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Abbott: Tech Knowledge on Neuromodulation

This video discusses neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation where scientists use electrical stimulation to disrupt — or modulate — signals in the body to treat the symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Tech Knowledge is an online video series about Abbott innovations.

Imagine going from complete independence — where you like, when you like, how you like — to being unable to control your arms to brush your own teeth. It can be crushing, mentally and emotionally.

For many people living with Parkinson's disease or essential tremor that disruption of their daily lives is a stark reality. Enter neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation where scientists use electrical stimulation to disrupt — or modulate — signals in the body to treat the symptoms of movement disorders.


Lorena meets Brittany, who introduces her to our Infinity DBS system equipped with directional lead technology. The leads allow more precise stimulation to maximize care while reducing unwanted side effects, all within reach via an iOS device. All within reach. For people diagnosed with Parkinson's and ET, those are words of sweet relief.

*There is no cure for Parkinson's disease (PD) and essential tremor (ET), but there are options available to treat symptoms. The first-line therapy is medication. Surgical treatments are also available. It's important to discuss with your doctor what's right for you along with the risks and side effects of each option, such as motor fluctuations or permanent neurological impairment. As with any surgery or therapy, deep brain stimulation has risks and complications.

Most side effects of DBS surgery are temporary and correct themselves over time. Some people may experience lasting, stroke-like symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, problems with vision or slurred speech. In the event that the side effects are intolerable or you are not satisfied with the therapy, the DBS system can be turned off or surgically removed. Risks of brain surgery include serious complications such as coma, bleeding inside the brain, paralysis, seizures and infection. Some of these may be fatal.

Rev. William Barber Condemns Evangelicals Who Support Trump's Policies

"I'm a Christian evangelical, I grew up in the Christian faith, and one of the most clear public policies that you're supposed to engage in as a just society is fairness toward the strangers, immigrants," Barber said.

The NAACP and Rev. Dr. William Barber called out evangelical Christians who back President Donald Trump's family separation policy, and called the policy racist.

"We see this happening," Barber said, "and this attack on children — we know it's brown children, it wouldn't be happening if it wasn't brown children at the southern border — is white supremacy, white nationalism, being implemented in our public policy right in front of our faces."

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U.S. Citizens Detained for Speaking Spanish Sue Border Patrol

"It's unconstitutional to detain people just because of their language, accent, or color of their skin," says the ACLU.

ACLU

Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez, American-born Latinas, are suing US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers for racial profiling.

They were detained at a gas station convenience store in Havre, Montana, last year, by an officer who asked the women where they were born after hearing them speak Spanish.

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Abbott: Filling a Big Need Among Smallest of Us

With Abbott's Amplatzer Piccolo Occluder, preemie babies' hearts with PDA defect can now get help they need.

Originally Published by Abbott.

When Irie Felkner and her twin brother Judah were born prematurely at 27 weeks, their parents knew the first few months wouldn't be easy.

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PwC: 2019 US Family Business Survey

Creating stronger foundations for the future.

Originally Published by PwC.

By Jon Flack, US Family Business Leader

Welcome to our 2019 edition of PwC's US Family Business Survey

  • 62% expect upcoming family members gain outside work experience
  • 58% have succession plans, however most are informal
  • 47% of next generation leaders take on non-senior roles in the business
  • 39% sit on the board of directors

This year's findings speak to the importance of being prepared to compete in a far more digital economy, a challenge for business leaders everywhere. CEOs globally are working to bridge gaps in their data capabilities. Yet family businesses are coming into this arena with an advantage. They have built valuable trust among loyal employees and their ownership group. So how to turn values like loyalty and hard work into a multi-generational success story? We see four moves ahead to consider to build a lasting and profitable legacy:

  1. Codify your values and purpose into your strategy. If this is where your family business has a competitive edge, take it to the next step.
  2. Ensure the next generation is deeply involved - they have a lot to offer families grappling with digitalization.
  3. Determine the skill sets needed for a more digital future. Raising the 'Digital IQ' of the business is closely entwined with raising digital capabilities of existing workforce and determining future skill sets. With 80% of US CEOs expecting AI to significantly change the way they do business in the next five years, the race for talent will only intensify. US family business leaders are aware of the challenges, keeping and rewarding employees are seen as top priorities.
  4. Professionalize the board by bringing in independent directors with external expertise in future growth areas for your business.

Thinking through the implications of a more digitally-integrated economy should not be decoupled from thinking through who should run the business in the future and who can best help guide it.

I hope these findings serves as a useful starting point for conversations you will have with the current and next generation of leaders as you set a course for continued success.

You're invited to register with us to receive the full report. Let us know if you have any questions or would like to discuss.