Mayoral Candidate and City Commissioner Keith James Launches Neighborhoods First Initiative

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Keith James, city commissioner and mayoral candidate of West Palm Beach (WPB), today launches the Neighborhoods First Initiative

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Keith James, city commissioner and mayoral candidate of West Palm Beach (WPB), today launches the Neighborhoods First Initiative, a strategic plan to foster community input, neighborhood city improvement ideas and ensure the voices of WPB are heard.

As the first major initiative of any candidate running for Mayor, James continues to lead the way in putting forward plans and policies of his administration. He has been hosting events in each district across the city and hundreds of people have attended to hear his vision and plan. Through the Neighborhoods First Initiative, James provides a direct line of communication between local residents and the Mayor’s office guaranteeing voices are heard for a stronger, healthier and happier city.

“I am proud to announce my Neighborhoods First Initiative. It’s a plan to ensure each and every West Palm Beach neighborhood is listened to, their ideas are taken into consideration and that we are all working together to make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family,” James stated. “Our neighborhoods are the jewels that define our city and as Mayor, I am going to work to make sure neighborhood issues and projects are prioritized and getting done sooner. The advisory groups that are formed out of my Neighborhoods First Initiative will provide valuable feedback and ideas to help shape policy and direction.”

James asks those who are interested in participating in the Neighborhoods First Initiative to register online at www.KeithJamesForMayor.com/neighborhoods-first. Once registered, participants will be enrolled for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Group. Each neighborhood will have their own advisory group that James will meet with now, and as Mayor of WPB, to discuss neighborhood priorities and ideas for the future.

For more information, please visit and follow Keith James for updates via his website
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About Keith James:
Commissioner Keith James was elected to the West Palm Beach City Commission in 2011 and is a two-time president of the City Commission. As the Immediate Past President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Board Member of the Florida League of Cities and member of Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, Commissioner James has become a leader on solving local municipal and regional issues of importance.

On the City Commission, Keith James has sought to create a city of opportunity where people and businesses can succeed. Under Keith James’ leadership, West Palm Beach has seen a boom in economic development and job creation, improvements in city services and increase in local neighborhood projects. Commissioner James has prioritized sound budget management, improving public safety, protecting West Palm Beach’s water supply and environment and addressing homelessness and workforce housing issues.

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ARVR & Ai in Classroom: Middle East's Largest VR Education Program Launched for Public Schools

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Dubai is hitting another major milestone with VR based STEM Lab Program for schools

Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all”

— His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, Artificial Intelligence Minister

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Over a million students and thousands of teachers across the Middle East have experienced the most immersive technologies. Their collective huge response in favor of these technologies and the positive impact they have on education has already led many schools in Dubai to introduce the modern learning methodologies in classrooms. These schools have termed VR technology as “a powerful learning tool”.

VIRTUAL REALITY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Moving forward, the education ecosystem in UAE is now hitting another major milestone with VRXOne’s VR based STEM Lab Program for schools. Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East. A massive initiative to put the region on world’s map as the most advanced in classroom learning solutions and teaching aides.

“Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East.”

Prior to it, UAE government’s A Million Coders Program and subsequently, VRXOne’s One Million Expeditions for Emirati youth, gained immense response for their impact in enhancing students’ learning abilities. It comes as no surprise then that immersive technologies are dictating a massive shift in human-technology interaction. And VR based STEM Lab is the next step in classroom education not only locally but globally as well. Instead of moving around a mouse or tapping on a screen, we are able to step inside and explore the realities of our universe in the virtual world.

We know for a fact that the early adoption of these immersive technologies is a must as per the government’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. It is the only way to close the gap between education and job markets at a rapid pace. And VRXOne’s VR based Lab Program helps to work towards that goal by providing the youth with the most immersive learning solutions.

“VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM Subjects.”

VR FOR STEM EDUCATION – LEADING THE WAY

Virtual Reality has emerged as the ultimate medium for delivering “experiential learning”. No other methodology even comes close in impact. The fact that no physical or geographical boundaries stand in the way of this technology, is reason alone for its huge impact. Add to that the element of safety and cost-effectiveness and you have a win-win combination.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology and well-suited to delivering the learning in STEM subjects. Since all these disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – are based on highly critical thinking and applied knowledge, VR is the perfect fit for STEM education.

VRXOne’s VR based Classroom Format offers the most advanced level standalone program today equipped with machine learning applications allowing the teachers full control of the curriculum-aligned virtual lessons. VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM subjects. No longer does a student need physical presence in a science lab to understand a concept thoroughly. Every VR class provides pedagogically sound, engaging content to students for proper exploration and understanding. For instance, VR technology eliminates the need for a microscope to examine an organism or to study the DNA sequencing. The VR lab actually provides full immersion for further exploration of DNA and the atom at the molecular level. Something which is not possible in a physical lab.

