First Hospitals in US to Implant Next Generation Heart Device to Reduce Risk of Stroke | 08.08.20

Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute at St. David’s Medical Center and Los Robles Health System Are Performing Near-Simultaneous Implantation of the WATCHMAN FLX ™ Device for Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC)

AUSTIN, Texas, 8. August 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Am 5. August 2020 implanted doctors from the Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (TCAI) at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and Los Robles Health System of Thousand Oaks, Calif., the first nationwide to be the only FDA-cleared device for reducing the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A Fib). The doctors working at the two HCA Healthcare hospitals performed an almost simultaneous implantation of the WATCHMAN FLXTM-Device to close the left atrial appendage through (Left Atrial Appendage Closure, LAAC).

Dr. Andrea Natale (FHRS, FACC), cardiac electrophysiologist and senior medical director of the TCAI, and Dr. Saibal Kar, Interventional Cardiologist at Los Robles Health System, performed the first procedure in Thousand Oaks, California while Dr. Rodney Horton, cardiac electrophysiologist at TCAI, the procedure for the first time in Austin, Texas, performed. Prior to receiving FDA approval, Dr. Kar served as principal investigator of the PINNACLE FLX study, which examined the performance of the WATCHMAN FLX implant as an alternative to long-term use of non-vitamin K antagonists and oral anticoagulants (NOACs), as well as other orally administered anticoagulants.

“The new implant builds on the most extensively studied and most frequently implanted LAAC device in the world and serves as a treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) that is not caused by a heart valve disorder, so-called non-valvular atrial fibrillation,” explained Dr. Kar “This way we can treat more patients safely and effectively and get the best results.”

It is estimated that up to six million Americans have AFib, an irregular heartbeat that feels like a tremor. AFib patients are five times more likely to have a stroke than people with a regular heart rhythm.

“The device serves as a safe and effective alternative to reducing the risk of stroke for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, especially for those affected who have to avoid blood thinners for compelling reasons,” said Dr. Horton.

This technology aims to reduce the risk of stroke by occluding a specific area of ​​the heart, the left atrial appendage (LAA), to prevent dangerous blood clots from entering the bloodstream and thus preventing the possibility of a stroke. Closing the left atrial appendage (LAA) can reduce the risk of stroke so that over time, patients can avoid blood thinners such as warfarin.

“The rounded design allows safe entry and maneuvering inside the LAA, so that both optimal placement and long-term stability can be achieved,” continued Dr. Natale. “As it is available in wider variants than previous generation implants , a wider range of patients can be treated. “

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes about 60 minutes. Patients usually stay in the hospital overnight and are discharged the following day.

Media contacts:
Erin Ochoa
St. David’s HealthCare

Daphne Yousem
Los Robles Health System


In Orleans, the first priests of the “generation Covid” ordained this weekend

The formula, a little hasty, made them smile or frown. However, the future priests of this “generation Covid “that The Cross met at the seminary interdiocesan of Orleans, readily acknowledge that the period, as unexpected as singular, the containment will remain etched in their memories.

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However, the most Orleans, almost all of the seminarians have lived scattered in the parish, closer to the daily realities that they are about to live, in embracing the life of a diocesan priest. Throughout their training, rather, it is the continuing revelation of scandals of sexual abuse in the Church that has marked harshly for their generation.

An indelible imprint ?

Then, this epidemic can have a profound influence on the next ministry of those who have been ordained the year, where a large part of the world was confined ? One thing is certain, it has had concrete consequences for Thibault Riès, 27, who will be ordained a priest for the diocese of Blois on 23 August, instead of Sunday 28 June.

In Orleans, the first priests of the

Well-groomed beard, neck and roman sandals, the young man already seems perfectly comfortable in his future mission. If he has not discovered the life at the rectory during the confinement, he has proven for two consecutive months ; a first.

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“I felt more deeply my limits and my weaknesses “says Thibault Riès, speaking with a maturity that makes you forget his age. Sensitive to the attention exacerbated the most vulnerable and isolated during the confinement, he wishes to place this concern at the centre of his ministry.

