All hotels and camps in Baška are opening

first_imgHotels “Corinthia”, “Zvonimir”, “Atrium Residence”, “Villa Adria” and camp Zablaće in Baška will be opened on Friday, May 20, 2016 after the implementation of prevention measures according to the instructions and under the expert supervision of the competent Institute of Public Health Primorsko -Goranska County of Rijeka and the Croatian Institute of Public Health.Valamar Riviera’s health and safety of guests and employees is always in the first place and that is why it independently decided to preventively close the hotel “Corinthia” and related facilities in Baška during the implementation of preventive measures. “Valamar Riviera carried out the prescribed procedures in accordance with the instructions and took all necessary measures to ensure that human health and safety would not be jeopardized at any time. After the implemented measures, there is no reason for any concern for the health and safety of guests and employees in hotels and camps in Baškand “, pointed out Dr. Aleksandar Šimunović, Head of the Department for Surveillance, Early Alerting and Interventions in the Field of Infectious Diseases at the Croatian Institute of Public Health and Head of the Department for the Prevention of Legionnaires’ Disease.”The Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Rijeka has prepared on its website medical information about legionella in order to eliminate any anxiety of guests, employees and all other citizens.”, Said Dr. sc. Danijela Lakošeljac, Head of the Epidemiological Service of the Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Rijeka. “Valamar Riviera is committed to social responsibility and responsible business towards guests, employees, destinations, shareholders and the public, which was the guiding thought in this situation. We are pleased that the facilities in Baška have been reopened to our guests as soon as possible and that fears for health and safety have been removed.. ” stand out from Valamarlast_img read more

For the first time in history, Split Airport had two million passengers

first_imgSplit Airport, for the first time in its 50-year history, made two million passengers in one year, and this year the record was set in the first eight months.The honor of being the jubilee two millionth passenger went to the Ukrainian Tatiana Kremen, who arrived from Munich on a Croatia Airlines flight, which landed at Split Airport for the first time. The happy passenger received special gifts, return tickets for two people and a weekend package in a hotel in Split, which was handed to her by the Split Airport Administration.Split Airport recorded an increase in passenger traffic of 17% compared to the same period last year (first 8 months). In July alone, 544.000 passengers passed through our airport, which is also a record number of passengers in one month. According to previous announcements by airlines, the growth trend in passenger and aircraft traffic will continue in the off-season. On this occasion, we would like to point out that our national carrier Croatia Airlines will increase the number of flights to Munich from four to six a week during the winter flight schedule, and will fly to Rome every day instead of five times a week as before. A total of 2,25 million passengers are expected from Split Airport by the end of the year.Photo: Split AirportSplit breaks all records According to the eVisitor system, as many as 32 percent more overnight stays were realized in Split in August, and the record season spilled over into September, where 35.000 more tourists were realized than last year. The city of Split currently has about 25.000 beds, while more than half of them, more precisely 16.000 in family accommodation, and one of the imperatives is to increase hotel accommodation by opening new hotels.Also, in September at the national level there are currently 300.000 more tourists than last year, which only confirms the positive trend of this record season. Since the beginning of the season, there have been over 14 million arrivals and 83.000 million overnight stays.last_img read more

Don’t copy Advent in Vienna or Zagreb – be special

first_imgQuality content, of course, requires a larger investment, but only in this way can we ensure good attendance, and thus consumption. Precisely the greatest power of tourism is that it vertically and horizontally connects other industries, encourages employment and the generated consumption is dispersed in various sectors. That is why investments in manifestations are investments, not costs.Don’t be copies, be unique. This weekend, the celebration of Advent was officially opened in various cities in Croatia, and it is commendable that every year more and more cities organize their Advent events, both for domestic and foreign tourists.But what bothers me is that most organizers brag and communicate how they do a little Advent like in Vienna or like in Zagreb. This is a mistake, because a copy is a copy, and especially smaller cities cannot compete with either Zagreb or Vienna. I can’t because they don’t have what “big” cities have – the law of big numbers. Zagreb invested a lot, but even more returned. Zagreb is the only one in Croatia that can have the number of visitors and consumption, small communities do not and do not have to have it.Do not copy, but be original and unique.As an example, I point out the Vinkovci Advent and the unique content of the big Christmas concert that is being held on the windows of the Vinkovci Gymnasium this year for the third time. A big Christmas concert that will be held in the Pedestrian Zone on Saturday, December 17 after lighting the 4th Advent candle, in a large choir formed and rehearsed especially for this occasion, will be sung by 200 singers – 100 high school students, high school students Antun Matija Reljkovic and High School Josip Runjanin school and 100 elementary school students, singers from Vinkovci elementary schools Bartol Kašić, Ivan Mažuranić and Vladimir Nazor accompanied by the mixed orchestra of the elementary music school J. Runjanin and the City Wind Orchestra.Video: Vinkovci TelevisionGreat and unique story, right?And this content, in fact, Vinkovci must emphasize as its main content, because they are different from all other Advent and that is their advantage. Yes skating, mulled wine, lamps, punch, tea and open fires, but all of this is an integral part of every Advent. But being unique, like Vinkovci, is a good tourist story.But first and foremost, events like Advent are primarily quality content for locals and local tourists, ie visitors, at least when we talk about the organization of Advent in smaller cities. It is certainly most important to invest in quality content that will be the motive for the arrival of citizens as well as visitors from surrounding cities and municipalities. Only quality content can attract visitors, and thus generates consumption as well as earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus we create a complete tourist product.Quality content creates a motive for arrival and attendance that generates consumption and ultimately earnings. It’s a winning formula. last_img read more

