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Coronavirus: Can Increase In Temperature Kill COVID-19? Experts Weigh In – NDTV News

Temperatures Impact on COVID-19: Experts have varying views on whether heat can limit growth of the virus

Coronavirus: COVID-19 virus has now spread across over 110 countries with no known vaccine or cure. There has been a conjecture that increased temperature can kill the virus and that the onset of summer will lead to a breakdown in transmission of the virus. However, scientists do not have a definite answer on the influence of summertime temperatures on COVID-19, says Dr Laxman Jessani, Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai.

He goes on to add: It has been observed that the virus can stay active for 8-10 days on dry surfaces and while it survives in the human body at 37 degree Celsius, they are heat labile like all viruses and are deactivated or destroyed when subjected to heat. However, the exact threshold temperature to deactivate COVID-19 is still unknown.

Around the world, while different experts have varying views on whether sunlight and heat can limit growth and longevity of the virus, they all agree that observing proper hygiene is more effective in preventing spread. However, the coronavirus is known to be sensitive to three things: Sunlight, High temperature, and Humidity. Sunlight affects the ability of a virus to grow while heat deactivates it.

Also read:Coronavirus Vs Flu: How To Spot The Difference? Know The Exact Symptoms

While experts debate on this matter, summer is still a month away and till then it would be prudent to adopt simple measures to help prevent transmission:

Washing hands regularly is an important prevention step for coronavirusPhoto Credit: iStock

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Dr P. Raghu Ram, President of The Association of Surgeons of India, has a contrasting view on this. He says, "If this was the case then incidence of coronavirus in countries like Australia and Singapore should have been low. There is still a lot that we need to know about the novel coronavirus."

He goes on to add that even in the opinion of World Health Organization, we should not be relying on warmer temperatures to come and put an end to coronavirus outbreak.

Also read:Coronavirus: Your Queries Answered By Experts

(Dr Laxman Jessani is Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai)

(Dr P. Raghu Ram is President of The Association of Surgeons of India)

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Preventing the next virus outbreak – Social Europe

The coronavirus is not a natural disaster but the outcome of a system of agriculture subordinating animal, and human, welfare.

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) poses global challenges and many scientists are trying to develop vaccines for the disease. Beyond the importance of discovering a drug, one must understand why the virus has spread and learn from this to prevent epidemics erupting in the future.

The outbreak, as the science writer Brian Resnick concluded, is due to human behaviour. How so? Scientists and reporters in China explain that one must go back to 1970.

That year, there was a heavy famine in China, which resulted in more than 36 million people starving. The Communist Party administration, which controlled food production, failed miserably to save the people. As a result, in 1978 it relinquished exclusive control over agriculture and allowed private entrepreneurs to trade. The private sector began to grow.

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While most farmers domesticated animals such as poultry, pigs and cows, as well as growing cereals and legumes, a smaller, richer sector began to hunt and domesticate wildlife, such as bats, turtles and snakes. At first it was very small, growing and trading wildlife only around the home. Although initially this was illegal, the Chinese government turned a blind eye because it contributed to the livelihood of those engaged in it, necessary during those years of crisis.

Having come to realise the economic potential of selling wildlife, in 1988 the government changed the law, determining for the first time that wildlife was a natural resource which one could therefore use for ones own needs. This made wildlife trading increasingly interesting to the industry at the margin.

It soon became clear, however, that the decision was a precursor to the spread of new viruses. As the industry developed, in limited spaces huge markets emerged, selling a wide variety of animals: rhinos, wolves, mice, crocodiles, ducks and snakes, alongside pigs, chickens and more. Where there is a concentration of large animal populations, there is an opportunity for an animal disease to spread to other species and on to manwhich is exactly what happened.

In 2003, in a market in Guangdong province, the SARS virus (SARS-CoV) broke out, the source an Asian wild animal called the masked palm civet. The virus reached 71 countries, killing about 774 people. Following the outbreak, the Chinese government shunned the wildlife food industry.

Although its value was minimal for Chinas overall gross domestic product, those who lost huge profits following the decision lobbied to allow the trade to recommence. The pressure told: a few months later, the government declared 54 wildlife species as legitimate to trade in once more. In 2016, more varieties were added, such as tigers and pangolins (scaly anteaters).

In 2019 the coronavirus erupted. This time, the virus has reached more than 80 countries and it has already killed more than 3,000 people. Scientists speculate that the source was probably a bat, which transmitted the virus to a pangolin, entering humans in the market in Wuhan.

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What is common to the two markets in which the SARS and corona viruses erupted is the high concentration of different animal types in dense conditions, allowing the transmission of viruses from one to another. The interaction of the three (bat-pangolin-human) depends on close proximity. As Peter Li, a professor of animal trafficking in China, explained,The cages are stuffed with each other. The animals at the bottom are soaked in fluids. One after the other. This is exactly how viruses emerge.

After the coronavirus broke out, the administration again blocked the sale of wildlife. But organisations around the world are pushing the Chinese to repeal the law allowing it completely. Yet since the government halted the trade after the outbreak of the SARS virus only to relent under pressure, it will not necessarily take a different tack this time.

When Resnick asked Jonathan Epstein, a veterinarian and epidemiologist, why its important to understand the source of the virus, his answer was, obviously, to avoid repetition. To him, epidemics occur because of human activityit is not the animals fault.

Is the problem the sale of wildlife intrinsically or is it the living conditions of the animals? Probably both.

In other countries, animals also live under harsh conditions which cause disease outbreaks. For example, the source of swine flu which radiated from Mexico in 2009 was probably the town of La Gloria, east of Mexico City, where industrialised pig pens were located. Bird flu and the mad cow disease which erupted in Britain can also be seen in this light.

The Chinese should not be judged for consuming animals others do notthere is really no difference between slaughtering tigers and cows or chickens. The main problem is the conditions, not the species.

The solution may thus be more liveable conditions for animals or indeed the cessation of the industrialised processing of animals. Instead of putting a band-aid on the problem (vaccines), it must be addressed more fundamentally. If we, humans, treat animal welfare as a necessary thingnot only for animals but also for usand insist that public health is more important than the wellbeing of wealthy industries, then the outbreak of such plagues can be prevented.

Animal welfarehuman welfare. It is time to think about the implications of our actions for animals, not just in terms of morality but also health. And of course (but thats another topic) the environment.

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Global Solvent Based Coatings Industry Insights, 2015-2030: Adoption of PET Technology is Increasing – Yahoo Finance

DUBLIN, March 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Solvent Based Coatings Global Market Report 2020" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

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This report covers market characteristics, size and growth, segmentation, regional and country breakdowns, competitive landscape, market shares, trends and strategies for this market. It traces the market's historic and forecast market growth by geography. It places the market within the context of the wider solvent based coatings market, and compares it with other markets.

The global solvent based coatings market was worth $23.69 billion in 2019. It is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% and reach $32.14 billion by 2023.

