SECURE DISK (SD) & MICRO SD CARDS:
THE COMMISSION ON Elections should let the first voter casting his personal ballot to inspect if the Secure Disk (SD) card and/or the Micro SD Card they are empty of any contents before his ballot is feed into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) to dispel any suspicion of fraud. (JGL Photo by MANNY SAMBRANO)
THE VOTING COUNTING Machine (VCM) is being activated by placing a key at right to turn on the machine. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
EMMANUEL MILANTE, Special Board of Elections Inspector (1) member, feeds a ballot into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) as SBEI (1) poll clerk Ceasar Balarbar looks on while journalist Joseph G. Lariosa trains his video camera on the process. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
BEFORE WE START:
DEPUTY CONSUL General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, is about to place a key on the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) to activate it as Consul Mel Lalunio, Jr., (from right), SBEI Chair, Fritz John de Jesus, SBEI (2) member, and Ceasar Balarbar, SBEI (1) poll clerk, look on. (JGLPhoto by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
CHECKING A BALLOT:
CONSUL MELCHOR P. Lalunio, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, signs a ballot after unsealing it from a mail envelop before it is batch-fed into the Voting Counting Machine (VCM). (JGLPhoto by Manny Zambrano)
LATE ON ARRIVAL:
THIS BALLOT envelope being held by Arnel Santiago of the Philippine Consulate arrived in the Philippine Consulate after the close of the submission of the ballots at 5 a.m. Monday, May 13. The ballot will no longer be counted. (JGLPhoto by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
THE MAHARLIKA HALL of the Philippine Consulate General had become virtually off-limits to the public during the past month as it has been a beehive of election-related activities and the storage area of sensitive equipment, including four Voting Counter Machines, until the election day when the media accredited by the Commission on Elections, including this reporter and Manny Zambrano of Philippine Weekly, were allowed to document the elections activities throughout the day on Monday, May 13. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
ELECTION RETURN GENERATION:
DEPUTY CONSUL General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, takes a look at the election return of the ballot coughed up by the Voting Counting Machine after the latter was batch-fed the into the VCM as Consul Lalunio, Jr., (counterclockwise), Fritz John de Jesus, Ceasar Balarbar and Emmanuel Milante look on. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
READING TALLY SHEET:
CONSUL MEL P. Lalunio, Jr., Special Board of Election Chair, reads the names of the candidates and their corresponding votes for senators and party-list parties from the first ballot receipt generated by the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) inside the Maharlika Hall of the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (April 13) morning. (JGL Photo by Manny Zambrano)
ATTY. ALVAR E. ROSALES, Administrative Officer and poll clerk of the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois, affixes his signature at a voter’s tally sheet coughed up by the Voting Counting Machine (VCM) as do Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr. and Cesar Balarbar behind him. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
CHECKING VOTERS LISTS:
CONSULAR Staff (from left, clockwise) Jacqueline Cuevas, Jose Erandio, Sheridan Sabeniano and Noly C. Dulay check and validate the names and signatures of the voters who returned their ballots Monday (May 13) during the counting of votes in the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
AFTER A HARD DAY'S NIGHT:
OFFICERS and staff led by Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin (eighth from right) pose for a souvenir near the end of the counting of votes during the mid-term elections Monday (May 13) night in the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. Others in photo from left are Cornelio “Arnel” Santiago, Wenilyn Capote, Leila Imperial, Emmanuel Milante, Radegunda Dela Cruz, Fritz John de Jesus, Consul Melchor Lalunio, Jr., Deputy Consul General Romulo Victor M. Israel, Jr., Noly C. Dulay, Atty. Alvar Rosales, Caesar Balarbar, Ragan Maning, Sheridan Sabeniano and and Consul Ryan Gener. Not in photo are Jerwyn Mamalateo, Jaqueline Cuevas and Jose Erandio. (JGL Photo by MANNY ZAMBRANO)
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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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