ARVR & Ai in Classroom: Middle East's Largest VR Education Program Launched for Public Schools

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Educators immersed in Virtual Reality lessons with Google Expeditions

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Thousands of Virtual Reality lessons in Arabic language

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Students at Riffa Views School Bahrain Immersed in Virtual Reality based lesson

Dubai is hitting another major milestone with VR based STEM Lab Program for schools

Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all”

— His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, Artificial Intelligence Minister

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, February 1, 2019 / — Over a million students and thousands of teachers across the Middle East have experienced the most immersive technologies. Their collective huge response in favor of these technologies and the positive impact they have on education has already led many schools in Dubai to introduce the modern learning methodologies in classrooms. These schools have termed VR technology as “a powerful learning tool”.


Moving forward, the education ecosystem in UAE is now hitting another major milestone with VRXOne’s VR based STEM Lab Program for schools. Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East. A massive initiative to put the region on world’s map as the most advanced in classroom learning solutions and teaching aides.

“Designed around the Classroom Format, the initiative is the largest program of its kind helping educators to implement VR, AR and Ai led education in schools across the Middle East.”

Prior to it, UAE government’s A Million Coders Program and subsequently, VRXOne’s One Million Expeditions for Emirati youth, gained immense response for their impact in enhancing students’ learning abilities. It comes as no surprise then that immersive technologies are dictating a massive shift in human-technology interaction. And VR based STEM Lab is the next step in classroom education not only locally but globally as well. Instead of moving around a mouse or tapping on a screen, we are able to step inside and explore the realities of our universe in the virtual world.

We know for a fact that the early adoption of these immersive technologies is a must as per the government’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. It is the only way to close the gap between education and job markets at a rapid pace. And VRXOne’s VR based Lab Program helps to work towards that goal by providing the youth with the most immersive learning solutions.

“VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM Subjects.”


Virtual Reality has emerged as the ultimate medium for delivering “experiential learning”. No other methodology even comes close in impact. The fact that no physical or geographical boundaries stand in the way of this technology, is reason alone for its huge impact. Add to that the element of safety and cost-effectiveness and you have a win-win combination.

Virtual Reality is the ideal technology and well-suited to delivering the learning in STEM subjects. Since all these disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics – are based on highly critical thinking and applied knowledge, VR is the perfect fit for STEM education.

VRXOne’s VR based Classroom Format offers the most advanced level standalone program today equipped with machine learning applications allowing the teachers full control of the curriculum-aligned virtual lessons. VRXOne has the largest library of VR/AR/Ai lessons available in Arabic Language covering a huge range of STEM subjects. No longer does a student need physical presence in a science lab to understand a concept thoroughly. Every VR class provides pedagogically sound, engaging content to students for proper exploration and understanding. For instance, VR technology eliminates the need for a microscope to examine an organism or to study the DNA sequencing. The VR lab actually provides full immersion for further exploration of DNA and the atom at the molecular level. Something which is not possible in a physical lab.

Such are the opportunities available to STEM students today in the UAE made possible through the VR technology. These captivating lessons are the way forward for the youth to develop the right skill-set needed for the future markets in the era of technology. Moreover, the technology is exactly in line with the innovation goals of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai,
“Our vision for development is driven by a deep understanding of the future needs, and built on proactive ideas because we want to be in first place globally. Our methodology for development is based on the launch of initiatives that can be applied anywhere in the world and creating a global model for not only our economy but also for the global economy,"


Learning a new language is one of the most exciting as well as daunting things for a student or any individual. There is always an initial hesitation with a new way to pronounce, speak and interact. VR helps to eliminate the element of hesitation and self-consciousness by providing scenario-based, highly interactive environments to develop new language skills. It can put you in a class full of learners or amongst the native speakers to perfect your command over language.

Because VR experiences support interaction and are able to replicate different situations, there isn’t a more realistic way to learn a language than reality itself. With VR, you could either be buying cannoli on the streets of Sicily or asking for directions in Turkey. There is the added benefit of instant feedback on pronunciation and suggestions for vocabulary to further enrich your learning experience. The Head of Languages at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Chloe Briand opines that VR helps to build students’ confidence and reduce the level of anxiety associated with learning languages, “This is a tool that you use to practise and improve on your fluency and accuracy in a real-life scenario, without feeling self-conscious in front of a native speaker. It’s the perfect segue between a relaxed familiar environment and the outside world.”


Being a great interactive medium, it is fairly easy to build and create a lesson in VR for both teachers and students. For instance, it is as easy as ‘1,2,3’ to get a class started on a Google Expedition. But in case you wanted something more, you could easily use Google StreetView to create an exclusive expedition of your own. Visit the famous landmarks or walk through historical places.

By virtue of being a virtual medium, VR can put you in any location, inside a lab or an archeological site in an instant. There are boundless opportunities to explore and learn with VR so much so that not only does it remove geographical walls but time-bound as well. You can explore the lengths of Roman Colosseum or walk on the Acropolis of Athens. It is all within reach with VR.


