FLU NEWS SCAN: Pandemrix and narcolepsy, H1N1 border screening, H5N1 seroprevalence

first_imgApr 19, 2012Ireland reports Pandemrix links to narcolepsy in kids, teensIrish children and teens receiving the Pandemrix 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) vaccine had a statistically significant 13-times-greater risk of developing narcolepsy than did children not receiving the vaccine, according to a report from the country’s health department today. Investigators found 32 cases reported from April 2009 that met the case definition of narcolepsy, 28 of which were in 5- to 19-year-olds. They established a narcolepsy incidence of 5.8 (95% confidence interval [CI], 3.5-9.0) per 100,000 person-years in vaccinated versus 0.5 (95% CI, 0.2%-1.0%) per 100,000 person-years in unvaccinated patients, which translated into a “highly statistically significant” 13-fold increased risk (95% CI, 4.8-34.7). Dr Darina O’Flanagan, director of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, said in an Irish Department of Health (DOH) press release today, “International experts agree that a number of factors are likely to have contributed to the increased risk of developing narcolepsy and further research is required to understand the exact causative mechanism.” The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) added in its own release that the report’s “powerful epidemiological association” is similar to those reported by Finland and Sweden. Last summer European regulators restricted the use of Pandemrix in children and young adults under 20 years old.Apr 19 Irish DOH press releaseApr 19 ECDC news releaseFull DOH reportJul 21, 2011 CIDRAP News story “EMA narcolepsy review restricts Pandemrix use in kids, teensChinese study finds H1N1 border screening ineffectiveBorder entry screening was unlikely to have delayed the spread of pH1N1 flu into China by more than 4 days, researchers reported yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Chinese and UK scientists analyzed data from multiple surveillance systems and clinical investigations to determine transmission patterns of pH1N1 in China from May through November 2009 and assess whether entry screening and holiday school closures affected transmission. They found that school closures for 8 days of national holidays in October reduced the effective reproduction number by 37% (95% confidence interval, 28%-45%). They also found that border entry screening detected at most 37% of pH1N1 cases in international travelers, with 89% of them identified as having fever at the time of entry into the country. The authors said their data parallel European and US results, and they conclude, “Border entry screening during the influenza pandemic delayed spread in China by a few days, at most.”Apr 18 Emerg Infect Dis study Study finds H5N1 antibodies in 2.6% of Chinese poultry workersA study of blood samples from 306 poultry workers in a Chinese province that has had H5N1 avian flu outbreaks and two human cases found that 8 workers (2.6%) had serologic evidence of H5N1 infection. Reporting yesterday in BMC Infectious Diseases, Chinese investigators said they examined samples from three counties in Jiangsu province and used a hemagglutinin inhibition assay titer of 1:160 as a measure of seropositivity. They found the rate of seropositive samples varied from 0 to 5.4% among the three counties but did not specify individual titers or history of exposure to H5N1 viruses. They also reported that, of the two strains used in testing, no samples were positive for a 2010 H5N1 strain; all positive samples were for a 2005 H1N1 strain. The authors conclude, “Our findings suggest that avian-to-human transmission of influenza H5N1 virus remains low in China.”Apr 18 BMC Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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Welcome to the leisure domes

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HB Reavis secures Waterloo site for 945,000 sq ft scheme

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NoFo Garden To Honor Essential Workers

first_imgMattituck Girl Scout Troop 865 is going for bronze, and the girls are doing it with butterflies. The idea is to create a garden at Veterans Park, “and we want to grow it into an honorary garden to honor COVID-19 essential workers, our community heroes, for their efforts in the pandemic of 2020,” said Troop Leader Bethany Siar. The Mattituck Park District board of commissioners has already given the go-ahead. “We look forward to seeing the community come together individually with plants to create a beautiful garden in this troublesome time,” said Siar, who co-leads the girls with Trisha Zlatniski. The troop — most likely along with some members of Boy Scout Pack 39 — will plant flowers and herbs that attract butterflies, which don’t get as much attention as bees, but also serve as pollinators for many medicinal plants and flora. Siar said the troop will be creating a wish list at Trimble’s in Cutchogue, but is happy to get help from any other nursery that may be willing to pitch in, along with anyone who may want to donate statuary, benches, bird baths, and more. “We will be planting only native plants, such as seaside goldenrod, fall-blooming asters for the seashore birds, and then butterfly bushes and more to come after I hear from Trimble’s,” Siar said. “This will continue post-pandemic, since I work at the Mattituck Park District and our troop meets there. We will come there individually — and the community is welcome to as well — to plant, but I told the troop if they run into anyone else there, it isn’t playtime, they have to social distance and plant apart from each other.” Donations can be purchased anywhere, but Trimble’s will be keeping a list of what the troop needs. “The girls had planned on the butterfly garden for their Bronze Award in February,” Siar said, adding the troop also put in for approval with Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. “Then, over the past month, we have been emailing and still earning patches — that I mail to them — for things like virtual museum tours and park cleanups.” “We were making signs for the community heroes to bring over to the testing center when we started coming up with the idea to grow it into a community heroes garden,” Siar said, “where everyone could participate and it would be a nice dedication.” Those who want to donate or help can contact Siar at nofogs865@yahoo.com or by calling 631-848-8858.bridget@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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VIDEO: Deepwater Wind Conducts Demersal Fish Survey