The solvent based coatings market has been geographically segmented into North America, Western Europe, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe, South America and Middle East & Africa. Asia-Pacific accounts for around 58% of the market.

Solvent based coatings are beneficial in humid environments. The time required to dry for solvent based coatings is very less when compared to the water-based coatings which are less efficient in humid environments. Solvent based coatings are composed of liquifying agents that are helpful in speeding up the drying process through chemical reaction with oxygen available in the environment. This nature of solvent based coatings makes it is easy to apply in humid environment and at different temperature zones. Moreover, many industries prefer solvent based coatings to avoid chemical reactions owing to its quick drying nature. For example, companies like Jamestown Coating Technologies produces industrial paints, which are solvent based and are more durable when compared to water based coatings. Thus, the nature of quick-dry in solvent based coatings benefits its application in humid environments and thereby contributes to the growth of the market.

Solvent based coating release Volatile Organic compounds (VOC) into the environment causing environmental damage and affecting human health. VOCs are carbon compounds that become gas at room temperature and become the main reason for air pollution. Governments across the world are coming up with different regulatory acts to curb the emission of VOC. For instance, to reduce the emission of VOC, Hong Kong government has implemented a regulation that restricts products exceeding the standard emission of VOC in the country. Thus, the emission of VOC in the atmosphere from solvent based coatings limits the growth of the market.

The adoption of PET technology is increasing as it enables homogenous distribution of mineral particles during painting. It is an acrylic polymer capable of encapsulating mineral pigments in organic phase, which is a solvent phase. The main performance of the coatings comes from the bulk of the binder composition, however additional polymer features such as crosslinking, oxidative or UV (Ultra Violet) curing and specific morphology can boost overall performance, improving the dirt pick up resistance in most cases. PET technology is being widely adopted by many customers and establishments to improve paint longevity and enhance resistance to climate variations and dirt from manmade and natural sources. Some of the major companies who adopted this technology are Vermont Photo Inkjet, AkzoNobel N.V., Sherwin-Williams Company and RPM International Inc.

In October 2018, Akzo Nobel N.V., a Netherlands-based chemical manufacturing company that manufactures specialty chemicals such as decorative paints and coatings, surfactants, polymer, and other chemical products acquired Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition helped AkzoNobel in becoming a leader in the Romanian decorative paints market. Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. is a Romania-based company that specializes in producing products such as paints, lacquers, enamels, and solvent-based coatings.

Major players in the market are BASF, AkzoNobel, PPG, Sherwin-Williams, Henkel, Valspar, 3M, HB Fuller, Eastman Chemical Company, and Arkema SA.

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Are family businesses and investors immune to the coronavirus? – Campden FB

Investment fund managers are appealing for calm among investors as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, anticipating a six-month market disruption but divided on if there will emerge a new normal.

Amundi Asset Management said the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak should prove short-lived to the first half of the year with the mobilisation of fiscal tools, leaving the medium-term potential growth of economies intact.

Pascal Blanque, group chief investment officer, and Vincent Mortier, deputy group chief investment officer, said once the epidemic stabilised, economies will rebound and catch up some of the lost ground. The supply shock would disappear and pent-up demand would materialise, except in some sectors where losses in activity were not recoverable, such as tourism and air transport.

At the moment, the fear factor is at full play because the whole population understands thatthe situation is likely to worsen further in the coming weeks, Blanque and Mortier said.

That being said, despite the panic that has gripped markets, we believe that investors should remain calm as much as possible.

Asked if multigenerational family businesses, with their patient capital, can ride out the storm given their historic adaptability, Omar Kodmani, Investment Director at Ruffer LLP, said in principle, a very long-term investment horizon would suggest this was a reasonable strategy.

However, the drawdowns in equity markets along the way can be devastating to capital and being allocated to a manager that is preoccupied with the downside can help navigate the rollercoaster ride of public markets and provide a stable source of capital for other investments, Kodmani said.

In other words, time horizon is helpfulbut what you are invested in matters even more. Consistent with Ruffers capital preservation objective, our portfolios are broadly flat in 2020 so far while equity markets have entered bear market territory.

Professor Pele Clamour (pictured), of HEC Paris, pointed to three cases of multigenerational family businesses which survived and even prospered during times of turmoil.

The Wendels built their fortune on steel and survived despite several crises and wars, he said.

In finance, the longevity of the Rothschilds is also emblematic. We can also cite the Wallenbergs in Sweden. These families share a capacity for resilience and adaptation that have enabled them to get through these periods of crisis.

Kodmani at Ruffer said while it was impossible to generalise about the risk of a contemporary family business going bust, we are in a new environment now and contingency plans are required. Major shocks can change behaviour permanentlywe cannot assume a return to the status quo ante.

A new-normal for families and investors post-coronavirus was also suggested by Clamour but there were more immediate concerns. Asked if families should change their acquisition, investment, marketing, growth or recruitment strategies, he said the initial outbreaks first led to the implementation of a survival plan and the anticipation of scenarios for the future. The question of investments or acquisitions was currently secondary.

The banking system must be put at the service of the SME, Clamour said.

They will be in difficulty because they do not have sufficient cash to pass the storm. Central Banks and governments are the key drivers to lead this process.

Amundi expected a significant rebound in GDP growth in the second half of 2020, if there was coo-ordination of fiscal monetary support.

Currently markets expect a longer time to recover, but no global recession, Blanque and Mortier said at Amundi said.

We think that the worst could be contained to H1 as we already see some signs of recovery in China.

Clamour said COVID-19 was a powerful reminder that a risk which threatens a family business can also crash the value of more liquid assets, just when they were likely to be needed most.

The current turmoil in global markets should serve as a wakeup call to family office investment portfolios that they should have allocations to strategies that can hold up or make money in periods of stress, he said.

Bolts really can come from the blue.

Like any other business, families are seeing capacity disruptions in their supply chains as a result of coronavirus-related transportation restrictions. Today, we see how supply chains have been globalised, how much we are dependent on a certain number of export and import. We live a health shock, which can become a geopolitical shock and will destabilize our economic system.

Italy has become the epicentre for the coronavirus. The worst-hit country after China has reported nearly 25,000 cases and more than 1,800 have lost their lives.

Alfredo De Massis (pictured), Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Director of the Centre for Family Business Management, Free University of Bolzano and Lancaster University Management School, said Italian ultra-high net worth (UHNW) family business had always prioritised the saving of human lives over their economic interests.

Health comes before profits; this reflects the strong family-centered, non-economic goals that characterise the way Italian families do business, and distinguishes the behaviour of many family businesses as compared to their nonfamily counterparts, De Massis said.

So Italian UHNW family businesses are now taking strict measures to protect their people, allowing smart working or even closing some businesses when needed, showing a very socially responsible behaviour. This is also consistent with the typical propensity of Italian UHNW family businesses to build superior, long-term relationships with their employees. We will think about economic issues at a later stage, now we need to save as many lives as possible.