In the same fashion, Augmented Reality enhances the learning experience for STEM lessons. You can use it to examine the 3D models of plants, animals as well as the natural features in your class. Students can go “deeper” in a lesson by rotating, swiping, and zooming in and out of a model at will. They can even take photos or videos of the model within their surroundings.

AR is a great learning technology and brings huge value to everyday lesson plans. Aligned with the standards of the UAE Ministry of Education, the platform supports all kinds of different visual overlays and hundreds of lesson plans with valuable educational content.


Immersive technologies can help us to make classroom learning fun and exciting as well as more relevant and comprehensive. But at the same time, it is important to monitor the students’ performance to ensure positive outcomes and compliance with the educational standards.

This is where Artificial Intelligence helps to customize lessons for students providing cross-reference between subjects to support interdisciplinary learning. Moreover, automation of processes through Ai – such as performance monitoring, feedback, marking, tracking growth etc. – provide further assistance in the class freeing up more time for teachers.

On the part of students, Ai helps them understand concepts better and self-pace their studies. It also inculcates innovative and entrepreneurial thinking in the students something which is the need of the day. Sreejit Chakrabarty, the Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Gems Education Dubai, says that Ai opens a huge door of opportunities for young minds, “Naturally, this Ai literacy brings in and helps students to extend their knowledge of English, Maths and Coding. For example, by seeing how their programming strategies are reflected in the learning and behaviour of a machine, they can better grasp abstract concepts such as cause and effect. They can also get immediate feedback from the machine and iterate their ideas based upon this. These are powerful opportunities for learning in a cross-disciplinary way.”


Arab teachers view the virtual and augmented reality apps as invaluable mediums to support “deeper learning” practices. As more and more content is being developed to align with curriculum requirements, the teachers find it immensely helpful to inspire curiosity to learn and ingenuity to create in their students.

Martha McCleary, Head of Digital Literacy at Foremarke School Dubai, shares her experience of VR in the classroom and how it has helped to involve students in the learning process, "We have been using VR to visit faraway places and go on virtual field trips. This heightens engagement in lessons as children get to experience new environments. Recently we have begun looking at creating our own VR experiences. The children are busy creating online galleries of their work. Beyond learning about VR, this engages the children in learning about design and user experience."

One of the GEM schools, The Winchester School at Jebel Ali has also teamed up with VRXOne to improve learning productivity of their students using VR and Ai. The Vice-Principal of the school, Dr. Ritika Anand believes that these immersive technologies become the basis to provide a thorough and holistic learning experience to the students, “Student experience is the biggest testimonial of a school’s commitment to provide holistic learning. The use of technologies like VR is aligned with the concept of experiential learning in pedagogy. Such technologies encourage inquisitiveness, innovation and excellence, and ultimately lead to bigger impact through nation development.”


In the wake of these immersive learning experiences, students are well-equipped for the year of innovation ahead. Ai has a huge part to play in UAE’s National Innovation Strategy. Consequently, it is also a major component of Expo 2020 as well. As UAE gears towards the fast approaching event, the students are enthusiastically curious about using Ai to put their imagination to work and manifest their innovative ideas into reality.
The Emirati youth is more than ready for the upcoming challenges ahead backed by their mentor and the State Minister for Artificial Intelligence, His Excellency Omar Sultan Bin Olama, “Youth have a responsibility to contribute to the development of the region and look into the use of future technologies for a better future for all.” Speaking to a conference in Sharjah, he stressed upon the importance of AI as part of youth’s everyday life now and said, “Each of you have to be aware how to use it and develop it for you to be able to adopt it.”

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Fucoidan, from brown seaweeds, offers an anti-HIV function and Immunoregulation by Dr. Susana Trujillo

Fucoidan- sulfated polysaccharides from brown seaweeds like Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus – has been shown to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 / — It is shown that the sulfated polysaccharides in Fucoidan inhibit infection of both CD4+ and CD4- cell lines by HIV and that they inhibit HTLV-1 and, to a lesser extent, the simian retrovirus, MPMV, which use receptors other than CD4.2 In contrast to semisynthetic sulfated polysaccharides, natural brown seaweed polysaccharides (Fucoidan) do not show any visible anticoagulant activity at therapeutically administrable doses. 1 Advantages of the brown seaweed polysaccharides are their natural extraction process, wide spectrum of antiviral activity, absence of cytotoxic effects, no side effects during long-term use, and good absorbbability.3,4

The Immune System

The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system is made up of:

• Physical barriers: such as intact skin and mucous membranes.
• Chemical barriers: such as stomach acid and antibacterial substances in body fluids.
• Organs and cells: such as tonsils lymph glands and a variety of white blood cells.

