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Obesity talks will feature at upcoming CARPHA Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppObesity is the big health problem in the Turks and Caicos according to the Premier at a recent interview with Magnetic Media on World Health Day and now this position is supported by remarks from the Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales.  During the media conference to announce the first time the Turks and Caicos will host the CARPHA Health and Research Conference  this coming June, Dr.  Hospedales said a study on obesity, especially among children here, will fuel policies for these islands and other Caribbean countries.  Recommended for you TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:eating, food, health, healthy, obesity, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse PAHO: 2.6 million undernourished in the region, still obesity up “The focus of the food environment, the policy package for discussion, how feasible is it, how can we actually do this. Monitoring nutritional labeling, reducing the level of salt, and fat, and sugar; reducing the advertising of junk food to children.  How do we cross subsidize fruits and vegetables are among the things to be discussed.  What are the trade adjustments we can make to have healthier food imported in the country.  So this is highly relevant not just in the TCI but in the broader Caribbean.”last_img read more

Advanstar Moves Auto Title to DigitalOnly

first_imgThe print edition of Aftermarket Business carried a monthly circulation of 20,000. The digital version will be e-mailed to more than 140,000 “decision makers and influencers” in the auto distribution market, the company said.Advanstar partnered with digital vendor Nxtbook Media to develop the magazine’s digital format. “Print magazines don’t inherently translate well to a comp screen,” Savas said. “So, instead of having a 150-page magazine replicated for the Web, we’ll produce a 15-, 16-page e-magazine in rectangular format that’s easy to read on a computer screen.”While he declined offer a specific amount, Savas said transitioning to digital will also save a significant amount of money in printing and distribution costs. “Like every other magazine, our revenue was declining in print,” he said. “While it didn’t get to the point where the magazine was losing money overall, we decided that a new strategy was in order.” Trade publisher Advanstar Communications has decided to fold the print edition of auto title Aftermarket Business. The December issue will be its last.Starting in January, Advanstar instead will publish a monthly digital version of the 73-year-old magazine as well as twice-weekly e-newsletters. Going all-digital is a “more efficient and timely method of reaching buyers and sellers in distribution,” Advanstar vice president and Automotive Group general manager Jim Savas told FOLIO:. “Our audience is less reliant today on old media in a monthly print format. They’re reacting to news much quicker. This is another evolution in the way we want to help our advertisers communicate to the distribution audience.”last_img read more

