Former Alaska legislator Andrew Halcro has filed a letter of intent to run for mayor of Anchorage.Download AudioHalcro filed the letter, signaling his interest in seeking the post, with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Friday.Halcro is a former state representative who unsuccessfully ran for governor as an independent against Republican Sarah Palin in 2006. He currently serves as president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.The field of candidates for mayor already includes former Anchorage Assembly Chairman Dan Coffey, current Assembly member Amy Demboski and former Assembly member Paul Bauer.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact An open letter from Carson Palmer.Carson calls it a career » https://t.co/3tkaqIqQaD#CheersToCarson pic.twitter.com/9m8Qs5yWpQ— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 2, 2018The announcement comes a day after head coach Bruce Arians announced his on Monday.Like Arians, Palmer is calling it a career after five years with the Cardinals. Top Stories Palmer was acquired from the Oakland Raiders on April 2, 2013, for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.In his first season, Palmer led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record. His 4,274 yards passing that season made him the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards for three different teams.The 2014 season would be the first haunted by injuries. Two days after he received a three-year $50 million extension, he re-tore his ACL against the St. Louis Rams and would miss the rest of the season. Even without Palmer, the Cardinals would reach the playoffs with a record of 11-5, falling to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round.Palmer would have the best season of his career in 2015. His 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns were a franchise record. He went 13-3 as a starter, making his third Pro Bowl.For his success, he received one vote for the NFL’s MVP award, with one other vote going to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the other 48 going to the award winner, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.He helped lead the Cardinals to a 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, him and Arians’ lone playoff win in the Valley. In that game, Palmer went 25-of-41 for 349 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 75-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald opened overtime and a five-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald two plays later won the game. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement Tuesday.The Cardinals tweeted out an open letter from Palmer. Palmer’s 2016 saw him regress down to 4,233 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The team went 7-8-1.This season, Palmer played in seven games, throwing for 1,978 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He sat out the rest of the season after breaking his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.The 38-year-old threw for more than 46,000 yards and 294 touchdowns in his 15-year career.Some of his many Cardinals records include the most seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards (three) and most games with 400 or more passing yards (three).Palmer signed a one-year extension in 2016 that would have had him play through the 2018 season.Cardinals quarterbacks Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley are not all under contract for next season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field injured during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) 78 Comments Share
Aug 22 2018The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has renewed a grant shared by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine that will extend and expand research into acute kidney failure, or acute kidney injury, which affects about 1.2 million hospitalized patients per year and kills 70 to 80 percent of patients in intensive care units who develop the disease.The grant, which is worth $5.67 million, will fund the O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research for another five years. The center is one of eight federally funded centers in the country aimed at making state-of-the-art technologies and resources readily accessible to researchers pursuing studies in relevant areas related to kidney diseases. The center serves as a national core resource to identify and fund promising research and to provide important scientific services to the funded investigators.”Acute kidney injury causes more deaths per year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart failure and diabetes combined,” said Anupam Agarwal, M.D., director of the Division of Nephrology at UAB. “The center helps with our mission to improve the health of patients by fostering research that is centered on the prevention and treatment of AKI and its complications.”Agarwal has led the O’Brien Center since 2008 when UAB received the first award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The grant will fund the center through 2023.”The O’Brien Center has helped fund research, recruit faculty and increase the number of existing pilot programs,” Agarwal said. “Since the grant was renewed for the second time in 2013, UAB has recruited 19 new faculty members to our nephrology program. A large reason they came here is the resources available through the center.”Related StoriesResearch highlights persistent gaps in quality of care for patients with chronic kidney diseaseOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchNew research links “broken heart syndrome” to cancer”We focus on understanding the relationship of acute kidney injury to development of chronic kidney disease and developing novel strategies to map the continuum of the disease for targeted interventions,” said Ravindra L. Mehta, M.D., nephrologist and professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “The center offers several biomarker assays to evaluate kidney injury and function to improve diagnosis, identify targets for intervention and help in decision-making for physicians managing patients with these diseases.”The center has catalyzed significant growth of kidney-related research at UAB and UC San Diego. As of October 2017, the total kidney-related National Institutes of Health funding increased by 38 percent from 2012 to $32.6 million, and funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has nearly doubled from $8.2 million to $15.5 million.”The center enables our investigators pursuing kidney-related research to have state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technologies that they can utilize without having to set it up in their own laboratories,” Agarwal said.This cycle will offer a new resource that researchers hope will advance their findings. For the first time, investigators will have access to a biorepository of human kidney tissue and human blood and urine samples.”A big problem in kidney research is that a lot of people do research on animal models and they find a drug that is very effective; but when they perform the clinical trial, it doesn’t work,” Agarwal explained. “Having access to biopsied human kidney tissue will enable researchers to use the tissue to verify their data from the animal model before they begin a clinical trial.” Source:http://www.uab.edu/news/health/item/9699-grant-extends-expands-kidney-failure-research