Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Heavy traffic in San Diego, CaliforniaThe possibility that autism is linked to traffic pollution has been raised by researchers in California.Their study of more than 500 children said those exposed to high levels of pollution were three times more likely to have autism than children who grew up with cleaner air.However, other researchers said traffic was a “very unlikely” and unconvincing explanation for autism. The findings were presented in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal.Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency were used to work out levels of pollution for addresses in California.This was used to compare exposure to pollution, in the womb and during the first year of life, in 279 children with autism and 245 without. The researchers from the University of Southern California said children in homes exposed to the most pollution “were three times as likely to have autism compared with children residing in homes with the lowest levels of exposure”.They have previously shown a link between autism and living close to major roads.They warn that there could be “large” implications because air pollution is “common and may have lasting neurological effects”.But how?However, other researchers questioned how pollution could alter the brain’s development and lead to autism.Uta Frith, a professor of cognitive development at University College London, said: “It seems to me very unlikely that the association is causal.”She said the study did not “get us any further since it does not present a convincing mechanism by which pollutants could affect the developing brain to result in autism”. One of the challenges with this style of study is that it is difficult to account for every aspect of life which might affect the probability of developing autism, such as family history.It means the study cannot say that autism is caused by traffic pollution, merely that there could be a link between the two. Sophia Xiang Sun, from the University of Cambridge’s autism research centre, argued that cutting pollution would be a good idea anyway.“We know that traffic-related air pollution can contribute to many other diseases and conditions, and it is biologically plausible it also has a role in pathways of autism. “However, whether or not the potential association between autism and traffic-related air pollution exists, reduction of traffic-related air pollution would be good for public health.”By James Gallagher, Health and science reporter, BBC News Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests by: – November 27, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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AquaTrojans Swim On To Victory Over Spartans

first_imgThe AquaTrojans remain undefeated following their away meeting with Connersville on Tuesday.  Girls won 125-82 while the Boys won 144-51. Individual winners include: Reagan Reany – 200 Freestyle, 500 Free; Henry Strotman – 200 Freestyle, 100 Breast; Kyle Goodwin  – 200 IM; Madison Goodwin – 50 Free; Michael Doll – 50 Free; Ayden Ketchem – 100 Fly, 500 Free; Andrew Strotman – 100 Free, 100 backstroke; Madison Goodwin – 100 Breast.  SDMS won 5/6 relays.     SDMS has one more home meet, Monday night vs. South Dearborn. Come out and support the AquaTrojans for the last time this season.     Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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McIlroy wins dramatic fourth major

first_imgRory McIlroy claimed his second major title in four weeks and a third win in succession in a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday. Mickelson then birdied the 11th to join his playing partner Fowler in the lead, the pair exchanging fist-bumps as they walked to the 12th tee, and Stenson made it a three-way tie with a birdie on the 13th. Stenson had offered a prayer of thanks to the golfing Gods when his approach had just carried the water, only to three-putt the next to drop out of the lead and effectively end his chances of a first major title. McIlroy missed good birdie chances on the 11th and 12th, the latter after seeing Mickelson in the group ahead hole from 30 feet across the green for an unlikely par. But the world number one made no mistake from eight feet on the 13th to get back into a share of the lead with five holes remaining. Fowler was the first to crack under the pressure after a wayward tee shot led to a bogey on the 14th, and when Mickelson bogeyed the 16th, McIlroy was back in the outright lead for the first time since the third hole. As the light quickly faded, McIlroy delivered the killer blow with a birdie from nine feet on the 17th to enjoy a two-shot lead playing the last. Mickelson did not seem happy with being asked to make way for McIlroy on the 18th but almost holed his pitch shot for an eagle, the birdie forcing McIlroy to make par for the win. There was almost embarrassment for PGA president Ted Bishop as he dropped the lid of the trophy in the process of presenting it. McIlroy, perhaps inevitably, made a one-handed catch to save Bishop’s blushes. A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off. McIlroy’s drive finished dangerously close to the water to the right of the fairway, but a closing par was enough for the 25-year-old to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors, his victories in the Open Championship and US PGA also sandwiched by a first World Golf Championship win in the Bridgestone Invitational last week. Lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time also makes the Northern Irishman the third youngest player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four majors, just one less than the total won by the late Seve Ballesteros and two behind Nick Faldo. It was the fourth time McIlroy had held the 54-hole lead in a major, the first leading to heartache in the 2011 Masters when he was four ahead entering the final round at Augusta only to collapse to a closing 80. Two months later he bounced back in spectacular style to win the US Open by eight shots at Congressional before winning the 2012 US PGA by the same margin at Kiawah Island. Last month he led from start to finish at Royal Liverpool, taking a six-shot lead into the final round before going on to win by two from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. This time he started the day with a one-shot lead but dropped two shots in his first six holes and trailed Fowler by three as he reached the turn, Fowler having recovered from a bogey on the second with four birdies in his next five holes. The par-five 10th had cost McIlroy a double-bogey seven on Thursday but three days later he hit a fairway wood to seven feet and holed the eagle putt to get back into contention in stunning fashion. McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness, with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green. Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie for the lead with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy on 14 under. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Three-day Florida Cup tournament bowls off today … Five teams to represent Guyana

