Construction worker suicide rates are highest in the US, CDC study says

Males working in construction have the highest suicide rates in the country, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Males working in construction have the highest suicide rates in the country, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Comparing the suicides of more than 22,000 people across 17 states in 2012 and 2015, researchers found males working in construction and extraction took their lives the most often, a rate of roughly 44 per 100,000 “civilian noninstitutionalized working persons” for construction workers and 53 per 100,000 for extraction workers.


Men working in the arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media came in second — an increase of 47 percent during the years studied, according to the CDC. Installation, maintenance and repair rounded out the top three for males in 2015.

Comparatively, in 2015, women working in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media had the highest suicide rates for females, while women in protective services came in second. The third were women who worked in health care support, according to the study.

“Among both males and females, the lowest suicide rate in 2015 was observed in Education, Training, and Library occupations,” the CDC reported.

The research comes adjacent to the rising suicide rates in the U.S. overall. The health agency announced in June the rates have been rising in “nearly every state,” with 25 states reporting a more than 30 percent increase during the study period.


“Increasing suicide rates in the U.S. are a concerning trend that represent a tragedy for families and communities and impact the American workforce,” Deb Houry, the director of the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said in an online statement. “Knowing who is at greater risk for suicide can help save lives through focused prevention efforts.”

The study Thursday is a correction to a similar 2016 study, which mistakenly included the misclassification of some workers as farmers instead of managers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Some pharmacies thwart efforts to improve access to the opioid overdose reversal drug

In response to the opioid crisis, all 50 states have changed their laws to make naloxone, the overdose reversal drug, easier to get and use.

Many states have issued standing medication orders so pharmacists can dispense the life-saving antidote without a prescription. Cities such as Philadelphia have campaigns encouraging family and friends of people at risk of overdose to carry naloxone.

Whether this is saving lives is just beginning to be evaluated, but one obstacle is clear: Many pharmacies haven’t gotten with the program.

In California, 3 out of 4 pharmacies still required a doctor’s prescription for naloxone early this year—two years after the law was changed, according to a new study by the University of California, San Francisco. Only half the stores had the easy-to-administer nasal spray in stock.

In Texas, where big chains such as CVS and Walgreens were surveyed, more than 80 percent dispensed naloxone without a prescription—but a quarter didn’t have it in stock, a study by the University of Texas found.

Why are pharmacies a weak link in this public-health effort? “Lack of knowledge of legislation, lack of required training, stigma about substance use disorder, and time,” the California researchers wrote this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, where both studies appear.

Recognizing ongoing access issues, a Philadelphia City Council committee on Tuesday recommended a bill that would require pharmacies to have a least one naloxone pack (with two doses) in stock. Council is expected to vote on the measure next week.

“We did a survey and found 25 percent of pharmacies don’t have it,” city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. “We want 100 percent to have it on hand.”

Almost 50,000 people died of opioid overdoses last year, according to federal data. In Pennsylvania, the death toll was more than 5,400, including 1,200 in Philadelphia. The epidemic has turned drug overdose into the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.

Naloxone, used by medical professionals and emergency responders for more than 40 years, reverses the potentially lethal effects of opioids, which depress breathing and induce sleepiness.

Though the most popular brand, Narcan, is not cheap—about $150 for a two-dose pack of the nasal spray—public and private insurance covers the drug, and community groups supply it for free as part of prevention programs. Philadelphia has distributed 57,000 doses through such programs since June 2017, Farley said.

On Tuesday, New Jersey launched an “opioid data dashboard” to track drug-related overdose indicators. It shows that 19,809 people in the state were given naloxone by emergency responders or police between June 2017 and September 2018. That includes 600 who died.

Eventually, the dashboard may include naloxone dispensed without prescription under the state’s standing order, said New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal.

The finding that most California pharmacies are ignoring that state’s naloxone access law “speaks to the stigma that still exists around opioid addiction,” Elnahal said. “We want to change that with strong public messaging.”

After Pennsylvania’s standing order took effect three years ago, community health nurses raised awareness by going to pharmacies in each county.

The impact of the order “is anecdotal at this point,” said Ray Barishansky, a deputy secretary with the state Department of Health. “But we are seeing an increase in the amount of naloxone being distributed.”

Studies are beginning to measure the effect of access laws, as well as so-called Good Samaritan laws that legally protect lay people who administer naloxone in an emergency.

In states with access laws, pharmacies dispensed 79 percent more naloxone between 2007 and 2016 than those in states without such laws, one study found. Another study linked access and Good Samaritan laws to a 14 percent reduction in opioid overdose deaths.

“It’s not a magic bullet,” said Corey S. Davis, deputy director of the Network for Public Health Law and a co-author of those two impact studies. “It’s not going to single-handedly solve the overdose crisis. But all the data we have suggest the more naloxone dispensing we have, the fewer deaths there will be.”

Davis hopes the next wave of naloxone access laws will require doctors to provide a prescription for the antidote to any patient taking opioids chronically.

