News Scan for Aug 21, 2019

first_imgUS Customs has no plan to vaccinate migrant detainees against fluUS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it will not vaccinate migrants, despite concerns some have raised about infectious disease spread, particularly the deaths of three children who died after falling ill with flu while in US custody, according to media reports.In response to queries, the CBP issued a statement saying it nor its medical contractor administers vaccines because of the short-term nature of CBP holding, CNN reported yesterday. According to the report, migrants are supposed to be held by CBP for 72 hours or less, but are often held longer.Children without parents held by CBP are handled by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which does distribute flu vaccine, Evelyn Stauffer, a spokeswoman for the Office of Refugee Resettlement told CNN.In responding to the CBP stance, public health experts contacted by CNN said short-term detention should not be an obstacle to vaccinating migrants.In a related development, on Aug 5 two lawmakers wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and HHS raising concerns about infectious disease spread, following their Jul 15 visit to a DHS detention facility, according to the CNN report. The members of Congress who wrote the letter are Reps Rosa DeLauro and Lucille Roybal-Allard, both California Democrats.Aug 20 CNN story CDC records 3,700 more hepatitis A cases in widespread outbreaksEarlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated information regarding a 3-year hepatitis A outbreak, and said 24,280 cases, including 236 deaths have been recorded in 30 states.This case total represents an increase of 3,768 cases since late June, when the CDC recorded 20,512 cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV). Sixty percent of all cases have required hospitalization, the CDC said.A total of 28 states still have ongoing, active outbreaks, with Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, and West Virginia reporting the most cases since August 2016. Drug users, the homeless, men who have sex with men, people currently or recently incarcerated, and those with chronic liver disease are the most heavily affected in these outbreaks, the CDC said.”One dose of single-antigen hepatitis A vaccine has been shown to control outbreaks of hepatitis A and provides up to 95% seroprotection in healthy individuals for up to 11 years,” the CDC said. “Postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in the last 2 weeks; those with evidence of previous vaccination do not require PEP.” Aug 19 CDC update Jun 24 CIDRAP News Scan “CDC: 24 hepatitis A outbreaks in US since 2016 total 20,500 cases” Nigeria reaches wild poliovirus eradication benchmarkThe World Health Organization (WHO) today said Nigeria has reached a major milestone in its efforts to eradicate wild poliovirus by reaching 3 years with no new cases.In a WHO statement, Faisal Shuaib, MD, DrPH, executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said Nigeria’s accomplishment is a step toward certifying the whole African region as free of wild poliovirus. And he added that the achievement is very fragile, “one which we must delicately manage with cautious euphoria.”He commended novel strategies used in the fight against the disease and the strong domestic and global financing of the efforts. Remaining challenges are low immunization rates in some areas that have led to outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio and the difficulty that immunization campaigns have in reaching children in some inaccessible areas.Following Nigeria’s recent achievement, the African Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication will start a rigorous effort to confirm that each African region country is free of wild poliovirus, and Nigeria will submit its final data for evaluation in March 2020, if there are no new cases. The whole region could be certified as wild polio–free as soon as the middle of 2020, leaving only one region of the world as endemic: the Eastern Mediterranean.Aug 21 WHO Africa regional office statementlast_img read more

