Aesthetic Appeal of the Frameless Panels to Drive the Growth of the Global Frameless Solar Panels Market

Frameless Solar Panels Market by QuantAlign Research

Frameless Solar Panel Market

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Growth of frameless solar panels market is attributed to the rising demand for aesthetically pleasing solar panels and investment in energy efficient projects

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 20, 2021 / — The growth of frameless solar panels market can be primarily attributed to the rising demand for aesthetically pleasing solar panels among the consumers. Also, the growing investment in energy efficient projects along with favorable government initiatives towards solar energy is expected to fuel the growth of market during 2020-2027.

Furthermore, advancements in the solar panel technologies is also expected to propel the market demand. For instance, the German based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems has developed a solar cell technology named TPedge assembly approach. In this approach, the solar cells are fixed in a gas-filled space between two glass panes with special adhesive pins that eliminate the need for encapsulants, backsheets as well as the aluminium frame and sealing. Also, the approach would help reduce the material and production costs of photovoltaic modules.

Frameless solar panels are significantly appealing to those seeking aesthetics, as the panels can appear to be ‘floating’ on the roof. Moreover, frameless modules are inherently less expensive than traditional framed panels while offering better performance due to lack of debris buildup at the edge of the module as well as no grounding requirements. Also, these modules do not suffer from problems like corrosion of the frames and are more durable. However, one of the major bottlenecks in their adoption is the need for installing specific mounting structures for their appropriate functioning.

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Key insights:
• Monocrystalline segment is likely to hold a significant share of the market during the forecast period

• Commercial segment held a considerable share of the market in 2019, and is expected to witness healthy CAGR over the forecast period

• Europe & North America together are expected to offer significant opportunities. While, Asia-Pacific is projected to augment at the fastest CAGR over the next eight years

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Segment overview

On the basis of type, the monocrystalline segment held the largest share of the global market in 2019. These panels are made up of monocrystalline silicon, and offer the highest efficiency as against other type of solar panels. Monocrystalline solar panels are more expenisve than other PV technologies. However, PV manufacturers are making continuous efforts to reduce the price for producing mono-crystalline modules by switching towards diamond wafer technology.

On the basis of region, Europe dominated the global market for frameless solar panels in 2019 on account of increasing investments in the energy sector. The EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive mandates all new buildings to be virtually zero-energy, and aims at decarbonizing national building stocks by the end of 2030. This trend is likely to offer significant opportunies for frameless solar panels in the region. Asia-Pacific is expected to emerge as the fastest growing region owing to considerable growth in renewable energy projects in the region.

Key players operating in the market include Trina Solar; Jinko Solar; Infinity Innovations Ltd.; Canadian Solar; Yingli Solar; Lumos Solar; Avancis GmbH; ViaSolis; among others.

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Card Payment Processing Market in Asia-Pacific Driven by Rapidly Evolving Payment Technology & Booming eCommerce Market

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The Total Value of Asia-Pacific(APAC) Card Payment Processing Market is Likely to Reach USD 13,329.5 mn by 2025, Growing at a CAGR of 22.45 % During 2020-2025

The APAC card payment processing market is witnessing positive trend with respect to key parameters, such as the number of issued cards, the total value of payment transactions, and infrastructure.”

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 20, 2021 / — The Asia-Pacific (APAC) Card Payment Processing Market is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period (2020 to 2025). The rising preference for cashless payments owing to greater convenience, favorable government policies are the key drivers of the Card Payment Processing Market in the APAC region. The total addressable market for APAC Card Payment Processing Market is projected to reach USD 13,329.5 million by 2025, at a CAGR of 22.45 % over the forecast period (2020 to 2025), according to QuantAlign Research.

Over the past decade, payment technology has changed rapidly on account of rising e-commerce market, and rapid rise in smartphone penetration across the emerging economies. The demand for smartphone in APAC is increasing at the highest rate across the globe, and with technological advancement such as 5G, the number of consumers is expected to augment over the coming years. These developments have prompted retail stores, and other commerce services to adopt and integrate mobile payment applications, such as PayPal, Apple Pay, AliPay, and many others in order to accept payments. Opportunities in the APAC region have drawn the attention of major global payment processing players. With cards becoming the primary mode of payment online for the services and goods, the APAC Card Payment Processing Market is poised to grow at a significant CAGR.

