Panel urges HHS to prepare for H1N1 vaccine safety concerns

first_imgAug 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An advisory committee today called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be ready to respond quickly to safety concerns that may emerge during this fall’s novel H1N1 influenza vaccination campaign.The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) unanimously passed a recommendation that HHS “develop, and where possible test in advance, a strong and organized response to scientific and pubic concerns about vaccine safety that may emerge during the 2009 H1N1 vaccination campaign.””The challenge will be to communicate effectively and to differentiate rapidly between adverse events that may be causally related to the vaccine and those which would be expected by chance alone,” states the recommendation.The 17-member committee said HHS could prepare in two specific ways:Assembling information on background rates in the general population of anticipated adverse events following immunization. An HHS official at the meeting said such events might include, for example, heart attacks and shortness of breath.Organizing drills or practice scenarios for how the government will respond to concerns about adverse events temporally—but not necessarily causally—related to H1N1, including identifying data resources and strategies for communications messagesThe recommendations are specifically intended for Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, to whom the committee reports.The recommendation comes as clinical trials of H1N1 vaccines are just getting under way. HHS expects to launch the vaccination campaign in mid October, when only preliminary trial results will be available.Planners are mindful of the 1976 swine flu vaccination campaign, which reached more than 40 million people but was associated with an increase in cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome, a temporary paralytic condition. Officials say vaccine safety and purifications steps are much more advanced today than at that time.The NVAC also approved a separate recommendation today that HHS develop a detailed overall plan for communicating about the H1N1 vaccination program. The group urged HHS to develop a comprehensive plan for achieving at least the following aims:Delineating the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic H1N1 fluReaching out to healthcare providers who do not usually supply vaccination services, such as obstetricians/gynecologists and internistsIdentifying high-risk groups and groups that are targeted for both seasonal flu and pandemic flu immunization, and explaining why these groups may differDiscussing and responding to emerging news and events, such as vaccine supply and vaccine safety concernsThe two recommendations were passed the same day the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology called on the Obama administration to speed the development of strategies to communicate public health messages to help reduce the impact of the pandemic, among other steps. (See related CIDRAP News story.)At today’s NVAC meeting, Jenny Backus, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, outlined steps the agency is currently taking to communicate with the public about preparing for both seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 virus.Backus said HHS pushed hygiene steps such as hand-washing and cough etiquette during the spring and renewed that emphasis starting in July. From now into mid September the agency will be spreading the word about the importance of getting a seasonal flu shot. The third phase will be to urge target groups to get their H1N1 immunization.”That would begin probably a week or two before we get the big bulk of vaccine out the door,” she said. “I’m projecting starting it about the end of September. We need a little education period; we can’t just drop vaccine into the states and expect people to get the shot.”Noting that the target groups for seasonal and H1N1 immunizations don’t entirely match up, she said, “We definitely have our work cut out for us.”Among other things, HHS has lined up 44 Congress members of both parties to tape public service announcements about flu immunization, Backus reported. They will be posted on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site and used in the lawmakers’ districts.See also:Aug 24 NVAC meeting agendahttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/pastmeetings/2009/agenda20090824.htmlNVAC home pagehttp://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/index.htmllast_img read more

MOL, Partners Get AIP for LNG-Powered Coal Carrier

first_imgJapan-based Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its partners, Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding, have received an Approval in Principle (AIP) from Lloyd’s Register for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier.The vessel design ensures sufficient cargo capacity without making the hull larger by installing the LNG fuel tank at the stern. In addition, the study is pursued based on installation of the tank cover with an eye toward preventing an onboard fire from spreading to the LNG fuel tank while streamlining inspection work.The three companies have moved ahead with this project and recently conducted a Hazard Identification Study (HAZID) and finished the basic design.MOL informed that this is Japan’s first joint acquisition by three companies – a shipping company, cargo owner, and shipbuilder – of an AIP for a vessel powered by LNG.“As stricter standards on exhaust emissions from merchant vessels have taken effect around the world, LNG is expected to see wider use as vessel fuel,” Japan’s carrier said.In addition to researching the feasibility of using LNG as fuel, MOL added that it strives to reduce its environmental impact, while providing safe, reliable transport services.The company will forge ahead with the coal carrier, which adopts expertise and technology gained through promotion of the R&D project ISHIN NEXT – MOL Smart Ship Project.Under the concept, MOL will adopt advanced support technologies for safer vessel operation and technologies for reducing environmental impact to newbuilding vessels.last_img read more

Ares Esport release 2018 jersey, designed by Raven

first_imgAhead of joining the upcoming third season of the Gfinity Elite Series, Ares Esport have unveiled their jersey for the 2018 season.UK based esports apparel firm Raven is the company behind the design. Raven’s partners include the likes of Team Singularity, Endpoint, Dynasty Gaming and more. The firm is one of the leading apparel focused companies in the UK, and you can check out their full range here. Rob Loveday, Marketing Director at Raven, said of the news: “This partnership couldn’t come at a better time for Raven.“We’re always happy to support esports stars reaching for the top of their game, and that begins with the clothes they wear.” Ares Esport are an organisation with an interesting set of investors and ambassadors including Bayern Munich’s James Rodriguez, Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur. The organisation is based in France but is set to open a new London based office ahead of the Elite Series. Ares Esport are one of three new teams hoping for some Gfinity glory this season, alongside Fnatic and Team Vitality. This new season also sees CS:GO make way for FIFA as one of the three titles all the teams will be competing in. “We are happy to partner with Raven.GG for the 2018 season,” noted Arnaud Barbezat, Head of Business Development at Ares Esport. “This move is part of our international venture and our expansion into the UK.”  Esports Insider says: We’re fans of this sleek design which’ll see Ares Esport’s players looking fresh in Fulham at the Gfinity Arena. Nice work by Raven, and best of luck to both parties with this new partnership.last_img read more

