New LoveYourBrain Program and Research removes barriers

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The LoveYourBrain Foundation, a Vermont-based national nonprofit, is proud to announce the launch of a new online program to support those affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI), alongside a new body of research on best practices to make yoga more accessible for the TBI population.In response to COVID-19, LoveYourBrain has launched LoveYourBrain Mindset, a free, six-week online yoga, mindfulness, and education program. LoveYourBrain Mindset aims to bring yoga, meditation, and education about the power of resilience to over 1,000 people affected by brain injury in its initial pilot phase. The program builds off the immense success of LoveYourBrain’s evidence-based Yoga program, now offered in 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces. To date, nearly 4,000 people affected by TBI have participated in the program across North America.The launch of LoveYourBrain Mindset comes alongside a recently published study in the journal, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, that provides a blueprint for how to make yoga accessible for people affected by TBI, including concussion. While yoga can have many powerful physical, psychological, and social health benefits for people struggling with the impacts of TBI, yoga services that are safe and specific to TBI are largely inaccessible. For the past 5 years, LoveYourBrain has been working to address this gap through free programs grounded in yoga and mindfulness for people with TBI and their caregivers.“We’ve used our learnings from implementing the LoveYourBrain Yoga program to produce the first-ever study of best practices for delivering community-based yoga specifically for TBI,” remarked Dr. Kyla Pearce, Senior Director of LoveYourBrain Programs and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Dartmouth College. “This will serve as a critical resource for yoga teachers and medical professionals seeking to make yoga services more accessible for the TBI community. And now with the launch of the LoveYourBrain Mindset program, we can reach people with TBI in their homes with safe and accessible yoga and meditation services to support their health and wellbeing during this challenging time.”TBI is caused by an external blow to the head, resulting in disrupted brain function that can range from mild (concussion) to severe. Each year, TBI affects more than 3 million people annually in the US and Canada alone, and is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. LoveYourBrain pioneered its Yoga, Retreat, and Education programs – offered across North America at no cost to participants – to empower the TBI community with new tools, resources, and connections. A series of published research studies on LoveYourBran Yoga have found diverse and clinically meaningful improvements in health outcomes from participants. “As LoveYourBrain continues to grow and expand in response to the health crisis of TBI, we do so with evaluation and evidence that ensure our programs work and are replicable,” said LoveYourBrain’s Board Chair, Pia Pearce. “This research is an important complement to our organization’s new virtual approach to program delivery.”To learn more about the LoveYourBrain Mindset, Yoga, and Retreat programs, visit LoveYourBrain at loveyourbrain.com(link is external).About LoveYourBrainThe LoveYourBrain Foundation is a national non-profit that improves the quality of life of people impacted by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and raises awareness about the importance of brain health through programs that build community and foster resilience. Guided by their family’s experience, brothers Kevin and Adam Pearce established LoveYourBrain in 2014 following Kevin’s severe TBI from a snowboarding accident prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Kevin’s remarkable resilience was documented and transformed into the award-winning HBO Documentary, “The Crash Reel,” which brought to light the experience and prevalence of TBIs. In response, LoveYourBrain developed programs and resources designed to create community and foster resilience. LoveYourBrain’s Yoga and Retreat programs are offered across North America, and the organization offers free online resources such as guided meditations, yoga classes, brain tips and community blog. Visit http://www.loveyourbrain.com(link is external) to learn more.Source: Norwich, Vermont — The LoveYourBrain Foundationlast_img read more

ST Unveils Dynamic NFC/RFID Tag ICs with Pulse Width Modulation Capabilities

first_imgTwo variants, the ST25DV02K-W1 and ST25DV02K-W2, give a choice of single or dual 4mA push-pull PWM outputs for dimming control of up to two LED lights or adjusting the speed of up to two motors independently. The high-quality, high-precision PWM generator has pulse-width resolution of 62.5ns, equivalent to 15-bit resolution at the lowest frequency of 488Hz and 9 bits at the 31.25kHz maximum. The operating temperature range is from -40°C to 105°C, and the tags don’t require any external oscillator or other components except a power supply decoupling capacitor.PWM parameters can be updated via the contactless interface at any time during manufacturing, distribution, installation, or maintenance process. As other ST25 family members, the ST25DV-PWM Dynamic NFC tags provide multiple features for protecting assets and data, including the TruST25 digital-signature mechanism for authentication. In addition, independent 32/64-bit password-protected domains prevent unauthorized access to the tag’s EEPROM.Two different package types are available, presenting a choice of TSSOP-8 or SO-8. Samples of the single-output ST25DV02K-W1 and dual-output ST25DV02K-W2 are available now. For further information, click here. STMicroelectronics has introduced the ST25DV-PWM NFC Dynamic tags, that bring an innovative contactless way to program presets for products on the production line or in-situ, and simplify setup or fine-tuning at the point of use. The Dynamic tag ICs target all applications featuring PWM (Pulse Width Modulation)-based controllers, such as lighting products, motorized appliances, fans, and thermostats, using an ISO15693 RFID reader or NFC-enabled smartphone or other mobile device.Combining ST’s proven NFC technology with PWM logic for the first time, the dynamic tag ICs generate control signals using an embedded pulse-width/period mechanism based on settings received via the (NFC Type 5 and ISO/IEC 15693 compliant) RFID interface and stored in on-chip EEPROM. The PWM outputs work as soon as the PWM block of the device is powered up, and operate independently from RF activity. To provide further convenience, the PWM configuration can be modified via the NFC interface on the fly, while the device is operating.last_img read more