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 Based on payment card, Visa dominated the APAC market, and is projected to retain its dominance during 2020-2025. The segment growth is attributed to the company scale, and shift to digital commerce in APAC region

 On the basis of payment mode, the E-Wallet segment has emerged as the largest mode of payment owing to large volume of cross border transaction

 Regionally, China held the major market share of xx% in 2019, and is likely to maintain its dominance over the forecast period. Moreover, India is expected to emerge as a fastest growing market in APAC region over the forecast period

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On the basis of security standard, the PCI-DSS compliance holds the major share in the APAC Card Payment Processing Market in 2019, the implementation rate for PCI-DSS compliance growing at a healthy rate in APAC region. Geographically, organizations in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region have shown a stronger ability to maintain greater compliance in comparison to Europe, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and the North America. PCI DSS helps organizations providing card payment services secure their payment processes from data breaches and fraud.

On the basis of end-use, the B2C segment is expected to register high growth in terms of revenue. The growth in B2C segment is attributed to increase in disposable income driving mobility in the cross-border transactions. Furthermore, APAC region is also experiencing an increase in the working-age population given the median population age of 29, which has led to growing popularity in B2C E-Commerce

On the basis of Country, Card Payment Processing Market is likely to register the highest CAGR over the forecast period, and is anticipated to exhibit a robust growth over the forecast period. The India card payment processing market is estimated to reach USD xx million by 2025, while augmenting at a healthy CGAR of xx% over the forecast period. The card transaction processing market in the region is led by China. China has the highest cross-border online penetration rates in APAC, and is also the largest e-commerce exporter holding xx% of the APAC card transaction market. The market for Australia's consumer e-commerce sector, have risen over the past few years at a double-digit pace. A stable economy and robust internet infrastructure have supported revenues, with a limited population, rather than a high number of consumers.

Key players operating in the APAC Card Payment Processing Market include: Stripe, Asia Pay, PayPal Pte Ltd., Afterpay, Chargebee, eWAY, Braintree, Alipay,, 2C2P Pte. Ltd., Razorpay, KGInicis Co., Ltd., GMO Payment Gateway, Amazon Pay, Doku, MOLPay, Adyen N.V. among others.

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As COVID-19 Deaths Continue to Rise, The Grieving Process Is Changing for Americans

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More Families Are Turning to Cremation and Premiere Ash Scattering Services

Eternal Alaska is a premiere ash scattering service that caters to those who want a more personal touch.”

— Stan Reese

HUNTSVILLE, AL, UNITED STATES, January 20, 2021 / — As the death toll from COVID-19 crosses the 400,000 mark, Americans find it harder to gather and grieve. Instead, many are looking at alternative ways to honor their loved ones with online funerals and personalized ash scattering ceremonies.

According to the latest figures from the National Funeral Directors Association (, the rates for cremations have climbed over the past ten years and are expected to increase steadily due to COVID-19. That rise in the numbers of cremation services has caused crematoriums in some states to work overtime. It also leaves loved ones facing a unique challenge.

“Families in the United States are used to dealing with grief in the same manner that their grandparents may have done. But due to COVID-19, that is just not happening", says Stan Reese, president of Eternal Alaska, a premiere ash scattering service.

“Even those families who have experienced a death that was not due to the pandemic have seen restrictions put on their memorial gatherings", Reese continues. “Social distancing has made it hard enough to have a standard funeral. But the fact that many funeral homes are seeing an overwhelming number of deaths, the availability of services are scarce."

Reese says that might be one reason why cremations are on the rise.

According to the latest statistics from the NFDA, cremations outpaced traditional burials in 2020 and should continue the trend in the coming years.

The latest figures show that 56% of the deaths in the United States resulted in cremation in 2020. That is nearly 20% higher than the number of traditional burials. Those figures add up to about 1.6 million cremations in the U.S. this year.

Those numbers confirm that the grieving process is changing and Reese says his company wants to help with the new normal.

“In the past, when people were cremated, their ashes might have been left in an urn to be displayed on a shelf but too often, as time goes by, that urn is forgotten and the ashes become a burden”, Reese explains. “Over the last several years, there has been a trend to scatter the loved one’s ashes in a special place but even that comes with limitations now.“

Travel restrictions, even self-imposed, are limiting the opportunity to scatter a loved one’s ashes according to their wishes and Reese says that is why he created a solution.

