H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: UK death projections, tiered response plans, uninsured in New Jersey, lung damage, experimental IV antiviral, flu activity up in tropical areas

first_imgSep 4, 2009Britain scales back flu death projectionThe British government scaled back its projection of how many novel H1N1 deaths could occur, The Times of London reported today. In July it predicted 65,000 fatalities in a worst-case-scenario, but now the National Health Service (NHS) says fatalities could range between 3,000 and 19,000. Officials lowered the estimate because the symptoms of the virus are mild for most patients. The NHS’s chief medical officer said case numbers have not risen in Scotland, where school resumed 3 weeks ago.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/Swine_flu/article6820841.eceSep 4 Times storyTiered epidemic plans could improve responseResponses to the novel H1N1 virus outbreak might be seen as alarmist, because many pandemic plans accounted for only a worst-case scenario, Peter Doshi, a doctoral student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in the British Medical Journal yesterday. Calibrated responses based on four types of risk assessments that take into account disease distribution and severity could build public trust and engage the public’s attention to warning messages, he wrote.http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-09/bmj-wtp090309.phpSep 3 British Medical Journal press releaseUninsured New Jersey residents to get free pandemic flu vaccineIn announcing new measures to curb the fall wave of pandemic flu, New Jersey officials said yesterday that the state will provide free novel H1N1 vaccine to the 1.3 million uninsured people. The free vaccines will be offered though public health clinics located in all New Jersey counties. Other response measures include a public education campaign, working with school districts to keep schools open, and partnering with districts to establish a voluntary vaccination program.Lung tissue in some fatal cases resembles H5N1 infectionPathologic investigation of lung tissue from patients who have died of pandemic H1N1 infections resembles that in those dying from H5N1 avian influenza, a scientist who has studied about 70 fatal cases told the Canadian Press. Dr Sherif Zaki, a pathologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the level of lung damage makes it difficult to oxygenate patients. About a third of the patients had bacterial coinfections, and about 90% had underlying conditions such as obesity.Doctors reverse severe infection with experimental IV antiviralA 22-year-old woman with pandemic H1N1 infection and chemotherapy-induced immune compromise recovered from a severe infection after treatment with an experimental intravenous version of zanamivir, her doctors reported today in The Lancet. She had not responded to oseltamivir or nebulized zanamivir alongside antibiotics, hydrocortisone, and mechanical ventilation. Her doctors combined IV zanamivir with corticosteroids, which is controversial but is used in some respiratory distress cases.http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(09)61528-2/fulltextSep 4 Lancet reportWHO: flu activity increasing in many tropical regionsIn its weekly pandemic update today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said flu activity is widespread and increasing in many tropical regions of South and Southeast Asia as well as South America. Though flu activity is past its seasonal peak in some parts of the southern hemisphere, parts of Australia and South America are seeing sustained circulation. Japan is experiencing an early start to its flu season. The global number of deaths is at least 2,837, mostly from WHO’s Americas-region countries.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_09_04/en/index.htmlWHO pandemic update 64last_img read more

Taylor beaten in Olympic qualifier

first_imgDavid Oliver Joyce and Brendan Irvine are also in qualification action today.Joyce goes into the ring at around 4 and Irvine’s bout begins at around quarter to five. The Bray fighter lost 39-37 to Yana Alekseeva, who qualifies for the games in Rio this summer.Taylor now needs to finish in the last four in the Worlds to make the Olympics. Today’s defeat is the first time that she’s been beaten since 2011.last_img

Trump Threatens To Force Congress To Adjourn

first_img(Washington, DC) — We are four months away from the 2020 Presidential election and the current president still has not gotten more than one hundred appointments past Congress. Many of whom are instrumental in helping the country handle the COVID-19 outbreak.Yesterday, President Trump said he has the authority to force Congress to adjourn so he can make the crucial appointments. In a White House briefing, Trump urged the Senate to stop gaveling-in pro-forma sessions when lawmakers aren’t in town. That would allow him to make recess appointments without those officials being approved by the Senate. Trump railed against the “partisan” obstructionism he said had held up 129 appointments who could all be helping in the coronavirus response.“It’s always roadblocks or a waste of time,” he said. “If the House will not agree to that adjournment, I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress.”“The current practice of leaving town while conducting phony pro forma sessions is a dereliction of duty that the American people cannot afford during this crisis,” he said.“It is a scam what they do,” Trump said.Pres. Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress so he can make appointments to fill vacant positions and judicial slots.“If they don’t act on getting these people approved,” Trump says, he will have to do something “that I prefer not doing.” https://t.co/KXv4M8zNFm pic.twitter.com/M9IJLoCzI9— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2020 Trump said pro forma sessions are a scam and a dereliction of duty.last_img read more

Body found in lake where “Glee” star disappeared

first_imgThe Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that investigators have located a body in the lake where “Glee” star Naya Rivera went missing.The actress disappeared on Wednesday after renting a boat to go on an excursion with her 4-year-old son.Video of the day showed Rivera and her 4-year-old son getting onto a boat and then going out onto the lake.Her 4-year-old was later found alone on the boat, while Rivera was no where to be found.After several days of searching the area authorities changed their rescue mission to a recovery mission presuming Rivera may have drowned in the lake.While authorities have not determined whether the body found on Monday is Rivera, they did report that the discovery was made in the area of search at Lake Piru.The Sheriff’s Office plans to hold a press conference about the discovery at 2 pm local time (5 pm. ET.)last_img read more

Gluck backstops Rebels back into Murdoch series lead

first_imgThe Rebels held playoff scoring leader Ryan Edwards off the scoresheet Sunday.In 11 games this playoff season, Edwards has 21 points including eight goals.Rockets a game away from knocking off GhostridersThe Golden Rockets took care of business on home ice, winning both games to assume a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Divisional Final.The Rockets dumped the Riders 6-3 Saturday in Golden.The win came on the heels of a 7-3 drubbing the Rockets put on Fernie Friday.The series resumes Monday in Fernie. It’s not normal to see Jordan Gluck allow six goals in one game as he did Friday in Fruitvale during Game four.So with their top goalie back in fine form, the Castlegar Rebels regained control to the Murdoch Division Final with a stingy 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory Sunday afternoon in the Sunflower City.The Rebels now lead the best-of-seven affair 3-2 and can eliminate the defending KIJHL champs Monday in Fruitvale when the series resumes for Game six. Puck drop is 7 p.m.Goals from Brayden Horcoff and Travis Wellman was enough for Gluck, who stopped 32 of 33 shots in the Castlegar nets.Castlegar held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0 before the Hawks snapped Gluck’s bid for a shutout in the third period with a goal from Dan Holland.last_img read more