This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. High Court Skeptical That Biotech Firm Can Patent Human Genes Supreme Court justices seemed to express skepticism Monday that a biotech company can patent human genes isolated from the body that signal a greater likelihood of ovarian or breast cancer. The biotech industry has warned that a broad ruling against such patents could endanger billions of dollars in investment.Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Seems Opposed To Granting Patents On Human GenesThe Supreme Court took up a deceptively simple question in a case brought by breast cancer patients and medical researchers: Are human genes patentable? The answer appeared to be “no” during Monday’s oral arguments. The justices signaled that they probably will bar any grants of exclusive and profitable patents on human genes that prevent other scientists from testing these pieces of DNA (Savage and Terhune, 4/16).The Wall Street Journal: Justices Wary On Gene PatentsMonday arguments underscored the difficulty of distinguishing between those innovations that can be protected and scientifically significant discoveries that may not be eligible for patents — even ones that seek to unlock the mystery of the human genome (Bravin, 4/16).Reuters: Justices Wary Of Wide Human Gene Patent RulingThe Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled reluctance to issue too broad a ruling about patents on human genes, and some indicated they might seek a compromise distinguishing between types of genetic material. The biotechnology industry has warned that an expansive ruling against Myriad Genetics Inc could threaten billions of dollars of investment (Hurley, 4/15).Politico: SCOTUS Case: Can Genes Be Patented?Several Supreme Court justices seemed sympathetic to claims that genes themselves do not warrant patent protection during arguments Monday in a landmark intellectual property case that could determine whether genes should be in the public domain. But during the arguments in Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics, the justices repeatedly took refuge in metaphors of baseball bats and chocolate-chip cookies rather than the hard science of DNA (Norman, 4/15).Philadelphia Inquirer: A Patent On A Gene Stirs High-Court MusingsMolecules and chocolate-chip cookies, baseball bats, and Amazonian tree sap were all part of a spirited Supreme Court discussion Monday as the nine justices wrestled with the question of whether one should be able to get a patent for a human gene. If you slice up pieces of microscopic molecules, have you created new ones or just separated existing body parts, not unlike kidneys or livers, which are products of nature and not usually granted patents? And, more important in this matter, can you profit by preventing others from researching those molecules or providing lower-cost testing services? The justices seemed to be looking for a compromise in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. AMP was part of the original group of plaintiffs that represented researchers, including two from the University of Pennsylvania, patient groups, and six women, including one from Williamsport, Pa., with breast or ovarian cancer or a family history of either (Sell, 4/16).Medpage Today: Gene Patents Spark Debate In High CourtSupreme Court justices lobbed hard questions Monday about whether a company could patent isolated human genes in a case that looms large in the personalized medicine arena. During arguments before the court, several justices expressed doubt that Myriad Genetics could rightfully patent segments of human genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, genes in which mutations are indications of increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Products of nature aren’t patentable. Only inventions are, but Salt Lake City-based Myriad argued that because the genes have been isolated from the body, they are no longer a product of nature and can be patented (Pittman, 4/15).In the meantime, drugmakers are using an interpretation of safety laws to block generic versions of their drugs –The New York Times: Drug Makers Use Safety Rule To Block GenericsFor decades, pharmaceutical companies have deployed an array of tactics aimed at preventing low-cost copies of their drugs from entering the marketplace. But federal regulators contend the latest strategy — which relies on a creative interpretation of drug safety laws — is illegal. The Federal Trade Commission recently weighed in on a legal case over the tactic involving the drug maker Actelion, and earlier this month a federal suit was filed in another case in Florida (Thomas, 4/15).In other drug industry news –The Wall Street Journal: High Court Rejects Glaxo Appeal In Avandia CaseThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for health insurer Humana Inc. to sue GlaxoSmithKline for the recovery of health care expenses on some patients who were allegedly harmed by diabetes drug Avandia. The high court, in a short written order, said it wouldn’t consider a Glaxo appeal of a lower-court ruling that allowed the Humana lawsuit to proceed (Kendall, 4/15).Politico: Meningitis Deaths Fuel A Renewed FDA DebateFood and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg will be on the hot seat Tuesday as she tries to defend the agency’s failure to stop a fungal meningitis outbreak last year that killed more than 50 people. The episode mostly fell from the headlines as the deaths tapered off but is roaring back with the hearing on the Hill. Many Democrats in Congress want to give the FDA more authority to regulate compounding pharmacies like the one linked to this outbreak. But some Republicans question whether the agency failed to properly use the authority it already had, and the key House panel didn’t put the issue on its list of legislative priorities for the year (Norman, 4/15).
The average charges for 30 hospital outpatient procedures show big hospital-to-hospital variation in terms of how much the facilities bill patients for the same service.Politico: HHS Releases Prices For Outpatient TreatmentThe Obama administration expanded its efforts to shine the light on hospital pricing Monday, making public charges for outpatient services from its vast trove of Medicare claims. It follows a move last month to publicize the often wild variation in charges for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Experts say it’s part of a long-delayed transition to price transparency for an industry that’s been largely protected from it in the past (Norman, 6/4).Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Medicare Data Show Wide Divide In Outpatient Hospital BillsMedicare released average bill charges for 30 hospital outpatient procedures Monday, showing big differences from hospital to hospital in how much they bill patients for the same service. The data come a month after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services garnered front-page attention for its release of similar information about 100 common hospital inpatient procedures (Rau, 6/3).CQ HealthBeat: Medicare Outpatient Costs Vary Widely, HHS Data ShowsVermont, Maine and North Dakota have the highest per capita outpatient costs under new Medicare data released by federal health officials Monday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released the cache of records at the fourth annual national health conference Health Datapalooza (Adams, 6/3).Medpage Today: CMS Releases More Hospital Pricing DataThe agency also released information on Medicare spending and utilization at the county, state, and hospital-referral region and the prevalence of certain chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials hope the additional publicly available data will help spur wiser decisions by consumers and provide researchers with better understanding of Medicare spending and utilization in more localized areas (Pittman, 6/3). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. HHS Unveils Medicare Claims Data Detailing Hospital Price Information For Outpatient Treatment
Today’s headlines include a report detailing how changes in the Census Bureau’s annual survey could mask the health law’s impact. Kaiser Health News: FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, ExplainedKaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold writes: “One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks which coordinate patient care and become eligible for bonuses when they deliver care more efficiently. … While ACOs are touted as a way to help fix an inefficient payment system that rewards more, not better, care, some economists warn they could lead to greater consolidation in the health care industry, which could allow some providers to charge more if they’re the only game in town. Here are answers to some of the more common questions about how they work” (Gold, 4/16). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Health Law Push Brings Thousands Into Colo. Medicaid Who Were Already EligibleNow on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Eric Whitney writes: “The big marketing push to get people enrolled in health coverage between October and March resulted in 3 million people signing up for Medicaid. Hundreds of thousands of those people were already eligible and could have signed up even before the Affordable Care Act made it much more generous” (Whitney, 4/16). Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law EffectsThe Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said. The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said (Pear, 4/15).Politico: Insurers See Brighter Obamacare SkiesHealth insurers got their first taste of Obamacare this year. And they want seconds. Insurers saw disaster in the fall when Obamacare’s rollout flopped and HealthCare.gov was a mess. But a strong March enrollment surge, along with indications that younger and healthier people had begun signing up, has changed their attitude. Around the country, insurers are considering expanding their stake in the Obamacare exchanges next year, bringing their business to more states and counties. Some health plans that skipped the new marketplaces altogether this year are ready to dive in next year (Cheney and Norman, 4/15).The Wall Street Journal: Obama Administration Won’t Extend Health-Insurance EnrollmentThe Obama administration said on Tuesday that a midnight deadline for most people to finish health-insurance applications for private coverage this year wouldn’t be extended amid signs that enrollment waits had dissipated. Aaron Albright, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, confirmed there would be no further changes to an extension that pushed the end of insurance enrollment until April 15 for those who were “in line” on HealthCare.gov by March 31. The federally run site is the main portal for buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Radnofsky, 4/15).Los Angeles Times: Health Sign-Ups In State Draw to A CloseAfter website troubles sparked a two-week extension, California officials wrapped up the first open enrollment for Obamacare coverage with nearly 1.3 million consumers signed up since October for the state-run exchange. Sign-ups ahead of Tuesday’s enrollment deadline appeared to run more smoothly than they did March 31, the previous cut-off date (Terhune, 4/15).NPR: Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A WhileAfter months of focusing on how many people have or haven’t signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we now have a rough total (7.5 million) and everyone’s keen to get to the bigger questions: How well is the law working? How many of those who signed up have paid their premiums and are actually getting coverage? How many were uninsured before they signed up? And just how big has the drop been in the number of uninsured people? (Rovner, 4/16).Politico: Poll: Uninsured Drops In Key StatesStates that have expanded Medicaid and opened their own exchanges have seen a higher rate of decline in the number of uninsured, compared with other states, a new poll show. The 21 states and D.C., which have done both, saw an average decline in uninsured of 2.5 percent, according to a poll released Wednesday by Gallup. The other 29 states that didn’t enact both measure had a dip in uninsured of less than 1 percent on average (McCalmont, 4/16).The Associated Press: Va. House Republicans Reaffirm Medicaid OppositionHouse Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians. During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, House Speaker William J. Howell said he is optimistic that Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Democratic lawmakers would back down from their support of a proposed state budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility. State services could shutter if a state budget isn’t passed by July 1 (4/15).Politico: Giving Anti-Obamacare Speeches To EnrolleesThe two-week recess is the first extended break from Washington for lawmakers since the 2014 open enrollment season ended and coverage for many Americans kicked in. Many people with new plans received subsidies to make their health insurance more affordable, or they became eligible for expanded Medicaid. It’s not that red-state representatives and senators won’t come across negative stories about the Affordable Care Act from constituents who say the law caused their plans to be canceled, forced them to change doctors or raised costs for their businesses. It’s that other group, comprising the people being helped, that potentially poses a challenge (Cunningham and Kim, 4/16).Los Angeles Times: Louisiana Democrat Highlights Independence From Obama In New AdThe aggressive tone of Landrieu’s new ad mirrors that of her first ad last fall, which highlighted her legislative proposal to fix Obama’s healthcare law. Her campaign aired the ad after thousands of Louisiana residents received warnings that their health insurance policies would be canceled because they did not meet the new guidelines under the law. As a key target in the Republican quest to win back the Senate, Landrieu faces two Republican opponents in the November election and must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff (Reston, 4/15).The Wall Street Journal: Health Law Poses A Test In New Hampshire Senate RaceNew Hampshire’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been one of the rockiest in the nation, putting Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the front lines of Republican efforts to make the 2014 elections a referendum on the health law. Only a single insurer in the state offers policies through the new law. Ten of the state’s 26 hospitals and one fifth of its primary care providers aren’t in its network. Residents of Concord, the state capital, have to drive to other cities to get covered hospital care (Hook, 4/15).The Washington Post: Scientists Embark On Unprecedented Effort To Connect Millions Of Patient Medical RecordsInside an otherwise ordinary office building in lower Manhattan, government-funded scientists have begun collecting and connecting together terabytes of patient medical records in what may be one of the most radical projects in health care ever attempted. The data — from every patient treated at one of New York’s major hospital centers over the past few years — include some of the most intimate details of a life. Vital signs. Diagnoses and conditions. Results of blood tests, X-rays, MRI scans. Surgeries. Insurance claims. And in some cases, links to genetic samples (Cha, 4/15).USA Today: Doctors, Medical Staff On Drugs Put Patients At RiskAmerica’s prescription drug epidemic reaches deep into the medical community. Across the country, more than 100,000 doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction, mostly involving narcotics such as oxycodone and fentanyl. Their knowledge and access make their problems especially hard to detect. Yet the risks they pose — to the public and to themselves — are enormous. A single addicted health care worker who resorts to “drug diversion,” the official term for stealing drugs, can endanger thousands (Eisler, 4/15).Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court to Consider Challenge To Law Barring Campaign FalsehoodsThe Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group’s free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama’s healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.” The statement was false, Driehaus said, since under the law no federal funds can be spent to pay for abortions (Savage, 4/15).The Associated Press: Court To Weigh Challenge To Ban On Campaign LiesThe Ohio law makes it illegal to knowingly or recklessly make false statements about a candidate during an election. The high court is not expected to rule directly on the constitutional issue, instead focusing on the narrower question of whether the law can be challenged before it is actually enforced. The outcome could affect similar laws in at least 15 states. The case began during the 2010 election, when the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, planned to launch a billboard campaign accusing then-Democratic Rep. Steven Driehaus of supporting taxpayer-funded abortion because he backed President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul (4/16).The New York Times: Arizona: Law Signed To Allow Surprise Inspections At Abortion ClinicsGov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed a bill allowing health inspectors to carry out surprise inspections on abortion clinics without having to get a court-approved warrant (Santos, 4/15).The Washington Post: Gansler Takes Aim At Maryland’s ‘Bad Spending Habits,’ Says He Would Save The State MoneyGansler said major savings could be realized through reforms to the state’s procurement process, better management of the state Medicaid program and reduction of the non-violent prison population, among other strategies (Wagner, 4/15).The Washington Post: Massachusetts Cannot Ban FDA-Approved Painkiller, Judge RulesA federal judge on Tuesday blocked an effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick to ban sales of a controversial new painkiller in the state, saying the governor’s move was preempted by federal law and could harm people who need the drug for pain relief. In a five-page order, U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel sided with the drug’s California-based manufacturer, Zogenix, which had argued that Patrick had no right to bar a medication that the Food and Drug Administration has deemed safe and effective (Dennis, 4/15).The Wall Street Journal: Detroit Reaches Deal With Police, Firefighter RetireesOther terms in Tuesday’s police and firefighters pact include a voluntary employee beneficiary association plan, known as a VEBA, funded by Detroit to handle retiree health care, instead of the city. These retirees would also keep some representation on the board of their pension system, over which the city had proposed increasing independent oversight. All of the city’s creditors will still have a chance to vote on the city’s plan, including more than 20,000 city workers and retirees. But Judge Rhodes will have the final say on its approval (Dolan, 4/15).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. 