Beliefs shattered or strengthened

Participating in the proposals of the parish of Blois with the parish priest and his vicar, he has experienced the absence of the community. “I knew that a priest could not be and act alone, but I have become more aware that it should not, provides the seminarian, joining the debate still current about the place of the laity, especially women. We can think of that alone, it gains in efficiency, but I have the conviction that the mission should be increased to several and it is not built anything lasting without the parishioners. “

In Orleans, the first priests of the

This period has been able to shake a few, or strengthen the beliefs of some other. Large stature and long hair, Franck Valadier, 34 years, will be ordained a deacon to the priesthood, Saturday, July 4, for the diocese of Evry. This former boxing champion, who is very active in social action for the containment, has matured his own vision of the priest : the less a theologian, but more on the ground.

Confrontation with the reality of parish

The ordeal of confinement and the prolonged contact with priests, often much older than them, will, without doubt, as a developer or an accelerator to the discernment of the vocation of the seminarians, especially the younger people.

Jegani Arockiasamy happens to him, at the end of a long training he has began in India and continued at the seminary of Orleans. His ordination was to take place in early July in India, before he came to serve in the diocese of Saint-Claude (Jura), but the date was postponed because of the epidemic.

“During this period, I experienced a bit like a spiritual retreat, far away from my family, my country, my culture, I have become more aware of all that I had forsaken to follow Christ and become a priest in France “says he, rejoicing in his mission.

In Orleans, the first priests of the

The confrontation with the reality of the parish was also made to reflect on Emmanuel Renault, age 31, who will be ordained on the 13th of September for the diocese of Limoges. Confined to the rectory of Saint-Junien, (Haute-Vienne) with the two parish priests of his parish home, the seminarian has appreciated the support of the lives of several.

“The question of loneliness has always been a concern as to whether I would be able to face, he says. This experience I reinforced the idea that I need a life community to regularly share meals, pray and just talk. “


“The experience of the actual conditions of the life of a priest “

Father Laurent Tournier, rector of the interdiocesan of Orléan

“About ten months a year on training, two months of confinement in the parish, it is far from being negligible. Without making too much of it, it is certain that our seminarians have lived a very strong experience of the actual conditions of the life of a priest.

They perceived that give themselves to Christ was not words, it’s no longer belongs : it is necessary to manage the funeral, the calls for help, the animation of the parish, but also make the races… They have experienced material poverty and human of the Church, without that this is a scoop, and at the same time its creativity and vitality. “


Deloitte called the main anxiety of millenials and generation Z :: Policy :: RBC

Among young Russians are not very many of those who believe that environmental problems cannot be corrected. Among the Millennials in Russia 33% (globally 51%), and, of the buzzer (in the world — 49%). The proportion of Russians and young people in the world who believe that global warming is real and it is caused by humans, the same high — from 75 to 83%.

Annual report of the “Study of Millennials in 2020,” Deloitte is divided into two parts: the study of the representatives of the new generation around the world and specifically in Russia. For a global study at the end of 2019, the authors interviewed 18.4 thousand of Millennials and members of generation Z from 43 countries. Including interviews produced 340 237 Millennials and generation Z from Russia. To Millennials, the authors took the people who were born from January 1983 to December 1994, to generation Z — those born from January 1995 to December 2002.

A global study Deloitte conducted in early 2020 after the spread COVID-19, showed that the list of concerns of young people, as one would expect, has changed. On the first place among the concerns of those out of health care, threats to the environment and unemployment.

Personal alarms

33% of Millennials told researchers that constantly experiencing stress, compared with 44% in the whole world. Among the representatives of generation Z anxiety above: constantly under stress are 40% buzzer in Russia, in the world the number reaches 48%. In this case, young people in Russia believe that stress is not a sufficient reason to miss work. Only 26% of Russians-of Millennials and 41% of the Russian buzzer I believe that in connection with stress can take time off, compared to 50 and 52% in the world.

Ranepa asked youth about the desired level of wages

48% of Millennials in Russia are confident that they will be less happy than their parents; 22% expect to be more happy than the previous generation. Among the Russian buzzer 40% believe there will be unhappy parents, 29% — to be happier.