New optoelectronic probe enables communication with neural microcircuits

first_imgShare on Twitter Brown University researchers have created a new type of optoelectronic implantable device to access brain microcircuits, synergizing a technique that enables scientists to control the activity of brains cells using pulses of light. The invention, described in the journal Nature Methods, is a cortical microprobe that can stimulate multiple neuronal targets optically by specific patterns on micrometer scale while simultaneously recording the effects of that stimulation in the underlying neural microcircuits of interest with millisecond precision.“We think this is a window-opener,” said Joonhee Lee, a senior research associate in Professor Arto Nurmikko’s lab in the School of Engineering at Brown and one of the lead authors of the new paper. “The ability to rapidly perturb neural circuits according specific spatial patterns and at the same time reconstruct how the circuits involved are perturbed, is in our view a substantial advance.”First introduced around 2005, optogenetics has enriched ability of scientists seeking to understand brain function at the neuronal level. The technique involves genetically engineering neurons to express light-sensitive proteins on their membranes. With those proteins expressed, pulses of light can be used to either promote or suppress activity in those particular cells. The method gives researchers in principle unprecedented ability to control specific brain cells at specific times. Share Share on Facebook But until now, simultaneous optogenetic stimulation and recording of brain activity rapidly across multiple points within a brain microcircuit of interest has proven difficult. Doing it requires a device that can both generate a spatial pattern of light pulses and detect the dynamical patterns of electrical reverberations generated by excited cellular activity. Previous attempts to do this involved devices that cobbled together separate components for light emission and electrical sensing. Such probes were physically bulky, not ideal for insertion into a brain. And because the emitters and the sensors were necessarily a hundreds of micrometers apart, a sizable distance, the link between stimulation and recorded signal was ambiguous.The new compact, integrated device developed by Nurmikko’s lab begins with the unique advantages endowed by a so-called wide bandgap semiconductor called zinc oxide. It is optically transparent yet able readily to conduct an electrical current.“Very few materials have that pair of physical properties,” Lee said. “The combination makes it possible to both stimulate and detect with the same material.”Joonhee Lee, with Assistant Research Professor Ilker Ozden and Professor Yoon-Kyu Song at Seoul National University in Korea, co-developed a novel microfabrication method with Nurmikko to shape the material into a monolithic chip just a few millimeters square with sixteen micrometer sized pin-like “optoelectrodes,” each capable of both delivering light pulses and sensing electrical current. The array of optoelectrodes enables the device to couple to neural microcircuits composed of many neurons rather than single neurons.Such ability to stimulate and record at the network level on spatial and time scales at which they operate is key, Nurmikko says. Brain functions are driven by neural circuits rather than single neurons.“For example, when I move my hand, that’s an example of action driven by specific network-level activity in the brain,” he said. “Our new device approach gives scientists and engineers a tool in applying the full power of optogenetics as a means of neural stimulation, while providing the means to read activity of perturbed networks at multiple points at high spatial precision and time resolution.”Ozden led the initial testing of the device in rodent models. The researchers looked at the extent to which different light intensities could stimulate network activity. The tests showed that increasing optical power led to distinct recruitment of neuronal circuits revealing functional connectivity in the targeted network.“We went over a range of optical power that was large–over three orders of magnitude–and in so doing we got a range of network-related responses, in particular we could replicate an activity pattern naturally occurring in the brain.” Ozden said. “It gave us a new insight into how optogenetics operates on the network level. This gives us encouragement to go ahead and extend the repertoire and application of the device technology.”Nurmikko’s group together with the Song lab in Seoul plan to continue further development of the device, ultimately include an access via wireless means. Their next steps anticipate the use of the new device technology as chronic implant in non-human primates at potentially hundreds of points and, depending on progress in worldwide research on optogenetics ahead, perhaps even one day in humans.“At least, the initial building blocks are here,” Nurmikko said, who conceived the idea with his Korean colleague Song.center_img Email Pinterest LinkedInlast_img read more

