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K1 stars stun with Non-Stop Dusi wins

first_imgThree-time Dusi champion Andrew Birkett entrenched his status as a Dusi star by winning The Unlimited Non-Stop Dusi on debut on Friday after a breathtaking second half solo charge to set up an 11-minute victory over the first K2 home. ‘It looked good’“I had to race down into the valley after lectures one afternoon to check it out, and sure enough, it looked good,” he added. ‘It’s all in your head’ “It’s a long race, though, and whilst you’re obviously racing against others you’re actually only really racing against yourself. It’s all in your head. Runners-upTeam Best Kayak Centre colleagues Lance Kime and Kwanda Mhlope were ecstatic with their runners-up finish, and showered praise on the juggernaut K1 performance by Birkett. Birkett’s meticulously worked out strategy for the race involved the use of a particularly light race boat that he was not able to drag on the portages like the other top contenders, and instead he lost some time on the long downhills by carrying his K1. The record field of 121 boats, including a new record 30 K1s, were treated to good water and clear conditions early on. However, as the heat became stifling and the field started catching up to the water releases, the race got tougher and more than two dozen crews either withdrew or failed to make the 14:30 cut-off at the Inanda Dam wall. Birkett made a crucial break at a sneak portage that he had found going over Nqumeni Hill, roughly halfway through the 110km race from Camps Drift to Durban, which split up the front bunch and set up his solitary grind into the finish at Blue Lagoon. Widened his leadOnce he got a sniff of the lead Birkett paddled and ran his way to the front and steadily widened his lead, using the impressive conditioning base that had helped him win The Unlimited Dusi title with Jason Graham just a fortnight before. Women’s raceThe women’s race quickly turned into a lopsided contest as K1 and K2 Dusi champ Robyn Kime staged a superb race to finish 14th overall in a gritty display of well paced paddling and running, which lopped an hour off the previous women’s K1 record set by Hilary Pitchford. During that stage of the race Birkett was locked in a fierce tussle with the crews of Lance Kime and Kwanda Mhlope and the pre-race favourites and defending champions Thulani Mbanjwa and Sbonelo Zondi. “I had planned a lot of my race, but then, four days before the race I got a phone call from a veteran Dusi paddler, who I think knows the valley better than anyone else, telling me about this portage at Nqumeni, saying that this path was worth a minute and a half. “At the N2 bridge we couldn’t believe it when we saw the Trautmanns just there. That extra adrenalin rush then got us going again and it was basically a flat out sprint to the finish line from there, and we were very glad to finally get to Blue Lagoon.” “It would have been great to have caught second place, and if it had been a little longer maybe we could have,” he added. “But we were taking on water and just couldn’t quite close the gap. We finished second in our previous attempt, but we were definitely quicker this time despite things being a whole lot hotter and there being less water this year.” 5 March 2012 The seasoned K2 crew of Debbie Germiquet and Carmen Blackeney finished second. “We took out for the Burma Road portage with Craig Turton and Jasper Mocke and by the time we got to the top of Burma we’d caught Thulani Mbanjwa and Sbonelo Zondi!” said Trautmann. “From then on it was all about trying to put the hammer down as much as possible and get out of sight of the others. “None of us had enough time to properly recover from The Unlimited Dusi, but my running was really strong today, which was pleasing. No-one goes through a race like this without going through bad patches. I went through five, and you just have to tell yourself to hang on, and focus on getting to Durban in one day, not about winning or records.” Birkett was within reach of