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Thursday's Google Doodle Celebrates Anesthesiologist Virginia Apgar
June 7, 2018 6:00 am|Comments (0)

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Virginia Apgar was the first woman to become a full professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 109th birthday of physician Virginia Apgar, who developed the scale doctors still use to quickly gauge the health of newborn babies: the Apgar score.

The Apgar score a 0-10 scale with five criteria: Appearance (skin color, ranging from blue or pale to a healthy flesh color), Pulse, Grimace (response to stimulation, ranging from no response to an unhappy expression to full-fledged crying), Activity (arm and leg movement), and Respiration. (Conveniently, those words spell out APGAR.) Most healthy babies score a 7 or above, and anything below a 3 requires immediate medical care.

Apgar graduated from medical school in 1933. During her residency, the chairman of surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian medical center steered her toward anesthesiology, partially because surgery was an especially difficult field for women to find career opportunities in at the time, but also reportedly because he believed she had what it took to advance the field in important ways. Anesthesiology had, until recently, been the domain of nurses, but by the late 1930s had become complex enough to require physicians, and the medical field was working hard to catch up.

By 1938, Apgar was the director of a brand-new division of anesthesia at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she spent the next decade running the department, developing a residency program to train new anesthesiologists, and treating patients.

Apgar was a faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the early 1950s when she noticed that although the infant mortality rate was improving, that was mostly due to interventions after the first 24 hours. Within that crucial window of time 24 hours after birth, there had been no change in infant mortality since 1930. Apgar wanted to know why the medical field hadn’t gotten better at saving newborns – and how to fix it. The result was the Apgar score.

Later in her career, Apgar advocated for universal vaccination against rubella to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of the disease, which causes miscarriages or severe birth defects. She also worked to promote testing for birth defects.

She died in 1974 at the hospital where she attended medical school and spent two decades of her career.

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Ke$ha Celebrates National Coming Out Day
November 10, 2016 11:19 pm|Comments (0)

‘We R Who We R’ T-shirts support the Human Rights Campaign.
By Jocelyn Vena

<P><a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/kesha_/artist.jhtml”>Kesha</a> has joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign to help celebrate National Coming Out Day on Tuesday (October 11). </P><P> </P><P>The pop singer created a special message T-shirt, featuring a purple zebra, that <a href=”/news/articles/1653432/kehas-we-r-who-we-r-video-is-hot-and-dangerous.jhtml”>proclaims “We R Who We R,”</a> the title of her hit anthem about individuality. The shirts sell for $ 35, with all proceeds supporting the HRC’s work to achieve equality for the LGBT community. </P><P> </P><P>According to the <a href=”http://www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/human-rights-campaign-unveils-t-shirt-collaboration-with-kesha” </P><P>target=”_blank”>HRC website</a>, only 1,000 shirts will be produced. </P><P> </P><P>Others are also using the day to bring awareness to LGBT issues. Several notable celebrities will be honored by the Equality Forum, which is hosting an event and profiling notable LGBT members in pop culture. </P><P> </P><P>As <a href=”http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gaysouthflorida/2011/10/lgbt-history-month-honors-ricky-martin-wanda-sykes-ryan-murphy-pedro-zamora-27-other-icons.html#ixzz1aTgr8yl4″ target=”_blank”>LGBT History Month</a> rolls on throughout October, Ricky Martin, Wanda Sykes, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy and Pedro Zamora, a former “The Real World” castmember turned AIDS activist, all will be profiled by the organization. </P><P> </P><P>”We’re the only minority worldwide that’s not taught history at home, in school or religious institutions,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s founder and executive director. “Like every group that’s been marginalized, it really helps to make the case why we should take real pride in ourselves and our community.” </P><P> </P><P>Since launching the program five years ago, over 200 icons have been profiled, including Jane Lynch, Lady Gaga and Neil Patrick Harris. Lazin called LGBT month “empowering and life affirming.” </P><P> </P><P>The message comes amid increased awareness about young people being bullied, including MTV’s <a href=”http://www.athinline.org”>A Thin Line</a> campaign. The MTV film <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/shows/disconnected/series.jhtml”>”DISconnected,”</a> which premiered Monday night, focuses on issues in a world where technology controls personal lives. </P><P> </P><P>”I see the viciousness of people every day,” said <a href=”/news/articles/1672289/jersey-shore-vinny-disconnected-fight-negativity.jhtml”><P>id=”1672289″>”Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino</a> on the “DISconnected” after show. “I kind of want to be a soldier in the field, so to speak, and try to combat the negativity with a positive message. I want to help open people’s eyes up, like this movie does, to the negativity.” </P><P> </P><P><b>Check out the <a </P><P>href=”http://www.facebook.com/MTVDisCONNECTED”>Facebook</a> page for <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/shows/disconnected/series.jhtml”>”DISconnected.”</a></b></p>

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DYONYX Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Total IT Solutions
July 2, 2016 5:10 pm|Comments (0)

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Google Calendar celebrates 10th birthday with new goals feature
April 13, 2016 4:45 am|Comments (0)

Reminders on Google Calendar.

Google Calendar turns 10 years old today. To celebrate, Google has added a new goals feature to the service.

As its name implies, the new feature lets you set a personal goal in Google Calendar, which then does the dirty work of finding time in your schedule so that you can hit your objective. While Goals is available in all countries and languages where Google Calendar works, it is mobile-only, a Google spokesperson tells me, so you’ll need to update your Android or iOS app accordingly from Google Play or Apple’s App Store.

To set a goal (it can be anything that occurs regularly), you’ll have to answer two important questions: “how often?” and “best time?”. Google Calendar does the rest: It will find the best windows to pencil in time for your new goal.

The best part is that your goals will automatically adjust their timing throughout the week. Google Calendar will automatically reschedule if you add another event that’s a direct conflict with a goal:

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Google Calendar also lets you defer a goal at any time. But, that doesn’t mean you get to slack. Google Calendar will make time for it later.

In fact, Google says that Calendar gets better at scheduling the more you use it. The new feature uses machine learning to improve — every time you defer, edit, or complete your goals, Google Calendar gets a little better at choosing times for your goals.

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