How AIDS develops

In the presence of HIV, the immune system is slowly disrupted. HIV kills cells in the lymph nodes (small glands filled with immune cells that trap foreign organisms) and in other sites. This affects the balance of the immune system.5 Then, the virus levels in the blood and the lymph nodes increase because the immune system cannot keep up with the amount of virus constantly produced.6,7

HIV continually changes itself, avoiding attack by the antibodies and immune cells that normally control infections. Each generation of viruses is slightly different. This constant evolution helps HIV keep one step ahead of the immune system. Immune cells can only look for viruses that resemble the previous generation of HIV, so the virus constantly ‘escapes’ the immune system.7

CD4 T-cells gradually decline in number. This is because they are killed by HIV and because they are over-activated, and this leads to an increase in T-cell death.5,6 HIV destroys memory CD4 T-cells that have been primed to rapidly respond to infections. Therefore, infections such as Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and Candida (thrush) develop when the CD4 cell count falls.7

HIV and the Immune System Response

Following the above, the presence of high levels of HIV in the body stimulates the immune system and huge numbers of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells are produced to contain the virus. However, these activated CD4 T-cells are also prime targets for the virus and can be rapidly infected and destroyed, leaving the body with weakened anti-HIV immune responses.8,9

Long-term non-progressors tend to maintain high levels of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells and CD8 T-cells that effectively control HIV replication and keep viral loads low.10,11 Stronger HIV-specific CD8 T-cell responses are significantly associated with greater viral load decline during primary infection.12,13 CD8 T-cells act against HIV in primary infection by killing HIV-infected cells and secreting chemokines.14,15

Fucoidan’s anti-HIV function

Fucoidan can protect healthy cells from becoming infected with the HIV/AIDS virus – in turn, Fucoidan can keep the virus from infecting those who have not contracted it.

Isolated Fucoidans from several brown seaweeds, for example, Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu), Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus) exhibited potential antiviral effects against HSV-1 and HSV-2 deprived of cytotoxicity for Vero cell cultures. Elizondo-Gonzalez and colleagues reported that the isolated Fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) showed potent antiviral activity against Newcastle disease virus in the Vero cell line at the initial stages of infection. The viral formation declined by exposure of Fucoidan prior to cleavage of the fusion protein, which led to attachment of Fucoidan to the F0 protein. This finding was important to reassure that Fucoidan has anti-viral activities. Consequently, Fucoidan exhibited a better antiviral potency than ribavirin.17 Moen and Clark, 1993, studied isolated Fucoidan from F. vesiculosus, which showed its potential to suppress HIV RT in vitro.

Other studies showed that respective activities are not because of dispatching of target cells. Indeed, Fucoidan induced no adverse effects on protein metabolism and cell generation.16 HIV-1 infection of target cells is protected after preincubation with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis. In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, and can activate apoptosis.17 Scientists also examined Fucoidan for its anti-HIV-1 abilities, given its potent anti-herpetic properties. This anti-HIV-1 activity was not a result of Fucoidan working as a viricidal, but rather as a direct consequence of its ability to inhibit the early events of viral replication with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis.18 In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.18


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Fucoidan’s Ability to Prevent the Flu and Its Ability to Inhibit the Influenza A Virus by Dr. Susana Trujillo

The immune system is actively finding ways to prevent viruses, bacteria and infected cells from affecting our health.

Besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 / — When our immune system is weak, some viruses can "hide" inside certain cells in our bodies and avoid being totally removed by the immune system. Some viruses can do this for a long time.

The best flu prevention strategy is basic — good nutrition (including taking natural health supplements), regular exercise, and enough sleep. You can also wash hands frequently and avoid people who have the flu. Still, it's hard to prevent contact with microorganisms (germs). Therefore, the best way to prevent the flu and other diseases is by keeping yourself healthy.

Flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.1 Some of the symptoms caused by Influenza (a viral infection) are fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough that lasts a week or more.1 People commonly use the term "flu" to define any kind of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, such as colds or diarrhea and vomiting that resemble “influenza-like-illness” (ILI) symptoms. However, influenza usually associated with more severe illness and lasts longer than the common cold and, normally, influenza does not cause vomiting or diarrhea in adults.2

Because influenza viruses are constantly mutating and there are different strains and subtypes that are prevalent among human populations from year to year, outbreaks and epidemics occur in certain geographical areas or countries. Occasionally, an influenza strain will emerge to cause an influenza pandemic that spreads globally and is usually associated with more severe disease and increased mortality.6

Most people recover from influenza without any complications and develop immunity to future infection with the same strain or a related influenza strain that may prevent illness symptoms or make illness less severe.10 However, there is an increased risk for serious complications and death for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or who are suffering from diabetes, kidney dysfunction, heart disease, and other chronic health issues.8

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to adapt good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.9 There also are natural health supplements like Fucoidan with antiviral properties that can be used to treat and prevent the flu. The different types of Fucoidan (Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus) offer the nutrients you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