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U.S. negotiators have rejected Chinese proposals to include the Huawei issue in their current trade deal discussions, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.Canada’s U.S. ambassador David MacNaughton, who noted Canada has assisted the current U.S. administration on diplomatic efforts with Venezuela, Latvia and NATO, strongly suggested future requests for aid would not be met so positively unless Washington cooperated more.“How do you go to canola farmers and relatives of the two (Canadian detainees) and say ‘Well, actually, notwithstanding all of this, we’re going to try and do whatever we can to help?’” he said.“It makes it much more difficult in public opinion terms for the prime minister to have permission to do some of the things that would be in both countries’ interests.”MacNaughton, who has cabinet-level status in Trudeau’s government, played a key role in negotiating a new North American trade deal last year.Relations between Trump and Trudeau are formal at best. Officials in Ottawa have not forgotten that the president blew up last year’s Group of Seven summit in Canada by describing Trudeau as very dishonest and weak.“At the political level, this administration doesn’t like us very much,” said a second well-placed source.Intertwined with the China crisis is a second problem: the tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum that Trump imposed last year on national security grounds.Meng, who is under house arrest at her Vancouver mansion, next appears in court on May 8 ahead of an extradition hearing, in a process that could take years.MacNaughton said part of Canada’s frustration also stems from a lack of information on U.S. intentions toward Meng. Trump has previously suggested the charges against her could be dropped if that would help the trade talks.“What we’ve said is, ‘We’d like to have a little better sense of what your plans are in terms of dealing with her. Are you engaged in negotiations over a plea deal?’,” he said. “We’re completely in the dark.”© Thomson Reuters 2019 Join the conversation → OTTAWA — Canada is leaning on the United States to help settle a dispute with China, which has started to block imports of vital Canadian commodities amid a dispute over a detained Huawei executive.In a sign of increasing frustration at what it sees as a lacklustre U.S. response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signalling it could withhold cooperation on major issues.China has upped the pressure on Canada in recent weeks over the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, arrested last December on a U.S. warrant. It halted Canadian canola imports and last week suspended the permits of two major pork producers.After Meng’s Vancouver arrest, Chinese police also detained two Canadian citizens. First canola, now pigs: China blocks imports from two Canadian pork producers amid diplomatic row Help on way for canola farmers, but no ‘simple answer’ when it comes to replacing Chinese demand It’s not just canola: China imposing unusual obstacles on Canadian soybean, pea and pork exports Beijing is refusing to allow a Canadian trade delegation to visit, forcing officials to use video conference calls as they try to negate a major threat to commodity exports.With no cards to play against China without risking significant economic damage, Canada has launched a full-court press in Washington, which is negotiating its own trade deal with Beijing.The results have been meagre.“It’s a very challenging situation. When we raise it with the Americans they just say, ‘Dealing with the Chinese is tough’,” said a Canadian government source.At the political level, this administration doesn’t like us very much Email First canola, now pigs: China blocks imports from two Canadian pork producers amid diplomatic row Facebook “It’s also not clear who we should be targeting since you never know who is up and who is down in the administration at any given point,” said the source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.Among those the Canadians approached are Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Republican Senator Jim Risch, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.The State Department said it was “concerned” by the canola ban. In March, the Foreign Relations Committee responded to Canada’s concerns by passing a bipartisan resolution supporting the country.Canada says the United States is obliged to help, given that the U.S. arrest warrant triggered the crisis with Beijing.The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou triggered the crisis with China. Reuters With two tweets, Trump shatters historic calm in global markets Twitter May 6, 20199:20 AM EDT Filed under News Economy More Related Stories Comments Share this storyFrustrated Canada demands U.S. help fix China crisis brought on by Huawei arrest — or else Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Frustrated Canada demands U.S. help fix China crisis brought on by Huawei arrest — or else With no cards to play against China, Canada has launched a full-court press in Washington — with meagre results Comment Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press files Andrew Scheer demands Canada pull funds from Chinese development bank in retaliation for canola ban Reddit David Ljunggren
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Infinitum Electric, a developer of electric motors, has closed a $1.8 million Series A financing round, bringing its total funding to $2.7 million. The company says it will use the funding to launch an HVAC-specific, fully-integrated motor and increase research and development efforts for applications in the EVs and Oil and Gas markets.Infinitum credits its printed circuit board (PCB) stator technology for electric motors with efficiency above IE5, the industry’s highest efficiency class. The company works with motor and generator manufacturers to customize its technology for specific applications.“Our patented circuit board stator is what sets us apart and positions us well for success,” said Infinitum CEO Ben Schuler. “The electric motor market is a $150 billion industry annually and many markets within the industry are trying to consume and create power more efficiently. Some markets, like EVs, are in the process of electrifying completely.” Source: Infinitum Electric Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine
Proterra Scores $155 Million In Latest Investment Round Led By Daimler Source: Electric Vehicle News Proterra Enters Hawaiian Islands With Electric Buses Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Florida State University is going all-electric with a fleet of 27 EV busesProterra announced that StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, placed its third order for electric buses.The deal is for 22 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC (fast charge, short range) buses for Florida State University (FSU), which already has 5 electric buses.Proterra news Proterra Teams With Thomas Built For Electric Schools Buses The buses will be delivered in two steps – initial deployment of 15 buses is scheduled for mid-2019, while the remaining 7 buses are to be deployed in 2021. Once deliveries are completed, FSU will complete transitions to 100% zero-emission university bus fleet.According to the press release, electrification will bring more than $10 million in savings on fuel and maintenance.“FSU is one of the first universities in the nation to decommission its entire fossil-fuel powered fleet and upgrade it to a 100 percent battery-electric fleet, joining cities across North America in the trend to cleaner, higher-performing electric transit buses.The procurement will also set a national precedent with FSU being one of the first universities in the nation to go all-electric, and StarMetro will continue to lead the Sunshine State in electric bus adoption.”“The new 35-foot Proterra Catalyst FC buses will serve FSU’s Seminole Express Bus Service and provide campus transportation for faculty, staff, students and visitors, totaling an average ridership of 847,000 each year. Operations are expected to begin mid-2019 with an initial deployment of 15 buses, with the remaining seven buses expected to deploy in 2021. This procurement also supports the goals defined in Florida State University’s strategic plan to deepen its commitment to continuous innovation, invest strategically and incorporate sustainable living practices into all FSU activities. With 22 Catalyst buses, Florida State University will displace more than 2,820,000 gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate over 5,000,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually. The new electric buses will also provide fuel and maintenance cost savings of more than $10 million.For universities and colleges, the trajectory towards sustainable transportation models is not only fueled by widespread student interest in environmentally friendly practices, but also because “going green” can provide long-term cost savings. As the third largest university in Florida, FSU will serve as a leading example for other colleges across the country that want to prioritize zero-emission campus transportation for the next generation. Proterra has also sold its Catalyst buses to the University of Montana, Duke University and Alabama A&M University.”Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra said:“As university populations grow across the United States, more campus transportation operators are taking the long-view and looking for sustainable ways to increase mobility while reducing costs and their carbon footprint. Helping universities and the next-generation of leaders experience zero-emission transit is intrinsic to our vision.”
