Why People Living With Uncontrolled Seizures Should Get a Specific Diagnosis

first_img[ Close ] Helping your doctor to uncover a more specific diagnosis can make a difference. You’ll know what you’re up against, what to expect in the future, and what treatment options may end up working well.However, there are challenges to finding a specific diagnosis. No two people living with specific epilepsy syndromes have the same initial signs and symptoms. Also, signs and symptoms can change over time, confounding diagnosis. For example, up to 3 out of 4 people with a rare and severe form of epilepsy may no longer have the same seizure types as when the seizures first started.1  Misdiagnosis and under-recognition are common problems for rare and severe epilepsies, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). In one study, nearly 30% of patients with LGS were previously misdiagnosed.2 In another study, the time from onset to an accurate diagnosis of Dravet syndrome was ≈4.8 years.3Here are four reasons why a specific diagnosis could make a real difference for people living with refractory epilepsy:1. You’ll know what you’re up against.It’s fairly common for people to reach adulthood before receiving a specific diagnosis. But knowing earlier could mean all the difference—it can unlock treatment options, access to foundations and grants or financial assistance, connect you with a supportive community of others who can share their experience, and much more.One of the benefits of finding your specific diagnosis is the opportunity to connect with advocacy groups. They are a community of support that brings families together to share advice, support, participate in events, learn about grant opportunities, or simply feel at ease in each other’s presence. For many, finding their support group made a world of difference.2. You’ll get to connect with a community of people who understand exactly what you’re going through.If you learn that you or your loved one is living with LGS, Dravet and TSC there are many resources available where you can find invaluable information, take advantage of support programs, and have opportunities to connect with others with similar experiences. See how one mother looked to her community for information. “Lili was 6 months old when she was diagnosed with seizures. She was first diagnosed with infantile spasms syndrome, and then it was around the age of 3 or 4 that it transitioned into LGS… Close to her turning 6 months old and all of a sudden I remember like we would go into her crib and we would be like hi Lili, and she would make this jumping movement… And so we called the pediatrician, and it’s ironic now because we remember saying to him… “She’s doing this weird behavior where it’s almost like a seizure and she’s like jumping and she’s doing it several times and we don’t know what it is.”We sort of always thought, well, she’s going to grow out of this, or it’s going to get better, or the next medication we try is going to just stop all of these seizures… There was such little information.There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion and seeking out other doctors. I think the research component and doctors who are on sort of a cutting edge of different treatments and willing to try other treatments and have experience trying other treatments, is important.” -Natalie, Lili’s mom3. You’ll get information about clinical trials and treatments that might helpHaving a specific diagnosis can open the door to treatment options that may help, and help your doctor identify new treatment options. Without a specific diagnosis, a tailored treatment can be challenging.2,5 Treatment plans and management can be personalized to particular conditions.2,34. You’ll know more information to help you prepare for what may happen in the futureMany families advocate for a specific diagnosis in order to get access to the best possible treatment plan, additional resources, and a community of support. Finding a specific diagnosis is possible—and it starts with filling in the gaps before you talk to your doctor.Talk to Your DoctorLiving with uncontrolled seizures can be scary, and seizures often vary from person to person—that’s why it’s so important to know what to tell your doctor to help fill in the gaps that may lead to a more specific diagnosis. This assessment was created based on extensive research to help you and your doctor begin the conversation and gain valuable insights toward finding a more specific diagnosis or simply learning more about what may be behind the uncontrolled seizures.References 1. Kerr M, Kluger G, Philip, S. Evolution and management of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome through adolescence and into adulthood: are seizures always the primary issue? Epileptic Disord 2011; 13 (Suppl. 1): S15-S26. 2. Bourgeois B, Douglass L, Sankan R. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: A consensus approach to differential diagnosis. Epilepsia, 55 (Suppl. 4):4–9, 2014 doi:10.1111/epi.125673. Wirrell EC, Laux L, Donner E, et al. Optimizing diagnosis and management of Dravet syndrome: recommendations from a North American Consensus Panel. Pediatr Neurol. 2017;68:18-34. 4. Arzimanoglou A, Resnick T. All children who experience epileptic falls do not necessarily have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome…but many do. Epileptic Disord. 2011; (suppl 1):S3-S13.5. Piña-Garza JE, Boyce D, Tworek DM, et al. The refractory epilepsy screening tool for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (REST-LGS). Epilepsy Behav. 2019;90:148-153.last_img read more

