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Stephanie Zhang is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

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Epithelial-Related Complications after SMILE

13 Jun 2024  |  www.dovepress.com
The study investigates the incidence and management of epithelial-related complications following Small Incision Lenticule Extraction (SMILE) surgery over a five-year period at Hoopes Vision Clinic in Draper, Utah. The research, approved by The Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY) and adhering to the Declaration of Helsinki, involved a retrospective chart review of 220 patients. The study identified various complications such as interface debris, rough epithelium, epithelial defects, and epithelial ingrowth, with older patients showing a higher prevalence of these issues. Despite these complications, satisfactory visual outcomes were generally achieved. The study utilized tools like the VisuMax 500 kHz femtosecond laser system, Datagraph-Med, Microsoft Excel 2023, SPSS software, and G*Power for data collection and analysis.

Collective behaviors of Drosophila-derived retinal progenitors in controlled microenvironments

13 May 2024  |  journals.plos.org
The study investigates the collective behaviors of Drosophila-derived retinal progenitor cells (RPCs) in a controlled microenvironment using a microfluidic system called the μLane assay. The assay establishes a time-dependent concentration gradient of Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) to stimulate RPC motility. The research explores the viability of RPCs on different substrates, the density of RPCs in vitro, and their clustering behaviors. It also examines the migration of individual and clustered RPCs in response to FGF signaling. The findings suggest that collective chemotactic movement of RPCs is influenced by cluster size, with smaller clusters responding with increasing directionality and path lengths, while larger clusters exhibit longer and more directional migration in moderate gradient fields.

Pay for Play

01 Mar 2024  |  elestoque.org
Teenagers are increasingly spending money on in-game purchases, with some spending significant amounts on games like 'Genshin Impact,' 'Valorant,' and 'League of Legends.' While some, like Rohan Murthy and Sophia Yan, find that spending enhances their gaming experience and self-esteem, others like Jessica Zhou and Murthy himself believe that in the long term, spending on intangible items is not worthwhile. The article discusses the balance between immediate satisfaction and long-term value, with some teens starting to cut back on their spending.

New season, new coach

09 Dec 2023  |  elestoque.org
Shravya Guda, an MVHS alum, returned to her alma mater in fall 2022 as the coach of the MVHS Girls Water Polo Team, a position she took up due to her positive experiences as a former team member. Alongside her, Himani Kukreja, a friend and former teammate, now coaches the Girls Varsity Water Polo team. Joy Lee, another MVHS alum, became the MV Dance Team Head Coach in January 2022 after a background in competitive dance and coaching at Dance Academy USA. Both Guda and Lee emphasize the importance of team unity and creating an enjoyable environment for their athletes. Meanwhile, Brian Sullivan, who previously coached the JV Badminton team, is assisting Athletic Director Nick Bonacorsi in finding a new coach for the team, reflecting on his evolution as a coach and supporting the transition of new coaches.

Time out! Ep. 8: Maaz Zafar

22 Oct 2023  |  elestoque.org
In Episode 8 of Time Out, Stephanie Zhang interviews Monta Vista High School senior Maaz Zafar, a wide receiver on the football team. Zafar discusses his journey from playing flag football in fourth grade to tackle football in seventh grade, influenced by the physicality of the game and his environment in Dallas, where football was the main sport. Despite moving to the more academically focused Cupertino, California, his passion for football continued. He shares how football has positively impacted his life, instilling competitiveness and shaping his personality. Zafar reflects on memorable moments, such as a comeback game against Saratoga and a senior night victory over Cupertino High School. Recovering from a recent injury, he is excited for his final high school season and aspires to play college football.

University of Melbourne Hosts Controversial Panel Amid Protests

08 Aug 2023  |  farragomagazine.com
The University of Melbourne was the site of protests on August 8 due to a panel discussion titled 'The Future of Sex Based Rights' organized by the Victorian Women’s Guild. The event featured academics Dr. Holly Lawford-Smith and Mr. Hayden Opie AM, among others, discussing the impact of transgender women changing their gender on birth certificates on women's sex-based rights. The event sparked controversy, with claims it promoted anti-trans ideas. Michelle McNamara, a transgender Enterprise Fellow at the University, and others opposed the event, stating there is no evidence that such laws adversely affect women's rights. A petition was circulated for the event's cancellation, and around 100 people protested outside the venue. The University upheld the event under academic freedom, while ensuring it did not endorse bullying or violence.

Baseball falls to Lynbrook High School on its senior night 6-4

12 May 2023  |  elestoque.org
Varsity Baseball at Monta Vista High School suffered a narrow defeat to Lynbrook High School with a final score of 6-4 during their senior night game on May 9. Despite an early lead, Monta Vista was overtaken by Lynbrook. Senior Xander Mommer commended the team's performance and growth throughout the season, while Samuel Choi reflected positively on his high school baseball experience. Head Coach Shawn Voigt honored the seniors for their contributions to the team.

Molecular crowding facilitates ribozyme-catalyzed RNA assembly

30 Apr 2023  |  biorxiv.org
Ribozymes, essential to primordial biology, typically require high concentrations of divalent cations like Mg2+ for catalysis, which can cause RNA degradation and destabilize prebiotic protocells. This study identifies molecular crowding, using polyethylene glycol, as a means to reduce the Mg2+ concentration needed for ribozyme-catalyzed RNA assembly. The findings suggest that molecular crowding can preserve ligase activity under denaturing conditions and extend to RNA polymerization, with implications for the emergence of RNA-based cellular life.

