Tuberculosis epidemic needs attention

first_img Read Full Story Tuberculosis is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing 1.7 million people each year. There has been little progress lowering the rate of new cases of the disease — and in some countries, it may be increasing. In an editorial, infectious disease expert Barry Bloom of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health outlines the health system failures behind the global TB epidemic, and argues that systems’ ability to diagnose and treat TB must be strengthened to control the disease.The editorial was published in the Jan. 18, 2018 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.Current TB control strategies largely depend on patients with symptoms seeking treatment, but this can miss a third of cases, writes Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health. There is no inexpensive diagnostic test for TB, increasing the chance in low-income countries that cases will be missed. Although an effective treatment regime exists for patients with drug-sensitive TB, it requires multiple drugs given for six to nine months, which can be a significant burden. According to Bloom, only 45 percent of patients with any form of tuberculosis complete treatment by one year.In an accompanying paper, researchers found that by studying household contacts of TB patients in Vietnam, they were better able to detect early and asymptomatic cases.Bloom writes in his editorial that this is an important new finding. “At a time when support for biomedical research and foreign aid is threatened, better tools, including active case finding in high-burden countries, are critically needed to improve control of the largest cause of death from an infectious disease and to improve the lives of millions of people.”last_img read more

Students, staff celebrate Spirit of Inclusion on campus

first_imgAfter Sunday’s Masses, students stood outside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, handing out white cards with a small rainbow ribbon attached. Printed on the back of these cards is Notre Dame’s Spirit of Inclusion, a statement of equal opportunity and affirmative action adopted by the University in 1997, and reading in part: “We prize the uniqueness of all persons as God’s creatures. We welcome all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class and nationality, for example, precisely because of Christ’s calling to treat others as we desire to be treated.” These cards were distributed as part of Solidarity Sunday, an annual event held by the Core Council each fall semester recognizing the Note Dame community’s Spirit of Inclusion. The Core Council works to identify the needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual students, and helps to implement educational programming on gay and lesbian issues. The group consists of eight undergraduate students and four administrators from the Division of Student Affairs. Sr. Sue Dunn, O.P., co-chair of Core Council and assistant vice president for Student Affairs, said Solidarity Sunday has been celebrated since 1997 when the Spirit of Inclusion was first written. “We thought this is a wonderful way to [acknowledge] the spirit of dignity and the worth of all people, recognizing each person as a child of God,” she said. Core Council member Brandon Buchanan, a senior, said Solidarity Sunday emphasizes the importance of always having a spirit of inclusion and making efforts to bridge the gaps between different communities. A new addition to the Solidarity Sunday events was a coffee house, which took place Thursday night in Geddes Hall. Students gathered for refreshments, speakers and a night of poetry and prayer. Buchanan started off the night by leading a moment of silence for Declan Sullivan, followed by a prayer for anyone who has considered or who has committed suicide, or felt that he or she had nowhere to go. “The first was a prayer for becoming involved in speaking up for the sense of dignity and worth of others, and [Brandon] ended it with a prayer thanking people for their support and recognition; he appealed for people to walk with allies,” Dunn said. Poems recited during the coffee house included “Imagine” by John Lennon, “As I Walked Out One Evening,” by W.H. Auden, “Year’s End,” by Marilyn Hacker and “Hallucinations,” an original poem written by Core Council Co-chair Rachel Washington. A common theme of the poems, Dunn said, was being true to yourself. Selections from the Spirit of Inclusion were also read out loud periodically throughout the program. “I wanted [the coffee house] to be something everyone can go to, both heterosexuals and members of the GLBTQ community,” Washington, a senior, said. “I wanted the poems to express solidarity of every kind.” The Solidarity Sunday events continued Friday when students around campus wore orange “Gay? Fine by me” T-shirts to show their support for the GLBTQ community. Dunn said 29 chapels on campus distributed the cards Sunday, and during each Mass, participants said prayers to recognize the Spirit of Inclusion.  “After the communion in the resident hall masses, there’s a time for announcements. During the announcements each hall has a volunteer that reads a statement about recognizing Solidarity Sunday, that we honor the Spirit of Inclusion, and that we encourage everyone to pick up cards on the way out,” she said. In an effort to expand Core Council’s reach, Dunn said, the coalition was formed two years ago. The coalition works in cooperation with the Core Council, consisting of a representative from student government and various representatives from other student groups. “We have various clubs as well as student government that are part of the coalition,” Dunn said. “Coalition members can also include clubs that have some of the same goals that [we do.]” Senior Mariah McGrogan is co-chair of the Gender Issues Committee of student government. Her committee works in conjunction with Core Council to promote events like Solidarity Sunday and StaND Against Hate Week, which is a weeklong series of events sponsored by Core Council in the spring. “We’ve been publicizing these events to hall councils and Hall Presidents Council, and Senate has been involved in getting the word out there,” McGrogan said. She said a large part of her role as co-chair of the Gender Issues Committee is to help to advertise solidarity. Her committee produced posters this year in support of Solidarity Sunday. Dunn said with the help of student government and the cooperation of campus clubs, there has been significant growth in the Coalition over the last two years. She said she hopes events like Solidarity Sunday will continue to promote respect for others on campus. “My hope would be that we could have a consistent ethic or consistent commitment to respectful dialogue, and not just a sense of toleration — of just accepting people and celebrating the differences, whatever they are,” she said.last_img read more