Such are the opportunities available to STEM students today in the UAE made possible through the VR technology. These captivating lessons are the way forward for the youth to develop the right skill-set needed for the future markets in the era of technology. Moreover, the technology is exactly in line with the innovation goals of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai,
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,"

LEARNING LANGUAGES IS FUN WITH VR

Learning a new language is one of the most exciting as well as daunting things for a student or any individual. There is always an initial hesitation with a new way to pronounce, speak and interact. VR helps to eliminate the element of hesitation and self-consciousness by providing scenario-based, highly interactive environments to develop new language skills. It can put you in a class full of learners or amongst the native speakers to perfect your command over language.

Because VR experiences support interaction and are able to replicate different situations, there isn’t a more realistic way to learn a language than reality itself. With VR, you could either be buying cannoli on the streets of Sicily or asking for directions in Turkey. There is the added benefit of instant feedback on pronunciation and suggestions for vocabulary to further enrich your learning experience. The Head of Languages at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Chloe Briand opines that VR helps to build students’ confidence and reduce the level of anxiety associated with learning languages, “This is a tool that you use to practise and improve on your fluency and accuracy in a real-life scenario, without feeling self-conscious in front of a native speaker. It’s the perfect segue between a relaxed familiar environment and the outside world.”

BUILDING A VR LESSON IS EASY

Being a great interactive medium, it is fairly easy to build and create a lesson in VR for both teachers and students. For instance, it is as easy as ‘1,2,3’ to get a class started on a Google Expedition. But in case you wanted something more, you could easily use Google StreetView to create an exclusive expedition of your own. Visit the famous landmarks or walk through historical places.

By virtue of being a virtual medium, VR can put you in any location, inside a lab or an archeological site in an instant. There are boundless opportunities to explore and learn with VR so much so that not only does it remove geographical walls but time-bound as well. You can explore the lengths of Roman Colosseum or walk on the Acropolis of Athens. It is all within reach with VR.

BRINGING AUGMENTED REALITY IN SCHOOLS

In the same fashion, Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience for STEM lessons. You can use it to examine the 3D models of plants, animals as well as the natural features in your class. Students can go “deeper” in a lesson by rotating, swiping, and zooming in and out of a model at will. They can even take photos or videos of the model within their surroundings.

AR is a great learning technology and brings huge value to everyday lesson plans. Aligned with the standards of the UAE Ministry of Education, the platform supports all kinds of different visual overlays and hundreds of lesson plans with valuable educational content.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR TODAY'S CLASSROOM

Immersive technologies can help us to make classroom learning fun and exciting as well as more relevant and comprehensive. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the students’ performance to ensure positive outcomes and compliance with the educational standards.

This is where Artificial Intelligence helps to customize lessons for students providing cross-reference between subjects to support interdisciplinary learning. Moreover, automation of processes through Ai – such as performance monitoring, feedback, marking, tracking growth etc. – provide further assistance in the class freeing up more time for teachers.

On the part of students, Ai helps them understand concepts better and self-pace their studies. It also inculcates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in the students something which is the need of the day. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Gems Education Dubai, says that Ai opens a huge door of opportunities for young minds, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behaviour of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”

TEACHERS ARE READY FOR VR EDUCATION IN THE UAE

Arab teachers view the virtual and augmented reality apps as invaluable mediums to support “deeper learning” practices. As more and more content is being developed to align with curriculum requirements, the teachers find it immensely helpful to inspire curiosity to learn and ingenuity to create in their students.

Martha McCleary, Head of Digital Literacy at Foremarke School Dubai, shares her experience of VR in the classroom and how it has helped to involve students in the learning process, "We have been using VR to visit faraway places and go on virtual field trips. This heightens engagement in lessons as children get to experience new environments. Recently we have begun looking at creating our own VR experiences. The children are busy creating online galleries of their work. Beyond learning about VR, this engages the children in learning about design and user experience."

One of the GEM schools, The Winchester School at Jebel Ali has also teamed up with VRXOne to improve learning productivity of their students using VR and Ai. The Vice-Principal of the school, Dr. Ritika Anand believes that these immersive technologies become the basis to provide a thorough and holistic learning experience to the students, “Student experience is the biggest testimonial of a school’s commitment to provide holistic learning. The use of technologies like VR is aligned with the concept of experiential learning in pedagogy. Such technologies encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and excellence, and ultimately lead to bigger impact through nation development.”

