2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Originally published July 8. Update, July 19: Added recap information. Meet the mid-engine 2020 Chevy Corvette 1:55 Chevrolet 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 is a mid-engined reinvention 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray vs. C7, Ford GT and Porsche 911 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants, report says Mid-engine 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette will be priced below $60,000 Enlarge ImageHere it is, the 2020 Chevy Corvette. Jennifer Altman/Chevrolet General Motors finally debuted its long-awaited, eighth-generation, mid-engined 2020 Chevy Corvette on Thursday night. Rather inconveniently, it did so at an evening event in Southern California, meaning that for many enthusiasts across the country, the new C8 rolled onto stage after their bedtimes. Did you miss it? If you did, you’re not out of luck. You can still watch the livestream on replay and be ready for your officemates’ all-important water-cooler discussions. And even if you did see the rakish new mid-engined Bowtie hit the stage, you may still want to go back and revisit it to dig out every last nugget of information, or simply to decide whether you like the way the new car looks. Check out our embed of the replay below. Share your voice Sports Cars Performance Cars Comments 9 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package Chevrolet 2020 Chevy Corvette: First look at the mid-engined wonder More From Roadshow Thursday night’s California debut event was not open to the public, but GM is planning to take the new Corvette Stingray on a tour of Chevy dealers across the US. Specific dates and locations are expected to be announced soon. Like the rest of the world, we’re pretty stoked to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray, but we’re probably going to have to wait a while. In the meantime, there’s still lots to get caught up on. Check out our historical look back at the Corvette’s last seven generations, then see how it stacks up against some ambitious competition like the Porsche 911, Ford GT, and even the outgoing C7 Vette. Now playing: Watch this: Tags
Share President Trump called the opioid crisis in the United States a national emergency last week, and Texas has joined a coalition of states to investigate the role pharmaceutical companies have played in creating and prolonging the epidemic.Most experts agree, though, the opioid problem is the result of a confluence of factors – and some doctors are scrutinizing the part they played as well, debating the need to prescribe opioids at all. They say rethinking how patients recover from surgery might help curb a national drug crisis.The KERA Radio story. Enhanced recovery after surgeryHeroin use has skyrocketed fivefold in the past decade, and many health and addiction experts attribute that surge to the lax prescription of pharmaceutical opioids like hydromorphone, oxycodone and morphine. They also go by their brand names like Dilaudid, Percocet, Oxycontin and Norco.“These are the drugs that patients may start on for legitimate reasons, but [they] continue taking those drugs long term and develop a drug addiction problem,” said Dr. Walter Peters, chief of colorectal surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.According to a CDC report from March of this year, the transition from an initial prescription to chronic use of pharmaceuticals or illegal drugs like heroin can happen very quickly. Even a one-day opioid prescription carries a 6 percent risk of use a year later. That’s why more doctors, like Peters, are working to prescribe opioids – also called narcotics – more responsibly.At Baylor, he helped usher in what the medical field calls Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.“It’s a series of interventions that are designed to reduce the physical and psychological impact of surgery for our patients,” Peters said.Before surgery, doctors provide education and try to control recovery expectations that patients may have. They emphasize regular eating, early movement and less dependency on narcotics after surgery.Enhanced recovery programs originated in Europe around the turn of the century and have recently gained traction in American hospitals. Baylor began its program a year ago and has extensively studied its outcomes. The primary goals were to shorten the average hospital stay, reduce costs and help patients recover faster after surgery.“What we were somewhat pleasantly surprised to learn was that our enhanced recovery program also resulted in a substantial reduction in the number of narcotic prescriptions we had to write and the amount of opioid drugs our patients were taking to control their pain,” Peters said.Prescribing for painAbout a year into the program, narcotic use among patients recovering from colorectal surgery at Baylor is about 50 percent of what it was before. He expects that number to improve as enhanced recovery protocols expand to other surgical departments in the hospital.Emily Saeler is the colorectal outcomes manager, who gathered this data through Baylor’s pharmacy.