Eyemate glaucoma-monitoring implant hits the European market

In recent years, we’ve heard of at least two different implants designed to measure the intraocular pressure in glaucoma patients’ eyes, potentially preventing blindness. Yet another such implant, this one known as Eyemate, recently became commercially available in Europe. Glaucoma typically occurs when a blockage in the eye’s drainage channels causes aqueous humor fluid to accumulate within the eye faster than it can drain out. This leads to an increase in intraocular pressure, which can in turn damage the optic nerve, resulting in permanent loss of vision. It’s therefore important for patients to have that pressure checked regularly, so that any significant increases can be addressed via measures such as changes in medication, or even surgery. Unfortunately, though, these pressure-checks have to be performed at an ophthalmologist’s office, and thus usually only take place a few times a year. Any fluctuations in intraocular pressure that occur between those visits will simply be missed. It was with this problem in mind that Eyemate was created. Designed via a collaboration between Germany’s Implandata Ophthalmic Products and the Fraunhofer In...

IF YOU drive the Nissan Leaf and have to touch the brake pedal, you’re doing it

IF YOU drive the Nissan Leaf and have to touch the brake pedal, you’re doing it wrong. That might seem a bit dubious, since trying to get by without the brakes sounds like a good way to restyle your car (and possibly someone else’s). But keeping to just one pedal in the Nissan is merely a reminder of what makes the car special. Instead of pistons and fuel injectors, what makes it go are a big battery and an electric motor. With the so-called e-Pedal system, prodding the accelerator makes the Leaf zip along, but each time you ease up it recovers energy and puts it back into the battery. Working seamlessly with the friction brakes, the system slows the car down all the way to a dead halt if need be. It’s elegant, efficient and turns driving into a fun little challenge that involves conducting yourself with smoothness and anticipation. Naturally, taxi drivers need not apply. Other electric cars (those from BMW and Jaguar, for instance) have similar one-pedal driving modes, but in a sense, everyone wants to take a Leaf from Nissan’s book. Indeed, tech geeks may get into a tizzy about Teslas, but only Leaf lovers can get loquacious about its lofty location in...

Family of murdered woman calls for new laws on delivery workers

The family of Evelyn “Evy” Udell, who was brutally murdered and set on fire in her Boca Raton home last month, wants to establish clear laws regulating the hiring and continued employment of workers who call at people’s homes. As of now, no such laws exist and the vetting of at-home workers is largely left up to individual employers. Often, these employers rely on subcontractors for their services. In a news conference Friday, the Udell family said they want to require retailers and subcontractors to put at-home service workers through extensive background checks before hiring them, as well as continuously monitoring workers for criminal activity as long as they are hired. In downtown West Palm Beach, Sloane Udell stood solemn flanked by her husband, Harran Udell, Evy’s son, who wiped tears from his eyes as his wife read from a prepared statement. “It has been an unimaginable task to bring reason to something so senseless,” she said. “We have learned, however, that this type of violence, perpetrated by a home deliveryman, is not an isolated or even uncommon act.” In addition to calling for new legislation, the Udell family has launched a civil lawsuit against Best Buy and...

Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC) Short Interest Up 12.2% in August

Houston Wire & Cable (NASDAQ:HWCC) was the target of a significant growth in short interest during the month of August. As of August 31st, there was short interest totalling 171,700 shares, a growth of 12.2% from the July 31st total of 153,000 shares. Approximately 1.1% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 37,900 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.5 days. In other news, CEO James L. Pokluda III bought 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 28th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $3.90 per share, for a total transaction of $39,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the chief executive officer now owns 234,758 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $915,556.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Roy W. Haley bought 6,023 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 3rd. The stock was purchased at an average price of $4.46 per share, for a total transaction of $26,862.58. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 243,405 shares o...

Cleansing: Love it or hate it, it’s a non-negotiable skin-care step for any makeup-wearing person. While

Cleansing: Love it or hate it, it’s a non-negotiable skin-care step for any makeup-wearing person. While a few quick swipes with a superstar cleanser (or a wipe!) suffices most nights, some days we’re craving skin-sloughing satisfaction. Though we’re partial to tech-forward cleansing brushes, sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple. Enter muslin cloths, woven cotton fabric with a feel somewhere between a thick dryer sheet and a traditional wash cloth, which provide gentle exfoliation and can bring out the best from your favorite cleansing balm. “All skin types can benefit from using a muslin cloth,” says Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, a dermatologist and medical director of Mudgil Dermatology in New York City. That said, he advises sensitive skin types slough with caution: “If you overscrub, you could cause irritation,” he says. As with pillowcases, Clarisonic brush heads, and virtually anything else that comes into contact with your skin, muslin cloths need to be washed and/or replaced on the reg, as dirt and skin cells can build up on your cloth (a recipe for breakout city), says Kavita Mariwalla, a New York City-based dermatologist. Luc...

Whilst my trysts with trends may be fleeting (hello tie dye, goodbye neon), there is one

Whilst my trysts with trends may be fleeting (hello tie dye, goodbye neon), there is one constant love in my life, that transcends the seasons: gold necklaces. The kind you can layer and layer and never get tired of. The beauty of gold necklaces is that they make everything look expensive, instantly, whether that’s a plain white shirt or a silk slip dress. And there is a plethora of ways to wear them. Sometimes, I feel like just wearing  single gold chain, other times, especially this summer, I like to layer. My collection is extensive, but I often revert to the same core styles: a gold coin pendant, a single pearl dangling off a very delicate chain, shells and anything with my initials on. Layering necklaces is a way to make your style unique, and constantly reinvent yourself depending on your mood. Therefore, in my book, a gold necklace is a piece of jewellery that is well worth investing in. I asked two of my favourite female jewellery designers for their tips on how to nail the layering trend this season. For Roxanne of Roxanne First, it’s all about more is more. 2016 Turkish Silver Jewelry ‘I think it’s a great opportunity to layer all kinds of necklaces, from beads to fine...