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Exosomes ‘swarm’ to protect against bacteria inhaled through the nose

Bacteria are present in just about every breath of air we take in. How the airway protects itself from infection from these bacteria has largely remained a mystery—until now. When bacteria are inhaled, exosomes, or tiny fluid-filled sacs, are immediately secreted from cells which directly attack the bacteria and also shuttle protective antimicrobial proteins from the front of the nose to the back along the airway, protecting other cells against the bacteria before it gets too far into the body.

A research team from Massachusetts Eye and Ear describes this newly discovered mechanism in a report published online today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The findings shed new light on our immune systems—and also pave the way for drug delivery techniques to be developed that harness this natural transportation process from one group of cells to another.

“Similar to kicking a hornets nest, the nose releases billions of exosomes into the mucus at the first sign bacteria, killing the bacteria and arming cells throughout the airway with a natural, potent defense” said senior author Benjamin Bleier, MD, a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and associate professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. “It’s almost like this swarm of exosomes vaccinates cells further down the airway against a microbe before they even have a chance to see it.”

The JACI study was motivated by a perplexing previous finding from Dr. Bleier’s lab a few years ago. In studies of sinus inflammation, researchers found that proteins in the cells of the nasal cavity were also present in patients’ nasal mucus. The team wanted to know why and how these proteins were moving from the cells into the nasal mucus, hypothesizing that exosomes had something to do with that process.

The new findings described in the JACI study shed light on this process. When cells at the front of the nose detect a bacterial molecule, they trigger a receptor called TLR4, which stimulates exosome release. When that happens, an innate immune response occurs within 5 minutes. First, it doubles the number of exosomes that are released into the nose. Second, within those exosomes, a protective enzyme, nitric oxide synthase, also doubles in amount. As a well-known antimicrobial molecule, nitric oxide potently arms each exosome to defend against bacteria.

The exosome “swarm” process gets an assist from another natural mechanism of the nose—mucocilliary clearance. Mucocilliary clearance sweeps the activated exosomes over to the back of the nose, along with information from cells that have already been alerted to the presence of bacteria. This process prepares the cells in the back of the nose to immediately fight off the bacteria, arming them with defensive molecules and proteins.

In their experiments described in the JACI report, Dr. Bleier’s team sampled patients’ mucus and grew up their own cells in culture. They then simulated an exposure to bacteria and measured both the number and composition of the released exosomes. They found a doubling of both the number of exosomes and of antibacterial molecules after stimulation. The team then confirmed this finding in live patients and further showed that these stimulated exosomes were as effective as antibiotics at killing the bacteria. Finally, the team showed that the exosomes were rapidly taken up by other epithelial cells, where they were able to “donate” their antimicrobial molecules.

Along with this new understanding of the innate immune system, the authors on the JACI paper suggest that their findings may have implications for new methods of delivering drugs through the airway to be developed. More specifically, as natural transporters, exosomes could be used to transfer inhaled packets of therapeutics to cells along the upper airway—and possibly even into the lower airways and lungs.

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High fat diet has lasting effects on the liver

Consuming a high-fat, high-sugar diet causes a harmful accumulation of fat in the liver that may not reverse even after switching to a healthier diet, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

For the study, published Oct. 3 in Science Translational Medicine, the investigators developed a nanosensor that can detect and noninvasively track the accumulation of fat in the liver. They used the sensor to assess the effects of a high-fat, high-sugar diet on the livers of mice. They then evaluated the outcomes when the mice returned to a healthy diet. Unexpectedly, the researchers found that, while the fat accumulation decreases after returning to a healthy diet, some residual fat remains in certain liver cells long afterwards.

“Going on a short-term unhealthy diet binge is a bad idea,” said senior author Dr. Daniel Heller, an associate professor in the Pharmacology and Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology program at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and head of the Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “The liver remembers.”

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects up to 30 percent of people in the United States, where a high-fat, high-sugar diet is common. Patients with NAFLD develop an accumulation of excess fat in their livers. The condition can progress to a more serious disease involving inflammation, scarring and even liver cancer (called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH). People who accumulate fat inside liver cells called Kupffer cells, specifically a part of these cells named lysosomes that act like cellular garbage collectors, appear more likely to progress to serious liver disease.

“Fatty liver disease is a growing concern in the clinic and has rapidly become one of the top causes of liver disease in the United States and Europe,” said co-author and hepatologist Dr. Robert Schwartz, an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and an assistant professor in the Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology program at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. “Currently, we have no medical therapies for fatty liver disease. We tell our patients to eat better and to exercise more, which, as you can imagine, is not very effective.”

Currently, some imaging tools like ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging can help identify people with fatty livers, but these techniques often provide less detailed information. Dr. Heller’s nanosensor is the first to noninvasively detect fat in the lysosomes of the Kupffer cells, potentially identifying those most at risk of progressing.

The tiny sensor is about 1,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair and made of single-stranded DNA wrapped around a single-walled carbon nanotube. Fat accumulation in the lysosomes changes the color of light emitted by the nanosensor, and was first observed in live cells in Dr. Heller’s lab by MSKCC research associate Prakrit Jena and Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences student Thomas Galassi, the first author of the paper.

