Appellate Court Dismisses Company’s Constitutional Challenge to CFPB’s Authority

first_img About Author: Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Appellate Court Dismisses Company’s Constitutional Challenge to CFPB’s Authority Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 4, 2015 1,207 Views Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Lawsuits Morgan Drexen The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has dismissed a constitutional challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought about by Costa Mesa, California-based support services company Morgan Drexen Integrated Systems, according to multiple media reports.A three-judge panel rejected the claims of Morgan Drexen and Connecticut-based attorney Kimberly Pisinski, who contracts with the company, by a vote of 2-1. The judges who rejected Morgan Drexen’s and Pisinski’s claims ruled that the company had no legal grounds to litigate. The court also rejected claims from Pisinksi and the company that the CFPB was in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers because it is not subject to Congressional oversight.In an enforcement action against Morgan Drexen in 2013, the CFPB claimed that the company was misleading consumers and illegally charging advance fees for services relating debt relief.Morgan Drexen sued the CFPB in 2013 after the Bureau asked the company to turn over thousands of sensitive documents relating to Pisinski’s clients who had filed for bankruptcy. The company and Piskinski said the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege and that it is improper for the CFPB to “data mine” the confidential financial information of distressed consumers. View a copy of Morgan Drexen’s complaint by clicking here.Representatives from Morgan Drexen could not immediately be reached for comment. A spokesman for the CFPB referred DS News to the court’s opinion when asked for comment.The federal district court in Washington, D.C., dismissed Morgan Drexen’s lawsuit in October 2013, and Piskinski subsequently appealed the district court’s dismissal. Click here to view a website dedicated to providing information on Morgan Drexen’s lawsuit against the CFPB.Testimony by CFPB Director Richard Cordray before the House Committee on Financial Services in early March prompted a flurry of proposals to reform the Bureau. U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) introduced several such proposals just days after Cordray’s testimony, and in February, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) revived a bipartisan bill that would create an independent Inspector General for the CFPB that is appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Lawsuits Morgan Drexen 2015-05-04 Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Appellate Court Dismisses Company’s Constitutional Challenge to CFPB’s Authority Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Training Tips: How (and Why) to Evaluate a New Vendor’s Internal Training Program Next: Ratings Company Says Conservatorship Will Continue With No ‘Clear Exit Path’ Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img

Speaker explores music in ancient Greek dramas

first_imgThe Nanovic Institute for European Studies hosted keynote speaker Mary-Kay Gamel as part of its graduate student conference “Classics and/in Performance” in McKenna Hall last Friday morning. Her lecture, titled “Greek Drama: A Musical Theatre,” explored the integrality of music to ancient Greek dramas and stressed the desirability, both for authenticity and for generating meaning, of incorporating music into contemporary theatrical adaptations of those plays. Gamel, professor emeritus of classics, comparative literature and theatre arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said her career as a literary classicist was transformed after a “call from Dionysus,” in the form of a petition from an undergraduate theatre major, persuaded her to focus on translating, adapting and staging plays. Performance studies of the texts generate a unique analytical lens for those works, Gamel said.“You can find out things about Greek drama by doing productions that you can’t find out any other way,” she said. “And also, it’s a lot of fun.”Gamel said music is an often overlooked component of classical dramas. References to music in works urge characters to express themselves in song. Gamel said she hopes that contemporary productions will treat textual allusions to music literally.“Song and dance are not optional frills added to ancient Greek drama. They are an essential part of the meaning and effect, intellectual and emotional,” Gamel said. “Song and dance allow the larger-than-life characters to express important ideas and feelings more powerfully, intricately, and effectively than in spoken dialogue. No one would think about doing a production of Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo’ or Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ without singers and musicians. Why do we continue to accept music-less Greek drama?”Gamel’s address was structured around video clips from modern adaptations of plays such as ‘Prometheus Bound’ and ‘Orestes,’ which employed differing methods to pursue authenticity to the original texts. One based its dances on ancient artwork and costumed its cast in traditional Greek masks; others used chorus lines, hip-hop and tunes borrowed from Beyoncé. Gamel’s productions favored the latter approach.“Here’s the Catch-22 of historical authenticity: the closer a modern production approaches the formal (practices) of its original production, the stranger it will be to a modern audience, and the stranger the effect on a modern audience, the [broader the] margin of their reactions will be from those of the original audience,” Gamel said. To narrow the reaction gap between audiences, a production might pursue “inductive authenticity,” combining tradition and innovation to “lead the audiences to particular responses,” she said. The innovation that this approach allows is conducive to the development of another type of authenticity, one that clarifies the art of adaptation as a project of balancing tradition and development.“My justification for making adaptations is that every ancient Greek playwright did exactly the same. They changed the myths they inherited and sometimes even explicitly criticized their predecessors’ choices,” Gamel said. “This kind of authenticity … is called ‘expressive authenticity’ — the idea that every art work, especially great, complex ones, have emergent value, ideas and possibilities in them that under the right circumstances can and should be expressed. We’re not trying always to capture the original meanings, but to find new ones.”Gamel said the process of adaptation can also discover the pertinence of ancient texts to modern social problems, and utilizing modern music can help to obviate the texts’ contemporary relevancy. The idea of relating Greek dramas to specific communities is part of its history.“Another kind of authenticity I call ‘structural authenticity’ involves evaluating the connection between the performance, its music, the theater in which it’s being performed and the community for which it’s being performed,” Gamel said. “The Festival of Dionysus was a community theater, sponsored by the state, with average citizens performing the roles.“There is a very strong connection to democracy here — you don’t have to be an aristocrat to have artistic ability and training. Theatrical productions at modern community theaters, including those on university campuses, can raise issues important to their community.”Whichever musical styles a production engages to articulate meaning and to pursue these various strains of authenticity, Gamel said what matters principally is that contemporary adaptations use music at all. “Music is one element, I think, which we can believe connects the modern and the ancient world,” Gamel said. “The nature of the music may be different, but the aim is the same: to make clear and powerful the feelings and the issues in this emotional medium, which both ancient read more

