H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Public concern over vaccine, effective Chinese vaccine, Tamiflu resistance in Taiwan, vaccine option in Canada

first_imgOctober 22, 2009Poll shows growing flu concern, uncertainty about vaccineAmericans are more concerned about pandemic H1N1 flu than they were a couple of months ago, with about 52% saying they are greatly or somewhat worried, according to the latest Washington Post–ABC poll. The number is up 13 percentage points from August. However, only about a third say they’ll get the vaccine, though half said they’ll have their kids vaccinated. Those saying they’ll pass on the vaccine listed side-effect worries and perceived lack of testing as influencing their decision.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_101909.htmlOct 15-18 Washington Post–ABC News PollSingle dose of Chinese H1N1 vaccine found effectiveIn a clinical trial, a single 15-microgram dose of a nonadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine recently licensed in China was found to induce a probably protective immune response in volunteers between the ages of 12 and 60, according to an report published yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Lesser immune responses were seen with a single dose in younger and older people. The vaccine is made by Hualan Biological Bacterin Co.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0908535Oct 21 NEJM reportCanada’s pandemic vaccine campaign will have an unadjuvanted optionCanada has purchased 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine to use in the youngest children as well as pregnant women and others who might want an alternative to the adjuvanted version, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s adjuvanted vaccine was approved on Oct 16. Officials predict that the unadjuvanted vaccine will be cleared in early November, but they don’t want people to wait for it even though experts say it may produce a more robust response in children under age 3.Doctors report rhabdomyolysis in pandemic flu patientAustralian physicians have documented a rare complication in a patient with pandemic H1N1 flu, myositis, and rhabdomyolysis. They reported their findings in an early online edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. According to a news report today about the study, the 16-year-old boy experienced intense muscle pain and nearly black urine 3 days after his flu symptoms began in June when the first wave of the pandemic hit Australia. He recovered after 8 days in the hospital.http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Melting_Muscles__Novel_H1N1_Influenza_A_Associated.99512.aspxOct 16 PIDJ abstractTamiflu treatment spawned resistance in Taiwan H1N1 caseTaiwan reported this week that the pandemic H1N1 virus became resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) after a patient was treated with the drug. Oseltamivir-sensitive H1N1 was isolated from a 20-year-old man before treatment, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said. Three days later, after treatment began, an isolate from the man showed the resistance mutation. The man recovered, and there was no evidence that the virus spread to others. His case marked Taiwan’s first report of H1N1 resistance to the agent.http://www.cdc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=26002&ctNode=960&mp=5Oct 20 Taiwan CDC reportFlu control measures seem to reduce other diseases in BoliviaHealth officials in Bolivia say a massive campaign to promote handwashing to prevent H1N1 flu seems to have reduced the spread of other common diseases, according to a Time magazine report. Dr. Rene Lenis, Bolivia’s director of epidemiology, reported a 10% to 15% drop in incidence of acute diarrheal diseases in all age-groups this year compared with last year. Public health agencies began promoting handwashing when the virus emerged in April.http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931223,00.html?xid=rss-topstoriesOct 22 Time reportEgyptian capital cuts class sizes to curb flu spreadEgypt’s health and education ministries have ordered schools in Cairo to halve class sizes to slow the spread of the pandemic virus, IRIN News, a United Nations publication, reported today. Children will attend school on 3 alternate days instead of 6 double-shift days, a variation on a long-standing system to reduce crowding. The World Health Organization has said school closures can be disruptive and has recommended that schools take other preventive measures, such as easing crowding.http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86695Oct 22 IRIN storylast_img read more

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Vermantia and Kiron Interactive sign virtual racing content deal

first_img Kiron extends Nordics presence with Complianza deal July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 Submit Related Articles Omni-channel content provider Vermantia has strengthened its offering of greyhound content after joining forces with virtual games supplier Kiron Interactive to deliver virtual racing using real greyhound racing content.Under the terms of the new partnership, Vermantia will combine footage from its fully-licensed pre-recorded greyhound races with Kiron’s virtual games engine and technology to create the new virtual product. Commenting on the collaboration, Yiannis Gangas, Chief Product Officer of Vermantia, said: “By joining forces with Kiron, an industry leader in its domain, we are glad to be extending the reach of our exclusive racing content to the virtual gaming markets and also introducing more players to the thrill of real racing action.”The product will be based upon a hand-picked selection of greyhound races from multiple, active UK racetracks, which will be subject to ‘strict quality criteria’.It is due to be supported by real racing and see professional live commentary provided in any language, while the game engine will also be adaptable to any regulatory framework.Steven Spartinos, co-CEO of Kiron, said: “Through our collaboration with Vermantia, our long- standing partner, we found both the premium racing content and the delivery technologies to meet customer demand for a premium pre-recorded racing product. “Its launch is the result of extensive research and co-development between both businesses, and we are working actively on rolling it out to our client base internationally.”last_img read more

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YOUTH CAFE LINES UP SERIES OF EVENTS FOR TEENS THIS SUMMER

first_imgThe Red Door Youth Cafe, Letterkenny, has a whole series of activities and events lined up for the summer.All the details are below:The Red Door Youth Cafe at Cara House is offering a range of opportunities for teenagers this summer. No need to be book – just come along! Open 2 – 6 each weekday and 2 – 8 on Fridays. It gives a chance to chill out and meet friends, in a small comfortable environment. Pool, Table tennis, Playstation3, music and craic, Ice cream Days, Mexican Days, BBQs arranged all free!! – find us on facebook @the_reddoor_cafe 24th – 28th June: Art week with Bernie Wilson 2 – 4 each day – free. Young people are also involved in painting murals around the town.8th – 12th July: Digital Photography week will see young people taking pictures around the town for a ‘Young Letterkenny’ competition. A chance to learn how to edit photos, produce calendars etc – free15th – 19th July Computer programming – learn to make computer games with ‘Scratch’ – and other computer skills – freeAugust 8th Outing for 10 – 16 year olds Visit to W5 Belfast €25 Walking on Wednesdays starts 31st July for 5 weeks with walks at Glenveagh, Dunlewy etc.5th week climb Errigal!!! YOUTH CAFE LINES UP SERIES OF EVENTS FOR TEENS THIS SUMMER was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:YOUTH CAFE LINES UP SERIES OF EVENTS FOR TEENS THIS SUMMERlast_img read more

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