When the nanosensors are injected into a mouse, the liver filters them out of the blood and then are consumed by the organ’s lysosomes. Shining a near-infrared flashlight-like device on rodents injected with these nanosensors causes the sensors to glow. The color of the light corresponds to the fat content in the liver, allowing Dr. Heller and his colleagues to measure fat non-invasively using the device.

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NC reports the first death from Hepatitis A outbreak

North Carolina has reported its first death from Hepatitis A, a virus-borne infection that can be prevented by vaccination.

The death, which occurred in October, is part of a multistate outbreak of the potentially fatal disease, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

The state health agency does not provide any details about the death to protect the privacy of the family affected.

The hepatitis A outbreak is associated with person-to-person transmission primarily among three risk groups: people who use drugs by injecting or other ways, people who are homeless, and men who have sex with men.

To stop the spread of the disease in North Carolina, county health departments are offering free vaccinations to people who are uninsured and in the high-risk groups, said Heidi Swygard, viral hepatitis medical director in the Public Health Division at NC DHHS.

North Carolina doesn’t require vaccinations against hepatitis A, Swygard said, and many Americans haven’t developed immunity to the diseases because it’s not widely circulating.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that can pass in a few weeks as a mild illness or develop into a serious illness and last several months, according to DHHS. The agency said hepatitis A is usually transmitted through food or water that has been contaminated by feces from a contagious person.

The outbreak, announced in March 2017 by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control, has caused a spike in North Carolina hepatitis infections, primarily in Mecklenburg County.

This year, North Carolina had reported 64 hepatitis cases as of Oct. 31.

The state’s annual average for total hepatitis infections between 2013 and 2107 was 41 hepatitis cases a year.

Of the 37 cases associated with the outbreak, 20 have been reported in Mecklenburg County. Six have been reported in the Triangle: three in Wake County, two in Johnston and one in Durham.

Hepatitis A symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and stomach pain. Some patients develop jaundice and discolored urine and feces.

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Bad molars? The origins of wisdom teeth

Our grandparents and parents tell stories about the time when kids routinely had their tonsils removed. But for people born in the 1960s and later, their routine surgery stories are about having third molars, a.k.a. wisdom teeth, taken out.

As a scientist who studies the evolution and development of faces and teeth in humans and other animals, whenever I ask a room of people if they’ve had any wisdom teeth removed, the hands of at least half the audience shoot up.

People want to share their wisdom tooth stories as well as to ask: Why do we have wisdom teeth? Why do they get impacted? Why don’t we just evolve them away?

Humans are primates. Our species’ closest living cousins are African apes, specifically chimpanzees. Apes have wisdom teeth, so do monkeys. Having wisdom teeth is just part of our evolutionary legacy.

Evolved wisdom?

Just like the rest of your teeth, wisdom teeth form inside your jawbone. But they form very late compared to our other teeth.

Second molars start developing around age three. Wisdom teeth often don’t start growing until age nine, but they’re highly variable, starting as young as five and as old as 15. They erupt from the gum between ages 17 and 24, if not older.

A tooth that doesn’t properly emerge through your gums and into your mouth is “impacted.” Impacted teeth can be linked to problems including gum disease, cysts or damage to the second molar.

Even when wisdom teeth start out badly angled, they can rotate and shift position in your 20s or 30s.

Wisdom teeth are not only the teeth most often impacted, but also the teeth that often fail to form at all.

Because wisdom teeth aren’t essential to modern human survival, people often ask whether evolution is weeding out this bothersome trait. But I don’t think so.

First, impacted wisdom teeth may cause us problems, but they rarely kill us. Even if they did, for evolution to select against wisdom teeth, impacted molars would have to cull us from the gene pool before we had kids. This would stop us from passing on any genes that might lead to impaction.

But it’s unlikely that specific “impaction genes” exist in the first place. There are, however, several risk factors for impaction, including what we eat.

Cramped quarters

The main reason we get impacted wisdom teeth is lack of space at the back of the jawbone. Our team found that when wisdom teeth develop and emerge very late, most of this space is already claimed by the first and second molars, so the wisdom tooth can’t move upwards and through the gums.

A related problem is jaw growth and overall length. If the jaw doesn’t grow long enough, fast enough, later-forming wisdom teeth also run out of space and can’t erupt properly, if at all.

But space isn’t the whole story. Scientists still can’t explain why some wisdom teeth become impacted. We need new ways to help dentists reliably predict which wisdom teeth are at risk.

Something to chew on

Based on what we do know, can we prevent impaction? Maybe.

Apes rarely have impacted wisdom teeth. The same holds true for humans who eat non-industrialized diets.

Our jaws evolved to expect biomechanical stimulation from a diet of, say, nuts, uncooked veggies and raw meats. These days, we tend to feed our jaws soft, processed foods, like smooth peanut butter on squishy bread. As a result, for the past few decades, we’ve probably not been maxing out the growth potential of our jawbones.