Planned hazard reduction burn near Mathoura

first_imgPlanned hazard reduction burn near Mathoura The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Murray Valley Regional Park, Gulpa precinct, adjacent to Mathoura on Thursday 1 April, weather permitting. NPWS Area Manager Robin Mares said the 62 hectare burn aims to reduce fuel loads in the area to provide increased protection to Mathoura in case of wildfire.“The burn is due to begin at about 10am and will only be ignited if weather conditions, including the wind direction, are suitable at the time.“We are taking advantage of favourable conditions to conduct this strategic burn and thank neighbours for their understanding.“Preparations for the burn have been put in place by staff over the past week and the operation is expected to be largely completed by the end of the day with patrols occurring post burn.“People with asthma or who are susceptible to respiratory problems are advised to keep clear of the immediate area or stay indoors.“There should be no impact on local traffic,” Mr Mares said.All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level.Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on the NPWS Alerts website.For health information relating to smoke from bushfires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Asthma, AusPol, bushfires, community, environment, Government, health, Impact, Mathoura, National Park, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Health, operation, Smoke, visit, weather, website, wildlifelast_img read more

Four tips to successfully navigating the CWA

first_imgCategories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 7, 2017 center_img With over 200 events in one week, the 69th Conference on World Affairs might seem intimidating, especially to newcomers. Follow these easy tips to choose conference events best suited to your interests.Download the CWA appEnrich your experience at CWA by download the free, new and improved app, featuring: An interactive campus map,Tool to create your own schedule,Transportation and parking information,Live Q&A in sessions,Schedule notifications,Speaker biographies andEasy sharing to social media.Grab a CWA programPick up a 2017 CWA program at the following locations (or view online).Alfalfa’s Market at 1651 BroadwayBoulder Main Public Library at 1001 Arapahoe AvenueCU University Memorial Center at 1669 Euclid AvenueHazel’s Beverage World at 1955 28th StreetNorth Boulder Rec Center at 3170 BroadwaySouth Boulder Rec Center at 1360 Gillaspie DriveEast Boulder Rec Center at 5660 Sioux DriveChoose a conference themeThis year, the CWA will feature three new themes to help conference-goers choose specific subjects that are of interest to them.Democracy now!Future of foodSpace explorationReview panelist biosEach year, the CWA brings in speakers from all over the world, specializing in a wide variety of subjects. Choosing panels based on their expertise is a great way to ensure a positive conference experience.last_img read more

Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the First Quarter of 2015

first_imgStory HighlightsDuring the first quarter of 2015, the Jamaican economy grew by 0.4 per cent when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was due mainly to a 0.6 per cent increase in the Services industries.All industries within the services industries recorded increased levels of output with the exception of Electricity & Water Supply and Producers of Government Services.Contributing to the growth in the Hotels and Restaurants industry was increased activities in hotel & short-stay accommodation. RelatedFinance Minister Confident of Passing Ninth IMF Review RelatedStrong Fiscal Performance Continues – Richard Byles Quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the First Quarter of 2015 Finance & Public ServiceJuly 9, 2015Written by: Statistical Institute of Jamaica RelatedFinancial Situation in Greece Will Not Significantly Impact Jamaica – EPOC Co-Chaircenter_img During the first quarter of 2015, the Jamaican economy grew by 0.4 per cent when compared to the similar quarter of 2014. This growth was due mainly to a 0.6 per cent increase in the Services industries.All industries within the services industries recorded increased levels of output with the exception of Electricity & Water Supply and Producers of Government Services which fell by 2.8 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively. Increased output was recorded for: Hotels & Restaurants (4.0 per cent), Other Services (1.5 per cent), Transport, Storage & Communication (0.9 per cent), Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities (0.4 per cent), Wholesale & Retail Trade; Repairs; Installation of Machinery & Equipment (0.3 per cent), and Finance & Insurance Services (0.2 per cent).Contributing to the growth in the Hotels and Restaurants industry was increased activities in hotel & short-stay accommodation, which was positively impacted by increased foreign national arrivals during the quarter.Output of the Goods Producing industries declined by 0.4 per cent due largely to a 0.6 per cent reduction in Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing and a 2.0 per cent decline in Manufacturing. The performance of the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry was largely attributed to the severe drought conditions which continued to affect the island. Construction and Mining & Quarrying, however, grew by 1.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. The performance of the Construction industry reflected increased activities in building construction and civil engineering.When compared with the fourth quarter of 2014, the economy grew by 0.2 per cent. This was largely the result of a 4.1 per cent increase in the Goods Producing industries. The Services industries, however, fell by 1.0 per cent.The Gross Domestic Product first Quarter 2015 is available at the Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s Distribution Centre located at 7 Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10. The GDP data is also published on the STATIN website at www.statinja.gov.jm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

