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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Men’s Soccer: Wisconsin falls to Penn State in Big Ten Tournament

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team, needing a miracle run through the Big Ten in order to reach the NCAA tournament, earned the honor of facing conference runner-up Penn State (12-2-3, 6-1-1) Sunday.Despite battling with the No. 13 team in the country, the Badgers were overwhelmed in the second half, falling to the Nittany Lions by a score of 3–0.Wisconsin (3-11-4, 1-4-3) knew that coming out of University Park with a win would be a difficult task, and were certainly viewed as the distinct underdog heading into the first conference tournament match for both sides.Their regular-season clash ended in a victory for the Nittany Lions, a 2–1 win at McClimon that exemplified all of the struggles which have crippled the Badgers all season long.The Badgers had clearly prepared well for the expected assault from Penn State’s prolific attack and were on the strategic defensive from the outset. Conceding the possession advantage worked well in the first half to keep the Nittany Lions from the back of the net, but they probed the Badgers and isolated weak points by applying consistent pressure.Men’s Soccer: Badgers enter Big Ten Tournament on high note following strong weekend showingWith only two wins to their credit in the 2019 campaign, the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team finally managed Read…Penn State, riding momentum from the end of the first half, broke through for the first time in the 58th-minute, as substitute Christian Sloan struck to make it 1–0.Trying to look for an answer, the Badgers switched tactics and attempted to secure a quick equalizer. Instead, the Nittany Lions, sensing defensive vulnerability, scored for a second time in just four minutes of game action, courtesy of Liam Butts.Suddenly the game seemed out of hand, and the Badgers were simply unable to find any traction offensively, as has happened throughout the year. Wisconsin pushed to get a goal back throughout the rest of the game, but the final goal of the day would also fall to the home side, putting the game to bed in the late stages.The tournament match would serve as a similar exposition on why this year failed to live up to expectations. In all of the Badgers’ defeats this season, they lost the possession battle, they were out-shot, out-executed and failed to capitalize on their limited chances.Inefficiency and inconsistency again plagued Wisconsin, as they were competitive for a half, and let the match slip away in the second period.The loss signals the end of the men’s soccer season and the end of several Badger careers, including star goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy and midfielder Noah Leibold.last_img read more

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Siasia, Mikel Relish Winning ‘Golden’ Bronze for Nigeria

first_img“I was disappointed against Germany (beaten 2-0 in the semifinal) because I don’t like losing, I always want to win. But I am so proud of this team, the boys. They worked so hard, (to achieve the bronze medal finish).”Mikel also poured encomium on Siasia for making the bronze medal possible.“We have an amazing coach. He’s always been there for the boys.”On what the medal means to Team Nigeria’s camp disillusioned by the contingent’s poor run here in Brazil, the Super Eagles captain insisted that it was massive for the entire country.“It is very important, because football in Nigeria is absolutely massive. We had extra-pressure perhaps, but we have done it for us, for our family, for Nigeria,” concludes Mikel who had boasted before the game that he was not going to return to Stamford Bridge without a medal to show for his absence to the start of the new Premiership season in England.Siasia was equally elated adding the bronze to the silver he won with the Dream Team class of 2008 in China.“I want to say thanks to the players. They did a great job. It is good to take something back home.“Having bronze is not easy, we are happy and we have to celebrate. We have to enjoy this moment.”The coach praised the Brazilian fans for staying with the Dream Team right from the group stage to the bronze medal game at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte last night.“I want to thank Brazil for the great support and hospitality. We are very pleased about staying here. Definitely I hope Brazil wins against Germany (in Saturday’s final),” concludes the ex international.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in RioCaptain of the Dream Team VI, John Mikel Obi, has said that he is consoled by the bronze medal Nigeria won Saturday evening despite the disappointment of failing to reach the final of the men’s football event of the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.Speaking at the post-match last night after Dream Team VI defeated Honduras 3-2 to win Nigeria’s only bronze medal of the Rio2016 Games, the Super Eagles and Chelsea stalwart said that inasmuch as he would have loved to have the Olympic gold to treasure, he was proud of the team’s achievement.last_img read more

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