Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rate

LOS ANGELES, USA – The recent deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have cast a spotlight on a jarring spike in suicides worldwide and on the importance of confronting the issue. More than 800,000 commit suicide annually around the world and suicide is listed as ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 14th, 2018

Polio-like illness among kids baffling doctors, scaring parents

A spike in the number of children with a rare neurological disease that causes polio-like symptoms has health officials across the country scrambling to understand the illness. Yet, more than four years after health officials first recorded the most recent uptick in cases, much about the national outbreak remains a mystery. Acute flaccid myelitis(AFM) affects the gray matterin the spinal cord, causing sudden muscle weakness and a loss of reflexes. The illness can lead to serious complications--- including paralysis or respiratory failure --- and requires immediate medical attention. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 127 cases of possi...Keep on reading: Polio-like illness among kids baffling doctors, scaring parents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

ALI issues final tranche under P50 billion 3-year shelf registration

October 5, 2018 – Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) issued and listed anew on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation (PDEx)an P8 billion 5-year bond with a coupon rate of 7.0239% per annum (the “Bonds”). The Bonds represent the final tranche of the company’s P50-billion three-year debt securities program approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) […] The post ALI issues final tranche under P50 billion 3-year shelf registration appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Looking for an edge: Teams trying to turn data into wins

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Data is pored over by coaches and staff of the Orlando Magic on a regular basis. They’ll dissect how far a player runs during practice, how quickly that player accelerates and decelerates, how his performance changes as the workout goes along, biometric measurements like his heartbeat or when his workload is particularly heavy. The charts and graphs are detailed and precise. But how it’ll help the Magic win, that’s still an unknown. Wearable technology — chips worn during practice to collect information that analysts churn into reports — has been around the NBA for the past several seasons. It’s not permitted on game nights, and anything specific about processes the 30 teams are using falls into the category of closely guarded secrets. And when it comes to coaches deciding what play to call in the final seconds with a game on the line, it doesn’t seem to have an impact quite yet. “It’s all very beneficial stuff,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But I can only digest X amount of information. And it has to be the right amount of information.” That’s one of the challenges that NBA teams are facing in this information age. Everyone knows analytics can help in countless ways. But the question remains simple: How? “You’ve got to take it and use it as best you can,” said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, who said he resisted using some data that he was presented several years ago when he coached in Phoenix — and wound up taking that Suns team to the Western Conference finals. “But at the end of the day, I think the instincts that you have as a coach become just as important, really.” There are some consistencies in what’s being collected. Regardless of what hardware a team is using, everything basically tracks the same things: distance of movement, speed of movement, acceleration and deceleration, workload and heart rate. Teams work on their own, largely without NBA oversight except for some rules laid out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It’s already been a boost in how teams monitor a player’s recovery from injury or surgery. But some also have wondered if the data collection is too invasive, or could be used against a player — something that isn’t supposed to happen under league rule. “It seems inherently geared to advantage the team,” University of Illinois law professor Michael LeRoy said in comments posted to his blog last year. “When it’s not linked to performance and not actually linked to injury, just correlation ... it’s hard to see where that data can be used to the advantage of a player.” The NBA has put together a list of what brands (like Catapult and STATSports) and types of products that teams can use, much in the same way it approves knee braces and other accessories. Teams aren’t mandated to share the data they’re collecting from the wearables with the league, although that may change once devices are permitted to be used during games. “Data collected through wearable devices has the potential to have a number of applications to improve player health — but it’s not a silver bullet,” said Dr. John DiFiori, the NBA’s medical director. “Information from wearables can add more detail on each player’s loading, which, together with a team’s overall toolkit, can help develop more individualized injury prevention programs, and assist teams in promoting safe return to play following an injury.” There could be benefits to standardizing the data, but that seems a long way off — especially since teams are still figuring out how to best go forward individually. The league and the NBA Players Association are working on finalizing a validation program will be in place to ensure that devices are measuring what the manufacturers say they’re measuring, and that they do so accurately. Atlanta rookie Kevin Huerter said in his short time as a pro, he’s learned a ton about his body that he didn’t even know because of what he’s gleaned off what his team has collected. “At this level, they worry and care so much more about your body,” Huerter said. “The technology monitors how tough practices are and how tough you’re pushing yourself. It’s a longer season, everybody knows that. So I think a lot of it is making sure guys stay healthy and listening when guys are hurting a little bit one day.” It might extend careers, help with injury management, maybe develop ways to avoid injuries. But whether this data will ever be sharpened to the point of helping a team figure out how to overcome a five-point deficit with 28.2 seconds remaining, that’s anyone’s guess. “Where the league is going, you’re looking for every edge,” Clifford said. “But as a coach, what you can’t do is you can’t stop watching the film. The data, talking to people, the numbers, all that, it’s all good information. But to have the clarity I think you need to make the right decisions, you better have watched enough film because that’s where you can see why, why, why it’s happening.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Opposition reps urge Duterte to repeal TRAIN law as inflation rockets to 6.7%

    Some opposition lawmakers from the House of Representatives have warned that the inflation rate would continue to spike if the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte will not repeal the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.   The rate of increase in prices of basic commodities rose to 6.7 percent in September, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported Friday.   READ:Inflation hits new over 9-year high of 6.7% in September on elevated food prices   "October's inflation rate may again increase due to the inflationary effect of the big time water rate hike as well as the continuous oil price hikes," Bayan Muna Rep...Keep on reading: Opposition reps urge Duterte to repeal TRAIN law as inflation rockets to 6.7%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018


