Good news on the vaccine, but rough months ahead

first_img– Advertisement – Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday announced that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the disease.“What we’re hearing and what we’re seeing is that this is promising news, but it’s not the end all, be all,” said Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the systemwide special pathogens program at New York City Health + Hospitals.There’s a timeline for when the vaccine will be available and when it can be administered, she told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday. “There’s still some time between now and then, which means that we have some very rough few months ahead of us.”- Advertisement – More than 50.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, including 10.1 million in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Cases have spiked in recent weeks as the weather turns colder, and medical experts have warned that the situation could get worse.Madad said pharmaceutical companies have said vaccines may be available by the end of 2020 for priority groups such as health-care workers, but the public won’t have access yet.- Advertisement –center_img “We’re not actually going to see the effectiveness of these vaccines played out in the general population until sometime (in) quarter two of next year, so we still have some months to go,” she said.“This is a process that is going to follow a pretty fast timeline, but certainly it is not fast enough, with the coming months and the increased number of cases that we’re seeing around the world.” The next few months will still be difficult as virus cases continue to set new daily records in the U.S., an infectious disease doctor said this week in spite of promising news from vaccine trials.That’s because a vaccine won’t be available in time to stop the flood of cases that is likely to come as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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In Israel, Pompeo discusses West Bank and coronavirus with Netanyahu

first_imgBut appearing to dismiss reports that annexation talks were the purpose of Pompeo’s visit, a senior State Department official said: “I do think that we should dispel the notion that we flew halfway around the world to talk about annexation.”The Palestinians have rejected Trump’s plan, under which the vast majority of West Bank settlements would be incorporated into “contiguous Israeli territory”.The plan envisages a Palestinian state under near-complete Israeli security control, made up of stretches of land in the West Bank, as well as the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean coast and two expanses of territory in Israel’s southern Negev desert.In televised remarks on Wednesday night, President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians would review their peace accords with Israel and agreements with the United States should Israel annex West Bank land.”We will hold the American and Israeli governments responsible for all the consequences,” Abbas said.Violence The Palestinians deem Israel’s settlements illegal under international law, as do most world powers. Israel and the Trump administration dispute that view.With Palestinian leaders warning that annexation could imperil the already limited cooperation between the sides, there has been a spike in violence in the West Bank.On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager during a raid near the city of Hebron, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said Palestinians had thrown rocks and fire-bombs at the soldiers, slightly injuring one of them.A day earlier, a Palestinian rock-thrower killed an Israeli soldier who was taking part in an arrest raid near Jenin city.The Palestinians have tried to rally European states to oppose any Israeli annexation, as France pushes for the European Union to consider punitive economic measures should Israel declare sovereignty in the West Bank.Arab countries have cautioned against Israeli annexation, including Jordan and Egypt, Israel’s neighbors and the only two Arab countries to sign peace treaties with it.Friction over China Trump and his senior officials have engaged in a war of words with China over the coronavirus crisis and Pompeo did so again on Wednesday.Addressing Netanyahu at the start of their three-hour meeting, Pompeo said: “You’re a great partner, you share information – unlike some other countries that try and obfuscate and hide that information – and we’ll talk about that country, too.”Pompeo did not name China and did not give specific examples of Israeli cooperation in the fight against coronavirus.Israeli business ties with China are an irritant in Netanyahu’s usually close relationship with the Trump administration.The United States has previously cautioned Israel against potential security threats from Chinese investment in its economy, prompting the Netanyahu government to set up a committee last October to vet such projects.US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus briefly summed up the Pompeo-Netanyahu meeting as a discussion of “our nations’ ongoing efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and counter Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region, as well as the steadfast US commitment to Israel’s security.”Trump’s pro-Israel moves have been widely seen as an effort to bolster his appeal to evangelical Christian voters, an important part of his political base that he is counting on to help him win re-election in November.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Wednesday of the complexities of Israel’s planned de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank, saying after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the move must be done in accordance with a US peace plan.During a one-day visit to Israel, Pompeo took another swipe at China over what he said was Beijing’s lack of transparency about the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan late last year. China rejects allegations by US President Donald Trump’s administration that it withheld information about the virus.Pompeo held talks with Netanyahu and his political rival turned designated coalition partner Benny Gantz, a day before the inauguration of their new government. Topics :center_img The new government plans in July to begin debating extending sovereignty to Israeli settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley in the West Bank, territory Israel captured in a 1967 war and that Palestinians seek for a future state.In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, where he was quoted in Hebrew, Pompeo said the West Bank territorial moves were an Israeli decision that Netanyahu and Gantz have a right to make.But Pompeo noted the issue was complex and required coordination with Washington, which has formed a joint team with Israel to map out new territorial lines in the West Bank in accordance with Trump’s Middle East plan.He said he and the Israeli leaders also talked “about many other issues related to it – how to deal with all parties involved, and how to make sure the move is done properly” under Trump’s plan.last_img read more

