COVID: Experimental Drug Remdesivir Gives Hope

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) FRANCE 24 / YouTube / FDANEW YORK – Right now, health experts are working around the clock to find a treatment for the Coronavirus, and a doctor leading up a clinical trial for a drug called Remdesivir says they’re getting good results.Doctor Kathleen Mullane said COVID-19 patients who have been getting it have been recovering quickly with most going home in less than a week.Stat news reported the latest findings after getting a video of a conversation about the trial.Initially, Remdesivir was tested to see if it could help people who had the Ebola Virus but it didn’t do much. Multiple studies in animals showed the drug could prevent and treat coronaviruses related to COVID-19, with the World Health Organization pointing to its potential back in February.According to a video stat obtained, Doctor Mullane said most of their patients were severe and most of them are leaving after 6 days of treatment.To be clear, there’s no control group in this study so everyone is getting the drug which means it’s hard to point to the drug itself causing their improvement.Although, there are hundreds of trial sites around the world right now and thousands are part of the study.So the company who makes it, Gilead, said it expected results from the trial by the end of the month.last_img read more

Protein Impacts

first_imgA study by the Environmental Working Group assessed the climate impacts of 20 popular types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins and concluded that beef has more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times more than chicken and more than 13 times as much as vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils and tofu. Photo cred: iStockPhotoEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: We’ve been hearing for years how producing red meat is bad for the environment while consuming it is bad for our health. How do other types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins stack up in terms of environmental and health impacts?     –– Julia Saperstein, via e-mailNot all forms of protein are created equal as to the environmental and health implications of raising and consuming them. A 2011 assessment by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that “different meats and different production systems have varying health, climate and other environmental impacts.”The quantity of chemical fertilizers, fuel and other “production inputs” used, the differences in soil conditions and production systems and the extent to which best practices such as cover cropping, intensive grazing or manure management are implemented all affect the amount of greenhouse gas emissions a meat product is responsible for generating. To wit, lamb, beef, cheese, pork and farmed salmon raised “conventionally” (e.g. with inputs including hormones and antibiotics and feed derived from crops grown with chemical pesticides and fertilizers) were determined by EWG to generate the most greenhouse gases.EWG partnered with the environmental analysis firm CleanMetrics to assess the climate impacts via lifecycle assessments of 20 popular types of meat, fish, dairy and vegetable proteins. EWG’s assessment calculated the full “cradle-to-grave” carbon footprint of each food item based on the greenhouse gas emissions generated before and after it left the farm—from the pesticides and fertilizer used to grow animal feed all the way through the grazing, animal raising, processing, transportation, cooking and even disposal of unused food (since some 20 percent of edible meat gets thrown away by Americans).According to EWG, conventionally raised lamb, beef, cheese and pork also generate more polluting waste, pound for pound. Of these, lamb has the greatest impact, followed by beef and then by cheese—so vegetarians who eat dairy aren’t off the hook. “Beef has more than twice the emissions of pork, nearly four times more than chicken and more than 13 times as much as vegetable proteins such as beans, lentils and tofu,” summarizes EWG.On the health front, EWG reports that “eating too much of these greenhouse gas-intensive meats boosts exposure to toxins and increases the risk of a wide variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers, obesity and, in some studies, diabetes.”Besides cutting out animal-derived proteins altogether, the best thing we can do for our health and the environment is to cut down on our meat consumption and choose only organic, humane and/or grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy. “Overall, these products are the least harmful, most ethical choices,” says EWG, adding that grass-fed and pasture-raised products are typically more nutritious and carry less risk of bacterial contamination. “While best management practices can demonstrably reduce overall emissions and environmental harm, the most effective and efficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts from livestock is simply to eat, waste and produce less meat and dairy.” For more information, check out EWG’s free online “Meat Eater’s Guide.”CONTACTS: EWG Meat Eater’s Guide, www.ewg.org/meateatersguide.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Côte d’Ivoire president strives to show progress the country is making

first_imgDays before presidential elections in Cote d’Ivore, President Alassane Ouattara is trying to show that the country has moved on from years of political violence that stunted development in the West African country.Ouattara, who is seeking a second five-year term in elections on Sunday, was first inaugurated as Cote D’Ivoire’s president in May 2011 after months of political turmoil and violence that killed hundreds of civilians.After the post-election violence, business virtually came to a standstill in Abidjan and several other cities across the country.Ouattara will compete against seven others in Sunday’s presidential electionlast_img read more