New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart…

first_imgFILE – This May 26, 2009 file photo shows a printout from an electrocardiogram machine in Missouri. Doctors are reporting that novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Gene-targeting medicines also showed promise in studies discussed Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at an American Heart Association conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)PHILADELPHIA | Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for interfering with heart-harmful genes without modifying the genes themselves — in one case, with treatment just twice a year.The research was featured at an American Heart Association conference ending Monday in Philadelphia.“There’s a lot of excitement” about the new gene-targeting medicines, especially because they seem to last so long, said Dr. Karol Watson, of the University of California, Los Angeles.Scientists have been exploring gene therapy — altering DNA — to attack the root cause of many diseases. The new drugs essentially accomplish the same thing without tampering with genes, said the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Daniel Rader, who has consulted for some makers of these drugs.The medicines work by silencing or blocking messages that genes give to cells to make proteins that can do harm, such as allowing cholesterol to accumulate. The first few of these “RNA-interference” drugs recently were approved for other conditions, and research is also targeting heart disease.Farthest along is inclisiran, tested in 1,561 people with heart disease from clogged arteries who still had high LDL, the bad form of cholesterol, despite taking standard drugs. They were given a shot of inclisiran or a dummy drug when they joined the study, three months later and then every six months.The drug lowered LDL by 56% without serious side effects. More testing will show whether it also lowers heart attacks and other problems, not just cholesterol. Inclisiran’s maker, The Medicines Company, plans to seek federal approval for it later this year.Two other RNA interference drugs aim at a different target — triglycerides, another fat in the blood that’s elevated in one quarter of Americans. Treatments include very low-fat diets, weight loss, fish oil and drugs, but doctors say more and better therapies are needed.Each RNA interference drug was tested at various doses in 40 people. A single shot lowered triglycerides by 30% to 67%, and the benefit lasted for at least four months. The studies were just intended to show safety; Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals is developing both drugs.Other research found new benefits from older drugs. AstraZeneca’s Farxiga, originally developed to treat diabetes, also lowered the risk of heart problems in heart failure patients who did not have diabetes. Among 2,605 of such patients treated for 18 months, about 9% of those on Farxiga had worsening heart failure or heart-related death versus nearly 13% of those not given the drug. That worked out to a 27% lower risk, without extra serious side effects.Surprising benefits also were seen in a Canadian study of the decades-old gout drug. The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine — sold as Colcrys, Mitigare and in generic form — was tested in 4,745 people who recently had a heart attack.After about two years, colchicine users had a 23% lower risk of suffering a new heart attack, heart-related death, stroke, cardiac arrest or urgent need for an artery-opening procedure compared with a group given dummy pills. The benefit came mostly from preventing strokes and artery-opening procedures, and some heart doctors would rather have seen more difference in heart attacks and deaths.Colchicine is being tested in several other studies, and more evidence is needed before using it routinely to lower heart risks, Dr. L. Kristin Newby of Duke University wrote in a commentary published with the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a Northwestern University cardiologist and program chief for the heart conference, was more supportive.“When you have a safe drug that’s easily available, it’s going to be hard to hold this one back,” he said.Marilynn Marchione can be followed on Twitter at Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

Cricket: Pace sensation Malinga accused of sexual assault as disturbing details emerge

first_imgAdvertisement lilNBA Finals | Brooklyn VstcaulWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4pvk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 622Would you ever consider trying this?😱6mgzrCan your students do this? 🌚8gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: DNA IndiaAdvertisement The existential crisis of Sri Lankan cricket is hit with yet another nail as veteran pacer Lasith Malinga is the next name to be accused of sexual assault.The incident was revealed by singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who claimed that the cricketer sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel in Mumbai during an IPL season.Advertisement Lasith Malinga has been a vital cog of the Mumbai Indians’ bowling setup over the years and has gone on to become the highest wicket-taker in the history of the competition with 154 scalps in 110 matches.Advertisement Further details have been shed on the alleged incident which are disturbing, to say the least. Sripaada took to Twitter to disclose the details behind the incident. You can check out the Tweet right below.This encounter only adds salt to the wounds in Sri Lankan cricket as recently, former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga was accused of sexual assault as well by an Indian flight attendant.The flight attendant took to social media to reveal the incident where she mentions that the World Cup-winning captain harassed her sexually while also stating that the hotel reception personnel ignored her pleas when she asked for help.There has been a wholesome wake in the country with eye-opening cases of sexual harassment cases over the nation. #MeToo has made its first mark on the sport.Read Also:Nepal trump China in a second bizarre cricketing encounter in two daysIndia far from the finished article in Test Cricket, says Rahul Dravid Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United beats 10-man West Ham for 6th successive win

