Jam Cruise is the gift that keeps on giving!While our favorite musical-adventure-at-sea is only a few days long, the amount of music packed on board can last an entire year (and create memories for a lifetime). This past sailing, Jam Cruise was honored to have the incredible super-group Joe Russo’s Almost Dead as a headliner, and they certainly did not disappoint! Check out the group performing the classic Grateful Dead combo of “Help On The Way” -> “Slipknot” from their Pantheon Theater set from this year’s Jam Cruise 14 and try not to get all the feels.
Stem cells may be able to repair the damaged areas of the brainThe world’s first clinical trial of brain stem cells to treat strokes is set to move to its next phase. An independent assessment of the first three patients to have had stem cells injected into their brain at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital has concluded it has had no adverse effect.The assessment paves the way for the therapy to be tested on more patients to find a new treatment for stroke. The hope is that the stem cells will help to repair damaged brain tissue.The trial is being led by Prof Keith Muir of Glasgow University. He told BBC News that he was pleased with the results so far.“We need to be assured of safety before we can progress to trying to test the effects of this therapy. Because this is the first time this type of cell therapy has been used in humans, it’s vitally important that we determine that it’s safe to proceed – so at the present time we have the clearance to proceed to the next higher dose of cells.”An elderly man was the first person in the world to receive this treatment last year. Since then it has been tried out on two more patients.Global trialsThe patients have received very low doses of stem cells in trials designed to test the safety of the procedure.Over the next year, up to nine more patients will be given progressively higher doses – again primarily to assess safety – but doctors will also be using this clinical trial to assess the best ways of measuring the effectiveness of the treatment in subsequent larger trials, which would not begin for at least 18 months.Critics object as brain cells from a foetus were originally used to create the cell treatment. Michael Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of the company that produced the stem cells, Renuron, said that the technology used to grow the cells is such that no further foetal tissue will be required. There are a growing number of well-regulated clinical trials of stem cell treatments now under way in various parts of the world, including one which also began last year by the US firm Geron to develop a treatment for paralysis. The development of stem cell treatments is still at an early stage and it is likely to be many years before these treatments become widely available. According to Mr Hunt: “The earliest a treatment could be widely available if everything goes very well is five years. It is very much a case of so far, so good. It is still at a very early stage but we draw great comfort from these results.”Strokes kill about 67,000 people in the UK every year, according to the Stroke Association.The charity says it is the third most common cause of death in England and Wales after heart disease and cancer.By Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 11 Views no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle UK stem cell stroke trial passes first safety test by: – September 1, 2011
Professionals from media industries spoke about the #TimesUp movement and the role celebrities and public figures play in spreading it. They also discussed the challenges of working in the field as women. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)The #MeToo movement has made its way into the Supreme Court with the recent allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. To discuss the controversial Kavanaugh nomination and the subsequent progression of Hollywood’s #TimesUp movement, associate professor of professional practice at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Mary Murphy hosted a public panel for her Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society course on Monday evening in the Wallis Annenberg Hall auditorium. Murphy and her students were joined by professionals within the entertainment and journalism fields who spoke about women in today’s media: Debra Bergman, senior vice president of production at Paramount Television; Sara Fischer, head of production at Shondaland; Julie Richardson, a Hollywood producer and screenwriter; and Nithya Raman, executive director of #TimesUp Entertainment.“We need to pay attention to the entertainment industry,” Murphy said. “The industry portrays what is happening in our country to the world … Movies and television are so important to our culture … they’re the message boards that tell the world how we live in America.” Raman addressed the history and the evolution of the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements, saying that #MeToo was created in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. She said that because of the pervasive violence against vulnerable individuals in the industry, women in media have come together to combat this issue. “[The movement] takes people’s individual workplace struggles and [made] them into a shared struggles and to make them into, really, a political struggle to reshape the industry,” Raman said.Bergman explained her challenges working in the male-dominated field of television production. According to her, the #TimesUp movement pinpoints conscious bias and topics people are hesitant to discuss. The panelists also discussed the role of celebrities and public figures in the movement. For example, celebrities wore black in support of the #TimesUp movement during the 2017 Golden Globes to express their disapproval of sexual assault and violence. “All these super famous actresses brought with them activists from the farm workers, to the restaurant workers, to the domestic workers … these incredible women whose stories that would not be told, or told as eloquently and as quickly,” Fischer said. Richardson discussed how the movement gave her the opportunity to become a director and a mentor to people entering the entertainment field. Fischer spoke about her personal experiences at the Shondaland Company, which she said was open to creativity; however, other panelists noted that Shondaland is the exception, not the norm.As Raman said, only 24 percent of producers in last year’s big-budget films were women. Each panelist agreed that the lack of female leadership roles and empowering content were some of the biggest issues in media and entertainment.Fischer also mentioned that hundreds of women had voiced that they went into the field of medicine and healthcare after seeing female protagonists like Meredith Grey on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” a Shondaland production. In addition to discussing women in media, the panelists concluded on the topic of the Kavanaugh hearings, which has recently garnered media attention due to the accusations of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.“How we treat Kavanaugh and how seriously we take the women who are coming forward with accusations against him is a marker of how we are responding to issues of sexual harassment in our society,” Raman said. “It’s the last gasp of an old regime that is changing.”