first_imgPeople who are unable to work or are on reduced work hours due to back pain are being sought to take part in a HSE-funded research programme run by the Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway.Interim findings from the ‘Pain Disability Prevention Trial’, currently running at the Centre for Pain Research at the university, show promising results for people with back pain. The researchers are evaluating the effectiveness of an active rehabilitation programme which allows patients who are off work due to back pain the opportunity to attend 10 free one-to-one sessions with a Clinical Psychologist trained in pain rehabilitation locally in Donegal.The aim of the sessions is to help patients to gradually increase their level of activity and help manage their pain.Sessions focus on a range of pacing techniques, cognitive therapy to identify any unhelpful thinking patterns and the development of activity goals, stretches and exercising to improve physical function.Miriam Raftery, Researcher at the Centre for Pain Research, said: “The initial trends show that those who took part in the rehabilitation sessions had improvements in overall level of functioning and activity levels, as well as significant reductions in stress and anxiety, compared to those who didn’t take part in the programme.  This suggests that the active rehabilitation programme may be beneficial in improving overall quality of life among those with back pain.” Sue, 54, who took part in the free sessions earlier this year, says that they helped her to structure her day and acknowledge completed tasks; “It helped me realize that, prior to the sessions, every day was more or less the same.  I am now back to full time employment after four years.  I think the programme really helped me with this.”Tom, 37, says he found the programme “very beneficial” and said it was very helpful to have the set appointment every week; “I will miss the sessions enormously,” he says.The researchers are still recruiting people to take part in this trial in Donegal.  All appointments take place locally in either Letterkenny or Buncrana.   Those interested in taking part do not need to travel to Galway at any point.The researchers are interested in hearing from people who are unable to work or are on reduced work hours due to back pain. Lead researcher Dr. Brian McGuire said; “We are very encouraged with the early results of this programme, it has made a significant difference in the activity levels of a number of people with chronic pain.”For further information about taking part, please contact Miriam Raftery, Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway, email [email protected], phone 091 495 830 or see the trial website:  GPs and physiotherapists interested in referring patients to the trial are also invited to contact this number.HEALTH: FREE BACK PAIN CLINICS FOR DONEGAL AS PART OF TRIAL was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HEALTH: FREE BACK PAIN CLINICS FOR DONEGAL AS PART OF TRIALlast_img read more