‘Young Guns’ Having Fun

first_imgPINEHURST, N.C. – Three of golf’s brightest young stars stood on the tee box of the treacherous par-3 ninth hole early Thursday afternoon at the year’s most treacherous tournament. This being their last hole of the opening round, it was the point where their nerves should have been completely frayed, where the mental anguish had eaten away at their composure and the frustration had left their scorecards as barren as Pinehurst’s numerous waste areas. Instead, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler assessed the warm breeze with the patience of a routine practice session. Each of them might have even cracked a little smile – usually forbidden at the U.S. Open – when Spieth broke the silence with a pertinent observation. “Nobody,” he said to playing partners who along with him were a collective 4 under for the round, “is going to beat our score today.’” Consider it the innocence of youth that minutes later both Spieth and Fowler were cleaning up bogeys to conclude their rounds, but that underscores the major theme of their day. In a tournament where it’s so often believed that experience is of the utmost importance, the USGA’s so-called “Young Guns” group included a trio of players who each shot even par or better. Spieth, 20, posted a 1-under 69; Matsuyama, 22, matched that score; and Fowler, 25, shot even-par 70. U.S. Open: Articles, videos and photos U.S. Open full-field scores “It was a lot of fun,” Spieth insisted, using an adjective not often associated with this event. “Both of those guys played really well, so we were able to feed off each other. You just want to see some putts go in at a venue like this. You just want to see any putts going in, so you know you can make them.” Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this group was the not-so-gentle reminder that youthfulness is not synonymous with inexperience. That even though these three combined are still younger than Jack Nicklaus, that doesn’t mean they aren’t seasoned enough to contend for this major championship. Spieth has already shown that ability. Just two months ago, he played in the final pairing at the Masters Tournament and finished in a share of second place. He followed that with a fourth-place result at The Players Championship. Which means that anyone thinking the world’s 10th-ranked player wouldn’t be a serious contender this week clearly hasn’t been paying attention lately. “I’m striking it pretty well; it’s getting close,” he said after a round that included four birdies against three bogeys. “I started missing fairways in the middle kind of second half of the round today. It’s not fun to play out of the weeds, but I got it around. So if I get back on track to the beginning of the round, sure, I think there’s some birdies out there.” Same goes for Matsuyama. The recent Memorial Tournament champion matched Spieth’s birdie and bogey total on Thursday, once again proving himself to be a player ready-made for major contention. In six previous major starts, he’s made five cuts and owns three top-20 finishes. “Putting was the strong part of my game today,” he allowed. “Just one shot at a time tomorrow and just do my very best.” If there was a story in the early-morning hours, it was Fowler arriving at the course in plus-fours with argyle socks pulled to his knees – an unmistakable tribute to the late Payne Stewart, who won this tournament on this course 15 years ago. “It’s cool to be in the position I’m in to wear some attire like he used to wear, to give tribute to him,” he explained. “Obviously he had a special week here in ’99. And I’m off to a decent start.” With a T-10 at last year’s U.S. Open and a T-5 earlier this year at the Masters, Fowler is establishing himself as another young player who has a knack for getting into contention at majors – just like Spieth and Matsuyama. “Jordan is one of the top players in the world right now, Hideki is obviously moving up the world ranks and I’ve kind of been hanging around,” he said. “We’re going to be playing against each other for a long time. And it’s fun to be able to get ourselves in contention at majors. “There are so many good young players out right now, we’re trying to get into the scene a little bit. We’re trying to take some of the majors away from some of the older guys.” It wasn’t long after that final hole of the day, after Spieth proudly proclaimed that they’d have the day’s best combined score and two of them promptly followed with bogeys, that he was retelling the story of this bravado. “I guess I jinxed it,” he said with a laugh. Maybe. On a day when three young stars collectively played the U.S. Open in under par, though, even this jinx couldn’t keep ‘em from laughing about it afterward.last_img read more