Davenport hails Serena’s “powerful message” for sporty mums

first_imgPARIS,  (Reuters) – With only one mother having won Grand Slam titles over the last 38 years, Lindsay Davenport hailed Serena Williams for delivering a “powerful message” that shows it is possible to “pursue personal goals even when you’re a mum”. As the winner of 23 majors, Williams is already considered one of the all-times greats and has very little left to prove in the sport.However, her desire to come back to the Grand Slam arena nine months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia is grabbing as many, if not more, headlines than those that followed her major triumphs.As one of the few people in the world to have experienced the same spectrum of emotions that goes with being a tennis-playing mother, Davenport hopes Williams’ comeback will encourage more mums to play professional tennis. “I hope players now feel that (coming back to play after having children) is an option. For a long time it didn’t feel like that was an option,” Davenport told Reuters in an interview at one of Roland Garros’s hospitality suites on Friday.“They feel like they’ve got to quit by 29 to be able to have a family. Now it’s wonderful for them to be able to look at (playing on following a maternity break) as a possibility.”Almost a decade ago, Belgian Kim Clijsters and her toddler daughter Jada melted hearts as mother-and-daughter celebrated her 2009 U.S. Open triumph on court together. Clijsters went on to win two more majors but she is the only mother to have claimed any of the four slams since 1980.While Williams did not play any pro-tennis during the first six months of Alexis Olympia’s life and Clijsters took a 17-month break following the birth of Jada, Davenport incredibly came back to the tour three months after giving birth to son Jagger Jonathan through an emergency c-section in June 2007.And she won her comeback tournament. “It was pretty crazy,” Davenport, who had not won a title for two years before her triumph in Bali, said with a laugh.“Looking back now I have no idea how that happened. That’s like the one trophy we have up in our family room because there is a picture of me holding him on the court because it seemed so surreal. I can barely remember it.”GREATEST TIME The memory of the time when she clutched the Bali trophy with her right hand while cradling her baby in her left arm still makes the three-times Grand Slam champion smile.But with Williams highlighting how she suffered life-threatening complications following her daughter’s birth, Davenport realises she herself is among the “lucky few” who felt “so exhilarated and happy after giving birth”.“I healed pretty well after the c-section and I was out hitting tennis balls 2-1/2 weeks later even though you’re not supposed to do that,” said the 41-year-old Davenport, who is an ambassador for the Oct. 21-28 WTA Finals in Singapore.“It was honestly the greatest time of my life.” She also quickly figured out that her focus would never again be 100 percent on tennis. “Once you have a child, your mind is never clear. It’s always worried. I remember playing one match in Bali and I could see the nanny holding him (in a building overlooking the court) and I was like, ‘The sun’s like right there on top of him,’ and I couldn’t get that out of my mind,” she said.“Then I told the nanny that she couldn’t come because if I saw or heard him, my mind went into overdrive. It’s a learning experience because you figure out what works and what doesn’t work.”Following her triumphant comeback, Davenport won three more WTA titles but retired a year later as her body was “breaking down” and it got more challenging travelling with her son as he got more mobile. With hindsight, Davenport wished she had not waited until she was 31 to have her first child. “I remember joking with my husband that we should have had kids when I was 22 and then gone back to play,” said the mother-of-four who now coaches American hope Madison Keys.“Some women stay (with their babies) 24 hours and that’s amazing. But leaving my son for four hours a day, especially a lot of the times when he was napping… to pursue my own goals, I didn’t feel like it made me a worse mum.“Kim really set the tone by having the success that she had. But I think Serena’s message is even more powerful. She is doing a phenomenal job at 36. “Having accomplished as much as she has and still having these goals, she’s showing that you can have these goals while still being a mother. I love the message that she is sending.”last_img read more

Australian scientists take to the streets to protest job cuts

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Abandoning their usual reserve, nearly 1000 scientists across the country downed instruments and grabbed placards this week to protest pending job losses at the nation’s leading research organization, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). “Scientists are not known for rushing to the barricades,” says Anthony Keenan of the CSIRO Staff Association, who adds that while staff members are concerned about job cuts at CSIRO, they are “dismayed” at the government’s short-sighted approach to science.  Job cuts at CSIRO are the direct result of the government’s decision last month to slash AU$115 million, or 16%, from the organization’s budget over 4 years. As many as 420 staff members, mostly scientists, could be out of work by June 2015, according to a memo circulated to staff members on 14 May by CSIRO chief Megan Clark. According to the Staff Association, the losses are “unprecedented.” Currently, CSIRO has 5500 positions. The pending cuts could leave the agency with 1000 fewer staff members than last year, and up to 2500 fewer than it had in the 1990s. The conservative government, elected last September, has also chosen not to appoint a science minister, the first time since the portfolio was created in 1931. Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Protests occurred today at the Black Mountain site near Canberra, the Melbourne suburb of Clayton, North Ryde near Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, and Perth. On Tuesday, scientists gathered at regional sites in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, as well as in Western AustraliaAfter speaking at the Canberra protest, former science minister and opposition Labor Senator Kim Carr blasted the government with this tweet: “No Science Minister, no policy, no idea.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country read more