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Strange, Extremely Disordered Proteins Are Heroes in Disguise Protect Other Proteins – SciTechDaily

Damage (red devils) like drying out, harsh chemicals or heat normally causes proteins to become unstable and lose their proper shape and function (left side, orange). Researchers at the University of Tokyo have characterized Hero proteins (pink, purple, green), long, flexible proteins that protect other proteins (right side, orange). Credit: Illustration by Kotaro Tsuboyama, CC BY 4.0

New study of heat-resistant protein class reveals unusual shape and ability to prevent dangerous clumps associated with neurodegenerative diseases.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have discovered a new group of proteins, remarkable for their unusual shape and abilities to protect against protein clumps associated with neurodegenerative diseases in lab experiments. The Hero proteins are heat resistant and are widespread in animals from insects to humans.

Most proteins have well-defined folds and twists that form a rigid structure, but the new type has a long, flexible stringlike structure. Researchers found the first of these strange proteins in flies and named it using a combination of an informal Japanese word meaning weak or not rigid and the diminutive suffix normally attached to young boys names, hero-hero kun.

Years later, researchers realized the name also fit the English meaning of hero, a brave defender.

The UTokyo team now reports that Hero proteins can protect other proteins, extend the life span of fruit flies by 30 percent, and protect both fruit flies and lab-grown human motor neurons from dangerous protein clumps, like those observed in patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

The Hero protein was identified by accident in about 2011 when then-graduate student Shintaro Iwasaki encountered an unusually heat-resistant protein that increased stability of Argonaute, the protein at the center of the labs studies. Iwasaki now leads his own lab at RIKEN.

The liquid portion (lysate) of cells is clear at normal temperature (left) but becomes cloudy after boiling (center). After researchers spin the tubes at high speeds (centrifugation), the cloudy liquid separates into a white clump at the bottom of the tube, made of normal proteins that became unstable and misfolded due to the heat, and the remaining clear liquid containing anything that was unaffected by the heat (right). The remarkable Hero proteins are part of the remaining clear liquid and were studied by University of Tokyo researchers. Credit: Photo by Kotaro Tsuboyama, CC BY 4.0

It was kind of cool to know that a strange, extremely disordered, heat-resistant protein improved the behavior of Argonaute, but its biological relevance was unclear and, moreover, the proteins sequence seemed unrelated to anything else. So, we didnt know what to do next and just decided to put it on the shelf until years later, said Professor Yukihide Tomari, leader of the research lab and last author of the paper published in PLOS Biology.

Eventually, Kotaro Tsuboyama saw the hero-hero kun protein in a fresh light, initially after joining the lab as a doctoral student and now as a postdoctoral researcher.

Proteins with similar functions usually have similar amino acid sequences even between different species; experts call this evolutionary conservation.

The lack of evolutionary conservation that Tomaris team encountered when they first identified hero-hero kun seems to be a defining characteristic for Hero proteins, making it difficult to predict their function or even identity.

To uncover the true identities of more Hero proteins, researchers grew human and fruit fly cells in the lab, made extracts from the cells, then simply boiled them.

High temperatures normally weaken chemical interactions that support a proteins structure, causing it to unfold and clump together with other unfolded proteins.

Proteins are generally damaged by heat, but we found that Hero proteins remain intact even at 95 degrees Celsius [203 degrees Fahrenheit] without losing function. It is a bit strange, which is why I think no one has carefully characterized these proteins before, said Tsuboyama.

Next, researchers used an analytic technique called mass spectrometry to identify any proteins that remained in the boiled test tubes.

They found hundreds of Hero proteins in fruit flies and in humans.

Tsuboyama selected six Hero proteins to study in detail.

When some of the six Hero proteins were mixed with other client proteins, those clients kept their shape and function despite high heat, drying, or harsh chemicals that would normally destroy them.

In experiments using lab-grown human motor nerve cells, high levels of Hero proteins stopped cells from developing the protein clumps characteristic of the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and restored their normal growth patterns.

The large, sensitive eyes of fruit flies are often used as disease models, because they are deformed by mutations that cause neurodegeneration in humans. Researchers observed that enhancing Hero activity protected flies eyes from deformation caused by protein clumps associated with ALS. Conversely, eliminating normal Hero activity caused defects in the development of the fly eye.

Moreover, researchers found evidence that Hero proteins can promote longevity when they genetically modified healthy fruit flies to have high levels of individual Hero proteins throughout their whole bodies. Remarkably, some Hero proteins caused flies to live about 30 percent longer lives.

It appears that Hero proteins naturally exist to keep other proteins happy, said Tomari.

We saw many positive effects, but so far, we did not find any superhero among those six Hero proteins that can stabilize all client proteins. Some Hero proteins are good for some clients, and others are good for other clients, said Tsuboyama.

Researchers are planning future experiments to identify any patterns or rules about which Hero proteins assist which client molecules in living organisms.

We hope that, in the long run, Hero proteins can be useful for biotechnological and therapeutic applications, said Tomari.

Reference: A widespread family of heat-resistant obscure (Hero) proteins protect against protein instability and aggregation by Kotaro Tsuboyama, Tatsuya Osaki, Eriko Suzuki-Matsuura, Hiroko Kozuka-Hata Yuki Okada, Masaaki Oyama, Yoshiho Ikeuchi, Shintaro Iwasaki and Yukihide Tomari, 12 March 2020, PLOS Biology.DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000632

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What Jason Hope Says About New Longevity Research – HealthTechZone

Throughout the past decade, various topics related to stem cells have made headlines across all platforms. From being hailed as the most innovative method for eradicating specific diseases, to being protested by various groups and organizations, the use of stem cells has gained national attention repeatedly. With promising initial scientific findings, and avid researchers aiming to solidify the presence of stem cell usage in the realm of science on a normalized basis, increasing numbers of startups, biotech giants, and independent companies are forging ahead with stem cell-related projects. As global connectivity, technological advancements, and the marriage between medicine and technology continues to evolve swiftly, Jason Hope sees stem cells will undoubtedly remaining in the spotlight.

Over 20 years ago, scientists successfully extracted the first human embryonic stem cells, and effectively grew these cells in a lab setting. The remarkable feat of being able to successfully grow the parent cells, which essentially allow for the growth of new cells in the body, was a hopeful moment for the medical sector involved in creating effective regenerative treatments for conditions like heart disease, Alzheimers, stroke, and Parkinsons Disease. Using basic reasoning, the successful regeneration of parent cells could provide the regeneration of undesired cells, leading to anti-aging results, or effective care for many age-related conditions that deteriorate the body over time.

Though this initial breakthrough was promising, the scientific community has not yet made significant strides in bringing stem cell therapy to market in a way that is well-researched, backed by medical associations, and commonly accepted by the scientific community. In fact, the only readily utilized stem cell treatments are related to successfully growing blood cells from matching donors for patients with various blood disorders. According to entrepreneur, philanthropist, and expert in the realm of anti-aging and longevity, Jason Hope, these initial utilization of stem cells are commendable, but require a lot more research in order to maximize the potential widespread benefits of stem cells in medicine.