Medford Woman Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was arrested for fleeing the scene of a crash that killed a 28-year-old man and injured three others in the suspect’s hometown of Medford over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Kathy HoranKathy Horan, 61, was driving her Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on Granny Road when she struck Peter Quoma, of Selden, and his two passengers who were standing near his parked Nissan Maxima, as well as a 58-year-old Lake Grove woman who was standing next to her parked vehicle at 8:21 p.m. Friday, police said.Horan allegedly fled the scene. Quoma had hit the Lake Grove woman’s car moments earlier, police said. He was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The other three victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. Horan was not injured.Horan was charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving a fatality without reporting it and leaving the scene of an accident involving serious physical injury. Her bail was set at $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash. She is due back in court Thursday.Suffolk County Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img

Barcelona plot move for Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano as Lionel Messi blasts ‘childish mistakes’

first_imgMessi blasted Barcelona’s ‘childish mistakes’ after their defeat to Atleti (Picture: Getty)Though Barcelona are currently top of La Liga table, Ernesto Valverde’s side have been poor at the back, shipping 23 goals since the start of the campaign.And Barca’s defensive frailties cost them on Thursday evening as Atletico Madrid denied them a place in the Spanish Super Cup final.Speaking after the game, Lionel Messi admitted it ‘hurt’ to miss out on the final and blasted Barcelona’s ‘childish mistakes’.‘It is a shame, we played a great game, after so long we felt good again, we were in control, dominated and attacked all the time,’ the iconic forward said.‘We let it slip through certain mistakes when Atletico were already almost dead, in less than ten minutes they turned round a game that we should have seen out.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It hurts because it is a title and we wanted to be in the final and win it, we showed a different side to what we have been showing recently against Espanyol and at the end of last year, we played a good game but sadly we couldn’t get the victory.‘We have taken a step forward today despite the defeat.‘But we are aware that we have not been doing things the way we want, we do not want to make these childish mistakes again.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp drops hint over Takumi Minamino’s best position ahead of Tottenham test Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Jan 2020 12:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Comment Barcelona plot move for Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano as Lionel Messi blasts ‘childish mistakes’ Arsenal and Barcelona are both eyeing Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Barcelona have reportedly hijacked Arsenal’s transfer move for Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.Upamecano, regarded as one of the finest young defenders in Europe, has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.The Gunners have promised Mikel Arteta that the funds are available for two defensive additions and the 21-year-old French centre-back is understood to be at the top of the Spaniard’s wishlist.Such is Arsenal’s need for a new central defender, two fans filmed themselves begging head of football Raul Sanllehi to sign Upamecano last week.ADVERTISEMENT Crystal Palace v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta preview press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:03FullscreenCrystal Palace v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta preview press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Upamecano after Barca identified the youngster as one of their top targets, according to Spanish outlet AS. AdvertisementAdvertisementSamuel Umtiti looks set for the exit door at the Nou Camp and the Catalan giants believe Upamecano could be the perfect replacement for his compatriot.The France Under-21 international only has 18 months left on his current contract at Leipzig and the Bundesliga outfit could be prepared to cash in if they receive a suitable offer.last_img