New Food Bank Director Brings Strong Background in Anti-Hunger Advocacy

first_imgJessy Lee’s first day as executive director of Whitefish’s North Valley Food Bank was Valentine’s Day, a fitting time to begin the process of falling in love with her new community and new job.Part of that process has involved quickly learning the ropes and getting her bearings through full-on cultural and professional immersion.“It’s been a whirlwind,” she said earlier this week. “It’s been a crash course in learning about the Whitefish community, finding my way way around.”“It’s an honor to serve Whitefish community members in this capacity,” she added. “I grew up in Billings and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to continue serving my fellow Montanans.”Lee is only the third executive director in the food bank’s history, replacing SueAnn Grogan-King, who was at the helm for four years after replacing the late June Munski-Feenan, the organization’s founder. Munski-Feenan ran the food bank, originally out of her garage, for four decades until her death at age 86 in 2014.A North Valley Food Bank press release called Munski-Feenan “our community’s own Mother Teresa.” Lee feels privileged to have the opportunity to fill those big shoes.“She’s got quite the legacy,” Lee said. “She had these longstanding relationships with basically everyone in the community, and she was able to get a lot done through those relationships. And I think it’s really important for somebody in my position to continue to foster those relationships and continue to keep people engaged and make sure we’re being the best stewards of people’s resources as we can.”Lee brings her own solid foundation of experience, having worked off and on at the Missoula Food Bank for the last decade. A Montana native originally from Billings, Lee moved to Missoula in 2006 and received her bachelor’s of social work degree from the University of Montana. She completed her master’s of public administration at UM just before accepting her new assignment in Whitefish.Lee was awarded the MPA/Nonprofit Public Service Award recipient for the 2018-2019 academic year for her “commitment to excellence in public service and academic excellence.”Her work with the Missoula Food Bank was broad, including both advocacy work and program management.“I care about humanity; it’s that simple,” she said. “I dove into the work and eventually oversaw all programs at Missoula Food Bank. It was the pleasure of my life.”That experience dovetails with her academic studies to form a strong backbone for her new job.“I know my way around the food security universe pretty well,” she said. “I’ve managed some of the federal and state grants that provide nutrition to seniors and children, so I have a pretty good idea from the government perspective and private nonprofit perspective.”Jim Cummings, North Valley Food Bank’s board president, said Lee emerged from a field of strong candidates.“We are thrilled to have Jessy join our team,” Cummings said. “We had several well-qualified candidates. We are confident we found the right person for the job.”Lee is eager to continue strengthening anti-hunger and food-security efforts in Whitefish and beyond.“Whitefish as a community has really come together to address things like summer meals for children and weekend (Backpack Assistance programs) that are administered outside of the food bank environment,” she said.“I think there’s some work to do beyond Whitefish,” she added, noting the need for more food access in places like Bad Rock Canyon, which she believes North Valley Bank can play a role in developing even though it’s outside of Whitefish.“If you have the infrastructure like we do, I think there’s a moral obligation to do so,” she said. “North Valley Food Bank is in the incredible position of having a new facility and a strong volunteer base to be able to make things like that happen.”For more information about North Valley Food Bank, visit www.northvalleyfoodbank.org. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Landline services to be restored in Ardara after weeks of silence

first_img Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist By admin – January 27, 2017 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Facebook Twitter Telephone company EIR has confirmed that maintenance work will be carried out today in Ardara, where a number of homes have been left without a landline service since before Christmas.It’s understood the issue is primarily confined to the Tullymore area with EIR stating that the service will be fully restored to all its customers within the coming days.Community forum representative and former councillor Seamus Rogers says some elderly residents have been without a service since the fault occurred.He is welcoming the fact that the issue is now to be resolved………… Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase WhatsApp Previous articleCall for Buncrana beach pathway to be repairedNext articleKennedy seeking assurances regarding Donegal routes from Bus Eireann admin Pinterest Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/seamusardaraphones.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Facebook Homepage BannerNews Landline services to be restored in Ardara after weeks of silence Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

Politicians urged to work together at Lyra Mc Kee’s funeral

first_img Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 A Belfast priest has used the funeral service of Lyra McKee to urge politicians in the North to work together to produce a better life for young people.President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May have attended a celebration of the 29 year old’s journalist’s life at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.Dissident republican gunmen who killed her in Derry last Thursday have been urged to lay down their arms.Parish Priest of St. John’s Parish Belfast, Fr. Martin Magill, questioned why it took Lyra’s death for politicians to come together……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/16magill.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Politicians urged to work together at Lyra Mc Kee’s funeral Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp By News Highland – April 24, 2019 Previous articleDonegal GAA moves to clarify the position regarding Naomh Colmcille in NewtowncunninghamNext articleDonagh Kelly top seed for Monaghan Rally News Highland Google+ Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Eastridge closes regular season with win over Arcadia