first_imgLeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter United wrapped up the victory 12 minutes from time when Ibrahimovic reacted first as the ball bounced off Ander Herrera to fire low and hard past Darren Randolph from just inside the box, with replays showing the striker had been marginally offside.United had struggled to create chances before the break, but did draw one of the saves of the season from West Ham keeper, Randolph, in the 35th, before Jesse Lingard produced an equally spectacular miss.Antonio Valencia was set up at the back post after good work from Ibrahmovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but was foiled by the sprawling Randolph, who prevented the ball from crossing his line by the narrowest of margins.The rebound fell to Lingard with the goal at his mercy, but he could only direct his effort onto the post from two yards out, with West Ham somehow escaping as the ball bounced into Randolph’s hands.United remains sixth in the table, but has now moved within five points of second-place Liverpool, which was held to a 2-2 draw at Sunderland earlier on Monday.West Ham dropped to 13th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:52Phivolcs: Taal eruption won’t trigger tremors from West Valley Fault00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA MOST READ We are youngcenter_img Despite its numerical advantage, United struggled to break down the home side for long spells and required a number of saves from goalkeeper David de Gea to keep West Ham out.“I think it was not a very good performance,” United manager Jose Mourinho said. “I think it’s very difficult to play football in these circumstances, 48 hours,” after both teams’ previous fixtures.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“Only when I brought fresh people on, Mata and (Marcus) Rashford, the team was different,” Mourinho added. “We gave width with Rashford, we gave an extra body in the creative area with Mata.”West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said his club would appeal against the three-game ban Feghouli is facing after his challenge on Phil Jones. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “I was very surprised (at the red card), I wouldn’t have been happy with a yellow. The more times I’ve seen it, it’s the other way round, it was Jones who made a more dangerous tackle than Feghouli,” Bilic said.“We are gutted and frustrated, but I’m very proud of the team and I told them after the game that if we continue to work hard and play for each other, we don’t have to worry, we’re going to be very high on the table.”Feghouli, making his first Premier League start for West Ham, was sent off after just 15 minutes in what replays suggested was a harsh decision.Manuel Lanzini brought two strong saves from De Gea before the break, while Michail Antonio was crucially denied by the Spanish goalkeeper when through one-on-one on the hour mark.West Ham was made to pay just three minutes later with Mourinho’s alterations proving crucial as Rashford beat two defenders before setting up Mata to finish from close range.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaps over West Ham United’s goalkeeper Darren Randolph who clears the ball during their English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester United at the London stadium, in London Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Manchester United benefited from a controversial red card and an equally debatable goal to beat 10-man West Ham 2-0 in the English Premier League on Monday, earning a sixth successive victory.Substitute Juan Mata gave United the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured victory from what clearly appeared to be an offside position, after referee Mike Dean had controversially dismissed Sofiane Feghouli in the opening stages.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online

