Prostate cancer ‘linked to sex bug’

first_img 51 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Prostate cancer ‘linked to sex bug’ by: – May 21, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Prostate cancer may be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common yet often silent infection passed on during intercourse, scientists say – but experts say proof is still lacking.Although several cancers are caused by infections, Cancer Research UK says it is too early to add prostate cancer to this list.The University of California scientists tested human prostate cells in the lab.They found a sex infection called trichomoniasis aided cancer growth.More research is now needed to confirm the link, they say in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).Sex infectionTrichomoniasis is believed to infect some 275 million people worldwide and is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection.Often, a person will have no symptoms and be unaware that they have it.Men may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or a white discharge from the penis.Women may notice itching or soreness of the genitals, discomfort with urination, or a discharge with an unpleasant fishy smell.This latest research is not the first to suggest a link between trichomoniasis and prostate cancer. A study in 2009 found a quarter of men with prostate cancer showed signs of trichomoniasis, and these men were more likely to have advanced tumours.The PNAS study suggests how the sexually transmitted infection might make men more vulnerable to prostate cancer, although it is not definitive proof of such a link.Prof Patricia Johnson and colleagues found the parasite that causes trichomoniasis – Trichomonas vaginalis – secretes a protein that causes inflammation and increased growth and invasion of benign and cancerous prostate cells.They say more studies should now follow to further explore this finding – particularly since we still do not know what causes prostate cancer.Nicola Smith, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “This study suggests a possible way the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis could encourage prostate cancer cells to grow and develop more quickly.“But the research was only done in the lab, and previous evidence in patients failed to show a clear link between prostate cancer and this common sexually transmitted infection.“There’s been a lot of research into prostate cancer risk and we’re working hard to piece together the puzzle.“But there are still no known lifestyle factors that seem to affect the risk of developing the disease – and no convincing evidence for a link with infection.“The risk of prostate cancer is known to increase with age.”Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer in men in the UK – about one in nine men will get it at some point in their lives.It is more common in men over 70, and there appears to be some genetic risk since the disease can run in families.BBC Newslast_img read more

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US-bound migrants cross river to reach Mexico

first_imgThose crossing the river are part of a2,000 to 3,500-strong group dubbed “2020 Caravan,” evoking previous attempts tocross Mexico en masse to reach the US border.(BBC) Police officers restrain a migrant who is trying to enter Mexico. The country has cut off its migration routes to the United States (US) under pressure from US President Donald Trump. AFP The migrants, mainly from Honduras,took to the water after being refused permission to cross a bridge. WASHINGTON – Hundreds of migrantswaded into a river on the southern Mexico border as they tried to reach theUnited States (US).center_img Hundreds appeared to have breachedpolice lines and entered Mexico. Mexico has cut off migration routes tothe US under pressure from President Donald Trump.last_img read more

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Rare Male Calico Kitten Born in West Palm Beach

first_imgAn extremely rare male calico kitten was born in West Palm Beach on Friday.Calico cats are almost always female due to the makeup of genetics in the cat. A rare genetic condition can produce a male.That is what happened at a foster care home here. Photo courtesy: WPEC via Kelly Real“Only 1 in 3000 calicos that are born are male. These cats are so rare that they have often been referred to as the “unicorn” of cats,” says Kelly Real, the cat’s caregiver. “Those who have worked in veterinary practice or in shelters can work for years or even decades without ever seeing one in person.”She adds that what makes the cats so rare is that they typically have a genetic abnormality which gives them three sex chromosomes, XXY, also known as Klinefelter Syndrome in humans.last_img read more

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UW freshman guard feeling right at home

