Judge Menendez, Kynes recognized by Hillsborough Bar

first_img THIRTEENTH CIRCUIT CHIEF JUDGE MANUEL MENENDEZ, JR., left, and Hillsborough County Bar Executive Director John Kynes, right, hold the James M. “Red” McEwen Memorial Awards given to them by the association’s immediate past president, Pedro Bajo, Jr. The awards commemorate Menendez’s and Kynes’ assistance and support during Bajo’s term as president. September 1, 2012 Regular News Judge Menendez, Kynes recognized by Hillsborough Barlast_img read more


Conformity Starts Young

first_imgScientific American:Nobody likes a show-off. So someone with a singular skill will often hide that fact to fit in with a group. A recent study reported for the first time that this behavior begins as early as two years old.In the study, led by a team at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and published in Psychological Science, two-year-old children, chimpanzees and orangutans dropped a ball into a box divided into three sections, one of which consistently resulted in a reward (chocolate for the children; a peanut for the apes). After the participants figured out how to get the treat on the first try, they watched as untrained peers did the same activity but without any reward. Then the roles were flipped, and the participants took another turn while being watched by the others. More than half the time the children mimicked their novice peers and dropped the ball into the sections that did not produce chocolate. The apes, on the other hand, stuck to their prizewinning behaviors. The children did not simply forget the right answer—if no one watched them, they were far less likely to abandon the winning choice.Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more


Pula is more connected by air than ever

first_imgLast week, Pula Airport announced that it has established an airline throughout the year with Split and Osijek, and on the first day of the New Year 2017, Pula is expanding its network and availability and is more connected than ever before.Namely, Pula Airport has established new direct flights with Bristol, Berlin, Munich and Warsaw.Thus, the British airline EasyJet will introduce direct flights from Pula to Bristol and Berlin. In total, this is the fifth destination of Easyjet, after the introduction of London Gatwick, Paris CDG, and Hamburg. Flights to Berlin start on June 27.06 and last until September 02.09.2017, 27.05, and will take place for three weeks on Tuesdays, Fridays and on Saturdays, while flights to Bristol start on 30.09.2017 and last until XNUMX, and will take place on Saturdays.Eurowings introduces a three-week flight to MunichAfter Lufthansa and the German airline Eurowings, it will open regular direct flights from Munich to Pula from May 02 to October 27, 2017, with three weeks of flights, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with an Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 174 passengers.The Polish national carrier introduces the line Pula – WarsawPula will also finally be connected with Poland and Warsaw. The Polish national airline LOT Polish Airlines will open regular flights to Pula from May 14 to October 15, 2017, with two weeks of flights, Saturdays and Sundays, with the Dash8 Q400 aircraft.last_img read more


Half of parents concerned about vaccine side effects

first_imgMar 1, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – About half of the parents responding to a national survey say they are concerned about adverse effects of vaccines, and one in four believe some vaccines cause autism, according to a paper published today by the journal Pediatrics. But at the same time, 90% of the same parents agreed that receiving vaccines is a good way to prevent diseases in their children, and 88% said they follow doctors’ recommendations of which vaccines to get.The survey of 1,552 parents by University of Michigan researchers in medicine and public policy was conducted in January 2009, before the H1N1 epidemic, and also before the withdrawal of the 1998 Lancet article that incorrectly found a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.”We were pleasantly reassured that 90% of all parents believe vaccines are a good contribution to the health of their children,” lead author Gary Freed, MD said in an interview. Freed is director of the Child Health Evaluation and Research unit at University of Michigan Medical School. “But it’s sobering that one in four believe that vaccines can cause autism in otherwise healthy children.”The survey results demonstrate that parents’ questioning of vaccines varies by gender, ethnicity, and also by which vaccine is under discussion. Women were more likely than men to be concerned about serious adverse events and also to believe that vaccines cause autism. Hispanic parents were more likely than whites or blacks to accept the vaccines-autism claim.Overall, 11.5% of parents said they had refused at least one vaccine recommended by their doctor. The most commonly refused vaccine was for human papillomavirus (HPV), followed by varicella (chickenpox), the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, and MMR. But they were not all refused for the same reason.The most common reasons why HPV was refused, for instance, was because parents believed the vaccine had not been thoroughly researched (78%) and had not been on the market long enough (75%). For the meningococcal vaccine, however, the lead reason was that parents believed the risk of adverse events to be too high (72%); and for varicella, that parents would rather the child caught the disease and acquired immunity via the infection (78%). Half of parents (51%) also objected to HPV vaccine for “moral or ethical concerns.”That different vaccines were distrusted for different reasons may paradoxically be good news, the authors said, because it shows that opposition to vaccination is not monolithic. Rather, it demonstrates that parents have specific concerns that public health messages could be tailored to.Distrust of the degree to which vaccines are tested was a theme in the study: Only 51% of parents agreed that “new vaccines are recommended only if they are as safe as older vaccines.””I think it is important for health professionals to say to parents how thoroughly vaccines are tested before they are ever put on the market,” Freed said. “I think parents are unaware of how extensive that testing really is, and that may help to alleviate some of their fears.”Freed GL, Clark SJ, Butchart AT, et al. Parental vaccine safety concerns in 2009. Pediatrics 2010 (published online Mar 1) [Abstract]last_img read more


