A look into the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center Labs: Washington University/St. Louis

Circadian rhythms have a profound effect on metabolism, the immune system – and in the latest reserach from Drs. Herzog and Jungheim, maybe even preterm birth.

Screen Shot 2017-06-02 at 11.49.03 AMWe’ve long known that our circadian rhythms have profound effects on how — and especially when — we go about our daily lives. These cycles are influenced by the various intervals of light and darkness we experience over a 24-hour period, but also can be triggered by biological factors, our genetics and even our environment. The range of circadian impacts runs from relatively unnoticed, like our moods and ability to cope with stressors, to the most obvious, like when we are hungry or sleepy.

Circadian rhythms also have a profound effect on the onset of labor, with approximately 80% of women going into spontaneous labor between late night and early morning. And some studies have even shown that altering a pregnant woman’s circadian rhythms can disrupt the fetus’ growth and development. But could these rhythms also be a key factor in preterm birth? That’s exactly what a team of researchers at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis are working on.

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that circadian rhythms in the mother, the fetus, or both, regulate birth timing, and when disrupted, may lead to preterm birth,” Dr. Herzog explained. “This chronodisruption, as it’s called, can be brought on by a number of factors, including shift work, exposure to artificial light, even irregular meals and sleep times. Our goal is to see how these disruptions influence preterm birth.”

The study has two parts. The first is to determine whether genetic or environmental disruptions of circadian rhythms lead to increased preterm birth risk in mice. The second part of the study is a pilot that will monitor and test 100 women pre- and post-conception to determine when disruption of the circadian rhythms of women with certain chronotypes, (e.g., larks vs. owls) increases their risk for preterm birth. The study will then be extended to 1000 women.

Also working on Theme Three at Washington University at St. Louis are Dr. Justin Fay, Ph.D., an associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Sarah K. England, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Gill, a professor of Political Science.

“By correlating the data we receive with genetic variations, we’ll also be able to trace any outcomes back to a woman’s specific biology,” said Dr. Fay, “to determine what role genetics plays in affecting circadian rhythm.”

Another leader working on this theme is Dr. Emily Jungheim. She sees the potential for the results of this research to positively affect the women in her practice.

“When I talk to young reproductive age women who are trying to have a child, the things that really speak to them are those they can do themselves to improve their outcomes,” she said. “They’re so motivated to do whatever they can to ensure they’re going to have a healthy start for their baby.”

And modifying those outcomes could be as simple as having a regularly scheduled bedtime.

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Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement

Earth and North America from SpaceIn honor of this past weeks National Earth Day…

Washington, D.C. – The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

 This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate Earth Day and the world’s environmental accomplishments and agenda for the future.

In looking back at significant accomplishments in the past few decades, it’s important to recognize one of the major environmental achievements that has contributed to a cleaner environment while powering the global economy – clean diesel technology.

The transformation to near-zero clean diesel technology is a result of our commitment to protect and enhance our environment, conserve our resources, and improve our quality of life.  Today, this is a daily reality for the leaders in clean diesel technology – the companies that provide the world with the most advanced and powerful engines, equipment, machines and vehicles, and fuels.  Clean diesel technology has significantly reduced emissions, increased efficiency and improved the everyday lives of people throughout the world.

From tending farms that help feed the world, building roads and clean water infrastructure that connect communities, powering a commercial truck for taking goods to market, or moving a fuel efficient personal car, diesel technology is enabling progress and prosperity in the cleanest possible manner.

 Diesel’s Near Zero Emissions Levels Help Achieve Sustainability

Thanks to the innovation and billions of dollars of research and development, engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers today produce new diesel engines and equipment to meet all the needs of tomorrow’s sustainable world.  This includes a wide range of engine sizes with emissions at near zero levels, improved fuel efficiency, and a capability to utilize a wide range of renewable biodiesel fuels from an array of feed stocks.

Here are the results of this successful effort: 

    • A 98 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from new commercial diesel trucks and buses.
    • A 97 percent reduction in sulfur in new diesel fuel.
    • A 90 percent reduction in PM and 50 percent cut in NOx emissions from new farm and construction equipment.
    • A 30 percent higher fuel efficiency than gasoline cars and pickups.

So why is this important? Diesel is the predominant power source in key sectors of the global economy including the technology of choice for over 90 percent of all global trade – for road-building, industrial development farming, moving goods to market and providing essential public services.   Today’s diesel technology does more with less, more work with fewer emissions, using less fuel. 