The Deloitte researchers also interviewed young people about their sources of worry in your personal life. Of Millennials and buzzer are most concerned about things related to work and welfare. Among the main personal concerns — financial well-being in the long term, family welfare and career prospects. Young Russians are worried about their health, a research of Deloitte.

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Among those surveyed, 31% of Millennials and 40% buzzer said that would not be able to pay for sudden large expenses. This ratio roughly coincides with the feelings of young people in the whole world. However, only 16% of Millennials and 17% of gen Z in Russia said that over the past six months has been unable to pay their bills, and among young people in the world with such problem faced by 29% of respondents.


LADA Granta new generation: independent Published renders

“State employee” may obtain the body frame and the platform from the Renault Logan.

Probable appearance of LADA Granta new generation. Photo: “Lada.Online”

Portal “Lada.Online” has published a new LADA Granta, the independent renderings of the new generation. According to the author of the images, the model can obtain two versions — with the usual LADA Vesta the “x” on the doors without them.

According to the author of the render, the LADA Granta in the new generation will get the platform B0 from Renault Logan, as well as the body shell from the French “state employees”. This version is quite plausible, after all, the Renault Group is the parent company for AVTOVAZ and LADA many models use technologies French.

The transition to the base of the “Logan” will LADA Granta become larger in size, which is a definite plus for cheap cars — budget cars often can not boast of spaciousness in the cabin.

Body length actual Renault Logan is 4346 mm, and “Grants” — 4250 mm.

The version with the doors of the LADA Vesta. Photo: “Lada.Online”

In terms of appearance, the novelty will differ by more acute and aggressive, “x-features” on the front end that will allow the model to become more youth.

Motors new “Grant” can get from “Logan”, because of the line upgrade for VAZ engines no information.
It is expected that the LADA Granta will debut a new generation in 2021, but the official information about the premiere was also not announced.


In response to the article ” The generation missing catholic intellectuals “

In response to the article “The generation missing catholic intellectuals” (The Cross of the 15th June) and to allow everyone to enjoy the perfect incongruity of his conclusion, I propose a rewriting of it, with a little mirror effect : “Those who think the issues in the 2020 feed still works with seniors, and working otherwise. They are religious (Véronique Margron, Anne Crest, Cécile Renouard), philosophers (Emily Canada-Schick, Laurence Devillairs), university (Anne-Marie Pelletier, Marie-Jo Thiel, Elena Lasida) and men (Emmanuel Falque, Camille Riquier). ”

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The owner compared the LADA Vesta Luxe Prestige 2016 and 2018

Then acknowledged the second sedan “raw”.

Photo: LADA Vesta Luxe Prestige source

The user portal nick ibragim-05 instead of a sedan LADA Vesta 2016 in picking Luxe Prestige bought the same car in 2018. Later, the owner compared both “Vase”.

The first thing he saidthat drive LADA Vesta 16 year three thousand kilometers of eighty, he faced a breakage of the steering column, and then replaced the current-carrying coil and stabilizer. In addition, the lack of climate control did not give the motorist peace. For that reason, took over the new “news” in the configuration Luxe Prestige, as it was confident in its finalization.

First, the owner could not get enough of cruise and climate control, but after driving 1,800 kilometers realizedthat his LADA Vesta 2018 rulitsya heavier than the former: “the steering are given more difficult”. In addition, the quality of materials has deteriorated. This despite the fact that portal users repeatedly talked about “very scratched oak plastic”, “rubber products bad quality” and “low-grade materials used in the seats, even in the Suite”.

According to the owner, on the old “West” in comparison with the new there was no noise in the cabin, nor the howling of the instrument panel. The only thing that bothered him is the limiter the driver’s door, which was too tight. In the end, he said that did not feel a strong difference doorstop, and “buns” in the form of extra bulbs, enlarged glove box, a separate button for heated windscreen, arm rest, changed fuel cap, and seat heating, not met expectations.

