Mourinho’s time runs out at Chelsea

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first_img “The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.” Throughout weeks of turmoil, Mourinho retained the support of fans who loyally chanted his name. There was no immediate announcement about a replacement ahead of tomorrow’s home match against Sunderland. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential,” Chelsea said. First hired by Chelsea in 2004, the Portuguese coach ended a 50-year league-title drought and defended the trophy among other successes before losing a power struggle three years later with Abramovich. He was brought back in 2013 by Abramovich in an attempt to restore unity to the club following the divisiveness caused by the appointment of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, who was regularly jeered by fans. Mourinho presented himself as a figure transformed from the fiery character who fell out with Abramovich in 2007, but it was not long before the combativeness returned. He survived a first trophyless season back at Stamford Bridge before cruising to the title in May. “All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” Chelsea said. “His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history.” STILL ON GOOD TERMS LONDON (AP): Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended prematurely Thursday with the team in decline only seven months after the Portuguese coach won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea are only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old Mourinho had been defiantly insisting he was the right man to oversee the team even as it collapsed on the field with a succession of humiliations. Mourinho’s departure, characterised by Chelsea as “mutual”, came two and a half years after his return to Stamford Bridge and only four months into a new four-year contract. The worst-ever start for a defending champion team in the Premier League was compounded on Monday by a 2-1 loss at surprise leaders Leicester. After the match, Mourinho said he was “betrayed” by his players. The personal conduct of the self-styled ‘Special One’ was also proving damaging to Chelsea, with Mourinho engaging in public spats with referees, a television-rights holder and even the club’s doctor over the last year. Chelsea are engaged in an ongoing legal battle with Dr Eva Carneiro after she was publicly criticised and then demoted following Mourinho’s opening-day outburst. Now it is Mourinho leaving Chelsea, with Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich preparing for his 10th managerial appointment since buying the team in 2003 and transforming its fortunes with a huge injection of cash. “Both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways,” Chelsea said in a statement.last_img read more


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first_imgWith all due respect to inbound, outbound is greater.Eliminates Waiting: Outbound eliminates you waiting by the phone or living in your inbox, hoping that a lead finally arrives. It eliminates the need for you to wait for your marketing department to deliver that lead. And don’t have to wait for your dream client to engage with you. Inbound assumes that your dream clients are going to beat a path to your door. Outbound assumes that no such thing is going to happen. Outbound eliminates your need to wait for something to happen or someone else to give you a lead to work. Inbound makes you a dependent. Outbound makes you self-reliant.Eliminates Need for Luck: A “Bluebird” is an opportunity that comes to you completely sold and ready-to-buy. It’s nice to catch a bluebird. But it’s lucky, and luck isn’t a strategy. If it were, you could repeat it–and you can’t. How much luck is necessary for your dream client to Google a search term that leads them directly to you? However much luck that takes, you don’t have enough of it. Outbound eliminates the need for luck. The Gods of Sales smile on salespeople who consistently prospect. Those same Gods mock the salesperson who waits for luck.Establishes Presence: You want to be known as a value-creator before your dream client establishes that they have a need. You want the people who are going to initiate change to know who you are, to have spoken with you, and to have experienced your shared ideas that prove you have chops. The earlier you establish your presence, the more likely your dream client will call on you when they need something. You also want your dream client to know with great certainty that you are pursuing them. The further in front of an opportunity, the better.Control Your Destiny: Inbound puts your destiny in someone else’s hands. A lot of someones, in fact. Outbound is how you take control of your destiny, your future, your results.Inbound marketing is wonderful. So is content marketing. But outbound is still greater.last_img read more