In relationship to the nutritional health supplements that can help you prevent the flu, one of the most studied brown seaweeds is Mekabu, which contains Fucoidan a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from the sporophylls of the edible seaweed (U. pinnatifida)11 and long used as a traditional food in Japan, has attracted attention as an agent that enhances immune function because various types of Fucoidan reportedly have physiological activities such as antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anticoagulant, and antitumor effects.12 For virus infection in mice, oral administration of Mekabu Fucoidan increased neutralizing antibody production in the mucosa and blood and inhibited viral growth. At the same time, Mekabu Fucoidan also demonstrated to enhance immune function through mechanisms involving natural killer (NK) cell activation and increased production of IFN-γ and IL-12 in animal studies.11 The WHO announced a new influenza pandemic on 11 June 2009.13 Three influenza pandemics (Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong) in the 20th century, and more recently the extremely pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) with high lethality reported in Hong Kong in 1997, indicate that humans have long been facing influenza threats. The emergence of new influenza viruses and human epidemics is now recognized as a serious global health problem.13

One study from the Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan reported that their study “showed a possible adjunctive role of Mekabu Fucoidan in antibody production in the elderly, although further studies on the underlying immunomodulatory mechanisms are needed.”14

Recent studies focused on antiviral compounds obtained from natural resources. Many extracts from brown seaweeds have been isolated and tested for pharmacological purposes, and their antiviral activity has been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide present in the cell wall matrix of brown algae that has been demonstrated to inhibit certain enveloped viruses with low toxicity. One important study evaluated the potential antiviral activity and the mechanism of action of fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus against Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV0 in the Vero cell line.

In conclusion, besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. The immune system is compromised in people with a weak immunity, still there are healthy habits like taking Fucoidan on a daily basis that can be adapted to be healthier and to avoid getting sick too often.

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The Positive Effects of Fucoidan from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus in Reducing Osteoarthritis Symptoms by Dr Susana Trujillo

Osteoarthritis is the most predominant form of arthritis.1 At the same time, osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health conditions among adults.

Supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 / — Osteoarthritis has an inflammatory element affecting the synovium (the soft tissue that lines the spaces of diarthrodial joints, tendon sheaths, and bursae) and cartilage, which leads to subchondral bone tissue breakdown, resulting in pain, stiffness, and joint failure.2 Several studies have suggested that osteoarthritis joint degeneration occurs from a combination of mechanical stresses and biochemical factors.3 Chondrocytes as well as synovial cells, in an elevated osteoarthritis condition, express inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1β and the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. As a result, there is an increase in the matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) and some pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-8, IL-6, prostaglandin E2, and nitric oxide.3

Osteoarthritis models can be classified into primary (spontaneous) and secondary (post-traumatic OA, including induced models) osteoarthritis.4 At the same time, obesity has long been recognized as a potential risk factor for osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. By increasing the mechanical forces across weight-bearing joints, obesity or the excess of body weight may lead to cartilage degeneration. Other causes such as inflammation and lipid metabolism disorder in obesity are also associated with osteoarthritis. Recent studies reported that inflammatory cytokines such as leptin, adiponectin, and IL-1β are involved in obesity-associated in osteoarthritis.2,4

Various approaches used to treat osteoarthritis include non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. Pharmacological treatments include analgesics or anti-inflammatory agents such as acetaminophen, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, glucosamine/chondroitin sulfates, non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and intra-articular (IA) corticosteroids. Still, these treatments have side effects, for example, NSAIDs are correlated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV), severe gastrointestinal (GI), and renal injuries. Based on the diverse and various side effects, various studies have focused on functional foods for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis, which may result in the promotion of cartilage health and safety, even after long-term use.1,3

A very interesting and helpful functional food is known as Fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that contains L-fucose and sulfate groups and found in various species of brown seaweed such as Cladosipohon okamuranus (Mozuku), Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus). Because of their pharmacological properties such as the antioxidant,9 anti-tumor,9 anti-inflammation,10 anti-diabetic,10 and anti-obesity properties,7 Fucoidan has gained significant attraction. Recent studies indicated that Fucoidan has the potential to suppress inflammation in collagen-induced osteoarthritis. Furthermore, Fucoidan is potent as a therapeutic agent that provides hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fucoidan obtained from brown seaweeds shows promise in taking on aspects of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.6 In another study, a team of researchers looked at the effect of Fucoidan on markers of rheumatoid arthritis in laboratory conditions and published their findings in Inflammation. Their findings concluded that: “Fucoidan may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”7 Additionally, a third study looked at the effects of fucoidan on symptoms and inflammatory cytokine activation in 40 rats with osteoarthritis. The scientists found “that administration of fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis” in the rats. These results were published in The Journal of Medicinal Food.6

Fucoidan extracted from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus showed anti-inflammatory effects on osteoarthritis induced inflammation. The hypolipidemic properties worked against fat accumulation and protected the joint and cartilage on osteoarthritis induced male rats. In addition, supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve the obesity and meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. At the same time, Fucoidan also can enhance the immune system and to improve the Quality of Life in people with osteoarthritis.

