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Development and Validation of the Readiness for End-of-Life Conversations (REOLC) Scale

Background: Engaging in end-of-life care considerations is beneficial when the time is right. The purpose of this study is to provide a valid instrument to assess peoples readiness for end-of-life conversations before they are initiated. Materials and Methods: A community sample was recruited in study one for exploratory factor analysis of a 13-item questionnaire. In study two, psychometric properties were analyzed with structural equation modeling in a population affected by cancer. Convergent and discriminant validity were assessed with questionnaires measuring distress, depression, anxiety, fear of progression, and distress of death and dying. Results: In study one (N = 349) exploratory…

Tory MPs warn Johnson not to extend Covid curbs

The prime minister is under pressure to resist an ‘excess of caution’ as a third wave of infections grips Europe Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson faces mounting pressure from senior Tories to resist attempts to extend the blanket ban on overseas travel or delay the loosening of UK restrictions, amid new warnings over rising Covid cases in Europe. With scientific advisers warning of the risks of overseas holidays in the late spring and summer, figures from across the Conservative party demanded that the prime minister reject an “excess of caution” in reacting to an…

‘Creating something bigger’: how one couple used their family legacy to save a rare Tasmanian reserve

Bruce and Ann McGregor used a bequest of $1.6m from Bruce’s late father to buy Prosser River Reserve, protecting a diverse natural refuge On a still morning on a hill at the back of Prosser River Reserve you can watch the mist settle on undisturbed native forest in the valley below while taking in a backdrop of mountains and the Tasman Sea.You can listen as the gums overhead broadcast 20 varieties of birdsong – and, if you’re skilled or lucky, maybe catch sight of a rare bird in the canopy. Then you can walk down the ridge to Back River,……

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 20)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 20) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy Cade Metz | Wired “How the shape of deep learning—and the fate of the tech industry—went up for sale in Harrah’s Room 731, on the shores of Lake Tahoe. …[The auction for Geoff Hinton’s newly formed AI company] was the beginning of a global arms race, and this race would quickly escalate in ways that would have seemed absurd a few years before.” SCIENCE Scientists Grow Mouse Embryos in a Mechanical Womb Gina Kolata |…

Impact of Divergent Thinking Training on Teenagers’ Emotion and Self-Efficacy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, young people are experiencing a decrease in self-efficacy and an increase in mental illness. Though previous studies have shown that self-efficacy and divergent thinking training are positively related, little is known about the impact of divergent thinking training on self-efficacy and emotions. Therefore, our study seeks this answer to support teenagers injured psychologically during disastrous periods. We randomly assigned 70 students to a 2 (time: pretest, post-test) × 2 (groups: divergent thinking training, controlled) mixed design. Participants in the experimental group were given a 9-day divergent thinking training with the theme of “writing down…

Home Learning Environments of Children in Mexico in Relation to Socioeconomic Status

We explored the home learning environments of 173 Mexican preschool children (aged 3–6 years) in relation to their numeracy performance. Parents indicated the frequency of their formal home numeracy and literacy activities, and their academic expectations for children’s numeracy and literacy performance. Children completed measures of early numeracy skills. Mexican parent–child dyads from families with either high- or low-socioeconomic status (SES) participated. Low-SES parents (n = 99) reported higher numeracy expectations than high-SES parents (n = 74), but similar frequency of home numeracy activities. In contrast, high-SES parents reported higher frequency of literacy activities. Path analyses showed that operational (i.e.,…

'Climate facts are back': EPA brings science back to website after Trump purge

Move reverses former president’s order to drop all references to the climate emergency on government websitesCanceled four years ago by a president who considered global warming a hoax, climate crisis information has returned to the website of the US government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of Joe Biden’s promise to “bring science back”. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/20/epa-climate-facts-joe-biden-trump-purge

‘Our biggest challenge? Lack of imagination’: the scientists turning the desert green

In China, scientists have turned vast swathes of arid land into a lush oasis. Now a team of maverick engineers want to do the same to the SinaiFlying into Egypt in early February to make the most important presentation of his life, Ties van der Hoeven prepared by listening to the podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon – the story of how Nasa accomplished the lunar landings. The mission he was discussing with the Egyptian government was more earthbound in nature, but every bit as ambitious. It could even represent a giant leap for mankind.Van der Hoeven is a co-founder……

Coronavirus live: cases in India at four-month high; Philippines reports record infections

Cases in India at four-month high; Philippines records record infections; Denmark reports two cases of hospital staff with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after AstraZeneca vaccine China’s first local Covid case since February had been vaccinated – state media Boris Johnson receives Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s as Europe treads cautiously 10.49am GMT The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organising Committee said on Saturday that international spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan during the Olympic Games which are scheduled for this summer. Olympic and Paralympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, it said…

Covid rise in Europe makes foreign holidays unlikely, UK experts warn

Scientists say increasing cases on continent show UK must be cautious in easing restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A rise in coronavirus cases across Europe could jeopardise the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown and makes foreign holidays “extremely unlikely”, experts have warned. Several European countries have recorded increases in the number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with Italy recording a near-doubling in the past month and Paris entering a new month-long lockdown to curb the spread. Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Covid rise in Europe makes foreign holidays unlikely, UK experts warn ———

Could you spot the fish fake? Test your seafood fraud detective skills in our quiz

A Guardian analysis this week exposed the vast scale of fish mislabelling. Can you name these repeat offenders?This is often sold as red snapper. What is it really?TroutMahi mahiTilapiaSwordfishYou order delicious grouper but what is this common substitute?CatfishGiant tiger prawnCodSea bass”White tuna” is frequently on the menu, yet does not actually exist. What is this fish that’s used as a stand-in?GuppyMonkfishSpiny dogfishButterfishThis fish is often slipped on to plates as the prized bluefin tuna. What is it really?MackerelSkipjack tunaParrot fishAnchovyHake is an increasingly popular fish prized for its flaky white flesh, but in shops and restaurants you might get fillets……

Pollution takes centre stage for Louisiana congressional hopefuls

Candidates to succeed Cedric Richmond in a solidly Democratic seat in Saturday’s special election have been obliged to address the toxic effects of the chemical industry in Cancer AlleyIn Ascension parish at a jambalaya cookout, bathed in the afternoon sun, a politician made promises rarely heard in this heavily polluted region of south Louisiana, known colloquially as Cancer Alley.Karen Carter Peterson, a state senator and one of three frontrunners to become the next congressional representative for Louisiana’s second district, told the assembled crowd that she would fight the proliferation of polluting oil, gas and petrochemical plants. Continue reading… Source –…

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