“We actually looked at it within the first 24 hours. How much did they get in the OR, how much did they get in the [post-anesthesia care unit]. And then if they went to the floor within 24 hours, how much did they get prescribed on the floor?” Saeler said. “And then we looked at up to post-op Day One and then their entire stay. And then we just compared. Is it more or less? Do we need to give them as much as we’re giving them? That’s not what we saw.”They also saw another interesting trend.“During this time period, our patient satisfaction scores with regard to pain control have remained stable,” Dr. Peters said.That’s a significant discovery, he said, given that conventional pain management with opioids was a direct result from conditions in the 1990s, when there was a push for doctors to take pain more seriously – to treat it like a vital sign, as if it was as important as blood pressure and pulse rate.As a result, doctors felt pressure to prescribe more powerful painkillers. But nearly 20 years later, the CDC reports people are taking four times as many prescription opioids as they did in 1999. Peters said enhanced recovery is tempering that trend, and employing painkillers most people already have at home: Advil, Motrin and Tylenol. That’s what 28-year-old Matthew Peterson was given after his surgery in May, when he had 11 inches of his small intestine removed to treat his Crohn’s disease.“I was kind of expecting something stronger, but I ended up feeling good enough where I was just on Tylenol the rest of the time – like the max amount of Tylenol that I could for I think two days.”Peterson said back in college, he got hydrocodone, a prescription opioid, after breaking his leg. And he remembers a stark difference in his recovery. On hydrocodone, he felt hazy, groggy and sick. He didn’t have the energy to move, eat or talk. On Tylenol, he said he definitely felt more alert.“There were nurses that would come in, and we’d spend a good chunk of our day having full-blown conversations while I was in recovery at the hospital,” Peterson said. “I felt more with it, and together and able to communicate and a whole lot better.”As part of the enhanced recovery program, doctors had him up and walking the day of his surgery, and he was out of the hospital two days later. Peterson said he learned a lot about his body and how much pain he could actually tolerate. Sure, it might have been easier initially to pop a fast-acting opioid, he said, but he’s glad he could avoid more serious complications down the road – like addiction.Opioids as a last resortPrescription and illegal opioids have accounted for more than 60 percent of overdose deaths in the U.S., and the CDC reports more than 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. That same year, Texas saw nearly 1,200 opioid-related deaths.But not everyone is like Matthew Peterson – and not everyone who uses prescription opioids becomes addicted. Some in the medical community fear cutting patients off from needed prescriptions would hardly solve the opioid crisis and would make them suffer for no reason.The current CDC guidelines say opioids should only be prescribed after considering other drugs and other treatments that don’t involve drugs. If a doctor does have to prescribe opioids, they should discuss the risks and likely benefits with the patient and start with low doses and shorter durations. These guidelines, during public comment in 2015, faced sharp criticism.Dr. Jayne Ballantyne advised the CDC on these guidelines. She’s a professor at the University of Washington and is president of PROP, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. The group advocates caution in prescribing opioids, which they believe are often essential for easing suffering at the end of life – but are not the solution for every type of pain.“There were decades where everybody believed so strongly that the only reasonable pain treatment were opiates, that they lost touch with the fact that some of these other analgesics are very effective after surgery,” Ballantyne said.She said though opiates can be necessary for some, they often rob people of other safe options.“The complex pain, the kind of pain that’s very distressing and destroys peoples’ lives, that sort of pain needs intensive, multi-disciplinary pain treatment – including psychological treatments and physical treatments. It’s very labor-intensive and expensive, but that’s the only thing that works.”Baylor’s Dr. Walter Peters said pain treatment is not one-size-fits-all; it’s all about managing expectations.“Our expectations is not that we can provide pain-free surgery. That just doesn’t exist, but we have to explain that we want to control their pain to where it’s manageable,” he said “We’re not cruel. We don’t want people to suffer, and for some patients there is no other way than to give narcotics, to give opioids. So we haven’t completely banned the use or eliminated the use of narcotics.”Rather, the push these days is for doctors to see opioids as a last resort. Copyright 2017 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.
