ADS, Inc. & P.R.G Showcase the Lifesaving Wound Cube At SHOT Show 2018

The Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show 2018 took place January 23rd through January 26th at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. One of the major industry companies who exhibited there was the Virginia Beach based company, ADS, Inc. Started back in 1997 as a logistics company for the United States military, they have become one of the biggest government contractors for first responders, law enforcement and the military in the U.S. While at the SHOT Show 2018, one of the products that they demonstrated during the expo was the Phokus Research Group’s Wound Cube.

The Phokus Reasearch Group and their Wound Cube is a training device that helps people to learn how to control bleeding in the case of a gunshot wound. The Wound Cube is very small and is only 4 inches in diameter. It is actually made and constructed of silicone that is not toxic and its color is grayish and semi-transparent. Some of the training exercises that were shown during SHOT Show 2018 during the ADS, Inc. Wound Cube demo was how to pack a wound with gauze. Another feature with the Wound Cube is there is a channel in which a flashlight can be placed. Demonstrators from the Phokus Research Group stated the reason for this is so instructors could show students from the inside of the cube of how a gunshot wound would look.

Representatives stated that the material of the Wound Cube was developed so that it could resemble human tissue. The Cube itself weighs about two and a half pounds. It is designed so that a blood stimulant can be used to give the blood effect to a gunshot wound as well. It is believed that the military will be looking at using the Wound Cube during their training and word is that scores of first responders are looking at using the Wound Cube during their training as well.

Phokus Research Group, or PRG, is known for their development and marketing of innovative equipment that is used in military situations such as controlling bleeding and administering life saving aid. They market all kinds of things such as bleeding control mechanisms to optical technology that is used in the field. They market themselves as a company who markets ‘life saving innovation’ that is geared towards what they call ‘our nations heroes’. The company offers discounts to the military and to law enforcement when it comes to purchasing their products. PRG has been offering their skills and innovations for the past ten years.

Deafness Might Be Preventable by Editing Genes

For the first time, researchers have used an innovative, state-of-the-art genome editing technique to prevent deafness in mice. There is hope that, in the future, they will be able to use this method to stop the loss of hearing in humans.

Could gene editing procedures be used to prevent hereditary deafness?

According to data from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, around two to three children in every 1,000 in the United States are born with a hearing impairment in one or both ears, and about 15 percent of adults have hearing problems.

Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that 50 to 60 percent of hearing loss cases in babies are due to genetic factors, caused by the mutation of genes that “program” hearing.

Recently, scientists have been experimenting with genome editing methods in the hope that they would be able to manipulate it so as to prevent the onset of total deafness due to genetic factors.

Researchers at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, MD, have now used precise genome editing technology called CRISPR-Cas9 on a mouse model to remove a gene variant that can lead to total loss of hearing.

“We hope that the work will one day inform the development of a cure for certain forms of genetic deafness in people,” says David Liu, one of the researchers involved with the study.

Liu and colleagues detail the process and their findings in a paper published in the journal Nature.


How to be Healthier This Thanksgiving

Research has found that overindulgence during the holidays leads many Americans to gain between 1-2 pounds by New Year’s Day. The average Thanksgiving dinner is about 3,000 calories, and if you include appetizers and drinks, it can add up to over 4,500 calories. However, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to mean weight gain or strict restraint; there is a way to keep this holiday enjoyable and healthy.

It helps to plan out what you intend to eat for Thanksgiving dinner beforehand and to eat regular meals during the rest of the day. Starving yourself will only encourage you to eat more since you’ll arrive at dinner hungry and focused on little other than the food. Save your appetite for the special dishes that you don’t normally eat, like stuffing, and focus on portion size. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and friends. It’s okay to indulge in some of your favorite foods, but be mindful of how much of each item you eat. Try to minimize the number of calories you consume by choosing low-calorie drinks like water or sparkling water. When you’re filling your plate, make sure to incorporate some non-starchy vegetables and salad to balance your meal.