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Wed 12 Nov 2008 19.01 EST Facebook Share | Pick Share on LinkedIn 13 Nov 2008 17:26 Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Shares1313 Guardian writers Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is one of a healthy number of talented English teenagers tipped to be future stars of the Premier League. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images It’s always the same teams, isn’t it? Even if Leeds are relegated to the Third Division. I expect that says a lot about the contacts of the “Guardian writers” (can’t be Barry, can it? He would disdain such a piece).I doubt we’ll hear of more than two or three of these lads in five years’ time. | Pick … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Facebook Reply Arsenal have some awsum youngsters, as seen last night. the thing you have to remeber is that the first team dosent win anything. so when they progress into the first team they dont pick up the winning mentallity.manU youngsers will almost certainly win more then arsenals. look at Cesc. cesc is a player whgo should be on a level with messi, ronaldo, rooney, however because he is being played in a team where too much is expected from him – because they lack any senior player or leader in midfield, he has not really pushed on or developed in the last year. he started last season exceptionally, but this season dosent look as good. if you consider spain at the euros, cesc played a further forward role, allowing his passing to be in the final third. at arse this season he has had to play alot deeper, being less effective, looks like he enjoying it less. the great arsene wenger is actually starting to hold his players back by being to stuborn to his principles. his young players will not develop the winning mentallity, because their not winning.the other worry is that that arsenal could become a PSV/Ajax style feeder club if they dont win things soon, developing great players who leave to seek reward.even with players such as ramsey coming throu it is very hard to see where arsenal will win things, the team lacks spine and wengers not willing to do anything about it, so when ramsey comes through it is into a frustrated team, not a winning one.wenger is a muppet for not buying alonso in the summer. full stop. 18mil would have been a bargain, he would have suited arsenals style perfectly, worked wonders alongside cesc, allowed him to get forward and control the game, and given abit of maturilty in midfield.no doubt wilshire, ramsey, vella, merida etc will be outstanding players, but the de silva twins etc at man u will win more, and ultimately be more succesfulvella, merida, cesc will all end up at madrid or barcabut what the hell is benitez doing with Ngog???? Nemeth to rule the world! Share on Twitter Report 4 Share on Messenger Share 13 Nov 2008 11:48 Reply Facebook Report Reply Share Share on Twitter Share Order by oldest slightly tweaking the topic, i know, but the best up-and-coming british footballer is surely mr aaron ramsey, a sublime talent and – dare i say (yes i do) – the welsh zidane: supreme balance, wonderful vision, wiry strength, two feet, awesome close control…. arsenal can look forward to selling fabregas for €50m in 2 years time, knowing they have the replacement coming gently to the boil Show 25 PrivateDic Facebook 13 Nov 2008 16:51 | Pick Share on Facebook collapsed expanded Reply recommendations PollittPerfectRecord Share pierrelemer Share on Twitter 0 1 Facebook 13 Nov 2008 8:58 The writers forgot about Ryan Tunnicliffe the ManU player and Benik Afobe from Arse. Tunnicliffe is still 15 and is playing on the u17’s with Wilshere, Bostock and Shelvey. Afobe is going to make it into the first team for sure.Ram, Mark Randall of Arsenal can be a better version of Carrick IMO. 13 Nov 2008 17:23 Reply Sportblog Share on Twitter hdtvdaly Facebook Report | Pick Share on Twitter Report Share on Facebook Reply Soccer 13 Nov 2008 13:54 Share on Facebook 3 Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter 100 0 1 Facebook 0 1 First published on Wed 12 Nov 2008 19.01 EST Reply Report Twitter Share on Facebook | Pick Share Jose Baxter, 16EvertonStrikerSaid to be better than Wayne Rooney at 14. Bootle-born, he left school last summer and joined the Everton first-team squad that toured Switzerland and the US. Made his competitive senior debut with a substitute appearance at home to Blackburn in August, becoming Everton’s youngest first-team player.Mark Beevers, 18Sheffield WednesdayDefenderLast season’s supporters’ player of the year at Hillsborough, the centre-half has signed a contract to keep him at Wednesday until 2012. He stands 6ft 4in tall, is deceptively quick across the turf and strong in the air, and has already attracted interest from Premier League clubs.John Bostock, 16Tottenham HotspurMidfielderCrystal Palace’s youngest player when he made his debut at 15 years 287 days last season before his controversial summer move to Spurs for an initial £700,000. Tall, elegant and visionary, the attacking midfielder became Tottenham’s youngest player, at 16 years 295 days, against Dinamo Zagreb.Nathan Delfouneso, 17Aston VillaStrikerThe 6ft 1in Birmingham-born striker made his first-team debut earlier this season in the Uefa Cup against Hafnarfjorour and scored a hat-trick on his first appearance for the England Under-17s in October 2007. A regular in reserve and academy sides, for whom he has been a prolific scorer.Fabian Delph, 18Leeds UnitedMidfielderKen Bates laughed off Newcastle United’s £1m bid for a dynamic talent currently not only making his mark in League One but who has just broken into Stuart Pearce’s England Under-21 squad. Arsenal and Manchester United are also seriously interested, but his value has risen closer to £6m. Daniel Drinkwater, 18Manchester UnitedMidfielderTwo-footed and boasting a fine passing range, Drinkwater has been with the club since he was nine. The young Mancunian’s progress was hindered by injury last year, but he remains highly regarded and is an England Under-19 international who looks likely to grace the Premier League.Jordan Henderson, 18SunderlandMidfielderAn elusive right-sided midfielder or deep-lying forward, and equally happy in the hole or drifting wide right, the Wearside-born Henderson caught the eye of England’s leading clubs during Sunderland’s run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals last season. He made his first senior start against Blackburn last night. Gavin Hoyte, 18ArsenalDefenderYounger brother of the former Arsenal full-back, Justin, the defender joined the club at nine and has proved quick, athletic and astute both at right-back and centre-half. A regular with the England Under-19s and in Arsène Wenger’s Carling Cup side that enjoyed wins over Sheffield United and Wigan.Henri Lansbury, 18ArsenalMidfielderStrongly built and powerful yet creative on the ball and a goal threat, the England Under-17 midfielder has been at Arsenal since he was nine and has recovered from the glandular fever that frustrated his progress in the second half of last season to feature in the Carling Cup this term.Josh McEachran, 15ChelseaMidfielderA skilful left-footed midfielder whom Chelsea have retained despite persistent interest from Manchester United. He can play on the left or right and has already