News Scan for Jul 11, 2018

first_imgCase series describes respiratory nerve palsy in babies born with ZikaResearchers today reported a case series of four babies with congenital Zika infections who were born with right unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis, suggesting that the virus can cause additional damage in the peripheral nervous system. A team from the Mayo Clinic and Brazil published its findings in Emerging Infectious Diseases.Three of the babies were born in Brazil and one was born to a mother from Guatemala who immigrated to the United States. All four of the babies were girls, and all of the women who delivered them were first-time mothers who reported Zika symptoms in the first trimester of pregnancy.All of the babies had severe microcephaly and arthrogryposis (congenital joint contracture). All died from progressive respiratory failure.The authors noted that a study of Zika virus in macaques has suggested viral tropism to peripheral nerves. They also said Guillain Barre syndrome (GBS) is known to involve the phrenic nerve and cause diaphragmatic paralysis in adults, but the condition hasn’t been reported before in newborns.They concluded that arthrogryphosis and unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis seems to be a unique constellation of clinical findings that hasn’t been reported with other congenital infections. Authors wrote though it’s not clear how diaphragmatic paralysis occurs in infants, or why it’s unilateral and right-sided, the damaging effects might be a unique risk factor for death in babies with congenital Zika infections, given that all four babies in the case series died within the first 3 months of life.Jul 11 Emerg Infect Dis report CDC team pinpoints incidence of GBS after Campylobacter infectionAbout 8% to 12% of GBS cases in the United States may be due to Campylobacter infection, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday in Epidemiology and Infections.They said that although Campylobacter infection is known to be one of the common infections that precede GBS, there are few data on the risk level.To better pinpoint how common the complication occurs following Campylobacter illness, the scientists sifted through data collected by the CDC’s Emerging Infection Program during the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaign. They compared confirmed and probable GBS cases to noncases to gauge the risk of GBS following Campylobacter infection.Along with the 8% to 12% of GBS cases they found linked to Campylobacter infection or diarrheal illness consistent with the disease, they estimated that 434 to 650 cases of post-diarrheal GBS occur in the United States each year and that GBS occurs in 49 of 100,000 patients who have Campylobacter illnesses.The researchers concluded that the findings provide a useful update on the incidence of GBS following Campylobacter infection and underscore the importance of measures to prevent the infections.Jul 10 Epidemiol Infect abstract Study: CWD prions can convert to human prions, at least in test tubesChronic wasting disease (CWD) prions extracted from cervids (such as deer, elk, and moose) can convert to human prions in the lab, but not efficiently. That’s the takeaway from a study published today in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The study attempted to establish how and if CWD can be transmitted to humans if they consume infected cervid meat, which would make CWD a zoonotic illness similar to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow” disease). CWD has been detected in Europe, North America, and South Korea.Previous in vivo studies conducted with squirrel monkeys have shown that CWD can cross species, but other work involving transgenic mouse models have shown the prion incapable of infecting human tissue. This study used an in vitro protein misfolding cyclic amplification to investigate the compatibility of bovine, ovine, and cervid prions with full-length, glycosylated and glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored human prion proteins (PrP). Prions are misfolded protein particles that can be detected in the neural tissue of infected animals.The authors of the study said prions from infected animals can convert, but the efficiency of conversion is affected by polymorphic variation in the cervid and human PrP genes.”Our data confirms that elk CWD prions can convert … at least in vitro,” the authors conclude. “Other species affected by CWD, particularly caribou or reindeer, also seem able to convert the human PrP.”Jul 11 Emerg Infect Dis studylast_img read more