first_imgBy Rajiv Bisnauth, in FloridaAFTER months of intense preparations, the 2017 edition of the Florida Cup Softball tournament bowls off today with ten preliminary games at the Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida.The highly-anticipated three-day tournament has attracted a total of 14 teams, who will compete in the All-Stars and Masters categories.Six high-quality and competitive teams will compete in the All-Stars Division, while eight well-oiled units, comprising players over age 45, will do battle in the Masters segment.According to a schedule released by the South Florida Softball Cricket League (SFSCL), 27 matches will be played during the three days. Fourteen games will be played today, 11 on Saturday, including the four semi-finals.The finals for both categories will take place on Sunday at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida.According to the schedule, Guyana will be represented by five teams; Regal All-Stars and Masters, Floodlights Open and Legends, along with Demerara Speedboat.Floodlights Legends are the defending champions in that category, but they will be hard-pressed to retain that title, since from all indications, the tournament has attracted the best softball players from Guyana and North America.While Chronicle Sport was unable to make contact with connections of the Floodlights Legends team, it was reported in the Guyana Times newspaper that president of the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) Ramchand Ragbeer has expressed strong optimism that both the Open and Legends teams will exceed their expectations during the tournament.On the other hand, Guyana’s top softball teams, the Regal All-Stars and Masters, are equally confident of clinching both titles.Both the Regal teams are the defending champions in the New York Softball Cricket League Independence and Legends Cup, played last July.Speaking with Chronicle Sport after yesterday’s training, player/manager of the Regal Masters team, former Guyana and West Indies off-spinner Clyde Butts, highlighted that both teams are fit and ready for the challenge ahead.“We have a very confident bunch of players, and we are confident of winning both titles,” Butts said.The Florida Cup, now in its 14th year, has developed as one of the most popular tournaments in the USA. It has created an opportunity for cricketers from any and all Softball leagues to participate in a world-class tournament, which has been held in the beautiful Sunrise State of Florida since its inception.The tournament, which has grown significantly over the years, is being held as part of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe to host World Cup qualifier in March 2018

first_imgTHE search for the final two teams in the 2019 World Cup will begin in Zimbabwe in March 2018, after it was announced the host of the qualifying tournament.West Indies will be among the countries taking part in this competition, having failed to gain direct entry into the showpiece event.They will be joined by the bottom-three ranked ODI nations – Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland – the top four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the top two from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.Originally, Bangladesh were scheduled to host the qualifiers. But with their gaining direct entry, finishing in the top eight of the ICC ODI rankings on deadline day, September 30, Zimbabwe put themselves up for consideration.The ICC inspected the facilities about a month ago and it is understood that alongside the two regular international venues – Harare Sports Club and Queens Sports Club – the grounds at Takashinga, Bulawayo Athletic Club and in Kwe-Kwe will be used for the tournament.The World Cricket League Championship is already underway, with all participants having played more than 10 matches each. Netherlands are leading the points table, with eight wins. Papua New Guinea are second, Scotland third and Hong Kong fourth. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Joshua, Parker Go Toe-to-Toe in Unification Bout