If you’re still growing, you can act now. Start eating crunchier, chewier foods, such as nuts and raw vegetables. And if you have kids, encourage them to eat jaw-moving foods as early as it’s healthy to do so. While science can’t yet say for sure that it will work, it probably can’t hurt.

A public health problem?

Millions of wisdom tooth extraction surgeries are performed worldwide each year. The treatment rate for wisdom tooth problems is higher than the rate of impaction itself. Up to one-third of these surgeries are needless.

Extraction surgery carries its own risks, too, including injury to nearby teeth, nerves, jawbone or sinuses. That’s a big waste of time, energy, money, avoidable pain and risk. Shunning non-essential surgery is why we no longer routinely send kids for tonsillectomies.

Healthy, erupted wisdom teeth aren’t usually a big problem for most people. They may have to brush these hard-to-reach teeth extra carefully to avoid decay.

Some impacted wisdom teeth don’t pose risk. But others can damage the second molar and surrounding jawbone, or cause infection and pain. These molars probably will need to come out.

When should you get them taken out? Some surgeons prefer to remove wisdom teeth early, at age 16 or 17, even though these molars may still rotate and emerge properly. On the other hand, removing molars late in life can be harsh on elderly, fragile or ill patients.

Watchful waiting may be a reasonable approach, and one advocated by several federal and public health agencies, as well as dentists.

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Men see me as an exotic adventure: a wheelchair rider Laura about her love life

It took time, and some men, until you found your way in the relationship jungle. In the meantime, FOCUS-white-Online-guest author Laura Gehlhaar exactly what to expect from the love – and sees her wheelchair as an “asshole filter” that protects you from disappointments.

This specific kind of men arrive at the women at first glance, well, the can have any and all of the fucked, to see out of sheer boredom in me their personal challenge. But that is not enough for me, has never done it. Because I am very much more than that.

At the same time, I no longer strut, but also the perfect partner of your dreams – which may also mean always perfect here – to find, and I’ve learned to have no utopian expectations.

My appearance seems to have a fascinating effect

Honestly, that is just too exhausting. Because no matter how much I know what I want in a Partner, or how much I compromise’m willing to take: I can’t prevent that, in my compared To a movie going on in the Moment where he sees me sitting up.

My paradoxical phenomenon seems to many men to have a fascinating effect: On the one hand, I’m very self-aware, to make sure with my body, I’m loud and sometimes funny and seem outwardly strong and independent. On the other hand, I carry around a very obvious weakness with me. Only by my pure Appearance I spread automatically every bread that I have experienced in my life, already hard, formative times and perhaps help am in need of.

Maybe I’m hiding sometimes behind the disability

Many men are torn, in which drawer you make me now want to put: I Am the confident, beautiful, fairly clever Kodderschnauze or the limited, helpless, and unfortunately, disabled blonde?! It is a paradox, it’s confusing, it’s fascinating. And it’s fine for me.

Me, personally, it’s not different. Also, I sometimes waver in my reactions to men: If I don’t want to let criticism and pain to me, it is very tempting to push the Partner in the blame for the Failure in the shoes. If he can only deal with my disability, then we would still be together… … me, the guy finds to be stupid, but maybe just dominant, cocky, or simply, I do not look better. Just as I sometimes can imagine that for someone to find me just a little, because I’m exactly his type of woman. Maybe corner I hide in me even in those moments behind my disability, from my own insecurity, who knows.

I also reduced Sex under

Another phenomenon of my disability is that I am due to my limited mobility, reduced Sex. How is that going to work for, if you are not even able to run?, I was asked once. Or it is assumed that I can’t just be passive rumliege and the Sex anyway. Such questions and ideas are stupid. They are evidence of the lack of imagination and lack of imagination.

The Good thing about good Sex is that there is the good Sex. Each of us must discover for yourself, what feels good, where and how to get to his satisfaction and how you can give back to satisfaction of his partner, or his Partner, whether with or without a disability. A good feeling of the body, and communication skills are arguably the key to a fulfilling sex.

I lead a very fulfilling life

Because of my disability brings me on a daily basis, intensively with my body and to optimize my creativity, I lead a very fulfilling life. And since I have also achieved a good Portion of Humor, also black, is secured to the fun and the passion.

Relationship means, in addition to the common holidays, parties and morning Sex, but also work. In certain situations you have to put it back to the partner’s sake and happiness. You do not compromise, the feel but in the best case, even compromises. Because if you really love, it is also the most Beautiful, is when the other is happy. An interaction allows you to grow and to know yourself better learning.

For a long time I was ashamed to like me for my inability

With my disability I have met have often been the prejudice that my respective Partner must be received in our relationship especially a lot of compromises. My Partner, hear the sayings, like: Why are you doing this?, or Did you think about this? On one hand this is a great pity, because such rates provide the freedom of decision and, ultimately, your love for me into question. On the other hand, it leaves me but also annoyed when my Partner is glorified as the strong, courageous and caring man and people Pat him approvingly on the shoulder. Just because he has fallen in love with a woman in a wheelchair. I feel moved by it in a bad light and as a plea to be stamped.