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More DRC Ebola cases as risk raised to ‘very high’

first_imgAs new Ebola cases continue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday raised the risk assessment for spread of the disease within the country and regionally from “high” to “very high” while keeping the risk of international transmission of Ebola virus disease (EVD) low.”This outbreak of EVD is affecting north-eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which border Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan,” the WHO said in a statement. “Potential risk factors for transmission of EVD at the national and regional levels include the transportation links between the affected areas, the rest of the country, and neighbouring countries; the internal displacement of populations; and the displacement of Congolese refugees to neighbouring countries.”Recent violence by armed rebels in Beni, the site of the WHO’s response efforts in eastern DRC, has led the agency to call this week a “critical juncture” in the outbreak.”WHO response activities have been severely limited as Beni and nearby towns mark a period of mourning for those who were killed. Security in Beni and other areas remains challenging,” the WHO said. The agency added that rumors and traditional practices have led relatives to care for sick family members at home, which increased the risk for infection.The past week has also seen Ebola patients move in to “red zones,” insecure communities that health workers cannot reach.Four more cases in BeniYesterday and today the DRC’s health ministry reported four more Ebola patients, all in Beni, two of whom are known contacts who declined vaccination but voluntarily went to an Ebola treatment center after their symptoms began.The health ministry today also noted 1 new death in Beni. There are now a total of 155 cases (124 confirmed, 31 probable), including 102 deaths, in this outbreak. Eleven suspected cases are currently under investigation.As of Sep 26, response efforts in Beni resumed after a period of mourning following the Sep 22 attacks in the city lifted. DRC officials said there was more enthusiasm and cooperation among community members in the Ndindi district, which has been referred to as Beni’s “cradle of resistance.” The DRC said residents of Ndindi voluntarily registered to get vaccinated with Merck’s unlicensed Ebola vaccine.Since vaccination began on Aug 8, a total of 12,250 people have been vaccinated against Ebola, the health ministry said, including 4,122 in Mabalako, 3,712 in Beni, 1,632 in Mandima, 884 in Butembo, 993 in Katwa, 270 in Masereka, 164 in Komanda, 177 in Tchomia, 121 in Oicha, 110 in Bunia, and 65 in Kinshasa.According to the WHO, of the 149 confirmed and probable cases for whom age and sex are known, 23%, 20%, and 22% are aged 15 to 24, 25 to 34, and 35 to 44 years, respectively; females accounted for 56% cases. A total of 19 healthcare workers, 3 of whom have died, have been infected.See also:Sep 27 WHO statement Sep 28 DRC health ministry reportSep 27 DRC health ministry reportlast_img read more

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Council support helps power development drive in Durham

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EDITORIAL: Put safety first this weekend

first_imgThe coronavirus is the gorilla in the mist, and we can’t let the sunshine and warmth make us forget that it’s still with us, still contagious and still dangerous.GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouSo remember to practice the social distancing skills we’ve all come to know, especially as outdoor places get more crowded this weekend. If you’re on the jogging or bike path, you’re likely to encounter more people than you did a week ago during your early morning exercise routine. Wear the mask or keep it handy and be ready to pull it up over your face. Make a wide path around others so your heavy breathing doesn’t catch them.In the stores shopping for Memorial Day food or home projects, follow the store’s rules, including the one requiring you to wear your mask. At home or in the park, social distance around the picnic table or the campfire, keep those chairs far apart, and wipe down surfaces that people are breathing on.But it’s not just covid that places us in harm’s way this weekend.Memorial Day is a traditionally busy time on the roads, and from many accounts, people’s driving skills have suffered during the past two months. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThree-day weekend.Perfect weather.Everyone itching to get the heck out of the house, see some people and get some our normal back. But we’re not living in normal times, no matter how much we wish it to be so.Remember that when you venture out to the home-improvement stores, grocery stores and the downtowns and the beaches. Drive like you did when you commuted to work, with your eyes on the road and off your phone. More motorcycles, more pedestrians and cyclists, and more drunk and careless drivers could make this a particularly dangerous weekend on the roads.center_img To motorcyclists, be especially aware of your own rusty driving skills and of the fact that motorists might not be used to seeing you out there. The guy in the car or truck is least likely the one who’s going to die hitting your motorcycle as you make a left in front of him or drift into the opposite lane.And if safety isn’t your top priority, then beware that police are stepping up patrols this weekend to catch reckless and drunk drivers.On the lakes, many people will be unloading their boats into the water for the first time.Follow boat safety protocol to avoid collisions with other craft. Don’t drink while you’re operating your boat. Don’t overload. Wear life preservers at all times. Follow rules for slow boating near docks and beaches. The cops will be out looking for you people, too. And if you’re encountering fellow boaters on the docks, milfoil cleaning stations and fuel stations, wear your masks and be considerate.We all need to realize that in addition to the usual threats that long, warm weekends bring, we have this disease still in full force.Enjoy yourself this weekend. But put safety of yourself and others first.GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouMore from The Daily Gazette:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformslast_img read more

