Review: Cateye’s Customizable, Reliable & Legible Micro Wireless Cycling Computer

first_imgAs much fun as it can be to track every ride, creating maps and competing with frienemies, for the most part I ride in order to get away from the connected world: satisfied to know only how much daylight remains and how far I am from home.  And for that, I’ve long been a fan of Cateye’s wireless computers.A long-time player in the on-bike electronics market, Cateye is a company that not only supports local shops but also the end user.  For a couple of generations now, their wireless head units and sensors have been interchangeable, and every spare that an owner could want is reasonably priced and available directly from their US office in Boulder.  Building on the Strada line’s body-as-button architecture, the Micro Wireless adds a customizeable third display line and a bit of bulk while shaving $5 from the equivalent Strada’s price tag.  After several months on multiple test bikes, has the Micro lived up to its predecessors’ reputation?  Hit the jump to find out!Because bikes are fun and colors are fun, the Micro Wireless is available in black, white, lime, red, and blue.Mounting quickly and easily to most stems or handlebars with the brand’s secure FlexTight bracket, only a change to Syntace’s massive Megaforce stemforced a swap to the similarly secure $2(!) Zip Tie Bracket kit shown here.  Basic clock and wheel size setup is quick and easy using the supplied manual.  In what may be a first, Android and iPhone apps are also available to walk users through the process.For riders who like to keep an eye on the clock, their distance, or average speed without cycling through other functions, the Micro’s signature feature is the ability to change the top display line to show the metric of their choice.While riding, the bottom third of the computer serves as the button which cycles the bottom display through its views and the clicks are nice and distinct.  Pressing down on the center nub starts/stops the stopwatch- a nice feature.  Finally, a “night mode” can also be selected in which a button press will activate the backlight for 5 seconds (in order to spare the battery, night mode deactivates after the bike has stopped for 10 minutes or if the battery is low).There should be a nub there.Cateye figure that the inexpensive, nickel-sized CR2032 battery is good for about a year’s worth of riding at 1hr every day- which awfully nice when compared to charge-weekly GPS units.  The same battery is used for both the head unit and the sensor and while a low battery indicator is provided, inconsistent cold-weather performance or dim displays are a good indicator that it’s time for some fresh juice.Using an analog signal, the Micro Wireless is susceptible to interference from high-powered bike lights- but that’s not uncommon and interference-resistant digital models tend to cost significantly more.  My only real complaint with the Micro (and Strada) Wireless is the fact that the little retaining nub on the mounts is prone to snapping off if the computer is removed in cool weather.  Unfortunately, daylight savings time both begins and ends when temperatures are low and sure as spring follows winter, a ($5) bracket replacement followed this spring’s time change.All in all, the Micro wireless is a nicely-featured computer in a nice, compact package.  Bracket nub aside, the Cateye has been a great, reliable, and easy to use little computer.  At $60, it’s not cheap– but past Cateye computers have held up to years’ of on- and off-road use in all weather without asking so much as a 75-cent battery now and then.  If your ride documentation needs don’t extend much beyond distance, speed (including average and max), and the need to make it home for dinner, then the Micro Wireless is a great choice.  Just leave it on the bike when the weather’s cold.marcwww.cateye.comlast_img read more

Watch the 2020 Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival, Hosted by Jelani Alladin

first_img As previously announced, the sixth annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival will take place on June 15 at 7PM ET. Jelani Alladin, a former Broadway.com vlogger, is set to host the virtual event, which will spotlight over 160 students. The evening will also include appearances from Adam Chanler-Berat, James Harkness, Carly Hughes, George Salazar and Sherie Rene Scott. Viewers will be able to stream it here or at the bottom of this page.The event is a celebration featuring five outstanding high school student productions from the 2019-2020 school year, which were selected from over 30 productions across the city by a panel of professional theater artists and educators. Over the course of the festival’s six-year history, school productions from all five boroughs have performed at the event. On June 15, students will present excerpted scenes and musical numbers from Aida, The Wolves, Fame, Lucky Stiff and Hairspray. Jelani Alladin(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Commentslast_img read more