Fitbit Charge 3 vs Versa Which is the best fitness tracker

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Color touchscreen 9:27 Yes Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa Fitbit Charge 3 See It Abt Electronics $159 Yes Yes Yes Yes $169 Battery life Up to 50m CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Monochrome touchscreen See it $199 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Fitbit Fitness Apple Yes No Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money Fitbit Charge 3: See it at AmazonFitbit Versa: See it at AmazonCharge 3 is sleek, but Versa is more like an actual watchThe Charge 3 looks similar to many of Fitbit’s previous trackers. It’s a thin band with a physical button on the side.Both have touchscreens, although the Charge 3 has a monochrome display compared to the Versa’s color LCD. You can swipe across from the sides of the display to access fitness tracking features or settings. To go back, press the side of the Charge 3. The Versa has three physical buttons that let you go back, start or stop activities, and make selections.You can change the watch faces on both in the Fitbit app. But the Charge 3 has fewer watch faces to choose from than the Versa, which has plenty of third-party options.Change the straps with this toggle on the Versa (left) and button on the Charge 3 (right). Angela Lang/CNET I found it hard to see the display on the Charge 3 in direct sunlight, regardless of the brightness setting selected (you can choose between auto or normal brightness). For me, the Versa was easier to see outdoors and you get an extra brightness setting to choose from.To change up the look of your Fitbit, each offers interchangeable straps. The Charge 3 has quick release buttons at the back, while the Versa uses a small metal bar that you have to toggle to change the strap. It’s a lot easier to swap the straps out on the Charge 3 than it is the Versa, especially if you’re looking for a quick change.Each display is coated in Gorilla Glass 3 to protect against scratches and bumps.Winner: Tie, depending on which size you preferFitness tracking features are similar on bothBoth Fitbits have an optical heart rate sensor, sleep tracking, female health tracking and water resistance to 50 meters. Neither has GPS built-in. Instead, they use connected GPS. So if you want to track your route, pace and elevation during an outdoor workout, you’ll need to take your phone with you.img-0172-2Check out your previous workouts from the Fitbit app. You can also tap into each one to see a breakdown of heart rate zones and calories. Tracking a run will also show a breakdown of your average pace. Screenshot by Lexy Savvides/CNET They both have automatic workout detection, and you can set goal-based exercises to get a notification once you pass a set distance, time or calorie goal.The Charge 3 lets you put six different workout shortcuts on the exercise screen, while the Versa gives you space for seven shortcuts. You can choose from 19 workout types from the Fitbit app (run, hike, walk, swim, bike, spinning, pilates, interval workout, golf, elliptical, weights, workout, treadmill, stairclimber, yoga, tennis, kickboxing, circuit training, martial arts, bootcamp). Both give you reminders to move, prompting you to complete a number of steps an hour to “win”.I found the fabric and plastic Fitbit straps fairly comfortable to work out with during a run or sweaty Pilates session.Thanks to its larger screen, the Versa gives you more metrics from your workout once you complete your exercise routine. It’s also the only one that lets you go back and view your past few workouts from the watch face, rather than diving into the Fitbit app itself.The Versa has lots of third-party apps available (which we’ll cover in the next section) which makes it easier if you prefer to track your workout in a different app. During workouts, I found the Charge 3 often gave a higher reading on my heart rate than the Versa. During an outdoor run, it said my maximum heart rate was over 200 beats per minute. From using previous heart rate trackers and smartwatches (and comparing with the Versa), running at the same intensity on the same route never gave me a max heart rate over 190.The Versa comes with the Coach app. A bit like a personal trainer on your wrist, it runs you through a sequence of moves with quick visual cues on the screen. It’s a nice extra if you want to squeeze in a quick workout. For similar workouts on the Charge 3, you’ll need to use the Fitbit Coach app on your phone.Fitbit metrics don’t sync to Apple Health, so keep this in mind if you are an iOS user who likes to consolidate data in one app.Winner: VersaBoth have smartwatch features, but the Versa does moreIt’s easy to get notifications mirrored from your phone on each Fitbit, and they both work with iOS and Android. That being said, you’ll only be able to respond to notifications if it’s tied to Android. You can customize quick responses to messages from the Fitbit app.Fitbit Pay is a mobile wallet that lets you tap to pay with NFC at compatible terminals. It’s only available if you buy the special edition of both (which does come at a premium).fitbit-charge-versa-4 Angela Lang/CNET The Versa is the only one that can store music. It has space for around 300 songs, but the process to get those tunes onto the watch is cumbersome. You need to download a desktop app then make sure the Versa and your computer are on the same Wi-Fi network to start the transfer.If you prefer a streaming service, the only two options available are Pandora and Deezer, as long as you have a subscription. There is a third-party Spotify app available, but it is only to control playback from your phone.There are also many more third-party apps available on the Versa than there were when it first launched. Here’s a list of some of our favorites. The Charge 3 doesn’t have third-party apps at the time of writing.As the Versa was released in April 2018, a new edition of the watch potentially called Fitbit Versa 2 may be around the corner. We don’t have any insider information, but we’d love to see on-board GPS and Fitbit Pay integrated into the new version.Winner: VersaBattery life is stellar on the Charge 3There’s no contest here. You’ll get around six to seven full days on the Charge 3 before you need to juice it up, while the Versa gives you around four full days. Each has a proprietary clip-in charger. If you’re coming from the Charge 2, the cable for the Charge 3 is different.Winner: Charge 3What about price?At the time of writing, the Charge 3 costs $150 for the regular edition and $20 more gets you the special edition with Fitbit Pay and extra bands. The Versa is $200 and the special edition, also with Fitbit Pay, costs $30 more. Since the Versa was released almost a year ago, it has been discounted several times to a price that’s pretty comparable to the Charge 3 (the cheapest we’ve seen it in the past is $90).So comparing the Charge 3 and the Versa on price isn’t always straightforward, as you can get them for around the same price at certain times of the year.Winner: TieWhich is the best Fitbit for me?If you want Fitbit’s top of the line fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor and without too many bells and whistles, get the Charge 3. The battery will last you a long time and you’ll get notifications mirrored from your phone.If you’re looking for a smartwatch with a big screen, more robust fitness tracking on the watch itself, and the added bonus of a personal trainer on your wrist, get the Versa. No Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose reading • Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker? Water resistance Wearable Tech News • Fitbit Versa 2 could be coming next month Yes Yes How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $169 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It When it comes to fitness trackers, there are plenty of Fitbit options to choose from. For pure fitness trackers, there’s the Alta HR and Charge 3, or for smartwatches, the Ionic and Versa. Here’s how two of the most popular Fitbits, the Charge 3 and the Versa, compare on everything from fitness features to getting notifications from your phone. Music storage Up to 50m Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See All Fitbit Versa Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart Four days Up to 1 week Adjustable straps Dell Apple Women’s health tracking Even though the Versa was released in early 2018 and the Charge 3 came out toward the end of the same year, Fitbit OS 3.0 gave each device very similar fitness tracking features. See It Display Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Share your voice Sleep tracking 8 Comments • Third-party apps Fitbit Versalast_img read more

