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‘Medicare for All’ dominates on debate night & second Ebola case in Goma

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first_img By Shraddha Chakradhar July 31, 2019 Reprints STAT Morning Rounds for July 31, 2019 Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP [email protected] @scchak Shraddha Chakradhar Reporter, Morning Rounds Writer, Intern Coordinator Shraddha writes the Morning Rounds newsletter and covers health and medicine. Morning Rounds‘Medicare for All’ dominates on debate night & second Ebola case in Goma About the Author Reprintslast_img

Flathead County’s Last Measles Outbreak

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first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email Basketball games were canceled. Prom was postponed. Orchestra events were put on hold.Those were just a few impacts of the last major measles outbreak that took place in Flathead County over 25 years ago, and local health officials are concerned about history possibly repeating itself as the respiratory disease spreads nationwide.“We literally had to stop all sporting events and extracurricular activities because of the outbreak, and there was a lot of unhappy people because of that – no school dances, no sports, no orchestra, no nothing,” Joe Russell, Flathead County health officer, said about the last outbreak in the winter of 1988-89. “But this is not a disease you want your kids to have.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 100 reported cases of measles in the U.S. in January, an extraordinarily high number considering the disease was nearly eradicated a decade ago. In 2004, there were 37 reported cases of measles in the United States, but a decade later the number had spiked to over 644 cases.This year’s outbreak is stemming from an exposure at Disneyland in December where at least 42 people were sickened. It has since spread to 14 states, including Oregon, Washington and Colorado. There have not been any cases reported in Montana.Measles is incredibly contagious and can remain airborne for more than two hours, according to Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Tjaden.“If you put 10 people into a room with one person who has measles, nine people are going to get it,” Tjaden said. “Measles is so contagious that if there is even one case it is considered an outbreak.”Soon after someone is infected they may notice a high fever and runny nose. Then a rash of tiny, red spots will spread from the head to the entire body. In young children, measles can lead to pneumonia, swelling of the brain and, in some cases, death.However, measles can be avoided with a vaccination, called the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, shot. The shot was first made available in the U.S. in 1963. Prior to that, almost all children got measles before they were 15 years old. According to the CDC, nearly 4 million people were infected every year and between 400 and 500 died. In 1978, the CDC attempted to eradicate and by 1981 there has been an 80 percent drop in reported cases from the previous year. By 2000, the CDC announced it had eradicated the disease thanks in part to the MMR2 booster shot in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Despite the success of vaccinations in eradicating measles and other diseases, some parents remain hesitant about letting their children get the shot. Some have suggested that vaccinations can cause autism, citing a now-retracted study from England published in 1998.In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that there were more than 40 different studies that prove there is no link between vaccinations and autism, a view backed up by the CDC and most medical professionals. Parents are also concerned about common substances in vaccines, including small traces of aluminum and formaldehyde.The group Montana Families for Health Freedom promotes the idea that parents should decide for themselves whether their children are vaccinated.“Vaccines are one therapeutic model of wellness, but not all parents subscribe to that model,” Spokesperson Edna Kent said in a statement to the Beacon. “We support parents in that decision, believing that health-care freedom of choice is unequivocally embodied in this country’s founding principle of individual liberty.”While most schools and daycare facilities require children to be vaccinated, in Montana parents can get a religious or a medical exemption that must be approved by a doctor. In Flathead County, 94.5 percent of students were up-to-date on of their vaccinations during the 2013-2014 school year.However, even with that high rate of vaccination, Flathead City-County Health Department deputy health officer Hillary Hanson said there is still reason for concern.“From a public health standpoint, anytime we don’t have 100 percent of students vaccinated then the community is at risk,” Hanson said. “If measles hits Flathead County, there is no guarantee that it will just impact schools. Everyone needs to take this threat seriously.”Hanson said the health department is working with school administrators to make sure that they know which students are not vaccinated. If the measles outbreak came to the Flathead, those students would be required to either get the vaccination within 72 hours or be dismissed from school until the threat is over.Hanson said that parents who are concerned about vaccinations should talk to a medical professional to understand the risk they are taking by not getting their children vaccinated.The last reported case of measles in Montana was in the early 1990s. There was a massive outbreak of the disease in the Flathead Valley from September 1988 to February 1989, according to public health officer and former health director Boni Stout.During that six-month period, there were 70 cases of the measles, mostly impacting young people. The outbreak was so disruptive that the county had to call for help from the state health department, Stout said.“All we did was give vaccines and investigate every case,” Stout said, adding that her crew often worked seven days a week just to keep up.In hopes of stopping the spread, the health department ordered schools to cancel extracurricular activities. Stout said it was an unpopular decision, but the right one in the end. While most toddlers got the measles vaccination when they are 1 year old, Stout said health officials began giving it early during that outbreak because the disease can be especially dangerous for young children.Having seen what she saw during the last outbreak, Stout said it is critical that people take this current threat seriously. Since today’s society is much more mobile, she said she is not surprised by how far this current outbreak has spread.Tjaden, the doctor at KRMC, agrees.“I’m very concerned about measles. I’m more concerned about it than Ebola,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time before we get a case of measles in Montana. It’s not if, but when.”last_img