Soft drinks: will new recipes have the halo effect?

first_imgThat may well be, but they are also looking for something else that these drinks aren’t quite providing. In our consumer poll, only 39% of respondents believed artificial sweeteners were any healthier than sugar. That scepticism is present across all age groups, but millennials are most likely to be cutting back on drinks with artificial sweeteners (34% of the 18- to 24-year-old age group compared with 24% of the general population). “This suggests that although these drinks are being sold as healthier sugar replacements, some consumers are not convinced that they are really a healthy alternative to sugar,” says Lucia Juliano, head of research at Harris Interactive.By contrast, 51% of respondents thought natural sweeteners were healthier than sugar, and 60% believed naturally occurring sugars in fruit were a better option.Coca-Cola is all too aware of this trend, as evidenced by its newly launched brands in the UK: Honest, Fuze Tea and Adez. All three actively promote their natural credentials. But these are all outside the realm of carbonated drinks – and there are plenty of smaller players snapping at its heels with the promise of an all-natural fizzy option with maximum taste.Take Cawston Press, for example. It has launched new recipes that only use naturally occurring sugars from fruit, resulting in a 33% reduction in sugar and 24% reduction in calories across the range. MD Steve Kearns says artificial sweeteners were never on the cards. “For us, natural was the only answer,” he explains. “Artificial sweeteners are in some cases pretty cost-effective and they would have made life a lot easier but we would rather have a brand position that says we are fresh juice all the way across.”Plenty are following the same mantra. We have Green Cola, a “healthier cola” just launched in the UK with no aspartame, phosphoric acid, sugar or calories. Startup fermented drink brand Switchle uses just fruit juice and organic honey for sweetness. Peel & Spice drinks contain no artificial sweeteners or sugar, and promise added vitamin C (see innovations, below).Amid all this healthiness, the lines between soft drinks and flavoured sparkling water are beginning to blur. Up-and-coming brand Ugly may look like a soft drink with its bold packaging and flavours like ‘triple berry’, but it sells itself as a ‘flavoured sparkling water’ (it is a mix of sparkling water, fruit extracts and ‘natural aromas’). Fruity water brand Sparkling Ice similarly wouldn’t look out of place in the soft drinks aisle. Its owner Red Star Brands refers to this market as “water-plus”. It believes this concept is a winner at a time when consumers are looking for more from their soft drinks than just ‘no added sugar’.“There has been a redefinition of health,” says MD Clark McIlroy. “Once meaning ‘diet’ or ‘lite’ with a real focus on calories, health has now evolved to mean ‘healthful’ – more about the fuel going into your body than the absence of certain ingredients.”It is perhaps no bad thing considering sales of water outstripped cola for the first time last year. And it would certainly give soft drinks an image overhaul. There is one caveat to all this saintly pop, though. When Harris Interactive asked consumers what was most important to them in a soft drink, one key factor came out as king: flavour. SwitchleLaunching: June 2018Manufacturer: Healthy Food BrandsGut health is the new black. Growing consumer demand for products containing gut-boosting ingredients is at an all-time high, making fermented foods and drinks one of the biggest predicted trends for 2018. Keen to tap into that trend is fermented adult soft drink brand Switchle, who will be launching a three-strong range of organic, premium-crafted flavours in June. Made from natural spring water and blended with organic honey and apple cider vinegar ‘with mother’ (containing a culture of beneficial bacteria) before a blend of natural juices is added, each can of Switchle contains just 55 calories (rsp: £1.79/250ml). And really, can you get much more on-trend than Rooibos, Raspberry & Pomegranate, Turmeric, Ginger & Peach and Matcha, Lime & Mint flavours? Coca-Cola is one of the companies fighting for the hearts, minds (and wallets) of the new, sugar-conscious consumer. It argues this is no new thing: it started looking to cut sugar from its portfolio more than 30 years ago with the launch of Diet Coke. But the threat of a 24p per litre levy has certainly prompted the giant to up its game. It has pumped investment into the reformulated Coca-Cola Zero Sugar with a major sampling campaign that has attracted a “dedicated fan base”. (According to Nielsen, it brought in £39m worth of extra sales last year.) And there have been a raft of new zero-sugar flavours to boot – from Coke Zero Sugar Peach to Diet Coke Exotic Mango. “Millennials consume around 65% of all flavoured carbonates in Great Britain read more

