Mosquitoes — and diseases like Zika — flourish when economies tank

first_img Pools left unattended are a prime breeding ground for the mosquitoes that transmit Zika and other diseases. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Of course, slumping economies and empty pools aren’t the only factors favoring Zika. Funding still plays the most critical role in the fight against diseases of public health significance. The US government’s slow movement on Zika-specific funding likely hindered progress in the early fight against the disease in Puerto Rico, and with the economy in collapse, local funds have been strained.Not all outbreaks, of course, happen in economic downturns. The 2014 appearance in Florida of chikungunya, another infectious disease carried by mosquitoes, and the recent discovery of more areas of Miami with Zika-infected mosquitoes both occurred during a rebound in the housing market, which presumably included better-attended, cleaner pools.It’s hard to predict the pattern of transmission for infectious diseases. But we do know the conditions that help them spread. Economic downturns consistently signal changes in human activity and patterns — the abandonment of construction sites when the market slows down, an increase in homeless encampments near mosquito breeding sites, increases in migration, and more. These, in turn, can affect the transmission of infectious diseases not only because of cuts in public health funding but because of changing economic conditions which affect on-the-ground transmission of diseases. Related: Tags malariapublic healthZika Virus @tweetMCN By Amy K. Liebman Oct. 28, 2016 Reprints Amy K. Liebman What the world has learned about Zika — and what it still needs to know A further threat comes from climate change, which is lengthening the mosquito season and expanding breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Climate change’s new ecological patterns require us to double down on our efforts to more quickly respond to the inevitable economic shifts.While we can’t always anticipate how an economic slump will fuel infectious disease, we should ensure that we have robust health planning in place. Our lack of foresight is most obvious in that we seem to have ceased considering public health needs as ongoing, long-term, inevitable, and constantly shifting. In the US, we don’t have enough resources to be reactive, let alone proactive.In addition to improving our responses to public health emergencies, we must provide long-term funding to let public health authorities take into account the changing nature of human behavior in response to economic changes. The health of all of us depend on it.Amy K. Liebman is the director of environmental and occupational health for the Migrant Clinicians Network, a nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas.center_img Related: Such public health threats aren’t restricted to less developed nations. It happened in Florida during the Great Recession. Beginning in late 2007, hundreds of thousands of Floridians went into foreclosure after the subprime mortgage crisis, leaving thousands of stagnant abandoned backyard pools — perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In 2009, the Sunshine State saw a severe and surprising spike in cases of dengue, which went hand-in-hand with the housing crisis.Roughly 100,000 people have left Puerto Rico in the last year, many of them abandoning their homes. A University of California, Berkeley, professor has compared this shift to the Dust Bowl migrations of the 1930s. The island is losing roughly a doctor a day, straining the health care system. These shifts have helped the Zika virus gain a stronghold in Puerto Rico.advertisement About the Author Reprints First OpinionMosquitoes — and diseases like Zika — flourish when economies tank [email protected] Puerto Rico is being pummeled by Zika, with hundreds of cases of birth defects feared The news out of Puerto Rico is grim: Not only has the Zika virus infected nearly 25,000 people so far, including almost 1,700 pregnant women, but the US government has appointed a Financial Control Board to oversee the territory’s government spending as it tries to cope with a nosediving economy and crippling debt. With few job prospects, Puerto Ricans are leaving the island in droves, often abandoning their homes. A failing economy, empty homes, and the outbreak of Zika: The three are related.Serious public health challenges often flourish in struggling economies because the habits and movements of people change. Yet health authorities rarely treat migration as a marker of public health concern.Take, for example, Venezuela, where the travels of wildcatting gold miners has resulted in a resurgence of malaria after the country had been malaria-free for more than half a century. Urban Venezuelans — computer technicians, civil servants, and the like who had fallen on hard times due to inflation and a crashing economy — set off for the edge of the rainforest to pan for gold in massive muddy gold mines abandoned by the government. Mosquitoes that still harbor the malaria parasite breed in the stagnant water around the squatters’ camps, biting and infecting the miners. With the collapse of the Venezuelan economy, drugs for preventing and treating malaria are scarce. And as malaria-stricken wildcatters head home, they are spreading the disease, beaten down a generation ago, in major cities.advertisementlast_img read more