Eternal Alaska is a premiere ash scattering service that caters to those who want a more personal touch. We arrange to pick up the ashes from the family and we personally escort the ashes to Alaska where the ashes are given a magnificent place to rest,” Reese states. “With the Aurora Borealis, majestic mountains, and pure landscapes, it is a perfect place for a distinguished memorial”.

Reese points out that his service differs from other ash scattering operations because he arranges to pick up the ashes from the family and fly with the ashes to Alaska where they are scattered with dignity. Other companies, he points out, require the family to mail the ashes.

“Putting a stamp on a loved one’s remains and shipping them off to the post office just doesn’t seem honorable," Reese adds.

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5 Must-Read Sporting Success Books Recommended by Neil Adams, Nik Fairbrother, Kate Howey and other Olympic Champions.

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Having trouble choosing your next book? Here are five recommendations from sporting champions to help you find books that will give you the winning edge.

LONDON, ENGLAND, January 20, 2021 / — Are you reading more? You are not alone, if you are. Reading has surged in the UK, with most people reading at least double what they normally do, since lockdown began. No surprise really. Reading is one of the way to get through lockdown and come out the other side in better shape – mentally at least.

But how to pick the right book? Books can entertain, teach, even improve your life, but choosing the right one isn’t always so easy. A good tip is to follow recommendations from like-minded people.

Book Recommendations from Experts does just that providing book recommendations from sporting experts, world class coaches and olympic champions.

When you visit the website, you can elect your area of interest, by choosing categories ranging from leadership, skill acquisition and coaching, to fitness, mindset and success.

There are of course plenty of recommendations on judo books, ranging from judo books for kids to rare collector’s items, and a section on Japanese authors.

Or take your pick from the panel's chosen 10 best sporting biographies of all time.

To help you find your next great read, and get started here are five recommendations from five sporting champions; Kate Howey, Neil Adams, Nik Fairbrother, Euan Burton and Darren Warner.

1. Recommendation by Kate Howey (Double Olympic medallist, World Champion, Team GB Flag Bearer at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and Head GB Judo Coach)

Pig Wrestling by Pete Lindsay

Pig Wrestling is a simple story with a powerful message. Read it in under an hour, and you’ll be ready to tackle any type of sticky situation in work or life. Developed out of the authors’ work in elite sports and business – including Manchester City, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and the England Cricket team – this instantly memorable story will help you thrive in complex and messy times.

2. Recommendation by Neil Adams (World Champion, double Olympic Silver, Olympic Coach for Great Britain and Belgium)

Taming Tigers by Jim Lawless

Do things you never thought you could. In Taming Tiger Jim Lawless shares his inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams and our potential by overcoming fears and limiting beliefs.

3. Recommendation by Nik Fairbrother (Olympic Silver, World Champion)

My Fight Your Fight: The Official Ronda Rousey autobiography by Ronda Rousey.

Whether you’re into sports or not, you need to know about Ronda Rousey. The biggest names in UFC, Ronda re-wrote the history books with her record attendance levels and astonishing knockout victories. In this honest and inspiring book shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

4. Recommendation by Euan Burton (Double Olympian, JudoScotland National High Performance Coach)

Legacy by James Kerr

Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: What are the secrets of success sustained success? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure? How do you train to win at the highest level? What do you leave behind you after you re gone? What will be your legacy?

5. Recommendation by Darren Warner (Performance Coach for the London 2012 Olympic Games, CEO Welsh Judo).

The Energy Plan: Eat Smart, Feel Strong, Perform at Your Peak by James Collins

World-leading sports nutritionist James Collins shapes the eating habits of Olympic athletes and Premier League footballers, so they are on peak form when it counts. After a decade of working with the likes of Arsenal FC, England Football and Team GB, now he’s distilling his elite sports success into simple food principles that any of us can follow to feel at our best in our daily lives. The Energy Plan is a whole new mindset that will forever change your relationship with food, exercise and your body, giving you a winning edge in everything that you do.

Five Best Judo books for For Kids Who Love Judo

Younger readers shouldn't feel left out. They can head directly to the Koka Kids section of the website, where they will find a large selection of books

Here are five judo books for kids of all ages and levels, written by world judo champion, Nik Fairbrother.

1. 40 Judo Throws – Learn How to Throw

Having trouble remembering all the judo techniques and their names? This book makes learning visual. Easy-to-remember illustrations walk you through each technique making each throw quick to learn.