first_img Connect on Linked in Print This Post This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Add to Google+ On the first drive of the second half Eastridge took the lead, this time thanks to the arm of Davis.  The junior went deep over the middle to a streaking Tony Arnold good for 45 yards and a 14-7 Lancer lead.Early in the fourth, Arcadia rolled the dice on a fourth and short from the own 40.  When the Eastridge defense came up with the stop they were in business and they would cash in. Gunner Lattimore did the honors from two yards and make it a two-score advantage.Sher’Ron Davis scored a touchdown and threw for another. (Photo: DAVE YATES)The defense for Eastridge seemed to do a lot of bending and not breaking but they came up with a game-breaking play later in the quarter.   The Titans went deep into their playbook for a little razzle-dazzle but instead it fizzled.  The play started with a pass in the flat from Shakim Harris to regular quarterback Brian Shonitsky.  It looked like he was supposed to go to the other side of the formation and look to throw it downfield.  Instead he was run down from behind by Johnny Sanders who not only got the tackle but forced the fumble. Keaton Suhr recovered and set the Lancers up to put the game away.They would take over at the Titans’ 45 and moments later Jalen Rose Hannah swept into the end zone from 16 yards and make it 28-7.  A late scoring pass from Shonitsky to Crumity cut that lead in half but Eastridge was able to close things out.Jalen Rose Hannah went 16 yards for a touchdown to give Eastridge a 28-7 lead. (Photo: DAVE YATES)After losing two of their first three games, Eastridge has won four in a row as they head into sectionals. They’ve picked a good time to get on a roll because after all-it’s how you finish that matters. Eastridge closes regular season with win over Arcadia Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Eastridge closes regular season with win over Arcadia added by Dave Yates on October 13, 2018View all posts by Dave Yates →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentBig Data Courses | Search AdOnline Big Data Courses Might Be Better than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoBabbelStart Speaking a Language in 3 Weeks – All You Need Is Your PhoneBabbelUndoCosmoWomensTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldCosmoWomensUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo center_img After losing two of their first three games, Eastridge has won four in a row as they head into sectionals. (Photo: DAVE YATES)By DAVE YATESThey say that it’s not how you start, but how you finish.  For the Eastridge football team, that has been the case all year.  Slow starts have been a recurring theme for the Lancers but they have been able to overcome them, including in their 28-14 win against Arcadia to wrap up the regular season at 5-2.The Titans were coming off their first loss of the season last week to HF-L and got off to the start they were looking for when K’myn Crumity busted through the line and went 69 yards for a 7-0 lead.  It would stay that way until the second when Sher’ron Davis took it in from five yards out. Share on Facebook Subscribe by Email Follow on Facebook Video Playerhttps://pickinsplinters.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Arcadia.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By Dave Yates on October 13, 2018No Comment last_img read more

News / Capacity increases may put transpacific container rates under more pressure

first_img By Gavin van Marle 01/03/2018 © Atomazul Volumes on the route are expected to grow by a healthy 5-6%, it added, following 2017 growth of 4.4% as the US economy continues its strong upward trajectory, but the higher increase in additional slots could prove to be a key bargaining chip for shippers as they sit down with carriers to set this year’s annual rate levels.“The planned capacity increases will have an impact on the rate negotiations for the new annual transpacific service contracts from 1 May and spot freight rates are expected to come under pressure as vessel utilisation falls, ” it said.“After the brief recovery of January and February, SCFI spot rates are expected to register falls in the coming weeks as demand slows after the lunar new year holidays in the Far East. Spot rates could once again test the key $1,000 per feu level to the US west coast and the $1,600 per feu level to the USEC,” it added.However, shippers are being presented with a more diverse service array. APL’s Eagle Express service due to launch in July will offer an 11-day transit time between Shanghai and Los Angeles, which will be second only to Matson’s 10-day China-Long Beach service in terms of speed.Meanwhile, SM Line will introduce a link between Asia and the US Pacific north-west in May with the launch of its PNS in May, and is expected to deploy six ships of 4,000-4,600 teu, adding to its only existing service between Asia and southern California.center_img As shippers and carriers on the transpacific prepare for the annual contract negotiating season – which kicks off with the Journal of Commerce’s Transpacific Maritime (TPM) convention next week on Long Beach – industry analysts have predicted planned capacity increases on the trade could bring long-term rates under further pressure.Alphaliner has calculated that capacity between Asia and the US west coast is likely to increase by 8% by July, with new services already announced by APL and South Korea’s SM Line.In addition, the Ocean Alliance is expected to increase capacity by around 10% across its services as it cascades larger vessels onto the trade, with one service – the PSW6 – expected see ship sizes increase from 8,000 teu to 13,000 teu.The analyst said THE Alliance had been upgrading its vessel sizes by a similar magnitude over the past year and, while the 2M partners have yet to finalise their transpacific fleet deployment, Alphaliner believes Maersk and MSC could “phase newbuildings of 10,000-15,000 teu into the trade, as well as ships of 13,000-15,000 teu, cascaded from the Asia-Europe routes where more ‘megamax’ ships of 18,000 teu-plus will come onstream and set tonnage free for redeployment”.last_img read more