Study boosts evidence that flu raises heart-attack risk

first_imgMay 26, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – It has long been suspected that influenza increases the risk of heart attacks, but the connection has been nebulous because it’s difficult to distinguish the effects of flu from the effects of cold weather, which prevails in flu season in temperate regions.Now, a British-Chinese  research team says its analysis of 10 years’ worth of flu, heart-attack, and weather data in the United Kingdom, a temperate country, and Hong Kong, a subtropical place, provides stronger evidence that flu contributes to myocardial infarction (MI).Writing in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, the researchers conclude that up to 5.6% of MI-related deaths in Hong Kong and up to 3.4% of such deaths in England and Wales between 1999 and 2008 were attributable to flu.”We found a consistent association between seasonal influenza circulation and acute MI-associated hospitalizations and deaths in 2 different settings characterized by differing populations, climates, and patterns of health-seeking behavior,” says the report. The study was led by Charlotte Warren-Gash of Royal Free Hospital in London.In an accompanying commentary, two flu specialists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the study strengthens the case for a link between flu and heart attacks and points up the need for flu vaccines that are more effective in elderly people.Comparing MIs and flu activityThe authors say their study apparently is the first to examine the connection between flu activity and national rates of fatal and nonfatal MI in two different places and populations.The researchers used government sources to gather data on MI-related hospitalizations and deaths in England and Wales and in Hong Kong for the period January 1999 through December 2008. They also relied on official sources for daily temperature and humidity data. For comparison, they also gathered data on two conditions not likely to be associated with flu: colon cancer and femoral neck fractures.To track flu activity, the team examined general practitioner (GP) flu consultation rates for influenza-like illness (ILI) in the UK, while in Hong Kong they used the percentage of respiratory specimens that tested positive, since ILI data are deemed less specific for flu in subtropical areas. They compared the flu activity and MI data by week and used a regression analysis to control for the effects of temperature and humidity.The analysis showed there were 1,219,150 MI-related hospitalizations and 410,204 MI-related deaths in England and Wales during the 10 years, for a median of 2,421 hospitalizations and 777 deaths per week, with a marked winter peak. ILI consultations ranged from 0.8 to 270.8 per 100,000 population per week and were highest in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.For the same period, Hong Kong had 65,108 MI-linked hospitalizations and 18,780 deaths, for medians of 110 and 32 per week, respectively. The Hong Kong data showed a large winter peak and a small summer rise in MIs.A strong associationAfter adjusting for temperature and humidity, the scientists found a “strong association” between GP consultations and MI-linked deaths in England and Wales. The association was clearest in models featuring “lag times” of 1 or 2 weeks between MI-related deaths and increases in flu indicators. For a 1-week lag, the incident rate ratio (IRR) was 1.051 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.043 to 1.058; P<.01).An association between flu activity and MI-related hospitalizations was also found for England and Wales, but it was smaller than the link between flu and MI deaths.For Hong Kong the analysis showed a strong link between the proportion of specimens positive for flu and MI-related deaths occurring in the same week (no lag time) (IRR, 1.077; 95% CI, 1.013 to 1.145; P=.018), after adjustments for temperature and humidity. The analysis showed a slightly smaller association between flu diagnoses and MI hospitalizations in Hong Kong.Depending on the seasonality model used, the researchers estimated that in England and Wales, 3.1% to 3.4% of MI-related deaths and 0.7% to 1.2% of MI-related hospitalizations were due to flu. For Hong Kong the estimates were 3.9% to 5.6% of deaths and 3.0% to 3.3% of hospitalizations. All of the estimates were found significant, with P values of .018 or lower. In both countries, the link between flu and MI was strongest in the oldest groups (80 years and older).The findings were most striking for weeks of peak flu activity, according to the authors' models. At those times, 9.7% to 13.6% of MI deaths in Hong Kong and 10.7% to 11.8% of MI deaths in England and Wales were attributable to flu.The analysis showed no association between flu activity and colon cancer or fractures of the femoral neck.Study helps build the caseIn the commentary, Lynn Finelli and Sandra S. Chaves of the CDC write, "This well-designed and -analyzed study adds to the pool of evidence supporting a