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News Article | May 6, 2017

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: CAREGIVING Profile America — Saturday, May 6th. This is National Nurses Day, the start of National Nurses Week. It's an occasion established to honor...

Murphy J.A.,Nightingale | Milner T.D.,Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | O'Donoghue J.M.,Royal Infirmary
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2013

Recent studies have shown that the number of women undergoing risk-reducing mastectomy has increased rapidly in the USA in the past 15 years. Although a small rise in the number of bilateral risk-reducing procedures has been noted in high-risk gene mutation carriers who have never had breast cancer, this number does not account for the overall increase in procedures undertaken. In patients who have been treated for a primary cancer and are judged to be at high risk of a contralateral breast cancer, contralateral risk-reducing mastectomy is often, but not universally, indicated. However, many patients undergoing contralateral risk-reducing mastectomy might not be categorised as high risk and therefore any potential benefit from this procedure is unproven. At a time when breast-conserving surgery has become more widely used, this sharp increase in contralateral risk-reducing mastectomy is surprising. We have reviewed the literature in an attempt to establish what is driving the increase in this procedure in moderate-to-low-risk populations and to assess its justification in terms of risk-benefit analysis. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Ganguly P.,Nightingale | Brenhouse H.C.,Nightingale
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience | Year: 2015

Exposure to adversity and stress early in development yields vulnerability to mental illnesses throughout the lifespan. Growing evidence suggests that this vulnerability has mechanistic origins involving aberrant development of both neurocircuitry and neuro-immune activity. Here we review the current understanding of when and how stress exposure initiates neuroinflammatory events that interact with brain development. We first review how early life adversity has been associated with various psychopathologies, and how neuroinflammation plays a role in these pathologies. We then summarize data and resultant hypotheses describing how early life adversity may particularly alter neuro-immune development with psychiatric consequences. Finally, we review how sex differences contribute to individualistic vulnerabilities across the lifespan. We submit the importance of understanding how stress during early development might cause outright neural or glial damage, as well as experience-dependent plasticity that may insufficiently prepare an individual for sex-specific or life-stage specific challenges. © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Berent I.,Nightingale
Trends in Cognitive Sciences | Year: 2013

Humans weave phonological patterns instinctively. We form phonological patterns at birth, we spontaneously generate them de novo, and we impose phonological design on both our linguistic communication and cultural technologies-reading and writing. Why are humans compelled to generate phonological patterns? Why are phonological patterns intimately grounded in their sensorimotor channels (speech or gesture) while remaining partly amodal and fully productive? And why does phonology shape natural communication and cultural inventions alike? Here, I suggest these properties emanate from the architecture of the phonological mind, an algebraic system of core knowledge. I evaluate this hypothesis in light of linguistic evidence, behavioral studies, and comparative animal research that gauges the design of the phonological mind and its productivity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Warner J.P.,Nightingale
British Journal of Psychiatry | Year: 2015

Old age psychiatry services globally are under threat. The discipline enjoyed its heyday in the two decades bridging the millennium. More recently there has been a move to integrate old age services with those of working age adults, to create ageless' services. Evidence is beginning to accumulate that this is a bad idea. Copyright © 2015 The Royal College of Psychiatrists, unless otherwise stated.

A method for locating the centre of a beam profile, comprises the steps of: providing a beam profile; selecting one or more strips through the beam profile; identifying distinct regions of intensity along the one or more strips and labelling them consistently; calculating a combined average intensity for each labelled region, using data from the one or more strips; plotting the average intensity against the labelled regions and comparing the results with a plot of the actual intensity obtained by taking a cross-section through the centre of at least one of the one or more strips; and optimising the location of the centre of at least one of the one or more strips so as to obtain the best fit between the average intensity plot and the actual intensity plot to thereby identify the centre of the beam profile.

Nightingale | Date: 2016-03-11

An automated drone security system for surveilling a location includes one or more drones with onboard sensors and an imaging device for measuring surveillance data. The surveillance data may include images, telemetry data, infrared data, or other detectable information of the location. Drones may be capable of executing one or multiple flight operations as well as storing and transmitting the surveillance data to a server assembly operable for coordinating the drone and receiving the surveillance data. A drone dock may be included for drone launching, landing, and/or storing the drones. A user computing device may be in communication with the server assembly and the drone(s), the user computing device being capable of receiving user input and displaying surveillance data from the drone. Flight operations associated with surveilling the location may be automatically and/or manually controlled by the user computing device and/or or the server assembly in connection with the location.