News Scan for Jun 20, 2016

first_imgYellow fever declared epidemic in parts of DRC; 1,000 cases suspectedYellow fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been declared an epidemic in three provinces as officials report 1,000 suspected cases, Reuters reported today.Confirmed cases have risen to 67, up from 61 reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Jun 17. Health Minister Felix Kabange, MD, said 7 of the confirmed cases were locally acquired, while 58 were imported from Angola, where the outbreak began, and 2 cases came from remote forested areas not linked to the current outbreak.Five people have died from the disease, Kabange said. “I declare today a localized epidemic of yellow fever in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kongo Central, and Kwango,” he added.Kinshasa is of special concern, because it is home to 12 million densely packed people and has poor health infrastructure, the story noted.The global stockpile of yellow fever vaccines has already been depleted twice this year in response to the outbreak and now stands at 6 million doses after 18 million have been administered, the report said. The WHO late last week approved fractional vaccine dosing to stretch the supply.Jun 20 Reuters storyJun 17 CIDRAP News story on fractional dosing Human cases of plague, tularemia reported in New Mexico, ColoradoA teenage boy from Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, is the first person in the United States to be diagnosed as having plague this year, while an urban gardener in Colorado’s Front Range was diagnosed as having tularemia. Plague, which is carried by rodents and other animals and usually transmitted to humans through flea bites, is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Plague can also be passed to humans through contact with infected animals, including household pets. The disease causes fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes, and requires early treatment with antibiotics.Paul Ettestad, DVM, the public health veterinarian for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDH) said sick or dead rodents and rabbits are being reported throughout the state, according to a Jun 17 NMDH statement. He urged citizens to avoid rodents and report any sick pets to local health departments. Last year New Mexico reported five cases of human plague and one death.A patient in Larimer County, Colorado, presented with a lung infection and was later diagnosed as having tularemia this weekend, the county’s Department of Health & Environment said in a Jun 17 news release. Tularemia, caused by the Francisella tularensis bacterium, is usually passed to humans though animal bites. Rabbits and rodents are the most common carriers, but any warm-blooded animal is susceptible to infection. The bacteria can also live in water and soil contaminated with an infected animal’s urine or feces. Health officials suspect the patient was exposed after inhaling infected soil while gardening in his urban subdivision. Gardeners, landscapers, and agricultural workers along Colorado’s Front Range are advised to wear gloves and dust masks when working outdoors, wash their hands frequently, and avoid touching dead animals with their bare hands.This is the first case of human tularemia in Larimer County this year. Last year the county reported nine cases, according to its Web site.Symptoms of infection include fever, chest pain, fatigue, and skin ulcers (in the case of an animal bite.) Tularemia can be fatal if it’s not treated with antibiotics. Jun 17 NMDH statement Jun 17 Larimer County press release Related CIDRAP overviews of plague and tularemia Study: Capsule-conjugate anthrax vaccine protects macaquesA capsule-conjugate anthrax vaccine provides full protection to rhesus macaques at two doses of 50 micrograms (mcg), according to a Jun 18 study in Vaccine.Currently