National Support for Reduced Tobacco Use Encouraged

first_imgRelatedNBTS/KPH Labour Day Blood Drive Yields 50 Units of Blood Photo: JIS PhotographerVolunteer at the National Council on Drug Abuse, Gail Van-Reid (right), educates students from Long Road Primary School, Kwesi-Ann Wallen (left) and Janell Harrison on the hazards of smoking. They were at the National Schools ‘No Tobacco’ Poster and DJ competition, held at the St. Peter and Paul Church Hall on May 30. National Support for Reduced Tobacco Use EncouragedJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe nation is, again, being encouraged to support the Government’s campaign aimed at attaining a tobacco-free environment for Jamaica. Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said he is “legally and morally bound” to continue enacting legislation that targets reduced tobacco consumption.Dr. Ferguson said Jamaica remains committed to an “all of government approach” to reduce children’s access to tobacco. The nation is, again, being encouraged to support the Government’s campaign aimed at attaining a tobacco-free environment for Jamaica, and acknowledge the progress made, thus far, to this end.In his message marking Saturday’s (May 31) commemorating of World No Tobacco Day, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said he is “legally and morally bound” to continue enacting legislation, targeting reduced tobacco consumption, consistent with the provisions of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).These provisions, he reminded, include: implementing taxation policies to discourage demand; prohibiting tobacco advertising targeting children; and improving access to cessation services.“So far we have achieved much, in the face of colossal odds; and Jamaica humbly accepts the glowing tributes accorded to us for taking the lead in the way we have promulgated the Public Health Tobacco Control Regulations” he added.Dr. Ferguson said Jamaica remains committed to an “all of government approach” to reduce children’s access to tobacco, and curtailing trade in illicit tobacco products.These goals, he argued, will only be achieved through collaboration among all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and other stakeholders.Additionally, Dr. Ferguson said this approach will also go a far way in helping to reduce the incidence of premature deaths attributable to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are compounded by tobacco use, by the year 2025.center_img RelatedBenefits from Tobacco Regulations RelatedDental Auxiliaries Conference Concludes in Lucea National Support for Reduced Tobacco Use Encouraged Health & WellnessJune 2, 2014Written by: Peta-Gay Hodges Advertisementslast_img read more

Stem Cell Summit draws 500 participants

first_imgMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick Wed-nesday (Oct. 3) called on those attending the second day of a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)-sponsored Stem Cell Summit to support his proposed $1 billion life sciences initiative “so we can get partnering with you.”While Massachusetts has a unique concentration of researchers, academic institutions, biotech companies, and investment in the life sciences, “we can’t just rest on our laurels,” Patrick said. “I ask you to make your voices heard,” the governor continued. “Make your interests known. When the bill comes out for hearings — show up.”This year’s summit, a two-day (Oct. 2-3) gathering of about 500 of the world’s leading stem cell researchers, patient advocates, pharmaceutical and biotech executives, and people from the venture capital world, marked a maturation point for both HSCI and the stem cell field as a whole.“The goal is insight; the path is clear; the potential of stem cell research must be realized,” wheelchair-bound College (2000) and Kennedy School of Government (2004) grad Brooke Ellison told the meeting attendees in her keynote speech.Ellison, who was paralyzed from the neck down as the result of an auto accident on the first day of her seventh-grade year, has written an autobiography, had her life featured in a movie directed by the late actor and stem cell advocate Christopher Reeve, run for New York state Senate, and started a nonprofit organization to advocate for stem cell research.“I have been driven by the belief that there is no vision too big, or vision too lofty,” said Ellison, who received a standing ovation at the end of her address. “It takes only one single instant to have your life changed completely,” she said, noting that she has learned from her experience that “all of our lives are inherently fragile. Every single one of us will have our resilience questioned,” she added, but we can “have our resilience strengthened by the hope that stem cell research provides.”Leading scientists were optimistic — and at the same time cautious — in predicting what the field might produce in the next 12 months.Doug Melton, co-director of HSCI and co-chairman of Harvard’s new interschool Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, answered the question about what’s likely to be announced by saying, “I think it’s possible we will see the first disease-specific stem cell.” Lawrence Goldstein, director of the Stem Cell Program at the University of California, San Diego, went a bit further, saying that “I would hope that we will actually see stem cells of some sort used responsibly in a novel kind of setting,” referring to patient therapy.At the same time, however, Goldstein told those attending the session on “How Stem Cell Research Will Transform Medicine in the 21st Century” that he’d “like to see enhanced public understanding” of stem cells and what they’ll do. There has been too much hype about alleged stem cell therapies in other nations, Goldstein said, with absolutely no proof that they’ll work.Melton said that he personally sees two avenues of stem cell science as the most exciting and promising — and neither involves actually using stem cells themselves as treatments. “The first way,” he said, “is rather obvious, to use stem cells … to understand” normal and abnormal development.Diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, cancer, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, “are just plain difficult problems,” said Melton, with multiple causes, both genetic and environmental. “We’re working to create disease-specific cells so we can watch the pathology of disease develop not in a patient, but in a Petri dish. The development of disease-specific stem cells” can enormously increase insight into the natural development of diseases. “I predict that what will happen by studying that process is we’ll be able to harness those processes,” Melton said. The second major use of disease-specific stem cells, he said, would be as “targets” for drug development.Last year’s first summit, co-sponsored by HSCI and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, was a relatively sedate, largely local affair, a gathering of about 150 people at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge.In stark contrast, this year the co-sponsors were HSCI, the Genetics Policy Institute — a patient advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. — and Burrill Life Sciences Media Group, a venture capital, media, boutique investment banking company. Participants this year included Ian Wilmut, “father” of Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned mammal; John D. Gearhart, director of the Stem Cell Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Cell Engineering; Goldstein; Susan Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation; and leaders from the venture capital, biotech, and hospital arenas.During a Wednesday morning session titled “The Hospital Perspective — An HSCI Case Study,” Massachusetts General Hospital President Peter Slavin said that federal opposition to stem cell research has drawn the Harvard-affiliated hospitals together in a common cause, just as California’s $3 billion stem cell initiative has been “a missile across our bows.”Working together, through the collaborative that is the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, “we’ve been able to recruit people we never would have been able to attract,” said Slavin, and potential donors’ “sights have been raised” as a result of this collaboration. “It’s still a work in pro-gress,” he said, but “it is working very well” from his perspective.last_img read more

Farmington Hills residents may weigh in on parks Master Plan

first_img admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington Hills residents have the opportunity over the next 30 days to review and comment on the city’s Parks & Recreation Master Plan.The plan, completed every five years, helps to chart the course for future needs and also makes the city eligible for funding through the state’s Department of Natural Resources. It provides a road map for the parks, recreation, facilities, and programming decisions made by the Special Services Department.A public hearing on the plan will be held on January 14, 2019. It is available at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd., Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Plan may also be viewed in the “Latest News” section at more information, call 248-473-1800.–Press release Reported bylast_img read more