Colorado inmates reach a deal for access to hepatitis C drugs

first_imgPharmalot Colorado inmates reach a deal for access to hepatitis C drugs Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED APStock After more than a year of bickering, Colorado officials have settled a lawsuit with prisoners that accused the state of failing to provide sufficient access to hepatitis C treatments. And in doing so, Colorado may effectively become the first state in the U.S. to provide care to all chronically infected inmates.The deal is the second such settlement among several class-action lawsuits filed against state prison systems around the country over access to the pricey medicines. A lawsuit was settled earlier this year with Massachusetts officials, while others are pending in five other states — Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. [email protected] Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. By Ed Silverman Sept. 13, 2018 Reprintscenter_img What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More Ed Silverman What is it? Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalsSTAT+ @Pharmalot About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on June 10, 2021

first_imgStatement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on June 10, 2021 From: Public Health Agency of CanadaOn June 10, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.June 10, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of CanadaThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.As summer quickly approaches, several areas across the country are already experiencing increasing temperatures. Extended periods of extreme heat and humidity can take a toll on our well-being and put us at risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat rash, heat fainting and in the most severe cases death.Very hot weather can make pre-existing conditions and breathing problems worse. Those most at risk from the harmful effects of heat are seniors, infants and young children, some people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, people experiencing homelessness, those who live in poorly ventilated households, and people who work or are active outdoors. During extreme heat, be aware of the signs of heat-related illness and pay attention to how you and those around you are feeling. Check in on grandparents, neighbours, friends and community members at risk from extreme heat to make sure they are keeping cool.As people across Canada embrace the summer, it’s important to be prepared and take steps to stay healthy in the heat, while being mindful of COVID-19 precautions in place. High heat and humidity can make wearing a mask difficult. When outdoors, practice physical distancing whenever possible and reserve wearing a mask for use indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Staying hydrated, avoiding direct sun, wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing, taking a cool shower or bath, and avoiding strenuous activity outdoors are some of the ways to stay cool and healthy. Canada’s Weather app and your local news and public health websites are great resources for heat warnings and getting ideas for cooling off.As COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. At the same time, the Public Health Agency of Canada is providing Canadians with regular updates on COVID-19 vaccines administered, vaccination coverage and ongoing monitoring of vaccine safety across the country. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to reduce infection rates, while vaccination programs expand, including acceleration of second dose programs, to better protect people and communities across the country.Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 1,396,798 cases of COVID-19 and 25,843 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. They also tell us, together with results of serological studies, that a large majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. However, as vaccination programs expand at an accelerated pace, there is increasing optimism that widespread, stronger and longer lasting immunity can be achieved by fully vaccinating a high proportion of Canadians over the coming weeks and months.As immunity is still building up across the population, public health measures and individual precautions remain crucial for COVID-19 control. Thanks to measures in place in heavily affected areas, the strong and steady declines in disease trends continues. The latest national-level data show a continued downward trend in disease activity with an average of 1,646 cases reported daily during the latest 7 day period (June 3-9), down 33% compared to the week prior and down 81% compared to the peak of the third wave. Until vaccine coverage is sufficiently high to impact disease transmission more broadly in the community, we must sustain a high degree of caution to drive infection rates down to a low, manageable level, and not ease restrictions too soon or too quickly where infection rates are high.With the considerable decline in infection rates nationally, the overall number of people experiencing severe and critical illness is also steadily declining. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 1900 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (June 3-9), which is 22% fewer than last week. This includes, on average 817 people who were being treated in intensive care units (ICU), 21% fewer than last week. Likewise, the latest 7-day average of 31 deaths reported daily (June 3-9) is continuing to decline, showing a 13% decrease compared to the week prior.Overall, variants of concern (VOCs) represent the majority of recently reported COVID-19 cases across the country. Four VOCs (B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), and B.1.617, which includes B.1.617.2 (Delta)) have been detected in most provinces and territories, however, the Alpha variant continues to account for the majority of genetically sequenced variants in Canada. As Canada continues to monitor and assess genetic variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including impacts in the Canadian context, we know that vaccination, in combination with public health and individual measures, are working to reduce spread of COVID-19.As vaccine eligibility continues to expand, Canadians are encouraged to get vaccinated and support others to get vaccinated as soon as they are able. As well, with provinces and territories accelerating second dose programs, those who are eligible are urged to get fully vaccinated with a second dose of two dose series COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada. The second immune-boosting dose, substantially lowers our personal risk of infection and serious harms, provides stronger protection against certain variants of concern, including the Delta variant, and may make immunity last longer. Canadians are reminded that it is safe and effective to receive one vaccine product for your first dose and a different vaccine product for your second dose to complete your two-dose vaccine series for optimal protection from COVID-19.However, regardless of our vaccination status while COVID-19 is still circulating, it is important to remain vigilant, continue following local public health advice, and consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer, even as the positive impacts of COVID-19 vaccines are building: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, think about the risks and reduce non-essential activities and outings to a minimum, avoid all non-essential travel, and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing, hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a well-fitted and properly worn face mask as appropriate (including in shared spaces, indoors or outdoors, with people from outside of your immediate household).For more information regarding the risks and benefits of vaccination, I encourage Canadians to reach out to your local public health authorities, healthcare provider, or other trusted and credible sources, such as Canada.ca and Immunize.ca. Working together, Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health and other health professionals across the country are closely monitoring vaccine safety, effectiveness and optimal use to adapt approaches. As the science and situation evolves, we are committed to providing clear and evidence-informed guidance in order to keep everyone in Canada safe and healthy.Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Maserati puts an F1 spin on old tech to make 621 hp from a 3.0L engine