licensed anthrax vaccines use a single protective antigen, which may promote more limited immune response. A team led by the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases developed a capsule-conjugate vaccine, which couples a Bacillus anthracis polyglutamic acid capsule to a Neisseria meningitidis serotype B outer membrane protein complex (OMPC). The capsule-OMPC vaccine has previously demonstrated partial protection in macaques at two 2.5-mcg doses, the authors said.Four of five macaques vaccinated with two doses of 10 mcg capsule conjugated to 125 mcg OMPC administered 28 days apart survived an inhalational anthrax challenge, with an average anti-capsule immunoglobulin (IgG) concentration of 481 mcg per milliliter (mcg/mL) and mean opsono-adherence titers of 4,189. Though one macaque died following anthrax exposure, the authors said that 10 mcg of the capsule-conjugate vaccine promoted the maximum antibody response.All five macaques who received two doses of 50-mcg capsules coupled to 625-mcg OMPC on the same schedule survived the challenge, with an average IgG concentration of 412 mcg/mL and mean titers of 2,315. Vaccination with an unconjugated capsule or OMPC alone failed to provide protection, the authors said.Rabbits who received two doses of the 50-mcg conjugate vaccine had IgG concentrations comparable to the macaques but lower titers and failed to survive the challenge. Because the capsule-OMPC vaccine appears to protect primates with a dose-ranging effect, next steps likely include selecting an appropriate adjuvant and considering the capsule conjugate for incorporation in future anthrax vaccines, the authors said.Jun 18 Vaccine study Study: More than 100 AFM cases detected in 2014 enterovirus outbreakSurveillance systems detected 120 pediatric cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) from 34 states during a national outbreak of enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) in 2014, according to a Jun 17 study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.Though surveillance for AFM is not conducted routinely, a team led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented cases from Aug 1 to Dec 31, 2014. The median age of children with AFM during the 5 months was 7.1 years. More than half (64, or 56%) had both respiratory and febrile illness prior to AFM onset and limb weakness, 28 (25%) had only respiratory symptoms, and 10 (9%) had only fever, the authors said.The median time between illness onset and AFM was 5 days, the authors said. Imaging most commonly showed lesions in the cervical (103 cases, or 87%) and/or thoracic (80, or 80%) spinal cord, and most children (81%) had an increased white blood cell count in cerebrospinal fluid. A significant percentage of patients (81%) had decreased or absent deep-tendon reflexes, and 51% experienced pain, the authors said.Though all but one child was hospitalized, no deaths occurred. A fifth (20%) of patients required mechanical ventilation due to neuromuscular respiratory failure, and 43% experienced weakness in both upper and lower limbs. Only three patients fully recovered limb strength; 38 children (68%) had some functional impairment 4 months after treatment, and 8 (14%) were completely dependent on caregivers, the authors said.EV-D68 was detected in 11 respiratory specimens, and 12 other specimens were positive for other enteroviruses or rhinoviruses. All stool and/or rectal samples were negative for poliovirus, the authors said.Because AFM surveillance is non-routine, the presence of viral pathogens was inconsistent across cases, and long intervals occurred between specimen collection and testing. The researchers said those factors make it difficult to determine potential viral causes of AFM and whether the 2014 cases represent an increase in national incidence. Jun 17 Clin Infect Dis studylast_img read more