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2. Allen, K.D.; Golightly, Y.M. Epidemiology of osteoarthritis: State of the evidence. Curr. Opin. Rheumatol. 2015, 27, 276–283.
3. Barve, R.A.; Minnerly, J.C.; Weiss, D.J.; Meyer, D.M.; Aguiar, D.J.; Sullivan, P.M.; Weinrich, S.L.; Head, R.D. Transcriptional profiling and pathway analysis of monosodium iodoacetate-induced experimental osteoarthritis in rats: Relevance to human disease. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2007, 15, 1190–1198.
4. Henrotin, Y.; Kurz, B. Antioxidant to treat osteoarthritis: Dream or reality? Curr. Drug Targets 2007, 8, 347–357.
5. Krasnokutsky, S.; Attur, M.; Palmer, G.; Samuels, J.; Abramson, S.B. Current concepts in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2008, 16, S1–S3.
6. Lee, D.-G.; Park, S.-Y.; Chung, W.-S.; Park, J.-H.; Hwang, E.; Mavlonov, G.T.; Kim, I.-H.; Kim, K.-Y.; Yi, T.-H. Fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis in rats. J. Med. Food 2015, 18, 1032–1041.
7. Kuyinu, E.L.; Narayanan, G.; Nair, L.S.; Laurencin, C.T. Animal models of osteoarthritis: Classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. J. Orthop. Surg. Res. 2016, 11.
8. Dobashi, K.; Nishino, T.; Fujihara, M.; Nagumo, T. Isolation and preliminary characterization of fucose-containing sulfated polysaccharides with blood-anticoagulant activity from the brown seaweed hizikia fusiforme. Carbohydr. Res. 1989, 194, 315–320.
9. Millet, J.; Jouault, S.C.; Vidal, B.; Sternberg, C.; Theveniaux, J.; Mauray, S.; Fischer, A.M. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant activities of a low molecular weight fucoidan by the subcutaneous route. Thromb. Haemost. 1999, 81, 391–395.
10. Park, H.Y.; Han, M.H.; Park, C.; Jin, C.-Y.; Kim, G.-Y.; Choi, I.-W.; Kim, N.D.; Nam, T.-J.; Kwon, T.K.; Choi, Y.H. Anti-inflammatory effects of fucoidan through inhibition of NF-κB, MAPK and AKT activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglia cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2011, 49, 1745–1752.

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Senecio Robotics shipped its revolutionary BioMosquito™ robot to an international partner

Senecio Compact BioMosquito module based on deep learning technology, with mosquitoes being entered on the right side, with automated loading of male-only (none biting) mosquitoes on the left side into release boxes, after classification and sorting

Senecio ceremony for shipping its BioMosquito machine

Loading station loading measured number of mosquitoes per each release box mounted at the loading position

Senecio Robotics BioMosquito™ based artificial intelligence robot will support global efforts to combat mosquito diseases

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, ISRAEL, January 31, 2019 / — Tel-Aviv, Israel, January 31, 2019, Senecio is pleased to announce that a positive patent examination for its mosquito robotic solution, has been received, making Senecio the sole company with a positive examination for a mosquito robotic sex sorting.

The female mosquito is the deadliest animal on planet and transmits diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Yellow fever, West Nile, Zika, etc. with a death toll of hundreds of thousands per year and hospitalizing millions.

In the fight against mosquitoes, the latest technology is the rearing and release of specially treated mosquitoes. Global players include companies like Google sister company, Verily Life Science, Intrexon subsidiary Oxitec, World Mosquito Program, MosquiotMate, Wolbaki, Forrest Innovations and others.

Some approaches, are based on the fact the female mosquito mates only once, hence, the release of large number of sterile male-only mosquitoes (which are non-biting), leads to local population suppression, while other approaches suggest releasing of special treated males and females which prevent diseases transmission. In collaboration with the unnamed partner, Senecio is working to significantly advance the speed, scale and cost of addressing these needs.

Promising results were obtained in trial size programs around the world, including USA, China, Singapore, Australia, Brazil and others.
However, when the solution needs to be applied in large scale, the mosquito factories are limited in their growth potential relying on tedious labor work for the sorting and packaging of the special mosquitoes.

Senecio has been developing a proprietary technology, providing mosquito factories, laboratories and governments with an affordable, compact solution for robotic handling, sorting and loading of mosquitoes in large scale.
The solution can also be combined with the traditional pesticides approach, for an integrated pest management approach, resulting in an effective solution to the mosquito problem.

The company deep learning technology for automating the production process of mosquitoes is integrated with the company special release systems, with granted patents including the sequential release of cartridges from a moving van or a flying vehicle. Special aerial systems were developed and successfully tested in the US with the support of the BIRD foundation (An Israel-USA bilateral program). Senecio was the first company in the world to safely release mosquitoes while flying at high speed.