first_img Wow! Double-wow! A whopping 621 horsepower from only three litres!That’s more than two hundred horsepower per litre of displacement, a truly phantasmagorical figure considering that a) not a decade ago, 100 hp-per-litre was considered extraordinary; and b) the Nettuno is not (quite) a race engine.While you won’t see it on the track, it will, however, power the next generation of Maserati’s MC20 supercar, its 621 horses and 538 pound-feet of torque likely to generate Ferrari Pista-like performance. Speaking of Ferrari, the Nettuno powertrain is a radical departure for Maserati, as it is not some Maranello hand-me-down, but designed in the company’s own Innovation Lab in Modena. To get to that incredible power figure, the 90-degree V6 uses a Formula-1-inspired pre-combustion chamber. For those unfamiliar with what Formula 1 calls leading-edge technology, just go way back in automotive history to the ‘70s and look up the Honda Civics of the day.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The new Maserati-developed 3.0-litre ‘Nettuno’ V6  Maserati Trending Videos Cadillac CT4 uses innovative turbo tech to increase torqueIn their bid to get more power from less fuel, current F1 racers use Honda CVCC-like – and you truly are dating yourself if you remember that CVCC stood for “Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion” – technology that places a tiny pre-combustion chamber right above the main cylinder.Now the current form of the pre-chamber is much advanced, but the principle remains the same: the small pre-chamber gets fed a “rich” fuel mixture while the much larger main combustion chamber below is fed a “lean” mixture. The main spark plug fires the easily-lit fuel-heavy air in the pre-chamber and then the sends jets of burning gasses through some tiny, precisely located holes to light the leaner, more-reluctant-to-burn fuel in the main combustion chamber.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The new Maserati-developed 3.0-litre ‘Nettuno’ V6 advertisement Maserati We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSMaseratiLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” It must work a charm, because the Nettuno makes only 40 less horsepower than a Ferrari 488 despite having two fewer pistons and a whole litre less displacement. Even the Pista version of Maranello’s latest supercar – massaging 710 hp from 3.9 litres of V8 – fails to match the Maserati’s incredible specific output — 182 horsepower-per-litre for the top-of-the-line 488 versus the 207-hp-per-litre of Maserati’s Nettuno. Maserati claims this is the first road-going use of F1 ‘stratified’ combustion. Trending in Canada In the Maserati version of the high-tech combustion, this is done to achieve maximum power while minimizing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. To make this all work, the Nettuno combines “indirect” low-pressure fuel injection to feed the pre-chamber; and extremely high-pressure “direct” injection straight into the combustion chamber. Maserati also added a second “lateral” spark plug to further help fire that reluctant main combustion chamber. See More Videos Mercedes brings electric turbochargers from F1 to the street ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Two CU-Boulder Faculty Elected To National Academy Of Sciences