Hope, who has devoted much of his philanthropic endeavors within the medical industry via groups like the SENS Organization, recognizes that most stem cell implementations are rightfully considered experimental until appropriate research, testing, and development can occur. As an expert in the realm of anti-aging, and the championing of increasing health throughout a lifetime, Jason Hope recognizes the potential distrust that can be formulated by the general public as a result of eager companies making lofty claims or promoting potentially faulty treatments not yet fully vetted by the medical community. Thus, while he remains avidly enthralled by the potential maximization of stem cell therapies, hope supports the long-term research needed to safely, successfully, and effectively generate breakthrough stem cell treatments.

Providing continued backing for the extensive research completed at the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) Organization, Hopes contributions aid in the research aiming to create preventative treatments for degenerative diseases and utilizing breakthrough science to increase the overall long-term quality of life for individuals. Instead of focusing on the treatment of symptoms and the disease throughout the progression of the condition, the scientists at SENS work to examine ways to successfully prevent the disease from happening. Through this boundary-pushing work, a lot of their research focuses on stem cell intervention. According to Hope, stem cell treatments for Parkinsons Disease are now in the second stage of clinical trials at SENS. While the process of undergoing such extensive trials may appear slow, it is crucial to maintaining overall public support via successful treatment launches and promising in terms of the long-term possibilities linked to stem cell treatments.

In addition to the research being conducted by SENS, preliminary medical studies are being conducted with a myriad of uses for stem cells. Experimental stem cell transplants of retinal cells were recently utilized in a small research study of macular generation, providing initially promising results for the handful of patients who have received artificially generated retinal cells. Elsewhere, scientists have begun to explore ways to minimize potential rejection of stem cells in organs like the liver, through maximizing the most conducive environment for stem cells to thrive. While these slow-moving vehicles of change are less prominent than startups promising the proverbial Fountain of Youth via experimental stem cell treatments, these medically sound research studies are forming the backbone of stem cell treatment for the future.

As with all scientific and medical innovations, Hope also recognizes the potential risks, hurdles, and roadblocks within the growing field of stem cell research, and integration into medicine. From supply chain concerns to potential long-term side effects, and the risk of overly eager startups making too-lofty claims, Hope understands that the road to the everyday utilization of stem cells remains lengthy and potentially bumpy. However, the proverbial juice may very well be worth the squeeze in this example. As stem cells harvest the potential power to overturn the degenerative effects of some of the most prominent diseases, allow individuals to maintain active health for elongated periods of time, and increase the quality of life for countless individuals, expanding upon the initial promising research is potentially a pivotal point for the medical community and humankind. Though the road to successful scientific integration of stem cells is long, the potential healthcare benefits are limitless, and according to industry experts like Jason Hope, worth investing in, exploring, and championing.

About Jason Hope

An avid entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, Jason Hope is a futurist involved in the championing of technological advancement, community involvement, and innovative medical interventions. Deeply passionate about the anti-aging, longevity, and human advancement niche of biomedicine, Hope remains actively involved in various scientific organizations.

After receiving a degree in Finance from ASU, and a subsequent MBA from ASUs W.P. Carey School of Business, Hope developed a successful mobile communications company. Professionally, he currently focuses on investing in startups and developing grant programs for small businesses.

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How, where and why Montana became the grayest state in the West – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life and elderly. Two thousand years later, Shakespeares Seven Ages of Man carved human chronology into seven slices, with the bodys final frailty circling back to the original oblivion of infancy. And in the 1980s, British historian Peter Laslett proposed a revised map of three ages, with a caveat for the third: it could be a time of post-retirement fulfillment and achievement, or it could collapse, a la Shakespeare, into dependence and decrepitude.

The character of any individuals third age hinges on some key factors, including health, wealth, community and the government policies and cultural customs that influence them. Navigating those factors requires independence, assistance, access and education. The latter, especially, is lacking. Missoula Aging Services Executive Director Susan Kohler told a room full of Montana journalists in November that one of the biggest impediments to a fulfilling third age is lack of preparedness.

Already, Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, according to median age statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. With half the states population 40 or older, were the ninth oldest in the nation, out-grayed only by Florida, Maine and a few other eastern states.

Peak age is yet to come, according to demographic projections produced for the state Department of Commerce by consulting firm REMI. As of 2017, the baseline year used by those projections, 18% of Montanans were 65 or older, up from 14% in 2001. The figure is expected to climb to 22% by 2030 then plateau through 2040 as boomers reach the end of their lives.

Different parts of the state, however, are on very different trajectories. Sparsely populated rural counties tend to have higher percentages of seniors and are, in many cases, on track to become even more disproportionately older. Petroleum Countys 520 residents make it the lowest-population county in Montana, and by 2030, 37% of county residents will be past retirement age, up from 23% in 2017. For Teton County, northwest of Great Falls, the 2030 figure is projected to be 27%, up from 22%.

Population centers like the Billings area tend to trend closer to the state as a whole, age-wise, though college towns Missoula and Bozeman are substantially younger than other urban areas, and are expected to stay that way. Seniors 65 and over accounted for 16% of the population of Yellowstone County (including Billings) and 12% of the population of Gallatin County (including Bozeman) in 2017. Those figures are projected to rise to 21% and 15%, respectively, by 2030.

Counties with sizable Native American populations, such as Roosevelt County (including Wolf Point), Big Horn County (including Hardin and Crow Agency), and Glacier County (including Cut Bank and Browning) are also younger than neighboring rural areas. Roosevelt County, with only 11% of its population over 65, is the states youngest by that measure.

Driving those trends are three key demographic forces: birth, death and migration. Higher birth rates pull areas younger while longer lifespans populate communities with more elders. Migration, in turn, tends to siphon young, mobile residents away from some places and toward others.

Montanas population is skewing older, in part, as the oversized generation of baby boomers born in the aftermath of World War II, between 1946 to 1964, reaches retirement age. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, longer life expectancies and declining birth rates are also a factor thats aging American communities across the nation. While average life expectancy in the U.S. was 68.2 in 1950, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, it was a decade longer, 78.6, in 2017.

In Montana, the median age of death is now 75 for men and 82 for women, according to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. Montanas Native communities are younger in part because death typically comes much earlier for American Indian Montanans, with DPHHS reporting a median age of death at 60 for Native men and 63 for Native women.

Counties with larger Native populations also tend to have higher birth rates, which means more young residents. For example, Roosevelt County, which is 57% Native, saw a rate of 22.3 births per 1,000 residents annually between 2010 and 2018, according to a Montana Free Press analysis of census data. The equivalent figure for Yellowstone County, in comparison, was 13.2.