WENGER: Arsenal won’t lose Ozil, Sanchez

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal lynchpins Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will not be allowed to leave the club before their contracts expire in 18 months’ time, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.British media reports this week suggested Chilean forward Sanchez and German playmaker Ozil want new deals that will put them on a par with the Premier League’s highest earners.But while Wenger cannot guarantee the pair will stay at Arsenal beyond the terms of their current contracts, he vowed neither player would be sold during the next year and a half.“These players will stay here for at least 18 months. I cannot repeat always the same things,” Wenger told his weekly press conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training base.“I think at some stage you have to accept that negotiations are private and secret and we do not always have to come out every day to explain what we do in football negotiations.“We are professional people. We work until the last day of our contracts with full commitment.“These players have 18 months on their contracts and, no matter what happens, they will stay for 18 months. Hopefully they’ll stay for longer than that.”Sanchez, 27, and Ozil, 28, have been in sparkling form of late as Arsenal have climbed to second place in the league table and secured a place in the Champions League last 16 as group winners.In the past, Arsenal have cashed in on players unwilling to sign new deals, such as when they sold former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012.But Wenger suggested he would sooner let Sanchez and Ozil leave for free in 2018 than sanction moves for them.He was, however, unable to offer fans any guarantees the duo will sign new contracts with the club.  ‘Why go to China?’ Asked what assurances he could give supporters, the Frenchman replied: “None.“They have 18 months left on their contract and they are completely committed to do well as long as they are here.“Beyond that, we’ll try to extend their contracts, but I cannot make that the subject in every press conference because it’s a normal part of every renewal when you renegotiate.“The less you talk about it, the better it is.”Wenger played down reports former Barcelona former star Sanchez could be tempted by a mega-money move to the Chinese Super League.“I believe it (that there has been interest). Yes, why not?” he said. “But why should you go to China when you’re playing in England today?“We live in a world where great players like Alexis and Ozil earn a lot of money and they have the privilege of choosing where they really want to play.”Arsenal can go top of the table for 24 hours at least if they beat Stoke City by two goals or more at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Right-back Hector Bellerin could feature after returning to training following an ankle injury.But Arsenal remain without Per Mertesacker (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring), Santi Cazorla (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee).Share on: WhatsApplast_img

What Should I do About this Aching Pain in my Neck…

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Penrose Physical TherapyPain in the neck is often caused from overused muscles in the neck/upper shoulder region.  1. Avoid forward head posture. You can relieve tension in the neck by keeping your neck in neutral and avoid sticking your head out in front of your shoulders. Otherwise called “forward head posture.” Imagine your head is a bowling ball and sticking it out forward causes all those muscles to work too hard to keep the bowling ball from falling off. To correct forward head posture think about having a string attached to the top of your head lifting you to the ceiling. Lift your sternum upwards. Dr. Jennifer Penrose demonstrates the starting position for the chin tuck.Complete your chin tuck to align your head correctly over your neck. Practice seated chin tucks as pictured to intermittently correct your posture.  You simply bring your chin and head straight back without tipping your head; keep your eyes/head level.  2. Avoid shrugging your shoulders towards your ears.  If you work at a desk use the arm rests.  Not only are the arm rests intended for ‘resting your arms” but the arm rests allow you to quit holding the tension across your upper shoulders and neck. The arm rests decrease the amount of work required of your upper trapezius muscle that often causes the aching pain in the neck.  Practice the upper trapezius stretch during the day pictured here.3. Practice the 20/20/20 rule. Look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes. Focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Focusing on objects far away will decrease eye strain and decrease the workload from muscles in your neck at the base of your head.  4. Avoid working or reading with your head and neck forward bent in a downward direction more than 20 degrees for sustained periods. This means avoid reading in bed and be careful with laptops and other hand held devices. Again practice the chin tuck exercise. Also perform the doorway pectoral stretch to counteract any slouching and forward posture you had during the day.Practicing the doorway pectoral stretch is an excellent way to combat the slouching that occurs when you spend much of you day at a computer.5.  Test your posture by standing with your back against the wall and see if you can touch the back of your head to the wall without tipping your chin up. Sometimes pain in the shoulder can be referred from internal organs like the lung, liver, gall bladder.  Read more here about referred shoulder pain.last_img