first_img Published: May 2, 2005 Two women faculty members from the University of Colorado at Boulder have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2005, bringing the total number of CU-Boulder professors selected for membership to 21. University of Colorado Museum Director and anthropology Professor Linda Cordell was elected to the NAS today along with Deborah Jin, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an associate adjoint professor in CU-Boulder’s physics department. Cordell and Jin were among 72 members and 18 foreign associates elected for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research in 2005. Last year, two CU-Boulder women faculty members also were elected to NAS — physics professor and JILA fellow Margaret Murnane and chemistry and biochemistry Professor Margaret Tolbert, also a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Cordell and Jin were the only Colorado scientists elected to NAS in 2005. Election to NAS, which has 1,976 active members, is considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist or engineer. NAS is dedicated to furthering science for the general welfare and was established in 1863 by Congress during President Abraham Lincoln’s tenure. “This is an outstanding honor, and I congratulate both Linda Cordell and Deborah Jin,” said CU-Boulder Interim Chancellor Phil DeStefano. “We have many outstanding faculty at CU-Boulder, both women and men, and we are extremely pleased whenever they are recognized for their scholarly efforts.” Cordell received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1972. She joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 1971 and became director of the CU Museum and a CU-Boulder professor of anthropology in 1994. Cordell’s research has focused primarily on the archaeology of Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest. She has studied agricultural and settlement strategies of ancestral Pueblos of New Mexico, including how large villages supported themselves during unpredictable precipitation cycles. Cordell has authored a number of books and scientific papers during her career. Jin received her doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago in 1995. She came to Boulder in 1997 as a NIST physicist and an assistant adjoint professor at CU-Boulder. In 2003, Jin and CU-Boulder researchers Markus Greiner and Cindy Regal coaxed atoms into the first “fermionic condensate,” a new form of matter that may help physicists unlock mysteries of high-temperature superconductivity. That same year Jin was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant,” for her research achievements. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu launches pulse polio campaign in state

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Add Comment Share Balbir SidhuNational Immunization Daypolio dropspulse polio campaign Punjab health minister Balbir Sidhu launches pulse polio campaign in state Over 33 lakh children below the age of five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day (NID) drive Comments (0) Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali recently.Over 33 lakh children below the age of five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day (NID) drive.The health minister said the country was already polio-free, however, the vaccination was a must to sustain polio eradication from the country.After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, Sidhu addressing a gathering on the occasion, said his government was making all efforts to protect children from diseases.He emphasised that all vaccines under the programme must reach each and every child of the state.During the current drive, more than 50,000 health workers, aanganwadi workers, nursing students and volunteers will visit houses, slums, brick kilns, railway stations, bus stands and other places to vaccinate children, Sidhu said.A total of 2,668 supervisors will carry out sudden checks to monitor the immunisation programme and to ensure that all children have received the vaccines, the health minister said.The last case of polio was reported in 2011 in West Bengal. Punjab has not seen a case of polio since 2009, he said. WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals By Press Trust of India on January 20, 2020 Related Posts Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine storylast_img read more

Ophthalmologists affected psychologically due to increased risk of close contact with patient’s eyes, face: Study