STUDENTS READY FOR EXPO 2020 AND THE YEAR OF INNOVATION AHEAD

In the wake of these immersive learning experiences, students are well-equipped for the year of innovation ahead. Ai has a huge part to play in UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. Consequently, it is also a major component of Expo 2020 as well. As UAE gears towards the fast approaching event, the students are enthusiastically curious about using Ai to put their imagination to work and manifest their innovative ideas into reality.
The Emirati youth is more than ready for the upcoming challenges ahead backed by their mentor and the State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, “Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all.” Speaking to a conference in Sharjah, he stressed upon the importance of AI as part of youth’s everyday life now and said, “Each of you have to be aware how to use it and develop it for you to be able to adopt it.”

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Fucoidan, from brown seaweeds, offers an anti-HIV function and Immunoregulation by Dr. Susana Trujillo

Fucoidan- sulfated polysaccharides from brown seaweeds like Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus – has been shown to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is shown that the sulfated polysaccharides in Fucoidan inhibit infection of both CD4+ and CD4- cell lines by HIV and that they inhibit HTLV-1 and, to a lesser extent, the simian retrovirus, MPMV, which use receptors other than CD4.2 In contrast to semisynthetic sulfated polysaccharides, natural brown seaweed polysaccharides (Fucoidan) do not show any visible anticoagulant activity at therapeutically administrable doses. 1 Advantages of the brown seaweed polysaccharides are their natural extraction process, wide spectrum of antiviral activity, absence of cytotoxic effects, no side effects during long-term use, and good absorbbability.3,4

The Immune System

The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system is made up of:

• Physical barriers: such as intact skin and mucous membranes.
• Chemical barriers: such as stomach acid and antibacterial substances in body fluids.
• Organs and cells: such as tonsils lymph glands and a variety of white blood cells.

How AIDS develops

In the presence of HIV, the immune system is slowly disrupted. HIV kills cells in the lymph nodes (small glands filled with immune cells that trap foreign organisms) and in other sites. This affects the balance of the immune system.5 Then, the virus levels in the blood and the lymph nodes increase because the immune system cannot keep up with the amount of virus constantly produced.6,7

HIV continually changes itself, avoiding attack by the antibodies and immune cells that normally control infections. Each generation of viruses is slightly different. This constant evolution helps HIV keep one step ahead of the immune system. Immune cells can only look for viruses that resemble the previous generation of HIV, so the virus constantly ‘escapes’ the immune system.7

CD4 T-cells gradually decline in number. This is because they are killed by HIV and because they are over-activated, and this leads to an increase in T-cell death.5,6 HIV destroys memory CD4 T-cells that have been primed to rapidly respond to infections. Therefore, infections such as Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and Candida (thrush) develop when the CD4 cell count falls.7

HIV and the Immune System Response

Following the above, the presence of high levels of HIV in the body stimulates the immune system and huge numbers of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells are produced to contain the virus. However, these activated CD4 T-cells are also prime targets for the virus and can be rapidly infected and destroyed, leaving the body with weakened anti-HIV immune responses.8,9

Long-term non-progressors tend to maintain high levels of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells and CD8 T-cells that effectively control HIV replication and keep viral loads low.10,11 Stronger HIV-specific CD8 T-cell responses are significantly associated with greater viral load decline during primary infection.12,13 CD8 T-cells act against HIV in primary infection by killing HIV-infected cells and secreting chemokines.14,15

Fucoidan’s anti-HIV function

Fucoidan can protect healthy cells from becoming infected with the HIV/AIDS virus – in turn, Fucoidan can keep the virus from infecting those who have not contracted it.

Isolated Fucoidans from several brown seaweeds, for example, Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu), Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus) exhibited potential antiviral effects against HSV-1 and HSV-2 deprived of cytotoxicity for Vero cell cultures. Elizondo-Gonzalez and colleagues reported that the isolated Fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) showed potent antiviral activity against Newcastle disease virus in the Vero cell line at the initial stages of infection. The viral formation declined by exposure of Fucoidan prior to cleavage of the fusion protein, which led to attachment of Fucoidan to the F0 protein. This finding was important to reassure that Fucoidan has anti-viral activities. Consequently, Fucoidan exhibited a better antiviral potency than ribavirin.17 Moen and Clark, 1993, studied isolated Fucoidan from F. vesiculosus, which showed its potential to suppress HIV RT in vitro.