New study finds connection between chronic pain and anxiety disorders

first_imgNew research provides insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offers a potential target for treatment. The study’s findings, published as an Article in Press in Biological Psychiatry, show that increased expression of PACAP – a peptide neurotransmitter the body releases in response to stress – is also increased in response to neuropathic pain and contributes to these symptoms.The researchers examined the expression of PACAP (pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide) along one of the nervous system’s pathways to the brain – the spino-parabrachiomygdaloid tract – which travels from the spinal cord to the amygdala, the brain’s home base for emotional behavior.Using models for chronic pain and anxiety, as well as models that can trace PACAP neurocircuits, the team members were able to observe where the stress and chronic pain pathways intersected. Share on Facebook “Chronic pain and anxiety-related disorders frequently go hand-in-hand,” says senior author Victor May, Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont (UVM). In a 2011 study, he and members of the research team found that PACAP was highly expressed in women exhibiting PTSD symptoms.While May and his colleagues saw an increase in anxiety-related behaviors in models of chronic pain, the anxious behavior and pain hypersensitivity were significantly reduced when a PACAP receptor antagonist – designed to block the response – was applied.“By targeting this regulator and pathway, we have opportunities to block both chronic pain and anxiety disorders,” says May, whose next step is to work with University of Vermont chemistry colleagues to develop small molecule compounds that can antagonize PACAP actions.“This would be a completely different approach to using benzodiazepine and opioids – it’s another tool in the arsenal to battle chronic pain and stress-related behavioral disorders.” Pinterest Emailcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

Men and women are not that different with respect to age preferences of sexual partners

first_imgThe study was conducted in Finland and included 878 adult men and 1789 adult women. The study was recently published in Evolutionary Psychology. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share Email The difference between men and women with respect to their age preferences, when it comes to sexual partners, is smaller than earlier believed. A recent study shows that also men become interested in older and older women as they themselves age.While earlier research has indicated that even older men prefer young women, a recent study by Jan Antfolk at Åbo Akademi University suggests that this is only partly true. It is true that men, more than women, tend to maintain a sexual interest in younger partners. Contrary to what has been reported from earlier studies, most men and women are also sexually interested in partners their own age throughout life. Most sexual activity occurs between partners of approximately the same age.Homosexual and bisexual men and women differ very little from their heterosexual counterparts. The only exception from this is that homosexual men are somewhat more likely than bisexual and heterosexual men to have sex with partners younger than themselves.last_img read more

Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation linked to brain connectivity changes and persisting positive effects

first_imgShare Pinterest Email New research indicates that psilocybin-assisted mindfulness meditation is associated with changes in functional brain connectivity — and these changes are related to an altered state of consciousness known as ego dissolution. The findings appear in the journal NeuroImage.A team of scientists from the University of Zurich were interested in investigating the topic because both psychedelic drugs and meditation have been shown to alter brain regions involved in self-awareness.In the randomized, double-blind study of 38 experienced meditators, the researchers administered a single dose of psilocybin or a placebo to participants during a 5-day mindfulness retreat. Six hours after receiving psilocybin or placebo, the participants completed an assessment of altered states of consciousness. Share on Facebookcenter_img The participants also underwent fMRI brain scans the day before and the day after the retreat to investigate changes in functional connectivity while resting, while engaging in focused attention meditation, and while engaging in open awareness meditation.The researchers were particularly interested in a network of interacting brain regions known as the default mode network, which has been associated with processing feelings of self.Compared to those who received a placebo, those who received psilocybin were more likely to feel like the boundary that separates them from the rest of the world had been dissolved — an altered state of consciousness known as oceanic self-boundlessness or ego dissolution.The researchers found that this altered state of consciousness was associated with changes in brain connectivity. In particular, psilocybin-induced ego dissolution was associated with a decoupling of functional connectivity between the medial prefrontal cortex and posterior cingulate cortex regions of the default mode network while engaging in open awareness meditation.“We here report for the first time psilocybin-induced functional connectivity changes in self-referential brain networks in a group of experienced meditators after a mindfulness retreat,” the researchers said.Psilocybin-induced ego dissolution and changes in brain connectivity also predicted positive changes in attitudes about life, self, social behavior, mood, and spirituality at a 4 months follow-up assessment.“An experience of ego dissolution may further imply cognitive reappraisals, reifications, self-inquiry, or insights and contribute to enduring psychological changes,” the researchers wrote in their study. “Our double-blind study presents a notable case because its participants were primarily in middle adulthood and already engaged in meditative practices, and yet the psilocybin-treatment group still reported a significant beneficial effect of the retreat.”The results are largely in line with a previous study that examined the combination of psilocybin and meditation.That study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2017, found that psilocybin-occasioned experience, in conjunction with meditation and other daily spiritual practices, were associated with enduring increases in traits such as altruism, gratitude, forgiveness, and interpersonal closeness, as well as decreases in fear of death.The new study, “Psilocybin-assisted mindfulness training modulates self-consciousness and brain default mode network connectivity with lasting effects“, was authored by Lukasz Smigielski, Milan Scheidegger, Michael Kometer, and Franz X. Vollenweider. Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