first_imgDeepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer, is conducting a study of marine life on the seafloor off Block Island that is paving the way for future harvesting of not only the fish but also of clean wind energy.As the company is planning to develop similar projects to the Block Island offshore wind farm, its first project, in the waters off the east coast, “it was important for us to establish strong relationships right up front with commercial fishermen,” said Deepwater Wind’s CEO Jeff Grybowski.Deepwater Wind’s study team, membered by commercial fishermen, Coastal Vision, Sea Plan and Roger Williams University, agreed to do data collection and fish surveys, prior to construction, during the construction and after the construction.The company expects to start the construction of its first project, comprising five wind turbines located offshore Block Island, in 2015 and have it fully operational in 2016.It already secured two permits for the project and it expects to receive remaining permits from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the end of this spring.Offshore WIND staff, May 23, 2014; Image: dwwindlast_img read more

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Our obscene failure

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Operational risks on power station projects

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Global Cargo Line gets cotton picking

first_img“It was a really challenging operation because of the time frame we were given,” explained Had El Badawi, development manager of Global Cargo Line. “The cargo had to arrive at its destination in less than 50 days before the cotton harvesting season started, otherwise huge losses would have occurred.”Some tyres were removed from the machines to minimise their size, and some other parts were dismantled, which meant that the machines had to be reassembled on arrival.Despite inclement weather and lack of vessel space Global Cargo Line loaded all of the units on time and delivered the cargo prior to the deadline.Global Cargo Line joined the Project Cargo Network (PCN) in July 2012.  www.GCLine.netwww.projectcargonetwork.comlast_img read more

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Overcome your past hurt to improve future

