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  • PAHO trains health professionals to better detect, treat Zika-related illnesses

    first_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleNewsRegional PAHO trains health professionals to better detect, treat Zika-related illnesses by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 2, 2016center_img Share Share BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Caribbean health professionals are ending a two-day workshop here on Friday on the clinical management of severe neurological complications related to Zika virus, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome.“The workshop aims to build the capacity of health professionals in the Caribbean so that they are better prepared to detect and treat patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome,” said Godfrey Xuereb, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) representative in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries.Based on scientific research, PAHO said there is a consensus that the Zika virus can trigger Guillain-Barré syndrome.PAHO has said that 45 countries in the Americas, including the Caribbean, have reported transmission of the disease since the Zika virus was detected in Brazil in May 2015.PAHO said several countries have reported severe neurological cases associated with infection by the virus, mainly transmitted by the bite of an infected aedes aegypti mosquito.Since June 2016, the number of cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome has been increasing in the Caribbean.For this reason, PAHO said it is working to expand and strengthen the professional capacity to provide adequate medical attention to these cases.PAHO said new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for clinical management of patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome will be outlined in the meeting, focusing on practical approaches to implementation in different countries.PAHO said participants in the workshop are expected to return home and lead the process of developing locally adapted protocols to improve the clinical management of severe neurological cases involving Zika virus in their countries.Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare condition in which the patient’s immune system attacks the peripheral nerves.PAHO said people of all ages can be affected, but added that it is most common in adults and males.In 20 per cent to 25 per cent of cases, PAHO said the chest muscles are affected, making breathing difficult. The majority of those affected, even the most severely, fully recover, PAHO said.“We’ve brought experts at the highest level so that Caribbean clinicians are better prepared to provide the care required for a person with a severe neurological disorder,” said Pilar Ramón Pardo, PAHO’s chief of operations for the Zika Emergency Response.“These patients represent the most severe cases of infection Zika. They require a complex level of attention and care to prevent complications and speed their recovery.”PAHO said the experts participating in the workshop include neuro-epidemiologist James Sejvar, of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and neurologist Javier Carod-Artal, of the NHS Highland Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, United Kingdom. Both are members of the group that developed the WHO guidelines.Also teaching are: Dr Rodrigo Salinas, of the University of Chile, who has extensive experience in neurological complications due to Zika virus, and Professor Federico Montero, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Costa Rica, who addresses the key issues in patient improvement and recovery.The workshop is part of a series of training activities initiated in May this year, where health professionals from 16 Caribbean countries were oriented in the clinical management of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, PAHO said.last_img read more

  • Housing project locked down; resident positive for COVID-19

    first_imgClose contacts of Patient No. 585 would be tested. As of yesterday, 40 residents have submitted specimens for testing. Mayor Elvira Alarcon said the lockdown covered 64 houses. The lockdown started on Monday, July 13, hours after the resident’s test result was released by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. Alarcon ordered policemen to guard the entrance and exit points of the housing project. ILOILO – The municipality of Batad locked down for five days a housing project after a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease  2019 (COVID-19). The patient was a farm worker. She had fever and cough on June 28. The local government unit (LGU) of Batad would provide the needs of the locked down families such as food and water, among others. The COVID-19-positive resident was a 56-year-old female (Patient No. 585) now confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The patient had herself checked by a doctor on June 30 at the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, Iloilo. She was diagnosed with community-acquire pneumonia (moderate risk). During the lockdown, said Alarcon, there would be contact tracing. On July 8 she insisted on going home despite having fever. The next day she consulted a private doctor. She had difficulty breathing and had allergy. She was eventually taken to WVMC where she was tested. “Wala man sia sang may ginkadtoan, sa uma man kag tapos sa baybay,” said Alarcon./PNlast_img read more