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoHaving lost four seniors from last year’s squad, including Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer Jolene Anderson, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s motto has been to spread the ball around and get contributions from everyone, including the four freshmen on the team.Though all four have already played this season, Jamie Russell has seen a significant amount. Russell, who scored 15 points in an exhibition game against UW-River Falls, has already worked her way into consistent playing time coming off the bench, playing 27 and 25 minutes, respectively, in the Badgers’ first two games against River Falls and at South Dakota State.Russell, a 5-foot-7 guard out Rock Falls, Ill., averaged 22.3 points and 6.9 rebounds as a senior last year at Rock Hill High School, becoming her school’s career scoring leader in the process. She played on the Illinois Class 3A first team and was a McDonald’s All-American nominee before coming to Madison. The college game is much different than the high school game however, and Russell has adapted well, despite having played only two games.“When I first came here I knew I would have to work so much harder to get myself prepared for this,” Russell said. “The coaches are working with us anytime they can to get us prepared, so that’s helped. When I got here, I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, what did I get myself into?’ But I’ve just been taking it step-by-step and day-by-day.”Junior point guard Rae Lin D’Alie also sees the improvement in her teammate’s game.“She’s improved so much since she got here,” D’Alie said of Russell. “She’s put on so much muscle, but she’s been so fast right from the get-go. She’s used her speed very well and has realized when to use it and when to slow down. Her shot has also really come along, and you can see she’s more confident in it.”But according to the freshman, it’s not her shot or her confidence that gives her the biggest edge on the Kohl Center floor. “Quickness is by far my best strength,” Russell said.No argument from her captain.“Quickness is definitely one of her main strengths, on offense and defense,” D’Alie said. “She can beat anybody off the dribble or stick with any ball handler out there. She’s also really smart. She moves really well off the ball, and she’s one of our best slashers and makes really good cuts and knows how to move within the offense.”Along with her own personal assets, Russell has also had the advantage of being able to learn from experienced guards like D’Alie, junior Teah Gant and sophomore Alyssa Karel.“Everybody, players and coaches, have been so helpful on and off the court,” Russell said.“I talk to her before every game,” D’Alie added. “She told me [Monday] night [against South Dakota State] that she had never played in front of that big of a crowd before. I just try to calm her down and help her out on offense and defense.”Though confident in her current abilities, Russell knows different aspects of her game need work and hopes to keep improving as the season progresses.“I want to improve on different styles of play that my coaches have been stressing,” Russell said. “I want to learn our defense a lot better and get it down pat by the end of the season.”last_img read more

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Rachel Gowers – Staffordshire University – The Esports BA