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on May 21, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News All India Ophthalmological SocietyAmritendu BhattacharyaAsha Latha MetlaCOVID-19Dr Pallab K MaulikDr Rohit C KhannaDr Santosh G HonavarGeorge Institute for Global Health IndiaLV Prasad Eye Institute in collaborationophthalmologistsPatient Health Questionnaire-9psychologically The study was conducted by LV Prasad Eye Institute in collaboration with All India Ophthalmological Society, George Institute for Global Health, India The results of an online study conducted by LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in collaboration with the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and The George Institute for Global Health, India to evaluate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis on trainees and practising ophthalmologists in India during lockdown demonstrated that a significantly high proportion of ophthalmologists were affected psychologically as they are at an increased risk of close contact with the patient’s eyes and face.The findings of this study are in consonance with studies done globally on health workers which have shown that the mental health impact of COVID-19 is very high and it needs to be addressed immediately.   COVID-19 outbreak has affected millions globally, both physically and mentally, causing psychological impact such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, denial, anger and fear. Psychological implications can be attributed to direct or indirect effects of the illness on livelihood and living conditions. Asymptomatic transmission of the disease causes fear and anxiety. In addition, lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and social discrimination increases the stress and anxiety levels among healthcare professionals.Stigmatisation of healthcare professionals during an epidemic is common. There is a need for personalised mental health care from psychologists and psychiatrists, especially for those with moderate / severe depression and /or suicidal / self-harm ideations. This study showed that even the health workers who are not in the forefront of COVID-19 care and at less risk of being affected are suffering mental health consequences due to multiple factors.  Dr Rohit C Khanna, Epidemiologist and Director – rural eyecare services, L V Prasad Eye Institute said, “The national and state ophthalmology societies, health administration, and the government should be cognisant of the need to support the mental health of all the healthcare workers, and not only those in the frontline of the management of COVID-19 infection.”Pointing out that mental health was a very challenging and unaddressed issue during COVID-19, Dr Pallab Maulik, Deputy Director, Director of Research, George Institute for Global Health, India, said, “What we see in this study among a group of ophthalmologists is just the tip of the iceberg. Healthcare workers including doctors and nurses in general and other frontline health workers are facing huge mental health challenges during this pandemic and the stigmatisation just adds to their woes.”The survey was completed by 2,355 ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists-in-training in the age group of 25-82 years. Depression was significantly higher in younger ophthalmologists. It was also higher in non-practicing ophthalmologists, as also those who were considerably worried about their training or professional growth, and those with difficulty in meeting living expenses.Overall, the results indicated that 765 (32.6 per cent) had some degree of depression; mild: 504 (21.4 per cent), moderate: 163 (6.9 per cent) and severe: 101 (4.3 per cent). Seventy-five (3.2 per cent) ophthalmologist had suicidal / self-harm ideations during more than half of the period over the last two weeks. This was much higher than the 10 per cent prevalence for common mental disorders reported from general population in India. The high level of depression could be due to a generalised pervading climate of uncertainty among the ophthalmologists, triggered by the limitations in training and job security; fear factor as COVID-19 can cause severe symptoms in a segment of infected individuals; limited knowledge and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE); lack of adequate care in hospitals; and a shortage of ventilators and intensive care unit beds if someone were to contract the disease. It could also arise out of a fear of carrying infection to the family members at home, including the elderly and sick. Finally, the entire situation has implications on the career in intermediate term, as the patient volume in most of the eye hospitals is expected to decrease significantly, thus impacting their financial sustainability and the quality of training.The survey was done using Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), a self-report measure used to assess the severity of depression over the prior two weeks. The survey was designed to understand the status of the mental health of ophthalmologists and possibly use the data to design policies and programmes and provide useful solutions. The research was conducted primarily by Dr Khanna, Dr Santosh G Honavar, Asha Latha Metla, Amritendu Bhattacharya, and Dr Pallab K Maulik. Comments (0) Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Ophthalmologists affected psychologically due to increased risk of close contact with patient’s eyes, face: Study WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Read Article Add Comment Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care applast_img read more