Being overweight is associated with more frequent sexual activity in men but lower frequency in women, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The study is based on data from 7,049 men and 7,005 women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The survey assessed a number of factors such as sexual behavior, physical activity, and sitting time. It also measured the body mass index of the participants.The researchers found that having a higher body mass index was associated with higher odds of frequent sexual activity in the past year among men who lived alone. In women, however, a higher body mass was associated with lower odds of frequent sexual activity, particularly among those living with their partner.A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness, but it can also overestimate body fat in those with greater than average muscle mass, such as athletes and bodybuilders.The researchers also found that women (but not men) who reported more sedentary behavior tended to report a lower number of sexual partners.“We observed major differences between genders, where men who were overweight had more chances for sexual activity. Furthermore, we also observed that people with obesity who were living alone had lower chances of having a sexual partner over the last year. These results point to probable psychological and cultural issues surrounding obesity which are known but rarely seen in large epidemiological samples,” Grabovac said.The researchers also found that increased levels of physical activity were associated with more frequent sexual activity among men and women who were married or living with their partner. Higher physical activity levels were also associated with more sexual partners for men.The findings highlight “the overall importance of physical activity in our daily lives,” Grabovac told PsyPost.“It is important to be physically active and not to spend too much time sitting, as these not only influence a myriad of health issues, but are also associated with sexual activity. This was confirmed in our results — both men and women who reported more physical activity were more sexually active.”“For people at home, it is important not to underestimate the health effects of obesity on their sexual health, and to openly discuss their worries and issues with healthcare providers. For health care experts, it is important to actively engage with patients about sexuality and sex activities and realize this is a very important part of patients’ lives,” Grabovac added.But the vast majority of the participants were heterosexual, meaning that the results might not generalize to the nonheterosexual population. “Our data did not allow for sub-analyses of sexual and gender minorities. However, it would be interesting to observe these issues in diverse groups and investigate the potential intersectionalities,” Grabovac said.The study, “Associations Among Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Weight Status With Sexuality Outcomes: Analyses from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey“, was authored by Igor Grabovac, Chao Cao, Sandra Haider, Sinisa Stefanac, Sarah E. Jackson, Viren Swami, Daragh T. McDermott, Lee Smith, and Lin Yang. For men, being overweight is linked to increased odds of sexual activity. But the opposite is true for women, according to new research published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The study examined the relationships between body weight, physical activity, and sexual behavior.“So far, interest in sex and sexuality in health sciences has been predominantly focused on various pathologies and dysfunction as well as sexually transmitted infections. We are now starting to realize a number of salutogenic effects of sexual activities and there is research showing it to be important for mental and physical health,” said study author Igor Grabovac (@GrabovacIgor) of the Medical University of Vienna.“Therefore, as a first step it is important to investigate different associations with sexual activities in epidemiological studies that will guide further research. Given that obesity is a major public health issues in the US as well globally, we wanted to see how these issues influence sexual activity in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults.”center_img Pinterest Share Emaillast_img read more

Religious individuals perceived as more empathic by their close acquaintances, according to new psychology research

