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How an Aging Digestive System Can Affect Your Gut

It’s no secret that our bodies change as we get older. The things we notice — joint pain, graying hair, wrinkles, and the rest — are mostly annoyances. But what goes on in our gut can have a real impact on our health and longevity. The gut harbors most of the immune system, and it’s a sad biological fact that our immune response loses its effectiveness as we get older. Until recently, though, scientists have not been able to pinpoint exactly why. A new study now points directly at changes that take place in the aging gut. The body produces an immune-system regulator called interleukin 6 (IL-6) in response to microbes attacking the gut, a process that produces inflammation. But researchers at the Institute of Food Research in the U.K. and the University of Siena in Italy found that older people they tested produced more IL-6 than younger study participants. That surplus of IL-6 creates unnecessarily high levels of gut inflammation that a raft of studies have shown accelerate the aging process. “Inflammation is increasingly being seen as a key event behind aging, and our results suggest a pivotal role for the gut in this ‘inflammaging,’” study coauthor Claudio Nicoletti said in a statement released by the IFR. Why this occurs in older people may be related to the microbes that colonize the gut as we age, Nicoletti explained. The profile of these microbes are different in younger people and interact differently with the gu...  

New student technology center approved

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- A new student technology center was recently approved for ECU’s campus. The funding used will renovate the current labs in Bate 3001, 3004, and 3005. The university hopes to provide students with work space, multimedia stations,a printing, binding and shredding center, state of the art desktops, as well as a place to relax, eat, and drink. The Center will also include the new small business student consulting lab. This will allow students to learn from experts and mentors as they complete real-world small business projects in partnership with the center. Construction is set to begin in January, 2016. The new student technology center. Construction set to begin January, 2016. Photo courtesy ECU. ...  

Resident Theatre Company finds home with West Chester's Uptown ...

For Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell, you could say the play is the thing. She’s hopeful it will also be the thing for West Chester and the rest of Chester County. Mitchell is the artistic director of a newly formed nonprofit, the Resident Theatre Company, a professional group that, in collaboration with the Uptown! Entertainment Alliance, will eventually be based out of the converted armory building on High Street in West Chester. The UEA is a volunteer organization that started with a grassroots group whose members wanted to bring more performing arts to West Chester. The group is working to purchase the armory building, which was built in 1916 and had been used by the National Guard until 2013, and transform it into a 350-seat theater. It was this group that tapped Mitchell to create an in-house theater company. “We’re so grateful for the excitement level in the community,” Mitchell, of West Goshen, said. “Everyone just seems so supportive of this project.” Though the anticipated opening of the armory theater is summer 2016, until then Mitchell said the RTC will keep in the public eye by presenting monthly “Broadway in the Borough” shows, which feature three or four musical performers, at the Sprout Music Collective. The first, on June 25, was sold out, Mitchell said, and tickets for the July 30 show are moving fast. The RTC also held a well-attended launch party in May, she said. Advertisement Looking ahead to...  

ArtsBeat | Grateful Dead 'Fare Thee Well' Tour Gets Down to the Music

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Texas Hopes to Attract More Mental Health Care Workers

Mental health rally at the Texas Capitol organized by NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, on Feb. 28, 2013. Desperate to attract mental health care workers, clinics in rural and other underserved parts of Texas have gotten creative in their hiring tactics — touting benefits like fresh air and low crime rates. Soon the state of Texas will offer another incentive: cash. Lawmakers this year created a program — at a cost of nearly $3 million over the next two years — that will help pay off mental health professionals’ student loans if they practice in an underserved area. The loan forgiveness program seeks to alleviate the state’s shortage of mental health professionals — including social workers, psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists — by luring them to parts of the state that have significant need for health care but may not be attractive to graduates of expensive professional schools. Health agency officials acknowledge there is a “chronic maldistribution” of the state’s mental health workforce. Watchdogs call it a public health emergency: Of the state’s 254 counties, roughly 200 are designated as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas. That’s a federal classification meaning there are more than 30,000 people per psychiatrist — the threshold at which it becomes nearly impossible for the average person to get a referral to a mental health specialist, ex...  

