17Oct State Rep. Hank Vaupel Weekly Column: Oct. 7, 2018 Categories: News,Vaupel News I want to thank Sam Champagne, House policy committee advisor of the House Health Policy Committee, for his service in assisting with legislation. Sam Champagne was presented a tribute for his work and dedication to the Michigan House. He is leaving for a position in the private sector, and we wish him well on his new endeavor.***I recently participated in the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce Power Lunch where I served on a panel to discuss legislation and public policy issues trending locally, statewide and nationally. Congressmen Mike Bishop, state Senator Joe Hune and state Rep. Lana Theis also attended the event. National and state issues were discussed with active audience questions. It was a great opportunity to meet with local residents and discuss community updates.***This week, I was invited by Lake Trust Credit Union to help with gardening maintenance for LACASA. LACASA helps hundreds of people by protecting and empowering victims and survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. I want to thank the Lake Trust employees for their work to help assist LACASA for several hours by completing the needed garden weeding and mulching. Having dedicated volunteers help local businesses keeps the community together.***On Tuesday, I attended the Howell Chamber of Commerce Good Morning Livingston breakfast where presentations were made by several Fowlerville businesses. The speakers shared projects they are working on, and what residents can look forward to with recent expansion plans and responsibilities their businesses face.***Please join me for my October office hours on Friday, October 19 at the following times and locations:· 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave. in Fowlerville;· 4 to 5 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 11325 W. Highland Road in Hartland; and· 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 Michigan Ave. in Howell.I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts!***If you have any ideas, comments or questions for my office, please do not hesitate to call us at 517-373-8835 or send an email to HankVaupel@house.mi.gov. We are happy to hear from you!***PHOTO INFORMATION: (left to right) State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., state Rep. Hank Vaupel, Sam Champagne, and Speaker of the House Tom Leonard presented a tribute to Sam Champagne for his work at the Michigan House of Representatives.
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018In the human brain, nerve cells – so-called neurons – care for the transmission of electrical signals. They form the functional component responsible for sensations, stimuli and memories. In the presence of dementia, there is an adsorption of proteins outside the neurons, which then leads to the death of the neuronal cells. How to prevent the death of neurons is still the subject of scientific research today.In a recent transnational research project funded by the EU Joint Program on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND), which is funded in Germany by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), researchers are now trying to address this question.While project partners in Italy, Great Britain, Belgium and the USA investigate the exact processes in the brain, the MPI-P explores methods to transport drugs. The overcoming of a natural barrier in the body – the so-called blood-brain barrier – represents the main challenge. Drugs to be used in the brain must be able to pass this barrier first before acting in the brain.For this purpose, the Mainz scientists are working on nanocapsules that are supposed to overcome the barrier. On the one hand, it has to be taken care on a long circulation time of the nanocapsules in the blood in order to increase the probability of interaction with the target cells in the affected brain areas. For this, it is important to design the nanocapsules so that they are not directly excreted by kidney or liver. On the other hand, special “address labels” – consisting of proteins – must be placed on the capsule surface in order to be recognized and absorbed by the target cells, much like a key with a lock. “We are still filling our nanoscale capsules with dye,” says Dr. Svenja Morsbach, group leader in the department of Prof. Katharina Landfester at the MPI-P. “If the transport through the blood-brain barrier with the nanocarriers works, we hope we can simply exchange the dye for a suitable drug.”Related StoriesWorld’s first 3D heart printed using patient’s own cells and biological materialsComing soon: New home blood-testing device for people with chronic illnessesNanotechnology treatment reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in miceThe partners involved in the project in Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the USA are examining the exact processes in the brain in parallel with the development of the transport system in Mainz. Here, so-called “exosomes” and “neurotrophic factors” are of major interest. Exosomes are small “miniature cells” that can be released by real cells to communicate with each other. These have a dimension of only about 100 nanometers – that is 100 billionths of a meter in size. At the same time, “neurotrophic factors” are biochemical messengers responsible for the growth and survival of nerve cells. The interaction of exosomes and neuron-stimulating factors is seen as the main focus for the understanding of dementia by researchers.The project is designed for a period of three years and is funded with over one million euro, of which a share of more than 400,000 euros is attributed to the subproject of the Mainz scientists. The researchers hope that understanding the disease itself and developing a functioning transport system will be an important step in the treatment of dementia. Source:http://www.mpip-mainz.mpg.de/5458095/PM2018-23
gaming and lottery August 21, 2018 To rebuild lives, Kerala needs doctors, nurses, packed food: Alphons 2 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan COMMENTS flood RELATED Kerala GST SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT As Kerala struggles to raise resources for rehabilitation in the wake of devastating floods, the state government today demanded that it should be allowed to impose a 10 per cent cess on the GST and also introduce a special lottery.This decision was taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here today.The flood-ravaged state has asked for the GST council’s permission to introduce 10 per cent cess on the GST as part of its efforts to mobilise more resources for rehabilitation, besides planning to introduce a special lottery, a government press release said.The Cabinet also decided to accept the materials supplied by individuals and voluntary organisations outside the state and distribute the same in relief camps.In view of the flood situation, all plantation workers will be given 50 kg of free ration.Fire department personnel, police and revenue officials as also fishermen who took part in the rescue operations will be given a certificate of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority in recognition of their services, it said.The devastating deluge has left 223 dead and over 10 lakh people homeless over the last fortnight. 373 dead in Kerala since May 30 due to rains, floods, landslides SHARE