Senecio Robotics, is an early stage technology company, developing automation solutions for large scale mosquito projects. It is the holder of dozens of inventions from rearing, through sex sorting to loading, air and ground field release, utilizing proprietary proven technologies.

Backed by Ocean Azul Partners from Miami, with a global vision to support world efforts for eradicating the number one killer, Senecio is working to provide mosquito factories with a complete mobile automated unit, providing an affordable solution for one of the worlds most pressing needs.

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"Aging Well – 5 Tips to Maintaining Your Health" – new article by Physician Dr. Paul Norwood

Website of Paul Norwood MD Fresno California

Website of Paul Norwood MD Fresno California

Blog of Paul Norwood, doctor specializes in specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism

Blog of Paul Norwood, doctor specializes in specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California, Valley Endocrine Research

Dr Paul Norwood in Fresno California, Valley Endocrine Research

While the Fountain of Youth is yet to be discovered, if you want to enjoy a healthy and prosperous post-retirement life, read the new article by Dr Paul Norwood

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Always start by making small changes so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. You will immediate feel the change in your body, and including improvements in your regular routine will become quite easy.”

— Dr. Paul Norwood, Valley Endocrine clinic, diabetes and metabolism

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 / — Medical doctor and researcher Paul Norwood, MD has published an informational article on simple steps for maintaining your health. The complete article will be published on the Blog of Dr. Norwood at

Did you know that “September is Healthy Aging® Month?” The term was coined in by the company’s executive director and the magazine’s editor-in-chief Carolyn Worthington. The event is now in its 2nd decade, and it is still going strong. The reason why Carolyn created this event was to tell the people above the age of 45 that there’s still time for them to change their habits and take control of their health.

Aging has been long given a negative connotation. Fear of the unknown forces people to lead sedentary lives that lead to a number of health problems. A few common aging fears are:

• Isolation or loneliness
• Loss of independence
• Getting care from strangers
• Declining health
• Running out of financial aid
• Not being able to do certain tasks on their own such as drive or run errands like shopping for grocery
• Death of a family member
• Fear of hurting themselves or falling
• Living alone
• Inability to manage daily living activities

Think of healthy aging as a process that involves your body, mind, and soul. Following are five tips of healthy aging that you should follow.

1. Be Active

Many people shy away from exercise and that’s alright. Sometimes, even a walk in the park seems like a difficult chore. When we say “be active,” what we actually mean is to pursue any of your favorite physical activity such as gardening, swimming, rock climbing, or yoga. As long as you are moving and remaining physically active, it will be counted as exercise.

2. Eat Well

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, decrease sodium intake, limit the intake of alcoholic drinks, consume small serving sizes, and eliminate processed foods from your diet. The more colorful your plate, the more energized you will feel throughout the day.

3. Practice Prevention

Are you prone to tripping and falling? Aging brings about many problems such as frequent falls, failing eyesight, and forgetfulness. Along with regular medical checkups, make some changes in your house. Clear the rooms of excessive furniture and install handle bars to prevent falls.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Sleep deficiency may lead to problems in memory, immune system, and concentration. It can also cause Alzheimer’s disease according to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.

5. Reduce Stress

Identify your stress triggers and find ways to reduce them. Seek therapy if you cannot handle the pressure on your own. A few tricks that can help you reduce your stress levels include journaling, listening to music, and doing a favorite activity.

Always start by making small changes so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. You will immediate feel the change in your body, and including these tips in your regular routine will become quite easy.

About Paul Norwood, MD

Physician Dr. Paul Norwood leads the team at Valley Endocrine in Fresno, California. Valued by his community for his caring and kind personality as well as his skills as a physician, Dr. Paul Norwood is also respected nationwide for his expertise as an endocrinologist. Dr. Norwood founded Valley Endocrine clinic, which specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and Valley Research, which does clinical trials. Dr. Norwood has gained a reputation among physicians for his research, service to the community, and contributions. Dr. Norwood is the Executive Editor of the Journal of Global Health Perspectives. For almost 30 years, he has provided free medical services to the community on the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco.

Video: Dr. Paul Norwood M.D. of Valley Research discusses treatments and medicine to treat conditions like diabetes, chronic migraines,
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Valley Endocrine and Research
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Intermountain Healthcare Completes New Patient Tower As Part Of Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital Replacement Project

The 12-story Pedersen Tower features many all-new areas

PROVO, UTAH, USA, January 30, 2019 / — The new Pedersen Patient Tower at Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital opened for patient care on January 27, marking substantial completion of the $430 million hospital replacement project that began in 2015.