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Academic Team’s Regional Super Bowl Results

first_imgState-IDStudents (L-R) PicturedFront: Carleigh Siebert, Joey Barr, Hannah RodgersBack: Kent Wilson, Austin Meyer, Adam Glaub, Tyler Ralston, Derek NobbeBatesville High School’s academic teams will be going to the state competition Saturday (May 7) after hosting the 2016 Regional Indiana Academic Super Bowl Senior Division on Tuesday, April 19, in the Batesville Middle School gym.The team’s 6 squads, English, Science, Fine Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Interdisciplinary, competed against 4 other Class 2 academic teams in the area: Franklin County, Greensburg, Rushville, and South Dearborn.Other schools competing within their classes at the meet were as follows:Class 1- East CentralClass 2 – Lawrenceburg, Milan, Switzerland CountyClass 4 – Jac-Cen-Del, NorthDecatur, Rising Sun, South Ripley, and South Decatur.5 of the 6 Batesville Teams placed 1st in Class 2: English, Science, Fine Arts, Social Studies, and Interdisciplinary.State-ScienceFront: Mikhaill Blaine, Nate DunbarBack: Austin Meyer, Tyler Ralston, Derek Nobbe, Coleman JenneweinThe Batesville Math team placed 2nd. The Batesville Science team missed only 1 question of the 25.The state results came in Wednesday, April 20, after all participating teams’ scores were submitted from around the state on April 19.Batesville High School had 3 squads qualify for the state Super Bowl on May 7 at Purdue University’s Loeb Playhouse: Science, Social Studies, and Interdisciplinary teams.Science squad members are Derek Nobbe (co-captain), Tyler Ralston (co-captain), Austin Meyer, Coleman Jennewein, Madeline Greene, Kiley Cline, Kyle Emsweller, James Wyatt, Dylan Flannery, Mikhaill Blaine, Lain Goewert, Nathaniel Dunbar, and Hannah Simpson.State-Social StudiesBen Craft, Tyler Ralston, Adam Glaub, Kent Wilson, Kyle EmswellerSocial Studies squad members are Adam Glaub (captain), Ben Craft, Derek Nobbe, Kyle Emsweller, Tyler Ralston, Kiley Cline, Kelly Gole, Kent Wilson, Dylan Flannery, and Melanie Werner.Interdisciplinary squad members are Kent Wilson (captain), Carleigh Siebert, Joey Barr, Derek Nobbe, Austin Meyer, Tyler Ralston, Adam Glaub, Grace Heppner, Molly Jones, and Hannah Rodgers.Good Luck at State!last_img read more

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Depression antidepressant use linked with higher risk of venous thromboembolism

first_imgJul 24 2018In the first review of its kind, new research has found that depression and the use of antidepressants are each associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The study led by academics from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the University of Bristol has also shown that each of the various classes of antidepressant medications are associated with an increased risk of VTE.VTE, a condition in which blood clots form in the veins of the legs or lungs, is a life-threatening condition and its treatment is associated with high healthcare costs. The research, published in Annals of Medicine, conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published observational studies evaluating the associations of depression and antidepressant use with VTE risk.There have been reports that both depression and use of antidepressant drugs might be associated with an increased risk of VTE. These reports have, however, been conflicting. Previous studies have reported mixed results, some reporting evidence of associations and others reporting no evidence of associations. The researchers have clarified the evidence by bringing all published studies together.Related StoriesCaregiver depression linked to increased emergency department visits for patients with dementiaSome children are at greater risk of ongoing depression long after being bulliedCPAP treatment for sleep apnea can improve depression symptomsThough the study could not prove if the observed findings are mainly driven by the antidepressant drugs or depression itself or both, it does show that a relationship exists between depression, antidepressant use, and VTE.Antidepressant medications have multiple indications, which include anxiety, pain, and neuralgia and their use is on the increase on a global scale. Given that VTE is a public health burden, the study’s findings highlight the need for prescribers and healthcare professionals to evaluate patients to determine their excess risk of VTE during their management.Dr Setor Kunutsor, Research Fellow from the Musculoskeletal Research Unit at the Bristol Medical School: Translational Health Sciences (THS) and lead researcher, said: “These findings are very useful to me as both a clinician and a researcher. It gives me the information I need, especially when prescribing antidepressant medications to my patients.”The research findings do not prove cause and effect and further studies are needed to show if the associations the study has demonstrated are causal and whether it is depression or antidepressant use or both which drives an increase in VTE risk. These would need to involve studies that are able to isolate depression from antidepressant medications. For example, researchers could assess if individuals who are not depressed but use antidepressants for a condition such as neurologic or gastrointestinal disease, are at an increased risk of VTE.​Source: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2018/july/vte-depression.htmllast_img read more

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