K 2019 Preview: Green’s the Theme in Extrusion & Compounding : Plastics Technology

Themes of sustainability and the Circular Economy will be visible at the booths of many suppliers of extrusion and compounding equipment—film, in particular. Rajoo will run a seven-layer blown film line that can switch between barrier film production and all-polyolefin processing. Amut will be running ACS 2000 cast line for stretch film. The line on display will feature five extruders in a seven-layer configuration. Reifenhauser’s REIcofeed-Pro feedblock allows material streams to be adjusted automatically during operation. The Welex Evolution sheet extrusion system on display at K 2019 will be for thin-gauge PP, but can be customized in a range of widths, thicknesses and throughputs. KraussMaffei will take the wraps off four new and larger sizes of its ZE Blue Power twin-screw series. On a profile line, Davis-Standard will showcase DS Activ-Check, billed as a  “smart” technology system that enables processors to take advantage of real-time predictive maintenance by providing early notification of potential machine failures.  Many extrusion and compounding machine builders are keeping their K 2019 plans under wraps, perhaps hoping to create a “wow” factor as attendees walk the ...

Tesla workers reportedly took shortcuts to meet Model 3 goals

In an effort to meet aggressive production goals for the Model 3, Tesla employees took shortcuts that included using electrical tape to fix certain parts, according to a CNBC report. Those working in Tesla’s general assembly 4 (GA4) tent were told to take shortcuts to hit their goals, according to CNBC, which cited five people who work or have worked there recently. Plastic housings and brackets tend to break more frequently when it’s cold, for example, and supervisors reportedly encouraged workers to use electrical tape to make fixes rather than waiting for additional supplies, according to the report. Those housings and brackets are used to hold important components in place such as “triple cam” connections, which are used to help the vehicle detect things like roads and traffic lights, according to CNBC. Many cables and white brackets used in the Model 3 already come with electrical tape on them from suppliers, according to Tesla, but current and former workers reportedly told CNBC that the use of electrical tape they described is not the same as this factory tape. The report also details a few other shortcuts employees had taken to meet production goa...

La crisis ayudó a profundizar el superávit comercial

La balanza comercial arrojó en agosto un superávit de US$1.168 millones, sumando diez meses de saldos positivos, y acumula en el año un saldo favorable de US$7.708 millones en los primeros ocho meses del año. Según el Informe del Intercambio Comercial Argentino (ICA), que difundió el INDEC, el resultado de la balanza que logra 12 meses consecutivo con superávit, fue posible por un aumento de las exportaciones del 7,5% y una caída de las importaciones del 30,3%, ambas en forma interanual. En agosto, según analizó la agencia de noticias NA, las importaciones totalizaron US$4.400 millones y las exportaciones sumaron US$5.568 millones de la misma moneda. En comparación con julio pasado, en agosto las exportaciones disminuyeron 4,9%, mientras que la importaciones se contrajeron 10,3%, en la misma medición. El aumento de agosto de las exportaciones se explica por la suba en cantidades vendidas del 12,7%, ya que los precios cayeron 4,6%. En las importaciones la baja se produce por una caída simultánea del 8,3% en los precios y del 23,9% en las cantidades compradas en el exterior. En el octavo mes del año los principales socios comerciales fueron Brasil, China y Estados Unidos, mientras...

Avery Dennison Hosts Intelligent Label Converter Academy

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How ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ costumes are changing in Season 3 Page Six Style New York Post Page Six Style Decider

Red cloaks and white bonnets have become a symbol of protest around the world, thanks to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The instantly recognizable outfit from the show, which is set in a dystopian future where women are forced into subservient roles after an uprising against the US government, represents oppression. And since the series debuted on Hulu in 2017, the look has sparked conversation around the #MeToo movement as well as reproductive rights and other political issues, much to the surprise of the cast. “When we first started, there was no way that we could all imagine the impact that it is having right now,” Samira Wiley, who plays Moira, told Page Six. “But to be able to see people dressed in handmaids’ costumes in this country, protesting, using it as a real force for change, it really makes you take a step back and realize the magnitude of the television show that you’re creating.” Costume designer Natalie Bronfman, however, said it’s no surprise protesters are using scarlet cloaks to draw attention to causes they care about. “Red is a color for fighting, for passion, for fighting for what you believe in,” Bronfman told us over the phone from Toronto, where “Handmaid’s” fi...

Chris Dascher/E+/getty images Biopharmaceuticals, while highly effective medicines, are susceptible to aggregation upon manufacturing, distribution, and

Chris Dascher/E+/getty images Biopharmaceuticals, while highly effective medicines, are susceptible to aggregation upon manufacturing, distribution, and storage, which can result in immunogenicity and/or reduced efficacy. Stabilization of proteins and other biologic drugs is, therefore, crucial for ensuring both safety and efficacy. The molecular structures of therapeutic proteins and the critical sites within these proteins that are prone to oxidation, deamidation, hydrolysis, etc., and can result in aggregation and fragmentation, are well known. The development process, therefore, begins with efforts to stabilize therapeutic proteins using protein engineering. However, the improvement in stability is generally limited because of the unstable nature of proteins; the stabilization energy for the native state is typically between 5 and 20 kcal/mol, which is equivalent to that of a few hydrogen bonds. Because the folded state is only marginally more stable than the unfolded state, any changes in the protein environment may trigger protein degradation, aggregation, and or inactivation. The use of excipients is, therefore, common during the entire manufacturing process and in the f...

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