The Color Purple Will Return to Broadway with Jennifer Hudson

first_img Star Files Brace yourselves: J-Hud is coming to Broadway! The John Doyle-helmed revival of The Color Purple will head to the Great White Way this fall, after having played London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013. According to the New York Post, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will make her highly-anticipated Great White Way debut as Celie in the previously reported Oprah Winfrey (ever heard of her?) and Scott Sanders production.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the musical tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world. Doyle’s stripped-down production opened in London on July 15, 2013. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation.Hudson won her Oscar for Dreamgirls. Her additional film and TV credits include American Idol, Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Three Stooges, Smash and Black Nativity. She won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for 2008’s Jennifer Hudson.The original Broadway production was directed by Gary Griffin and starred Brandon Victor Dixon, Renee Elise Goldsberry and LaChanze, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Celie. Winfrey was part of the producing team for the original Broadway production as well.While we wait for The Color Purple’s return to the Great White Way, here’s J-Hud herself singing Celie’s big anthem, “I’m Here” for Oprah Winfrey at her Kennedy Center Honors tribute. Beware of belting. Related Shows The Color Purple Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Comments Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

Scot Widows musters £300m for high yields

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Delancey puts £100m portfolio up for sale

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Switzerland virus deaths top 500 as cases soar past 20,000

first_imgSwitzerland on Saturday saw the number of cases of the new coronavirus in the country pass 20,000, as its death toll in the pandemic swelled past 500.The health ministry said 20,201 people in Switzerland had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Saturday morning — nearly 1,000 more than a day earlier.The small Alpine country of some 8.5 million people is thus one of the worst hit compared to population size, now counting 236 registered infections per 100,000 people.  Since the first case surfaced in the country on February 24, more than 150,000 tests have been administered with around 15 percent coming up positive.Drive-in testing stations have been set up in several places, including in the capital Bern, to help simplify safe testing for COVID-19.In the past 24 hours, the country has conducted nearly 7,000 tests, including 975 that were positive, the health ministry said.Switzerland’s southern canton of Ticino, which borders hard-hit Italy, has registered most cases, followed by Geneva.As in other countries, men seemed to suffer more from the virus. Slightly more women had tested positive for the virus, but men accounted for 64 percent of the deaths, the ministry found.Switzerland has unblocked some $60 billion to buffer the harsh blow to its economy from the pandemic and the measures taken to halt the spread of the virus.The economic affairs ministry said Saturday some 1.3 million people, or a quarter of the country’s workforce, have applied for temporary unemployment benefits since the start of the crisis.Topics : At the same time, an additional 76 people died over the past 24 hours, bringing Switzerland’s death toll in the pandemic to 540, the health ministry said.”We have not yet reached the peak,” health ministry official Daniel Koch told reporters.Worldwide, well over 1.1 million cases have been registered across 188 countries, while close to 60,000 people have died, according to a tally compiled by AFP Saturday from official sources.The high incidence in Switzerland could in part be linked to the fact that it is among the countries that have administered most tests per capita.last_img read more