With the completion of the 12-story Pedersen Tower, Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital features many all-new areas, including:

• Emergency Department and Clinical Evaluation Unit
• Main entrance
• Imaging
• Registration
• Surgery and Interventional Services (operating rooms, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology (EP) lab, gastroenterology (GI) lab, interventional radiology)
• Neuro-Shock-Trauma ICU and Cardiovascular ICU
• All patient rooms (excluding Women’s and Children’s departments)
• River Rock Café
• Valley Bistro
• Gift Shop
• Chapel

A key feature of the Pedersen Tower is the size of its new patient rooms. Each room is nearly double the size of the replaced medical/surgical rooms in the hospital’s East Tower. These new rooms provide plenty of space for caregivers to provide treatment and for family or friends to visit patients in the hospital.

The hospital replacement project has met its established goals, which were:

• Replace aging buildings with new seismically sound facilities
• Improve patient care by using evidence-based design concepts that support better treatment outcomes
• Relocate complimentary service lines within the hospital to be more efficient
• Meet current and future healthcare needs of Utah County, which is one of the fastest-growing counties in the country

Philanthropic support of the hospital replacement project has reached the highest levels in Utah Valley's history. Major donors to the project include Todd and Andie Pedersen, Blake and Nancy Roney, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Kahlert Foundation, Steven and Kalleen Lund, Revere Health, The Ashton Family Foundation, Alex and Debra Dunn, Jacobsen Construction Company, and Nu Skin Enterprises. Many generous donations came from community members as well as physicians and members of the hospital caregiving team.

The final stage of the replacement project will be tearing down Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital’s existing East Tower to create a healing garden that includes an outdoor eating space for the new River Rock Café. A new laboratory area will also be created, and a pedestrian bridge will be built to access medical clinics across the busy street on which the hospital is located.

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 23 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practitioners, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other health services. With a mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit

Daron Cowley
Intermountain Healthcare
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Medias Klinikum’s Recently Results Reinforce and Extend the Positive Effects of Regional Chemotherapy for HN Cancer

Scheme of Carotid Artery Infusion via Jet-Port-Allround Catheters with Chemofiltration

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Results from an ongoing phase-II-study of intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for HN cancer published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

BURGHAUSEN, GERMANY, January 30, 2019 / — Medias Klinikum GmbH & Co KG, a private hospital specialized in surgical oncology, focusing on the treatment of primary and metastatic solid tumors, announces the publication of an ongoing phase-II-study entitled Short-term intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for head and neck cancer patients maintaining quality of life in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology (DOI:, that was conducted by Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, one of the world’s most experienced experts in the field of regional chemotherapy, and his group. In 1981, he developed the technique of isolated liver perfusion and was the first physician worldwide performing this method in humans using a heart-lung machine.

This data was preceded by a study published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, (DOI: and a poster presentation at the 38th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (abstract no. ESSO38-0290 in the Journal of the European Society of Surgical Oncology, EJSO) in Budapest this year.

Commenting on the announcement, Professor Dr. Karl R. Aigner, Head of the Department of Surgical Oncology at Medias Klinikum, said, “The standard head and neck cancer therapies, high-dose radiation accompanied by intravenous cisplatin chemotherapy, lead to satisfying tumor control rates but are often limited because of aggravating adverse effects. Dysphagia, tracheostomy, mucositis, weight loss, functional speech and hearing loss are common side-effects that often result from radiotherapy, increasing the risk of suicide for head and neck cancer survivors compared to other cancer incidences as reported by Green and Griffiths 2014; Anguiano et al. 2012; Misono et al. 2008 and Osazuwa-Peters et al. in 2016. While standard therapies are leading to improved tumor control rates, the problem of severe side-effects, however, not only remains but increases resulting in poor quality of life which is indeed the main reason for the increased suicide rates among HN cancer patients. The results obtained in this retrospective observational cohort study of 97 patients treated with short-term intra-arterial chemotherapy showed that this method not only generates high regional cytostatic concentrations but keeps systemic toxicity very low at the same time. With regard to the good survival rates and consistent quality of life with nearly no toxicity, the approach of short-term intra-arterial chemotherapy for HNC should be considered as a first option in a treatment protocol, even if survival rates with standard therapies are comparably good.

In fact, it is an effective and well-tolerated treatment modality with significant results in terms of long-term tumor control and particularly quality of life (QoL).

About Medias Klinikum, Department of Surgical Oncology
Medias Klinikum is a private clinic located in Burghausen (Bavaria), Germany specialized in regional chemotherapy (RCT), a targeted treatment modality for primary and metastatic tumors that generates high locoregional drug exposure and is less toxic. Looking back at 40 years of expertise in this special field of surgical oncology, Prof. Dr. med. Aigner, the medical director of the clinic, is one of the world’s most experienced experts in this treatment method. He has given numerous lectures on RCT and performed guest operations in the most renowned institutions in the USA, Japan, China, Israel, Egypt, Australia and a number of other countries. In 1981, Professor Aigner developed a technique for performing the first isolated liver perfusion in humans using a heart-lung machine, and over subsequent years a variety of additional surgical procedures and specialized catheters for isolated therapy of organs and parts of the body, including the treatment of pancreatic carcinoma.