Kyler Murray confirms at his pro day that he’s all in on football

first_imgMurray said he still loves baseball but knows “I can’t play both. So, is it out of my system? I don’t know. I guess. It’s a weird question.”The Oakland A’s own his rights for seven years, and Johnson said baseball is a sport Murray could always return to if the football dream doesn’t work out.”Oh, for sure,” Johnson said. “He could jump back in and do good at it. I think he’d pick up right where he left off. I think he’s that kind of dynamic athlete.” NORMAN, Okla. — Just hours before the biggest job interview of his life, Kyler Murray attended a baseball game.It was cold and windy at Oklahoma’s L. Dale Mitchell Park, and the Sooners rolled to an easy 9-1 midweek victory. One NFL coordinator in attendance and one scout expressed mild disappointment in not having an official 40 time, but both also said such a thing mattered little.Murray said he didn’t run because he was focused on showing scouts his arm and didn’t want to risk an injury that could limit his throwing session.Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Murray’s 40 time, whether fast or slow, would have been inconsequential.MORE: Murray fuels conspiracy theories by not getting measured “He’s athletically so far beyond anything in this game, and anything in that league at that position, that there’s just really, honestly, not that much point to it,” Riley said. “When you’ve got to get ready to throw … then you certainly don’t want to do anything that hinders that. You can risk injury. There’s a lot of things that can happen when you do all that different testing.”His quickness and speed — I think the tape speaks for itself. There really wasn’t anything to gain for him doing that today.”Murray hired former NFL quarterback and coach Jim Zorn to train him ahead of the draft. After Murray’s workout, Zorn explained Murray’s predraft strategy, his skill set and what’s ahead for his star pupil.”All 32 teams were here looking at him,” said Zorn, who helped Murray execute Wednesday’s throwing routine. “None of them would go away from this workout being disappointed at all that he wouldn’t run a 40. I think they have to be pretty excited. What I told him afterwards is he ought to feel really good about what he just did. He was very convincing.”Zorn said as a coach, he wouldn’t have even asked Murray why he didn’t run.”Watching him throw? Pretty impressive,” Zorn said.After the NFL Combine, Murray took some criticism in a report last week from NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly about his work ethic and study habits. But those critiques now seem largely unfounded. As football has moved to the forefront of his life, Murray has embraced the amount of learning that needs to happen.MORE: Murray’s agent bashes Casserly’s comments”I saw Charley’s comments,” Zorn said, “but that was with Charley not being around Kyler. Most of these young guys need to understand more about gap control, defensive techniques, the front seven; how do we identify who these guys are and what they are? And so those are the things that we’ve been working on. What he did, and I commend Kyler for this, is he went back to his coach (Riley) and they studied. That’s what was going to happen at the combine. He was going to get asked about his offense and what they did. I think he did very, very well.”Likewise, Zorn has no reservations about Murray’s taciturn personality.”When you’re around him for very long, you see that, ‘Oh, he really does care. He really is serious about this game,’ ” Zorn said. “What you talk about, he understands. … When you’re with him, you get it. If you’re not around it, yeah, he can be a little quiet or aloof or whatever.”Johnson isn’t worried about Murray’s work ethic. He recalls early in his first year in Norman, 2016, when he was still the Sooners’ pitching coach. His family was still back in Texas, so Johnson got an apartment close to the baseball field. Late one night, about 1:30 in the morning, the phone rang. Murray had been in the batting cage and got locked in the stadium.”He works at it,” Johnson said. “He wants to be great. He works to be great.””I felt amazing leaving the combine,” Murray said. “I thought every meeting I had went well. Didn’t have any, at least to my face, nobody was negative. I had fun with it. It was a great experience.”Casserly also said he was told by NFL sources at the combine that Murray’s leadership was subpar. How would Murray describe his leadership skills?”I don’t know,” Murray said. “Ask my teammates.”MORE: Riley says Murray all about winning”Anything about that guy is not questionable,” said teammate and first-round offensive line prospect Cody Ford. “His heart, his mentality, his mindset going into games. Kyler’s a different breed. He’s a great leader. He’s a great teammate. … For somebody to sit back and say he’s not a leader, it’s not right. They’re wrong in so many ways.”Murray acknowledges that it has been just a short time since he announced on Twitter that he would focus on the NFL and give up the baseball dream. To that end, his workload going into the combine and pro day has been laser-focused.”Trying to be smooth as possible on dropbacks,” he said. “Trying to be on time and accurate.”Zorn said Murray’s pro day was “more than decent.”You could see his ball speed. A lot of guys try to throw hard. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to throw hard and the ball can come out with great speed because he fires his hip really well. And the accuracy is there with the ball speed. I think that showed up to everybody today, the kind of authority he throws with.”Zorn said Murray is still learning — a lot. He recently spent time with Baker Mayfield in California talking about NFL protection schemes and how advanced they are compared to the college level. Zorn said Mayfield has offered plenty of knowledge about just the pace of learning in the NFL.”Baker was not shocked,” Zorn said, “but was taken aback a little bit by how much there really is to learn. Because you’re really learning the intricacies of a defense. You’re learning the details of coverage.”Zorn added, “we haven’t worked enough. He’s learning how to drop from underneath the center. He did a great job of it today, but I keep telling him, ‘Stretch your drop, stretch your drop.’ That’s probably the biggest thing he’s learning, how to be comfortable in a dropback from underneath the center and still throw accurately. You saw that today. He did a lot from underneath the center.”As far as the work that we’ve done, I’d love to have more work in the classroom as well. But he’s on his way.”center_img But there sat Murray, the future NFL first-round draft pick, maybe the No. 1 overall selection, watching his old team knock it around the yard.”Man,” Murray told OU coach Skip Johnson, “I miss this place.”MOCK DRAFT: Murray goes to No. 1 Cards, shaking up Round 1Early the next morning, Murray woke up and blew away NFL scouts, coaches and GMs at his pro day. Murray stepped on the scale (205 pounds) but declined to have his height measured, and declined to run, lift, jump or do agility drills. But he did stage an impressive throwing session, some 66 passes of all varieties — deep, short, intermediate, shotgun, simulated under center — and afterward, the 75 personnel representing all 32 NFL teams were happy with what they saw.So, yes, Murray does still miss baseball. But he left no doubts Wednesday with his quick release and velocity and accuracy that he is all in on football.”Just got going,” Murray said. “It was fun to finally do something.”last_img read more