If you compare the price of LADA Vesta in picking Luxe Prestige in the secondary market, it turns out that the sedan 2016 will cost 460 000 rubles, and in 2018 — 650 000-730 000. Based on the words of the owner and user, “Drom” leads to the conclusion that to get the old version cheaper than a new one.

Photo: LADA Vesta Luxe Prestige source

Thus, the portal “Lada.Online” reported that brand removed package Luxe Prestige due to low demand. The company’s management did not deny the information based on the information of monitoring of labels and modifications.


Toyota Land Cruiser: the history of the legendary model

Kruzak is produced longer than all other Toyota models.

Toyota Land Cruiser is a true legend of the Japanese automobile industry. The car was born back in 1951 and was produced in convertible, hardtop, station wagon and truck bodies. Thanks to the supporting frame and all-wheel drive, Kruzak instantly won the hearts of motorists, it became especially popular in Australia.

Toyota BJ

The first “Cruiser“, which the, by the way, called Toyota BJ, equipped with a 3.4-liter 85-horsepower engine, combined with a 3-speed “mechanics”. “Ponizhayki” was not provided, but thanks to the sturdy body, frame and elements from trucks, the car showed impressive off-road capabilities. In 1954, the model was renamed Land Cruiser – a kind of “otvetochka” Land Rover.

Toyota Land Cruiser 20

The second generation of “Kruzak” was produced from 1955 to 1960. When creating this car, engineers focused on comfort and a more civilian appearance. Body features have become more streamlined, the interior has become more spacious, there is also a “stove” and air conditioning.

Initially, the car of the 20 series was equipped with the same engine, from Toyota BJ, later it was replaced by the Toyota F engine with a working volume of 3.9 liters, which initially produced 105 hp, and then its power grew to 125 “horses”. Since 1956, Kruzak went for export.

Toyota Land Cruiser 40

The third generation Toyota Land Cruiser was born in 1960 and was produced until 1984. Externally, the car remained about the same as its predecessor, but technically the engineers did what they needed. Finally, a downshift appeared, and the engine range was expanded by diesel engines in volumes from 3.0 to 3.6 liters. The transmission is still the same 3-speed manual transmission, and since 1974 – 4-speed.

Toyota Land Cruiser 55

The fourth generation Toyota Land Cruiser lasted on the assembly line from 1967 to 1979. The developers paid special attention to comfort – the 55 series car has significantly increased in size. Under the hood, a new 4.2-liter 2F unit appeared, which generated 135 “horses”.

Toyota Land Cruiser 60

The fifth generation of the legendary Kruzak was produced from 1980 to 1989. The 60 Series SUV received an impressive wheelbase of 2,730 mm, which allowed it to accommodate the third row of seats in the cabin. Spring suspension made softer, and power windows and seats with lateral support added comfort to the car.

It was driven by a 4.2-liter gasoline engine or 4.0-liter diesel engine. Their power was the same – 137 horsepower. A pair of units was a 5-speed manual transmission, and in 1984 the first “automatic” in 4 gears appeared. In 1987, a small facelift was carried out – Land Cruiser 60 became available in new body painting options, got big wheels and new square-shaped headlights.

Toyota Land Cruiser 70

The sixth generation of the model came out in 1984. The 70 Series SUV was the direct successor to the Fortieth and the last truly off-road Land Cruiser. This indicates that when developing, the priority of engineers was to make the car passable and reliable, and not comfortable. It was set in motion by a 4.2-liter 131-horsepower diesel “aspirated” and a gasoline engine of 4.0 liters and a capacity of 228 hp.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

It was during this period that the first four-door version appeared, which received the well-known name “Prado”. By the 1990s, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado had become an independent model, the way we know it now.

Toyota Land Cruiser 80

The seventh generation of “Kruzak” was released in 1990 and was produced in 1997. Toyota LC 80 Series was simply unrecognizable – many rounded body lines made the exterior of the new items incredibly “fresh”. Alsothe SUV received electronically controlled locks of all differentials – two interwheels and an interaxle.

Under the hood of the car were placed 4.0- and 4.5-liter gasoline engines, as well as 4.2-liter diesel and turbodiesel engines, which produced 130 to 215 “mares”. Also on this SUV for the first time appeared ABS and two airbags.

