“I SUPPORT MY DAUGHTER'S CALL FOR REVOLUTION!"
STANDING BY HIS DAUGHTER'S CALL FOR REVOLUTION, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chair Virgilio “Alma Rio” S. Almario told the philamessenger.com in an exclusive video interview Friday (June 15) in Chicago, Illinois that he “supports” his daughter's call for “revolution” “because we are precisely of the same orientation. You like to continuously pursue a revolution of consciousness in the Philippines.” Behind him is Philippine Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin, who hosted him to deliver a lecture titled, “Valuing the Priceless: The Importance of Research in Philippine Arts and Cultural Preservation' on Friday, June 15, at the Towner Fellows’ Lounge of the Newberry Library in Chicago. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
"RESIST! RESIST! RESIST!"
ANI ROSA ALMARIO-DAVID, Ph. D., told more than 2,000 graduates of Ateneo de Manila University last May 26 that “Our present national situation calls for a revolution. And quoting the (Marcos pre-martial Ateneo students') manifesto (dated Nov. 27, 1968, 'Down from the Hill') again, Ateneans have the moral intellectual obligation to lead this revolution. “Batch 2018, these are difficult times, and so our country ask him to muster everything that Ateneo has given you. All your magis and your cura personalis (Latin for “care for the whole person.”) be the voice of the voiceless, be the courage of the weak. Be truth. Be hope. Resist! Resist! Resist!” (JGL Screenshot of Ateneo Facebook video clip)
VIEWING RIZAL'S WRITINGS:
NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURE AND THE ARTS CHAIR Virgilio S. Almario (second from left) is talking to another guest while viewing some of the writings of Jose Rizal as part of the Filipiniana collections being held by the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois on June 15 after delivering a lecture titled, “Valuing the Priceless: The Importance of Research in Philippine Arts and Cultural Preservation” at the Towner Fellows’ Lounge of the Newberry Library. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
HEADLINE CALLING FOR REVOLUTION!
THE NEWS CLIP of this headline story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer was shown by this reporter to Mr. Virgilio S. Almario, chair of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, for his comment on June 15 inside the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois after he delivered a lecture titled, “Valuing the Priceless: The Importance of Research in Philippine Arts and Cultural Preservation.” (JGL Screenshot of the Philippine Daily Inquirer website)
HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY TRIP BACK HOME!
FEDORA HAT-WEARING National Commission for Culture and the Arts Chair Virgilio S. Almario smiles during a photo op with Joseph G. Lariosa of the philamessenger.com after his lecture and interview at the Towner Fellows' Lounge of the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois on board a SUV that would rush him to O'Hare International Airport en route to the Philippines. (JGL Photo courtesy of Anna Liza Alcantara, Cultural Officer of the Philippine Consulate)
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Endurance sport has a beneficial impact on physical and mental performance and this can be seen in blood test results. In collaboration with the Health and Prevention Center of the Healthcare Institution for City of Vienna employees, a group of researchers from the biobank at MedUni Vienna has now shown, in a study conducted with older marathon runners, that these laboratory data could be used in the opposite way to predict future changes in fitness. This information can be used to optimize individual training programs.
The generally beneficial effects of endurance sport upon the health of older people has long been known. In the APSOEM Marathon Study, which has been running since 2009, MedUni Vienna's biobank has already demonstrated that the cognitive ability and mental state of older marathon runners aged >60 are significantly better than those of comparable age groups who do not engage in any endurance sport. The data gathered in this study have now been used for a further study to investigate whether specific blood parameters can be used in the opposite way to predict future changes in fitness.
Since older people have greater potential for improving their fitness than younger people, a follow-up study conducted by a research group headed by doctor and molecular biologist Helmuth Haslacher from MedUni Vienna, in collaboration with Robert Winker's team from the Health and Prevention Center of the Healthcare Institution for City of Vienna employees, took blood samples from 47 marathon runners before an ergometer test, in order to carry out laboratory tests to determine levels of analytes, including inflammatory markers, muscle and liver parameters.
Ergometer tests were repeated after an interval of three years and approximately two thirds of the athletes showed a decline in fitness since the initial test. In fact, it was possible to use the earlier blood results as a basis for predicting who had lost fitness by the time of the follow-up examination, whose fitness level had remained the same and whose had even improved. It was therefore demonstrated that blood tests can be useful for predicting future changes in fitness resulting from endurance training.
The next step for the study group will be to carry over the findings from the marathon runners to larger groups and other types of sport to find a future application for the research results. One possibility would be to develop an app for checking fitness.
The biobank of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital is a central service facility dedicated to the storage of human tissue, cell material and body fluids for more in-depth diagnosis, academic research projects and clinical tests, as well as working-up samples by way of a medical service. Within the Austrian research infrastructure BBMRI.at, MedUni Vienna biobank works closely with the biobanks and medical archives of the other Austrian universities. The consortium has set itself the joint goal of improving the quality of biomaterial used in biomedical studies and hence increasing the reliability of research results nationwide. (PM)
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