Other studies showed that respective activities are not because of dispatching of target cells. Indeed, Fucoidan induced no adverse effects on protein metabolism and cell generation.16 HIV-1 infection of target cells is protected after preincubation with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis. In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, and can activate apoptosis.17 Scientists also examined Fucoidan for its anti-HIV-1 abilities, given its potent anti-herpetic properties. This anti-HIV-1 activity was not a result of Fucoidan working as a viricidal, but rather as a direct consequence of its ability to inhibit the early events of viral replication with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis.18 In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.18

References:

1. Damonte E.B., Matulewicz M.C., Cerezo A.S. Sulfated seaweed polysaccharides as antiviral agents. Curr. Med. Chem. 2004;11:2399–2419. doi: 10.2174/0929867043364504. [PubMed]
2. McClure M.O., Moore J.P., Blanc D.F., Scotting P., Cook G.M., Keynes R.J., Weber J.N., Davies D., Weiss R.A. Investigations into the mechanism by which sulfated polysaccharides inhibit HIV infection in vitro. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 1992 Jan;8(1):19-26.
3. 5. Ghosh T., Chattopadhyay K., Marschall M., Karmakar P., Mandal P., Ray B. Focus on antivirally active sulfated polysaccharides: From structure-activity analysis to clinical evaluation. Glycobiology. 2009;19:2–15. [PubMed]
4. Routy JP et al. Comparison of clinical features of acute HIV-1 infection in patients infected sexually or through injection drug use. The investigators of the Quebec Primary HIV Infection Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 24: 425-432, 2000
5. Aasa-Chapmen MM et al. Detection of antibody-dependent complement-mediated inactivation of both autologous and heterologous virus in primary human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection. J Virol 79: 2823-2830, 2005
6. Huber M Complement lysis activity in autologous plasma is associated with lower viral loads during the acute phase of HIV-1 infection. PLoS Med 3(11): e441, 2006
7. Goujard C et al. CD4 cell count and HIV DNA level are independent predictors of disease progression after primary HIV Type 1 infection in untreated patients. Clin Inf

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National Drug Screening Recognizes 2018 Most Valuable Team Player and Top Gun Sales Award Winners

Each Year National Drug Screening hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year.

It's genuinely a pleasure to work in an environment that allows me to achieve such potential. I am very grateful for this honor.”

— Katherine Finnell

MELBOURNE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Congratulations to Katherine Finnell for being recognized as the National Drug Screening Most Valuable Team Player of 2018! At National Drug Screening (NDS), team is extremely important. This means both helping them grow personally and professionally, insuring they have a great work place, and recognizing accomplishments.

As a part of this, NDS hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year. This year featured numerous award winners and recognition in a variety of areas. The 2 Top awards each year are the Top Gun Sales Award and The NDS MVP Award. This years' winner of the Top Gun Award was Erika Hammer, who while "technically Part Time" achieved record breaking sales for 2018. NDS also recognizes the Most Valuable Team Player (MVP) for the Year. This is a person who consistently is reliable, is enthusiastic, is willing to help whenever needed. This is someone that seeks out ways to go above and beyond. The winner of 2018 MVP award is Katherine Finnell.

From the NDS Leadership Team: MVP Award Winner Katherine Finnell
"Katherine Does an amazing job; she is someone I can really count on. She always has a positive attitude and is a valued member of the team. I really would not want to imagine my job without her!" –Julie Floriano, VP Operations

"Katherine is always smiling and fun to work with; she is also very creative and willing to help wherever needed,"
–Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Katherine is a valued member of the team; she not only does her job but is always willing to go above and beyond to help others'" — Joe Reilly, President

"Katherine is a pleasure to work with. She always has a great attitude and goes above and beyond her duties here at NDS. She is a major asset to our team and enjoy working with her." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

From the NDS Leadership Team: Top Gun Sales Award Winner Erika Hammer
"Erika is a very dedicated and knowledgeable member of our team. To say she goes above and beyond would be an understatement. This is her 2nd consecutive Top Gun Sales Award and my money is on her making a trifecta by the end of 2019." –Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Erika exemplifies what is takes to be a great member of our sales and support team. She is constantly expanding her knowledge, making positive suggestions to improve service, and is very dedicated to serving our clients. Thanks for all you do!" — Joe Reilly, President

"Erika is a super star sales person. She always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to assist our customers when they call in. She is very thorough and helps the customer understand the steps involved with purchasing a drug test and/or setting up an on-going account." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

National Drug Screening would like to also recognize all the other award winners and team players at NDS. See more on our video spotlights, meet the team videos, and blogs on www.NationalDrugScreening.com . Want to know more about the culture at NDS? Check out this video: http://www.nationaldrugscreening.com/show-blog.php?id=550

About National Drug Screening
National Drug Screening (NDS) assists employers in reducing liability, improving safety, and attracting and retaining better employees by providing drug testing services, supervisor training, Drug free workplace policy development, and other employer resources. In addition to testing for employers and individuals, NDS provides MRO services, software, and training to assist other drug testing service providers. For more information, contact Tom Fulmer at 321-622-2040.