2. Learn Judo Breakfalls & 10 Agility Tests

Learning how to roll and fall correctly is key to building confidence for judo. This book covers the four main forms of ukemi; how to fall forwards; backwards; sideways; and how to do a rolling breakfall. Plus try the 10 agility tests – designed by world judo champion, Nik Fairbrother, and put the skills into practice.

3. 10 Judo Hold Downs & 10 Challenges

Want to get to grip with judo basics? This book will help you learn one of the most important skills of the all – hold downs! Plus there are ten fun groundwork challenges set by world champion, Nik Fairbrother for you to complete. A great judo books for kids who are just beginning judo.

4. Learn Judo Groundwork – Master 20 Turnovers

Groundwork judo is fun and an easy way to score a judo ippon! But many kids get stuck at the first hurdle of not knowing how to turn their partner over.
With 20 fully illustrated turnovers to learn, this book will make sure you never have that problem again.

5. 10 Judo Throws and 20 Dojo Drills

Want to become faster on your entry to a technique? Improve your footwork? And generally get better at doing 10 key judo throws? This judo training book has 20 drills to have you throwing like a ninja.

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New Year, New Bonus – Tbay is starting the year with a couple more rewards for all gift card sellers

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE, January 20, 2021 / — Singapore/Tbay, the global, professional platform offering customers gift card transactions, strictly qualifies and manages its external card sales corporations. The mission of Tbay is to make it fairer for gift card transactions.

In the past, the instant settlement for each order, strict compensation mechanism, and fast payment on Tbay have completely changed people's gift card trading habits and solved the trust crisis in the gift card industry. From last Christmas giveaway campaign, Tbay has gained many customers' favour which will promote Tbay to firmly fulfill its mission.

In the spirit of this new year, Tbay wishes to show its profound gratitude and appreciation for the trust and favour from loyal partners, So Tbay is committed to giving back even more! Starting from January 11th to January 31st, Tbay official is bringing a new year's immense happiness to all users by rewarding them them 10,000 USD in total 5,000,000 naira.

Join – Sign up & Sell Gift Card

· Create an account on Tbay (

· Start selling gift cards by follow this tutorial

· Get points from gift card sales

Share – Refer Friends & Referee Sell Gift Card

· Referrer share the unique referral code that is below the user's Tbay name- The referee sign up with this referral code

· The referee sells gift cards for cash

· Referrer will also get points from his referee's gift card sales

Earn – Get Points & Share 10,000 USD From Selling and Referring

· Campaign Time- January 11th 00:00:00 ~January 31st 23:59:59(Singapore Time)

· Point Calculation- Referrer's total points = points from referrer's gift card sales + points from referrer's referees' gift card sales

· Rewards Sharing Rule-

* 1 points = 1 usd the user got from his gift card sales

* Tbay users with their total points ranking in the top 500 can share the $10,000 rewards

* For detailed reward amount according to points, go to Tbay campaign landing page or ask Tbay customers care representative, WhatsApp: +8618059776352


* About Rankings- If the two users have the same total point rankings in the campaign time, the user whose order completed time getting ahead has the priority to share the awards.

* About Available Gift Cards- Steam wallet, Google Play Store, iTunes, eBay, Amazon, Sephora, American Express, One Vanilla, Nike, Bitrefill, Nordstrom, Mastercard, Walmart, Macy, etc.

Redemption Method – Withdraw USD to Tbay Wallet & Sell it for Naira

My/ Menu-Referral Reward- Withdraw (to Tbay wallet)- Exchange USD to Naira


* If entrance of this referral campaign cannot be seen at the Tbay app, please go to Apple Store/Google Play Store to download the latest update of the Tbay app.

* The reward will be issued as soon as the campaign completed, please withdraw it into personal Tbay wallet in time, then exchange usd to naira by following this tutorial.

More Campaign, More Bonus For Each Month: Tbay will deliver even more campaigns to every new and old customer every month. Interested? Join Tbay and help create a great service that fits everyone's needs.

2020.12 Tbay Christmas Gift (finished)

2021.01 New Year, New Bonus (pending)

2021.02 Is Coming…

For more a detailed guide of this campaign, please visit the Tbay blog by clicking

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ITfirms Lists Best Open Source Video Editing Software

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ITfirms’ report covers the latest listing of video editing software; know the criteria of selection and legibility!

