H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Comparisons with seasonal flu, complications in pregnancy, test OK’d, vaccine in Brazil

first_imgMay 24, 2010Study shows sepsis, fetal distress with H1N1 in pregnancyAmong 18 pregnant women hospitalized with pandemic flu, 9 had gastrointestinal symptoms, 13 met sepsis criteria, 4 experienced fetal distress, 1 had a miscarriage, and 1 2-day-old baby died from sepsis. Among the mostly minority women, 5 had asthma, 2 had sickle cell disease, 1 had diabetes, and 1 was HIV-positive. All patients received oseltamivir (Tamiflu), which, the authors write, may have improved outcomes. All were released from the hospital with good outcomes.http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/170/10/868May 24 Arch Intern Med abstractSymptoms differ between H1N1, seasonal fluA study of hospital patients in Singapore in the first 3 months of the pandemic showed that H1N1 patients were younger but had fewer symptoms, on average, than those with seasonal flu. Of 547 patients with novel H1N1 pandemic flu, 42% were age 6 to 18, 35% were 19 to 35, and just 6% were 51 or older. In 193 patients who had seasonal flu, the respective numbers were 16%, 21%, and 23%. Fever was more common in those with seasonal flu, but cough, sore throat, and muscle aches were more common with H1N1.http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/170/10/861May 24  Arch Intern Med abstractH1N1 shedding, transmission akin to seasonal fluA study of pandemic flu virus shedding and transmission in German households found that most patients stopped shedding virus by 5 days, consistent with other studies, and that the secondary attack rate for contacts was 26%, somewhat higher than other studies. Investigators also found that nasal wash was the most sensitive specimen type. They concluded that the findings are similar to seasonal influenza patterns.http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/171/11/1157Jun 1 Am J Epidemiol abstractFDA clears H1N1 diagnostic testThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today it has approved the first diagnostic test for pandemic H1N1 flu through its normal regulatory pathway. The newly approved Simplexa influenza A H1N1 test was previously available through an emergency use authorization. The approval will allow clinicians to continue using the test even after the public health emergency expires, the FDA said in a statement. The test is made by Focus Diagnostics, of Cypress, Calif.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm212997.htmMay 24 FDA statementBrazil extends vaccine campaignBrazil’s Health Ministry last week announced plans to extend its H1N1 vaccination campaign by almost 2 weeks, to Jun 2, according to China’s news agency Xinhua. Since March, the country has vaccinated more than 61 million people, about 70% of the campaign’s goal The ministry also decided to broaden vaccination to include children 2 to 5 years old, which will require almost 11 million additional doses.http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-05/22/c_13309319.htmMay 21 Xinhua storylast_img read more

Te’o to start against old club as injury woes hit Broncos

first_imgRugby League Ben Te’o will play second row against his former club Wests Tigers in his first starting game of the year as the Broncos grapple with a mounting injury toll. Te’o trained in the No.11 jersey yesterday and will take the place of skipper Alex Glenn who is out of action for up to eight weeks with an MCL after a cannonball tackle by Bulldog Reimis Smith on Saturday night. The Broncos have other injury concerns. Matt Lodge (knee) and Kotoni Staggs (hamstring) did not train, with both injuries understood to be more serious than first thought. Hooker Jake Turpin has not recovered from a knee injury and also won’t be available for the trip to Leichhardt Oval on Friday night. Star back-rower David Fifita (knee) is also a week away from playing at least. Adding to Brisbane’s woes are a knee injury to centre Herbie Farnworth who did not train with the main squad on Tuesday. The English-born flyer will need to pass a fitness test on Thursday with Richie Kennar on standby. Winger Xavier Coates, who is expected to play against the Tigers, also trained with his thigh strapped. Teo, who has played five games off the bench this year for Brisbane, will start in the NRL for the first time since he tasted premiership success with Souths in 2014. His elevation against the club he made his first-grade debut for in 2007 is timely. “He’s going back to Leichhardt where he used to play so I think he is pretty excited about that,” prop Payne Haas said. “You can tell that he has been everywhere and he is pretty legit. He has succeeded highly in union and league. I’ve learned off him and been a sponge off him so it has been pretty good having him around.” Utility Cory Paix said the presence of Te’o in the starting line-up, with the experienced Glenn and Lodge out, was a boost. “Definitely a lot of leadership,” Paix said when asked what Te’o would bring to the table. “He stood up the most when he first came to the club and helped us young boys with a lot of information about the game and how it helps you go about your business. “He will come into the side and do a job there. He is a great player. “Ben is a big body and very aggressive, so as a nine I will look to use him on the short edges. He is very threatening there in the back-row so I’m sure most halves wouldn’t want to tackle him.” Paix, who played in the halves for most of his career, has been thrown in the deep end after Turpin’s injury and the release of Andrew McCullough to Newcastle, but the 20-year-old is relishing the challenge after a baptism of fire on debut in the 59-0 loss to the Roosters. “I like the physicality of playing in the middle, so it’s a good test for me and being part of one of the greatest clubs in history and playing alongside some of these players at the club is a dream come true,” Paix said. – nrl.comlast_img read more