  • Marijuana smokers increase

    first_imgAt 4:20 p.m. today, millions of people around the world are expected to congregate in public places and defy laws prohibiting the use of cannabis-based products.The number of marijuana-related arrests on campus has decreased 20 percent since last year, while the number of marijuana-related referrals has increased, according to USC Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.Students in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana are referred to the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, while those in possession of more than one ounce of marijuana are arrested.According to Adam Leventhal, a USC associate professor of preventative medicine and psychology, college students might choose to use marijuana because of a genetic predisposition, the euphoric and calming effects the drug can deliver, or because of the way marijuana is represented in modern society.Leventhal also said colleges often foster an atmosphere conducive to trying new activities and, subsequently trying new drugs.“Marijuana is an example of a new experience that people can try for the first time when they are in college, like certain sports or sexual activities,” Leventhal said. “Some students are sensation seekers and thrive on those new, exciting experiences.”Marijuana has been decriminalized in California since 2010, meaning possession of one ounce or less of marijuana is only punishable by a $100 fine. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor under state law, and results in a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.Some USC students, including Justin Hunter, a freshman majoring in computer engineering and computer science, believe marijuana should be legalized.“It is much less harmful than any legal drug such as drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco,” Hunter said. “It is [also] less harmful for the people around the user.”DPS is not planning to alter its operations or policies today, according to Carlisle.A study released earlier this month by the Partnership at Drugfree.org in conjunction with the MetLife Foundation reports the number of young adults who admitted to using marijuana increased from 32 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2010.The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, indicates the percent of teenagers using marijuana has not changed from 2007 to 2009. These statistics are more accurate, according to Adam Leventhal, a USC associate professor of preventative medicine and psychology.last_img read more