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Precious Water

first_imgAnyone driving on Route 27 through Wainscott late last summer couldn’t help but notice the Suffolk County Water Authority crews working at breakneck speed to install new water mains. And it wasn’t just on the highway. Crews made their way up and down just about every street and lane in the hamlet, completing the job late last month.The reason for the big rush? A year ago, the water authority discovered traces of polyfluorinated compounds — chemicals used in firefighting and industrial applications — in private wells in Wainscott. To reduce the health risk to residents, East Hampton Town provided bottled water and helped homeowners fast track the process of getting whole-house water filtration systems installed.New York State then stepped in and provided the funding to underwrite the nearly $10 million cost of installing 8.5 miles of water mains. The town and water authority have also launched a program by which residents can have the cost of having water service extended from the main to their homes amortized over 20 years on their property tax bill, although some people have complained the cost of using the SCWA contractor is prohibitive.While that may be the case, homeowners would be well advised to take advantage of the availability of public water to protect themselves and their families from the poisons that could be lurking in their tap water.The irony cannot be overlooked, however, that SCWA also relies on wells, although its are deeper and the water coming out of them is subjected to much better filtering than even the best home unit could provide. But with groundwater pollution becoming an ever more common occurrence, one can’t help but wonder if SCWA itself won’t find its own sources compromised. Such is life when you live above a sole-source aquifer as we do here on Long Island. And sadly, it seems we still have not learned that everything we put into the ground comes back to us someday down the line. Sharelast_img read more

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LiftWerx and Siemens Gamesa reach new heights

first_imgThe RotorHook has a lifting capacity of 75 tonnes and will be able to lower and lift a fully-assembled wind turbine rotor and main shaft, which LiftWerx claims removes the need to utilise a large conventional crane on the ground.The device can also be mobilised to site in only three standard ISO containers.Ted Pruss, director of SGRE’s North American operations, said: “This is a big step forward for the industry where continuous innovation and lowering the cost of energy continue to be market drivers.”President of LiftWerx, Glen Aitken, commented: “We chose to partner with Siemens Gamesa because of its their continuously widening global presence and proven track record.”Operationally, this device will perform lifts from within the nacelle which were previously unachievable, and we are looking forward to progressing with the project and executing the first lifts in Colorado, USA.”The RotorHook is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of 2019. The Kenz-Figee Group, in close cooperation with Eager.One, will perform the design and production of the RotorHook.LiftWerx, Eager.One, and Kenz-Figee are subsidiaries of the MeeMaken Group.www.liftwerx.comwww.siemensgamesa.comlast_img read more

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Québec agrees REM investment

first_imgCANADA: Public pension and insurance investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the government of Québec have agreed the main terms for the province’s participation in the Réseau Électrique Métropolitain automated metro project in Montréal.The provincial government has committed to provide C$1·28bn, representing 24·5% of the total equity. Terms have also been agreed for the province to earn returns on its investment as a minority shareholder.CDPQ Infra said the commitment by the province would enable it to further refine the financial structure of the project. CDPQ is investing C$2·67bn, or 51% of the project’s share capital, and the federal government is discussing CDPQ’s proposal for it to invest C$1·28bn to hold the remaining 24·5%. ‘Today we are moving a significant step closer to delivering this major electric transit project, which is so important for Montréal and Québec as a whole,’ said CDPQ President & CEO Michael Sabia on March 28.The 67 km planned REM would link the south shore suburbs, the city centre, the airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Deux-Montagnes. Opening is planned for the end of 2020.CDPQ Infra, agricultural union UPA and the Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal are to create an agricultural land trust to help to limit urban sprawl around the future South Shore REM station. ‘The creation of a trust and a potential metropolitan agricultural park confirms the long term agricultural mission of this land’ said Denis Coderre, President of the CMM and Mayor of Montréal. ‘Initiatives like these enable us to achieve the metropolitan objective of increasing the area of cultivated land by 6% in the region’.last_img read more