This prejudiced behavior brought me often to the embarrassment, to want to prove the opposite. For a long time I was ashamed to like me for my constant and felt in the debt. And so I dragged myself to Festivals and concerts and went to my physical limits, and often beyond them. Or I ordered in the Restaurant, quite deliberately, no Steak, because I was in the right Hand a little force and not in front of others my Partner for help when Cutting wanted to ask.

A disability is not prevented from being an asshole

I wanted to deliver my environment no breeding ground for such prejudice, and tried and tried to be as self-sufficient as possible. Until I discovered that for me, this constant forced, my normality to prove to want to be much more strained, than be open and honest with the consequences of my disability and on the opinion of other shit. And a giant Turd.

If I get today’s message is that people attest to me a heavy, abnormal life due to my disability, I go out, more indulgent to become, just assume that these people have had no experiences with disabled people and that the media and other social authorities, a deficit-oriented image of disability and nurture. Maybe you just don’t know that disabled people are being as active and willing to compromise in relationships as their non-disabled partners. To have a disability does not have to mean less or more to put to. Just as a disability keeps one from being an asshole.

A man must for me to be brave, strong and caring be

It is a life-long gamble to a healthy equilibrium remains, as in every other relationship on this planet. Every man who is for me to decide that, in addition to some other properties also brave, strong and caring . I would choose no man who does not bring these three qualities, for me. I like these qualities in men. You do me good. Whether this is due to my disability, I do not know. I don’t know myself as an adult woman, Yes, without a wheelchair.

However, I know that I bring these traits and you would like to, accordingly, also in the case of my husband. This is probably my luck, because the other way I do not believe that ever a man I would engage in, is not brave, strong and caring.

My disability has shaped my personality

Only someone who is confident and knows what he wants and what he is good for, is to get me, a strong woman with a disability. Not because he can see by these features of my wheelchair and my disability, but because he takes due to these properties, all in the first place consciously, as a part of me that accepted and even contact me loves.

Only those who can remember, as a man by my side to yourself and know that modesty means to limit the thing – in this case, then I swings. No man who is not open to change in perspective that recognizes diversity and to appreciate, you know, would have the self-confidence to want me at his side.

Because I am me. Laura. Funny, determined, arrogant and opinionated. Committed, enthusiastic, hard-judging, and in the evening, like a delicate flower lying in bed and love hoping. My disability has shaped my personality, and I like the people, the they formed. And the Greatest thing about you: My disability is no longer automatically filter out all those who see me as a disabled person whose roll is chair as a Symbol of passivity and weakness. My disability is my personal asshole filter.

To The Person

Laura Gehlhaar was born in 1983 in Düsseldorf, Germany and studied social pedagogy and psychology in the Netherlands and Berlin. In 2008, she came for love and a Job in geriatric psychiatry, to Berlin. In 2014, she completed a mediation and coaching training (univ.) and now works as an author and Coach. She gives lectures about inclusion and accessibility and writes in her Blog, Mrs Gehlhaar about the big city life and the wheelchair ride. In September 2016, her first book, “Can you still make it?” in the Heyne publishing house.

This Text first appeared on the Blog Mrs Gehlhaar.

The most original baby names of 2018

When it comes to baby names, some parents go the traditional route and give their precious bundles of joy tried and true names that have been beloved for generations. Other parents, however, take a more creative route and give their babies names that are a bit further off the beaten path. In some cases, the names are even made up altogether! Parents in 2018 have given their babies some pretty unique names, to say the least. 

Parenting website BabyCenter keeps an up-to-date list of popular baby names of the year based on user data collected from parents who report what they named their babies. While these rankings are subject to change, and we can’t know for sure how popular a name is until the Social Security Administration releases the official rankings of 2018 U.S. baby names in 2019, the list does give us some insight into some of the uncommon names that parents are choosing for their little ones. Here are some of the most original names of 2018.


Geography whizzes and globetrotters might recognize Niamey as the capital of the African country of Niger, but they have probably never thought of it as a potential baby name. In addition to being the capital, Niamey is also Niger’s largest city and sits along the Niger River. This unique name follows in the footsteps of other beloved baby names inspired by international locations such as Paris, London, and Cairo.

Niamey’s history as a baby name is fairly recent, but the name is proving to be quite the contender. In 2017, users ranked the name at an abysmally low 19,630 on the BabyCenter charts, but by 2018 it had catapulted into the top 50 names for girls — talk about a big leap! Perfect for world travelers, or for people who want to pay homage to the city, Niamey is a unique baby name that we will be seeing more of in the future. 


It was just a few years ago that Lorde was telling us that we’ll never be royals, but parents of 2018 are ignoring her lyrics. They’re determined to raise their kids as princes and princesses and are picking regal names to prove it. Reign has been seeing an upward trend for girls over the last few years and hit an all-time high in 2018. In fact, it has been on the rise since Lorde debuted “Royals” in 2013, so maybe we have her to thank for the growing popularity of the name. 