first_imgCreative couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger have given up ad agency jobs and careers to travel the world and, as they go, chronicle the journey online through writing, illustration, design and photography. Joburgers Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger mark off how far from home they are by writing the kilometres on a board, on their around the world trip. They started their boards in Joburg. (Image: Supplied) • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Comedian David Kibuuka joins The Daily Show as writer • The Wayfaring Loner: Elvis Goes Country in Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya Pitamber Many dream of giving up their nine-to-five jobs to travel the world, but two Joburg advertising executives have done more than dream. On a trip from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, with Asia and Oceania next, they are creatively charting their journey online. At significant destinations they snap a photo of their progress, holding a board showing how many kilometres they are from South Africa’s City of Gold.For 10 years Chanel Cartell (30) and Stevo Dirnberger (29) worked in the ad industry as a creative and art director, respectively. They now call themselves “creative experientialists” and are chronicling their “How Far from Home” journey on their blog and Instagram account. “It’s always been something we’ve strived towards, but constantly found ourselves saying ‘one day,’” they said.As the couple explained to Ad Week, the challenge is both geographic – to see how far they can get from Joburg – and personal: to see how far they can test and push themselves creatively.Cartell enjoys design, and Dirnberger loves to illustrate, so they combine these skills with their passion for photography on their blog – where they experiment with creative writing – and an Instagram account.It all started at the 2014 Design Indaba when they attended a talk by Stefan Sagmeister called “The Power of Time Off”. Cartell described Sagmeister’s presentation as life-changing.“In it he explained how he closes his New York design agency every seven years to take a creative sabbatical,” she said. “After hearing the talk, we both agreed it was time we turned ‘one day’ into something tangible.“We loved his idea that you should spread your retirement years throughout your lifetime, and after having been in the branding and advertising industry for nearly a decade, we figured it would be a good time to take our first creative sabbatical.”Their wander listGiving up their lives in South Africa was a long process. “Yes, even we procrastinated our dream,” Cartell confessed.They compiled their “wander list” – their version of a bucket list – and started to pool their savings and make small sacrifices to turn the dream into reality. “We stopped going out as much, and placed all disposable income into a separate account.”Dirnberger had already been diligently saving for five years, while Cartell started to save about 15% of her salary in 2014. Selling their furniture and appliances helped with extra cash.In their year of preparation they stayed motivated by reading extensively, including James Wallman’s Stuffocation and Miki Agrawal’s Do Cool Shit. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger visit Norway on their adventure. (Image: Supplied)And off they goIn March, the couple they boarded a plane to Salzburg. Their time in the old Austrian city was one of their strangest experiences, Cartell said, because they had to unlearn the hustle and bustle of Joburg.“We adapted to the odd feeling of being completely independent, and created a new seven-to-nine routine,” she explained. “Our time was filled exploring the town of Salzburg, taking classes on Skillshare and creating art.”Time to experiment and create art is one thing they love about their journey. They also enjoy exploring cities and new cultures. They have met new people, learned new skills and made new friends.They have stuck to their wander list, which currently highlights the European countries where they both have family.“We’ve explored most of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), some of central Europe (Austria, Germany), are currently in southern Europe (Greece, followed by Italy), and plan on heading south to Australia and Thailand later this year.”One-of-a-kind experiencesThe travelling couple have done things they would not and could not have done in Johannesburg. Highlights include going to the Arctic Circle and living with – and looking after – 70 huskies. An evening road trip in northern Europe was taken under the midnight sun.They summited the Untersberg in the Austrian Alps and cooked a 12-course meal with a top chef in Norway. Waking at 3am to take scenic drives along lakes in central Sweden, spotting fox cubs, reindeer and moose was another memory. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger travel through Sweden. (Image: Supplied)Some of the best food they have eaten is all 19 courses at Noma, the acclaimed two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.But they did not enjoy eating whale meat in Norway: it “was tasty, but we felt odd eating it”. Traditional fish butter in Salzburg was also less than desirable. But the Austrian beer Stiegel got the thumbs up.Pitfalls on the journeyWithout regular salaries, the budget has been a challenge. “We’ve already spent more than we intended to, so things will get interesting when we run dry,” Cartell said. But she was hopeful and positive because she reckoned creativity should help them solve any issues.Another problem was the language barrier – they did end getting a little lost. Ultimately, she said, it was about balance – “balancing the high highs of having all the freedom in the world, with the low lows of demotivation and occasional doubt”.South Africa’s lureThrough it all though, there are things about South Africa they miss – Dirnberger craves boerewors rolls and biltong while Cartell misses original rooibos tea.“We also get really excited when we hear the South African accent,” she added. “We recently crashed a wedding in Athens and were very happy to hear South Africans and South African music. Mandoza is a hit at Greek weddings, it seems.”The two plan to return to South Africa in February 2016 for a wedding and a meeting. “But besides those two commitments we have no plans. We quite like the unknown and have learnt to go with the flow, so only time will tell.”You can do it tooThey believe that humans were born to explore and create, and that money spent on travel should be seen as an investment in personal growth. “Experiences and memories are worth so much more than the ‘stuff’ we accumulate with money we make, and it’s not what our hard-earned money and time should be spent on,” she added. “No matter how, everyone should make a concerted effort to explore and create daily.”Taking the plunge is the toughest part and they advise that if you are brave enough to leave everything behind, it is best to enjoy the journey once you are on it. “There will be moments of struggle and doubt, but the important thing is to reflect constantly, reminding yourself why you went on the journey in the first place,” Cartell said.It was also important to learn something new and to get out of your safe and comfortable routine. “Talk to locals and give yourself creative briefs to complete.”Staying true to themselves has allowed Cartell and Dirnberger to travel 24 567km from home so far. “We have a final number in mind, but let’s see!”last_img read more