Hank McGregor’s K1 race record by the end of the haul across Inanda Dam. However, that dissolved when he overtook the mistimed water release from Inanda Dam after completing a lightning fast portage over the hill. ‘A lonely day on my own’“I went out quite hard in the first five to ten kilometres to try get ahead of the bulk of the field and then I latched onto a group’s wave, but they were quite a bit faster than me, so I had to drop off and then it was just a lonely day on my own where I just had to try focus on keeping going,” she said. “Coming into it, we knew he would be right up there, especially with him being such a strong runner, but we thought we might be able to get away from him on the river, which to a degree we did, but he was just stronger and smarter than us today.”center_img The youngsters had to dig deep in the dying stages of the race as they were reeled in by the flying Trautmann brothers, Kelvin and Matt. ‘More pressure’“When I overtook the water, it made the race even harder, but I like that. It made it even more of a challenge and put more pressure on me to stay focussed.” “My seconds told me that the record might be on, but I completely ignored it,” said Birkett. “All I wanted to do was finish the race in one day, and stayed focussed on that. RESULTS Kime and Mhlope managed to stay in contact with Birkett, but Mbanjwa and Zondi fell out of contention, as Mbanjwa battled with a persistent shoulder injury, while technical problems beset their boat. Under-23 stars Kwanda Mhlope and Lance Kime placed second, while Robyn Kime won the women’s title, also in a K1, smashing an hour off the old record. “It was a gamble all right having a light boat, and I had to nurse it. It was the right decision in the end, and it was a brilliant boat to have for a race like this,” he reckoned. The result was another brilliant one for the Trautmann siblings, who ground their way back into the top three in the second half of the race. “Its great, though, because it’s a lot slower than Dusi, so you get to take in the beauty of the valley as you try to settle into a steady rhythm and keep grinding away. ‘Blew a gasket’“We blew a gasket going across the dam and were absolutely shattered towards the end,” said Kime. Stellenbosch University student Kime stressed that she was focussed largely on finishing her first Non-Stop. “Its great to have won in my first outing, but that definitely wasn’t the focus today. It’s such a tough race, so there’s never a huge ladies field, but just to have gotten to the finish is something I’m really chuffed with,” she said. “We didn’t feel very good in the beginning,” said Kelvin Trautmann. “The plan was to try be up there at Guinea Fowl, but the guys flew out the blocks and we were already four minutes behind at Guinea Fowl. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “When we came to the Nqumeni Hill takeout I had to hold back so that the other two crews got ahead of me, and I was able to sneak into that path unseen. And yes, it worked!” he said. SAinfo reporter Andy Birkett 8:11.15Lance Kime/Kwanda Mhlope 8:22.31Matt Trautman/Kelvin Trautman 8:25.01Thulani Mbanjwa/Sbonelo Zondi 8:39.10Craig Turton/Jasper Mocke 8:45.57Thomas Ngidi/Roland Smith 8:50.13Lucas Mthalane/Loveday Zondi 9:07.36Mark Mulder 9:10.23Gavin Shuter/Zonele Nzuza 9:10.24Trenton Lamble/Mark Michell 9:16.46Carl Folscher/Alex Adie 9:40.16Siseko Ntondini/Victor Monyepao 9:40.25Marc Germiquet 9:42.31Robyn Kime 9:43.42Glenn Hilliar 9:53.38Cam Schoeman/Wesley Green 9:55.59Wim van Herzeelie/Patrick Walden 9:57.26Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Blakeney 10:04.06Dave Mackenzie/Mike Eglington 10:06.16Michael Hay/Darren Berriman 10:07.33 “Andy is just a phenomenal athlete and what he’s done today is just incredible,” said Kime. The Unlimited Non-Stop Dusi takes place over one day instead of the traditional three days of The Unlimited Dusi. It is undoubtedly one of the toughest challenges in the world of paddling.last_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, Nov. 7