A method of compensating for sample misalignment in an optical measurement apparatus (40), comprises the steps of: determining an expected response from a detector (58) in said optical measurement apparatus given a particular set of parameters defining a path that light can take through the optical measurement apparatus from a source (42), via a sample (50), to the detector (58); measuring a response from the detector for the sample under test; and refining the set of parameters until the expected response and the measured response converge so as to determine the set of parameters giving rise to the measured response.

For decades, the data collection process for behavioral therapists has mostly been manually done. But now, a new startup called Nightingale is seeking to change the way that behavioral therapists collect and report data, simplifying the process with mobile apps instead of pen and paper. According to Nightingale co-founder Delian Asparouhov, most behavioral therapists today take notes manually and then transcribe those notes and enter them into Excel spreadsheets. As a result, they spend most of their days not working with students, but doing paperwork. Furthermore, not much is done with the data once it’s collected. It’s used to measure improvement in a student’s behavior, and is occasionally audited by insurers to qualify payment for therapy. But that’s about it. To start, Nightingale is targeting Autism therapy. It provides a solution that will allow clinical directors and behavioral therapists to decide which data is collected and how it is graphed, with an easy, customizable drag-and-drop system. Asparouhov says that while there are a standard set of data types that therapists collect, there are different things that each therapist will want to track with each student, and that can change over time. As a result, customization is key since each program and therapist has different data that they need to collect. But moving to mobile means that behavioral therapists can make notes more quickly, and have those notes automatically uploaded to the cloud. That saves hours out of their day that used to be spent on paperwork. The pitch to behavioral therapists is saving them time. The pitch to their program directors is helping them to serve more students with all the extra time that they have. Since January, Nightingale has been testing its software with five alpha schools, and a handful of students each, using that feedback to help improve its product. But it’s ready to expand its availability to other schools now and is targeting program directors at some of the largest special education programs out there.

News Article | November 22, 2016

Recently, personal care company Nightingale Scents reflected on the release 12 years ago of its highly popular, French Vanilla based perfume oil which was in development for 2 years. The project target was to make available to women a clean, fresh fragrance which garnered numerous compliments without being prohibitively expensive. Nightingale Spirit Perfume Oil has done this magnificently. In 2004, Kimberly Nightingale, owner of Nightingale Scents and creator of Nightingale Spirit, launched her signature fragrance after years of encouragement coupled with a strong desire from other women interested in purchasing it for themselves. Nightingale was unhappy with how expensive the perfume she had worn for 30 years had become and became further frustrated with the choices available in a lower price range so she embarked on developing a personal scent using essential and non-essential oils. After 2 years of experimenting she found the perfect synergistic blend of six oils and Nightingale Spirit was born. Although it was never her intention to create a perfume to sell, it became apparent that there was great interest from people who desired it for themselves. Kimberly Nightingale says: “Anyone familiar with the beauty market and particularly the fragrance industry, will have noticed that many perfumes are priced beyond the range of most women and those in a more reasonable price range tend to be very cloying, over-powering and headache inducing. Our French Vanilla scented perfume oil, Nightingale Spirit, is described by women as being fresh, clean, gentle and sexy and is priced very affordably. We also now offer a complete, complimentary line of body care fragranced with the delicious French Vanilla based composition. We definitely hit our mark.” Fast forward to 2016, Nightingale Scents continues to create this wonderful fragrance and her customers continue to come back month after month, year after year. Testimonials continue to pour in from her customers claiming her French Vanilla based perfume is one they will never give up. Susita Hood, a long time customer says, “I absolutely love Nightingale Spirit Perfume Oil! I can’t live without it. I get tons of compliments on it. The scent lasts all day and smells a little different on everyone. It’s a clean, fresh smell and people always pick up the scent of vanilla and lavender. I highly recommend it! I’ve lost count on how many years I’ve been using it.” Paula from Maine says, “Having fun in the sun or out on the town Nightingale Spirit always smells just right. People always ask me what I’m wearing because it’s so pleasant. Even my allergies aren’t bothered by this fresh fragrance. I have been using the perfume oil for years and I will for years to come.” Ann Clark says: “Thank you so much for my wonderful lotion. Every time I wear it in public I get soooo many compliments. I went to the drug store yesterday and a lady said. ‘You smell so good.’ I went to the grocery store next and two people commented on how nice I smelled. At my third stop the cashier kept saying ‘Oh my gosh! I can’t get over how nice you smell.’ This happens to me all of the time!!! Keep on making your wonderful products!!!” Nightingale Spirit is now available on the web. To find out more visit Further information about Nightingale Scents can be discovered at http// For more information, please visit

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