Several men get on their motorcycles and scooters to cruise on the streets of Quezon City as they join the Philippine edition of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) on Sunday. DGR is a global fundraising event where classic, vintage and custom motorcycle enthusiasts raise awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and suicide prevention. PHOTO… link: MEN ON BIKES.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

DOH 7 Lauds Tawag Paglaum’s Role in Countering Suicide in CV

The government lauds Tawag paglaum and the Chief Psychiatrist of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), Dr. Renato Obra assures that Tawag Paglaum or known as Hopeline Cebu is very much open to the public 24/7. Tawag Paglaum (TP) is a suicide prevention hotline that caters to callers who have attempted to take their […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Hayley Williams bares struggle with depression

If you feel darkness, I hope you will wait for joy. It will come again, and it's worth it." Thus said Paramore lead vocalist Hayley Williams, who recently opened up about her struggles with depression, in light of the recent World Suicide Prevention Day.   There was a point in her life, she admitted, where her mind was "dark and hopeless;" where being "cynical" somehow made her feel safe. And while the 29-year-old singer has been taking steps to be healthier, she admitted that it wasn't always easy.   "It's a lifestyle shift. Sometimes, it feels uncomfortable and I don't always do it well," she wrote. "But I hope that, if you struggle with darkness, you will ...Keep on reading: Hayley Williams bares struggle with depression.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Consumers hurting due to effects of inflation air grievances on social media

Consumers in the Philippines are circulating pictures and stories of the outrageously high prices of various products after the inflation rate surged to 6.4 percent in August 2018. Pictures showing various food items sold at high prices days after the Philippine Statistics Authority announced the highest inflation in spike in nine years. Among these were […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Sotto, Hontiveros want to ban online porn to curb teenage pregnancy

Senators Vicente "Tito" Sotto III and Risa Hontiveros want to ban online pornographic materials in a bid to curb the rising rate of teenage pregnancy in the country. During the period of interpellation on Senate Bill 1888 or the "Prevention of Adolescent Pregnancy Act of 2018" on Tuesday, Sotto said an amendment to the bill should include a section removing pornographic materials online, a suggestion which Hontiveros welcomed. Before this, Sotto first asked what "digital citizenship" means and why was it included in the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) under Section 6 of the bill. "So that they can prevent teenage pregnancy because we have noted the almost ubiquitous natu...Keep on reading: Sotto, Hontiveros want to ban online porn to curb teenage pregnancy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Include mental health programs in curriculum, DepEd urged

The growing number of highly sensitive youth who commit suicide, both nationwide and worldwide, should be nipped in the bud at this early stage when programs dealing with mental health should be introduced in the Department of Education’s curriculum......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

SMC power unit lists P15-B bonds on PDEx

SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. yesterday listed on Philippine Dealing & Exchange (PDEx) Corp. P15 billion worth of fixed rate bonds, completing a P35-billion package that was approved in 2017......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 18th, 2018

PDEx year-to-date bond listings top P120-B after SMC Global issuance

THE listing of SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.’s P15-billion fixed-rate bonds on Friday brought the year-to-date new listings at the bond exchange at P120.92 billion, officials of Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) said. The post PDEx year-to-date bond listings top P120-B after SMC Global issuance appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

High school apologizes 2 years after student committed suicide due to bullying

The school principal of a city-run junior high school and an official of the Aomori city board of education in Japan apologized in person on Aug. 2 to the father of a bullied 13-year-old student, who committed suicide two years ago. Namioka Junior High School apologized for Rima Kasai's death in 2016, after thefinal report by the city's bullying prevention council concluded that Kasai's suicide was brought about by the bullying she experienced from her classmates, reportedAsahi Shimbun last Friday, Aug. 3. The apology was made not long after the council forwarded the report to the board. The final report discovered that Kasai was bullied by her classmates in person. About 20 in...Keep on reading: High school apologizes 2 years after student committed suicide due to bullying.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2018

BSP says in ‘firm’ control as prices spike

The BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) continues to have a firm hand on inflation, its chief said amid mounting calls for a more aggressive rate hike next month......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Cautious trading expected this week

Local stocks are seen trading with caution this week as investors price in prospective local interest rate increases following the spike in June inflation while the US-China trade war was set in mo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

BSP seen raising interest rates again in August

The inflation-targeting Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is seen to sanction a faster pace of interest rate increases this year after the unexpected spike in the country's June inflation rate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Who s to blame for soaring inflation? All of them in gov t, says economist

MANILA, Philippines – The June 2018 inflation rate ended up even higher than all government forecasts , targets, and market expectations, after it surged to  5.2% . Who should be held accountable for the spike? And how can inflation be tamed to within a decent range? University of the Philippines ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Kate Spade Foundation to donate $1M for suicide prevention

Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company's late founder......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Chile s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

  SANTIAGO, Chile – The winds of change are blowing through Chile where a youthful sexual revolution is shattering taboos – but also sparking an explosion of HIV cases that has set off alarm bells in the traditionally conservative Latin American country. Chile has the highest rate of HIV cases in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Phelps: Mental health is new passion

After revealing the depths of his depression — and even thoughts of suicide after his second drunken-driving arrest — Phelps is hoping to make a difference for those who are dealing with similar issues......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018