UNITED STATES, January 20, 2021 / — With evolving development trends, size and share of the business in the market, the challenges, cost structure, the capacity, expanding marketplace, opportunities, and technological innovations; websites and mobile applications are in the process of witnessing an increase in the use of audio and video content. This will proportionally impact video editing software and video management software.

This listing of open source video editors by ITFirms’ has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with exclusive stimulants from industry experts and key vendors. This listing is also based on market landscape, growth prospects, market segmentation, deployment model, end-user, and geography. Here is a list of best open source video editing software:

1. Magisto
2. Quik
3. Adobe Premiere Rush
4. VivaVideo
5. Film Maker Pro
6. FlexClip
7. Blender
8. Lightworks
9. Shotcut
10. DaVinci Resolve
11. Openshot
12. Avidemux
13. HitFilm Express
14. InVideo
15. Canva Video Maker
16. iMovie
17. VSDC Free Video Editor

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South Florida Industry Leader Reaches Unbeatable Milestone

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Max Home Inspections Continues to Innovate & Lead with Family Friendly Services, What’s Better Than FREE!

Simplifying the real estate experience, because everyone deserves a home.”

— Max Home Inspections Team

DAVIE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 / — Max Home Inspections reaches a milestone giving away pest control services with every home inspection.

One would wonder why giving away anything is a milestone? As an innovator and disruptor in the home inspection and home services industries, Max Home Inspections continues to pursue excellence. We've all been told nothing in life is free… But with Max Home Inspections, the first Pest Control service is FREE FREE FREE! The success of Max Home Inspections in these historic times has resulted in the company giving back to the communities it serves. Every home inspection includes a free pest control treatment once the home buyer moves in. No hidden fees or small print to read, the first service is FREE FREE FREE!

Shadee Harvey, Client Care Manager of Max Home Inspections stated, “Combining industry leading recruitment, training, education, constant improvement, and leadership, we continue to help home buyers save money and gain peace of mind and live the American dream of home ownership.” Harvey continued, “Max Home Inspections services the entire state of Florida. Because of the growth we’ve experienced in the past few years we are able and excited to give back, providing a thank you to our clients with a free pest control treatment.”

The company culture, (Max Keys) at Max Home Inspections has created trust among real estate professionals and their clients. Helpful To An Extreme is one of the Max Keys and has accelerated the company’s capacity to offer a Free Service as a thank you. An additional Max Key is Convenience. Owning a new home can be confusing and stressful, this is why the company is prepared 24/7 with Live support to assist homeowners at any hour of the day or…night when the bugs like to bite!

Max Home Inspections is a leading home inspection company in Florida. A disruptor in the industry, the company provides award winning home inspection, condominium and commercial inspections services, warranties and guarantees. Continuously voted as the Best Home Inspection company in Florida and with over 3 thousand 5-Star Reviews, Max Home Inspections, Simplifies the Real Estate Experience, Because Everyone Deserves a Home.

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Susan Hensel Gallery Celebrating Online Move With New Exhibit

Contemporary Artist Susan Hensel

Contemporary Artist Susan Hensel

The grand reopening of Susan Hensel Gallery in a new online space is kicking off with an exhibit by fiber artist Ingrid Restemayer opening on February 15th.

Paralyzed in the studio, I spent the early parts of the pandemic studying, trying to understand how the art market is changing as a result of all this.”

— Artist Susan Hensel

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA, January 19, 2021 / — The grand reopening of Susan Hensel Gallery in a new online space is kicking off with an exhibit by fiber artist Ingrid Restemayer opening on February 15th.

In response to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on brick-and-mortar galleries, the Susan Hensel Gallery is making its work available on The popular online art marketplace will allow the gallery to sell to a much wider audience, beginning immediately and remaining long after restrictions from the pandemic have ended.

About the move, gallery owner Susan Hensel says, “Paralyzed in the studio, I spent the early parts of the pandemic studying with Christie’s Auction House, Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies and various other people and agencies, both paid for and free, trying to understand how the art market is changing as a result of all this… I decided it was the right time to re-open the programming of Susan Hensel Gallery as a curated online gallery…”

To commemorate this exciting transition, Susan Hensel Gallery will exhibit a new show with work fully available online. Running from February 15th through April 15th, the gallery will be featuring Restemayer’s Stitches on the Path to Here. The series features paper, etching and hand-stitched embroidery to create calm yet captivating scrolls.