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Chinese Medical Ship treats over 5,000 Dominicans

first_imgHealthLocalNews Chinese Medical Ship treats over 5,000 Dominicans by: – October 22, 2018 Share Share 341 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Housing Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)A total of five thousand and thirty two Dominicans have received medical attention from the Chinese Hospital Ship, Peace Ark.The ship docked in Dominica on Friday October 12th, and opened its doors to Dominican citizens for the following week, and is now traveling to Antigua.At the farewell reception for the ship on Thursday evening, Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica is grateful for the assistance of the People’s Republic of China in the area of health care.Mr. Skerrit went on to note that during its stay, the ship’s personnel saw approximately eight hundred persons daily, with twenty major surgeries being conducted.“It is clear from the reports that I have received from our health authorities that the coverage of ships medical personnel and facilities has indeed been impressive. During their visit here, the Peace Ark surgeons undertook 20 major surgeries, and attended to an average of 800 patients per day,” he stated.Mr. Skerrit added that due to the devastation caused to many of the medical facilities by Hurricane Maria, the ship was a relief for many Dominicans.He noted that the island’s medical service has been considerably disrupted firstly by TS Erika in 2015, and two years later by the devastating rains and winds of Hurricane Maria in 2017.He added that “even under normal circumstances, some of our patients are forced to travel overseas to receive specialized care in the more critical areas of medicine.”“The medical facilities and the professional medical staff of the Peace Ark has therefore been a God send to those patients who have been waiting for specialized care, as well as those who simply wish to verify that all was well with their health,” Mr Skerrit  further added.last_img read more

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Valencia City-SSCR clobbers Perpetual in PBA D-League

first_imgAllyn Bulanadi also made his contributions for the Golden Harvest with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks, while JM Calma tallied a double-double with his 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.Jielo Razon tallied 19 points, six rebounds, and two assists, but that wasn’t enough from saving the Altas, which suffered its third consecutive defeat to slid down to 1-5 win-loss card./PN Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR Golden Harvest’s RK Ilagan blows past two University of Perpetual Help Altas defenders for a layup. PBA MANILA – Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR Golden Harvest cruised to a 106-75 victory over University of Perpetual Help Altas in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.RK Ilagan drained four three-point conversions as he fired 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for the Golden Harvest, which inched closer to a playoff berth after improving 5-1 win-loss slate in the Foundation Group.Ilagan was responsible for the Golden Harvest’s 33-point third quarter eruption as he had 13 in that stretch to turn a slim 48-40 lead to a decisive 81-56 advantage at the end of the period.“So far, nakita naman na masyado na matured si RK. Hindi na siya katulad dati na offense lang. Now he’s organizing the team,” said Golden Harvest head coach Egay Macaraya.last_img read more

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35th Annual Causeway Run set for Saturday

first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe 35th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk is set for this Saturday, Jan. 12.The popular winter event is expected to draw hundreds of participants to the combined 10K run and 5K fitness walk over the scenic 2.37-mile long Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway from downtown Port Isabel to sunny South Padre Island.Runners will take off from the starting line outside the Port Isabel Public Library, 213 Yturria St. at 8 a.m. From there, they’ll make their way past the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse before crossing the Causeway towards the Island and the finish line at Louie’s Backyard.Walkers will get their start approximately 15 minutes later; their route will end just past the base of the Causeway on the South Padre Island side.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedCauseway Run, Fitness Walk on tapBy CRAIG ALANIZ South Padre Parade press@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 29th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk is set for Saturday, January 12, and beginning at 10 a.m. at the Port Isabel Community Center on Yturria St. Over 3,000 participants have already registered with an expected 2,000 more to be added…January 10, 2013In “News”The Long Run: Over 2,000 partake in 35th Causeway RunBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Thousands of walkers and runners of all ages converged at the Port Isabel Community Center last Saturday morning to participate in the 35th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. Chairman of the board for the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Steve Bearden,…January 18, 2019In “News”Summer Causeway run setBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce has been actively seeking special events to add the community’s list of activities as a means to stimulate the local economy prior to the summer tourist season, which typically doesn’t occur until the middle of June. One…June 5, 2015In “News”last_img read more

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