Sensex recovers its 40000 level Nifty at a high before the budget

first_imgRepresentational image.PixabayIndian stock market opened with massive positive trading with Sensex recovering to its 40,000 level almost after a month. Nifty rose above 11,970, showing a positive approach towards the expectations on Nirmala Sitharaman’s maiden Union Budget 2019 speech.The BSE Sensex is seeing a trading rise of 119 points while Nifty50 has gained about 31 points since the morning.The gain in the Sensex and the Nifty is because of the expectations of the public and the investors from the Union Budget to bring in policies that can revive the country from its economic slowdown.last_img

Six EU countries to take in stranded ship migrants

first_imgThis hand-out picture taken and released on 25 June 2018 by German NGO `Mission Lifeline` off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, is moored about 30 nautical miles off Malta with 234 migrants who were rescued on 20 June including 14 women and four children younger than three. Photo: AFPSix EU countries have agreed to take in over 200 migrants stranded on a rescue ship off Malta’s coast, French president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday, after days of bickering between member states over their fate.Each of the member states, which include France, Italy and Portugal, will take “a few dozen individuals” of the 233 migrants on board the Lifeline vessel, Macron said in Rome after talks with Pope Francis.However, Macron also criticised the German NGO running the ship for contravening “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.”We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he said. “In the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey.”Macron’s comments came after Malta said it would only allow the migrants to land if fellow European Union countries took their quota.The vessel’s fate has hung in the balance since last week as bloc members remained at loggerheads over how to handle the influx of people trying to reach the continent.The ship had rescued the migrants, including children and pregnant women, on Thursday but Malta and Italy initially refused to take them in.However, Valletta agreed Tuesday to let the ship dock once other EU states confirmed they would help.But Malta also warned it would launch an investigation and possibly take action against the Lifeline once it entered Maltese waters.The Lifeline NGO meanwhile said it had received a message from Malta at 6:00 pm local time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday still banning it from entering “territorial waters”.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly hailed the news that a second migrant ship he had turned away would be taken in elsewhere.Earlier this month, Rome rejected the Aquarius ship carrying 630 migrants, forcing it to eventually dock in Spain.”For women and children really fleeing the war the doors are open, for everyone else they are not!” Salvini tweeted.He has repeatedly warned foreign charities to stop rescuing migrants off Libya, insisting Italian ports “are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers”.- ‘Ready to help’ -The decision by Italy’s new hard-line government and Malta to turn away rescue vessels has plunged Europe into a political crisis over how to collectively handle the huge numbers of people fleeing war and misery in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux earlier told RTL radio that “a European solution seems to be emerging”.He insisted there was no migrant “crisis” but urged leaders “to respond quickly to an urgent situation”.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also said Tuesday that Madrid would take part in a “joint response” over Lifeline, but “several countries must participate”.Italy and Malta say they are unfairly bearing the brunt of the new arrivals, while other European countries are urging more forceful policies to block their entry.During a surprise visit to Libya on Monday, Salvini called for processing centres to be set up in various unnamed African countries to deal with potential migrants in a move “to help Libya as well as Italy block migration”.Similarly, France has proposed setting up EU asylum processing centres in Africa aimed at discouraging people to attempt dangerous trips.Libya is a gateway for thousands of refugees and migrants hoping to reach Europe. Hundreds drown each year attempting the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean in often rickety boats.- War of words -Sixteen EU leaders held emergency talks in Brussels on Sunday in a bid to break the longstanding deadlock over who should take in the migrantsA full EU summit is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.The current row came to a head earlier this month over the Aquarius incident.A war of words saw French president Emmanuel Macron accuse Rome of “irresponsibility “for turning away the boat, while Italy denounced Paris for hypocrisy in pushing migrants back across their shared border.The issue was raised during a meeting at the Vatican Tuesday between Macron and Pope Francis, who has called for “solidarity” with migrants.In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an ultimatum from her hard-line interior minister who has given her until the end of June to find an EU deal to curb new arrivals.last_img