Share Salvador Castro/KUTVoters line up to cast ballots on the UT campus last week.Ana Flores can vote for the first time this year. The 18-year-old lives in Houston with her mom. Like many young people who just got the right to vote, she was curious about what it would be like.“I just wanted to try it out,” she said, “see how it would feel for the first time.”Flores was registered to vote and aware of some of the races on the ballot; she said she was particularly excited about voting in the U.S. Senate race. But there was a big thing standing in the way of her actually voting: the Texas voter ID law requiring her to show a state-issued identification at the polls.Flores said she had had trouble getting an ID from the Texas Department of Public Safety before.“I went up there just one time when I was about, I think, 16 or 17,” she said. “But we’d go back like three times – back home, go back, back home, go back. So, I just didn’t try again.”Flores didn’t have the proper documents to prove she was a resident of Texas.She knew she’d have to try again if she wanted to vote this year. Luckily for her, a group called Spread the Vote started reaching out to students at her school.“Our focus is to make sure they have the ID so that they can actually vote,” said Christina Sanders, state director for Spread the Vote.Spread the Vote has been in Texas since May. Sanders said the group is helping populations who have the hardest time getting IDs, including the homeless population and students.“It is extremely challenging if you are 17 and eight months eligible to vote, or 18, and you don’t have a light bill in your name,” she said, “and you don’t have a bank account in your name, or lease in your name to be able to establish yourself as a Texas resident.”Sanders said this is also really hard for college students – particularly out-of-state college students.The list of IDs allowed at the polls is limited. While a handgun license, military ID or U.S. passport are allowed, for example, a student ID is not.People who face obstacles getting an ID can still vote in Texas, though. Federal courts forced the state to let people sign a legal document saying they had problems getting an ID in order to cast a ballot.But for low-income people who want to make sure they have the required state-issued election ID, state ID or driver’s license, it can be expensive.“A lot of people have hurdles with the cost,” Sanders said. “On average it costs $40 to get an ID in Texas – and that’s if you were born in Texas. But sometimes it’s more – up to $200 – if you are born in other states.”Sanders said her group helps cover those costs – and it helps people get supporting documents, including Social Security cards and birth certificates. She said many students don’t have those documents handy, for a whole range of reasons.“Every child doesn’t live with their parents,” Sanders said. “Their parents don’t keep up with the documents. One child that we recently helped to get an ID, he recently lost everything in Harvey – all his documents in Harvey. And he was just like, ‘We don’t have a car. We just didn’t go back and get them. So, I need to get them.’”Sanders said there’s also a short window for students to get these documents, because government offices close roughly around the same time students are let out of school.“Going to get your ID to vote is not an excused absence,” Sanders said.Because of Spread the Vote, Flores was able to get an ID in time to vote early. She said voting – with her ID in hand – was easier than she expected.“I thought it was going to be difficult,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be that easy.”And Flores said she would probably vote again in the future.Unfortunately, Sanders said, some students don’t get this all worked out in time.“We even had a student in Houston cry because of the documents not matching up,” she said.Originally published on KUT.org
BALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.
Plants look just adorable and keeping them indoors not only brings life to the entire place but they also improve the air quality by reducing toxins existing in the atmosphere so make sure you are decorating your abode with plants nicely.4Your living room is the best place to be decorated with a lot of greenery. Potted plants are the best choice to be kept in the living room. These pots are available in different sizes and colours to suit your requirements. Ensure that they are visible over the furniture kept in the living room. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The dining area should be graced with plants such as money plants, bamboo plants, and ferns in glass bottles and vases.4Embellish your bedroom with indoor plants such as Sansevieria which increases oxygen levels at night to have a sound sleep. You can keep small potted plants on bedside tables on either side of the bed.4In the open space or balconies, install a shelf or hanging flower boxes along the railings to make it look attractive from outside. Also planter in sync with wall colours and embellishing the place with animal artefacts will increase the beauty quotient of these areas.4Also just to fill in the empty area of your apartment, you can try keeping big plants in colourful pots.4Decorate your living space with indoor plants as they make any area feel bright, lively, calm and beautiful.