NI Executive to review four-week circuit breaker lockdown

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first_img By News Highland - November 5, 2020 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews The Northern Ireland Executive will meet later to review the four-week circuit breaker lockdown.The Covid-19 restrictions are due to end on November 13th.However case numbers remain high, with almost 4,500 recorded in the past seven days.The hospital system is also operating at near full capacity, with just 20 ICU beds available.Anne Speed is the lead negotiator for the North's health trade unions - she believes the lockdown will be extended:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/virusni7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook NI Executive to review four-week circuit breaker lockdown Pinterest Facebook Previous articleOver 50% of court fines issued in Donegal go unpaidNext articleTaoiseach branded a ‘disgrace’ by FF member News Highland Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+center_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter WhatsApplast_img

Quartar wins for the second time in a row at the…

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first_imgFrench motorcyclist Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha on Sunday, July 26, won for the second weekend in a row at the World Motorcycle Championship’s most prestigious MotoGP class stage on the Heres track in Spain. Content will continue after the ad Advertising The Andalusian “MotoGP” Frenchman was superior for the second week in a row, winning his second victory in the series, while riders in his back crashed and motorcycles broke in hot weather.Behind Quartararo, Spaniard Maverick Vinjaless and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi finished, both of whom rode Yamaha factory motorcycles.Only 13 out of 21 starting athletes finished.The first stage of the season was scheduled for March 8 in Qatar, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, MotoGP athletes only started the championship the previous weekend.Prior to Quartararo’s two victories since 1999, no French rider has been able to win a MotoGP race.The third stage of the season is scheduled for August 9 in the Czech city of Brno.The new calendar of the season envisages that at least 13 stages will take place this season, which are planned to take place from July to November.last_img

‘Gutted’ Broad sought future reassurance after Southampton snub

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first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England, (Reuters) – An “angry and gutted” Stuart Broad sought reassurance about his England future after being dropped for the ongoing series opener against West Indies, the 34-year-old quick said yesterday. England’s decision to go with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first test in Southampton snapped Broad’s run of 51 consecutive home tests.“I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough,” the right-arm paceman told Sky Sports.“To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement: you get disappointed if you drop your phone and break your screen. “I’ve been frustrated, angry and gutted – because it’s quite a hard decision to understand.“I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled in the last couple of years. I felt like it was my shirt having been in the team through the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there.”Broad said stand-in skipper Ben Stokes had explained his omission for the first match of the three-test series against West Indies. “Stokesy told me just that they’re going with extra pace in these conditions,” said Broad.“I wanted clarifications on the future going forward and I was given pretty positive feedback going forward.“I spoke to (national selector) Ed Smith last night and he said he’s involved in picking the 13 and this was picked purely for this pitch.” Broad acknowledged competition was intense for a place in the pace department.“We’re in quite a unique position this summer: very rarely do you get all your bowlers fit like we’ve got at the minute and all your bowlers ready to go,” he said.“I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove – England know what I can do, the selectors know what I can do – and when I get that opportunity again you can bet I’ll be on the money.”last_img