first_imgIf you’re into esports in some form and considering higher education then Staffordshire University has just announced a new course which may be of interest. Rachel Gowers, Staffordshire UniversityAn Esports BA, essentially an ‘esports business degree’, is now a viable option at the university in the midlands in the UK. It’s a three year programme at the Stoke-on-Trent campus and the inaugural haul of students will get started in September 2018. There are still details to be ironed out, and with a yearly fee of over £9,000 per year any applicants should give it serious consideration before embarking on the programme. It demands 112 UCAS points from would-be entrants.  Having read the course outline we had some questions and so reached out to Rachel Gowers, Associate Dean at Staffordshire University Business School who was kind enough to provide us with the answers. Esports Insider: Who has been involved with the formation of this Esports BA business degree? How long has it been in the works…Rachel Gowers: This course originates from the vision of Staffordshire University to provide innovative and applied learning in response to employment opportunities in growth areas in the economy. We will be bringing together two areas of the university, and using the expertise of both to create a unique experience.The UKIE White Paper on esports states that it presents a huge opportunity to the UK. Whilst the market will continue to grow and develop naturally, combined commitment from government and industry to actively promote the sector, integrate it into policy thinking around growth and infrastructure plans (particularly regionally) and boost the talent flow into the sector will give the UK the inertia it needs to become a world leader in esports and play its part in growing the sector globally.  The two areas of events management and games studies will work together to produce a new dynamic area of study for the university as proposed in the UKIE White Paper that states the desire to make the UK an esports hub. UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE said: ‘Like the video games that fuel it, the esports sector is now one of the fastest growing, most popular and vibrant categories of entertainment in the digitally driven economy.’ “We’ll be employing another lecturer prior to the course starting who is a specific esports expert”The White Paper calls for universities to innovate and undertake a skills review of current esports jobs and apply it to course content, thereby making it relevant to the esports market.Esports Insider: Who will the tutors be? Rachel: The university is considered to be one of the largest and best games universities in the UK, seeing a 130% growth in applications to its games courses.  “It’ll be a mixture of proven business academics alongside individuals who have proven themselves in the wide world of esports”The courses are noted for the quality and in 2016 were considered the best place in the UK to study games design and development, ALPHR – the online branch of PC Pro. They offer a complete suite of nine awards covering games design, programming, animation, games development and visual effects. They work with industry partners to keep courses up to date and have a sponsorship arrangement with EPIC Games.  We’re working hard on selecting the right candidates to be the tutors on the inaugural programme. It’ll be a mixture of proven business academics alongside individuals who have proven themselves in the wide world of esports. Combined, we feel these will offer students the best experience and make for a more enriching course. There will be a number of one off guest lectures too, in addition to on-site visits to companies in the space.We’ll be announcing the tutors in due course, but we shan’t be rushing this as we want to make absolutely sure we’ve got the right people on board.“We seek to raise the aspirations of young people by providing valid and demanded work skills in an up and coming industry”The esports business course will be led by two academic schools: The Business School and The School of Computing and Digital Technologies. Dr Bobbie Fletcher leads the games programmes and has built the department into the number one place to study games in the UK.  She works with a team of dedicated games professionals to provide cutting edge modules.  From the Business School we have Carol Southall who has worked all over the world as an event manager and will bring loads of great experiences to the course.We’ll be employing another lecturer prior to the course starting who is a specific esports expert and we’ll also be bringing in visiting fellows, professors and industry experts throughout to build a really up to date and lively experience.“Over 73% of those employed within esports are under the age of 35. A focus on employability will be intrinsic throughout the esports award”Recent feedback via NSS and SVS on the tourism and event management courses indicates a high level of student satisfaction with a range of key areas, including course organisation and management and teaching, with above sector benchmarks in a number of key metrics. NSS statistics for personal skills development indicates satisfaction levels above university average, which is likely to be a result of greater engagement with industry and volunteer opportunities. It is this expertise in the development of a high level of industry engagement that will enhance and support the proposed BA (Hons) Esports.  Esports Insider: Can you tell us more about the ‘international residential’ element of the course?Rachel: It’s early days for this but all students on our events programmes have this opportunity and this year went to Iceland.  The university has partners all over the world and we will be using these links to develop International varsities.  We will identify the countries we want to visit each year according to where we think there is the most value to our students.Esports Insider: The third year will see students on the program putting together a ‘large scale, commercial venue event with teams and a prize pool’? Can you elaborate on this; how large scale will it be, will there be a number of them and which companies are you working with to achieve this end? Rachel: These partners are being developed over the next six months but already we have been approached by a wide variety of stakeholders from esports recruiters, games companies, online betting companies, tech suppliers and we are keeping this close to our chests at the moment while we are discussing sponsorship deals.“Summer placements and internships will be heavily promoted so that students are encouraged to maximise opportunities to gain work experience”The events will progress during the course from single player events in the first year to multi player in the second year and then in the third year we will be utilising our links with national arenas to really make it a special experience for all involved.Esports Insider: Is the main purpose of this course to develop the UK scene as a whole by creating a number of leaders in terms of putting on events and running teams?Rachel: We seek to raise the aspirations of young people by providing valid and demanded work skills in an up and coming industry. Over 73% of those employed within esports are under the age of 35. A focus on employability will be intrinsic throughout the esports award.The 60 credit module at level 4 covers careers talks, visits and guest speakers from industry along with the opportunity to take up a role within the team on live events at each level, therefore allowing for live experience of three roles over the duration of the course.At Level 5 students will develop their reflective practise when they are required to assess their employability skills reflecting on the business skills that they have developed. At Level 6 students will incorporate their skills assessment and research a topic of their own choice that reflects their interests and demonstrates their ability to apply skills they have developed throughout their course.Module assessments are built into Global Entrepreneurship Week, creating opportunities for students to present their work to invited business partners, guest lecturers and university staff. Furthermore, throughout the course assessments are linked as often as possible to real-life business challenges, developed through close interactions with a developing network of businesses that engage with the Business School.“Esports is driving the creation of new categories of jobs including esports commentators and analysts and is also creating synergies with existing jobs such as sports psychologists and broadcasters”Summer placements and internships will be heavily promoted so that students are encouraged to maximise opportunities to gain work experience to add to their CV, thereby improving employability prospects. Students will also be encouraged to apply for a full placement year between their second and third year of studies, to further experience working in a business environment. Their skills are in demand.  Companies in the esports sector require people with entrepreneurialism and technological savvy. Esports is driving the creation of new categories of jobs including esports commentators and analysts and is also creating synergies with existing jobs such as sports psychologists and broadcasters. Just as importantly, the popularity of esports is driving the market for video games, including games developed in the UK, and the growth of jobs in the game development, retail and events sector.last_img read more