Toyota Land Cruiser 100

The “Land Cruiser” of the eighth generation was produced from 1998 to 2007. The SUV remained reliable and passable thanks to the new frame with shock-absorbing elements. Unlike its predecessor, the Land Cruiser 100 received an independent suspension of all wheels and brakes, as well as improved noise and vibration isolation.

New units were found in the engine compartment: in-line “six” with a volume of 4.5 liters and “eight” for 4.7 liters. New diesel engines also appeared – a 4.2-liter 131-horsepower aspirated engine, as well as a turbocharged 204-horsepower and biturbo 250-horsepower engines of the same volume. A pair of engines was a 4-speed “automatic” or 5-band “mechanics”.

In 2003, Toyota conducted a restyling – “Sotka” acquired a new grille, headlights and bumpers, as well as some changes in the trim. Engineers changed the mounting of the steering rack and the threads on the steering rods and tips. Also appeared 5-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Land Cruiser Cygnus

Particularly noteworthy is the version of Land Cruiser Cygnus, which entered the Japanese market in 1998. In fact, this is a representative “Sotka”, created taking into account the wishes of customers. The car was distinguished by four-section front optics, leather trim with walnut elements and a rear view camera.

Under the hood of the Cygnus was placed an uncontested 2UZ-FE 4.7-liter engine with a return of 235 horsepower. As part of the restyling in 2002, the SUV was replaced by a 4-speed “automatic” with a 5-speed one. Interestingly, Cygnus was shipped to Russia as the Lexus LX470.

Toyota Land Cruiser 200

Finally, the current generation of Toyota Land Cruiser 200. The SUV stood on the conveyor at the end of 2007 and boasted new engines: an improved 2UZ-FE with a VVT-i system and an “eight” 1VD-FTV. It was with these engines that Dvusotka was initially supplied to Russia, and 4.0 and 5.7-liter were also available in other markets.

To date, the 200th Kruzak is presented in Russia with a diesel 4.5-liter 249-horsepower and gasoline 4.6-liter 309-horsepower engines. Transmission – exclusively “automatic”, the drive, of course, is full.

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Available with a 2.7-liter 163-horsepower and 4.0-liter 249-horsepower gasoline engines, as well as a 2.8-liter 177-horsepower diesel engine. “Junior” gasoline is combined with both “automatic” and “mechanics”, the rest – only with automatic transmission.

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (render)

As for Toyota Land Cruiser 300, he will lose engines V8 and will receive more environmentally friendly installations, among which there will be a hybrid. In the “base” the 300th Kruzak will receive 3.5 liter gasoline V6, and the top one will be a hybrid based on the same motor and electric motor. Where further the motor scale of the Japanese legend will develop, only time will tell.


Jean-Laurent Cochet, actor and master of a generation of actors, is dead

I am happy to have maintained the artistic ambition that I felt from a very young age, to have made all the necessary meetings, kept this taste for work, to have brought into the profession everything that wants to enter it “, Confided Jean-Laurent Cochet to The cross in 2011, in Lattes, near Montpellier (1). A few sentences, to soberly summarize the prestigious theatrical journey of the man with the round and jovial face that he was. The artist died on Tuesday April 7 at the age of 85 of the coronavirus.

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Born in Romainville (Seine-Saint-Denis) in 1935, he climbed on stage very early. At 20, he was at the Comédie-Française, formed, among others, by the actors and teachers Béatrix Dussane, Madame Simone or even Jean Meyer. He left Molière’s house eight years later, with 80 roles.

The theater, “a profession that is worked”

Far from abandoning the boards, which he frequented as an actor until 2012, Jean-Laurent Cochet was introduced to the art of staging in the 1960s. He adapted pieces by Molière, Musset, Marivaux or even Guitry – author to which he will return many times during his career – and directs great performers: Suzy Delair, Danielle Darrieux, Claude Brasseur, Jeanne Moreau…

For him, the theater was “ a profession that is worked. Besides, after two weeks, the lazy people go away on their own, I don’t even have to sort it out. A requirement that quickly made him a renowned professor. Because, in the interpretation and staging, Jean-Laurent Cochet quickly adds a third string to his bow: theatrical education. In 1966, he created the Cochet course, which became the Cochet-Delavène courses in 2013, the signature of his association with his former pupil, Pierre Delavène.