Migration rounds out the picture. While Montana attracts some older migrants looking for a change of scenery in retirement, migration is on the balance a youthening force for destination communities, because young people constitute the lions share of movers. According to census estimates based on surveys conducted between 2014 and 2018, 58% of Montanas new arrivals to Montana are under the age of 30, versus just 11% who are 60 or older.

As such, migration patterns also contribute to the graying of places where there arent enough new arrivals to balance the number of young people moving away for school or work, creating the brain drain dynamic that has posed a challenge for swaths of rural Montana for decades.

WHAT IT MEANS FOR MONTANA

Those trends create challenges.

At a community level, an older population means more demand for healthcare services. A 2012 study by economists at Montana State University, for example, estimated that the states aging demographics would necessitate increased state Medicaid spending. And with large portions of the healthcare system funded by the state-administered Medicaid program, aging creates public policy questions at the state government level as well.

At the same time, an aging population is predicted to diminish the proportion of states residents who are in the workforce and available to staff nursing jobs, not to mention other businesses. Montanas working-age population of residents between the ages of 15 and 64 was 64% of the populace as of 2017. While the total number of working-age Montanans is projected to increase with population growth, the working-age share of the population is expected to decrease slightly, to 60%, by 2030.

That study also concluded that the aging of Montana will produce a modest shift in state revenue sources away from income taxes, which are highest for workers in the peak of their careers, and toward property taxes, which are higher for older adults, including retirees, who tend to live in more valuable homes than younger residents.

An aging population doesnt just influence tax projections and hospital budgets and worker supply.

It affects family farming and Elks Clubs.

It affects churches and nonprofits and all manner of governmental safety nets, whose funding structures are already strained.

It affects the aging and the aged, many of whom face financial insecurity and isolation. And it affects the generations behind them, who are increasingly called on to care for elderly parents, even as many raise their own children, who may one day help care for them.

The average American life expectancy has increased by three decades over the course of the 20th century, contributing to the aging of America and suggesting the need for what a 2018 Stanford Center on Longevity initiative calls a new map of life that reimagines education, work, retirement, intergenerational relationships, financial planning and healthcare to support a society in which more of us than ever are living in Lasletts third age.

Montana is on the forefront of that national trend, giving Montanans an opportunity to, as Center on Longevity Director Laura Carstensen wrote in the Washington Post, redesign how we live.

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Find Out Here How To Shave Easily And Efficiently For These Rapidly Moving Modern Times – Forbes

Braun Series 7

If one believes that modified grooming down results in being happier, more productive and more creative, than ones behavior will hear that out. How one is groomed has always been linked to how one behaves, hence the expression looks like a million bucks. The way you look affects the way you think, feel and act. Industry insiders have long observed that renewed attention to appearance is a sign of recovery and strength.

Managers are empowering employees to choose modified grooming methods from a variety of ways. Simply stated; good grooming habits is demonstrating your commitment and concern for your well-being during office hours. In fact, organizations are reporting such positive benefits from employees with clean grooming habits. Good grooming is here to stay and even part of a dress for success policy at many prominent corporations.

I recently had the privilege of speaking with Benjamin Wilson, Industrial Designer, Global Technology & DesignCommunications Lead for Braun & Gillette Venus. Procter & Gamble about the great history of the brand since 1921, why men are looking for tools to make their grooming effortless and that enable the looks they desire and why he believes that technology and needs will change, but Brauns principles will remain relevant!

Benjamin Wilson, Industrial Designer, Global Technology & Design Communications Lead for Braun & ... [+] Gillette Venus. Procter & Gamble

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes about the great history, and development of your brand?

Ben Wilson:Since 1921, Braun has been a benchmark for useful, functional design and products of the highest quality - from its founding years as a radio manufacturer, to the debut of the S50 shaver in the '50s, not to mention its current innovations in personal care tools and the recent return to the audio market, Braun is a brand with longevity. The undeniable influence of the era of Fritz Eichler and the Ulm School of Design on the role of design in business includes the thinking that led to the iconic "less, but better" way of creating objects." From personal care to audio, timepieces to kitchen appliances, the Braun brand permeates many personal everyday products. Braun since day one hasbeen about creating better solutions and experiences that improve peoples lives.

My background: At the beginning of 2002, I decided to move to Europe to experience new cultures, learn more about myself and to start my design career. I now have an amazing family of 4 and enjoy being part of the European and P&G design scene. Names like Hans Gugelot, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and naturally Dieter Rams drew me to Germany.

To be able to call myself a Braun Designer and have the privilege to share the knowledge I have gained at Braun, is a great honour. I have made it my mission to share my learnings and play a role in ensuring that the next generation of designers understand that it is not merely an aesthetic, but an approach, a way of thinking and doing things that leads to better products, ones that meet human needs and that are created to stand the test of time -the Germans call this having a Haltung, a wayof doing things.

In addition to my industrial design experience, I have continuously represented Braun as an internal and external brand ambassador and moved from the executional design function to lead Braun Technology and Design Communications since 2016.

Joseph DeAcetis: In your words, what is your competitive advantage in development and specialized product.

Ben Wilson: Braun can be summed up simply, it is, and always has been, about creating objects for use that are based on human needs and that are designed and engineered to the highest quality to stand the test of time. In short, for humans, simplicity of use and built to last. We call this Designed for what matters. The idea of respecting humans is an underlying, recurring theme of our story, fromlooking after the humans that work at Braun through to treating the users with respect by means of considering their needs and helping them have a good experience with Braun products over a long time.

Joseph DeAcetis: How do you intend to market to Millennial's and Gen Z - whom quite often, do not wish to follow the rules?

Ben Wilson: Having stood the test of time for almost 100 years, our Haltung has future. This generation, like various before, are looking for what will be next, what is most important for them and the world? What type of world do they want to live in? This generation, as Gary Vaynerchuk says,have options. Like no generation before, they have the ability to make change happen, to start a company, to go live within days and reach millions of people with their ideas... they dont have to settlefor mediocrity or things they dont agree with anymore. They are looking for things that are authentic, real and that are intrinsically good- our Haltung, way of doing things, has a future. Technology and needs will change, but our principles will remain relevant. Imagine if the generations to come understand what truly good design is? In my opinion, one of the most important Dieter Rams quotes is

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great Design is making something memorable and meaningful.

A thought/quote developed in association with my long-term business partner and friend Dr. PeterKapos: In Brauns current marketing approach to Millennials and Gen Z, the company arereconnecting with their brand tradition, particularly as it was formed in the 1960sand 70s. Itsstandard practice for companies today to study their audiences in order to adapt messaging to fit theirperceived requirements. Braun have realised that theres already a clean dovetailing between its deeplevel ethos, its Haltung, and the concerns of young people. Considerations about better living through a more conscious and deliberate relation to objects, an emphasis on quality and experience, a desire to reduce clutter, noise and chaos, awareness about the direct relation between our individual choices as consumers and the future of a habitable planetall of these thoughts directly informed Braunindustrial design from the early 70s on. They are Braun Design DNA. Of course, these issues are alsoof urgent concern for a younger generation growing up in a precarious and, in many ways, perilous social and physical environment in which futures, both personal and planetary, are uncertain. So, forBraun, all that is required to find the marketers holy grail of relevance is just to be true to itself. That may sound cheesy, but it in practice this has required the company to take a long hard look at itself, and to make some brave decisions. Haltung is, after all, something that must be practiced rather than preached. As a company, Braun is looking forward to earning the regard of its young audiences as thecompanys Haltung is increasingly evident in itsproducts.