It’s only in the top 500 BabyCenter names so far, but at this rate the original name will likely catch on with more parents in the near future. This isn’t the only royal baby name on the rise, either. Parents of little girls are going with Reign, but parents of boys are loving the royal moniker King, which made BabyCenter’s top 100 list in 2018.


Kayson is a modern-sounding name that is anchored in a traditional one. A more up-to-date take on the popular name Jason, a classic name that can trace its roots back to Greek mythology, Kayson has been sneakily on the rise with parents over the last few years. The spelling of this name is pretty flexible. If you aren’t a fan of the “y” in the middle of Kayson, don’t worry because you still have options if you like the sound of the name. Spelling variations of Kayson include Kason and Kasen. 

While Kayson has a distinctive ring to it, the moniker is part of an ongoing name trend of popular baby names (especially for boys) ending in the letter “n.” Other increasingly popular names that are also part of this trend include Grayson, Mason, Carson, Hudson, and Kayden, all of which consistently rank in the top 100 baby names for boys.  


This English name has been in the top 500 names for a few years now, and is slowly but steadily making its way to the top of the charts. BabyCenter users put Brinley in the top 350 names for girls in 2018. The name means “tawny,” and can be spelled in a variety of ways including Brynlee and Brynleigh. It lends itself easily to nicknames and can be broken down to Brin and Lee, giving parents two built-in options for shortening the name for their baby girls.

Brinley’s “ley” ending will appeal to the wave of parents who are choosing names ending in the syllable for their little ones. Other unique “ley” names that are catching on with parents include Kinley, Kinsley, Paisley, Finley, and Hadley. Brinley manages to sound fresh while also incorporating the trendy “ley” ending, making this name both an original and stylish pick for fashion forward parents. 


Names ending in “ley” and “ly” are quite popular right now, which has some parents turning to different spellings in order to put a new spin on beloved names. One such name is Everleigh, a spelling variation of the far more popular Everly. This new version preserves the sound of the more traditional spelling, while making it different enough to not be too common. Everly is an upwardly mobile name that hit the top hundred in the U.S. in 2017, while Everleigh lagged far behind, only coming in at 387.

This distinctive spelling of the name is climbing up the ranks too, though, and made it into the top 200 on BabyCenter’s list in 2018. It might take a couple of years for this take on the name to close the gap, so for now, Everleigh remains one of the most original names of 2018.


Avianna is a name that is both striking and elegant, so it’s pretty clear why parents are loving it for their baby girls. It broke into the top 400 on BabyCenter’s baby name charts for girls in 2018. Similar in sound to the more popular Arianna, the one letter between the two names makes a world of difference — Avianna is a great alternative if you’re looking for something a bit more original.

If you’re worried that the name is a bit too long-winded for a baby girl, you can easily shorten Avianna to Avi, Ava, Anna, or even Vianna. If you prefer a sleeker look, you could also opt to spell the name as Aviana, a variation which is catching up in popularity to Avianna. This name has a lot of potential, and it’s easy to envision the unique moniker overtaking the more traditional Arianna within the next few years.  


In a field of unique names, Little still stands out since it’s not something that most people would typically think of as name. While it’s recognizable as a last name, such as with the Little family of the book and film Stuart Little, seeing it used as a first name is quite uncommon. Little made BabyCenter’s top 200 names for boys in 2018, and is also on the rise for girls where it is in the top 300 names.

This name might be a bit too unique for some parents, though, and it’s hard to say whether a baby will appreciate being named Little once they are all grown up. The name’s ascent up the charts, however, means that a few years from now the name might not be considered that unusual, so parents who like the sound of Little could be getting in early on a trendy name by giving it to their babies in 2018


One time-tested way of creating a new and original baby name is to take an existing name and put a bit of a spin on it. That’s what’s happening with the name Alivia, a name that is in BabyCenter’s top 250 names for baby girls. Say it out loud, and it sounds nearly identical to the name Olivia, which is just one letter different. Olivia is one of the most popular names in the United States. It has been ranked in the top 10 baby names for girls since 2001, making it well overdue for an update.

Olivia itself was made up by William Shakespeare for his play Twelfth Night. Considering the fact that the playwright is famously remembered for making up many words that are still used in the English language today, we think that he would appreciate the twist parents are putting on the name he coined.


While this name isn’t exactly a new one and can trace its roots back to Greek mythology, its use as a baby name in America is far from common. Atlas was on the Social Security Administration’s baby name charts in 1883 and 1890, but then disappeared from the ranks for more than a century. It popped back up in 2013, and has seen a slow and steady rise since then. BabyCenter users ranked it in the top 300 names for boys in 2018.

The story of Atlas in Greek mythology varies depending on the source, but a couple of the more well-known legends portray him as being responsible for holding up the heavens. This version of Atlas is the one we commonly remember today, and inspired the title of author and philosopher Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged. If you want a unique name with a long legacy for your baby, Atlas is a solid choice.