If you have the opportunity to bring a dish, there are plenty of healthy options to choose from! Pick a low-calorie version of a favorite dish, such as:

Baked and sliced sweet potatoes, drizzled with olive oil. You can serve them with brown sugar topping on the side for those that want it.
Roasted Brussel sprouts
Roasted root vegetables (red potatoes, turnips, parsnips, and beets) with olive and seasoning
Roasted or sautéed green beans or broccoli
A green, leafy salad with toasted nuts or dried cranberries
Fruit salad

Throughout the holiday season, it’s also important to incorporate exercise. Even something as simple as going for a walk can go a long way, especially after a big meal. Walking gives you the opportunity to get some fresh air and gets your metabolism moving to help digest your food.


Retirees Expected to Pay Over $250k in Healthcare Costs During Retirement

A couple retiring this year will need an estimated $275,000 to cover health care costs in retirement, according to Fidelity. That’s a 6% increase over last year. Of course, it’s a ballpark number. The true cost depends on a variety of factors like your health and how long you’ll live. Plus, there’s ongoing uncertainty about what the health care landscape will look like in the future.

“No matter how you slice it, the number is brutal,” said Adam Stavisky, senior vice president at Fidelity Benefits Consulting.

Fidelity’s estimate applies to those with traditional Medicare insurance coverage and considers premiums, co-payments, deductibles, and out-of-pocket drug costs. It excludes the cost of a nursing home or any long-term care you might need.

The estimate assumes that both spouses are retiring at age 65 and that they’ll live to between the ages of 86 and 88.

Costs are only expected to rise in the future. Younger workers who are further away from retirement should expect to spend a lot more.

The good news is, time is on their side. Stavisky suggests using a Health Savings Account, known as an HSA, to invest savings earmarked for health care costs.

Contributions aren’t taxed when they go in, and they’re allowed to grow tax-free. The money won’t be taxed when you take it out either — as long as the funds are used for health care expenses.

Any worker who has a high-deductible health care plan can open an HSA. You’re currently allowed to save up to $3,400 annually, or $6,750 for family coverage in the account.

Source: CNN Money

The Potential Legalization of Imported Drugs, and what 4 Former FDA Commissioners Have to Say About It

Recently, an idea that has surprisingly gained the support of both President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders has triggered alarm and worry among the Food and Drug Administration. The most recent four FDA commissioners have advised both Trump and Sanders against potentially legalizing the importation of drugs to the United States from other countries. Doing this could cause many problems for consumers, exposing them to medications that are fake, substandard, and even contaminated.

On one hand, it is understandable how one could view the importation of drugs from other countries as a positive change in America by allowing Americans to have access to far less expensive medications. Though, at what cost? Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, Andrew Von Eschenbach, and Mark McClellan – all former FDA heads who have served under both former presidents Barrack Obama and George W. Bush – have written an open letter to congress stating that allowing this importation will “harm patients and consumers and compromise the carefully constructed system that guards the safety of our nation’s medical products”.

Many who support the drug importation feel that the former FDA heads are exaggerating the risks in order to delay or prevent change, but that is not the case. For example, there are drug distributing companies online who claim to be Canadian, but in all actuality are based in places such as South America, Eastern Europe, and Russia. Because of this, consumers have no reliable way of knowing what they’re taking and whether or not it is safe, nor can recipients know if they are receiving exactly what they have ordered. It’s like playing “Pin The Tail on the Donkey” – you might get it, you might not. This isn’t a game, however. If you don’t correctly pin the tail on this donkey, your health and even your life could be jeopardized to the point of no redemption, which is a huge step backwards in medicine.

Recently Sanders has stated that if the government can ensure complete safety of the food that comes into this country, they can ensure that very same safety for the drugs that come in as well. Though, the former FDA commissioners wrote in their letter that “obtaining sufficient resources and expertise to screen and verify the authenticity of every product destined for American consumers presents enormous challenges,” Additionally, Scott Gottlieb – a physician who the White House has recently announced would be nominated to lead the FDA – feels the same as his predecessors regarding this subject.