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to us in details about the 3 new shavers?

Ben Wilson: Braun manufactures various shavers and the Braun Series9 is the Worlds most efficientelectric shaver, torture-tested on 3-5-day beards. The five shaving elements capture more hair in one stroke compared to other Braun shavers, for a flawless shave and provides both a close and gentle shave, without compromise.

However, this is not necessarily what all men are looking for when it comes to their grooming needs. Through extensive research we found that it takes a lot of attention and effort not to miss any hairs when shaving. Men generally just accept that there are some hard-to-reach areas whilst shaving, such as the jawline, and adapt their shaving technique to get the smoothest results. Therefore, Braun took on the challenge to address this and to deliver the ultimate shaving experience for men.

After several years of research and with the help of 10 s of thousands of men across the globe, Braun developed the NEW Series 7, Series 6 and Series 5 shavers with an extremely slim and perfectly balanced body. The new innovative slim drive system enabled the all new Series 7 3D flex head to ensure that the shaver head, which adapts to every contour of the face, can detail with ease and enables an easy smooth in-use experience that ensures closeness. This new generation of shavers brings together breakthrough technology, human first design and engineering excellence to provide a shaving experience that is easy, smooth and gentle.

Series 5

SERIES 5, SERIES 6 AND SERIES 7 HERO FEATURES EXPLAINED

A NEW slim and ergonomic design- the handle has been redesigned to deliver better shaving with

less effort:

The angle between the handle and the shaver head is designed to allow the shaver head to stay incontact with the skin.

The handle is slimmer to ensure a better grip and handling during the shave.

The shavers have been perfectly weighted to balance the device requiring less effort while shaving.

All three shavers can be used both wet and dry.

NEW and improved shaving systemfor more power delivered to the blades

Features advanced specialised cutting elements: a middle trimmer to capture longer hairs and twoultra-thin SensoFoils for a close and thorough shave.

For superior shaving performance, the Series 5, 6 and 7 all feature a new and improved direct drive system which enables this new generation of shavers to cut through even very dense facial hair.

NEW EasyClick system to upgrade your shaver with attachments:From the perfect 3-day stubble to perfectly smooth skin, the series 5, 6 and 7 can be upgraded with attachments for ultimate versatility. This is the first of its kind from Braun, all of this in a single tool!

Precision Trimmer: for moustache and sideburns trimming. Beard Trimmer: for beard styles from 0.5mm to 7mm.

Stubble Beard Trimmer: for a perfect and precise 3-day beard look without the effort, this is thanks to the hairs being captured inside the shaver head.

Body Groomer: for a head-to-toe grooming. Cleansing Brush: for deeppore-cleansing.

EasyClick functionality: Every attachment has been designed to be interchangeable with one simpleclick.

Fast charge technology:Powerful Li-Ion batteries provide a full charge in 60 minutes plus a 5-minute quick-charging mode, enough for one shave.

THE BRAUN SERIES 7 360 FLEX - A PERFECT COMBINATION OF REFINED CONTROL AND MOVEMENT

Combining breakthrough technology with intuitive design, the new Series 7 uses flexibility and adaptation to enable seamless close contact.

360 Flex System: The revolutionary Series 7 features a fully flexible head that responds to the contours of your face and neck, reaching every hair for a smoother shave, using less effort.

AutoSensing technology: The Series 7 uses Braun AutoSensing technology which automatically adapts to hair densityhelping to capture event more hairs in each stroke.

Series 6

THE BRAUN SERIES 6 - SENSITIVE TO YOUR SKIN

The Series 6 flexes to your skincare needs, meaning you never have to compromise on performance.

SensoFlex shaving head: Thegentle pivoting head and flexible blades of the Series 6 glide effortlessly over the curves of the face, reducing pressure on the skin and creating a sensitive yet close and comfortable shave.

Skin Heath Alliance: The Series 6 has been given dermatological accreditation from the Skin Heath Alliance, an independent organisation that verifies the safety of products for the skin.

THE BRAUN SERIES 5EASY AND DYNAMIC

The Series 5 offers an easy and efficient shave that simplifies your everyday shaving routine.

EasyClean System: The Series 5 features a built-in rinsing mechanism, allowing water to pass through the rinsing holes in the shaver head, clearing any shaving debris without the need to remove the shaving head.

Joseph DeAcetis: In your words, what are men seeking today in a good shaver and how has Braun developed specialized product to compete with this change?

Ben Wilson: When it comes to their grooming needs, men are looking for tools to make their grooming effortless and that enable the looks they desire. Needs change over time and trends come and go, at Braun we always strive to understand these shifts and ensure that we have the right solutions to offer.

As these needs change, just like the Brothers Braun did in 1955, Braun does research and seeks to understand what is desired and develops products that are designed for what matters. Today, men are grooming in more ways than ever, from a clean-shaven look, to 3-5 day and full beardswith this, the grooming jobs to be done and the challenges for our designers and engineers change. For example, our Series 9 was developed because many men shave during the week but then let their beard grow

from Thursday through Monday morning, where the shaver needs to be able to get through the 3-day weekend growth, lifting and cutting longer hairs. This is an immense challenge that our Series 9 hasachieved and is therefore able to carry the tittle most efficient shaver in the world, torture-tested on 3- 5-day beards. Every year, we welcome over 30,000 men to our European technical centers to test our products. This way we stay very closely connected to trends and predict the unmet needs of our users.

Another example is the introduction of our Autosensing technology into our Series 7 and styling products. This technology ensures that our shavers and stylers achieve constant and optimal speed, regardless of how much hair is being cut at one time. Just like in 1955, if you understand what people desire and develop against those needs and aspirations, and develop products with a defined Haltung, this leads to happy users and strong business results.

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes in detail about the current offerings and why it is important for consumers to be aware of this brand

Ben Wilson: To best answer this, I would very much like to welcome you to our Braun Collection in Germany. Here you will be able to experience the true depth of the meaning of the Braun Haltung and why the world needs to know more about it, today more than ever. Let me try to give you a brief snapshot:

We at Braun design for what matters. This is founded on decades of developing products with a very specific Haltung. The brothers Braun, together with Fritz Eichler and Ulm school, did not simply createa vision of a better future; they made a future vision tangible. The vision was design for millions.They believed that everyone deserves products that are designed with humans in mind, easy to use, are reduced to what matters most and that are manufactured to stand the test of time. They wanted to reduce design back to the essentials, leaving out the non-essentials, summarised well by Dieter Ramsin the early 70 s with his idea of Less, but better. This is true sustainability, making things that areuseful and built to last. This leads to a keep culture and is something that the world needs more than ever. The Bauhaus idea of Less is More was given a radical new meaning in the context of the oilcrisis in the 70 sand scarcity of materials. The response to these conditions was that the world and thefuture requires Less, but better things.