Restemayer is a Minneapolis-based artist who creates collage with precisely etched prints on Japanese paper. She then arranges these, combining them with embroidered lines and other visual elements. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and abroad, as well as appearing in multiple permanent collections. Stitches on the Path to Here will be available through Susan Hensel Gallery’s portal.

Visit to see the new online space, and look for Stitches on the Path to Here beginning February 15th.

About Susan Hensel Gallery: The focus of Susan Hensel Gallery is on compelling objects, meaningful use of materials and engaging sculpture. It is a gallery where experimental ideas and works of the hand join to create unique sensory experiences. This focus will continue as the gallery engages customers on

Susan Hensel Gallery opened on September 10th, 2004 as a gallery and workspace presenting 5-6 shows per year in a handsome, intimate space. In 2013 it incorporated Susan Hensel’s own studio.

While now making it’s collection available online through, the Susan Hensel Gallery is still committed to maintaining its physical gallery on Cedar Avenue, a main thoroughfare in south Minneapolis.


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Rural men have special physical, mental challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

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WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, January 19, 2021 / — Rural men have special physical, mental challenges during COVID-19 pandemic


By Robin Mather
For Men’s Health Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a double whammy for rural men and their loved ones: Their access to medical care is often difficult because of long distances to travel for treatment, and they are less likely to have access to high-speed internet for telehealth visits.

Even before the pandemic, healthcare for rural men had unique challenges. For the approximately 60 million Americans — nearly one in five — who live in rural areas, limited access to healthcare professionals, particularly specialist care, is a critical barrier to achieving favorable health outcomes. Compared to metropolitan regions, rural and frontier regions contain more than twice as many “Health Professional Shortage Areas” designated by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The reduced healthcare access is a major factor in rural patients’ greater disease burdens and poorer outcomes from chronic conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.

Those outcomes make rural men especially vulnerable to COVID-19. And if they do get sick with COVID-19, rural men are more likely to require hospitalization because they were sicker to begin with. Increasingly, they’re competing for beds. Hospitalizations for rural COVID-19 patients have been on the rise, from about 10 percent in the first week of October to about 25 percent in late November and early December, a study showed. This is made even more complex and difficult because in many rural areas, hospitals are sparse and tend to have fewer beds in general and fewer intensive care beds.

The study, conducted by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, was based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. On December 15, HHS published weekly data on each U.S. hospital tracking key indicators for how the facilities were coping with Covid-19 care.

The study raised a concern that, while rural COVID-19 hospitalizations lagged behind urban ones, the higher urban rates may mean that there is no space for rural patients if they require care that’s beyond the scope of their nearest hospitals to provide.

Another significant concern is that rural men are likely to experience a sizable increase in mental health needs during and after the pandemic, whether they had a prior history or not. That double whammy – difficulty in accessing health care and lack of access to high speed internet – applies to mental issues, too. Chief among these mental issues is depression, as people feel isolated and alone during the pandemic.

Men’s Health Network, a non-profit concerned with men’s health issues, convened a conference in 2019 to discuss an ongoing crisis in men’s mental health. You can read the report that came out of that conference here.

“For men and boys, these problems can be amplified by cultural expectations that men be stoic. Men are told they are not supposed to cry or show their emotions outwardly, that they are supposed to be self-reliant, to not ask for help, and that any illness, mental or physical, is a sign of weakness and a source of personal shame. Men’s health has a great impact on society as a whole that we are only beginning to recognize,” said Jean Bonhomme, M.D., Founder and Chair of the National Black Men’s Health Network, who helped organize the conference. It was staged in conjunction with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

“Unnecessary illness and disability among men lead to diminished work productivity, greater work absenteeism, and employers incurring the expenses of training replacement workers. Families may be impacted with increased health care expenses in the face of reduced ability to earn. Jails have taken the place of many US mental hospitals, leading to costly but ineffective interventions,” he said.

Men are less likely to seek treatment for mental health issues, the conference found, but new projects may make it easier for them to do so.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an important frequently used treatment for depression. Its goal is to help patients learn how to change their thinking patterns to improve how they feel. CBT may be used in conjunction with prescription medicine, or on its own.

Evidence has mounted that CBT can address other conditions, such as anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others.