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first_imgArt is a representation of the society it thrives on. From theatre to music, every creative arena imbibes and portrays the cultural and social elements around it.While commercial cinema has constantly failed to serve as a platform to render our social issues meaningful, critically acclaimed cinema has worked its way up to prominence. On the other hand, one of the other most visually impactful creative platforms, television, is still muddled with primitive stereotypical ideas about dressing and fashion.Over the years, the television industry has incessantly bombarded viewers with small-town women protagonists showing up in metro cities with eyes full of dreams, and well, tonnes of kohl layering too.We’re no less appreciative of the empowering idea of small-town girls striving to make it big in life, but it’s the on-screen portrayal of these characters that screams STEREOTYPES, and defeats the purpose of having such characters entirely. The makers of these television shows live on the idea that women in small cities have regressive dress-sense, and clearly, they need a reality check.We’ve listed a few characters that have got all the small-towners losing their calm over how unrealistically they dress in the name of “small-town fashion”.1. Anika, IshqbaazPrime-time ruling show, Ishqbaaz has been the most-watched show for quite some time now, thanks to the never-ending cute-banter between Anika and Shivaay, the protagonists. While we absolutely adore Anika’s character for the carefree attitude she throws around, her ensembles have caught us off-guard on more occasions than one. While her dress-sense isn’t as atrocious as her counterparts, we can’t fathom her obsession with the haath-phool she wears almost all the time. No, women from small cities just don’t play jewellery stands, and wear whatever they get their “hands” on.advertisementPhoto: YouTube Also Read: 4 reasons Richa Chadha should stick to ethnic attires2. Gauri, IshqbaazAnother small-towner to grab eyeballs on the show, Ishqbaaz, Gauri plays Omkara’s muse. The young girl is full of life, and so are her attires–a little too much. It won’t be unfair to call Gauri “gaudy”, because of those outrageously coloured clothes she sports with such vigour, and the chunky jewellery she can’t seem to get rid of. The concoction of colours and the jewellery could give Jodha’s character a run for her money.Photo: YouTube 3. Chandni, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam DoonAs fresh as this new face on television is, Chandni from Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is always clad in stereotypical clothes, and that’s just plain sad. Adorning multi-coloured, chanya cholis with outrageous rainbow-coloured dupattas, she is the Ranveer Singh of Indian television–except, he is still realistically dressed. If your eyes survive the attack of the flashy colours, then her overloaded jewellery is bound to make you feel claustrophobic. Chunky earrings, neckpieces, and basically all things heavy are Chandni’s things.Photo: YouTube Photo: YouTube Also Read: Esha Gupta’s floral suit will give you early mid-week blues4. Pragya, Kumkum BhaagyaIf there’s one character that generates a tad bit hope in the future of small-town characters on television, it is Pragya from Kumkum Bhaagya. While Pragya is far from being garish, she is a little too subtly dressed to be a rockstar’s wife. This character sticks to the ’90s fashion of chudidaar suits with dupattas in the most sombre shades, and we don’t know what to say. As painful as it is to see this character with such potential in such grim clothes, it’s difficult to come to terms with the fact that she can’t get rid of her glasses, ever. So, the idea is, small-town girls are nerdy, and nerds HAVE to wear glasses, because how else will they look like nerds? Let’s assume that the idea of contact lenses hasn’t reached this small-towner wife of a rockstar putting up in a metro city, and make peace with it.Photo: YouTubelast_img read more


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first_imgOver 55s are not tuning in to subscription video-on-demand, even though they have embraced catch-up on-demand services from free-to-air broadcasters, according to research by Ampere Analysis.A study by Ampere of TV viewing habits in 13 countries revealed that only two in 10 people aged 55-64 in the US viewed Netflix in the past month, compared to four in 10 viewers overall. In the UK, just one in 10 people aged 55-64 viewed Netflix in the past month, and in Germany just one in 20.According to Ampere, viewers in this age group, unlike younger segments, prefer to watch shows on TV sets rather than smartphones and tablets, with 80% of viewing in evening primetime hours being done on a TV.Older viewers are 33% less likely to have an SVOD service than the TV audience as a whole. They are also 31% less likely to have premium channels and 65% to subscribe to streaming music services such as Spotify.In the UK, only 13% of the 55-64 year-old group view Netflix in the month covered by the survey, and 8% use Amazon. However, 53% watched BBC iPlayer in the period covered by the study, while 34% watched IPTV Hub, numbers similar to the national average. Some 19% watched All4, compared to 28% of ll viewers, and 17% watched My5 compared to 18% of all viewers.In Germany, ZDF’s catch-up service ZDF Mediathek was watched by 25% of 55-64 year olds in the last month, compared to 22% of all viewers. For RTL Now, it’s 7% and 10% respectively.The 55-64 year-old age group prefer current affairs, news, documentaries, crime and thrillers, while 18-24s prefer horror and comedy, sci-fi and fantasy, according to Ampere.“Older viewers are often an overlooked audience segment, despite representing a fifth of target viewers – and a sixth of all adults – and an increasingly wealthy portion of the population,” said Richard Broughton, director of Ampere Analysis.“Smart TV penetration is reasonably high amongst this group, and they are using the broadcasters’ catch-up services already, so it should be possible to encourage them to take SVoD services. The key to understanding the dynamics of this hugely varied group is to get the content offer, package, price and message right and introduce them to the world of SVoD. Content suiting the genre interests of this group – such as Netflix’s The Crown – is already beginning to filter through to services and will do much to improve the saleability of SVoD to this audience.”last_img read more