  • USC-Stanford Live Blog

    first_imgToday’s game kicks off at 5:00 on the West Coast.  All updates will be timestamped with game time. Be sure to check out our Twitter feed for instant info at http://www.twitter.com/dailytrojan6:54 4th Quarter. Stanford 34-28.USC is unable to score on the drive following Stanford’s touchdown. The offense hasn’t been able to get its running game going much but Barkley has been doing well. He completed to big third down passes on that drive, but stalled at the Cardinal 33 yard line when his passes on 3rd and 4th down fell incomplete down the left sideline looking for Johnson. The defense now has to do something it hasn’t done all half, stop the Stanford offense.11:11 4th Quarter. Stanford 34-28.TOUCHDOWN USC! The Trojans tie the game on a 6-yard pass by Barkley to Woods in 4th and 2. USC lined up with everyone on the line of scrimmage and Barkley play-actioned to Bradford before throwing off his backfoot to a wide-open Woods. The Trojans were stuffed on 3rd and 1 when Tyler got the carry instead of Bradford.However, on the ensuing kickoff Stanford returned it to the Trojans 9 yard line and three plays later, Luck found a wide-open Doug Baldwin on a 7-yard pass across the middle for a STANFORD TOUCHDOWN. The Cardinal missed the extra point.14:51 4th Quarter. Stanford 28-21.Touchdown Stanford. Luck threw a 2-yard pass to tight-end Konrad Reuland after scrambling for a while to extend the play. The Cardinal drove 82-yards down the field in just 6 plays, but were helped by the Trojans. In what has been a theme of this game, on 3rd and 4, Luck completed a 29-yard pass to Wilkerson to get down to the USC 33 yard line and then on the next play completed a 25-yard pass down to the 8.USC then committed another pass interference penalty in the end zone on a Shareece Wright interception and then Luck threw the touchdown. That makes it twice USC bailed Stanford out and committed a pass interference penalty in the end zone on a pass that wasn’t going to be complete. The defense needs to stop the Cardinal on third down and no shoot itself in the foot. This game could come down to who gets the ball last.2:59 3rd Quarter. 21-21.TOUCHDOWN USC! Robert Woods catches a pass wide open across the middle and makes a beautiful move to juke out a defender before racing 61 yards down the sideline for the score. The freshman now has 9 catches for 200 yards and I have a feeling he’s not done. The offense needed just five plays for the score, but it took a third down conversion when Barkley hit Johnson on a short out route for the 1st down. If the defense can get a stop or turnover here, that would be big for the Trojans.A few note on defense: Junior Shane Horton has been playing for Malcolm Smith at linebacker this half (and most of the first half) because it appears Smith is injured. Junior Chris Galippo is also getting a lot of playing time at middle linebacker for Devon Kennard. Could this be the change the defense needed? Defensive end Wes Horton is out for the second game in a row.5:39 3rd Quarter. Stanford 21-14.Touchdown Stanford. The Cardinal cap a 14-play, 92 yard drive with a one-yard dive over the top by Stepfan Taylor. The Trojans appeared to stop the Cardinal on their six yard line when a pass from Luck fell incomplete in the end-zone, but a pass interference penalty was called and Stanford got three more cracks. The defense has played better than it has all year at times, but it allowed multiple third-down conversions. We’ll see if the offense, which punted on its opening possession can counter.14, 92Halftime. 14-14.It’s halftime here at Stanford Stadium and it’s been about the big plays. When Stanford has gotten it’s running game going, it’s had very little opposition. But give credit to the Trojan defense for coming up with some big plays. The defense has stuffed Stanford a few times on third down and has forced two fumbles (both of which we recovered) after forcing just one through the first five games.As far as the offense is concerned, it’s operating okay but there’s been some questionable play calling from Kiffin. Kiffin decided to run the ball with 20 seconds left when the Trojans had 2 timeouts and the ball at the Stanford 40 yard line. Needless to say, the Trojans didn’t get any points on the final drive. Freshman receiver Robert Woods is the star of the first half, 7 catches for 117 yards and one touchdown. He is lighting up the Cardinal. Barkley is looking fine and Bradford is running over people. As long as the offense stays turnover free it should be able to stick with Stanford. The USC defense has shown at times it can be tough and has played its best football of the year, but other times it looks terrible. Hopefully for the Trojans, they can get that sorted out for the second half.8:33 2nd Quarter. Stanford 14-7.Touchdown Stanford. Sorry there’s spotty internet access up here. Cardinal running back Anthony Wilkerson runs to the right for a six-yard touchdown run. It’s too easy for Stanford to run the ball down the field. The USC defense has missed so many tackles after an impressive first series, and then a sack/fumble by Nick Perry. But the Trojans gave it right back when Baxter handed off to fullback Stanley Havili inside the redzone who subsequently fumbled it. The only way it appears USC can win this game is if it can score with Stanford.8:17 1st Quarter. USC 7-0.TOUCHDOWN USC! Freshman running back Dillon Baxter gets his first touchdown with a 8-yard touchdown run out of the wildcat formation. After much hype, Baxter struggled early and admitted this week that he wasn’t giving 100 percent effort thus far. But he said the three practices this week were his three best practices and it just showed. Last week, Marc Tyler got the majority of the carries out of the wildcat but coach Lane Kiffin is showing faith in the freshman.Baxter’s touchdown run comes after a methodical drive by the Trojans where they mixed short passes, runs with Allen Bradford and one long sideline pass to Brice Butler. USC got the ball when it stopped Stanford on three-and-out on its first series, something that has rarely been seen this year from the Trojan defense. Linebacker Malcolm Smith made a tackle in the backfield on third-and-one.  Strong start by the Trojans.40 mins to kickoff- Hey guys, Kenny here and we are getting ready for this matchup of 5-1 teams. Both teams are coming off of a tough loss and don’t want to start Pac-10 play 1-2. Stanford is the favorite, but USC still should never be counted out. It’s a beautiful day here in Palo Alto, 77 degrees with a slight breeze. Perfect football weather. There’s a bunch of USC fans (mostly students) here for the weekender and they have been tailgaiting a long time and ready to see USC come out with the victory. Should be a great game. Stay tuned for more info.last_img read more