The Wall Still A Heated Topic

The Wall Still a Heated Topic post by Charles Laverty

LA times article Trump California Border

I am always amazed at this conversation or debate, the wall is still a heated topic.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this can’t be resolved. I am guessing it is that our friends in Washington just want to use immigration for their own political agenda, otherwise, why can’t we fix this issue.

According to reports there are 11 million people living in the United States.  I am sure, 98 percent of these people are hardworking, family people whom have values and do nothing criminally or don’t have any criminal record.

The Wall is Not The Answer

Why is it so difficult to make this people legal citizens of the United States. Put a program in place that maybe gives them 3 years to become a citizen and if they don’t do that, they get deported back to their original country. Children who were born here and know no other country make legal citizens immediately.

Common sense can easily resolve this crazy situation and take the talking points away from cable TV.  I don’t believe we need walls we just need a common sense approach and resolve this issue.

Trump made a visit to the border and I am responding to this article found here from the Los Angeles Times.

 

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Student Walk Outs

Student Walk Outs Not Going to Solve post by Charles Laverty

Student Walk Outs

Student walk outs is not the answer to resolve the gun issue. When Trump was elected he spoke about the Washington lobbyists. He said that was a cancer he was going to stop the flow of money to congress people and Senators. That should have happened, but of course never did.

The NRA is fine but they should be prohibited from giving money to political figures. There are many different laws that could be passed to solve the gun issue but as always, the money talks.

We need guns off the streets, we need the film industry to stop making movies that show guns killing people left and right and we need parents, single or married, to have family values with their children.

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Asian Market is Strategically Important

Asian Market for a Strategic Move post by Charles Laverty

Asia is a Strategically Important Market for ABS

There have been quite a few exciting new developments at ABS in the last few months. I recently traveled to China to promote our new technology with investors and potential strategic partners. We know that the Asian Market is a great business partnership.  The reception was overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to returning in the near future.

Our plans for Asia were recently announced in a press release.  In turn, discussed our decision to embark on a new fundraising initiative to raise an additional $20 million.

We believe our stenting technology can reduce the need for open-heart surgery and save many lives. Clinical trials are expensive to conduct though and that’s why we’re targeting these additional funds.

Our Technology is Unique

The way the ABS system works is unique. Our procedure uses a dual catheter system to simultaneously place stents in both the mother and daughter arteries of a bifurcation lesion.

The goal is to simplify a complex procedure and reduce the amount of errors that occur during surgeries. Using current technology, it’s not uncommon for surgeons to have to replace stents within a few months. We want to eliminate that requirement.

Seeing A Need in the Asian Market

Why the focus on China and Asia in general? Unfortunately, this region has experienced a major increase in incidents of cardiac related illness in the last couple of decades.  It seems to be getting worse. It’s a market that needs innovative companies like ABS to reverse the trend.

It isn’t just China though. Heart disease is on the rise in other major countries such as India and Japan as well. Part of this is because of greater integration with global markets.

Fast-food chains are quite common in this region of the world now as consumers have more disposable income. They’re also leading more sedentary lives as their affluence is allowing for more leisure time.

While efforts are being made to change lifestyles and improve diets, new and innovative medical procedures must be part of the solution as well.

Our expansion into Asia is an important phase in ABS’s development. We’re excited about the prospects and we’re looking forward to developing new partnerships there. The goal is to make sure we’re ready for production in major Asian markets once final regulatory approval has been achieved.

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Increased Congestion Hinders Quality of Life

Increased Congestion points to lower quality of live post by Charles Laverty

LAX Passenger Traffic Up Nearly 4% in January 

We often see traffic growth as a sign of increased congestion and a diminishment of the quality of life in urban centers.

I recently returned from China, a country has has seen explosive growth on a scale never seen in the United States.

On a very significant degree, China has embraced this growth.  In turn, the development of its infrastructure development keeps pace with economic growth, with very few exceptions.

America needs to invest heavily in infrastructure, to provide the foundation for sustained and beneficial economic growth.

The article I read can be found here.              

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School Shootings is a Shared Responsibility

School are really getting prepared post by Charles Laverty

Responsibility is Across the Board

In the wake of the Parkland devastation, the Newport-Mesa School District says its school safety methods have it prepared to do what needs to be done.

It is commendable that schools and their boards across the country are being proactive.  They are establishing methods and procedures to protect our children and school teachers against society’s most evil people.

The responsibility to protect our schools is a shared responsibility.  The often-missed “front line” of this responsibility are the parents.