first_imgToday, boxing’s marquee fight is a major event as IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0; 20 KOs) faces WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-0; 18 KOs). Winner walks away with all major titles outside of Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt, while the loser walks away with his first lossA nthony Joshua has been a revelation since turning pro after winning gold at the 2012 Olympics, not only living up to the highest possible — and frankly somewhat irrational, on paper at the time — expectations, but becoming the sort of new generation superstar that boxing needs in a post-Mayweather era.The fact that Joshua has yet to fight in the United States doesn’t even matter that much. He’s made such a name for himself fighting at home in the United Kingdom, and with such style and presence, that he’s already started to see that American interest in his career rise. Showtime jumped on board early, sensing there was real star potential in this fighter, and they were right.So far, Joshua’s best win is a titanic struggle with a past-prime Wladimir Klitschko. While it’s good that we saw an epic Fight of the Year in the heavyweight division, there are still bridges for Joshua to cross, and one is beating a true, in-prime top heavyweight. Is Joseph Parker that guy? That remains to be seen.Sure, Parker has the WBO title, but lots of far-from-elite fighters hold titles in today’s boxing world, and it’s been that way for a long time. That’s what happens when every division has at least four recognized “world champions.”Parker is no pushover, or at least that doesn’t seem to be the case, but there is at least some sense that Joshua is simply better than him, that there’s really nothing Parker can bring to the table to pull the road game upset. Joshua is favored and he should be — so far, he’s been the better pro fighter, more impressive in his best wins, including against a common opponent, the credible and solid Carlos Takam. Parker struggled to beat Takam in 2016, with Takam’s own poor execution as much to credit as anything Parker did exceptionally well. When Takam fought Joshua last year, he was overmatched and stopped in 10.Anthony Joshua is meant to be one of boxing’s new top draws and a serious star. They’re already talking about a fight with Deontay Wilder, and there’s even that bajillion dollar potential UFC boxing offer out there in the news cycle. But he does have to take care of business with Parker first.Joseph Parker deserves some credit. He could have been content to be WBO heavyweight champion, facing a true who’s-that list of challengers, staying at home in New Zealand, comfortable and making money. He clearly doesn’t want to do that. He wants to be the best, so he’s fighting the best. Even his trip to Manchester to defend against Hughie Fury last September deserved more credit than it got. Fury may not be a top contender, really, but going on the road to face a talented young opponent is more than a lot of fighters in boxing are willing to do. Parker did it to increase his visibility, and now here we are, and he’s headed to Cardiff for this massive fight with Joshua.That’s the good stuff. The not-so-good stuff? I’m not sure, again, that there’s anything Parker can do to win this fight. I think of three fights in particular that give me pause. One, the aforementioned Takam bout, where Parker was, in my view, lucky to get out with a win. Not because he didn’t deserve it on the scorecards; he did. But because Takam gave that fight away in various rounds. It was a puzzling performance.The second came in December 2016, when Parker beat Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant WBO belt. Ruiz went to Auckland and lost a majority decision. I had that fight a draw. It easily could have gone the other way. Again, it’s not that Parker didn’t deserve it. In this case, it’s that it was truly debatable in the end, and I don’t think anyone is confusing Ruiz for Anthony Joshua any time soon.The third was last September, when he fought Hughie Fury. Miserable fight to watch, truly dreadful. Again, a majority decision in Parker’s favor. Again, I scored a draw, but the Ruiz fight wasn’t hard to score, and this one was. Parker also got a pair of 118-110 cards, which I thought were wide, but you could probably make that case. The fight was ugly and hard to score. But the thing I came away thinking was that nobody did anything effectively.So those are three performances, against his three best opponents, where I didn’t think Joseph Parker, while solid, looked like a real top-level fighter. Certainly not on par with what we’ve seen from Anthony Joshua.That said, hey, styles make fights. Just because a guy struggles against the style of Hughie Fury or Andy Ruiz Jr doesn’t mean he can’t figure out a way to beat Anthony Joshua. I’m just saying I see it as unlikely. Highly unlikely. It would be a real upset.How did these two get here?With Floyd Mayweather retired, if you wanted to argue that Joshua was the most popular fighter in boxing you would certainly have a case. The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist has been the great hope for British Heavyweight boxing since his debut in 2013, and he’s absolutely lived up to those expectations, with a flawless record. He had a major test last year against Wladimir Klitschko, and he got off the mat to put Klitschko away in the Fight of the Year and the best Heavyweight title fight in many, many years. Amazingly, he also looks like he wants to be fighting the actual top talents out there. He is bringing the spark to Heavyweight that has been missing for so long, and it’s amazing to watch.Where Joshua is the young fighter representing the hopes of England, Parker is the young fighter representing the hopes of New Zealand. Parker has been a pro since 2012 and started picking up steam on the international scene in the past 3 years. He won Tyson Fury’s vacant WBO title in 2016, and has defended it twice. Like Joshua, he’s a world champion and he’s undefeated, but his path to this point is quite different. Where Joshua has been shining under the increased expectations, Parker has seemed to be just getting by. He’s gone the distance in his last three, often scraping by with wins he really shouldn’t have to struggle for. He’s a legit top five Heavyweight, but he’s also taking a big step here.What can fans expect?There’s no doubt Joshua is the more well-rounded fighter, with more to his game – this should be his fight to win. Both men have power, but they aren’t the kind of wild one punch guys you see in Deontay Wilder. Parker’s best tool is his jab and his movement, but I’m not convinced he’s better than Joshua in either of those areas. It seems unlikely Parker can get the KO here, so he’ll need to outpoint Joshua and take him to the cards (and in Wales, to win on the cards he likely will have to REALLY outpoint him). That all seems like far too big a mountain to climb for Parker.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Syracuse releases pre-spring depth chart