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished corn about a week go. We finished all of the double-crop beans but 160 acres. We got rained out last week and we haven’t been able to get back into them.The corn was kind of like we expected. It had about the highest variability we’ve ever had on our corn crop. We did finish a couple of fields — the farthest southeast farm and the farthest north farm — where we got out of the dry belt where we had a 185 and a 180. So at least a little bit of extra moisture helped. It was the same way with the beans.The driest stretch was almost centered on the vast majority of our acres. Only a few tenths of rain made a difference. We normally think about a farm getting two or three inches more that made up for the differences in yields, but this year it was 20 bushels different with just two or three tenths. It was so starved for water just a little bit made a difference.Everything stood excellent. I was worried towards the end we’d run into some stalk issues, but the late rains seemed to keep the later corn a little healthier.The double-crops were excellent for our area.  A lot of times you celebrate if you can get your money back that you put into it. This year the vast majority of them have come off in the low 30s. We even had a 44-bushel yield on one field.We tried to get them in right after the combine after the straw was baled. We’ll try that again next year so we can try to take advantage of that bonus check at the end of the year.last_img read more

Child rights panel to frame mental health policy for Goa

first_imgPANAJI: Armed with a mandate from the Central Commission for Protection of Child Rights(CCPCR), the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) has embarked on a serious exercise to draft a mental health policy for children in the State.The groundwork began earlier this week at the initiative of the GSCPCR, which got key stakeholders to discuss various aspects of the proposed policy. Sources close to GSCPCR chairperson Sushma Kirtani said the policy is expected to be completed in two years.According to representatives of the Commission, child abuse as well as mental problems related to child abuse, tobacco consumption, substance consumption, suicidal tendencies, and schizophrenia have been on the rise in Goa as reported from time to time by various child rights groups.The policy would seek to put a mechanism in place to identify the problems faced by children in educational institutions, special schools, and children identified as out of school (in 2016-17, the State had identified 463 out-of-school children, most of whom were children of migrant workers coming from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Bihar, according to an exercise done under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan).The policy will cover all children facing mental disorders, including those with substance abuse, disability-related mental disorders, disorders related to physical or sexual violence, and children in prisons rehabilitated in State children’s homes.The strategy would be to formulate guidelines forimplementation as well.The stakeholders discussed under-reporting of cases due to the stigma attached, especially in case of the girl child, as a factor that needs course correction through education and awareness. The role of media as a stakeholder in education and awareness generation, and in prevention of suicides, would be part of what could be the first such policy in a State.last_img read more

Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Compton looking for player who can match up with Fajardo, Slaughter

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “The biggest position in need is someone to match up with June Mar and Greg. It’s really a challenge, like you look at Ginebra in the Finals right now, look at their length,” he said.That’s why Compton is desperately wishing for a miracle that against all odds, the four teams ahead of Alaska will surprisingly shy away from tabbing Standhardinger in this draft which will let the Aces swoop the Fil-German forward in.“If he drops to five, I’m hoping. If people are gonna pass up on him and he drops to five, yes, we will be open to taking him,” the affable bench tactician said.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Alaska coach Alex Compton. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska coach Alex Compton knows that with his team picking fifth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he has no choice but to wait for the proceedings to pan out.“This draft already has its top five players and I don’t think there’s a lot of surprises for us. I think there’s some good talent in the draft, so we’ll just have to wait,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are the consensus 1-2 picks in the annual rookie selection, which leaves bluechip recruits Jeron Teng, Raymar Jose, and Jason Perkins for picks three to five, the last of those expectedly being the Aces’ man.Compton knows that he can’t go wrong with any of those five as he maintains the mentality of picking the best talent available at their spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, with Alaska desperate to get back to contending for titles, the American mentor said that getting a frontcourt player that can compete with the likes of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter should be of high priority for teams who want to win a championship.“Most places where basketball is played, it’s the hardest to find a dominant big man. I heard there’s a pretty good one in the PBA who has won four straight MVPs,” said Compton, displaying his signature wit to the media once again. “Those guys don’t grow on trees. It would be nice if I could go to that tree and pick a June Mar, but that’s not what happens. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban’s Daughter Dancing As The Alabama Mascot At Her Wedding

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Saturday night, Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which, of course, is the ultimate dream for any Crimson Tide fan. The wedding was complete with a rendition of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and a number of other Alabama-themed activities for guests. But one takes the cake.Kristen Saban and her new husband, Adam Setas, danced with Alabama mascot heads. Yep, Saban danced with the Big Al headpiece on at her wedding. There was more than one, too. Check it out:Weird? A little. But if you’re going to go full Alabama at your wedding, this is how to do it.last_img read more

Suspect in Hamilton Good Samaritan shooting arrested along with female police

first_imgHAMILTON – Police say a man wanted in connection the fatal shooting of a Good Samaritan in Hamilton has been arrested.Yosif Al-Hasnawi — described by police as a brave young man who was trying to do the right thing — was shot when he tried to intervene as two men were accosting an older man in downtown Hamilton on Saturday night.A second-degree murder warrant was issued on Monday for 19-year-old Dale Burningsky King, who police say was arrested Thursday afternoon in Hagersville, Ont.Hamilton police say a female arrested at the same time is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.A 20-year-old man who was arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting also faces a charge of accessory after the fact to murder.last_img