ICRI to provide free education to COVID-19-affected students

first_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals COVID-19 deathsfree medical education In the midst of the crisis, ICRI has pledged to provide unaffected and uninterrupted education at the graduation and post-graduation levelThe Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI) has announced complete education sponsorship for students who have unfortunately lost their parents to COVID-19. In the midst of the crisis, ICRI has pledged to provide unaffected and uninterrupted education at the graduation and post-graduation level.Speaking about the initiative, Kanishk Dugal, COO, ICRI, said, “Numerous young lives have been destroyed due to loss of both their parents in this pandemic. In these times of great stress, we, at ICRI, will step forward to help these children and not deprive them of their future. Our vision is to ensure that students who have lost out on education due to the death of their parents can avail free quality education.”Under this free education initiative, ICRI will shape the career of students through their industry-oriented programmes in clinical research, healthcare, psychology, aviation and logistics management. Students can get admission in any of ICRI’s campuses available at Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Bhopal, Mangalore, Bengaluru, Chennai, Puducherry, Thanjavur and Nasik.To avail the facility, students need to furnish the documents confirming the demise of their parents, a copy of Aadhar card, previous education certificates and character certificate from the passing school.The institution has called out NGOs, associations and government bodies to connect with it for providing data of such students.Universities and colleges of foreign affiliation can also join hands with ICRI to take this initiative beyond the boundaries. By EH News Bureau on May 18, 2021 COVID-19 Updates News Share Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” ICRI to provide free education to COVID-19-affected students Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services Comments (0)last_img read more