A Taste of Highlands

first_imgBy Anastasia Millicker20 restaurants and other shops to offer food, drink and fun June 23HIGHLANDS – The first Taste of Highlands tour will be launched Saturday, June 23, and will offer area residents the opportunity to sample local fare from 20 borough establishments.Twenty restaurants, 16 of which will serve cocktails, will open their doors from noon to 6 p.m. for food tastings during the tour, sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership and the Sandy Hook Policeman’s Benevolent Association Local 48.Havana Tropical CaféThe Highlands Business Partnership “attempted to put this together back in 2004,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “We were all at a meeting at Off The Hook and were planning it for right around the Mardi Gras season in February so it was off-season and we couldn’t get enough participation.”Recently neighboring communities started holding “taste tours” of restaurants and the idea for a Highlands tour was reignited, Cefalo-Braswell said. The partnership started planning the 2012 Taste of Highlands tour last year.The June 23 event will have two party limousine buses that will bring people from location to location, Cefalo-Braswell said. Unlike the open-air trolley, the buses will have air conditioning to accommodate “tourists” from each location.People will check in on the day of the event at either Veterans’ Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues or Huddy Park at Bay and Waterwitch avenues.Registered participants will receive a map, a drawstring backpack and coupons from restaurants and other shops they may visit around Highlands. They will also receive a lanyard and bracelet.Visitors who get their maps stamped at each of the 20 participating restaurants can drop the maps in a collection bin on the bus before 6 p.m. The stamped maps will be used as their entries in a raffle for a $200 Biz Buck that will be valid at any of the businesses participating in the Taste of Highlands.As of June 18, the High­lands Business Partnership, the Sandy Hook PBA Local 48 andparticipating establishments had sold about 350 tickets.The money collected from tickets sales will go toward the Highlands visual improvement fund and holiday decoration expenses including tree lightings.“We are very excited to be a part of this and the menus look superb,” Cefalo-Braswell said. “In Highlands, we have very different types of cuisine. You have Cuban, Mexican, Italian and a good mix of seafood.”Bahr’s Landing will offer a Jackson Hole margarita along with seafood fare. Chilango’s will offer guava jalapeno cilantro margaritas, Grimaldi’s will offer wine as well as pasta with Bolognese sauce, and Inlet Café will offer visitors sangria or Coors Light drafts.WindanseaRestaurants participating are: Andy’s Shore Bar, Bahr’s Landing, Bay Avenue Bakery & Café, Bay Avenue Trattoria, Chilangos, Chubby Pickle, Claddagh, The Clam Hut, Driftwood Bar and Liquor, Gert’s Snacks and Spices, Grimaldi’s, Francesco’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Fresh Restaurant & Catering, Havana Tropical Café, Inlet Café, Lusty Lobster, Off The Hook, Original Oyster, Twin Light Taphouse and Windansea.Jack Daniels, one of the many sponsors of the tour, will offer promotional material at several of the establishments.Tickets for Saturday’s event can be purchased in advance at any of the participating establishments or by calling 732-291-4713. For additional information visit