Researchers find no link between allergy friendly dogs and lower risk of

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 15 2018Growing up with dogs is linked to a lower risk of asthma, especially if the dogs are female, a new study from Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University in Sweden shows. However, the researchers found no relation between ‘allergy friendly’ breeds and a lower risk of asthma. The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.Earlier studies have demonstrated a link between growing up with dogs and a lower risk of childhood asthma, but it has not been known whether this association is modified by dog characteristics. In this new study, the researchers have interrogated how variables such as sex, breed, number of dogs or size of dog are associated with the risk of asthma and allergy amongst children raised in a home with a dog during their first year of life.”The sex of the dog can affect the amount of allergens released, and we know that uncastrated male dogs express more of a particular allergen than castrated dogs and female dogs,” says Tove Fall, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Sciences – Molecular Epidemiology at Uppsala University, who led the study with Professor Catarina Almqvist Malmros at Karolinska Institutet. “Moreover, some breeds are described anecdotally as ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘allergy friendly’ and are said to be more suitable for people with allergies, but there is no scientific evidence for this.”Classified by different traitsThe study included all children born in Sweden from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2004 who had a dog in their home for the first year of life (23,600 individuals). Data from the Swedish population and health data registries were linked anonymously to two dog-owner registries from the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the Swedish Kennel Club. The dogs were classified by sex, breed, number, size and alleged ‘hypoallergenicity’.Related StoriesStudy examines differences in genetic risk factors for childhood-onset and adult-onset asthmaChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionWorld Asthma Day: How climate change is increasing cases of asthmaThe researchers then studied the relationship between the dogs’ characteristics and the risk of asthma and allergy diagnosis or the prescription of asthma or allergy drugs at the age of six. The statistical analyses controlled for all known confounders that could affect the risk of developing asthma or allergies, such as parental asthma/allergy, geographical location and number of siblings.Their results showed that the prevalence of asthma at age six was 5.4 per cent. Children with only female dogs at home had a 16 per cent lower risk of asthma than those raised with male dogs. However, living with a male dog did not correlate with a higher risk than living with no dog at all. Children living with two or more dogs had a 21 per cent lower risk of asthma than those who only lived with one dog.Hypoallergenic dogs linked to higher risk of allergyChildren of parents with asthma/allergies more often had breeds described as ‘hypoallergenic’ than children of parents without asthma/allergies – 11.7 per cent versus 7.6 per cent. Exposure to these breeds was associated with a 27 per cent higher risk of allergy but no increased risk of asthma.”The likely explanation for this higher risk is that families with a history of allergy to furred pets more often choose these dogs, and also that ‘allergy friendly’ dogs do not in fact release less allergens,” says Catarina Almqvist Malmros, Professor at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet and Consultant at Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital.”The finding should be treated with caution as we can say nothing about any actual causality,” she continues. “More studies are needed to monitor differences over time, measure the risk of allergies using biomarkers, and take account of the microflora.”last_img read more