Additionally, most diesel engines today can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits.  According to the U.S. EPA, biodiesel is classified as an “Advanced Biofuel” capable of reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 50 percent.  Renewable diesel fuel is derived from the same feedstocks as biodiesel.

The world’s economy depends on diesel power today, and diesel engines have transformed to meet the needs of the global economy, environment and climate for a sustainable future for all tomorrow.

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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

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Local Florists Across the United States Celebrate Women’s Day March 8th and Raise Awareness for Non-Profit Organizations

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 2.05.56 PMCAPITOLA, Calif., March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For the 3rd year in a row, local florists across the United States in conjunction with CalFlowers (California Association of Flower Growers and Shippers) and ASOCOLFLORES (The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) have joined together in support of a national campaign called Love, Honor, Respect, in celebration of Women’s Day, March 8th. The date March 8th is a time to recognize and celebrate the influence and achievements of women throughout history and today. From business to politics, athletics to philanthropy, to celebrity, and even the mom next door. More than 100 nations recognize Women’s Day and 35 have declared it a national holiday with thousands of events held by civic organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media. “The mission of Women’s Day Holiday campaign is to provide a platform for the community to show respect, appreciation and love for all the amazing women that make a difference in our lives on a daily basis,” said Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers.

The promotion includes the launch of a national website www.womensdayholiday.com as well as a social media campaign on Facebook www.facebook.com/womensdayholiday. The campaign encourages the community to nominate the special women in their life to receive free flowers by sharing stories of love, honor and respect. “Every woman deserves Love, Honor and Respect. Whether mother or daughter, young or old, amazing women deserve to be honored on Women’s Day March 8th. “In addition to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women, our goal is to raise awareness for the non-profit organization Where Hope Lives,” said Cheryl Denham, CEO of Arizona Family Florist, located in Phoenix Arizona. The purpose of Where Hope Lives is to rescue trafficking victims, offering them love, hope and a way off the streets. Established in 2009, the hope livesnon-profit Where Hope Lives formerly The Rescue Project, is a national leader in the rescue, recovery and prevention of human trafficking and relies on donations and support from both the public and private sector. In addition to helping raise awareness, the floral community donates flowers year round that are used in their heroic outreach efforts. To learn more or donate directly to Where Hope Live go to www.wherehopelives.org

About CalFlowers
The California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers (CalFlowers, formerly known as NORCAL) was founded in 1941 by a small group of flower shipping companies to foster the success of the California floral industry within the United States.  Today CalFlowers is the leading floral trade association in California, serving growers and the entire supply chain in 45 states across the nation. For more information about CalFlowers, please visit www.cafgs.org

About ASOCOLFLORES
ASOCOLFLORES was established in 1973 as a non-profit trade organization, to represent and promote the Colombian flower industry in international markets and seek comprehensive development of floriculture, mainly in areas of market access, research, transport, Florverde (socio-environmental label certification) and social responsibility programs to improve the quality of life of workers and their families. ASOCOLFLORES membership represents growers who handle about 80% of total Colombian flower exports. For more information about ASOCOLFLORES, please visit www.asocolflores.org.

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Run For All Women Surpasses $100k Donation For Planned Parenthood on 240-Mile Run to Washington DC’s Women’s March

NEW YORK, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Run For All Women, a running initiative created to support women and provide a hedge against political efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, has successfully raised over $101,525 in just 20 days – more than double their original goal, as of Jan. 23, 2017. Alison Mariella Désir was one of 4 women that led the 240-mile relay from Harlem, New York to Washington, DC from January 18th – 21st. Hundreds of runners and supporters along the way donated supplies, food, time and encouragement to the Run For All Women team.

The original fundraising amount – $44,000 – was chosen to honor the 44th President, Barack Obama. The Run For All Women team has quickly received immense support and solidarity (from all over the world), which has allowed them to spread the word so quickly.
“Looking to defund Planned Parenthood is a huge threat to women. I wanted to send a message through this run that we are here; that we are going to continue to make our voices heard, and that there’s power in just a small idea,” explains Désir in an interview with MSNBC’s AM JOY.

Stations were set up every 4 miles along the 240-mile relay to allow other runners to join the journey, cheer and show support. The run passed through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, ending at Women’s March in DC 2 hours ahead of schedule.