China reveals contradictory COVID data in desperate attempt to hide its real situation

22 Feb 2023  |  es.theepochtimes.com
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been accused of not honestly reporting its COVID-19 data, with contradictions found between figures from its own official sources. China, the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak, reported only 5,272 deaths since 2019 as of January 8, 2023, but then announced nearly 60,000 deaths from December 8, 2022, to January 12, 2023, raising international scrutiny. Discrepancies between the National Health Commission (NHC) and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) data were noted, with the NHC reporting a downward trend in hospitalizations while the CCDC reported a sharp increase in severe cases. The CCP's official pandemic figures have been widely criticized for being largely falsified to conceal the pandemic's truth, and the regime has been accused of lacking transparency with the Chinese public and the world. The World Health Organization's emergency chief suggested China is underreporting its COVID figures amid a massive outbreak, and both the US and EU have repeatedly called for transparency from the CCP.

How COVID-19 Accelerates Brain Aging and 1 Way to Protect Yourself

15 Feb 2023  |  www.theepochtimes.com
COVID-19 accelerates brain aging and increases the risk of dementia, with studies showing significant cognitive decline in severe cases. Research indicates that COVID-19 and aging share genetic pathways, and meditation can help preserve brain function and volume, potentially reversing COVID-19-induced cognitive decline. Meditation influences gene expression related to aging and immune response, offering a protective measure against cognitive decline for both COVID-19 patients and the general population.

China Reports Contradicting COVID Data in Desperation to Conceal Its True Situation

14 Jan 2023  |  theepochtimes.com
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been accused of not honestly reporting COVID-19 data, with official sources showing contradictions. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) reported a cumulative total of 5,272 deaths since 2019, while the National Health Commission (NHC) reported nearly 60,000 deaths from COVID-19 infections between Dec. 8, 2022, and Jan. 12, 2023. Discrepancies also exist in the number of hospitalized patients and severe cases reported by both departments. The CCP's sudden shift in pandemic policy, from strict measures to a more relaxed approach, suggests an attempt to conceal the true extent of the pandemic's impact in China.

Lecanemab May Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease, But 3 Deaths Raise Questions

08 Jan 2023  |  www.theepochtimes.com
The FDA granted accelerated approval to Leqembi, the seventh Alzheimer's drug, on January 6, 2023. Developed by Eisai and Biogen, Lecanemab (Leqembi's generic name) is the first anti-amyloid drug shown to improve cognitive function, with a 27% reduction in cognitive decline in an 18-month trial. However, safety concerns have arisen due to three deaths linked to brain hemorrhages in patients treated with Lecanemab, raising questions about the balance of efficacy and safety. The FDA has approved Leqembi for patients with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia, the same population studied in clinical trials.

Alzheimer’s Disease Not Merely Results of Brain Pathology, Purpose of Life Matters

24 Dec 2022  |  www.theepochtimes.com
For decades, amyloid and tau proteins were believed to cause Alzheimer's disease, but recent studies suggest that brain pathology alone does not account for cognitive decline. Research indicates that a sense of purpose in life can significantly impact cognitive function and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Studies show that individuals with a higher sense of purpose exhibit better cognitive health despite pathological changes. Promoting moral standards and ethical behaviors is associated with a higher sense of purpose, which in turn contributes to better health outcomes and lower risks of cognitive impairment. Maintaining a sense of purpose is particularly crucial in old age to ensure physical and mental well-being.

How to Find the Best Wines from Napa and Sonoma Valley

14 Oct 2022  |  Food & Wine
Napa Valley and Sonoma County are renowned for their diverse and high-quality wine production, each offering unique micro-climates and terroirs that contribute to the distinct characteristics of their wines. Napa Valley, known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, also produces excellent Merlot, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay. Sonoma County, influenced by the Pacific Ocean, excels in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with notable producers leveraging the region's varied climates to craft exceptional wines. Both regions' diversity in terroir and the expertise of their winemakers make them standout wine-producing areas in the United States.

International Students Bashed in the Melbourne CBD

17 Apr 2020  |  farragomagazine.com
On April 15, two international students from the University of Melbourne were victims of a racially motivated physical and verbal assault in Melbourne's CBD. The students, identified only as C and S, were targeted by two Caucasian women who hurled racist slurs related to the coronavirus pandemic and threatened them with violence. The assault escalated when one of the women attacked C, an incident that was captured on video by a witness. The students have experienced verbal abuse previously and reported the latest incident to Victoria Police. They hope that sharing the video will help catch the assailants. The University's Vice-Chancellor, Duncan Maskell, condemned the attack, emphasizing that such violence should not be tolerated. The article also notes a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes globally, with a survey reporting 178 incidents in Australia over two weeks and a separate incident involving a teenager in Marrickville.

Seventeen Arrested at IMARC as Police Response Escalates

29 Oct 2019  |  farragomagazine.com
Seventeen activists were arrested on the second day of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in response to a blockade organized by protesters against the environmental and worker exploitation issues associated with the mining industry. The Victoria Police's response to the protest has escalated, with increased use of pepper spray. The article describes the tactics used by protesters, such as supergluing themselves to roads and scaling the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre to display an anti-mining banner. The police's actions have been defended by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, while Greens Melbourne MP Adam Bandt criticized the response as 'heavy handed'. The journalist, Ailish Hallinan, reports being pepper-sprayed despite only observing the protest. The conference is set to continue for one more day, with police prepared for further response.

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