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New water project to open doors in Petit Savanne

first_imgLocalNews New water project to open doors in Petit Savanne by: – April 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Hon. Dr. Kenneth Darroux. Photo credit: dominica.gov.dmA 1.5 million dollar water project in Petit Savanne is expected to boost opportunities in that community.That’s the word coming from Parliamentary Representative for the Petit Savanne constituency Dr. Kenneth Darroux.Darroux made the remarks at the official commissioning of that project in Petit Savanne on Friday.“The construction of a brand new road to the intake has made available lands for possible village expansion and vehicular access to agricultural land. In fact we are looking at a site in that area for the possible construction of a resource center,” Darroux said.According to him, although the project has been long in coming, the project “is very beneficial to the people of the Petit Savanne community.He said further that work has already begun on a project geared at improving the water supply in Bagatelle.“These are the signs of a working government and one that cares about the needs and quality of life of its people in spite of the financial difficulties that we might be facing,” he added. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Poyet determined to play

first_imgDiego Poyet is determined to establish himself in Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side in the forthcoming season. Press Association The 20-year-old joined the Hammers from Charlton last summer but has only played three times in the Premier League. He spent a spell out on loan at Huddersfield last season but could find first-team opportunities easier to come by at Upton Park this year as Bilic looks to lead his side into the Europa League group stages. center_img Poyet turned out for West Ham in their 3-0 victory over Andorra minnows FC Lusitans in their first qualifying round tie on Thursday night. And the Uruguay Under-20 international, son of former Chelsea and Tottenham ace Gus Poyet, wants to stay put and stake his claim for a prominent role in Bilic’s plans. “My preference is to want to be at West Ham,” he said when asked if another loan move may be on the cards. “That is where I want to be and that is where I want to play. If the manager tells me ‘Look you are better off going out on loan and get some games’ then I will respect him for that and I will do that. But until I am told to leave I am not going anywhere. “If you are a young player and not playing then soon as there is a new manager, the thing you want to do is impress. In a way to get into his good books and he trusts you. “That is the important thing. If you are young but the manager trusts you, it doesn’t matter how old you are. He has faith in you, he is going to play you, or at least give you a chance.” With the Europa League fixtures and the hope of further runs in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, Poyet believes he and a number of other young players at the club will be given their opportunities to shine. “It depends how far we get in things like cups and Europa league,” the midfielder said of his chances of playing more regularly. “He (Bilic) might give a chance to some of the young players. We were unfortunate last season as we lost the capital one cup against Sheffield United early on so it was difficult. Hopefully fingers crossed some youngsters will get the chance to play.” last_img read more

Microglia play protective role in response to retinal detachment shows study

first_imgJun 19 2018A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the primary immune cells of the brain and retina, play a protective role in response to retinal detachment. Retinal detachment and subsequent degeneration of the retina can lead to progressive visual decline due to photoreceptor cell death, the major light-sensing cell in the eye. In a report published online today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers describe, for the first time, the beneficial role of microglial cells in the eye after retinal detachment -; migrating to the site of injury to protect photoreceptors and to regulate local inflammation.”Our results provide clear evidence that microglia protect photoreceptors from cell death in acute retinal detachment,” said senior author Kip Connor, Ph.D., vision researcher at Mass. Eye and Ear and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. “We found that microglial cells rapidly migrate into the injured retina, where they formed close connections with infiltrating immune cells and removed injured photoreceptors. These findings provide the first insight into how microglia respond and function during retinal detachment.”Affecting about 200,000 Americans per year, retinal detachments are considered sight-threatening medical emergencies. When the retina detaches from its normal position, it separates the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the eye, and photoreceptors -; the major light-sensing cells of the retina -; begin to die away. Retinal detachments can occur spontaneously, as a result of blunt trauma or as a side effect of a variety of eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, ocular tumors, and age-related macular degeneration.The current standard of care for retinal detachment is surgical reattachment, with patients in the United States and Europe typically treated within one week. Today’s surgical techniques are highly effective in physically reattaching the retina, and – if surgery is timely – surgical outcomes are generally positive. However, in some cases, patients experience permanent vision loss accompanied by changes in color vision.Related StoriesSleep disorders in patients with low back pain linked to increased healthcare visits, costsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryResearchers around the world -; across all fields of medicine -; have recently begun to shed light on the function of microglial cells in various conditions. In Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases of the brain, they are thought to be harmful.In the ophthalmology setting, microglial cells have been known to be activated in retinal detachment; however, it was previously unknown if these cells were harmful or protective against photoreceptor cell death.In the PNAS report, the researchers describe morphological changes in microglia in response to retinal detachment in a preclinical model. In response to retinal detachment, microglia rapidly responded in a uniform migrating pattern, toward the affected area. When the researchers depleted microglia in the model, they saw more of the photoreceptor cells die away.The authors on the PNAS report are hopeful that these findings suggest a new therapeutic avenue for preserving photoreceptors after retinal detachment.”Clinically, in the context of retinal detachment, we think promoting these cells would be of significant therapeutic benefit -; perhaps early on, when they can keep inflammation in check,” said Yoko Okuniki, M.D., Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at Mass. Eye and Ear and the study’s lead author. “This could prevent the initial photoreceptor cell loss, preserving vision longer after retinal detachment and providing an extended therapeutic window for surgery.” Source:https://www.masseyeandear.org/news/press-releases/2018/06/microglia-protect-sensory-cells-needed-for-vision-after-retinal-detachmentlast_img read more

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