Christian Pulisic promises to be ‘back in no time’ after FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire About Connatix V67539 Read More / Coming Next Christian Pulisic was taken off shortly into the second half (Picture: AFP)Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has allayed fears about a long-term injury lay-off after he limped out of the Blues’ FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.The American winger put the Blues ahead in just the sixth minute at Wembley but he came off shortly after the break after pulling up with a hamstring injury.Chelsea missed Pulisic’s speed on the counter as Arsenal found a winner through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored his second of the game to give the Gunners their 14th FA Cup.Pulisic has had a promising debut campaign for the Blues and with such a short turnaround before the new season kicks off, supporters feared their star winger could be missing for the start of the Premier League campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Skip Read More 1 min. story Full Screen Comment Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement by Metro Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Aug 2020 5:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link949Shares ‘Gave it everything we had,’ wrote Pulisic.‘ Wasn’t our day.. thank you guys for your support I’ll be back in no time 🙏🏽’Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in August but the Blues must overcome a three-goal deficit to progress.Frank Lampard will therefore be hoping that Pulisic can prove his fitness in time for the start of the new Premier League campaign, that is set to kick off in the second week of September.MORE: Matteo Guendouzi snubs Arsenal celebrations after FA Cup win vs Chelsea Christian Pulisic promises to be ‘back in no time’ after FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal SPONSORED However, Pulisic has eased fears that he could be set for a prolonged stint on the sidelines in an Instagram post reflecting on Chelsea’s defeat. Top articles Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling PLAY Skip Ad Video Settings Read Morelast_img read more

Trendy apartments are embracing Kirra with 16 already sold

first_imgZinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra.Mr Barrett said the project was ultimately designed for owner-occupiers. “We have a massive impetus on architecture at Big Projects, the Zinc facade incorporates features such as weatherboard, breezeblocks and planter boxes for greenery, which pay tribute to the legacy of Kirra,” he said. CBRE residential director Nick Clydsdale predicted Zinc would be popular with potential buyers that missed out on securing property in the past financial year. “Purchasers are looking for quality homes that don’t comprise on lifestyle or amenity or break the budget,” Mr Clydsdale said.“They’re seeking the best that the Gold Coast lifestyle can offer.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoZinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra.“Personally for me, I was happy to see a first-home buyer couple purchase a unit as it’s exactly the type of market we were hoping to attract,” he said. “I have been really happy with the response and the fact that it’s been the local market that is responding to the project.”The development is 200m from the beach and features an array of resident facilities including a pool, spa, sauna, outdoor lounge and barbecue facilities. Zinc, an eight-storey building with 73 apartments at Kirra.GOLD Coast buyers have embraced new Kirra development Zinc, with 16 units sold since the project launched last month.Zinc is an eight-storey building on Haig St with 73 one and two-bedroom apartments starting from $399,000.Big Projects director Matthew Barrett said most of the sales were to local investors and owner-occupiers. last_img read more

New framework to address inequity for Māori in hospice care

first_imgIt’s the first of its kind, with extensive collaboration between the Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (The Māori Medical Practitioners Association), Totara Hospice in South Auckland and Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington. The collective told Te Karere the experience for Māori receiving this care needed to be “positively different”. “We really need to address this inequity, accessibility and quality to this service,” said Dean Ogilvie, trustee of Totara Hospice. Research and literature, as well as kōrero between health providers and the community, highlighted the need to improve the cultural safety and cultural value of Māori .READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. TVNZ One News 29 July 2020A new framework to improve the services for Māori whānau in hospice care has been launched.Mauri Mate is a new palliative care structure, which focuses on the quality, equity and compassion of hospices in Aotearoa. Māori clinicians, leaders and academics were brought together to ensure the framework was “by Māori, for Māori”. It involves improving the access for Māori whānau, as well as increasing the cultural competence and awareness of staff in palliative care.last_img read more

Twisters Take Tow Of Three At Franklin Invitational

first_imgFranklin Tennis Invitational.Franklin 3,  Oldenburg Academy 2OA Winners were Sarah Wilder (1 singles) and Ella Lamping/Claire Dickey (1 doubles) – both in straight setsOldenburg Academy 5,   Warren Central 0OA Winners were Sarah Wilder, Melinda Zitnick, Asley Sedler,  Lamping/ Dickey and Margaret and Ivy GlaserOldenburg Academy 5,  Southport 0OA Winners same as above.OA is now 12-4 on the season.Submitted by OA Coach Mark Wilder.last_img