Drug delivery gets sophisticated

first_imgNew drug delivery solutions can improvetreatment absorption rates and provideprotection of pharmaceuticals againstbiochemical degradation within the body.(Image: stock.xchng) Prof Viness Pillay and his team aredeveloping advanced drug deliverytechnologies that will change the waypeople take medication, improve theefficacy of drugs and reduce thecost of medicine.(Image: Viness Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shirona PatelHead: CommunicationsWits University+27 11 717 1019Wilma den HartighWits University researchers are developing advanced drug delivery technologies that will change the way people take medication, improve the efficacy of drugs and reduce the cost of medicine.For many years pharmaceuticals have consisted of simple, fast-acting formulations that are dispensed orally as solid tablets, capsules or liquids. But this is no longer the case.A team of researchers from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Wits University have developed new biocompatible and biodegradable drug delivery technologies, which can improve the efficacy of drugs used to treat diseases and conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders.“Gone are the days where a tablet was just a white solid round structure,” says Prof Viness Pillay, head of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Research at Wits University.A drug delivery system controls or regulates the way in which a drug is released, absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated by the body. If scientists find ways to control these parameters, drugs can function more effectively in the body.Necessary for South AfricaPillay says that research into new drug delivery systems has major benefits for South Africa, which already has a high burden of diseases that affect its economically-active population.“If effective modes of treatment are not sought, this will lead to far reaching and detrimental socio-economic consequences,” he says.He adds that most local companies are not actively designing new drug delivery formulations or reformulating current products. Instead, their focus has shifted to generic formulations.“Our innovative research in this field will assist the local pharmaceutical industry in acquiring and commercialising newer drug delivery technologies that will benefit them and the country,” he says.Having such pharmaceuticals developed locally and commercialised will also reduce South Africa’s dependency on imported medicines.Improved drug deliveryThe goal of sophisticated drug delivery technology is to administer medicines to specifically targeted parts of the body, through a medium that can control the therapy’s administration.This can be done by means of either a physiological or chemical trigger.“Our research has enabled us to understand how to control the rate of drug delivery, sustain the duration of therapy and manoeuvre the drug to target a specific organ or tissue while maintaining specific blood concentrations,” he says.The research team has also determined how they can utilise drug delivery routes such as the eye, nose, mouth, skin, gastrointestinal tract or vaginal mucosa, to deliver drugs to specific areas of the body.Nano-neuropharmaceutics, wafers, chronotherapeutics and gastroretention are some of the technologies that the research team has been working on.Nano-neuropharmaceuticsNano-neuropharmaceutics are small brain implants to treat patients with neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease.The implant can be stimulated electronically or through the use of ultrasound to release the drug.WafersWafers that dissolve on contact with the mucosa in the cheek, allow patients to absorb a drug almost instantly.He says that wafer technology is particularly useful for children and older patients who cannot ingest liquids, tablets and capsules.For instance, there are currently no HIV drugs available to treat infected babies and young children. The current practice is to crush an adult tablet and mix it with milk.However, he says that antiretroviral drugs are highly unstable in liquids and if babies don’t finish their milk, they don’t receive the prescribed dose.“By making use of our wafer technology, the drugs are absorbed within eight seconds,” he says.ChronotherapeuticsChronotherapeutics can treat diseases or conditions that only show signs and symptoms at certain times of the day. These include hypertension, rheumatic arthritis and heart attacks.Chronotherapeutics release a specific amount of a drug at certain times throughout the day. The drug is released over a period of two hours after which it stops temporarily. The cycle is repeated later in the day or evening.Gastroretentive deliveryThe benefit of gastroretentive delivery is that the drug is retained within the stomach and then slowly released and filtered through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum.The pyloric sphincter is a strong ring of smooth muscle at the end of read more

Twitter Launches Hovercraft…I Mean Hovercards

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts If you’ve ever spent any time trying to parse through your list of Twitter followers, than you know how time consuming it can be. “Who’s this guy?” you ask yourself, as you open up their profile in a new tab, just so you can read their little blurb about who they are and what they do and why you care.Twitter’s latest feature, Hovercards, will offer that contextual information without making you ever open up another tab.Twitter announced the feature last night, though for many unfortunate souls, such as myself, it has yet to go live. As with most Twitter features, this one will be rolled out over time. As you can see above, the hovercard is like a business card that will appear whenever you mouseover another user’s name or avatar. The Twitter announcement says that this will happen in “any timeline” so we can only hope that this means it will work when you’re trying to organize who you follow into lists. We asked Twitter but didn’t receive a response by press.The Twitter blog also notes that the hovercards will work for its new retweet format, showing you information about the person who is being retweeted. They will also let you direct message the person from within the hovercard. It seems like there could be other basic functionality too, from the looks of it, but its too early to tell.Of course, this feature only affects those of you that actually still visit instead of using an third-party app, but it surely seems like a great tool for looking through your followers and trying to create lists. Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melansonlast_img