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Fucoidan’s Ability to Prevent the Flu and Its Ability to Inhibit the Influenza A Virus by Dr. Susana Trujillo

The immune system is actively finding ways to prevent viruses, bacteria and infected cells from affecting our health.

Besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — When our immune system is weak, some viruses can "hide" inside certain cells in our bodies and avoid being totally removed by the immune system. Some viruses can do this for a long time.

The best flu prevention strategy is basic — good nutrition (including taking natural health supplements), regular exercise, and enough sleep. You can also wash hands frequently and avoid people who have the flu. Still, it's hard to prevent contact with microorganisms (germs). Therefore, the best way to prevent the flu and other diseases is by keeping yourself healthy.

Flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.1 Some of the symptoms caused by Influenza (a viral infection) are fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough that lasts a week or more.1 People commonly use the term "flu" to define any kind of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, such as colds or diarrhea and vomiting that resemble “influenza-like-illness” (ILI) symptoms. However, influenza usually associated with more severe illness and lasts longer than the common cold and, normally, influenza does not cause vomiting or diarrhea in adults.2

Because influenza viruses are constantly mutating and there are different strains and subtypes that are prevalent among human populations from year to year, outbreaks and epidemics occur in certain geographical areas or countries. Occasionally, an influenza strain will emerge to cause an influenza pandemic that spreads globally and is usually associated with more severe disease and increased mortality.6

Most people recover from influenza without any complications and develop immunity to future infection with the same strain or a related influenza strain that may prevent illness symptoms or make illness less severe.10 However, there is an increased risk for serious complications and death for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or who are suffering from diabetes, kidney dysfunction, heart disease, and other chronic health issues.8

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to adapt good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.9 There also are natural health supplements like Fucoidan with antiviral properties that can be used to treat and prevent the flu. The different types of Fucoidan (Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus) offer the nutrients you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

In relationship to the nutritional health supplements that can help you prevent the flu, one of the most studied brown seaweeds is Mekabu, which contains Fucoidan a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from the sporophylls of the edible seaweed (U. pinnatifida)11 and long used as a traditional food in Japan, has attracted attention as an agent that enhances immune function because various types of Fucoidan reportedly have physiological activities such as antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anticoagulant, and antitumor effects.12 For virus infection in mice, oral administration of Mekabu Fucoidan increased neutralizing antibody production in the mucosa and blood and inhibited viral growth. At the same time, Mekabu Fucoidan also demonstrated to enhance immune function through mechanisms involving natural killer (NK) cell activation and increased production of IFN-γ and IL-12 in animal studies.11 The WHO announced a new influenza pandemic on 11 June 2009.13 Three influenza pandemics (Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong) in the 20th century, and more recently the extremely pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) with high lethality reported in Hong Kong in 1997, indicate that humans have long been facing influenza threats. The emergence of new influenza viruses and human epidemics is now recognized as a serious global health problem.13

One study from the Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan reported that their study “showed a possible adjunctive role of Mekabu Fucoidan in antibody production in the elderly, although further studies on the underlying immunomodulatory mechanisms are needed.”14

Recent studies focused on antiviral compounds obtained from natural resources. Many extracts from brown seaweeds have been isolated and tested for pharmacological purposes, and their antiviral activity has been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide present in the cell wall matrix of brown algae that has been demonstrated to inhibit certain enveloped viruses with low toxicity. One important study evaluated the potential antiviral activity and the mechanism of action of fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus against Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV0 in the Vero cell line.

In conclusion, besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. The immune system is compromised in people with a weak immunity, still there are healthy habits like taking Fucoidan on a daily basis that can be adapted to be healthier and to avoid getting sick too often.

References:
1. CDC. Influenza – Flu symptoms & Complications. Oct. 20, 2017.
2. World Health Organization. Influenza. Oct. 2, 2014.
3. 3 Centers for Disease Control. Transmission of Influenza Viruses from Animals to Humans. Aug. 19, 2014.
4. CDC. How the Flu Virus Changes.
5. CDC. Types of Influenza Viruses. Sept. 27, 2017.
6. Nordqvist C. Pandemics: Past, Present and Future. Medical News Today Jan. 11, 2016.
7. Taubenberger JK, Morens DM. 1918 Influenza: The Mother of All Pandemics. Emerg Infect Dis 2006; 12(1): 16-22.
8. CDC. Influenza – Flu symptoms & Complications. Oct. 20, 2017.
9. Centers for Disease Control. Estimates of Deaths Associated with Seasonal Influenza — United States, 1976—2007. MMWR Aug. 27, 2010, 59(33);1057-1062.
10. CDC. Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu. Dec 9, 2016.
11. Cumashi A, Ushakova NA, Preobrazhenskaya ME, D’Incecco A, Piccoli A, Totani L, Tinari N, Morozevich GE, Berman AE, Bilan MI, et al. Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Bio-Oncologia, Italy. A comparative study of the anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antiangiogenic, and antiadhesive activities of nine different fucoidans from brown seaweeds. Glycobiology. 2007;17:541–52.
12. Maruyama H, Tamauchi H, Hashimoto