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Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices Workshop for Supporting Children with Autism – a Great Success

Dr. Stephen Shore

Dr. Stephen Shore

Dr. Stephen Shore's Presentation

Dr. Stephen Shore’s Presentation

January 29, 2019: Workshop

January 29, 2019: Workshop

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 / — Dr. Stephen Shore, a Clinical Assistant Professor at Adelphi University in New York and a member of the Icare4Autism Advisory Committee spoke about his findings from the investigation of various methodological tools for working with children on the autism spectrum. His workshop was on evaluating different approaches for supporting children with autism.

This autism workshop was one of many sponsored by Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices, a model school, and center for children with autism and related developmental disabilities. The workshop was an outstanding success and standing room only.

Dr. Shore indicated that there has been no valid comparison between educational, behavioral, and developmental approaches. He initiated the qualitative research to investigate Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR. Other methods such as RDI and SCERTS were also discussed during the workshop.

During his presentation, Dr. Shore described differences and similarities between educational, behavioral, and developmental methodologies. The speaker also elaborated on differences between comprehensive treatment models and techniques for educating children with autism. Participants learned about ways to understand the contrasts of theoretical underpinnings between behavioral and developmental comprehensive treatment models.

The workshop with over 130 participants gathered a rich array of vibrant and diverse voices, including professionals, therapists, educators and scholars, caregivers and family members of individuals with autism at Touro College in New York City.

Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices founded by Dr. Joshua Weinstein, offers a broad spectrum of evidence-based education and therapeutic programs to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD) and related disabilities in a warm and nurturing environment. A nonpublic, nonprofit, multi-cultural school, we provide quality treatment, education, professional training and mentoring.

Suri Gruen, Program Director and Gili Rechany, Educational Director coordinated the workshop. The New York City Council Autism Initiative provided necessary funds for this workshop.

Upcoming workshop:

Shema Kolainu’s next workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 with Mrs. Olga Valasova, Esq., a special education attorney advising parents of children with disabilities. Mrs. Valasova will present her workshop "Advocacy for special education services in NY: The rights of parents and their children with disabilities" that will cover a number of areas, such as evaluations, IEP meetings, special education services and supports available in NY.

To learn more:

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Mannat Fertility Experts Introducing An Ideal Way Regarding The Selection Of The Best IVF Centers

Mannat Fertility Clinic is the best IVF centre in Bangalore, India.

IVF clinics are backed with latest technology that helps in fulfilling the dreams of childless couples. So, it’s important to choose best doctor’s experience.

BANGALORE, INDIA, January 29, 2019 / — These days, there are a number of couples who’re trying to conceive for longer period of time. This problem of infertility occurs due to past medical history and lifestyle changes. For treating the infertility problems in couples, there are a number of fertility centers and IVF clinics. These clinics have helped the childless couples to make their dream come true with the help of latest fertility treatment and techniques. IVF centers such as Gynaaecare, Originelle, GovindaIVF and Mannat fertility are some of the leading and reckoned centers that provide excellent fertility treatment with care and comfort.

In an interview, the spokesperson of these centres stated that, "Advancement in the technology and medical science has enabled the couples to conceive with the help of IVF and other fertility procedure. We aim at making the patients completely satisfied with our state of the art IVF treatment and high success rate."

The medical services offered by IVF clinics ensure better treatment to the patients. These clinics make use of advanced technology to get better results. Because of availability of various IVF centre, there arises a sense of confusion in the mind of the patients.

Spokesperson also stated some of the important factors that need to be considered while finding the best clinic are:
•It is important to check out the treatment methodology of the clinics while searching the best one. Ask the doctors about the treatment procedure and success rate of the treatment.
•Another important thing that needs to be considered by the patients is the area of expertise and experience of the doctors. Patients should ask questions to the doctors to get their confusion clear.
•Know about the treatment procedure that the clinic is going to perform on you. Behavior staffs, cleanliness of the clinic and location of the clinic also matters when it is about choosing the best IVF centre Bangalore.
•Along with this, patients should make comparison of a few sorted names of the IVF clinics on the basis of treatment, success rate, procedure and cost of the treatment. This will give you an idea about which clinic is offering better treatment with affordable charges.

IVF clinic is backed with a latest technology that helps in fulfilling the dreams of childless couples. So, it’s important to choose the best as per doctor’s experience and cost of the treatment.

•Clinic Name Mannat Fertility Clinic
•Address Kishan Icon 90/2, 2nd Floor, Outer Ring Road Marathahalli, Near Innovative Multiplex Bangalore- 560037
•Tel: 080-42019651/652
•To Book Appointment: + 91-9902775588

Prashant Agarwal
Mannat Fertility Clinic
97119 01812
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