first_imgSyracuse released its 2014 pre-spring depth chart Tuesday. The chart does not include injured players.Highlights:-Left tackle Sean Hickey is the only returning starter currently practicing in the same position on the line. Center Macky MacPherson graduated, left guard Rob Trudo has taken over at center, right guard Nick Robinson is out with a lower-body injury and right tackle Ivan Foy is suspended due to academics.-Ashton Broyld is staying at wide receiver and Brisly Estime is the first-team H-back. Broyld bounced back and forth between the two positions last year after seeing time in the backfield as a freshman. Estime gradually saw the field more and more throughout the season before breaking out in the Texas Bowl with a late punt return.-Freshman Corey Cooper is listed as an H-back. Enrolled early with classmate A.J. Long, the dynamic receiver appears to be the next in line (after Broyld and Estime) to take H-back 100 this semester.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text-Defensive tackle Ryan Sloan is practicing with the first team. He’s lining up next to returning starter Eric Crume, and has big shoes to fill with sack leader Jay Bromley graduated.-Rising sophomore Marqez Hodge is taking over for Marquis Spruill as the starting middle linebacker. He broke out in SU’s blowout loss to Georgia Tech last season, and showed more promise than arguably any other freshman on the defensive side of the ball.OFFENSEQuarterback10 Terrel Hunt Jr.5 Austin Wilson So.4 A.J. Long Fr.7 Troy Green So.Running back23 Prince-Tyson Gulley Sr.27 George Morris II So.29 Devante McFarlane So.34 Adonis Ameen-Moore Sr.20 Greg Tobias Sr.Fullback31 Clay Cleveland Sr.32 Travon Burke Sr.Wide receiver1 Ashton Broyld Jr.2 Quinta Funderburk Sr.22 Adrian Flemming Sr.84 Ben Lewis Jr.Left tackle60 Sean Hickey Sr.65 Jamar McGloster Fr.Left guard57 Omari Palmer Jr.71 Alex Hayes So.70 Jesse Wolf-Gould Sr.Center55 Rob Trudo Sr.78 Jason Emerich Jr.Right guard76 Kyle Knapp Jr.56 John Miller Sr.74 Seamus Shanley Jr.Right tackle67 Michael Lasker Jr.73 Jon Burton So.Tight end89 Josh Parris Jr.87 Kendall Moore So.80 Tyler Provo So.42 Jacob Green Jr.90 Cameron MacPherson Jr.Wide receiver88 Jarrod West Sr.82 Alvin Cornelius Jr.25 Jeremiah Kobena Sr.16 Keenan Hale Sr.H-back20 Brisly Estime So.13 Corey Winfield So.83 Sean Avant So.6 Corey Cooper Fr.43 Frank Santos Sr.DEFENSEDefensive end94 Robert Welsh Sr.13 Ron Thompson So.98 Trevon Trejo Sr.Defensive tackle52 Eric Crume Sr.99 Ryan Sloan Jr.Defensive tackle99 Ryan Sloan Jr.55 Marcus Coleman So.75 Wayne Williams Jr.Defensive end93 Micah Robinson Sr.51 Donnie Simmons Jr.91 Isaiah Johnson So.Outside linebacker38 Cameron Lynch Sr.49 Alryk Perry Fr.Middle linebakcer33 Marqez Hodge So.7 Oliver Vigille Jr.58 Hernz Laguerre Jr.Outside linebacker35 Dyshawn Davis Sr.10 Josh Kirkland Sr.46 PJ Batten Fr.Cornerback4 Brandon Reddish Sr.19 Joe Nassib Sr.42 Joe Stanard So.Strong safety6 Ritchy Desir Sr.24 Jaston George Jr.26 Josh Mims Jr.Free safety18 Darius Kelly Sr.15 Chauncy Scissum Fr.39 Eric Anthony So.Cornerback21 Julian Whigham Jr.2 Wayne Morgan Jr.25 Eric Jackson Jr.81 Alex Schoen So.SPECIAL TEAMSFG/PAT12 Ryan Norton Jr.36 Alex Hodgkinson Sr.P92 Riley Dixon Sr. Comments Published on March 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: SU reportedly offers 4-star forward Hameir Wright