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The Positive Effects of Fucoidan from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus in Reducing Osteoarthritis Symptoms by Dr Susana Trujillo

Osteoarthritis is the most predominant form of arthritis.1 At the same time, osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health conditions among adults.

Supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Osteoarthritis has an inflammatory element affecting the synovium (the soft tissue that lines the spaces of diarthrodial joints, tendon sheaths, and bursae) and cartilage, which leads to subchondral bone tissue breakdown, resulting in pain, stiffness, and joint failure.2 Several studies have suggested that osteoarthritis joint degeneration occurs from a combination of mechanical stresses and biochemical factors.3 Chondrocytes as well as synovial cells, in an elevated osteoarthritis condition, express inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1β and the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. As a result, there is an increase in the matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) and some pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-8, IL-6, prostaglandin E2, and nitric oxide.3

Osteoarthritis models can be classified into primary (spontaneous) and secondary (post-traumatic OA, including induced models) osteoarthritis.4 At the same time, obesity has long been recognized as a potential risk factor for osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. By increasing the mechanical forces across weight-bearing joints, obesity or the excess of body weight may lead to cartilage degeneration. Other causes such as inflammation and lipid metabolism disorder in obesity are also associated with osteoarthritis. Recent studies reported that inflammatory cytokines such as leptin, adiponectin, and IL-1β are involved in obesity-associated in osteoarthritis.2,4

Various approaches used to treat osteoarthritis include non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. Pharmacological treatments include analgesics or anti-inflammatory agents such as acetaminophen, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, glucosamine/chondroitin sulfates, non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and intra-articular (IA) corticosteroids. Still, these treatments have side effects, for example, NSAIDs are correlated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV), severe gastrointestinal (GI), and renal injuries. Based on the diverse and various side effects, various studies have focused on functional foods for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis, which may result in the promotion of cartilage health and safety, even after long-term use.1,3

A very interesting and helpful functional food is known as Fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that contains L-fucose and sulfate groups and found in various species of brown seaweed such as Cladosipohon okamuranus (Mozuku), Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus). Because of their pharmacological properties such as the antioxidant,9 anti-tumor,9 anti-inflammation,10 anti-diabetic,10 and anti-obesity properties,7 Fucoidan has gained significant attraction. Recent studies indicated that Fucoidan has the potential to suppress inflammation in collagen-induced osteoarthritis. Furthermore, Fucoidan is potent as a therapeutic agent that provides hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fucoidan obtained from brown seaweeds shows promise in taking on aspects of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.6 In another study, a team of researchers looked at the effect of Fucoidan on markers of rheumatoid arthritis in laboratory conditions and published their findings in Inflammation. Their findings concluded that: “Fucoidan may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”7 Additionally, a third study looked at the effects of fucoidan on symptoms and inflammatory cytokine activation in 40 rats with osteoarthritis. The scientists found “that administration of fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis” in the rats. These results were published in The Journal of Medicinal Food.6

Fucoidan extracted from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus showed anti-inflammatory effects on osteoarthritis induced inflammation. The hypolipidemic properties worked against fat accumulation and protected the joint and cartilage on osteoarthritis induced male rats. In addition, supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve the obesity and meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. At the same time, Fucoidan also can enhance the immune system and to improve the Quality of Life in people with osteoarthritis.