first_imgI’m 56 years old, have been married for 33 years and have five children, the eldest being 37. My problem is my husband does not support me financially. He has his own business. This has been going on for five years now and he doesn’t want to discuss it. We live in my mother’s house and he didn’t even want to contribute towards the bills. He moved out June 1 and I haven’t spoken to him since. I am emotionally stressed out. I’m very unhappy. I have been trying to make things work. I really need to speak to someone. There is so much going on in my life. Please help.I am really sorry to hear that you have been having such a difficult time in your marriage which you seem to have been committed to for a significant period. It seems with all that you have shared that your husband is a very selfish and uncommitted man. People like this rarely change their ways and if they gain any success in life, they will ensure that only they benefit and nobody else. Now that he has moved out and not spoken to you since, it is a clear indication that he is not interested in your marriage any longer. As sad and difficult as this may be for you to accept, you have to make a decision for yourself to stop waiting for him and to explore your other options, including divorce. It is imperative for you to be able to move on. I understand that doing this at your age will not be easy, but to stay stuck in a situation which is clearly untenable and not working, will just create more emotional turmoil and stress for you in the long run. I would suggest that perhaps you should start exploring your rights in terms of a divorced wife and focus on what you have, for example, your children and the rest of your support system at home. Seek legal advice at a marriage or family court. Once you feel more supported in terms of your legal rights in this matter, I would suggest that you take up some work, even if it is part-time, so that you can start to feel some sense of financial independence again. It is unfortunate that we still live in a very patriarchal society where women’s rights in marriage in particular, are often undermined or not given the status and value they deserve. Now you have to do this for yourself. Set yourself free and start to let go of the hope that you can make him change or “trying to work things out”, he clearly is not interested and will only mess you around again as soon as he has a chance. Move on with your life as challenging as it may be. You deserve better. Do this for yourself and for your children, they are still looking to you as their role model irrespective of their age.I read your article on relationships and reading it made me realise that I am in need of help (“Focusing on yourself can save your relationship”, July 27). People have told me that I am difficult, selfish and controlling. Your column made me feel like I was reading about myself and it was shocking. I always thought of myself as a confident person who loved herself too much and thought she was more special than anyone else. How could I not. I grew up without a father and my mom was there but I didn’t have that much of a relationship with her. I was raised by my grandparents and consider them my parents. When I was eight, my mother got married and soon started her own family. I was just left behind to fend for myself. When I was in Grade 11 she came to fetch me because her husband forced her too, since he thought I needed a better education. That is how I moved from Mpumalanga to Cape Town. In all that I treated her with respect and loved her, yet I don’t remember her showing me love and affection. I met the love of my life and we have the most beautiful five-year-old son and they are the most important people in my life but I’ve treated this amazing man like crap and I don’t know how to fix it. I am scared our son will grow up without a father because of all the problems I am causing. I love him so much but I am a mess and I don’t know how to fix myself or communicate or show my love. You seem to be an intelligent woman who has risen from very difficult circumstances and overcame them, outwardly. That you are willing to admit your ways of treating people in a manner that causes you to hurt them, is already a significant step in the right direction. You did not have positive role models for relationships and your parents failed to be consistently available and loving towards you. That you built up psychological defences to protect yourself is completely understandable. You were hurt, rejected, abandoned and felt mostly unloved. We all respond to these experiences by self-preservation to prevent further hurt. These defence mechanisms may include building an over-valued sense of self, a false self, which makes one seemingly function at an optimal level in the world and ensures control in what seems to be, a very unpredictable environment. However, as we grow and become adults, these defences, on an unconscious level, continue to play out in our relationships. They do not only wall us in and protect us from further hurt but also repeat what parents did and reject, abuse or hurt those whom we have chosen to love, but who, to the hurt person, may seem to be potentially able to cause the woundedness experienced as a child. The psychological term for this is called transference. We transfer, the good and the bad, but usually more the bad, that we experienced in the past onto significant others and treat them as if they were our parents, projecting our anger, hatred or fear onto this new person in our lives, mostly unconsciously. Working through your past will take time but with willingness to heal it can move your growth on exponentially and unburden you from the shackles of the past. I would suggest you contact and start processing your inner experiences with a trained psychotherapist or clinical psychologist in your area, which is easy to “Google”. Also, read relevant books on these issues such as the ones by Harville Hendrix called Getting the love you want and Keeping the love you find. * This column appears every two weeks. Carin-Lee Masters is a clinical psychologist in private practice. While she cannot enter into correspondence with individual readers, she will try to answer as many queries as possible through this column or refer you to organisations that can assist. You can write to her at helpmecarin@inl.co.za or send a WhatsApp message or SMS to 082 264 7774. Provide sufficient information about your difficulty.last_img read more

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Green bottles keep falling

first_imgEUROPE: The May issue of Railway Gazette International reported suggestions that open-access operators in the European rail freight sector might not withstand the chill winds of the economic downturn, and commented that some had already been bought out by state-backed incumbent operators.The logic is unassailable. Free from costly regulations and inherited union agreements, for example, companies such as TX Logistik (Trenitalia) or Euro Cargo Rail (DB Schenker) provide valuable Trojan horses for their owners to break into other markets in a cost-effective way.Now it looks as if another pioneer is about to fall. Rumours had been circulating that Veolia Cargo might be for sale, particularly after parent Veolia Environnement announced that it was looking to sell non-core businesses to reduce its debt by €3bn over the next three years. And on May 11 Veolia confirmed that its rail freight operations were indeed being considered for possible disposal. As operator of the first private freight train in France, Veolia Cargo is now the third biggest player in this market after Fret SNCF and ECR. It is also active in the Benelux countries and Italy, but its main centre of activity is Germany, where the business was strengthened through the acquisition of rail4chem in February 2008. With 1 260 staff and 200 locos, Veolia Cargo handled 4·5 billion tonne-km in 2008, generating a turnover of €188m. The company had been looking to develop a joint venture with French shipping giant CMA CGM for maritime container traffic, but this was called off by CMA in March. The big question is who might buy, particularly in the current climate. One early suggestion was that Deutsche Bahn might like to remove one of its competitors, but DB has discounted the idea. The head of SNCF’s Transport & Logistics business Pierre Blayeau confirmed on May 12 that Fret SNCF – which wants to expand its international reach – was indeed considering the possibility, were Veolia Cargo to be put up for sale. The latest suitor to break cover is Italy’s FS group. On May 18 Chief Executive Mauro Moretti confirmed that he was definitely interested. ‘We will participate to win and not lose’, he said, pointing out that FS had identified France as a target market ‘as part of a strong policy of internationalisation’. As we reported last month, Trenitalia is already bidding for paths in France ready for the liberalisation of international passenger services.last_img read more

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