A closer look at congressional probes into Russia and alleged Trump associate contacts

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On Capitol Hill, it seems that not a day goes by without another lawmaker — usually but not always a Democrat — calling for an investigation, special prosecutor or independent commission to delve into the alleged contacts between the Trump campaign, transition and administration and Russian government officials.Sources have told ABC News that U.S. authorities were probing communications between the associates and suspected members of the Russian intelligence community ahead of the election, allegations Trump has repeatedly decried as “fake news.” An FBI probe into the matter is ongoing.Below is a look at the existing congressional probes related to the alleged contacts, into Russia, which the intelligence community concluded orchestrated an elaborate campaign to interfere in the 2016 election, as well as the leaks to the media surrounding the stories.Trump associates’ alleged contacts with RussiaSenate Intelligence CommitteeChairman Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, gave the first public details on his panel’s inquiry on Dec. 16, before Trump was sworn in. The probe was prompted by, according to Burr’s statement, “the underpinnings of the intelligence” that prompted the intelligence community to release a statement in October that said it “is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations.” It later revised its mission statement to encompass the revelations from a more detailed January assessment of Russia hacking. Republican leaders have also said they expect the committee to call former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn to testify about his contacts with Russian officials. Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the contacts. Democrats are criticizing Burr this week over revelations that the White House communicated with Burr and his House counterpart to rebut reports that Trump associates had contacts with Russian officials during the campaign. Over the weekend, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, said in a statement, “I have said from the very beginning of this matter that if SSCI cannot properly conduct an independent investigation, I will support empowering whoever can do it right.”House Intelligence CommitteeThis panel, overseen by Chairman Devin Nunes, never announced a separate investigation of Russia’s actions, but acknowledged in early December that the committee had been “closely monitoring Russia’s belligerence for years.” Nunes also noted that it has been looking into the underlying intelligence that prompted the conclusions in the intelligence community’s January assessment, including Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election. Nunes, a Trump transition adviser, has diverged from the Senate Intelligence Committee in saying he has no plans to investigate Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials, saying in mid-February that “we’re not supposed to be listening to American phone calls.” He has said that he wants the FBI to investigate the leaks that have led to public reports about Trump officials’ alleged contacts with suspected Russian officials. Nunes said Monday that his committee is in the early stages of its work, but that his preliminary communication with the Intelligence Community has yielded no evidence of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, although he admitted that “that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.” But California Rep. Adam Schiff said that the committee has called no witnesses or interviewed the FBI. “We haven’t reached a conclusion, nor should we, on issues of collusion because we haven’t interviewed a single witness or reviewed a single document,” Schiff said.Other probesSenate Armed Services CommitteeWhile this committee, headed by John McCain, is not formally investigating Russia’s interference in the election, as is the Intelligence Committee, McCain has resolved to make cybersecurity, and by extension Russia’s hacking, a big focus. “It’s all part of the larger issue of the cyber threat that we face from Russia, China and other countries. It’s another form of warfare,” McCain said on CBS in December. The committee held a hearing last month, during which Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was asked by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill about the president’s statements that appeared to “trash the intelligence community,” like when he questioned their veracity by citing their ultimately incorrect assessment that Saddam Hussein harbored weapons of mass destruction. “There’s a difference between skepticism and disparagement,” Clapper said during the Jan. 5 hearing.Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and TerrorismAt the beginning of the month, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and top Democrat on the Judiciary Subcommittee, announced they would be investigating Russian efforts to influence democratic elections in the United States and abroad. “Our goal is simple – to the fullest extent possible we want to shine a light on Russian activities to undermine democracy. While some of our efforts will have to be held behind closed doors due to security concerns, we also hope to have an open discussion before the American people about Russia’s strategies to undermine democracy,” the two said in a statement.House Oversight/Judiciary CommitteesThe chairmen of the two panels, Jason Chaffetz and Bob Goodlatte, have urged the Department of Justice Inspector General to investigate the leaks surrounding the Flynn calls with Russian officials, though they also say they are not interested in investigating Flynn himself. “We have serious concerns about the potential inadequate protection of classified information here,” they wrote to the DOJ IG on Feb. 15, two days after Flynn resigned. Chaffetz and his Oversight Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings, are also looking into Flynn’s speaking engagements in Russia in 2014 and 2015 to determine the amount and source of any funding he received to appear, and whether he received payments from foreign sources, which would be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. Chaffetz has also stressed the need to look into the leaks of sensitive information from within the intelligence community.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more