References:
1. Cross, M.; Smith, E.; Hoy, D.; Nolte, S.; Ackerman, I.; Fransen, M.; Bridgett, L.; Williams, S.; Guillemin, F.; Hill, C.L.; et al. The global burden of hip and knee osteoarthritis: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study. Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2014, 73, 1323–1330.
2. Allen, K.D.; Golightly, Y.M. Epidemiology of osteoarthritis: State of the evidence. Curr. Opin. Rheumatol. 2015, 27, 276–283.
3. Barve, R.A.; Minnerly, J.C.; Weiss, D.J.; Meyer, D.M.; Aguiar, D.J.; Sullivan, P.M.; Weinrich, S.L.; Head, R.D. Transcriptional profiling and pathway analysis of monosodium iodoacetate-induced experimental osteoarthritis in rats: Relevance to human disease. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2007, 15, 1190–1198.
4. Henrotin, Y.; Kurz, B. Antioxidant to treat osteoarthritis: Dream or reality? Curr. Drug Targets 2007, 8, 347–357.
5. Krasnokutsky, S.; Attur, M.; Palmer, G.; Samuels, J.; Abramson, S.B. Current concepts in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2008, 16, S1–S3.
6. Lee, D.-G.; Park, S.-Y.; Chung, W.-S.; Park, J.-H.; Hwang, E.; Mavlonov, G.T.; Kim, I.-H.; Kim, K.-Y.; Yi, T.-H. Fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis in rats. J. Med. Food 2015, 18, 1032–1041.
7. Kuyinu, E.L.; Narayanan, G.; Nair, L.S.; Laurencin, C.T. Animal models of osteoarthritis: Classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. J. Orthop. Surg. Res. 2016, 11.
8. Dobashi, K.; Nishino, T.; Fujihara, M.; Nagumo, T. Isolation and preliminary characterization of fucose-containing sulfated polysaccharides with blood-anticoagulant activity from the brown seaweed hizikia fusiforme. Carbohydr. Res. 1989, 194, 315–320.
9. Millet, J.; Jouault, S.C.; Vidal, B.; Sternberg, C.; Theveniaux, J.; Mauray, S.; Fischer, A.M. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant activities of a low molecular weight fucoidan by the subcutaneous route. Thromb. Haemost. 1999, 81, 391–395.
10. Park, H.Y.; Han, M.H.; Park, C.; Jin, C.-Y.; Kim, G.-Y.; Choi, I.-W.; Kim, N.D.; Nam, T.-J.; Kwon, T.K.; Choi, Y.H. Anti-inflammatory effects of fucoidan through inhibition of NF-κB, MAPK and AKT activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglia cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2011, 49, 1745–1752.

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Women’s Rights Forum Brings Issues to Clearwater

United for Human Rights of Florida regularly hosts seminars to raise awareness of basic human rights.

The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923, [b]ut nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

— Sanna Heden,D/ED UHR's Florida Chapter

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

“The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923,” said Heden. “But nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS ASSOCIATION TAMPA BAY HOSTS “FOSTER SHOCK” DOCUMENTARY SHOWING.

The Way to Happiness Assn. of Tampa Bay invites residents to see an important documentary on what is happening with our foster children – Feb 2nd

Bringing a child into the world today is a little bit like dropping one into a tiger’s cage. Children can’t handle their environment and they have no real resources. They need love and help to make it”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On February 2, 2019 at 6pm The Way to Happiness will be hosting the showing of “Foster Shock” a documentary film about Florida’s privatized child welfare and fostering programs by Miss Mari, with special guest speaker Tami Martin, Guardian ad Litem.

"Foster Shock" shows how Florida's “privatized” child welfare was created and how this has led to substantial amounts of taxpayer dollars being spent with little oversight and no accountability. The makers of Foster Shock are not looking to place blame but seek to make life better for the children, not some day in the future, but right now.

Mr. L. Ron Hubbard wrote in The Way to Happiness, “Today’s children will become tomorrow’s civilization. Bringing a child into the world today is a little bit like dropping one into a tiger’s cage. Children can’t handle their environment and they have no real resources. They need love and help to make it.” This is why volunteers for The Way to Happiness supports those who forward the message to take care of children, such as “Foster Shock”, and holds workshops and events to assist anyone in raising children with the common sense moral code, The Way to Happiness.

“The Church of Scientology and its parishioners proudly sponsor The Way to Happiness to keep the doors open to our The Way to Happiness Center and provide education and materials to the community at no cost,” says Ms. Tanja Cranton the Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay.

Find out how you can help and make a difference. Attend the “Foster Shock” documentary showing on Saturday February 2nd, at 6pm. There is no cost to attend, refreshments will be served and materials are included.

The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755 opens its doors daily from 10am – 10pm to offer free tours, workshops, seminars and educational materials to the community. Community members are invited to join in, please call: (727) 467 6961.

About The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
727-467-6860
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SHOWING THAT A DRUG-FREE LIFE IS MORE FUN, KIDS CELEBRATE AT DRUG-FREE YOUTH FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

Children learn that planting is a fun Drug-Free Activity at the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Youth Festival

No parent wants to go through the horrors of their child getting addicted to drugs or the pain of losing a loved one to an overdose,”

— Julieta Santagostino,President of the FDFW Fl Chapter

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In celebration of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s (FDFW) Florida Chapter held a Drug-Free Youth Festival on January 26th in the Osceola Courtyard in Clearwater, Florida. Kids enjoyed live music, dance challenges, a scavenger hunt, a photo station, fun games, and raffle prizes all while learning the truth about drugs. The scavenger hunt included such things as: finding five facts about drugs, watching a Truth About Drugs Public Service Announcement, and signing the Drug-Free Pledge.