“Foolish Cheat” Woods begs to be trusted, again

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first_imgA tearful Tiger Woods has made a frank apology for cheating on his wife.The world number one golfer was talking publicly for the first time since the scandal surrounding his private life erupted in late November last year.“I was unfaithful, I had affairs and I cheated. What I did was unacceptable,” said the 14-time major winner.The 34-year-old added: “I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife’s family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me.”Woods said he did not rule out returning to golf this year but indicated he did not as yet have a date, adding he would be undergoing further therapy for his problems on Saturday.“I do plan to return to golf one day,” said the American. “I just don’t know when that day will be. “I don’t rule out that it will be this year. When I do return I need to make my behaviour more respectful to the game.”Friday’s media event at PGA Tour headquarters at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Florida was tightly controlled, with only a few journalists allowed access.Woods spoke for more than 13 minutes, addressing about 40 people in the room, including his mother, friends, colleagues and close associates. His wife, Elin, was not present.Addressing his personal issues, Woods said: “I am the only person to blame. I stopped living by the core values I was taught to believe in.“I knew my actions were wrong but I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting, instead I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries a married couple should live by. “I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled, and thanks to money and fame, I didn’t have to go far to find them.“I was wrong and I was foolish.”Woods claimed therapy had helped him start to deal with his problems and vowed there would be no repeat of his infidelities.“I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I’ve done,” he continued.“My failures have made me look at myself in a way I’ve never wanted to before. It’s now up to me to make amends. And that starts by never repeating the mistakes I’ve made. “It’s up to me to start living a life of integrity. It’s hard to admit that I need help but I do.“For 45 days from the end of December to early February I was in in-patient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I’m facing. I have a long way to go. I have taken my first steps in the right direction.”Woods said he and his wife were attempting to work through their problems and made an appeal for privacy.“I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish,” he continued.“People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife, Elin, and to my children. And, while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say. “Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behaviour. We have a lot to discuss and what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.”Woods also vehemently denied allegations his car crash was caused after Elin attempted to attack him with a golf club following revelations about his affairs.“I have a lot to atone for but there’s one issue I really want to discuss,” he said. “Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night.“It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage.“Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise not blame.” Woods also expressed his gratitude for the messages of support he and his wife have received.“In recent weeks I have received many thousands of emails, letters and phone calls from people expressing good wishes,” he said.“To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, thank you. Your encouragement means the world to Elin and me.“I want to thank the PGA Tour, commissioner (Tim) Finchem and the players for their patience and understanding while I work on my private life. I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course.“Finally, there are many people in this room and there are many people at home who believed in me. I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.” Woods then embraced his mother as he left the stage.Shocking revelations about his infidelity were triggered after he was injured when he crashed his car into a fire hydrant and a tree near his Florida home on 27 November.Two days later, he released a statement in which he said the issue involved was “private … and I want to keep it that way”.After missing his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, he released a statement following persistent allegations over extra-marital affairs.At the time a statement to his website read: “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.”Amid continued allegations of affairs, several high-profile sponsors announced they were ending their links with Woods.A further statement in which he admitted his “infidelity” followed but this month speculation of his return to golf heightened ahead of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.On Tuesday, it was announced Woods would make a statement on Friday but the timing – during a tournament backed by one of his former sponsors – was criticised by several leading figures in the game, among them Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia.Woods said, however, that the timing of his apology was to allow him to return to therapy on Saturday.Source: BBClast_img