impressed Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge as he furthers his development in the youth sides. Has been captain of the England Under-16s.Jacob Mellis, 17ChelseaMidfielderThe England Under-19 international signed from Sheffield United in the summer of 2007 and has since been employed everywhere from attacking midfield – scoring twice against Liverpool reserves recently – to full-back and centre-half within the Chelsea academy set-up.Victor Moses, 17Crystal PalaceForwardBorn in Nigeria but resident in the UK since he was five, the graduate of Palace’s academy broke into the first-team last season and has since signeda four-year professional contract at Selhurst Park. Strong, skilful and quick, he has maintained his progress this term.Nile Ranger, 17Newcastle UnitedStrikerThe word among Newcastle United’s youth and reserve ranks is “Ranger is the danger”. The prolific striker, spirited north from Southampton’s youth set-up, has sat on the first team bench a few times already this season and is tipped for Shearer-esque scoring feats.Jack Rodwell, 17EvertonCentral defender/midfielderSenior debut came as a substitute against Alkmaar at the age of 16 years 284 days, making him the youngest ever Everton player to appear in Europe. A current Under-19 international often compared to Rio Ferdinand, he is strong, quick and assured. Has made eight first-team appearances this season.Freddie Sears, 18West Ham UnitedForward A run of 25 goals in 24 matches for the youths and reserves forced him into the first-team set-up last season, and it took the striker just five minutes and 16 seconds to score his first senior goal, the winner against Blackburn in March. He has featured regularly this term under Gianfranco Zola.Jonjo Shelvey, 16Charlton AthleticMidfielderThe club’s youngest player, debuting at 16 years 59 days against Barnsley in April, he had made his mark as a goalscoring midfielder in the youth and reserves set-up at the Valley. He captained the England Under-16s in their 2007 Victory Shield campaign, scoring three goals in as many games.Danny Welbeck, 17Manchester UnitedStrikerSkilful, strong and pacy with a prolific scoring record for the United junior sides. Sir Alex Ferguson likens the slightly unorthodox Welbeck to Portsmouth’s Nwankwo Kanu and has said “Danny has marvellous things about him.” An Under-19 international who has trained with the first team.Aidan White, 17Leeds UnitedDefenderThe full-back, who boasts a fine left foot and decent pace, made his debut earlier this season in the Carling Cup defeat of Crystal Palace and was given a standing ovation upon being substituted. He is now making regular appearances in the League One club’s first-team set-up. Jack Wilshere, 16ArsenalMidfielderEye-catching performances in the Carling Cup this season and Arsenal’s youngest league debutant, at 16 years 256 days, when he came on against Blackburn in September. He scored his first senior goal in the 6-0 rout of Sheffield United and had a fine game against Wigan on Tuesday.Michael Woods, 18ChelseaMidfielderPlucked from Leeds United’s academy, much to the Yorkshire club’s frustration, the England Under-18 international made his first-team debut at Chelsea in January 2007 at 16 years 275 days. Scolari called the defensive midfielder up for last night’s Carling Cup tie against Burnley at Stamford Bridge. Email (optional) 25 Looks like the makings of a potential world-cup winning team, right there. A true golden generation. Report Share on Twitter Share via Email Sportblog 0 1 Share on Facebook Reply Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Lowfields 0 1 13 Nov 2008 11:07 Report The “big” teams are simply walking in a taking the best youngsters from the “smaller” teams. Tottenham got a huge talent in Bostock by taking him from Palace for a very small sum of money.Arsenal paid £5 million for Ramsey, yet Bostock who many believe is a much better player was had for less than a million. Spurs did nothing wrong, they acted within the crazy rules. The rules need to be tightened, otherwise the smaller clubs will do away with their youth academies and English football will suffer. Why bother investing in the talent when another club will bag a bargain whenever they feel like it? unthreaded Share Share on Facebook All Facebook offsideintahiti Share on Facebook 13 Nov 2008 13:30 route22 13 Nov 2008 11:30 Share | Pick 1 | Pick | Pick Facebook Share Share on Facebook | Pick Report Share on Facebook PS. How much does any Gooner want to bet that Wilshire, Hoyte and Lansbury aren’t playing their football at Arsenal by the time they’re 22?How many English players have had to leave Wenger’s squad just to get a game…? Steve Sidwell, David Bentley, Stuart Taylor, Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Upson, Justin Hoyte, Kerrea Gilbert… how many am I missing?Yeah, that Wenger has been just great for English football….. oh, look, another 16 year old from Togo! How many English players have had to leave Wenger’s squad just to get a game…? Steve Sidwell, David Bentley, Stuart Taylor, Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Upson, Justin Hoyte, Kerrea Gilbert… how many am I missing?The only one of them good enough to be in the Arsenal team now is Bentley. Bentley was allowed to leave because of his attitude, particularly how abysmally he behaved when on loan at Norwich.If they’re not good enough they shouldn’t be getting a game. A good way to boost the value of these young players! Is this piece funded by agents? Ramalution Twitter 0 1 50 Report 0 1 Twitter Soccer Reply Threads collapsed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply Share Guardian writers pick their best 20 players in England who are 18 or under SFChapman Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter route22 hungrymanjosh Loading comments… Trouble loading? Facebook Share on Twitter blogposts newest Share on Facebook Reply Twitter Facebook Report ItsGoingIrish Share on Facebook | Pick Reply Report I literally know none of these players-they could be part of the SBS for all I know.Could the guardian though make a distinction which are going to be say: ‘Michael Carrick’ good and are there any that could be ‘Maradonna’ good? pierrelemer 0 1 Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Facebook oldest Report Share Reply Facebook Reason (optional) Twitter Reply | Pick 1 Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Twitter 0 1 13 Nov 2008 15:14 Since you’re here… PollittPerfectRecordNov 13 08, 2:20am (about 5 hours ago)It’s always the same teams, isn’t it? Even if Leeds are relegated to the Third Division. I expect that says a lot about the contacts of the “Guardian writers” (can’t be Barry, can it? He would disdain such a piece).The statement reflects more on your knowledge of academies than the Grauniad, who historically, notably tend to shy away from praising Leeds.What’s your point?As many that know about these things appreciate, Leeds have one of the very best academies in the country, and unlike some of the “bigger” clubs, genuinely encourage their youngsters rather than sign them to prevent others doing so. So does their inclusion come as a surprise?Alan Smith, Jon Woodgate, Micah Richards, Scott Carson, James Milner, Aaron Lennon, Paul Robinson, Harry Kewell, Ian Harte, plus as many again that are now plying their trade in the