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Real Madrid’s ‘Japanese Messi’ shows why he could be Barcelona star’s successor [VIDEO]

first_img One of Mallorca’s few signing lights this season has been on loan midfielder, Takefusa Kubo.Could he do his parent club, Real Madrid a favour against their title rivals!? pic.twitter.com/a5qCCt5Tiz— FotMob (@FotMob) June 13, 2020Kubo, who made his Japan debut against El Salvador impressed for table-topping J League side FC Tokyo.Kubo might have turned out for the Blaugrana instead had Barcelona not been found guilty of youth transfer breaches and handed a 14-month transfer ban by FIFA.So what has made Kubo such a sought after property in world football? While he may not be ready for the first division just yet, here’s a taste of what Spanish fans could expect from the teenager. ⭐ ¡Takefusa Kubo, nuevo jugador del @realmadrid! Reforzará al Castilla la próxima temporada. レアル・マドリードへようこそ!#RealMadrid | #LaFabrica pic.twitter.com/SGRPgz6zvU— Cantera Real Madrid (@lafabricacrm) June 14, 2019 Japanese youngster, Takefusa Kubo, is quietly building a reputation for himself in Spain.While Eden Hazard was La Liga’s big signing last summer, Real Madrid’s capture of Kubo also set tongues wagging in the Spanish capitalThe 18-year-old  was, at the time, hailed by the club as “one of the most promising youngsters in world football.”While on loan at Real Mallorca, Kubo has been impressive and appears to be taking that into the league restart.Despite losing 4-0 to Barcelona, Kubo received rave reviews for his performance.Kubo, 18, signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.“A technically gifted and hugely talented attacking midfielder, he possesses wonderful vision, quick feet and has an eye for goal,” the club said.Kubo’s got more than the expectations of signing for one of the world’s biggest clubs hanging over his head, however, as his particular set of gifts has seen him compared to one of the game’s all-time greats as wellHis style of play has earned him the enviable tag of the ‘Japanese Messi’, ironically after the captain of Real’s arch-rivals and current Spanish champions, Barcelona having featured at the Catalan club’s academy as well.And in training, Kubo seems to be showing why those comparisons might not be out of place.Take a look at the videos below:Takefusa Kubo has a real Lionel Messi vibe to him. We like it. pic.twitter.com/wgkHXYAyiX— Ball Street (at 🏠) (@BallStreet) June 15, 2020last_img read more

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CHAN 2016: 10 things you need to know about the tournament

first_imgThe African Nations Championship which is due to take place in Rwanda from January 16 to February 7 will see 16 countries from the continent do battle for the coveted trophy.The biennial tournament features only players exclusively from their respective national leagues.Here are 10 facts to note about this year’s tournament:1.    CHAN 2016 will be the fourth edition of the African Nations Championship and the first to be held in Eastern Africa. The first edition was hosted by Ivory Coast in West Africa while the second and third editions were held in Sudan (Northern Africa) and South Africa (Southern Africa) respectively.2.    Four stadiums have been approved by CAF for the tournament. The 30,000 seater Amahoro Stadium in Kigali which will host both the opening and final games, the 22,000 seater Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali, the 20,000 seater Stade Huye in Butare and the 5,000 seater Umuganda stadium in Gisenyi. 3.    West Africa dominates with six countries in this year’s edition. The countries are; Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon,Niger, Guinea and Mali. East Africa closely follows with four countries.They are; Congo, Ethopia, Rwanda and Uganda while Southern Africa is represented by Angola, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Cameroon is the sole representative from Central Africa.  However, North Africa leads with two titles (Libya and Tunisia) while Eastern Africa (Congo) have one title.4.    Reigning champions, Libya, who defeated Ghana on penalties in South Africa failed to qualify for the current edition of CHAN, guaranteeing a change in the holders of the trophy. 5.    CHAN 2016 will be the first championship without Ghana. The Black Stars were finalists in the 2009 and 2014 editions while failing to make it out of the group stage in the 2011 edition. Ghana were knocked out by neighbours Ivory Coast on the away goals rule.6.    Ghana is the only country to play in more than one finals at the competition. Ghana played DR Congo in the final in 2009 edition and played Libya in the final of the 2014 edition but lost on both occassions.7.     No host nation is yet to make it to the final of the championship which serve as a bad omen for Rwanda. Ivory Coast  and South Africa failed to make it out of the group stage when they hosted it in 2009 and 2014 respectively while Sudan placed third after hosting the championship in 2011. 8.    Only DR Congo and Zimbabwe have made it to all four editions of the tournament. DR Congo won the maiden edition in 2009 while reaching the quarter final edition in 2011 and 2014. Zimbabwe’s best placed finish was a fourth placed finish in 2014 after losing narrowly to eventual champions Libya  in 2014 while they failed to make it out of the group stage in the 2009 and 2011 edition.9.    DR Congo and Tunisia are the only teams in to have won a CHAN title in this year’s competition. The Congolese side won in 2009 while Tunisia won in 2011. 10.    DR Congo keeper Robert Kidiaba will miss this year’s edition after making it to all three previous championships. The keeper was vital to their triumph in 2009 alongside Tresor Mputu. However, TP Mazembe teammate Joel Kimwaki will be making his fourth successive appearance at the tournament after making the 23 man squad. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