Jhazelle is a name that you’ve likely never heard of, but you will in the near future. This original name calls to mind a couple of other more widely used names. It is quite similar in sound to the German name Giselle, which means “a pledge.” It is also close to the names Janelle and Jasmine. In Jhazelle, these beloved names have been rolled together in a new and unique package. Its popularity has been rather sudden, seemingly springing up overnight. In 2017, Jhazelle was barely noticeable with a ranking in the 12,000s on the charts, but by 2018 had jumped into the top 150 names for girls. 

The name’s newness on the charts makes it a prime pick for trendsetting parents. Its distinctive spelling, combined with its commonalities with classic names, make Jhazelle unique without being too unusual. This makes it ideal for parents who are looking for a name that makes a statement, but who still appreciate the sound of more traditional monikers. 


When it comes to the four seasons, Summer and Autumn are the only ones that really get much love as baby names, with Spring and Winter traditionally being rarely used. Winter has begun to break that trend, however, and has started to see use as a given name in the last few years. Winter would be distinctive enough, but some parents are taking things one step further and changing up the season’s spelling by naming their babies Wynter.

Wynter entered the top 600 BabyCenter names in 2018. Winter might be the chilliest of seasons, but it still has a lot to offer. While it doesn’t have the warmth of Summer or the rich colors of Autumn, the name Wynter calls to mind the holiday season, snowflakes, cozy nights by the fire, and cups of hot cocoa. What’s not to love, especially when the name comes with such a striking spelling?

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“The work we still will not give”

The Saratov public organization for many years helped patients with diabetes mellitus will cease to exist. The liquidation procedure will start immediately after the widely celebrated world day of struggle against diabetes. NGOs did not survive the pressure of the state, accusing diabetics in violation of the law Oberosterreich agents. Last year, the organization spent to fend off questionable status, and to date, no activities does not, of money in her accounts there.

Last week, the October district court of Saratov has satisfied the claim of Prosecutor’s office of compulsory inclusion of the Saratov regional public organization of disabled patients with diabetes mellitus (SROOMS) toregistry NKO acting as a foreign agent. Although de facto the organization no longer exists discredited the existing trial and ruined the fines imposed by the court for administrative Affairs. The organization is no money for the registration as a foreign agent, notary services now all that goes to bills, charged the bailiffs. Moreover, the appeal is considered by the Supreme court, and the people thought that there is still no final decision, they will be left alone.

Saratov spies

SROOMS worked since 2004 successfully defended the rights of patients with diabetes, beat them to medications, find the doctors.And analyze problem areas in the supply of drugs and was not silent about it.At the beginning of 2017, the social worker wrote a letter to the Governor and the chief Federal inspector, in which he criticized the system of procurement of medicines in the region, indicated that it is not effective, contains corruption risks, etc. And they even thanked for the tip. The facts were confirmed, and several senior officials of the regional Ministry of health and even lost their jobs.

And then begins a incredible. The district Prosecutor’s office receives a statement from not having any relation to Saratov diabetics student of medical University, which I read on the Internet that the NGO is funded by foreign companies. Later he will take his statement, but it won’t change anything.Prosecutor’s office initiated a case on an administrative offence and shall appoint expert check. Speaking expert, Professor of the Saratov state Academy of law Ivan Konovalov gives the conclusion: the text provides a detailed listing of financial aid received from medical organizations in Europe and the United States. The amount is very small only about 645 thousand rubles received since 2009 from several Russian subsidiaries of foreign pharmaceutical companies. But the Law on foreign agents is no minimum donation from abroad.

In addition, the expert enumerates the signs of political activities of public statements in media interviews about the problems of diabetics in the region, as well as that of patients not satisfied with the quality of domestic insulin.And concludes that ROOMSD forms the background to the discredit of authorities and reports to foreign partners information about the so-called pressure points in the region. As a result, in may 2018 diabetics were convicted of an administrative offense under part 1 of article 19.34 of the administrative code (the organization that is a foreign agent without registering in the appropriate register). The court fined the organization for 300 thousand rubles, and thereby, in fact it destroyed. Another 50 thousand roubles of the penalty was awarded to the head of SROOMS Catherine Rogadinae.

People don’t want to do this anymore

Not helped Saratov diabetics and intercession of other public organizations.In particular, the appeal to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, signed by the heads of the Russian Union of patients of the Russian diabetes Association and other major patient communities of the country.

The question of the elimination of the society of chlamydialinfection will consider on November 23. Immediately after widely celebrated in the country of the world day of struggle against diabetes. We still nedadut to work, said the current official head of the organization Laryssa Sagina. People don’t want to do this anymore. All donations that come of nanash account, write off the bailiffs. We cannot hold any event no school available or conference.

She Sagina now helps people more privately, you can do this, as before, she can’t. For example, last year we were able to help 20-year-old boy from the area who was suffering from a terrible pain in my legs, said the social worker. He had walked on the Saratov doctors, but to no avail. The organization is then able to help him with mom to go for a consultation to Moscow. We agreed with the doctors who examined the man, found the cause of his pain, gave recommendations, and now he has got a job. But if we had addressed on behalf of the organization, wrote collective letters and to achieve something, now I can only recommend to people where to go to explain how to write the letter.