top two divisions started at Thorpe Arch, the superb facility set up by Howard wilkinson.Michael Woods was “plucked” by Chelsea alright. A substantial out of court settlement ensued.These lists are all fine and dandy but a couple of years ago might have featured any number of names who haven’t quite made the grade. The question would be “why” and I suspect that, as one or two older pro’s are starting to mumble, the youngsters aren’t worked hard enough, get too much financial inducement to remain with the bigger clubs and are never stretched in the way that they should be, retreating into what amounts to a comfort zone.Added to which, lads aren’t always going to grow to be fully formed players – many hit a ceiling and never fully develop as you would hope. I remember full well a Leeds youth side that beat MU in the youth cup – the MU kids included many who were part of the title winning side that so thrilled Alan Hansen shortly after whereas the Leeds team consisted of players who were international class at that age but mostly ended up in the lower divisions.A season ago you might have included Jonny Howson in this list. Two or threee seasons ago, there would’ve been a mention for Danny Rose and any number of Middlesbro’ youngsters. Support The Guardian johnny5eyes Share 13 Nov 2008 17:18 13 Nov 2008 17:32 | Pick Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Report Reuse this content,View all comments > 13 Nov 2008 15:26 Baxter is a massive talent but this “better than Rooney at 14” stuff is rubbish. Rooney was simply the best youth player I have ever seen, he was so far ahead of kids his own age it was almost unfair. Whilst Baxter has the skill and technique he lacks the raw power of Rooney and plays in a more withdrawn role generally.Baxter goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70MSUhQBVI8Rodwell is playing in a midfield role for Everton at the moment but Moyes sees him as a centre back in the long term. He is very classy on the ball, good in the air and physically strong. He has been tipped to be a star for about the last 3 years.Other kids to watch out for are Ross Barkley and Hallam Hope who were the stars of our Milk Cup win earlier this year. Ross is a Gerrard-esque midfielder and Hope is a rangy striker.Incidentally in Evertons recent 3-2 win over Liverpool reserves 9 of our 11 players were from within 30 minutes of our ground whilst Liverpool had 2 from this country. This isn’t put solely to have a pop at Liverpool (after all they won the reserve league last year) but just to say it is sad that SO many players are imported at 16 from overseas. route22Nov 13 08, 3:48am (about 3 hours ago)”Any Keepers?”Joe Hart, Robert Green and Kirkland [who has been outstanding]Robert Green and Chris Kirkland are not exactly youngsters? I suspect many that bang on about Green are either Hammers supporters or don’t watch the bloke on a regular basis. He’s up there with Almunia and Gomes and never international class, whereas Kirkland has had a career blighted by injury, otherwise would have likely been a regular – I hope Ben Foster, whom you’ve omitted, manages to overcome his own setbacks to develop into the keeper he promises to be.Thjere’s also a damn good youth/U18 keeper at Leeds but in deference to other bloggers wishes, I won’t bore you further by mentioning him.. Twitter How is Shelvey in here, i saw him in the league cup and he wasn’t even good against lower league opposition. Wilshere is an amazing player, great left foot who could take over from Fabregas if he is eventually lured away by Barcelona. Share on Facebook 0 1 Reply Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp | Pick 13 Nov 2008 16:33 “Any Keepers?”Joe Hart, Robert Green and Kirkland [who has been outstanding] 3 0 1 Share on Twitter Facebook 13 Nov 2008 17:39 Topics 13 Nov 2008 11:33 Share Lowfields None of those Arsenal boys will ever come near Fabergas, when he is sold there will be no replacement, players of that quality come around once a generation and England has had it player of world quality for this generation and he retired because you wanted to play fat Frank with that big hacker of the ball Gerrard in the middle, well done. 0 1 kayakking Facebook 0 1 Share Timak – as bad as last night performance was, i was very excited to see Stephen Darby make his debut for liverpool, i didnt realise we had any young scousers in the squad, thought they were all from hungary… Facebook hungrymanjosh Share on Facebook comments (107)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Share Twitter Twitter 0 1 13 Nov 2008 15:33 Reply kermitbantam Ramalution Share Twitter Share Twitter 0 1 KeithSimmonds Report Share on Pinterest I didnt think much of Rodwell in his first few games this season but he looked ok against Fulham. Its a big role for a young lad, it amazes me how Arsene Wenger is able to put the likes of Denilson or Fabregas into such an important role in central midfield from such a young age. I think Rodwell could be really good though. Not sure about Baxter mainly because his chances are going to be limited barring injuries. Everton are pretty strong in the strikers department with the Yak, Saha, Vic and Vaughan all ahead of Baxter. If he convinces the boss he should be ahead of any of those it will be a miracle. I take it the Guardian’s bizarre decision to restrict this list to English players means it doesn’t want any readers from Wales, Scotland or Ireland. Is the writer unaware of Wales’s record in youth-level football under Brian Flynn and the numerous youngsters, led by Ramsay, who look like making an impact at the top level? Or did he/she just decide to ignore them? 0 1 Report Reply 0 1 Report 13 Nov 2008 10:20 Share Facebook Facebook Share Share on Twitter | Pick | Pick Let’s build em up, then cut em down.It all looks very nice on paper, but……….. Reply | Pick Share on Facebook | Pick 0 1 Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick | Pick 0 1 Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Twitter | Pick THEBIGBEE 13 Nov 2008 16:24 5 Report Facebook Reply Report Reply Twitter Any Keepers? Share on Twitter Lowfields Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter | Pick Share Report 0 1 “Looks like the makings of a potential world-cup winning team, right there. A true golden generation.”I heard that somewhere before offside……now when was it? | Pick 13 Nov 2008 11:35 Reply 13 Nov 2008 17:49 Share Twitter 13 Nov 2008 17:42 Reply Share Facebook Reply Two points.The kneejerk cynicysm from people about a bunch of players most of them haven’t seen is depressing and rather pathetic.