Barter Theatre inspires student's award-winning film

BLACKSBURG — During her life, Mia Lazar has seen many stories told at Abingdon’s historic Barter Theatre. Last summer the rising eighth-grader at Blacksburg New School decided to return the favor. kAmx? pF8FDE[ |:2 564:565 E@ >2<6 E96 G6?F6 E96 DF3;64E @7 E96 5@4F>6?E2CJ D96 A=2??65 E@ 4C62E6 2?5 6?E6C :? E96 2??F2= }2E:@?2= w:DE@CJ s2J 4@?E6DE]k^Am kAm“x ;FDE E9@F89E :E H@F=5 36 2? :?E6C6DE:?8 E@A:4 3642FD6 :E’D =@42= 2?5 ?@E H6== <?@H? @FED:56 @7 $@FE9H6DE ':C8:?:2[” |:2 D2:5 E9:D H66<]k^Am kAmw6C `_\>:?FE6 7:=> E6==D E96 DE@CJ @7 #@36CE !@CE6C7:6=5’D s6AC6DD:@?\6C2 q2CE6C 4C62E:@?[ H9:49 2==@H65 @FE\@7\H@C< 24E@CD E96 23:=:EJ E@ H@C< :? 6I492?86 7@C 7@@5 2?5 9@FD:?8 2?5 4@?E:?F6D E@ DE286 qC@25H2J\BF2=:EJ AC@5F4E:@?D E@52J]k^Am kAm|:2’D AC65:4E:@? H2D 4@CC64E] %96 7:=> D96 4C62E65 H2D :>AC6DD:G6 6?@F89 E@ E2<6 7:CDE A=246 :? E96 yF?:@C x?5:G:5F2= s@4F>6?E2CJ 42E68@CJ 2E E96 :?E6C?2E:@?2= =6G6= @7 E96 }2E:@?2= w:DE@CJ s2J 4@?E6DE[ 96=5 2E E96 &?:G6CD:EJ @7 |2CJ=2?5 =2DE >@?E9]k^Am kAmp44@C5:?8 E@ 2 AC6DD C6=62D6 7C@> E96 @C82?:K2E:@?’D s:C64E@C @7 r@>>F?:42E:@? v2CJ !6EE:E[ 4=@D6 E@ b[___ DEF56?ED 25G2?465 E@ E96 ?2E:@?2= =6G6= @7 E96 4@?E6DE @FE @7 E96 >@C6 E92? e__[___ H9@ A2CE:4:A2E65 E9C@F89@FE E96 d_ DE2E6D[ s:DEC:4E @7 r@=F>3:2 2?5 2 92?57F= @7 :?E6C?2E:@?2= D49@@=D] ~7 E9@D6 H9@ 25G2?465 E@ E96 7:?2=D[ |:2 H2D @?6 @7 `g E@ H:? 7:CDE\A=246 9@?@CD :? 96...  

Ken Braun: CNBC business rankings show Snyder agenda good for Michigan

snyder.jpg Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (File photo) CNBC released its annual 'Top States for Business Ranking' last week, showing Michigan in the 22nd overall spot. This is good news for Gov. Snyder's team and Michigan Republicans generally. Unlike raw economic metrics for an individual state, these objective comparisons give a strong indication of whether policy changes made within an individual state are working. Just adding jobs isn't enough to hold a place in this report. Pennsylvania now ranks 40th, having fallen from 20th in 2010, despite adding 238,000 jobs, and lowering its official unemployment rate from 8.5 percent to 5.4 percent during those years. Pennsylvania's "pretty good" wasn't impressive enough. It's better to be Michigan. Back in 2010, the CNBC report showed the Great Lakes State in the 41st overall spot, meaning one of the ten worst states for business. But we have steadily cruised past 19 states since then (including Pennsylvania), on our way up to the top half of the rankings. CNBC implies Michigan's progress has been not merely good overall, but extremely healthy relative to the rest of the nation. The policy changes in Michigan that might have improved the state's dismal 2010 ranking have been filling up the headlines. Gov. Snyder and the Republican Legislature reformed (and cut) one of the nation's most complicated and burdensome business taxes. Several years of botched state budgeting in Lansing came to a screeching halt and the bills are f...  

A new leadership model

Special Arrangement How to Help an Elephant Make a U-Turn. by G.K. Jayaraman. An engaging and conversational take on how to effectively lead organisations and society at large in changing environments. Anyone who has worked in a corporation or other large organisation sooner or later learns that achieving meaningful change in such settings is never easy. And yet, change is key to progress and to sustaining long-term success. The need for change is heightened by today’s rapid technological development and mandates a new type of leadership that is able to effectively lead their organisations — and society at large — in changing environments. So G.K. Jayaram has chosen a particularly worthy topic for this book. The book draws on his extensive experience and offers selected insights and perspectives of 50 business leaders from diverse fields who were interviewed specifically for this book. It is written in an engaging, conversational style that invites the reader to reflect on the points offered and to apply them to one’s own situation. The author sets the ambitious goal of presenting what is wrong with today’s leadership models and then shows us how to transform leadership for the better. Jayaram begins by making a persuasive case as to why leadership is the most critical and urgent need of our times. Importantly, he goes beyond a narrow business framework and identifies a number of key societal factors that are accelerating change and increas...  

China's Auto Industry Targets Have Slim Chance of Being Met, Experts Say

EL Borromeo | Jul 04, 2015 06:33 AM EDT China's auto industry may fail to achieve the 10-year goals set by the government. (Photo : Reuters) Nearly four decades since China launched its economic reforms, the nation's auto industry remained to be dictated by government officials. Under its current plan, local Chinese automakers are expected to have an annual sales of one million electronic vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2020. By 2025, the figure should have increased to three million. However, experts see these targets as unrealistic, and given the murky prospects of the said vehicles' market, the chance of attaining the goals is slim. The plan, which is under the master development blueprint China Manufacturing 2025, is part of the 10-year targets set by the government for each manufacturing sector. Experts say that even if the sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids have sharply risen, the volume is still relatively small. Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show that the combined sales of both vehicles reached only less than 75,000 in 2014. Citing the subsidies by the government to the buyers of such autos (57,000 yuan for EVs and 33,250 yuan for plug-in hybrids), Beijing announced that it would scale them back from 2016 to 2020. The local government admitted that the subsidies have given financial burden to them. Moreover, the plan also expects local players to secure over 70 percent of the particular market b...  

Belinda Giblin stars in new play Blonde Poison about the woman who gave up ...

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