Public organization in Russia is in fact helping the government to carry out its functions come to the rescue when the patients are seeing the problem, sounding the alarm, but to reach officials can’t. And yet, when asked about it cares for patients, but forced to remain silent doctors. When you submit a formal organization that can speak on behalf of many people to get on the same level with Ministers and deputies, – says the mother diabetic girl reporter Saratov news Free news (Saratov) Anna Mukhina. It’s one thing when I’m just a mom, or a sick person. It’s quite another when my back is organized. It’s good that we still have social networks and instant messengers which allow people to organize themselves.

None of the NGOs in Russia have not experienced such pressure

According to the Bureau member of the Public Council of premonstrate of Russia Nikolay Dronov, representing the interests of the organization in court, arranged in Saratov judgment, very similar to revenge because of the complaints of diabetics is broken corrupt system of public procurement of medicines in the region. According to him, there are no legal grounds for the recognition of an organization as a foreign agent was not, and the proceedings were conducted with many procedural violations (for example, procuratorsgeneral ordered examination, without waiting for the appointment of the court, and not even releasing the corresponding definition). At the same time, judging by the unprecedented pressure on the organization, this is clearly not the level of the middle of the region and its activities, Ministry of health of the Saratov diabetics interested even FSB and Ministry of justice. It is obvious that behind all this is someone’s commercial interest. I can’t tell who exactly this small organization crossed the road, but none of the NGOs in Russia have not experienced such pressure. It is usually sufficient inspections of the Department and local authorities, the human rights activist believes.

Well, to protect the rights of diabetics now no one: according to the law it should deal with the Prosecutor’s office, but instead she pursues patient organizations than herself, without any foreign agents undermines the authority of the government, says the drones. Recently became widely known history of the 28-year-old Saratovsky, who died in September from complications of diabetes. The last months of her life she spent in the struggle for vital medication. From January 2018, the employees of the city polyclinic №20 do not write out preferential recipes on the necessary drugs.

As found by the regional Prosecutor’s office, this was done in tacit indication of the regional Ministry of health, not in time to buy drugs for beneficiaries. Auction for delivery was announced only in may, and the contract concluded in August. All this time the girl’s family was forced to buy medicines at their own expense, but the right amount of money is not enough. Desperate people turned for help to the Commissioner for human rights in the Saratov region from which the complaint came to the Prosecutor’s office. But that at this time was busy dealing with a foreign agent.

Irina Reznik

Societies publish new guidance for the treatment of slow, irregular heartbeats

The American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Heart Rhythm Society today released a guideline for the evaluation and treatment of patients with bradycardia, or a slow heartbeat, and cardiac conduction disorders.

In the guideline, bradycardia is defined as a heart rate of less than 50 beats per minute, compared to a normal heart rate of 50-100 beats per minute. A slow heartbeat can limit the amount of blood and oxygen that is pumped to all the organs of the body. Bradycardia is generally classified into three categories—sinus node dysfunction, atrioventricular (AV) block, and conduction disorders. In sinus node dysfunction, the sinoatrial node, the main pacemaker of the heart, cannot maintain an adequate heart rate. In AV block, there is partial or complete interruption of electrical impulse transmission from the atria to the ventricles. Cardiac conduction disorders occur when electrical impulses in the heart that cause it to beat are delayed. Common conduction disorders include right and left bundle branch block. Bradycardia and conduction abnormalities are more often seen in elderly patients.

The writing committee members outline the clinical presentation and approach to clinical evaluation of patients who may have bradycardia or conduction diseases. They reviewed study data and developed recommendations from the evidence. These recommendations include the selection and timing of diagnostic testing tools—including monitoring devices and electrophysiological testing—as well as available treatment options such as lifestyle interventions, pharmacotherapy and external and implanted devices, particularly pacing devices. The authors also address special considerations for different populations based on age, comorbidities or other relevant factors.

Conduction abnormalities are common after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The guideline includes recommendations on post-procedure surveillance and pacemaker implantation. The guideline also addresses ways to approach the discontinuation of pacemaker therapy and end of life considerations.

The writing committee members stress the importance of shared decision-making between the patient and clinicians, as well as patient-centered care.

“Treatment decisions are based not only on the best available evidence but also on the patient’s goals of care and preferences,” said Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville and chair of the writing committee. “Patients should be referred to trusted material to aid in their understanding and awareness of the consequences and risks of any proposed action.”

Yet, according to the authors, there are still knowledge gaps in understanding how to manage bradycardia, especially the evolving role of and developing technology for pacing.

“Identifying patient populations who will benefit the most from emerging pacing technologies, such as His bundle pacing and transcatheter leadless pacing systems, will require further investigation as these modalities are incorporated into clinical practice,” Kusumoto said. “Regardless of technology, for the foreseeable future, pacing therapy requires implantation of a medical device, and future studies are warranted to focus on the long-term implications associated with lifelong therapy.”

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