“No parent wants to go through the horrors of their child getting addicted to drugs or the pain of losing a loved one to an overdose,” said Julieta Santagostino the President of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World Florida Chapter. “It is important that both, parents and youth, learn the facts about drugs and alcohol and how these affect the body and mind. With this event we wanted to create a fun way for them to learn these facts.”

Several other organizations participated in the event and had a booth with fun activities for the kids as well. These included Drug-Free America Foundation, Narconon Suncoast Drug Rehabilitation Center, Community Learning Center, Concerned Businessmen’s Association of Tampa Bay and the Florida National Guard Counterdrug Task Force.

In 2016 alone, over 5,300 young people died from drug overdoses. This is why the Foundation for a Drug-Free World has as its mission educating as many youth as possible about the harmful effects of drugs.

“This was such a fun way for kids to learn the facts about drugs and how drugs can harm them,” said a father who attended the event with his two daughters.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is sponsored by the Church of Scientology and the Church sponsored the Drug-Free Youth Festival for the community to enjoy and have fun. Last year in Florida, FDFW distributed over 230,000 Truth About Drugs booklets and educator kits to children, teachers, law enforcement officers and residents of Florida.

To find out more about the Foundation for a Drug-Free World or to get free copies of its educational materials, visit the Foundation for a Drug-Free World information center at 41 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755 or contact the Foundation at 727-467-6962 or email info.fl@drugfreeworld.org

Foundation for a Drug-Free World:

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a non-profit organization that educates youth and the community on the truth about illicit drugs so they can make the right decision live drug-free. The Church of Scientology is a sponsor of the program making it possible for the Foundation to provide educational materials at no cost to educators, law enforcement and the community. Humanitarian and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, said, “Drugs rob life of the sensations and joys which are the only reasons for living anyhow.”

Pat Harney
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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS ASSOCIATION TAMPA BAY TACKLES PINELLAS TRAIL TRASH AND STEMS THE CAUSE WITH EDUCATION

It is of upmost importance to remove trash off the Trail as these can easily get into our waterways and into the ocean and cause thousands of tragedies for the wildlife we seek to protect”

— Tanja Cranton, ED of TWTH Association of Tampa Bay

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On January 25, 2019 a team of twenty students and teachers joined with The Way to Happiness and removed 21 lbs. of trash on The Way to Happiness (TWTH) Adopted-Mile of the Pinellas Trail. The cleanup took place in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, a local environmental and awareness organization.

Approximately 1 million sea birds and about 100,000 marine creatures die each year from plastic entanglement from trash left behind by others.

“It is of upmost importance to remove trash off the Trail as these can easily get into our waterways and into the ocean and cause thousands of tragedies for the wildlife we seek to protect. It is important to educate at the same time as litter removal actions are taken,” said Ms. Tanja Cranton, Executive Director of The Way to Happiness Association Tampa Bay.

A group of 20 students and teachers from a local school made this their project on a brisk Friday afternoon to rid the Trail of these seemingly harmless but highly dangerous to the wildlife plastics. Before hitting the Trail, students and volunteers were educated on the precept from The Way to Happiness, “Safeguard and Improve the Environment” written by Mr. Hubbard to educates them on the importance of taking care of the planet and the environment as it is our home.

The Way to Happiness is sponsored by the Church of Scientology as one of its many Humanitarian outreach organizations, providing education as well a community center. With that it is possible to continue to fight the ongoing littering problems and educate at the same time curtailing the problem from continuing and safeguarding and protecting the environment.

The Way to Happiness Community Center on 33 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater FL 33755 opens its doors daily from 10am – 10pm to offer free tours, workshops, seminars and educational materials to the community. Community members are invited to join in, please call: (727) 467 6961.

About The Way to Happiness:

The Way to Happiness book was written and published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1981 as a nonreligious, common-sense guide to better living. Its purpose is to help arrest the current moral decline in society and restore integrity and trust to humankind. It is available in 112 languages, with some 115 million copies distributed in 186 nations. The campaign to distribute the book has been embraced by more than 257,000 groups and individuals and millions around the world have received the materials free of charge thanks to the continued sponsorship of the Church of Scientology. The Way to Happiness holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society.

Pat Harney
Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization
+1 727-467-6860
email us here


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