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FL House Passes Bill Requiring Parental Consent for Abortions

first_imgUnderage girls seeking an abortion in our state will soon be required to get a parent’s approval under a bill the Florida House passed mostly along party lines on Thursday.The vote was 75-43 to approve SB 404, with two Republicans voting against the measure and four Democrats casting votes in favor of it.The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is expected to sign it into law. It would then go into effect on July 1.He had asked lawmakers to send him the bill during last month’s State of the State speech, which marked the beginning of the legislative session.According to bill sponsor and Republican Rep. Erin Grall of Vero Beach, the reasoning for the new law is to place more authority in parents and to strengthen the family.She explains, “We have taken the focus off the family far too long to the detriment of our society. I refuse to accept that we should diminish the rights of all parents in the raising of their child because of the acts of a few.”Under the current law, parents and legal guardians must be notified when their child is trying to get an abortion, but do not need to approve the procedure. A waiver process is available through the courts for a pregnant minor with extenuating circumstances. The new bill would apply that same waiver process for parental consent.Democrats argue the waiver process could be intimidating for a young girl and add that the notification process already involves parents. They believe that lawmakers should invest in sex education programs and birth control to reduce the number of abortions.“What is the purpose of this? What is the problem we are seeking to solve? We already have parental notification,” says Democratic Rep. Geraldine Thompson, of Windemere. “We come back year after year after year to talk about abortion when we ought to be talking about how to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”last_img read more

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PBA greenlights Jericho Cruz trade to TNT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDesperate to make a late run to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, TNT has secured Jericho Cruz from Rain or Shine after the Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Thursday.The league, though, made slight tweaks to the reported deal between the KaTropa and the Elasto Painters which centered on the wantaway guard.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings In exchange, Rain or Shine will receive Sidney Onwubere, Kris Rosales, and TNT’s 2018 first round pick in the transaction.Cruz has previously asked for a trade from the Elasto Painters’ brass, ending what four-year tenure with the team which drafted him ninth in the 2014 PBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe has struggled coming back from a foot injury this season, averaging 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in the three games he played for Rain or Shine this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.On the other hand, the Fil-Nigerian Onwubere may finally get his chance in his new team after playing limited minutes for TNT and norming 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in his first conference as a pro. 76ers’ Embiid sidelined by soreness in right ankle UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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New Diamond Find in Liberia

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – An 18.2 carat D-flawless diamond was recently discovered in Grand Cape Mount County in north-west Liberia as part of Youssef Diamond Mining Company’s (YDMC’s) diamond exploration program.This follows an earlier discovery of a kimberlite pipe in the same region.The diamond is a Type II, the first to be reported from Liberia, and the first from a 10-m-wide kimberlite dyke. “These diamonds are typically large, of exceptional quality and color and attract top-dollar prices,” says CEO Roger Youssef.A further boost to this diamond exploration program has been the identification of several additional en echelon dykes, which, on the basis of preliminary small-scale sampling, are microdiamond-bearing.“It is encouraging because the probability of finding much larger stones, typical of Type II diamond localities, such as those at Lucara, in Botswana, and Letšeng in Lesotho, is extremely high,” he says. YDMC reports that its diamond exploration program will continue in earnest in the first quarter of 2017.The bulk sampling program has started and will be supplemented with heavy equipment as the monsoonal rains come to an end.The program will focus on the 500 m x 50 m kimberlite pipe located previously, the array of kimberlite dykes and the terrace gravels along the margins of the discovery valley, according to a report on Miningweekly.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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