Today, all products are developed with human needs in mind, from a tool like our S9 that can shave through 3-5-day beards with ease to those tools that are made to groom body areas... Our intentis to ensure that the needs are not only met, but maybe even create an experience that is surprising from time to time - in just how well they do the job they are intended to do, time and time again. This is Braun.

We aim to keep the promises we make when we enter a market. The return to audio equipment is another great example. The time is right to offer incredible technology, great design and innovative features like the mechanical microphone button. It might sound obviously simple but like most of our innovations it is founded on a deep user insight/need.

Series 7

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes about how computer-aided design helped in the development of your brand: both product make-up and e-commerce? Details please

Ben Wilson: CAD and Digital tools continue to evolve, new AI technologies are already changing the way engineers specify structures and robots are working in factories, buildings, bridges and houses. Product experiences are a combination of hardware and software technology. At Braun, we aim to use technology to enhance the experience in meaningful ways. A good example of this is the IPL device and supporting app, our IPL device is very intelligent, utilizing sensors and computing power, called Senso-Adapt technology, which adapts the light intensity in real time according to the tone of the skin in the area of use, this helps ensure that our users have an effective and safe in-use experience.

Joseph DeAcetis: What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

Ben Wilson: Our Designers at Braun are involved from the first moments of understanding what is needed, all the way through to the manufacturing. This is how it has always been at Braun, a flux between what is needed, design and technology. The day-to-day roles vary from the status of theprojects that we lead... I think it is important to mention that the Braun design team is a mix ofindustrial, graphic and visual identity designers, but they are supported by the multifunctional teams that strive to create the best possible solutions. The team is always focused on keeping their promise, making sure the products are designed, engineered and tested to ensure they stand the test of time.

That being said, the development process can vary depending on whether we are creatinga new-to- the-world idea/technology or are improving on an existing / established technology. This will affecthow long the development process is- it can vary from 12 months to 5 years. Today, personally, much of my time is spent sharing insights like these to help more people around the globe understand why our products are so amazing and should be an essential part of their world.

Joseph DeAcetis: Where is the product made and why?

Ben Wilson: Braun was founded in Frankfurt am Main in Germany in 1921, and our new Series 5, 6 and 7 shaving technology is designed and engineered in Germany. We have a global supply and manufacturing network with Germany not only being a main manufacturing location but also the place where Braun is rooted and where our global design and engineering teams are located. All the knowledge, expertise and decades of experience in creating high quality electrical shaving and hair removal devices resides here.

Joseph DeAcetis: You have the floor: Talk to my viewers about why they should try this brand now? (details)

Ben Wilson: As mentioned, our products deliver top performance, are designed for what really matters to our users, are easy to use and built to last. This way of doing things helps ensure a positive in-use experience over time. To underline why: On a regular basis, I have the pleasure of guiding people through our 100 years of history and sharing stories that led us up to this moment in time. During these tours, I can pick up a hand-driven/powered torch from 1938 from the exhibition and demonstrate its use. That is Braun. Or that a simple Juicer, designed in 1972, is still in production today. One of my favorite questions I ask during my tours is: When the last time an orange changed? User needs can change or not, but when you keep the idea, design and engineering simple and ensure that they last, this is good for all. Good for the users, the planet and it is also good for the business. Make it once, make it right.

Joseph DeAcetis: How do you intend to keep customer's satisfied

Ben Wilson: Our quality is founded on decades of setting the highest standards. Benjamin Franklinonce said, The Bitterness of Poor Quality Remains Long After the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten. Today, this is something that, thankfully, more and more people are discovering again. Thetime for things of lesser quality and the quick sale are gone. The future generations deserve better,this was the vision that the brothers Braun and the Ulm School had in the 50 s: Make better products that people need and ensure they last. Design for millions.

Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes how Braun intends to play a positive role in the modern era of men's shaving?

Ben Wilson: By providing tools that do the jobs they are intended to do, keeping our promise of meeting the unmet grooming needs that men have with products that are designed for what matters, simple to use and built to last. It is our commitment to meetmenscurrent needs and strive to interpret the evolution of those needs in the future.

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Start Spring With More Asparagus In Your Cooking – Longevity LIVE

Start Spring off by improving your health with asparagus. This Spring vegetable is not only a tasty seasonal treat. It also has intriguing health benefits. In fact, asparagus will start Spring off by giving you a quick folate boost. It ranks high up in this department along with broccoli and spinach. Better yet, the vegetable contains antioxidants including vitamin C and carotenoids, other vitamins, minerals and fibre. Therefore it is probably one of the most beneficial vegetables.

Interestingly, major studies state that when you eat lots of fruit and vegetables there is a much lower risk of mortality, especially death from cardiovascular disease. On average, each additional serving of fruit and vegetables a day reduced mortality risk by about 5%. But asparagus contains benefits that exceed most vegetables and fruits. It also has compounds that help regulate blood pressure. This might reduce hypertension risk which is a major factor in cardiovascular disease.

Other than its delicious flavor, asparagus can also help fight cancer. Its good for your brain and may even help you slim down. Theres no nutritionally dense vegetable quite like asparagus to start Spring off healthier. Just remember that its best to eat your asparagus as soon as you buy it. Pair it with lots of other spring vegetables and flavors. Were thinking peas, garlic or baby potatoes.

According to research, the health benefits of asparagus extend far. Apparently it can help promote ahealthy pregnancy, improved fertility, relief from the pre-menstrual syndrome, and improved bone health. Moreover, this yummy vegetable may even help you to manage conditions like diabetes, hangovers, cataracts, rheumatism, depression,neurodegenerative diseases, and convulsions. Better yet, it could also reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and blood cholesterol.

It is also brilliant for digestive health and has shown anticancer potential. You dont need to worry about your waistline either because just 1 cup of cooked asparagus contains only40 calories. It also provides you with 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 404 milligrams of potassium. We need lots of Potassium in our bodies because it regulates blood pressure. Researchers state that asparagus also contains a compound called asparaptine, which helps improve blood flow and in turn helps lower blood pressure.

Besides tasting amazing, this spring veggie is filled with reasons to enjoy it with your meals. Lets explore some benefits and why you should eat more asparagus.

Start Spring right with this nutrient-packed vegetable. Experts explain that asparagus is an excellent source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium. This is a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. So if youre trying to keep an eye on your blood sugar then this is great news for you.

For your information, asparagus is part of the herbaceous plant family. This includes avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts. Start Spring with asparagus because its especially rich in glutathione which is a detoxifying compound. This compound can help break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.

Thats why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.

Youll find that asparagus is one of the top-ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals.