(although typical of these blogs…and in fact Britain as a whole).The Guardian neither knows or cares anything about football ouside the premiership (Leeds are still an ‘Honorary ‘ Prem side as someone has already mentioned). Facebook Thanks Pierrelemer for pointing out the obvious about Leeds… although Micah Richards, who played for Leeds City Boys, was never properly on our books.The fact that we’re mentioned here, Pollitt, is not because we’re a massive club – what are we, 45 places behind Chelsea? – but because we are consistently one of the best clubs at generating young talent and bringing it through to first-team level.Maybe only West Ham can rival our ability to develop players who don’t just make a professional debut, but go on to have a decent top-flight career.In 2001, in the semi-final of the Champions League, nine of the 18-man squad that faced Valencia were home-grown academy products – and all were full internationals. Liverpool have developed, what, two homegrown Premiership regulars in this century? Have Chelsea produced any?Even now in League One, Leeds have Fabian Delph, who will, barring injury, get 50 caps for England – whether at Elland Road or somewhere else. Aiden White will play in the Premiership and while Johnny Howson might not be at the same level, he is another Leeds lad who will have a good career in the game, as is Ben Parker.This is not an accident. It’s not because we’re a “big” club. It’s because Howard Wilkinson developed, starting the moment he joined in 1988, the most advanced youth set-up in the country. And it continues to bear fruit – even though we’re in the lower leagues now.And I for one would rather have a team of local lads busting their balls in the Championship/League One than the pack of Spanish/Senegalese/French/Cameroonian/Swedish mercanaries who got us relegated four years ago….. Share on Facebook Z34run Share on Twitter Report Twitter Report | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Report England’s future stars: 20 to watch Comments 107 Share on Facebook 5 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report | Pick 2 Share on Twitter “Leeds are still an ‘Honorary ‘ Prem side…”Thanks Johnny5eyes!Can we have an “honourary” £30 million in TV rights a season and an “honourary” bye into the FA Cup 3rd Round, then….???????Actually, no, can we have our 25 points returned to us…? That would be really honourable. Twitter Share Report | Pick Timak 0 1 Share Share on Twitter Share route22 Twitter Share on Facebook Reply 13 Nov 2008 10:22 13 Nov 2008 11:02 Twitter Report Share on Facebook 0 1 Share on Facebook Reply 0 1 Report 4 Twitter Share on Twitter Close report comment form 2 Twitter 0 1 13 Nov 2008 16:08 Twitter View more comments
Tags: depth charts K: Jake Moody (Jr.), Quinn Nordin (RS Sr.)P: Will Hart (RS Sr.) 1 0You need to login in order to vote QB: Dylan McCaffrey (RS Jr.), Joe Milton (RS So.), Cade McNamara (So.), J.D. Johnson (Fr.)RB: Zach Charbonnet (So.), Christian Turner (RS So.), Ben VanSumeren (RS So.), Hassan Haskins (RS So.)FB: Ben Mason (Sr.), Peter Bush (RS Sr.)WR1: Nico Collins (Sr.), Tarik Black (RS Jr.), Cornelius Johnson (So.), Quintel Kent (So.)WR2: Donovan Peoples-Jones (Sr.), Ronnie Bell (Jr.), A.J. Henning (Fr.)WR3: Mike Sainristil (So.), Giles Jackson (So.), George Johnson III (So.), Eamonn Dennis (Fr.)TE: Nick Eubanks (RS Sr.), Mustapha Muhammad (RS So.), Luke Schoonmaker (RS So.), Erick All (So.), Matt Hibner (Fr.), Nick Patterson (Fr.)LT: Jalen Mayfield (RS So.), Ryan Hayes (RS So.), Greg Robinson (RS Sr.), Trente Jones (So.), Jeffrey Persi (Fr.)LG: Chuck Filiaga (RS Jr.), Andrew Vastardis (RS Sr.), Zak Zinter (Fr.)C: Stephen Spanellis (RS Sr.), Nolan Rumler (So.), Jess Speight (RS Jr.), Reece Atteberry (Fr.)RG: Joel Honigford (RS Jr.), Zach Carpenter (So.), Micah Mazzccua (Fr.)RT: Andrew Stueber (RS Jr.), Trevor Keegan (So.), Jack Stewart (So.), Karsen Barnhart (So.) SDE: Aidan Hutchinson (Jr.), Julius Welschof (RS So.), Michael Morris (So.), David Ojabo (So.), Aaron Lewis Jr. (Fr.)DT: Michael Dwumfour (RS Sr.), Chris Hinton (So.), Ben Mason (Sr.), Carl Myers (RS Sr.)NT: Donovan Jeter (RS Jr.), Mazi Smith (So.), Phillip Paea (RS Jr.)WDE: Kwity Paye (Sr.), Luiji Vilain (RS Jr.), Gabe Newburg (So.), Braiden McGregor (Fr.)Viper/SAM: Michael Barrett (RS So.), Joey Velazquez (So.), Quinten Johnson (So.), William Mohan (Fr.)MIKE: Josh Ross (Sr.), Jordan Anthony (RS Jr.), Charles Thomas (So.), Osman Savage (Fr.)WILL: Cameron McGrone (Jr.), Cornell Wheeler (Fr.), Nikhai Hill-Green (Fr.)CB: Vincent Gray (RS So.), Jalen Perry (So.), Andre Seldon (Fr.)CB: Ambry Thomas (Sr.), Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Sr.), Gemon Green (RS So.), D.J. Turner II (So.)FS: J’Marick Woods (Sr.), Brad Hawkins (Sr.), German Green (RS So.)SS: Daxton Hill (So.), Sammy Faustin (RS So.), Jordan Morant (Fr.) This is more of an exercise in looking at the 2020 roster than it is an actual depth chart, but here you can see what kind of talent is slated to be on the roster a year from now. Michigan has obviously been recruiting better under Jim Harbaugh than they were under Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke, but I look at this roster as being very deep with talent, more so than any other roster in recent memory. Jalen Mayfield (image via Detroit Free Press)
Jun 19 2018Six genes contain mutations that may be passed down in families, substantially increasing a person’s risk for pancreatic cancer. That’s according to Mayo Clinic research published in the June 19 edition of the JAMA. However, because researchers found these genetic mutations in patients with no family history of pancreatic cancer, they are recommending genetic testing for all pancreatic cancer patients as the new standard of care.Currently, health care providers offer genetic testing only to pancreatic cancer patients with a family history of the disease. That accounts for just 10 percent of all pancreatic cancer cases. Research suggests these testing guidelines miss genetic predisposition to cancer in up to 90 percent of pancreatic cancer patients with no family history. This finding is significant in part because the data suggest that family members should have DNA testing to understand their risk for cancer.”This study provides the most comprehensive data to date supporting genetic testing for all pancreatic cancer patients,” say Fergus Couch, Ph.D., a senior author on the study. “This is the first study to provide estimates on the magnitude of cancer risk associated with each gene. It indicates that family history alone cannot predict who has these mutations.””Multiple genes can each increase risk of pancreatic cancer. But if genetic testing is performed only on patients with a family history of pancreatic cancer, then a small number of patients will be helped,” says Gloria Petersen, Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic researcher and senior author.Genetic testing was conducted on 3,030 pancreatic patients who were seen at Mayo Clinic between 2000 and 2016. The test results of 21 cancer genes were compared to similar results from more than 123,000 patients without pancreatic cancer. The study found six genes clearly linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer: BRCA1, BRCA2, CDKN2A, TP53, MLH1 and ATM. These genetic mutations were identified in 5.5 percent of all pancreatic cancer patients, including 5.2 percent of cancer patients without a family history of pancreatic cancer.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancerNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerPatients who have these genetic mutations are at a substantially higher risk for pancreatic cancer, but that does not definitively mean they will develop the disease.”The conclusion of this study is that we now have better molecular insights into the underlying genetic causes of pancreatic cancer,” says Raed Samara, Ph.D., a study author from QIAGEN Sciences Inc. “The comprehensive data generated from this cohort required the specific and uniform sequencing, and deep analyses of a focused set of cancer predisposition genes. The risks of developing pancreatic cancer due to mutations in these genes can be more accurately estimated than ever before because of this seminal study.” Qiagen Sciences Inc. designed the DNA testing for this researchOften, pancreatic cancer is not diagnosed until late stages, when it has spread to other parts of the body. This year, 55,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 44,000 American will die of the disease this year, according to American Cancer Society estimates.Further clinical trials will be needed by other researchers to replicate the findings. Source:https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-discovers-gene-mutations-linked-to-pancreatic-cancer-calls-for-expanded-testing/