News Scan for Jan 26, 2017

first_imgH7N9 sickens 2 more in ChinaWith H7N9 cases in China in January already outpacing December’s sudden and steep rise, China reported at least two more cases today, according to the latest official reports.Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) today acknowledged two cases reported from Hubei province yesterday, a 65 year-old man and a 78 year-old woman from two different cities, both in critical condition.Also, the CHP reported a new case from Shandong province, involving a 59 year-old man. The second new case-patient is a 67 year-old man from Hunan province who is in critical condition after having contact with poultry, according to a report today from China’s state news agency Xinhua, which cited Hunan province’s health department.Jan 26 CHP statement Jan 26 Xinhua story H9N2 infects Chinese babyChina recently reported an H9N2 avian influenza infection, involving a 7-month-old girl from Guangdong province who had a mild illness, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest monthly report on flu transmitted between animals and humans. The report covers cases reported between Dec 20 and Jan 16.The baby’s symptoms began on Dec 11, and she wasn’t hospitalized and has since recovered. Investigators found she had been exposed to a live poultry market before she got sick.The case is China’s first since last summer when it reported two H9N2 cases to the WHO. Unlike H7N9, many the of the H9N2 cases have been in children. H9N2 is endemic in Chinese poultry.Jan 16 WHO flu at the human-animal interface report Texas reports local Zika infection in a pregnant womanHealth officials in Texas yesterday announced that a pregnant woman who had been in Brownsville when other local cases were detected has tested positive for Zika virus.The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) said the woman from Bexar County had visited Brownsville in November around the time six residents contracted the virus from local mosquitoes. She had not traveled outside of Texas, wasn’t sick, and her infection was detected during routine prenatal care.The woman could have been exposed to the virus by a mosquito bite or through sexual contact with an infected partner, the TDSHS said.Jan 25 TDSHS statement Saudi Arabia reports new MERS caseThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one new case of MERS-CoV today in the city of Turbah.The 59-year-old Saudi man is in critical condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The man had direct contact with camels, a known risk factor for the disease.The new case raises Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total to 1,546 infections, including 641 deaths. Nine people are still in treatment or monitoring.Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released details on nine cases of MERS-CoV reported by Saudi Arabia between Jan 2 and 7. The report details a small healthcare-related outbreak of five cases, including two deaths, in the city of Buraydah. Two hospitals were involved.There was one patient with exposure to camels, a 70-year-old Saudi man from Medina who reported drinking camel milk.Since September 2012, 1,888 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including at least 670 related deaths, have been reported to WHO.Jan 26 MOH report Jan 27 WHO report CDC details multistate 2016 E coli outbreak involving dessert pizza doughThirteen cases of Escherichia coli poisoning have been linked to contaminated dessert pizza dough, according to a new report published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The cases were reported early last winter.The cases appeared in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. All states reported one case each, except Minnesota which reported five cases. The median age of patients was 17 years (range, 7 to 71 years) and 53% were female. Eight patients were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) interviewed 12 patients and all reported eating a dessert pizza from “restaurant A,” identified by the media last year as Pizza Ranch. Dry dough mix samples from restaurant A showed contaminated flour as the possible source of pathogen introduction.”Flour is usually not thought to be a food safety risk, but flour-based mixes are ubiquitous in restaurants and are often used for dusting of surfaces for transfer of pizzas,” the authors write. “This outbreak serves as a reminder that consumers, industry, and government should consider that flour, a raw agricultural product, might be contaminated with pathogens and, when consumed raw or undercooked, might pose a risk to human health.”Jan 26 MMWR studylast_img read more


Ghana electoral commission begins voter register cleanup

first_imgGhana’s president fires electoral commission head, two deputies Electoral Commission of Zambia targets to register 9 million voters Ghana’s ruling party accuses opposition of bribing electoral commissioncenter_img Ghana’s Electoral Commission Introduces Online, USSD Voters Registration Process.PHOTO/AllAfrica Ghana’s Electoral Commission Introduces Online, USSD Voters Registration Process.PHOTO/AllAfricaAhead of the country’s general election in December, Ghana’s Electoral Commission (EC) has begun cleaning the roll of voters, a local election official said Wednesday.The processes, if completed, will ensure that only eligible Ghanaians would have their names on the voters’ register, said Director for Electoral Services Serebour Quaicoe.“We have begun the process of cleaning the register to make it credible ahead of the polls. We have a committee in place that is looking into such cases. We are also doing deduplication to remove multiple registrations,” Serebour told local media.The official assured the public and the international community that the commission was poised to deliver credible register for the presidential and parliamentary elections in December.Ghana’s electoral body held mass registration of voters ahead of the polls between June 30 and Aug. 6, and a total of 16,963,306 people were registeredRelatedlast_img read more


Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay is a Tottenham transfer target this summer

first_img In England, Tottenham seem the most likely place for him to head. The team are planning for the 2015-16 season and want the Barcelona midfielder, who is currently on loan at Olympiakos. 02/04/2015 Afellay joined Barcelona in the 2010 winter transfer market from PSV. He won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2011 but was seriously injured later, causing him to miss many games. At the start of 2012-13 he was loaned to Schalke 04. Raimon Roma Upd. at 20:42 CEST After two loans and a bad knee injury, Ibrahim Afellay will leave Barcelona this summer. The Dutchman ends his contract and will sign for another club.last_img read more


Holly to hold forth

first_imgTHE 2016 Casey Cardinia Business Breakfast series kicks off next month with guest speaker Holly Ransom, the CEO of Emergent…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


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