This is a great way to start Spring because it could help you slow the aging process and reduce inflammation.

Asparagus is an incredible addition to your cooking because it promotes a healthy brain which is key to living a happy, long life.

This is an integral anti-aging property. If you start spring with this delicious vegetable, you might help assist your brain in fighting cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12-found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy-to help prevent cognitive impairment.

Moreover, studies using older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility. Therefore, if youre over age-50, then be sure youre getting enough B12. This is because your ability to absorb it decreases with age.

There are more studies demonstrating that asparagus racemosus is effective in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. Some of which include Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and Huntingtons diseases. Theyve linked these benefits to the presence of phytoestrogens in asparagus which have certain neuroprotective effects. Neurodegenerative diseases are genetic or periodic conditions affecting the neurons of the human brain. The issue is that the body doesnt normally have the ability to replace the damaged neurons.

As you may know, depression is forever increasing around the world. We need to do as much as possible to help alleviate some of its symptoms.

Scientific research is showing the efficacy of asparagus racemosus as an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drug. You see, now you can also help start Spring off on a happier note. Asparagus may even help enhance memory, increase the production and secretion of estrogen, and revitalize and calm the nervous system. A pretty amazing way to start Spring, right?

Asparagus contains high amounts of a nutrient called inulin. This is a kind of complex carbohydrate, commonly known as prebiotic.It does not get digested until it reaches the large intestine, where it is fed upon by a kind of good bacteria like lactobacilli. Inulin aids in the improved absorption of nutrients.

Start Spring with asparagus because it is also packed with high levels of the amino acid asparagine. This acts as a natural diuretic. Increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salt. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the bodys tissues) and those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.

You might also be wondering why eating asparagus causes a strong urinary odor. Well, experts explain that asparagus contains a unique compound that, when metabolized, gives off a distinctive smell in the urine. Young asparagus contains higher concentrations of the compound so the odor is stronger after eating it.

Fortunately, there are no harmful effects, either from the sulfuric compounds or the odor. So you can happily start Spring by cooking with more asparagus!

When shopping the most common type of asparagus is green. However, you might find two others in supermarkets and restaurants: white, which is more delicate and difficult to harvest, and purple, which is smaller and fruitier in flavor. No matter the type you choose start Spring with this vegetable. Asparagus is a delicious, versatile vegetable that can be cooked in a variety of ways or enjoyed raw in salads.

A hectic lifestyle and poor diet affect the number of essential nutrients taken on a daily basis. Heres why eating good foodis the best way to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals.

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Choreographer Angela Goh Announced As The Recipient Of The 2020 Keir Choreographic Award – Broadway World

The Keir Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, Carriageworks and Dancehouse have announced Angela Goh as the recipient of the $50,000 Keir Choreographic Award, Australia's most prestigious choreographic award, as well as Amrita Hepi as the recipient of the $10,000 Audience Choice Award.

The recipient of the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award is dancer and choreographer Angela Goh, for her work, Sky Blue Mythic. Performed by Goh to Corin Ileto's live operatic soundscape, Sky Blue Mythic imagined dance as a non-human entity. In a quest to move away from anthropocentrism, Goh's stark new work allows dance to alienate itself from human expression, in turn requiring the body to become an interface rather than a vehicle.

The Audience Choice Award choreographer, Amrita Hepi's work, Rinse questions whether being on the brink of extinction, or endings, has intensified the seduction of the past. An intimate solo based on a dynamic improvisational score, Rinse travels from end to end of an origin myth, positioning personal narratives in relation to dance, art, feminism, cannons, the void, desires, popular culture and colonial history.

Eight artists were selected by an international jury to take part in the biennial competition, dedicated to the commissioning, presentation, promotion and dissemination of new Australian choreography. The selected artists were: Alison Currie and David Cross, Angela Goh, Riana Head-Toussaint, Amrita Hepi, Jo Lloyd, Zachary Lopez, Lewis Major, The Farm.

A jury of international choreographers, critics and curators, Serge Laurent (FR), Mette Edvardsen (NO), Takao Kawaguchi (JP), Claudia La Rocco (USA) were tasked with the responsibility of selecting eight new commissions to compete in the semi-finals at Dancehouse, four works to be presented in the finals at Carriageworks, and the recipient of the Award announced on 14 March.

In making the announcement, Keir Choreographic Award Founder Phillip Keir said: 'Congratulations to Angela Goh, Corin Ileto and team for the glorious Sky Blue Mythic. A wonderful piece of sharply defined choreographic art that resonates with our times. And congratulations to Amrita Hepi, winner of the audience award for such a personal and beautifully observed piece of dance. It was an enormous privilege to be involved in supporting all eight dynamic and diverse pieces of best of Australian choreographic work.'

Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette said: 'Congratulations to Angela Goh, and to all the artists who participated in the 2020 Edition of the KCA. The Australia Council is delighted to once again be part of this important partnership that supportsa?? the development and presentation of new choreographic work in contemporary dance. We thank the participants for sharing their creativity, talent and passion with us.'

Carriageworks CEO Blair French said: 'Carriageworks congratulates the recipient of the 2020 Award, Angela Goh, and Audience Choice Award Amrita Hepi and is proud to continue to support all participants in making new choreographic work. Commissioning new work by Australian artists is at the heart of the Carriageworks programming and the Keir Choreographic Award is integral in this area.'

Dancehouse Artistic Director Angela Conquet said: 'I was impressed with the multitude of layers and diversity of forms that all the selected artists worked with, as well as with the rigour and creativity with which they envision and embody choreography, by replacing the body to the centre of how we filter and reflect current times.

The Australia Council for Arts, the Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse have confirmed their continued support to another two editions of the Keir Choreographic Award (2022 and 2024), an exciting development guaranteeing the longevity of this signature Australian commissioning program.

The Keir Choreographic Award public program, with its array of national and international jury members, panellists, guests and workshop leaders, ran concurrently with the performance seasons in both Melbourne and Sydney, providing a vital context for related and relevant discourse, reflection and debate.

Choreographic Art in the 21st Century is an increasingly expanded and international field, incorporating a multiplicity of practices and production modes, and a diversity of aesthetic, philosophical and social perspectives. Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and launched in 2014 as Australia's only cash award for choreography, the Keir Choreographic Award looks to identify and illuminate the most urgent and experimental choreographic practices occurring in the Australian context today.

The Award has fast become the largest generator of new choreographic work in Australia and offers a rare opportunity to develop and present new work. To date, the Award has garnered further commissioning and touring support, both nationally and internationally with works including Berlin-based artist Martin Hansen's If it's all in my veins which since 2016 has been presented in Hong Kong, Paris and Berlin. Previous Keir Choreographic Award recipients include Melbourne-based artist Atlanta Eke, 2014; Sydney-based Torres Strait Islander choreographer and performer, Ghenoa Gela, 2016; and Javanese-Australian choreographer and performer, Melanie Lane, 2018.

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