Hospital chaplains stick to the heart of the job amid health care

first_img Amanda Abrams,Load Comments,Newly released letters shine light on McCarrick allegations Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Catholicism By: Amanda Abrams Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts After centuries of persecution, ‘lost’ Brazilian Jews struggle to regain t … Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Amanda Abrams By: Amanda Abrams Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Hospitalized with a serious illness, a 55-year-old lawyer found himself taking stock.He’d gone to Ivy League schools, supported a beautiful family, ran a prosperous business, bought a second home on the coast. But what had he contributed? What had been the point of it all?Lying alone in the stillness of the wee hours, he remembered that what he’d really wanted to do was become a teacher.“So what do you do with that, when you realize a life has been spent in a way that wasn’t the best?” asked Jim Rawlings, who retired recently as head of Duke University Hospital’s pastoral services staff.“Most people live in such denial that anything can happen to them. It’s one of the times they confront their mortality. And there’s anxiety often,” says Rawlings, who spent more than 30 years as a hospital chaplain.A common perception of clergy who work in hospitals is that they are there to perform last rites for the terminally ill, or prompt 11th-hour conversions. But chaplaincy has little do to with religion per se. “We try to hear their story,” says Rawlings. “To be able to tell your story is a way to become known and thus become less lonely, and connect with the spirit inside of us.”While a large hospital will try to provide chaplains who match religious patients’ specific faiths — and possibly a humanist chaplain to cover those who are nonreligious — a chaplain of any faith should be able to minister to any patient.“We don’t proselytize, and we’re not looking to change people’s belief systems,” says Amy Strano, director of spiritual care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.“We sit with people in the heartbreak of life. It’s about being with them and letting them grieve and share what’s on their hearts,” she explains. “We sometimes talk about the chaplain as a spiritual care specialist” — and that’s relevant whether “spiritual” refers to God, or to secular ideas of connection or significance.As our medical system grows more fast-paced, impersonal and complex, the hospital or health care chaplain’s role has been growing. Many patients need help deciphering the best next steps. Practitioners, burned out by the same system, often benefit from working with chaplains.A hospital chaplain prays with a nurse in a scene from “Your Health: A Sacred Matter.” Photo courtesy of Auteur ProductionsThe profession, which began in its modern form in the early 1900s, has swelled since the 1990s. Today there are more than 10,000 health care chaplains in the United States, most with master’s degrees, rigorous hands-on training and board certification. Almost two-thirds of the country’s hospitals make chaplains available.With American society becoming increasingly disconnected and less religious, chaplains’ role has become particularly important. “A lot of people (in the U.S.) don’t have community. We don’t live in neighborhoods our whole lives where people know us; we don’t have those places of worship where we’re known. Nobody brings a casserole” when sickness descends, says Strano. As a result, “when there’s a crisis, there isn’t that community to turn to; there isn’t someone who’s there as that counselor.” And there haven’t necessarily been those discussions about the point of life or what might happen after death.Despite their growing numbers, chaplains have less time to spend with patients. Thirty years ago, hospital stays were longer and chaplains could visit with nearly everyone who came through. These days, they’re encouraged to focus largely on the sickest patients.The biggest change, however, is the shift seen across all health care professions, from volume-based to value-based care. In the past 10 to 15 years, medical professionals have stopped simply billing for services rendered; they have to show that those services led to positive outcomes.Chaplains, too, are increasingly being rated by a wide range of measures: better outcomes, lower costs and higher patient satisfaction.Ultimately, “those who don’t demonstrate value will not be funded,” says George Handzo, director of health services research and quality at the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, one of the field’s big organizations. Hospital chaplains’ services aren’t covered by insurance. So while they’re very cheap by health care standards, a penny-pinching hospital administrator might very well zero them out if she doesn’t understand what they contribute.The Rev. George Handzo. Video screenshotThe problem is, hard data illustrating the results of chaplains’ visits is difficult to come by. “We’ve never been focused on outcomes,” explains Handzo. “We’ve been largely anti-outcomes. ‘We don’t have an agenda,’ you’ll hear chaplains say.” Chaplains have prided themselves on meeting patients where they are, rather than pushing for anything specific.Handzo recalls a visit to a hospital administrator a few years ago who wanted to talk about chaplains’ contributions. “So I went in with all my numbers about cost per visit over thousands of visits,” remembers Handzo. “And she said something like, ‘Oh George, these numbers are really impressive, but tell me: What difference has this made to my patients?’ And I had no idea how to demonstrate that.”Discussions with chaplains may very well result in families declining complicated and expensive interventions for loved ones near the end of life. A sick person who feels at peace might heal more quickly. And patients and their families who get help in talking about their concerns will likely feel more satisfied with their overall hospital experience. These are all critical indicators in today’s health care environment.But there’s been very little monitoring of those results. Chaplains themselves have simply taken it on faith that their efforts benefit patients.Which isn’t to say there’s no data out there. A 2013 study by Harvard researchers illustrated that patients whose spiritual needs have been met have chosen less aggressive care. A 2015 Mount Sinai paper showed that chaplain visits boost patient satisfaction.George Fitchett, a professor at Rush University, is one of the only chaplains with a Ph.D. who is conducting research on chaplains’ effectiveness.“Our health care colleagues have no training to help them understand who we are and what we do,” says Fitchett. “In an environment where the lingua franca is research, we need to be able to demonstrate what we contribute.”That begins, he says, with careful charting and evaluations by chaplains.Trace Haythorn. Photo by Tavits PhotographySome chaplains are pushing back on the move toward data-driven standardization. “It feels like it cuts to the very core of the practice,” says Trace Haythorn, executive director of ACPE, the main organization for accrediting spiritual care education programs. Chaplains worry that maintaining a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence will be clinicalized into a set of prescribed behaviors.Another, more welcome change is that chaplains, as they are integrated into care teams, find themselves spending more time supporting the hospital staff, helping nurses and doctors who struggle with stress and burnout.As practitioners see how chaplains work, too, some are becoming interested in employing chaplains’ techniques. “Doctors are saying, ‘I want to listen deeply to the patient, too,’” says Christina Puchalski, director of George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health in Washington, D.C., and a longtime leader in uniting chaplains and practitioners. “Clinicians and nurses are beginning to recognize the importance of things not so deeply measured.”As their work gains in credibility with other health care professionals, chaplaincy may follow the path of palliative care. A decade ago, the notion of managing the symptoms of patients with serious illnesses was considered fringy. Since then, the field has grown hugely, and these days it’s frequently covered by insurance.Some observers believe that the day chaplaincy is covered by insurance isn’t far off. Blue Shield of California already pays for some chaplains in its home-based palliative care programs, and Torrie Fields, the senior manager for advanced illness and palliative care at the company, envisions that coverage continuing to grow.“I see a very clear movement towards chaplains being involved in improving patient outcomes,” particularly in cases of life-threatening illness, says Fields. She imagines chaplains eventually serving as the leaders of multidisciplinary medical teams, all covered by insurance.“I think they’re able to see the big picture,” says Fields, who herself experienced chaplains’ transformative power when she was ill with cancer.Fields doesn’t necessarily think research needs to meet the gold standard of randomized, controlled trials in order to demonstrate chaplains’ value. “Maybe there’s been too much of an emphasis on measuring them, fitting them into a box,” says Fields. “If we put chaplains through that level of rigor, they’ll be limited in doing what actually brings support.”Meanwhile, health care chaplains and their fans are excited to see the field gradually growing into adulthood after a long period of adolescence. Society, they say, needs it.“So much of our public discourse is oppositional, rather than listening deeply for the core of who you are as a person,” says Haythorn. “The very best chaplains help people go to those deep places where very little in this culture is allowed to go safely. The biggest and most important questions in life are often asked in moments like that.”This story was changed to correct the description of ACPE. It is the main organization for accrediting spiritual care education programs, not only for chaplains. By: Amanda Abrams Tagschaplaincy doctors Duke University health care health insurance homepage featured hospital chaplains illness nurses Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

