NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, food safety funding, XDR-TB combo therapy, bioterror countermeasures, Salmonella

first_imgFeb 27, 2009Vietnamese man dies from H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the death of a 32-year-old Vietnamese man from H5N1 avian influenza. The man, from Ninh Binh province, died on Feb 25. He was previously recorded as the country’s 109th case, and his death raises Vietnam’s H5N1 fatalities to 54. The WHO’s global H5N1 count now stands at 408 cases, 256 of them fatal.[Feb 27 WHO statement]Japan finds H7 at quail farm, UK tests reveal H6N1 from turkeysJapan today reported a low-pathogenic avian influenza outbreak at a quail farm in Aichi province, on the country’s southeastern coast, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities detected the virus in 10 birds during routine surveillance, and 280,000 birds were culled to control disease spread. Results on the exact strain of the virus are pending, though the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported today that testing has so far revealed an H7 strain. The findings signal Japan’s first H7 avian flu outbreak in 84 years, the report said. Elsewhere, the avian influenza strain that struck two small turkey-breeding farms in the United Kingdom was identified today as H6N1, and further tests are under way to determine if the strain is highly pathogenic, according to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).[Feb 27 OIE report][Feb 27 DEFRA statement]Obama proposes $1 billion for FDA’s food safety effortsPresident Barack Obama’s proposed 2010 budget includes $1 billion to strengthen food safety oversight at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a Reuters report published yesterday. The money is for increasing and improving “inspections, domestic surveillance, laboratory capacity and domestic response to prevent and control foodborne illness,” the report said. Earlier this month, Obama called for a complete review of the FDA’s food safety program.Combination therapy shows promise against XDR-TBA combination of two older antibiotics that are already approved by the FDA for use against other diseases could have efficacy against extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, according to a paper in Science. The drugs, meropenem and clavulanate, killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vitro and will be used in a planned clinical trial.[Feb 26 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases press release][Feb 27 Science abstract]DOD funds vaccine to counter bacterial agentsThe US Department of Defense  has given University of Georgia researchers a 3-year, $1.1 million grant to develop vaccines for glanders and melioidosis, two related diseases caused by strains of the bacterium Burkholderia that are considered potential biological weapons. The research focuses on creating a vaccine to protect mice against airborne infection.[Feb 26 Atlanta Business Chronicle story]Salmonella Saintpaul sickens 14 Nebraska womenNebraska health officials are investigating a Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak that has sickened 14 women younger than age 50 since Feb 2 from four of the state’s counties, according to an online report today from Omaha television station KETV. Though the serotype is the same as last year’s outbreak that involved jalapeno and Serrano peppers, the genetic fingerprint is different, officials said, adding that they don’t believe the outbreak is connected to peanut butter.Water sources may yield Salmonella cluesInvestigation of Salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible contamination source, researchers from the University of Georgia reported today in the March issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. After testing rivers and streams in southern Georgia for 1 year, they found Salmonella in 79% of water samples, and levels were highest after a rainfall. The diversity of strains was greatest in areas where livestock and growing areas were in close proximity and when temperatures rose.[Feb 27 University of Georgia press release][March Appl Environ Microbiol abstract]last_img read more

Barcelona, Inter Milan following Aubameyang’s situation at Arsenal

first_imgBarcelona and Inter Milan are watching Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s situation at Arsenal. Promoted ContentTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Jason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time The striker has a deal to 2021 and is refusing to consider new contract talks until he knows whether they’ll be playing Champions League football next season. A top four finish appears out of reach for the Gunners and this has led to Barca and Inter being ready to pounce.Advertisement Barca see Aubameyang as an ideal complement for their attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. At Inter, they see the Gabon ace as a potential replacement for Lautaro Martinez. Read Also:Arsenal facing fight to stop Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exit Le 10 Sport says both European giants are prepared to wait until June to tempt Aubameyang away from London. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Rohr predicts tough outing for Super Eagles in 2022