Parents need to pro-actively communicate with their children, and seek appropriate help when trouble signs appear.  Mental illness must be viewed with the same seriousness as physical illness.

We readily seek professional help for a child when he or she is physical ill. That same mantra must apply when our child is seemingly mentally ill, as well.

The article I read can be found here.

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Getting Spooked by Federal Immigration Authorities

Federal Immigration Authorities making surprise visits post by Charles Laverty

Visits by Federal Immigration Authorities are Spooking California Businesses and Workers

Federal Immigration Authorities are popping up at businesses where they have suspicion that laws are not being followed. Businesses need to abide by all laws, not just laws that they selectively chose to follow, while ignoring others.

All businesses must follow the same set of rules and those rules must be enforced.  By doing so, legislatures can amend existing rules to accommodate changing immigration patterns and societal norms.  This is for the equal and fair benefit of all, namely, businesses, employees and, most importantly, the country.

The article I read can be found here.

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POTUS Announcing Heavy Tariffs on Some Imports

Steel and Aluminum tariffs from POTUS post by Charles Laverty

Trump Announces Plans For Heavy Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

The President’s announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is long overdue. For decades, the American steel and aluminum industries have suffered.

They have suffered under unfair competition from foreign firms.  These firms are taking advantage of lax environmental laws,unfair labor rates and, in some cases, energy subsidization.

The announced tariffs will help level the playing field, providing US businesses the opportunity to again compete fairly in the American market. This initiative will create high paying American jobs, in America, for America.

The article I read can be found here.

 

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E-Cigarettes in Gummy Bear Flavors

E-Cigarettes post by Charlie Laverty

E –CIGARETTES

E-Cigarettes are a very big thing today.  My jaw dropped when I read that they have gummy bear and candy flavored ones now.  I believe too, that these companies are trying to appeal to young people.  Discussions that e-cigarettes are also a gateway form for future cigarette use.

THERE IS NO FORM OF TOBACCO THAT IS GOOD FOR ANYONE. Testing and results have shown the impact of e-cigarettes has upon heart disease.

People think not me, I’m too healthy but they could be destroying their lungs, and increasing the risk of heart attacks. There is no amount of nicotine that can be good for anyone, anytime or anyplace.

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Obesity in our Youth

Obesity in our Youth post by Charles Laverty photo-credit unknown

Obesity in our Youth

In this article I read, obesity has now become a problem for children in the age bracket of 2 to 5 years of age.  This is astounding to me.   

This is a real problem with children as there is some much time spent on IPads, cell phones and TV games. In turn, team sports have decreased, playing outdoors has decreased and diets are filed with many foods that add calories.

Parents need to take an active role in making sure their children are healthy. That is a tough statement as all parents care about their children.

However, parents set examples every day with this child. Most parents don’t realize that their children do notice them not eating right and exercising.  This vision of their parents has a dramatic effect upon the child.  A child’s diet is also so critical.  They should be eating fruit instead of donuts, salads and vegetables instead of mac and cheese, etc.

Parental influence can change the obesity problem with children.

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How Advanced Bifurcation Systems is Taking on Heart Disease

Charles Laverty is CEO of Advanced Bifurcation Systems

Tackling a Global Pandemic

ABS was founded because there’s a real need for improvements in the way we approach the global heart disease problem. Current methods for treating heart disease aren’t always successful. 7.4 million people die from a heart attack every year. Several new technologies could change that and our innovative new stenting platform is one of them. We hope that human clinical trials and FDA review will show that it could reduce the need for open-heart surgery and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from heart disease.

How the ABS System Works

One of the most difficult procedures for heart surgeons is trying to place stents in branched arteries. The ABS system is designed to simplify the process and replace most open-heart surgeries with a less invasive procedure that can be performed as a day surgery.

Open-heart surgery is a stressful experience for the patient and many suffer depression after their operation. A simple day procedure would reduce their anxiety and allow them to return to their daily lives without a significant recovery period.

The method works by using a dual catheter system to place stents in both the mother and daughter vessels of a branched artery at the same time. The technology is self-aligning as well, to reduce the risk of errors and it’s simple to perform. Most cardiac surgeons will be able to perform the procedure without much training.

A Major Part of the Puzzle

The ABS system isn’t the only breakthrough we hope could aid in reducing deaths from heart disease. New technologies in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, apps, and wearable devices are also part of the solution. It’s not difficult to imagine the risk of death from a heart attack being cut in half in the next decade. Technology is allowing people to live longer and healthier lives. I think that Advanced Bifurcation Systems is a major piece of the puzzle along with these other technologies.

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