BMW forced to respond to BBC report showing its cars at easy

first_img(Phys.org)—In response to a BBC report that proved that BMW cars built between 2006 and 2011 can be easily stolen by thieves using a device that takes advantage of the cars’ computer system, BMW has announced that all owners of such vehicles can bring them in for a free fix. At issue is the process BMW put in place for its cars during the period in question. Owners who lost their keys could bring the car into a dealer who would then connect a computer to the car’s computer, along with a new blank key, and a new electronic key would be produced. Because of the simplicity of the procedure and the high value of BMW cars, clever engineers began creating the same type of computer the dealer’s used and selling them on the Internet. That allowed thieves to purchase them which made stealing a BMW as easy as breaking a window to gain entry, attaching the computer to the port inside the vehicle, along with a blank, and creating a new key that when inserted into the dash port, allowed the car to be started and driven away. While certainly very high tech, the result is a vehicle being stolen just as easily as cars made back before all the fancy electronics were introduced.Putting computers in cars started with the engines, taking out carburetors and putting in small computers that more efficiently meted air and gas. After that came computers that controlled the door locks allowing people to use small handheld devices with buttons to lock and unlock their cars from a distance, making such mundane tasks a little easier and less messy in bad weather. This was followed by adding computers that allowed for automatically starting the engine of the car, allowing owners to warm things up before getting in, and eventually, for some brands, the disappearance of a metal key altogether. In such cars, programmed plastic keys are inserted into the dash, and the computer takes care of getting the car started, presumably saving wear and tear on the starter mechanism under the hood. That’s what BMW did and that’s where it ran into trouble. By including code in the cars computer to not only start the engine when a proper key was identified, but to zap a blank key to create a new one upon command by a special computer, the car company opened the door to thieves. And that, British police say has led to a rash of car thefts in that country.BMW owners who purchased cars during the period noted can call their local dealer to have the problem fixed with their vehicle, or as some have noted, can simply move the computer port inside their car to a new location using a simple screw driver so that thieves can’t find it. © 2012 Phys.org BMW shows hands-free driving on Autobahn (w/ video) Citation: BMW forced to respond to BBC report showing its cars at easy risk of being stolen (2012, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-bmw-bbc-cars-easy-stolen.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more