relationship between influenza and AMI [acute MI] independent of temperature and humidity and is the first to our knowledge to propose influenza-attributable proportions for acute myocardial hospitalization and death."The commentators note a couple of limitations in the study. For one, the authors did not look into the effects of viruses other than flu. Another problem is the "inconsistent lag times observed between countries and among outcomes for ILI visits/influenza circulation and hospitalizations and deaths."The study does not address exactly how influenza might contribute to cardiovascular events. Finelli and Chaves say acute respiratory infections trigger responses such as an increase in white blood cells and release of cytokines, which may make atherosclerotic plaques more prone to rupture and block coronary arteries.As for the overall case for flu as a contributor to MI, the commentators say, "There is consistent ecologic evidence that overall cardiovascular mortality is related to influenza virus circulation and ILI activity, and there is consistent ecologic and individual level evidence that occurrence of AMI can be temporally related to acute respiratory infection including ILI."The data "are compelling so far," but the evidence is not yet conclusive, they add. Still needed are prospective studies of MI in individuals with laboratory evidence of flu infection.Praise and questionsThe study drew qualified praise from another veteran flu researcher, Lone Simonsen, PhD, research director at Georgetown University's Department of Global Health in Washington, DC."This is a carefully conducted time series analysis, making a good case for MI being associated with influenza. I especially like the consideration of non-influenza outcomes like colon cancer and hip fractures," she commented by e-mail.She also hailed the use of two locations with different climates and flu seasons and the tracking of MI events in entire populations—"very different from longitudinal studies where the number of MI events is typically limited."However, Simonsen said she was bothered by the finding that in the UK, the link between flu and MI was clearest in models showing increased MI events before, rather than after, increases in flu activity."Usually in this type of study one would expect to see a temporal pattern of influenza peaks followed by MI peaks," she said. "For example, it is understood that pneumonia hospitalizations and deaths typically peak a few weeks AFTER peak influenza activity. . . . For England and Wales, the MI peak for hospitalizations (and deaths) occurred 2, 3, and 4 weeks BEFORE the influenza peak."This may of course be explained by some delay in adult patients seeking care for influenza—2 to 3 weeks is a long time. But one has to wonder about the possibility that other winter-seasonal pathogens are playing a role; for example RSV [respiratory syncytial virus] activity often peaks earlier than influenza."Simonsen suggested that further research on the issue should focus on flu epidemics with unusual timing, such as the early flu season of 2003-04 and the H1N1 pandemic in the summer and fall of 2009. If there were early peaks of MI activity in those seasons, it would strengthen the evidence that the association is real, she said.The study authors address the issue of the UK lag times between MI and flu activity in their discussion, commenting that one British study showed that phone calls to the National Health Service for colds and flu preceded GP reports of the same symptoms by 1 to 3 weeks. "This may explain why we saw the best model fits, and greatest estimates of effect, when UK influenza data was lagged by -1 to -3 weeks (representing our assumptions that reported ILI consultations represent illness occurring in the community some time earlier)."However, they acknowledge that "peaks in MIs might precede GP reports of ILI if triggered by other synchronous environmental events." But they add that they used sensitivity analyses to control for temperature.Policy implicationsFinelli and Chaves comment that the findings imply that increasing vaccination coverage in people at risk for heart attacks might reduce their risk of such events. However, they note that several retrospective studies of the effects of flu vaccination on the risk of cardiovascular events have yielded inconsistent results."Because influenza vaccine effectiveness is suboptimal, especially in older people, the opportunity to prevent influenza-related complications in this population will benefit from the development of more immunogenic and effective vaccines," they write.Warren-Gash C, Bhaskaran K, Hayward A, et al. Circulating influenza virus, climatic factors, and acute myocardial infarction: a time series study in England and Wales and Hong Kong. J Infect Dis 2011 Jun 15;203(12):1710-7 [Abstract]Finelli L, Chaves SS. Influenza and acute myocardial infarction. (Commentary) J Infect Dis 2011 Jun 15;203(12):1701-4 [Full text]See also:Sep 21, 2010, CIDRAP News story "Study on flu shots and heart-attack risk questioned"last_img read more