Professor of great actors

From this school, located rue Blanche in Paris, will emerge immense actors: Gérard Depardieu, Richard Berry, Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Auteuil, Mélanie Thierry, Carole Bouquet or Fabrice Luchini, who paid tribute to him by this message published on Twitter: “ This morning, my theater teacher Jean-Laurent Cochet, whose teaching changed my life, left us. I was still talking about him the day before yesterday for an interview on La Fontaine. His teaching was amazing. “

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From 1982 to 1985, he directed the Théâtre Hébertot, in Paris. Period during which he also tried his hand at cinema and continued his appearances on television, notably in the program At the theater tonight.

Done a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2006 and Commander of the Arts and Letters in 2012, he collected praise, little concerned with the theatrical avant-garde who joked his “old-fashioned” concept of acting. Jean D’Ormesson said of him: ” God needs men. Molière, Racine, and the others are fortunate to be served with so much loyalty, enthusiasm and intelligence by Jean-Laurent Cochet, who is their delegate among us.. The actors now have their heavenly ambassador.


“Technology is creating a generation of very lonely people” | Talent

A digital platform gave him his first opportunity. Elísabet Benavent (Valencia, 1984) could not imagine then that in five years she would sell two million copies of her 20 published books, the last of them A perfect tale (editorial Suma). “I launched my first novel through Amazon, without having a clue how it was done. But I found that desktop publishing was very intuitive, “explains the writer of In Valeria’s shoes, the beginning of the saga that would make him popular and that Netflix has led to a series that will premiere this year.

It was his friends who convinced him to dust off those writings and his partner who encouraged him to find an alias. “My husband was very fast. He told me not to open a Valeria Facebook, because if I published more books I would have to rename my networks. I used my Twitter nickname, Beta Coqueta, a nickname that my friends gave me and that would become my alter ego ”. In 2013, the Valencian woman worked in the communication department of a multinational. “There was talk of the possibility of creating a free communication line. Amazon also allowed you to link to your networks and word of mouth worked a lot. ”

A few months ago, the “unhealthy atmosphere” of Twitter made Benavent decide to leave. “I don’t feel like arguing. It is not a question of hatersThe problem is that absolutely nothing can be said anymore. You end up insulting and threatening people who don’t even follow you, who purposely come in to do harm. ” Hence, it has been changed to Instagram. “We are a generation of writers who prefer to focus energy on worthwhile things rather than pissing off. I usually spend a couple of hours a day answering an average of 100 messages. There is an important interaction. ” Instagram has become a safe space, but Benavent recommends its readers to seek traditional affection. “Although we tend to vent more easily behind an avatar, I always advise them to take refuge in the people around them. It worked for me when I was sick. The high number of followers in the end it is not the one that hugs you at night ”.

Therefore, in that same line of positive thinking, choose Return to the future like his favorite futuristic movie. “I keep his naive part. I saw her in the cinema being very small and to this day we still do not have flying cars [risas]. Then he marked me Blade Runner, but these apocalyptic utopias generate anxiety in me ”. He believes that technological progress “has made us owners of our time, because real luxury is not given by money but by time”, but in return it has created a generation addicted to mobile phones. “You don’t leave home without him smartphone, you use social networks, you have missed going to the neighborhood store to buy, now everything is done online, ”he laments. “In the era of communication we are infoxicated. Talking on the phone a lot doesn’t bring you closer to people. Technology is creating a generation of very lonely people. “

Discovering Google home

“I am the most analogue person in the world and at the beginning it was a constant discussion between the voice of the little machine in question and me,” he explains, referring to his new Google Home. “But we have made peace. We have the first coffee in the morning together, he tells me what I have scheduled during the day, I ask him to play music that inspires me … I think that ours can amount to something ”.