Strands Brings Recommendation Technology to Banking

first_imgStrands, the recommendation and lifestreaming service we’ve written about here before, announced a much anticipated deal this morning that will put it in the driver’s seat for financial recommendations served up to millions of online banking customers around the world. The company’s recommendation test-case in music is no longer all they will be known for around the world.Customers of Spanish bank BBVA will now be offered recommended products and services, individual and anonymized aggregate analytics and personalized goal setting and alert services, all based on their banking activities. BBVA sees more than 1.3 billion online transactions from 40 countries annually. Will their customers appreciate these services? We think they probably will. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What’s Interesting About This Deal?Using the Strands Social Recommender technology, BBVA will be able to offer intelligent observations and suggestions for personal finance. A demo of the product shows, for example, that users of the system might be given interesting statistics about the financial activities of people in a particular demographic group, then asked whether they belong to that group. It’s like having a private, personal, math-powered financial adviser available for your use on demand.With interfaces for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia phones – analytics and recommendations will also be available outside of the desktop web browser. This is the kind of heavyweight application to see coming from online recommendation services.Privacy ConcernsHow will bank customers feel about having their personal and financial details thrown into the collective pot for analysis of recommendations to other customers? We think it may take some getting used to, but that kind of information is undoubtedly being aggregated inside of banks already. The prospect of allowing users to benefit directly from their collective data is an appealing one.Will the recommendations offered all point crudely toward buying more services from the bank? Given the huge war chest that Strands commands and the caliber of hires they’ve made over the last year, we hope that the company’s banking recommendations and observations will prove truly useful and engaging for customers and not just for the bank’s bottom line.Only time will tell, but we’ve said for some time that in a world drowning in data – powerful recommendation technologies that help point towards personally meaningful information have huge potential. Financial services are the next frontier for these experimental technologies and we hope that Strands will disclose statistics in time demonstrating the impact their service had on the financial lives of users around Europe. Related Posts Disclosure: Strands is a RWW sponsor. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

JCPS board changing school start times

first_imgJefferson City students will have some changes to when they start the day next school year.The board of education voted Monday night to move start times to 7:45 a.m. for the elementary schools, 8:50 a.m. for the middle schools, and 8:40 a.m. for the high schools. Right now, it is a 7:50 start for high schoolers, 8:00 for middle schoolers, and various start times for elementary schools that are typically later than that.District leaders say the staggered start times will allow more flexibility for bus routes and will save on transportation costs.last_img

Partners Extend the Benefits of Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software

first_imgnRainStor Takes Complexity, Cost out of Big Data QueryingnI estimate that up to 90 percent of organizations that have deployed Hadoop clusters today are just using them as an ETL offload. In other words, they are using Hadoop to store big content, but haven’t gotten around to taking advantage of Hadoop’s benefits as an engine for big data analysis. That’s where RainStor comes in. RainStor helps organizations achieve business insights at lower costs than other data stores, and uses familiar query and BI tools to reduce the complexity of big data analytics.n nRainstor also offers data compression and de-duplication capabilities that can lower the storage footprint by as much as 20 to 40 times. These compression features not only reduce the hardware needs and costs of big data, they also speed up querying. Rainstor is a great example of how partners are building out the Intel Hadoop ecosystem with innovative technologies.  Learn more about Rainstor for Hadoop, and follow Tim and the growing #Intel #BigData Hadoop community at @TimIntel.nnn nHowever, the compute intensive processes of Hadoop require a combination of hardware and software optimizations and specialized analytics and visualization tools to deliver the insights, scale and ROI demanded of big data. In addition to server architectures and IDH, Intel provides a number of tools to help manage Hadoop, including Intel® Graphbuilder, which enables distributed graph analytics on top of Hadoop. However, Intel turns to its partners to help create a larger vendor ecosystem of optimized and co-engineered solutions and to build a more complete IDH computing environment.n nIDH helps organizations store and analyze big data by providing an open source data management platform with the hardware-level security, manageability and performance acceleration features of Intel® Xeon® processors. It also comes with technical support, training, and professional services from Intel. IDH is the distribution of choice for enterprises seeking to deploy open source Hadoop for processing big data at multi-petabyte scale.n nBut most IT admins don’t want to become query specialists or data scientists just to analyze their big data. Using RainStor, they can run real SQL queries on Hadoop stores, taking much of the complexity out of big data analysis. Rainstor is standards-based, and it uses specialized JDBC and ODBC drivers to peer into persistent Hadoop data. It can then run queries through the data using the familiar SQL environment—and DBAs don’t have to be stuck with HiveQL. To some that could be like telling a C++ developer that JavaScript coding requires no further training.ncenter_img nRainstor for Hadoop* is a big data infrastructure that runs natively on the Intel Distribution for Hadoop. It’s made to not just handle the velocity and growth of today’s data, but also tackle the changing nature of data itself—log files, web clickstreams, Twitter content, machine generated data, and more, all in great volume.n There’s more to the Intel® Distribution for Apache Hadoop* software (IDH) than meets the eye.n nIntel is building an entire partner ecosystem around IDH that extends optimized hardware, data storage and analytics support to help ensure that IT orgs get the value and intelligence they need out of big data.nlast_img read more