first_imgGernot Rohr has predicted a complicated 2022 for the Super Eagles following the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by a year. The Confederation of African Football last week announced that the 2021 AFCON will now hold in Cameroon in 2022 after the coronavirus pandemic forced a change in the football calendar. Qualifying matches for the competition were also postponed in March, while games billed to hold later this year could now be shifted to 2021. Rohr, however, expressed confidence in his team’s chances of qualifying for the competition and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. read also:Consider inviting Saka to Eagles, Ikpeba charges RohrAdvertisement “The African Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone, so it’s not a drawback. We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries,” Rohr was quoted as saying by on Friday. “But it will be a difficult 2022 year because already in 2021, there are a lot of qualifying matches to play for the team (Super Eagles). I think we will have time to play a few friendlies. “In the year 2022, if we have qualified for the World Cup and the AFCON, there will be many, many games to play. So it will certainly be a difficult year (2022).” Rohr, who has been coaching the Super Eagles since 2016, led the team to a third-place at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. The German tactician in June penned a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation in April. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Loading… last_img read more

The Buried Life comes to campus

first_imgOn Monday, the Speakers Committee hosted two former cast members from MTV’s The Buried Life for a talk and meet and greet in the Seeley G. Mudd building on Monday evening.Do something · Ben Nemtin and Dave Lingwood of the MTV show The Buried Life talk to students on campus on Monday. Students at the event shared what they hoped to achieve from their bucket lists. — Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Buried Life was a hit reality documentary series that followed four friends originally from Canada — Ben Nemtin, Jonnie Penn, Duncan Penn and Dave Lingwood — as they traveled across North America to mark 100 things off their collective bucket list. As they journeyed in a purple bus named Penelope to complete their list, the four guys also helped strangers they met along the way to achieve their goals and encouraged others to make their own bucket lists, asking each person the show’s tagline question, “What do you want to do before you die?”The series ran for two seasons from January 2010 to November 2010 and received positive reviews and a nomination for VH1’s Do Something TV Show Award. The four cast members went on to release a New York Times bestseller, What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?Former cast members Dave Lingwood and Ben Nemtin came to USC to speak about their experiences on the show, answer questions and offer tips on how USC students can achieve their own goals from their bucket lists. According to Speakers Committee director Amanda Schmitt, the members of The Buried Life contacted Program Board about their interest in putting on the event at USC.Lingwood and Nemtin spent the majority of their presentation discussing details of their adventures as well as their sources of inspiration. After the presentation, they invited audience members to share items on their bucket lists.Lingwood and Nemtin shared personal stories that originally inspired the four to make a documentary of a road trip across Canada in 2006. Nemtin talked about his struggle to find a passion as a kinesiology major while in college. Lingwood similarly spoke of his inspiration, which he joked was about losing the weight he gained from college and thus, making a huge lifestyle change.“At that point, we sort of all came together and thought about the things we wanted to do in our lives,” Nemtin said.By reaching out to local companies and sponsors, they were able to get funds to buy camera equipment and a vehicle, allowing them to document a two-week road trip across North America. They managed to cross off a variety of random things from their bucket list in their native Canada and the United States, including becoming a knight for a day and making the front page of a newspaper.Eventually they captured the attention of MTV, who offered to make their adventures into a reality documentary series. They started pulling off more and more ambitious feats. From crashing the red carpet to partying at the Playboy Mansion and even playing the basketball with President Barack Obama, the four guys did it while having a moral conscience. They helped both people who reached out to them as well as strangers they randomly met with some of their personal dreams. The Buried Life members were able to buy a truck for a homeless man, reunite an estranged father and son and even give a girl a prosthetic arm.Lingwood and Nemtin encouraged audience members have big goals.“Be audacious. Mediocre goals are one of the most competitive places to be. Think about audacious goals because no one is doing that. So statistically, you have a higher chance of getting that one than shooting for mediocre goals,” Nemtin said.Lea Fang, event co-chair for the Speakers Committee, felt the event was a memorable experience.“I hadn’t seen The Buried Life before but Dave [Lingwood] and Ben [Nemtin] were hilarious and now I’m inspired to not only watch the show, but also to start working on my own bucket list,” Fang said.The Buried Life members closed the event by telling the audience about a contest they’re hosting, the winner of which would then be able to take a friend and tour around the world with them. They challenged the audience to send in videos of themselves achieving items on their own bucket lists as part of the contest.last_img read more