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first_img“I’ve met so many fantastic children throughout my time as Mayor and I know Santa will be extremely busy in this area over Christmas. So I need everyone to turn out on Saturday to show him what a great place it is to visit. I hope to see you all there.”The fun begins early in the Alley Theatre with a Winter Frozen Wonderland in the Alley Courtyard from 10.30am – 4pm.There will also be the chance to catch Santa before the big switch on at Santa’s grotto in the Alley Courtyard from 10.30am-3.30pm, and plenty of fun for all the family with Face Painting, Balloon Modelling and Music, some festive animals and Christmas crafts in the Wonder Wagon .There will be plenty to do and see in Castle Street from 12noon with festive story-telling in the Story Bus, facepainting, some fun with Boris and Ricardo and some festive fairground rides with a kids’ carousal and mini-waltzer. Santa will be on the run in Castle Street at 3pm and there will be plenty of Christmas craic at the Q102 Main Stage 2pm – 5.30pm with Sensations, Ruiri McSolely and a host of local talent. STRABANE is counting down the sleeps until the big night, and this weekend Strabane will welcome a very special guest for the official Christmas Lights Switch On – as Santa himself arrives in town.And he’s inviting everyone on his nice list to join him for a special festive celebration with plenty of fun for all the family before he brings some Christmas sparkle to the town centre at 5pm on Saturday.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, will be there to officially greet Santa Claus when he arrives in his sleigh on Saturday afternoon. Speaking ahead of the event she asked everyone to come along to give Santa a warm welcome.“We have plenty of entertainment to get everyone in the festive spirit throughout the day. Christmas is my favourite time of year and I’m really looking forward to meeting Santa in person. ShareTweet The festive parade including the Festive of Light Cycle will begin at 4.30pm arriving at the Railway Street/Canal Street Junction where Santa will switch on the Christmas Lights at 5pm on Railway Street and cast a festive glow on the town.Motorists are advised that a number of traffic restrictions will be in place to facilitate the activities and have asked for motorists to follow signage and pre-plan their journey.Castle Street will be closed to traffic from 10am-6pm while access to the upper end of Railway Road between John Wesley Street to the junction at Abercorn Square will be closed from 12pm to 6pm – Vehicles are advised to bypass this area using John Wesley Street to Main Street or Dock Street on to Derry Road and vice versa.Public Transport using Canal Street Bus Stop between 12noon and 6pm will be redirected via Dock Street to a Temporary Bus Stop as Marked to allow for the Strabane Christmas Parade.For more information on all the events and updated traffic information please go to www.festivetime.com.CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO STRABANE THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: November 16th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO STRABANE THIS WEEKEND!last_img read more


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first_imgNaomi Halashttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/Naomi-J.-Halas.jpg AddThis Jeff Taborhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2012/05/Jeff-Tabor.jpgLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.center_img ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice scientists, engineers awarded DOD grantsMURI grants target controlled propagation of signals in nanostructures, cell-based sensors HOUSTON – (May 23, 2012) – Rice University scientists are set to lead one research team and are part of a second among the 23 awards announced by the Department of Defense (DOD) under its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program. The DOD grants total $155 million.Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering and Physics and Astronomy, is the principal investigator on a grant issued by the Army Research Office.Halas will administer the five-year grant expected to be worth $6.25 million that will fund research at Rice, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota and Ohio State University.The research will address the topic of “novel nanostructures for the controlled propagation of electromagnetic energy.” Her group is investigating nanoparticles and nanoparticle-based complexes that can be designed to selectively transmit or block certain specific colors of light from the far-infrared to the ultraviolet with well-defined depths and line widths.The ultimate goal is to develop coatings, paints or even aerosols that absorb or transmit light in a predesigned manner, at any region across much of the visible and infrared region of the spectrum. This basic idea could give rise to a range of technologies, from smart walls and windows to complex communications technologies that would be difficult if not impossible to detect.