CBT is a preferred modality of therapy among many practitioners and insurance companies alike as it can be effective in a brief period, generally 5 to 20 sessions, though there is no set time frame. Research suggests that CBT can be delivered effectively online, in addition to face-to-face therapy sessions.

Robert Bossarte, Ph.D., of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., is directing a project to see how remote CBT can improve mental health in vulnerable populations. The project is funded by PCORI.

In remote CBT, patients have online therapy sessions. This may be more comfortable for men, who are often reluctant to seek face-to-face care.

In the Bossarte study, the research team will compare two types of remote CBT with usual primary care for treating depression. The study takes place in rural West Virginia, where usual primary care for depression often involves antidepressant medicine alone, but has value for rural healthcare providers across the country.

To get around the issue of lack of access to high-speed internet, the Bossarte study will include components that use participants’ cell phones, including text messages, phone calls and access to online therapy sessions.

The project is recruiting more than 3,000 patients who are currently being treated for depression at West Virginia clinics, assigning them at random to one of three groups. The research team will compare outcomes for patients in those treatment groups:

• The first group receives usual care plus guided remote CBT. In guided remote CBT, a trained coach helps patients complete online therapy sessions with oversight from a clinical psychologist. The coaches also work with patients by email, text, and phone to help them. This will include reminders to take medicines as directed, monitoring side effects of medicine, determining if medicine is working as intended, coordinating with the patient’s doctor, and providing referrals to specialists.
• The second group will receive usual care plus unguided remote CBT. These patients have access to the same online therapy sessions as patients in the first group. But patients in this group complete therapy sessions online by themselves, without help from a coach. The online program provides automated reminders and encouragement during and between sessions.
• Patients in the third group will receive usual care for depression from their primary care doctor. Usual care may consist of antidepressant medicine and/or therapy.

The research team will survey patients 10 times over the course of a year. Researchers will ask patients if their depression has gotten better and if they are using drugs or alcohol. The team will also look at medical records to see if patients are receiving antidepressant medicines. About a year after treatment, the team will ask patients if they made shared decisions about depression treatment with their doctor.

The research team will compare outcomes between patients in the three treatment groups. In addition, the team is looking to see if certain types of patients benefit from having guided versus unguided treatment, or usual care alone. Finally, the team is looking at whether different types of antidepressant medicine work better than others, alone or in combination with CBT.

The team will explore whether access to remote cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) will improve mental health symptoms in vulnerable populations. Outcomes of this project could also lead to future comparative clinical effectiveness research, such as a comparison of modes of providing access to remote CBT and comparisons of different online platforms for remote CBT for various population groups.

To see resources that can help rural residents – whether they’re patients or healthcare providers – improve health in their own communities, visit the appropriate page for your state at the Rural Health Information Hub, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

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PropMix launches – the first Value and Income investor platform for real estate

NEW YORK, NY, USA, January 19, 2021 / — a real estate analytics & artificial intelligence company with a large customer base among lenders, appraisers, and realtors, has announced – platform that seamlessly connects real estate value and income investors with investor-friendly real estate agents and mortgage lenders.

Powered by nationwide data including mortgages, distressed properties, and sale and rent values on every residential property, investors can easily find and analyze opportunities based on their financial goals such as cap rates, cash flows, return on investment, and so on. Prospektr also provides easy access to financial forecasting models and local trends to help investors make informed decisions.

“Prospektr democratizes the real estate investment market and makes it easy for anyone to learn, research, analyze and make decisions quickly with deep analytics, insights, and recommendations on their fingertips'', said Umesh Harigopal, CEO of PropMix and a 15-year veteran in US real estate investing. “The Prospektr network effect will exponentially grow as we continue to optimize portfolio analytics and financial recommendations using artificial intelligence and reduce the friction across the value chain.“ combines large scale data computing and machine learning with on-the-ground investment research experience to rapidly evolve the platform with new data, investor-friendly insights and features.. It offers a unique model for investors to gain free access to the platform to help them with research and decision making.

About PropMix LLC, is a real estate data, insights, and solutions company with deep experience in commercializing Artificial Intelligence. PropMix’s platform and solutions are widely used by mortgage lenders, appraisers, realtors, and investors. Built on industry open standards, empowers users to engage with data, make decisions using insights and build the real estate technology of the future. PropMix was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in New York.

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