Activities to do in the Cayman Islands During Spring Break

Foodies, shoppers, and those looking for unique attractions, family-friendly entertainment and fun things to do while in the Cayman Islands for spring break will be delighted by Camana Bay. This top destination for tourists and residents alike is only steps away from Grand Cayman’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach.

Camana Bay’s Town Centre is the heart of the Cayman Islands experience with its world-class shopping and dining, all surrounded by lush outdoor spaces and fountains. Regularly held events provide visitors with a lively local experience and endless entertainment.

Here are some tourist-friendly tips for things to see and do at Camana Bay:

Farmers’ and Artisan Market
Soak up some local culture at the Farmers’ and Artisan market. The market began as a tradition in 2010 and is held on Wednesdays on the Paseo from noon to 7pm. Shop for handmade souvenirs and sample the island’s fruits and vegetables as you enjoy live music, art, and cultural demonstrations.

Flavour Tour
Immediately after the market closes at 7pm, you won’t want to miss The Flavour Tour, a guided culinary experience where local ingredients are presented in samples at signature restaurants. Begin the evening with a glass of wine at West Indies Wine Company. A sampling plate course at four different restaurants follows.

Camana Bay Weekly Events
Camana Bay offers delightful family-oriented weekly events. Here are some popular choices.

• Imagination Playground- Tuesdays & Saturdays 10am-7pm, The Crescent. Fun, interactive play with giant foam blocks.
• Story Time- Tuesdays at 11am, Regal Cinemas, and Saturdays at 10:30am
• Live music from local bands, free, at sundown, open to the public.

• Interactive Fountains- Jasmine Court- dancing colorful waters with 30-feet skyward bursts
• Observation Tower- 75-foot tower to climb for 360-degree views of the island
• Poof the Blue Dragon- one of 15 larger than life sculptures of the Cayman’s endangered Blue Iguanas
• Courtyards- relax in one of four courtyards of distinct character named after the flowers that grow there: Jasmine, Cassia, Gardenia, and Canella

Post-Holiday Plan: Get Back on Track with these 5 Tips

Staying fit during the holidays is almost impossible. The average person consumes a little less than 5,000 calories during holiday meals. Getting back on track with your fitness goals and feeling good about yourself can be done if you follow a few tips.

Reduce Portion Size
Think about the first bite of food. It’s always full of flavor. Savor this taste and reduce your portion by one third to cut calories. By cutting your portions you can save more than 500 calories each day. If you are out to eat, ask the server for a box so you can put some aside and eat it as leftovers The next day that first bite will just as tasty.

Mini Cleanse
A mini cleanse is a great way to rid the body of toxins and get you back on track. A cleanse like the TruHealth Mini Cleanse from Mannatech, is easy to follow and will let you indulge on some of your favorite foods without worry. The three day cleanse system can be done right after you attack the holiday buffet to keep fat at bay. You can keep inches off without the guilt with Mannatech’s TruHealth Fat Loss System.

Fiber and Protein
Protein and fiber help you feel full helping you not to overeat. Protein requires extra calories to digest so your body is working harder and won’t signal hunger as fast. Eating three meals and two snacks day packed with protein and fiber keeps your metabolism going and your body in motion. Your blood sugars will stay stable so you won’t jump into a vat of ice cream.

Cut Back On Alcohol
Drinking your calories is just as harmful as eating those calories. A 12 ounce beer packs 150 calories while a margarita can pack a few hundred calories. Creamy cocktails are more like desserts packing about 500 calories. Cutting the alcohol is almost like cutting an entire part of the meal meaning you indulge in less calories and don’t feel hungover the next day as a reward.

Interval Training
Interval training is a great way to get the body on track. It increases your metabolism and helps lower your cholesterol. All you need to do is pump up your cardio exercise with periods of intense speed from 30 seconds up to one minute then return back to normal speed. Doing this up to ten times during your workout slashes fat.

Composting Polystyrene: A Foam Ban Alternative

Composting polystyrene is the new alternative to outright Styrofoam bans in America, and the proposal is bringing more people in line with a new way of thinking about caring for the environment. The environment can survive under conditions that are unlike a normal ban, and this article shares a story of how composting will help. A new idea that may make America cleaner is far preferable to an idea that forces out a single product.