“I am so pleased to be supported by the DOD to work with this extraordinarily talented group of scientists and engineers,” Halas said. “This project creates an opportunity for us to greatly expand our research efforts in this area to include new, biocompatible materials and to develop new infrared technologies.” Peter Nordlander, a Rice professor of physics and astronomy and of electrical and computer engineering, and Stephan Link, an assistant professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, are part of the project team.Jeff Tabor, an assistant professor of bioengineering, is part of the second grant. Tabor, whose interest is in synthetic biology, will work with former mentor Christopher Voigt, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and principal investigator on a project titled “Next-generation devices; model-guided discovery and optimization of cell-based sensors.”Tabor’s lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative will take part in a grant that also includes Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Minnesota to develop a way to program biology to “attain non-natural functions” for the Office of Naval Research.They will seek to make cells for industrial applications that can detect what Tabor called “unnatural signals, like ultraviolet light, infrared light, electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields.” He said the goal is to reprogram the DNA of bacteria to express sensors that detect particular wavelengths and perform signal processing, characterization and perhaps even logical functions.Tabor, who was a postdoctoral researcher in Voigt’s MIT lab, said his group will mine genetic databases for genes that can be used to program cells to sense the unnatural signals. “The long-term goal is to improve the robustness of engineered cellular circuits so they can be used in a wide variety of non-laboratory applications,” he said.Through in vitro “breadboarding” of cellular circuitry, the team will work toward building tunable, programmable synthetic sensors that reliably respond to light and magnetic fields in real environments.The highly competitive MURI program “opens up entirely new areas of scientific inquiry and builds the foundation for future capabilities that will benefit our joint forces,” said Zachary J. Lemnios, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering. “We are also employing new processes to share research results with our industry partners at a much earlier point to accelerate the transition of concepts from research to end-use products.”Rice is among 63 academic institutions that received MURI awards this year.-30-Related materials:Department of Defense press release: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15283Full list of MURI projects: http://www.defense.gov/news/2012MURI.pdfHalas Research Group: http://halas.rice.edu/Tabor Lab: http://www.taborlab.rice.edu/Photos for download:last_img read more


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first_img Source:https://www.brighamandwomens.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 21 2018Why is it that, despite consuming the same number of calories, sodium and sugar, some people face little risk of diabetes or obesity while others are at higher risk? A new study by investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has uncovered mutations in a gene that appear to help drive this difference. Individuals with a specific variant in a gene known as SGLT1, which results in reduced uptake of sugars in the gut, had lower incidence of obesity, diabetes, death and heart failure, suggesting that SGLT1 may make a promising therapeutic target for metabolic disease. The team’s results were recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”These SGLT1 mutations have not been characterized in the general population before,” said first author Sara Seidelmann, MD, PhD, who performed this work as a clinical and research fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham working with senior author Scott Solomon, MD, professor of Medicine and The Edward D. Frohlich distinguished chair at the Brigham. “We were able to evaluate the association of genetic mutations in SGLT1 with the rise in blood sugar that occurs in response to dietary glucose in several large populations.”Carbohydrates that enter the body are broken down in the small intestine into smaller pieces, such as glucose, and absorbed into bodily tissues. The sodium/glucose co-transporter-1 (SGLT1) protein plays a critical role in glucose transport into these tissues. Another SGLT family member – SGLT2 – is the target of a class of diabetes drugs known as SGLT2 inhibitors. Researchers believe that while SGLT2 inhibitors stop glucose re-uptake in the kidneys, inhibiting SGLT1 could reduce glucose uptake at the source – the small intestine – which might reduce the carbohydrate load after a large meal.Some SGLT1 mutations make the protein dysfunctional, which can cause nutrient malabsorption and even death in newborns, yet other mutations, such as the ones that the BWH researchers found, only slightly alter the protein’s function and do not have such devastating outcomes. To examine the effects of the latter kind of mutations, the research team used whole-exome sequencing to identify the unique genetic code of 5,687 participants in the ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) study, an on-going longitudinal analysis o¬¬f participants from four U.S. states. In addition to genetic analysis, these participants had also undergone an oral glucose tolerance test, in which they were provided with a sugary drink and then had their blood glucose levels