New screening tool more likely to identify sexual and labor exploitation of

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 20 2019A screening tool designed specifically to assess for human trafficking was more likely to identify sexual and labor exploitation of youth, as well as the risk factors, than a commonly used psychosocial assessment, reported researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Baylor College of Medicine.Participants for the study were recruited from Covenant House Texas, the largest shelter in Houston for homeless youth and young adults. Results were recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.”The new assessment tool was much more effective at finding exploitation. It is important for providers working with high-risk groups to add these questions specific to trafficking,” said corresponding author Diane M. Santa Maria, DrPH, RN, dean ad interim and Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professor at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. “Identifying them allows these youth to access services that they otherwise wouldn’t receive. You can’t help someone you don’t know about.”According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Texas has the second-highest number of cases of human trafficking after California. A 2016 report by the Statewide Human Trafficking Mapping Project of Texas, estimated that 313,000 people were experiencing human trafficking, including 79,000 minors and youth experiencing sex trafficking.”An important part of this project was to have a screening process in place at Covenant House going forward to benefit the residents,” said first author Salina Mostajabian, MD, an adolescent medicine fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor when the study was conducted. “Having a standard tool will maximize the likelihood of identifying victims and getting them the needed resources.”Covenant House Texas offers onsite psychiatry and psychology services provided by Baylor and employs a full-time mental health counselor and other mental health and trauma-informed care services to help meet the needs of these youth.”This study emphasizes the need for health care providers to recognize how difficult it can be for youth who have been trafficked to open up to providers,” said co-author Claire Bocchini, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and faculty member of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy. “Providers need to be trained on the importance of using a trafficking-specific screening tool to maximize the opportunity to identify trafficking survivors. We also have to offer the most supportive and accepting atmosphere as possible to help overcome mistrust in the health care system and optimize acceptance of resources.”Bocchini, who has helped develop curricula on human trafficking for health care providers, and Mostajabian conducted focus groups with youth who completed the screening tool. Those sessions provided insight into the barriers that youth experience in being identified as victims, as well as in accessing services that could help them find safety and treatment. Youth reported mistrust of the system, fear of involving law enforcement, not wanting to interact with the mental health system, and stigma as barriers to disclosure.”Identifying trafficking victims is a challenging process, due to many factors including extreme trauma and mistrust. This new screening tool will allow health care and social services providers to quickly identify and provide life-changing services to homeless young adults who have been victims of labor and sex trafficking,” said Leslie Bourne, executive director of Covenant House Texas.Groups identified as most at risk for trafficking include youth involved in the foster care or juvenile justice systems, those who experienced abuse, youth who run away from home, and those who are unstably housed or homeless.”There is a pipeline from foster care and juvenile justice to homelessness, especially in Houston,” said Santa Maria, who holds the John P. McGovern Distinguished Professorship in Nursing at UTHealth.The study, which included 121 shelter residents ages 18-21, reported that 44 percent of youth in the study had been arrested at some point, with a third of those arrested as a child; 35 percent had a history of foster care; 71 percent had been kicked out of their homes; and 45 percent had run away from home. Of those who had run away, 65 percent cited abuse as the reason. Of those abused, 71 percent reported physical abuse; 80 percent reported emotional or verbal abuse; and 14 percent reported sexual abuse.The sex trafficking screening tool asked specific questions about trade for sex based on the data, 22 percent reported they had traded sex for food, clothing, money, shelter, favors, or other necessities for survival. Of those, 70 percent were minors (under age 18) the first time they traded sex. Commercial sexual exploitation was more likely to be identified by the new tool than the standard psychosocial assessment.Related StoriesResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repair”We found that the entry into trafficking also happens through family, friends, and acquaintances. This was extremely eye-opening and needs to be explored,” Santa Maria said. “These are kids who have fallen through every crack society has. When these youth are in desperate need of food and shelter, the vulnerability for trafficking is tremendous.”Sexual history details from medical reports revealed that 19 percent reported more than 10 sexual partners in their lifetime, 29 percent had a prior history of a sexually transmitted infection, 2 percent were HIV-positive, and only 64 percent reported any condom use.”There’s difficulty in untangling what’s happening. Is it sexual abuse, or sexual abuse and human trafficking? We want providers to be asking the right questions,” Santa Maria said.The study also uncovered a link between homelessness and mental health issues in youth. According to the results, 53 percent had a recorded psychiatric diagnosis and more than half of those had more than one diagnosis. Half (49 percent) of the psychiatric diagnoses were for depression, over half (59 percent) had a history of psychiatric hospitalization, and more than a third (42 percent) had at least one suicide attempt. More than half of all the participants, 54 percent, had used cannabis or synthetic cannabis; and 17 percent had polysubstance abuse in the past.Half of the participants in the study had stayed on the streets in the past month; 29 percent had been in treatment centers, shelters, or detention facilities; and 19 percent reported spending most nights in parks, tents, cars, or abandoned buildings.”These youth are very resilient survivors,” said Santa Maria, whose research has focused heavily on youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. “We want providers to identify young people and then we need a coordinated response to meet their mental health, health care, and social services needs so they can move forward.”Study co-author Elizabeth Newlin, MD, vice chair for child and adolescent psychiatry at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, and her team are treating youth who have experienced sex trafficking. She envisions a comprehensive system designed to treat youth that includes collaborative efforts among law enforcement, the juvenile court system, community-based nonprofit organizations, and the addition of a designated unit at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHealth HCPC).A proposal was submitted to the Texas Legislature for funding that would include a designated in-patient unit, as well as community, school, and home-based intensive outpatient services through the Trauma and Resilience Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School. The proposal includes research to provide a best-practices model that could be disseminated to the rest of the state. The interdisciplinary treatment team at the center includes specialists from child psychiatry, adolescent medicine, nursing, psychology, and social work. The Trauma and Resilience Center’s multidisciplinary teams would work in coordination with existing specialized programs that provide case management and advocacy for child sex trafficking survivors.”Child sex trafficking survivors have often been involved in multiple systems including CPS-affiliated group or foster homes and shelters, and juvenile justice. Often these kids feel like they do not have real options for receiving meaningful treatment. They are just trying to survive and recovery seems completely out of reach,” said Newlin, associate executive director of the Trauma and Resilience Center and chief of child and adolescent services at UTHealth HCPC. “We could meet their most acute needs, get a better handle on the best next step for that child, and with a continuum available, provide a source of constancy and security as they pursue a full recovery from trauma.”Connie Wiemann, PhD, director of research for the Section of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, also contributed to this project.Mostajabian was principal investigator on a grant from Texas Pediatric Society Foundation that helped fund the study. She is currently a practicing adolescent medicine physician at a nonprofit adolescent health clinic in Austin. Source: read more

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