Working mothers: Trying to balance golf and kids

first_imgWhen Tiger Woods welcomed his first child, Sam, into the world almost 11 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of consternation over how being a father might affect his PGA Tour schedule that year. Or how it would impact his skills. Woods won four of his next seven starts that year, including the PGA Championship. When Phil Mickelson was preparing to welcome his first child, Amanda, into the world in 1999, it was big news, because there loomed the possibility he might pull out of the U.S. Open with a chance to win. He wore a beeper that weekend in Pinehurst, with a private plane ready for takeoff on quick notice, should his wife, Amy, go into labor. Amanda waited for her daddy. She was born the day after he finished second to Payne Stewart. Mickelson didn’t miss a major that year. LPGA star Gerina Piller announced the arrival of her first child Wednesday. She gave birth to Ajeo James Piller last week. Piller missed the ANA Inspiration last month, and she will miss the U.S. Women’s Open later this month. She will miss every major this year while on maternity leave. In fact, she expects to miss every event. Becoming a parent is life changing for PGA Tour pros, but it isn’t career altering, or career ending, the way it can be for LPGA pros. Lorena Ochoa left the tour at 28 while holding the Rolex world No. 1 ranking, announcing she wanted to start a family. Annika Sorenstam was still a force when she left the LPGA to start a family in 2008. She never played in another major. Yes, female tour pros can thrive as mothers at the highest level of the game, as Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster and Catriona Matthew have proven. They won majors after becoming mothers. Cristie Kerr has won five times around the world since becoming a mom. But they are exceptions to the rule. It’s tougher to compete as a mom. Tour history proves that. Matthew is the only player to win a major after becoming a mother over the last 15 years. Kerr is the only mother among LPGA pros in the top 50 in the Rolex world rankings, though Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are pregnant and expecting to join Piller in giving birth later this year. “It looks like we might be having a baby boom on tour,” said Karine Icher, who along with Kerr and Piller are the only other LPGA members among the top 100 in the world who are mothers. With Piller, Lewis and Pettersen among the biggest names in women’s golf, babies are the buzz on tour in a way they haven’t been in some time. “We’ve become a tour of teenagers,” Icher said. “It’s become so young on tour, but I think we’re going to see even more babies coming soon.” Morgan Pressel turns 30 later this month, and she told GolfChannel.com earlier this year that Piller’s pregnancy has her thinking. “It’s definitely something my husband and I are talking about a lot,” Pressel said. “It’s something we will pursue, hopefully soon. “I told Gerina, ‘Write down everything I’ll need to know.’ I told her to take notes.” Two-time major champion Brittany Lincicome will eventually want to see those notes. “I think once one of us gets it started, there’s going to be a ripple effect, with many kids coming at the same time,” Lincicome predicted last year. “One day I can see our kids together.” Juli Inkster with her daughters Cori (L) and Hayley (R) Inkster, 57, is the model for this next generation of moms. Hayley, Inkster’s first daughter, was born in 1990. Cori, her second, was born four years later. They aren’t that much younger than Piller, Pressel and Lincicome are today. In ‘93, the year the LPGA started its traveling daycare center, there were 30 moms on tour, with 47 children who visited the center at some point in the season. Today? “It’s usually only three children,” Icher said. “It’s just my daughter, Cristie Kerr’s son and Sydnee Michaels’ baby.” What can Piller, Lewis and Pettersen expect if they choose to keep playing the tour as moms? Inkster won 18 times after having children, four of them majors. She credits her husband, Brian, for making it work as a devoted father. They agreed never to be apart for more than two weeks in a row. They took their daughters on the road, but they also built a stable home for them in Los Altos, Calif. “They didn’t know that not every kid has a frequent-flier cards when they’re 3 years old,” Inkster once cracked. But the life isn’t as easy as the Inkster family made it look. THE TUG OF WAR Golf vs. motherhood. Patti Rizzo (pictured above) said it was a tug of war that tore her heart apart. Back in 1980, Rizzo lost to Inkster in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Rizzo would go on to win four LPGA titles, all before becoming a mom. As a mom on tour, she was miserable. “I thought it was super, super difficult trying to be both a player and mom,” said Rizzo, now the University of Miami women’s golf coach. “Juli was an exception, because I think it’s a rare situation where it really works. “There were about 50 moms on tour when I had my children out there, and I think 49 of them were tortured.” Rizzo’s husband traveled in his job, so she took a nanny on tour with her, to help with her young son and daughter. “I never played well after becoming a mom, but I wouldn’t trade it,” Rizzo said. “I loved being a mom, but it just got to a point where I really felt like I had to make a choice. Did I want to be a really good mom or a really good player? For me, there was only one option.” Rizzo remembers playing the Chick-fil-A Charity Classic in Atlanta in 1999, being on a cell phone 10 minutes before her tee time, trying to reach a pediatrician back in her South Florida home. She was desperately trying to help her nanny figure out why her 4-year-old son was breaking out in splotches all over his body. It turned out he was having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. The next week, Rizzo had her son and 2-year-old daughter fly out with the nanny to meet her at the Myrtle Beach Classic. Both children were sick by week’s end, when she packed up a car and they all headed south for the Titleholders Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. The ride was a nightmare. With her kids crying and fighting in the back seat, Rizzo was in tears when she intentionally blew past the Daytona Beach exit for LPGA International. She didn’t stop until she was back home in Weston, Fla. “When kids are young, they are sick a lot,” Rizzo said. Rizzo remembers the guilt leaving them sick with the nanny to go play golf. “I wondered, ‘What kind of mother am I?’” she said. Not long after driving past that Daytona Beach exit, Rizzo retired. She was a single mom by then, making tour life