tested two hours later. The results from the glucose test were then related to genetic variations in SGLT1.Related StoriesUMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first timeHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyAn external validation analysis was performed to study the effect of SGLT1 variants on levels of sugar in the blood after the oral glucose challenge in a large European-Finnish population sample and a replication analysis was performed in African-American participants allowing for heterogenous representation. The researchers also performed a Mendelian randomization analysis to explore the long-term effects of lowering sugar absorption via these mutations on metabolic and cardiovascular disease. This type of analysis enables researchers to estimate the effect of a given variable – post-meal glucose in this case – without conducting an additional study.Researchers found that 16 percent of European-American participants and 7.5 percent of African-American participants carried an SGLT1 mutation. Those with a mutation were protected from spikes in blood glucose levels after the ingestion of sugars, despite ingesting an equivalent number of calories as others. The Mendelian randomization analysis also showed that these people had a lower risk for obesity and less instances of diabetes mellitus, death and heart failure later in life.”In addition to confirming the important role of SGLT1 in the digestion of dietary sugars, this work presents new potential opportunities for therapies,” said Solomon “The SGLT-1 receptor could be a potential therapeutic target for cardiometabolic disease and suggest that development of drugs that selectively inhibit SGLT-1 could be of benefit in certain high-risk individuals.” Nevertheless, Solomon and Seidelmann caution that developing such drugs takes many years and that clinical trials would be needed to determine their safety and efficacy.last_img read more


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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Potentially lethal heart conditions may become easier to spot and may lead to improvements in prevention and treatment thanks to innovative new software that measures electrical activity in the organ.The heart’s pumping ability is controlled by electrical activity that triggers the heart muscle cells to contract and relax. In certain heart diseases such as arrhythmia, the organ’s electrical activity is affected.Cardiac researchers can already record and analyze the heart’s electrical behavior using optical and electrode mapping, but widespread use of these technologies is limited by a lack of appropriate software.Computer and cardiovascular experts at the University of Birmingham have worked with counterparts in the UK, Netherlands and Australia to develop ElectroMap – a new open-source software for processing, analysis and mapping complex cardiac data.Related StoriesStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsStudy explores role of iron in over 900 diseasesTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockLed by researchers from the School of Computer Science and the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, at the University of Birmingham, the international team has published its findings in Scientific Reports.Dr Kashif Rajpoot, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Computer Science at the University of Birmingham Dubai, commented: “We believe that ElectroMap will accelerate innovative cardiac research and lead to wider use of mapping technologies that help to prevent the incidence of arrhythmia.”This is a robustly validated open-source flexible tool for processing and by using novel data analysis strategies we have developed, this software will provide a deeper understanding of heart diseases, particularly the mechanisms underpinning potentially lethal arrhythmia.”The incidence and prevalence of cardiac disease continues to increase every year, but improvements in prevention and treatment require better understanding of electrical behavior across the heart.Data on this behavior can be gathered using electrocardiogram tests, but more recently, optical mapping has allowed wider measurement of cardiovascular activity in greater detail. Insights from optical mapping experiments have given researchers a better understanding of complex arrhythmias and electrical behavior in heart disease.”Increased availability of optical mapping hardware in the laboratory has led to expansion of this technology, but further uptake and wider application is hindered by limitations with respect to data processing and analysis,” said Dr Davor Pavlovic – lead contributor from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. “The new software can detect, map and analyze arrhythmic phenomena for in silico, in cellulo, animal model and in vivo patient data.” Source:https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 10 2019Research has shown that over the last decade, cars have been rendered safer compared to older models. They are more resilient to frontal collisions say experts than before. Frontal collisions remain one of the commonest types of car crashes.Now the researchers at the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics have shown that despite these safety measures, women – even while they are wearing seat belts, are more prone to injuries due to the car crashes compared to the men. The results of the study were published this week in the latest issue of the Traffic Injury Prevention. The study was titled, “Automobile