June 18, 2015 489 Views Research Says Construction is Prepping for a 15-Year Growth Spurt in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Construction is the key to a positive long-term outlook for the housing market. It is likely the most important facet of the industry and can be a determining factor of a slowly recovering housing market. In an article titled “New Home Construction Is Gearing Up for a 15-Year Boom. Who’s Ready?” author John Burns, CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, did research on the rate of construction over the next 15 years and came up with data that determines how to meet the overwhelming housing demand.“If you want an industry with a great long-term outlook, consider construction. I have run the math. Even with the most conservative of assumptions, household formations will boom over the next 15 years, and we will need well in excess of 1.5 million homes built per year to meet the demand,” Burns said. “That is 50 percent more than we built last year. All of my builder clients tell me there is a huge shortage of talent—both blue collar and white collar.”Although the housing market is slow to recover and it is unclear whether the 1.5 million homes goal will be met, population also has an effect on this industry. Those that were born between 1989 and 1994, who are currently 21–26 years old, are the largest 5-year group out there.“Their struggles to gain full-time employment at a fair wage and to pay off student debt have been well documented,” Burns said. “What has not been sufficiently documented is that the majority of them will still leave the nest, marry, have children, and need a place to live.Factors that Impact Housing Demand:Government Involvement. From immigration policies to mortgage policies to investment in urban areas or infrastructure, government will continue to play a major role in housing demand.Technology. Whether it is improved health care extending life, IVF technology allowing babies later in life, Internet access enabling knowledge workers to live wherever they want, or construction technologies making new homes more energy efficient, technology continues to evolve.Economy. You need a good-paying job to form a household, and the Great Recession was so damaging that there are still fewer full-time employed people than 6 years ago.Social Shifts. Television has done a great job depicting household life over the decades, from Leave it to Beaver in the 1950s and 1960s to Modern Family. Family structures are changing, and thus the type of home people desire has shifted as well.“My home builder clients have been complaining for 3 years about a shortage of qualified labor, both blue collar and white collar,” Burns said. “Our research shows that the industry will grow 50 percent over the next few years, and demographic housing demand will maintain that level for a very long time. If you want a great career, consider the many ways you can become involved in the construction industry.” Construction Housing Market New Home Construction Is Gearing Up for a 15-Year Boom 2015-06-18 Staff Writer
Source:http://oregonstate.edu/ May 22 2018The blood of schizophrenia patients features genetic material from more types of microorganisms than that of people without the debilitating mental illness, research at Oregon State University has found.What’s not known is whether that’s a cause or effect of the severe, chronic condition that strikes about one person in 100.”It’s a common assumption that healthy blood is sterile so some may find it surprising that we even found bacterial genetic material in the bloodstream,” said David Koslicki, a mathematical biologist in the OSU College of Science.Koslicki and collaborators performed whole-blood transcriptome analyses on 192 people. Subjects included healthy controls as well as those with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.Related StoriesNew study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosaGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Don’t ignore diastolic blood pressure values, say researchersTranscriptome analysis refers to the sequencing of ribonucleic acid, or RNA. RNA works with DNA, the other nucleic acid – so named because they were first discovered in the cell nuclei of living things – to produce the proteins needed throughout an organism.Studying the blood samples, researchers detected RNA from a range of bacteria and archaea – with the range wider for schizophrenics than for the other three groups.”More and more we know the human microbiome plays a huge role in health and disease,” Koslicki said. “Gut bacteria account for most of the trillions of microbial cells in the human body, and this study shows that microbiota in the blood are similar to ones in the mouth and gut. It appears there’s some sort of permeability there into the bloodstream. Down the road, microscopy, culturing or direct measures of permeability may be able to shed light on that.”Researchers found schizophrenics’ blood samples were more likely to contain two phyla in particular – Planctomycetes and Thermotogae – but the overall results suggest it’s not likely those are the sole reason for the elevated microbial diversity.Scientists also found fewer of the immunity-enhancing CD8+ memory T cells in the blood of schizophrenics.”That could suggest a mechanism for why we see increased microbial diversity in the blood, and it’s also possibly affected by lifestyle or health status differences between schizophrenia patients and the other groups,” Koslicki said. “In addition, it’s interesting that bipolar disorder, which is genetically and clinically correlated to schizophrenia, didn’t show a similar increased microbial diversity.”Koslicki also notes that the RNA sequencing can’t detect if microbes are actually living in the blood, only that their genetic material is there; it could have gotten there from somewhere else in the body.Scientists at UCLA, the University of California-Davis, the University of California-San Francisco, University Medical Center Utrecht, and Wageningen University collaborated on this study, the first to use unmapped non-human reads to assess the microbiome from whole blood.