Jami Gobao, one of the event runners, Baltimore mobilizers and supporters who ran the 40-mile journey from Baltimore to Washington DC, described the event as “a surreal, empowering experience that puts in perspective the power of change. This event was a reminder not to be complacent, and that each person, each woman, has the ability to be the change.

Désir hopes to use this newly created platform to continue to engage, build relationships, and provide support for the next four years during Trump’s presidency and beyond.
The Run For All Women GoFundMe page, which will be accepting donations for Planned Parenthood through February 1st, can be viewed here: https://www.gofundme.com/4Women4AllWomen

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We Believe In The Difference A Clean House Can Make!

By Jesica Wilfong, Owner of Petal Sweet Cleaning

Maintaining a clean home has many benefits that may improve anyone’s health from reducing allergies and mold to improving mental health and reducing stress. There are millions of women who suffer from cancer every year. That is why we believe in assisting cancer patients by proving a house cleaning while they are going through treatment.
Many of them do not have the strength to even life a mop, let alone clean their entire house. A clean environment has been shown to positively affect a cancer patient’s recovery.

We are so excited to partner with Cleaning For A Reason. Cleaning For A Reason inspires me every time I see how this wonderful cause continues to grow and impacts the lives of those who are cleaning and those who receive the gift of cleaning. My aunt is a cancer survivor and I feel so blessed to be able to say that and want to do everything I can to support those in treatment or recovery “until there’s a cure.”

ABOUT CLEANING FOR A REASON

PetalSweet Cleaning partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a national nonprofit organization. Their mission is to give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing
treatment for any type of cancer. The goal is to let these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge. They have recruited over 1,200 maid services to donate free housecleaning to women who are undergoing treatment for cancer. Since 2006, their partner maid services have volunteered their time to clean for over 22,600 women – valued at over $6,000,000. Learn more at www.cleaningforareason.org

warriors-in-pinkWe are also so proud to partner with Ford Motor Warriors In Pink to provide FREE housecleaning to women with breast cancer through the Cleaning For A Reason foundation. Any women with breast cancer will receive ONE FREE house cleaning from PetalSweet Cleaning. Since 2006, the goal of Cleaning For A Reason has been to reduce the stress and ease the burden a woman faces once a cancer diagnosis is received. A patient can then focus on her health and family and not on her home. Please apply for yourself or a friend at www.petalsweetcleaning.com/ford-warriors-pink/

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LEADING CANTON-BASED INTERNTONAL TRADE GROUP SAYS ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’, SUPPORTS EFFORTS TO CURB HEROIN EPIDEMIC IN OHIO

IAITAM Launches Local Initiative to Support Local K-9 Officers in the Fight Against Heroin, Calls for Additional Funding and Community Support.

Drug overdoses took the lives of a record 3,050 Ohioans last year; more than one-third of those deaths are attributed the use of fentanyl, a potent yet often-toxic opiate often mixed with heroin. Statistics indicate that across Ohio in 2015, someone died from a drug overdose nearly every two hours and 52 minutes. The Canton, OH based International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) says “enough is enough”.

Once drugs enter a geographic area, usage tends to grow rapidly. That growth paves the way for even more dangerous drugs to devastate lives.  One such drug was recently discovered in Stark County; that drug is Carfentanile, an extremely potent elephant tranquilizer that is deadly to humans. This drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl, the very same drug that has caused so many fatal overdoses in Stark County and throughout Ohio for the last several years.

As a result, IAITAM is stepping up it’s efforts to fight the epidemic on a local scale. Recently, IAITAM presented a check to Lake Township Officer Donald Worthy for the purchase of a K-9 Officer’s life-saving bullet-proof vest. IAITAM’s efforts will ensure Worthy’s canine – “K-9 Officer Bill” — has the proper safety equipment to lessen the possibility of injury or death in the line of duty during his fight against the deadly epidemic.

IAITAM CEO Dr. Barbara Rembiesa said: “I have always been so impressed with how this community has always pulled together whether it is to support a fallen officer’s family, a community member in need, or to support our local schools. Being able to support Officer Worthy and K-9 Officer Bill’s development and training to assist in the fight on drugs in our community is such an honor for IAITAM.”

For more information about IAITAM’s efforts, go to http://iaitam.org/iaitam-news-release-iaitam-gives-back-lake-twp-ohio/.

To donate, please contact the Hartville, OH police department and ask for Officer Donald Worthy at (330) 877-2500 or contact on Facebook at K-9 for Hartville Police.

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