injury trends in the contemporary fleet: Belted occupants in frontal collisions.” Jason Forman, a principal scientist with the Center for Applied Biomechanics in a statement said, “Until we understand the fundamental biomechanical factors that contribute to increased risk for females, we’ll be limited in our ability to close the risk gap. This will take substantial effort, and in my view the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not have the resources needed to address this issue.”For this study the team collected crash and injury data from the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System between 1998 and 2015. All the police-recorded cases during this period were in the database and were used for the analysis. The team included the impact of frontal collisions in all victims over the age of 13 years. There were nearly 23,000 frontal crashes and over 31000 victims have been recorded. The numbers of females and males among the injury victims are similar, the team wrote. Pregnant women beyond their first trimester of pregnancy were excluded from the analysis. Frontal collisions were defined as those between “10 o’clock to 2 o’clock”.The team explains that belted women travellers in the new cars that are generally safer than their older counterparts are at a 73 percent greater risk of being injured seriously in the frontal collisions of the cars compared to men who are belted. The team took into consideration all the other factors such as age of the occupant, severity of the collision, stature and body mass index of the occupant as well as a vehicle model and year. Despite controlling for all these factors, the risk among women remain high the researchers wrote.Related StoriesAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTThe risk of injuries to the women is commonly highest in the lower limbs they add. Injuries to those over 66 years are commonly those to the rib cage and chest the team wrote. There is a lowered risk of skull fractures, cervical spine injuries and injuries to the abdomen with the new car models wrote the researchers. There has also been a reduction in injuries to the hips, thighs and knees, they add. This has been a welcome change. What needs to reduce is the risk of rib fractures and fractures to the breast bone or sternum, they wrote. Injuries to the hands, arms and wrists are also unchanged over the years with change and modification of car models, the team wrote.Forman explained, “For belted occupants in frontal collisions, substantial reductions in injury risk have been realized in many body regions in recent years. These results provide insight into where advances in the field have made gains in occupant protection, and what injury types and risk factors remain to be addressed.”Authors concluded in their study, “For belted occupants in frontal collisions, substantial reductions in injury risk have been realized in many body regions in recent years. Risk reduction in the thorax has lagged other body regions, resulting in increasing prevalence among skeletal injuries in newer model year vehicles (especially in the elderly).” They sign off, “These results provide insight into where advances in the field have made gains in occupant protection and what injury types remain to be addressed.”The study was supported and funded by the Autoliv Research.Related studyAuthors Classen and colleagues from University of Florida in April this year came up with a review titled, “Smart In-Vehicle Technologies and Older Drivers: A Scoping Review” in the journal OTJR (Thorofare N J).The team wrote that advent of “in-vehicle information systems (IVIS)” or “advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS)”, have decreased the crash risk of the car among drivers. They examined the effects of IVIS and ADAS on older drivers in terms of comfort, safety and convenience. For this they gathered data from 28 studies that has used simulators or on-road experiments.The team noted that these technologies have improved the safety of the cars and has also countered the decline in safety as the age of the drivers rose. The team wrote that with age drivers tended to experience a decline in their cognitive abilities. This was countered by the technologies. They wrote, “The ADAS enhanced safety and comfort by increasing speed control, lane maintenance, and braking responses.” They called for more real-life situation studies to prove their hypothesis. Source:https://news.virginia.edu/content/study-new-cars-are-safer-women-most-likely-suffer-injuryJournal references: Jason Forman, Gerald S. Poplin, C. Greg Shaw, Timothy L. McMurry, Kristin Schmidt, Joseph Ash & Cecilia Sunnevang (2019) Automobile injury trends in the contemporary fleet: Belted occupants in frontal collisions, Traffic Injury Prevention, DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2019.1630825, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15389588.2019.1630825 Classen, S., Jeghers, M., Morgan-Daniel, J., Winter, S., King, L., & Struckmeyer, L. (2019). Smart In-Vehicle Technologies and Older Drivers: A Scoping Review. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 39(2), 97–107. https://doi.org/10.1177/1539449219830376 The Center for Applied Biomechanics is crash-testing an industry-standard dummy that is designed to represent a 5th percentile female (5 feet tall, weighing 110 pounds). These tests will help evaluate how realistic the dummy is in representing a real female automobile occupant. Image Credit: UVA Center for Applied Biomechanicslast_img read more