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter In the study, 236 adults indicated how religious they considered themselves to be and completed a measure of empathy called the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. A close acquaintance of each participant, such as a partner, friend, or relative, then assessed their religiosity and empathy as well.“This way we obtained two independent sources of information regarding our primary participants’ characteristics,” Łowicki explained.In line with previous research, religious individuals reported higher levels of empathic concern compared to less religious individuals. But more religious individuals were also perceived as more empathic by their close acquaintances, indicating their self-assessment was not purely self-serving.“The take-home message of this research is that religious people not only report higher empathy themselves but are also perceived as more empathic by their friends and relatives. This result pertains specifically to other-oriented feelings of compassion and sympathy experienced in response to observed suffering of other people,” Łowicki told PsyPost.The researchers controlled for gender, age, and social desirability bias — meaning the tendency to describe oneself in a way that will be viewed favorably by others. But the study still includes some limitations.“The most important caveat is that close acquaintances of our primary participants might be also somehow biased in their judgments. For instance, they might have a stereotype of religious people that implies higher compassion, and therefore they might be more likely to view their religious friends as more empathic,” Łowicki said.“In other words, although we have two independent sources of information confirming the positive link between empathy and religion, both of them are subjective and possibly prone to certain distortions. A desirable future direction, therefore, could be to examine more objective measures of empathic response, such as psychophysiological indices of compassion in more (and less) religious people.”“Another interesting direction might be to test if religious compassion is limited to in-group members or whether it can operate across religious affiliations,” Łowicki added.The study, “Religiousness Is Associated With Higher Empathic Concern—Evidence From Self- and Other-Ratings“, was authored by Paweł Łowicki and Marcin Zajenkowski. LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest A new study published in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality has found that highly religious people tend to be perceived as more empathic compared to less religious people.“Psychological research has shown that religious people report higher levels of emotional empathy. These empirical findings are also consistent with moral prescriptions of various religions, which typically advocate love and cooperation,” explained study author Paweł Łowicki, a PhD candidate at the University of Warsaw in Poland.“However, it is also well known that religions can have some negative social consequences, including prejudice or aggression. The question that arises, then, is whether more religious people are truly more empathic? Or is it, as some suggested, merely some sort of self-delusion or self-presentation of believers?” Emaillast_img read more

New study uncovers some of the psychological roots of the aggressive tendencies of narcissists

first_imgA new study provides insight into why narcissistic individuals are more likely than non-narcissists to engage in antisocial behaviors. The findings, which appear in Psychological Reports, suggest that need for power plays a key role in linking narcissism to aggressive and hostile actions.“I am very intrigued by the mind and abnormal psychology. I am also very intrigued by how the mind and disorders can affect an individual and their life. So, this research allowed me to gain more knowledge on the matters,” said study author Megan Brooke Alexander, an undergraduate student at Eastern Kentucky University.“In my study, when I talk about antisocial, I don’t mean shyness. I mean behaviors that harm or lack consideration for the well-being of others. This includes criminal behaviors or violent behaviors.” Share Email Share on Facebook Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter In two surveys of 324 undergraduate students and 323 individuals recruited from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform, the researchers found that those who scored higher on an assessment of narcissism also tended to score high on a measure of need for power, which in turn was associated with engaging in antisocial behaviors. Resistance to subordination, a subcomponent of need for power, was primarily responsible for the association between narcissism and criminal behavior.“People with narcissism do not like to be submissive to others. They like to be in control of others. Therefore, some will go to the extreme to be in control, meaning they will commit antisocial behaviors. This research and future research could assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of such individuals,” Alexander told PsyPost.“In short, they are less concerned with being in a powerful role as much as they do not want to be dominated by someone else,” the researchers wrote in their study.The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“First, the data from this research did not come from prison or clinical populations. It came from non-clinical students and citizens. Therefore, future research should include samples from both clinical and non-clinical populations to determine any differences and similarities between the two populations,” Alexander explained.“Second, there was an issue identifying whether antisocial behavior at an early age becomes internalized or rationalized to form narcissistic traits, or if individual differences in narcissism are formulated first. In order to address this implication, longitudinal strategies would need to take place.”“One big question that remains is that need for power did not mediate the association between exploitative narcissism and criminal behavior. The question is why? The answer could be that there is a different explanatory factor between the link, maybe like hormonal conditions rather than motivational conditions. Future research should address this question,” Alexander added.The study, “How Need for Power Explains Why Narcissists Are Antisocial“, was authored by Megan Brooke Alexander, Jonathan Gore, and Caitlin Estep.last_img read more