Kinrade once again must watch from the sidelines

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first_imgKinrade has just played one contest during the preseason, a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Nelson Minor Hockey grad logged 13-plus minutes in the contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.Kinrade, 25, signed for the second time in as many seasons with Ottawaa during the summer. He spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Sens’ minor league affiliate in Binghamton.It’s in the American Hockey League where the 6-foot, 195-pound defenceman recorded a professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27 while accumulating 59-minutes in penalties. Kinrade ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating.Kinrade came to the Senators as a free agent after four years at Michigan Tech University. Prior to playing for the NCAA school, the slick skating rearguard played Cowichan Valley Capitals of the B.C. Hockey League.Kinrade started his junior career with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.Dundas, population 24,700 and part of the city of Hamilton since 2001, plays host to the NHL exhibition contest. The city also wins $100,000 in prize money from Kraft [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsNelson native Geoff Kinrade remains on the training camp roster of the Ottawa Senators but isn’t getting much of a chance to prove his value to the National Hockey League club.Once again the pride of Nelson was left out of the lineup as the NHL club prepares to meet the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday in the annual Kraft Hockeyville game in Dundas, Ont.last_img

U14 Selects enjoy taste of Kootenay South Gold

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first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe roundball season is in full swing and so is the Nelson U14 Selects.The Reps blasted Kootenay South 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the U14 Boys Division at the KSYSA 16th Annual Boys Tournament Sunday at Mozzochi Park in Fruitvale.Micah May scored three times and James Miller added a pair to lead the Reps to the convincing victory.Dunavan Morris-Jansen scored the final tally for Nelson.“In the close games we maintained most of the possession but we just couldn't finish and even when we were down our boys just kept at it,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.“Their perseverance paid off, they didn't quit. Once they found the net you could just see the confidence build.”The Selects opened the tournament by rallying back to edge Kootenay South 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Spencer Szabo tied the game on a penalty kick. Kootenay South restored the lead before May pulled the team even again. Nicholas Wethal notched the game winner with just minutes to play.In the afternoon game, the Reps blasted Creston 9-0. James Miller scored three times for Nelson with the remaining goals going to May, Szabo, Keaton Roch and Sam Woodward.Sunday, Nelson advanced to the final by edging Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-1. Once again the Selects needed to comeback after being down 1-0.But goals from Morris-Jansen and Tucker Anderson, followed up by an insurance marker by Dylan Bennett, allowed the Selects to pull out the victory.“This was a very important weekend for (the players),” Szabo explained. “The boys have grown and are now, truly, a 'team'. I couldn't be happier for them."Despite scoring more than 20 goals, Szabo was impressed by the strong play of the defensive line.“Much of the credit goes to our fullbacks,” he said. “Johnny Johnson, Theo Bakas and Nick Wethal were a force back there and (goalkeeper) Harrison Giles made some terrific saves.“That guy is a walking Tide commercial.”The Reps have a week off before traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a rep tournament during the May long weekend.  [email protected]last_img

Bombers finish sixth overall at BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships

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first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers finished the BC High School AA Girl's Soccer Championship in sixth spot following a loss to Ballenas of Parksville in consolation round match Saturday.The Bombers dropped a 4-0 decision to the high-powered Vancouver Island squad. However, the sixth-place finish is one of the better results for the Heritage City school in provincial play.LVR opened the tournament Thursday with a 3-0 loss to St. Michael's University of Victoria.The Bombers then reeled off three consecutive wins to reach in round-robin and playoff action over Crofton House of Vancouver, Brookswood of Langley, Holy Cross of Vancouver to reach Saturday's five/six playoff showdown.Naomi Perkins led LVR in scoring with three goals. Emma and Jenna Wheeldon along with Ali Zondervan also scored for the Bombers.LVR advanced to the 16-team tournament as the Kootenay rep after defeating David Thompson of Invermere and J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the Zone Championship in May.last_img

Tribesmen Rower named in Irish Team for World Cup

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first_imgTribesmen Rowing Club’s Siobhan McCrohan has been named in the Irish Team for the forthcoming World Cup event in Varese Italy starting on April the 15th. Siobhan had an excellent 2015 with Silver in the Lightweight Single Sculls at the 2015 Memorial Paola d’Aloja International Regatta in Italy to add to her national titles and with this year being an Olympic year, will be hopeful of a strong showing.  At the first World Cup in Varese, RI will start with 7 boats in 6 events. This will give a good indication of performance levels for the crews, before the final Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, at the end of May and other international events leading into the Olympic Games and World Championships in August.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img