Square in midtown, as well as all of downtown and parts of Queens. Noise complaints were markedly less, they say, in the outer boroughs, including the Bronx and Staten Island.For the study, participants volunteered to carry GPS tracking devices for a week to track in real time where they spent their spare time and to have their body weight and blood pressure recorded.Study lead investigator Kosuke Tamura, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone, says other than walkability, social factors and peer pressure could also account for the unexpected findings. Kosuke says some New Yorkers in Manhattan’s noisiest and most fashionable neighborhoods may be more self-conscious about their physical shape and fitness than poor people in less noisy parts of the city, and these factors could be overriding some of the detrimental health effects from neighborhood noise.Tamura says the team has plans for longer studies that account for population density, as a benchmark for walkability, to better assess the impact of neighborhood noise on health.(Source: NYU Langone Medical Center)Click To Share The News With Your Friends (Photo by Daniel Mennerich, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The National Hurricane Center has started advisories for Invest 92, calling it Potential Tropical Cyclone 26.Invest 92 According to the National Weather Service, it is expected to become a hurricane in a few days near Cuba, and continue as a hurricane as it moves northwest into the central Gulf of Mexico.Projections for landfall are anywhere from Louisiana to Florida.Tropical Storm Gamma will be hanging out in the Bay of Campeche for much of this week.“We will need to monitor the long range forecasts – it does show a north turn by the end of the week,” Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said.
Brattleboro Retreat,Vermont Business Magazine Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked the Brattleboro Retreat as 12th on its 2016 list of the 15 largest private behavioral health providers in the United States. The rankings are reflective of patient revenue in 2014 based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital data. The Brattleboro Retreat is a not-for-profit organization that had a $62.4 million budget in 2014. In 2014, the year the Retreat first appeared in the Modern Healthcare rankings, the Retreat came in at 14th (based on 2012 CMS hospital data), and in 2015 the Retreat was 13th based on CMS numbers for 2013.“The rankings clearly demonstrate the Retreat’s continued growth,” said Louis Josephson, president and chief executive officer. “But more important is the fact that we are finding ways to reach out and provide critical services to individuals whose needs might otherwise go unmet.”The Retreat has accomplished this, in part, by launching several specialty programs since 2009 designed to serve distinct patient populations. These include a program for men and women in uniform (police, fire, military, etc.) who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other duty-related problems; a 15-bed inpatient program for adults who identify as LGBT; and a 14-bed inpatient program designed to meet the unique needs of “emerging adults” ages 18—26.In March 2013, the Retreat partnered with the Vermont Department of Mental Health, which funded the construction of a 14-bed, state-of-the art unit to provide care for patients displaced from the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury following Tropical Storm Irene.The Retreat has also invested more than $10 million in capital improvements in recent years that have resulted in a variety of important upgrades including a complete remodel of the hospital’s 12-bed Children’s Inpatient unit; construction of a secure outdoor courtyard for patients; a fully modernized pharmacy; an electronic health record; a complete cafeteria remodel; new roofing on the administration and adjacent buildings; and new patient activity areas designed for relaxation, exercise, and creative pursuits.In 2015, the Retreat was staffed for 122 inpatient beds, which represented an increase of 72 beds over 2006. In terms of patients served, the Retreat had approximately 4,000 inpatient admissions in 2015 and approximately 6,000 individuals total were served in combined inpatient and outpatient programs. By contrast, in 2006, inpatient admissions were slightly under 2,000.This growth has resulted in a doubling of the hospital’s workforce since 2007 with more than 900 employees now on the payroll.The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.BRATTLEBORO, VT (March 7, 2016)—Brattleboro Retreat read more
Brad Rabone, JDR’s Head of Sales, Renewables – Europe, has been selected to join the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) Offshore Wind Supply Chain special interest group (SIG) steering group.The aim of the recently launched group is to share information and best practice, and to promote offshore wind business opportunities in the Southern North Sea and European waters.The group’s objectives include informing and supporting EEEGR board members regarding its interaction with policy makers, sharing market intelligence, lessons learned and recommending supply chain improvements.Brad joined JDR in 2013 and has over fifteen years’ experience in the high tech cable industry. He has previously held UK sales and key account manager roles for Nexans covering markets including onshore wind, rail and high voltage infrastructure projects.“EEEGR’s role is essential to achieve sustained development of the energy industry in the East of England. JDR has established itself as a world leader in the supply of cables to the offshore wind industry and has an important part to play in developing and maintaining links within the supply chain. I am proud to represent JDR as we work more closely with EEEGR to promote the wealth of expertise and capabilities in the East of England area,” Rabone said. read more
PENSACOLA, Fla. –The West Florida baseball team will be playing for something more than Gulf South Conference wins when the team takes the field Saturday. The Argonauts will be hosting Strike Out Cancer games to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The day is especially significant to one Argo who was diagnosed with cancer almost five years ago. Junior catcher Ben Emery is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma during the summer after his sophomore year of high school. Emery underwent four months of chemotherapy the fall of his junior season before recovering in time to compete in the spring. After having success at Pensacola State College, Emery transferred to UWF where he began playing for the Argos last fall. “Ben is one of those special kids,” UWF coach Mike Jeffcoat said. “I don’t think a lot of his teammates, unless they asked him, would know he’s a cancer survivor. He’s not somebody that wants anybody to feel sorry for him. But, he’s a guy that’s an example of someone who knows it’s a privilege to play baseball. Ben’s a prime example of perseverance, being tough and overcoming obstacles on the field and in life.” Although he was a standout student-athlete with college ambition his first two years at Dunedin High School, his diagnosis the summer after his sophomore year threatened to prevent him from achieving that goal. “I was at an East Cobb showcase during the summer when I started having stomach pain in the morning,” Emery said. “I played a game that day and then went to the hospital after.” Scans produced inconclusive results, and Emery eventually had exploratory surgery before being diagnosed. “I was in shock more than anything,” Emery told the Tampa Bay Times in 2010, shortly after his diagnosis. “I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I didn’t think something like this could happen to me. I was a little bit scared.” But Emery decided he wasn’t going to let the diagnosis break his spirit. His next question for doctors was: “When can I get back on the field? It’s important for me to come back,” he told the Times that summer. He did come back. After four months of chemotherapy, Emery was cleared to begin regular baseball activities in November of his junior year of high school. He eventually went on to be named a three-time all-county honorable mention, PCAC all-county second team honoree, Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Florida Region All High School Seniors Team Honorable Mention and a Pinellas-Hillsborough All-Star Selection. Before transferring to UWF, Emery spent time at Pensacola State College where he was named Second-Team All-Conference, a FCSAA Academic All-American, a 2013-14 NJCAA Academic All-American and awarded the PSC Jim Kline award. “Don’t take any situation you have for granted,” Emery said of the lessons he’s learned. “Injuries come and go. You’ve just got to make the best of your situation. Every day you get to come out to the field is definitely something you look forward to. You don’t know if you’ll always be able to or not.” The UWF baseball and softball teams host Lee in Strike Out Cancer games Saturday, March 28. The fundraiser will take place at both the UWF Softball Complex and Jim Spooner Field, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. “Any time you can help raise funds to continue research, help find ways to cure it or help the patients who battle it is something we definitely want to be involved in,” Jeffcoat said. “Hopefully we have a great day and can give any survivors or people undergoing treatment a day to get away from anything bringing them down. We think it’ll be a great day to watch baseball and support a great cause.”For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version read more