Report Warns of Widespread Drinking Water Contamination

first_imgDrinking water systems serving 19 million Americans are contaminated with highly toxic chemical compounds called PFAS as the number of locations where pollution has been found continues to grow, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. As of March, at least 610 locations in 43 states were known to be affected, including water systems, military bases, airports, and firefighting training sites. When last updated in July 2018, the list included 172 sites in 40 states, less than one-third the total of the most recent total. Linked to a variety of health issues, the chemicals are perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, manufactured since the 1940s and used in a variety of consumer products including non-stick pots and pans, food packaging, firefighting foam, and waterproof clothing.RELATED ARTICLESCoal-Fired Power Plants Are Polluting Groundwater: AnalysisIs Your Drinking Water Safe?Should You Worry About PFOA in Your Water?Nitrate Taints Drinking Water of Millions, Study FindsThe Takeover of the EPA The information has been compiled on an interactive map by EWG, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C., and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. EWG said the new list draws on data from the federal Safe Drinking Water Information System, the Department of Defense, and from news reports collected by Northwestern. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency phased out some types of PFAS once used in products like Scotchgard and Teflon, called PFOA and PFOS, when they were linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and other health issues, EWG said. Those compounds were replaced by PFAS with slightly different chemical makeups that were not adequately tested for safety before they went on the market, the group said, and they now can be found in the blood of virtually all Americans. Michigan appears to be the unlucky winner with the most known pollution sites, 192 in all. California is next with 47, and then New Jersey with 43. Impact on drinking water is only a guess EWG’s report estimates that the drinking water of 19 million people might be compromised but acknowledges that’s only a guess. Although public water systems know how many homes and businesses they serve, they don’t necessarily know how many people live or work there. The total, however, could be much higher. “An EWG analysis of unreleased EPA test data estimated that more than 1,500 drinking water systems, serving up to 110 million Americans, may be contaminated with PFAS chemicals,” the report says. According to the EPA, the chemicals are found just about everywhere — in food packaged with materials that contain PFAS, in stain-resistant and water-resistant fabrics, waxes, paints, in the workplace, and in living organisms. PFOA and PFOS are both “very persistent” in the environment and in the human body, the EPA says, and because they don’t break down they can accumulate over time. In February, the EPA announced an action plan for dealing with PFAS. Among the steps the agency said it would take were developing a “maximum contaminant level” for PFOA and PFOS, making interim groundwater cleanup recommendations, and expanding scientific research. EWG said that the EPA’s approach would only make the problem worse because it did not stop the introduction of new PFAS chemicals, end the use of PFAS in products that many Americans use, or clean up contaminated water supplies. Scott Faber, the senior vice president for government affairs at EWG, said, “Once again, Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is the nation’s first pro-cancer president.” EPA says that the new map could be misleading After reporting on EWG’s new survey, the Huffington Post received a statement from the EPA saying the map showing PFAS pollution sites could be misleading. “Because EPA has not fully reviewed the quality of the underlying data, and based on the agency’s commitment to good risk communication with the public, EPA cannot recommend the map be used to determine where public health risks associated with PFAS chemicals may or may not exist,” the statement said. The agency pointed to a health advisory for PFOA and PFOS of 70 parts per trillion that it issued in 2016 and said its “robust efforts” were reflected in its action plan. Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last month would force the EPA to set legal limits on PFAS in drinking water within two years, a step the EPA’s action plan did not include.last_img read more

Video Editing Quick Tip: Create a Moving Object Transition in Premiere Pro

first_imgLearn how to create a simple moving object transition in Premiere Pro with these four easy steps.Top image via Shutterstock.One of the most common transitions you see in films and television is the quick, moving object as the next scene appears behind it. It’s a simple-yet-effective way to transport your audience to the next scene in a fast, fluid way that usually works best in a fast-paced edit. Let’s take a look at this helpful tutorial as it walks us through each step.Create the Custom WipeJustin Oshido walks us through the simple-yet-somewhat-tedious process. His channel is a must for any video editor looking to hone their skills while looking for new tips and tricks in Premiere Pro CC and After Effects.Step 1. Find the Object that Fills the Entire ScreenIn order to effectively mask out the entire fill of the screen with no visible holes, find an object moving either left, right, up, or down across the entire screen — while also filling up the entire screen. This will prevent any gaps that you’ll need to mask later on in the process. In Justin’s example he uses a person walking from left to right.Step 2. Begin MaskingTo start masking, find the clip you want to use, open up the Effects Control Panel, grab the Pen Tool under Opacity, then begin plotting out your points, following the edge of your subject (the person). Next, connect the points to make a shape filling out the rest of the image. This will mask off this area, leaving the rest of the image blacked out. Just go back to the Effects Controls and hit “Inverted” under your Mask type. This will black out the area you want to begin the transition with. Then, toggle animation for Mask Path, Feather, Opacity, Expansion. Adjust the effects accordingly.Step 3. Move Frame to FrameNext, you’ll hit the button to “Track Selected Mask forward one frame.” This will move your scene one frame forward, allowing you to fill the mask up as the subject moves in your intended direction. Yes, moving one frame at a time may seem tedious, but if you want to stay in Premiere and not working in After Effects, this will get the job done.Step 4. Move the Second Clip UnderOnce you’ve finished each frame, you’ll end up with a blacked-out screen. Now, go back to the beginning and place the playhead just before the points you’ve created. Take the clip or scene you want to transition to and drag it under your original clip at the start of the wipe and watch as the scene transitions. Voila!What are some of your favorite unique transitions? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more