Aug 7 2018A large study led by Keele University has found that sleeping longer than eight hours is more harmful than sleeping less than seven hours. The study also found that a sleep duration of ten hours is linked with 30% increased risk of dying compared to sleeping for seven hours.A global study led by Keele University has found that people who sleep for more than eight hours a night have a greater mortality and cardiovascular risk than those who sleep for under seven hours.The study also found that a sleep duration of ten hours is linked with 30% increased risk of dying compared to sleeping for seven hours.The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, examined the link between self-reported sleep and cardiovascular disease and mortality in more than three million participants. The research found that a sleep duration of ten hours is further linked to a 56% increased risk of stroke mortality and a 49% increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality.The researchers from Keele University, along with colleagues at the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds and the University of East Anglia, reviewed 74 studies looking at mortality and cardiovascular outcomes by self reported sleep duration and sleep quality.The study also found that poor sleep quality was associated with a 44% increase in coronary heart disease.Lead researcher Dr Chun Shing Kwok, working with Professor Mamas Mamas at Keele University’s Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, explains: “Our study has an important public health impact in that it shows that excessive sleep is a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk.”Our findings have important implications as clinicians should have greater consideration for exploring sleep duration and quality during consultations. If excessive sleep patterns are found, particularly prolonged durations of eight hours or more, then clinicians should consider screening for adverse cardiovascular risk factors and obstructive sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.”Related StoriesNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentSleep quality could be indicator for later Alzheimer’s disease finds studyThe analysis suggests that excessive sleep patterns are a marker of increased cardiovascular risk. The results show that sleeping for longer than the recommended duration of seven or eight hours may be associated with a moderate degree of harm, compared to those who sleep for shorter durations..Dr Kwok added: “The important message is that abnormal sleep is a marker of elevated cardiovascular risk and greater consideration should be given in exploring both duration and sleep quality during patient consultations.”Sleep affects everyone. The amount and quality of our sleep is complex. There are cultural, social, psychological, behavioral, pathophysiological and environmental influences on our sleep such as the need to care for children or family members, irregular working shift patterns, physical or mental illness, and the 24-hour availability of commodities in modern society.”This research began because we were interested to know if it was more harmful to sleep below or beyond the recommended sleep duration of seven to eight hours. We further wanted to know how incremental deviation from recommended sleep duration altered risk of mortality and cardiovascular risk.” Source:https://www.keele.ac.uk
Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family However, when their own children died it was revealed that Bach had no training in medicine and “that in 2015, the District Health Officer had closed her facility and ordered her to not offer any treatment to any child.” They accuse Bach and SHC of causing the deaths of “hundreds of children amounting to violations of human rights including violation of children’s right to access adequate treatment, the right to health of the children, the right to life, the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of race and social economic standing and the right to dignity, freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.”They are asking for the SHC to be closed and cease to operate in Uganda. They are also asking for “general damages be awarded to the aggrieved families complaining herein.”An article in September of 2018 from Medium describes a horrific Bach who learned medical procedures from watching YouTube. Bach was doing “high level medical practices” and openly talked about enjoying “hands on medical care.”It appears that Renee Bach is still in Uganda. The Independent reports in 2016 she relocated to a different are of Uganda “under the government-owned Kigandaalo Health Center IV.”One Twitter user reported she was supposed to be in court in March but the case was delayed until 2020. Africa , Renee Bach , Uganda A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ AllAfrica.com claims she took children with malnutrition from local hospitals and treated them at SHC and she is now being sued. Two women named Gimbo Zubeda and Kakai Rose alongside civil society organisation Women’s Probono Initiative said in a press release, “The mothers allege that they were led to believe that Ms. Renee Bach was a ‘medical doctor’ and that her home was a ‘medical facility’ as she was often seen wearing a white coat, a stethoscope and often administered medications to children in her care.” More By NewsOne Staff Jesse Jackson Demands ‘Justice Now’ At EJ Bradford’s Moving Funeral Ceremony Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. SUBSCRIBE Hopefully, Renee Bach will be held accountable for her actions. Our condolences go out to every parent who lost their child under her devilish care.SEE ALSO:All The Ways Cops Are Still Trying To Cover Up LaQuan McDonald’s ExecutionOutrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s Clothes Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist I want to offer updates on #ReneeBach as my page is blowing up thanks to the link from @sugabelly. Renee had her day in court in Mayuge District, Uganda on March 12th. She didn’t appear but had her legal team snow @WomenProbono w/paperwork & got a delay until early 2020. pic.twitter.com/fAGNLDMv95— Nikki Gagnon (@PeaceAmaniPaix) June 12, 2019 Renee Bach is a U.S. missionary with no medical training who left Virginia in 2007 and went to Uganda. By 2012, she founded a private NGO and healthcare facility called Serving His Children. She allegedly led people to believe she was a doctor and 100 babies reportedly died around her fraudulent care.READ MORE: Candace Owens Reportedly ‘Influenced’ New Zealand Mosque Terrorista