Study: Wise antibiotic use for ear infection relies on communication

first_imgAlthough “watchful waiting” (WW) is the recommended approach to antibiotic treatment for acute ear infections in young children, a recent survey of parents suggests that relatively few physicians fully explain the rationale for this approach, including the nature of acute otitis media (AOM) and the risks of antibiotic overuse.The survey, described in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, showed that only 10% of parents recalled receiving information about the adverse effects of antibiotics, and only 4% reported receiving comprehensive information about the why and how of WW.But the study also showed that parents who did remember hearing detailed information about WW were more likely to follow that advice.Parents often skepticalAs noted in the report, WW involves providing antibiotics for young children with AOM but advising caregivers not to use the drugs unless symptoms persist. Although studies support the practice, parents “remain skeptical and generally unenthusiastic,” and consequently the approach is underused, the authors say.In the study, five researchers from Pennsylvania State University questioned a nationwide sample of 134 parents of children under 5 years old who had AOM. The parents had been provided with antibiotics to be used in case their children’s symptoms didn’t improve within a specified time.The study’s twofold aim was to examine how well parents’ recall of healthcare providers’ explanation and instructions matched American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on WW, and to assess the relationship between parental recollections and reported compliance with WW.The AAP guidelines for pediatric AOM advise providers to use the clinical exam to determine if the patient has AOM, which is bacterial, as opposed to a viral condition, the report notes. For severe AOM, immediate antibiotic treatment is recommended, but the guidelines suggest WW for patients under 2 years old who have mild AOM and for those 2 years and older who have “nonsevere” AOM.The guidelines say providers should explain the self-limited nature of most AOM episodes and the potential adverse effects of antibiotics. In addition, providers are advised to tell parents to monitor their children’s condition, use analgesics (such as acetaminophen), and obtain follow-up care.Few parents heard about antibiotic risksOnly 10% of the parents recalled getting information about the harmful effects of antibiotics, while 58% reported learning about the nature of AOM, and 64% reported being told about one or both of these topics, the report says.Three fourths of the parents recalled being told to monitor their child’s symptoms, but only 29% reported getting advice about medication for pain, and 22% reported an offer of follow-up care during the WW period.Only 4% of the parents recalled receiving at least one of the two types of explanation (risks of antibiotics and the nature of AOM) and all three types of instruction, the authors found.The survey also revealed that 27% of the parents did not comply with WW.”Of parents who complied with WW, 63% reported that the physician explained the nature of AOM (versus 42% of noncompliant parents), 88% reported being instructed to monitor their children’s symptoms (versus 61% in the noncompliant group), and 38% reported instruction to use medication to manage pain (versus 14% of the noncompliant parents),” the report says.A statistical analysis indicated that compliance was significantly associated with having received information and advice on these three topics. The analysis showed that explaining the risks of antibiotics and instructing parents on follow-up care did not have statistically significant effects. But the number of parents who recalled hearing about antibiotic risks was so low (10%) as to prevent a strong test of the effect of this information on compliance, the authors said.Misunderstandings revealedIn other findings, even when parents reported hearing explanations about the risks of antibiotics, their understanding of the subject was not necessarily correct, the survey showed. One participant reported, “If children are given antibiotics when it is not necessary, they can build up an immunity to them.” This misunderstanding illustrates the challenge of understanding antibiotic resistance and the need for healthcare providers to more clearly communicate the dangers of overuse, the authors said.The findings, the researchers said, suggest that providers don’t fully follow the AAP guidelines when communicating with caregivers about WW, an interpretation that is consistent with high rates of injudicious antibiotic prescribing for AOM. But the results almost certainly also reflect parents’ difficulty in understanding and remembering what providers tell them.”The current study provides evidence that health care providers are not powerless to resist parents’ misconceived desire for antibiotic treatment, but can use explanation and instruction to guide them toward compliance with WW,” the researchers comment. “A starting point is ensuring that key elements of explanation and instruction are actually provided, which will also bring providers into alignment with AAP guidelines.”MacGeorge EL, Caldes EP, Smith RA, et al. Reducing unwarranted antibiotic use for pediatric acute otitis media: the influence of physicians’ explanation and instruction on parent compliance with ‘watchful waiting.’ J Appl Commun Res 2017 (published online May 30) [Full text]See also:Related Jun 5 press releaselast_img read more