#1: Composting is Not a New Concept
Composting is not a new concept to those who are familiar with agriculture, and it provides a method for cleaning up polystyrene that does not involve a ban. Banning the product does not allow for the protection of the environment as the polystyrene will always exist in some form. Composting deals with polystyrene on another level, and it prevents the polystyrene from existing where it cannot be recycled.

#2: What is Composting?
Composting is a procedure that pulls many organic materials together in one chute. The chute holds all the materials together as they ferment and break each other down. There are organic materials that will break down polystyrene, and those materials are put in a composting cute that will hold polystyrene as one of its components. Using this procedure works in all instances because it eats the polystyrene. Containing the polystyrene in a single container is safer than attempting to ban it, and packing the polystyrene into an organic material essentially turns it into fertilizer.

#3: How May Composting Be Enacted in a Community?
The community must vote as one to become a polystyrene composting community. The community will use the same composting chutes at every home, and the community will send their compost to a central processing center, use it in their own lawns or share with their neighbors. Compost is an effective fertilizer, and the community will create more compost together with help from a new project than it will attempt to ban the product. Polystyrene is in many products, and the community must select a method for disposal that is sensible for all.

Composting in the recycling industry is often the only way to deal with products that are banned by other regions. Banning a product like polystyrene is not necessarily the answer. The truth is that a product will stay in the area because of manufacturing, and recycling through composting is more cost-effective and sustainable.

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‘Minibrains’ Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer’s

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

Known as “minibrains,” these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into everything from early brain development to Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s and Zika.

At a Sunday press conference at the neuroscience meeting, researchers said minibrains are helping them figure out how the Zika virus can disrupt human brain formation in the early stages of fetal development.

Minibrains are highly organized structures that actually start out as human skin cells. They are then coaxed in the lab to become neural stem cells, then to differentiate into some of the different types of cells found in a real brain.

What makes these lab-grown structures so useful is that they replicate part of the cell diversity and connectivity of the human brain, said Dr. Thomas Hartung, a researcher and experimental toxicologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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“Walk in Her Shoes” Shines Light on Domestic Violence

Stilettos, sling backs, sandals and platforms were all on the move up and down Market Street in Grand Cayman’s premier shopping center, Camana Bay, for a very important event. It’s known as the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race and was held in support of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, which provides much needed shelter and loving support to women affected by domestic violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a global event, but this was the first time the race was established locally in Grand Cayman. Expectations were high, and the men did not disappoint, raising a whopping $53,000 plus for the crisis center. The men, attired in women’s footwear or man-heels, took off in stride solo or in teams to try and win the race and take a firm stand against domestic, sexual and gender violence.

Hundreds of men displayed glamorous shoes or sandals, all happy and ready to take their mark. Some even put on frilly skirts to match their lovely footwear. The participants secured sponsorships ranging from $1 to $1,000 to take part in the competition which consisted of a 5-lap distance.

It was all in good fun, a great crowd turned out and the male species got to experience firsthand what it was like to “walk a mile in someone’s shoes,” as the old saying goes. In this case, it was supporting women who are often victims of violence and showing compassion in a wonderful tribute that raises a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

Fundraising doesn’t come to a stop for the Cayman Island Crisis Centre following the event. The organization is constantly looking for support, according to Executive Director Ania Milanaowska.

“With an annual budget of over $650,000, we receive a $300,000 grant from the Cayman Islands government,” she stated. “However, to raise the outstanding $350,000 we rely heavily on sponsorship from corporations as well as private donors. Our fantastic fundraising committee is working tirelessly to make sure that the remaining funds are raised during different events throughout the year just to cover our operational costs.”

The Crisis Centre is hoping to make the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race an annual fundraiser and is just one of the many things to do in Grand Cayman each year. It brings excellent awareness to situations of violence against women and allows men to participate in their own way and deliver a strong message of support.

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