even harder. “I think even if I had more support, I still would have felt guilty, trying to be a player and a mom,” she said. “It bothered me every time I left home, or I left my kids at day care on tour. I felt like I was abandoning them. “I loved my children, and I loved being their mom, but I needed a nanny to play golf. I had the fear that mothers have, that their children are going to love their nanny more than they love them.” Rizzo’s son, Seve, is graduating from the University of Miami this month. Her daughter, Gabriela, is set to graduate from there next year. “It all turned out pretty good,” Rizzo said, “and I have no regrets.” Karine Icher and her husband/caddie, Fred Bonnargent TO JUGGLE? OR NOT TO JUGGLE? Karine Icher is coming to a crossroads. At 39, the Frenchwoman still loves to play, but her 6-year-old daughter, Lola, is in first grade now. Lola has been traveling with her mother since she was a baby. Icher has a family routine that works. Her husband, Fred Bonnargent, is also her caddie. It makes juggling motherhood and golf easier for Icher, but by no means easy. The crossroads is knowing it’s time for Lola to have a more consistent home life, at a school she isn’t constantly being tugged out of with a pile of schoolwork to do on the road. “She’s going to need a more normal life soon, to be around friends and other kids,” Icher said. That means Icher may soon be looking for a new caddie, so her husband can stay home in Orlando to parent Lola when she goes off to play the tour. Emotionally, that won’t be easy, but it will make tour life less complicated. When Icher hits the road now, it’s like she’s in a traveling circus. Each event requires a major setup upon arrival, and a major breakdown before departure. The family rents mini-vans, which were stacked full when Lola was a baby, with a stroller, playpen, car seat, toys and other child accessories. “We took Lola to five or six events on the Asian swing when she was a baby,” Icher said. “I packed a big suitcase full of just diapers, 300 of them. I wasn’t sure what kind of diapers I could find in China and Japan or if we would be staying near a supermarket.” Every trip comes with its challenges. “When Lola was a baby, it could be a nightmare,” Icher said. “It’s not easy getting a baby into any sleep routine. When you add jet lag to that, it’s even more complicated. “As a player, you need some sleep, but so does the caddie. We decided my sleep was more important, so we would get two rooms, and my husband would sleep with Lola. The first two years, getting rest was difficult.” Icher is a five-time Ladies European Tour winner looking for her first LPGA title. She’s a four-time European Solheim Cup veteran. While she loves being a mom, it comes with a price as a competitor. “When you become a mom, you experience a different life on tour,” Icher said. “It’s not just about you. You can’t just do what you want. You can’t just leave to go work out whenever you want, to practice or get a massage. And then when you are out practicing, you’re thinking, ‘I want to be with my daughter.’ “And if you’re having a bad day in a tournament, it’s really bad. You’re thinking, ‘What am I doing out here?’” Icher says it’s more difficult to be a great player with all the sacrifices it requires to be a mother, but being a mom is worth it. A MOM IN FULL “BLUM” Amanda Blumenherst (pictured above) fully intended to return to the LPGA after giving birth to her first child, Will.  The former U.S. Women’s Amateur champ from Duke thought she was just hitting the pause button when she went on maternity leave four years ago. But when it was time to return … “My heart just wasn’t into competing anymore,” Blumenherst said. “To play at that level, to go to a tournament to win, your head has to be completely in the game. You have to want to be there.” Her head was all into being the best mom she could be. Three days before Blumenherst was set to return to the tour at the Founders Cup, she withdrew. She couldn’t bear the idea of what she would be giving up to play the tour. “I feel guilty even leaving my son with my mom, who’s a perfect grandmom,” Blumenherst said. “I don’t think anyone understands how much time children take until they have one. It’s a full-time commitment. It’s also exhausting.” Blumenherst, 31, said giving up the tour wasn’t easy. “It’s hard to step away, after spending your childhood preparing to play the LPGA, having visions of winning and playing Solheim Cups, preparing for that for so many years,” Blumenherst said. “But once I made the decision, I was really at peace with it.” Blumenherst acknowledges it would have been a more difficult decision if she were one of the tour’s stars. “I will say, I wasn’t playing particularly great,” Blumenherst said. “It would be a lot more difficult decision for a great player, for somebody who feels like she is at the peak of her career.” Blumenherst and her husband, Nate Freiman, the former Oakland A’s first baseman, had a second son, Charlie, 16 months ago. “Ultimately, when you reach a certain stage in your life, you have to decide what your priority is going to be,” Blumenherst said. “For me, it was being a mom. “I appreciate women who love their careers. I know moms who work full time and say they are better moms because of it. I think that’s a superhuman feat, balancing both. I don’t know if I could do it.” With a baby boom possibly on the way to the LPGA, a lot of pros may soon be asking themselves if they can do both.last_img read more

Suspected car bomb attack on Derry courthouse

first_img Previous articleDonegal Sports Star Awards Special Guest Ruby Walsh speaks about his career and life as a jockeyNext articleTyrone are 2019 BOI Dr. McKenna Cup Champions News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Suspected car bomb attack on Derry courthouse Google+ Pic – PSNI Twitter account By News Highland – January 19, 2019 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter There’s been widespread condemnation of a suspected car bomb attack close to the Derry courthouse on Bishop Street tonight. Police were in the process of evacuating nearby buildings when the device went off.No injuries have been reported, the area remains sealed off.Foyle MP Elisha Mc Callion said“This incident has shocked the local community.“In particular, there are many elderly residents who live in the area who have been alarmed by this incident.“Thankfully no one appears to have been injured in this incident.“Derry is a city moving forward and no one wants this type of incident. It is not representative of the city.“I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to bring it to the police.” Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more