Kenneth Davis Named President of Eaton’s Vehicle Group; Joseph Palchak to Retire in June 2011

first_imgCLEVELAND — Eaton Corp. has announced that Kenneth Davis has been named president of its Vehicle Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011, succeeding Joseph Palchak who has announced his decision to retire at the end of June, 2011. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Palchak will continue to report to Craig Arnold, vice chairman and chief operating officer – Industrial Sector, and will be assisting with the transition in addition to some specific projects until his retirement. In his new role, Davis will report to Craig Arnold and will be responsible for the company’s automotive and truck businesses. Davis’ current role as president – Americas for Eaton’s Vehicle Group will not be filled. “Ken’s deep knowledge of the vehicle segment combined with his global business experience and strong leadership skills will be instrumental as we continue to grow in critical markets around the world,” said Craig Arnold, vice chairman and chief operating officer – Industrial Sector. “We are pleased he will be assuming this leadership role.” Since joining Eaton in 1986, Davis has held management positions of increasing responsibility including president – Americas for Eaton’s Vehicle Group, president of the company’s Light- and Medium-Duty Transmission business and vice president and general manager for Eaton’s Clutch business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University in Indiana and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He will continue to be located in Galesburg, Mich. Advertisement Joe Palchak will continue to report to Arnold and assist with the transition process until June, 2011. “During the past three years, Eaton’s automotive and truck businesses have come together under Joe’s leadership,” said Arnold. “He has created a streamlined regional organization that adapts quickly to the evolving business environment and responds efficiently to customer needs. I want to thank him for continuously embodying Eaton’s values and for his steadfast leadership of our Vehicle Group during the recent volatility of the past several years.” Palchak joined Eaton in 1973 as a trainee with the Forge Division. Since then he’s served in a variety of leadership positions including president – Vehicle Group, president – Automotive Group, president – Engine Air Management Business and president – Powertrain and Specialty Controls Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.last_img read more

INOX Air Products secures Indian PV supply contracts

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Dearman engine to be displayed at Business and Investment Forum

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Half of DanTysk’s Foundations Now Installed (Germany)

first_imgHalf of the total 80 wind turbine foundations have been installed at the DanTysk offshore wind farm.Jack-up vessel Seafox 5 performed the installation of the 40th DanTysk foundation over the weekend, Holger Grubel from Vattenfall wrote on the project’s blog. “With half the work now complete, we can celebrate ‘Bergfest’ as would be typical for a German construction project,” Mr. Grubel added. The construction work is progressing well and without any major obstacles. Technical difficulties that occurred during the installation have been successfully resolved by the experienced team on board the Seafox 5.  Mr. Grubel highlighted: “The crew on board the vessel are now feeling very comfortable on how to manoeuvre the vessel in difficult weather conditions close to a foundation location. “The banks man, all people on the deck doing the actual installation, are squeezing the minutes from the installation process to reduce the time needed to lift, up-end and pile the MP and to lift, place and grout the TP. According to him, all this has led to a record-breaking turnaround time of less than six days from departure from port of call to Seafox 5’s installation of four foundations.[mappress]Offshore WIND Staff, August 14, 2013; Image: Vattenfalllast_img read more

Woodside, Cheniere close Corpus Christi LNG deal

first_imgWoodside of Australia said that the conditions precedent to the LNG deal it has signed last year with Cheniere’s unit Corpus Christi Liquefaction have been satisfied.Cheniere has just made a final investment decision on the construction of Trains 1 and 2 of the Corpus Christi liquefaction project.Under the deal, Woodside will buy about 0.85 million tonnes of LNG per annum from the Corpus Christi project on start-up of the second train at the export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas.LNG will be purchased on a free on board basis. The price payable by Woodside will be 115% of the monthly Henry Hub price plus US$3.50 per million British thermal unit (MMBtu), in line with contracts signed with the other buyers from the Corpus Christi LNG project, Woodside said in a statement on Thursday.The twenty-year agreement includes an extension option of up to an additional ten years and a mechanism that gives Woodside the option to forgo deliveries with sufficient notice through the payment of US$3.50/MMBtu for cancelled quantities.Cargoes to Woodside from Train 2 are expected to start in 2019. LNG World News Staff; Image: Woodsidelast_img read more

The enemy within

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more