first_img Comments Published on April 24, 2016 at 9:22 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has offered Class of 2017, four-star forward Hameir Wright, per Scout.com.The Albany (New York) Academy product is listed as a small forward on Scout and a power forward on ESPN.com. He is listed at 6-foot-8, 205 pounds by multiple recruiting sites.Wright holds offers from defending-champion Villanova, George Washington, Cincinnati and Dayton. He is ranked 59th in ESPN’s Class of 2017 top 60 and is graded an 87 by the site. Recruiting sites list him between the No. 3 and No. 5 player in the state of New York for his class.The Orange currently does not have any verbal commitments in the 2017 class and has offered three other forwards in the 2017 class: Jordan Tucker, Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba.Villanova has had a strong presence at Wright’s recent games, per Scout.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere is Wright’s sophomore season highlight video, the most recently available: Related Stories Syracuse basketball recruiting: SU offers 5-star forward Kevin Knoxlast_img read more

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Western Illinois plays Wisconsin tough once again

first_imgThe Western Illinois men’s soccer team was sent home empty-handed Tuesday night after their matchup against UW, and while a Wisconsin victory against a non-Big Ten rival may seem pretty standard, the history between these two teams shows it was anything but.“Every time we’ve played them it’s been a 1-0 game.  They come to play every time,” junior defender AJ Cochran said.  “What style they’re playing, whether they’re going to sit or whether they’re going come at us, it’s just a grind.  It’s a battle, you know?  They’ve got a good team, and we were fortunate to come out of here 1-0.”Western Illinois hasn’t been having the greatest season, with a record after last night of 3-10, and seeing Wisconsin’s record is almost the exact opposite (10-3-1), it’s puzzling to figure out why this team always gives them so much trouble.Redshirt senior Tomislav Zadro chalks it up to Western Illinois’ desire to prove itself.“Just one of those teams,” Zadro said.  “They’ve got a couple good players and they’re playing a Big Ten school, and they’re from the Summit League. I guess that they want to prove themselves, that they can play, and they can play.  They’re a good team.”Struggling with a team that didn’t seem like it would be that tough of an opponent may not be that unusual, according to head coach John Trask.“As I told my team, we’ve all been involved in games where you’re the dominant team on the field, no one questions that, both teams know it, and you just can’t find your goal,” Trask said.But Trask has nothing but respect for Western Illinois’ soccer team, especially head coach Dr. Eric Johnson.“I wasn’t sure if [Coach Johnson] would sit back [or] if he would high pressure us. He’s done different things over the years,” Trask said.  “I’ve had a lot of great matchups and played against them in the NCAA tournament before.  He’s a good soccer coach, he had those guys bought into doing something tonight and they were pretty darn close to pulling it off.  They were making it very, very difficult on us.  Compliments to the Leathernecks.”In the past eight years, these two teams have gone head to head seven times, with six of those resulting in a one-goal game.  Last year when Wisconsin and Western Illinois met up in Chicago, neither team could score, settling for a 0-0 tie.  The way Tuesday’s game began, it seemed this might be the result once again.“I was joking with [the team] that by the time the lights come on in the WARF building by tomorrow morning, it looked like the type of game where we might still be out here trying to [shoot] on goal, and have it hit the post or the goalkeeper,” Trask said.But finally Wisconsin saw an end in sight.  In the 80th minute, Zadro drew a penalty kick.  This initial kick itself didn’t find the back of the net, but the midfielder capitalized on his own rebound, slipping this second shot past the Leathernecks’ goaltender.With the one goal out of the way and only ten minutes left, both teams may have been wondering if this would be yet another one-goal game to add to their collection. After another grueling 15 minutes, this year’s contest wound up in Wisconsin’s favor.With such a close end result for the two teams year after year, it might seem that there is a long-running rivalry between Western Illinois and Wisconsin.  In reality, the teams get along very well off the field, despite any tension surrounding game time.“Some of their players played [junior college] with some of my players,” Trask said.  “There are a lot of friends between the two programs.”last_img read more

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