Lou Williams is 3rd Clippers player to leave the bubble

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Those two are healthy for the restart, but the Clippers now have huge holes elsewhere – including, now, the absence the three-time Sixth Man of the Year, who’s a leading voice in the locker room and who this season was averaging 18.7 points per game.“This year so far, we really have not caught a great break as far as being able to work together,” Rivers said. “I got to say this team so far, they keep impressing – me as, well – with their ability to figure out a way of playing together even though we don’t have a lot of minutes on the floor playing together.”Rivers also addressed the unique challenges created by the protocols put in place to finish the season on a closed campus during the coronavirus pandemic.“I think we all knew that we could start the league,” Rivers said. “The key is can we finish? I think that will be the big thing.“I think what the league has learned that teams have already known, it’s more than basketball that comes up. Guys have life going on. Whether it be a family problem, a kid problem, a wife problem, anything, there’s issues that come in these guys’ life.“We give guys days off all the time because of it. No one really notices it. Now when you’re in the bubble and you leave, it really targets it. I think in a good way in this, the public actually sees that the NBA players actually are human and they do have regular life issues going on.“The problem is usually with the life issues you can come back to the team and play the next day. Now with the life issue, you have to quarantine for 48 hours or four days. That’s very tough.“But we have to do that to make sure everybody stays healthy. It’s a tough one. It’s a tough blow for teams now when a family issue does happen because you don’t just get them back, you lose them for about a week. That’s different. But we’re all under the same thing.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Even down so many players, a league source confirms that the Clippers will stick with the 15 players they included on their restart roster, despite a tweet  from the G League on Thursday that featured a photo of Clippers’ forward-center Jonathan Motley with the note: “paint beast Jonathan Motley is headed to Orlando with the @laclippers.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Lou Williams is the latest Clipper to leave the bubble, according to a league source. The veteran guard joins teammates Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley as having departed with an excused absence.The Clippers, who are considered among the title favorites in Orlando, Florida, also continue to await the arrival of guard Landry Shamet and center Ivica Zubac, who have yet to be seen on the NBA campus, where the league is slated to restart its suspended season July 30.Williams played well in the first NBA action in four months during the Clippers’ opening scrimmage game Wednesday, when he led all scorers with 22 points in 17 minutes off the bench.After the game, the Clippers guard expressed his support for Harrell and Beverley and spoke of the “interesting” experience of playing without fans. The team also posted a short video of Williams sauntering down the hallway, pleased after the exhibition victory: “Undefeated in Orlando. Keep goin’. Twenty-six more to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before the league convened in Orlando, Florida, the NBA and its players agreed on rules permitting players to leave campus for certain circumstances, such as the birth of a child, a death in the family or other medical or personal emergencies, according to ESPN.If his absence lasts seven days or fewer, Williams – like Beverley and Harrell – reportedly will quarantine for four days upon returning to the NBA bubble if he has a negative test each day he’s outside the bubble, per ESPN.Although Coach Doc Rivers declines to comment on the specifics of his players’ whereabouts if they’re apart from the team, he acknowledged after practice Friday that it’s a challenge without his full roster on site.“It’s different, there’s no doubt about that,” Rivers said. “I do think it always hurts your team when you don’t have all your guys. Today we have a practice, a lot of our guys aren’t there. That’s never healthy for your team, especially a team that really hasn’t been together. We’re a new team.”This season, the Clippers (44-20 and seeded second in the Western Conference) are incorporating superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, both of whom were limited to start the season. George also missed the first 11 games as he finished rehabbing his shoulders following offseason surgery.last_img read more

Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine garner 2 silver medals at state track meet; Wellington has no placers

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine was the biggest Sumner County winner this weekend in the State Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University this weekend. Heidel finished second in the 100 meters with a 12.63 time, and second in the long jump at 17-01, taking home two silver medals at the state Class 3A track meet in Wichita Saturday.Much of Friday’s competition was rained out, so the Kansas State High School Activities Association started the meet at 7 a.m. And got the entire meet in Saturday. Heidel also placed seventh in the triple jump at 34-05.It was a rather quiet Sumner County weekend as there were no state champions crowned. Athletes from Belle Plaine and Conway Springs did the best at the state meet. Conway Springs girls finished seventh while boys finished 14th. Belle Plaine girls placed 13th thanks to Heidel’s performance.Mason Misak of Conway Springs was second in the boys’ javelin throwing at 180-07. Lucas Shaffer was fourth in the boys high jump leaping at 6-02.MaKayla Hollis of Conway Springs was third in the girls’ pole vault at 10-feet even. Also from Conway Springs, Alicia Carter was fourth in the girls shot put at 36-04. Also, from Conway Springs Skylar Misak was fifth in the girls’ javelin at 124-11.In Class 2A Oxford’s Kaleb Hunt was sixth in the high jump at 6-00. He was also eighth in the 110 hurdles at 16.39) and 13th in the 200 at 23.86.In Class 1A, Suzann Hagar of Caldwell was sixth in the girls’ 400 at 1:02.03. Colten Ward was seventh in the boys 400 at 52.58.In Class 4A, Wellington’s entries completed their events Friday with no state placers. Therefore, Wellington received any points for the boys or the girls. In the Girls’ 4×100 relay, Wellington placed 13th in the preliminaries and did not move to the finals on Saturday. The team members of Taylor McGlothlin, Jaycee Schettler, Dietra Sober, Camryn Ricke, Taryn Stoddard and Sierra Rademacher ran in at 51.84. Four of the six ran the race.Taylor McGlothlin placed 11th in the Girls 400 at 1:01.87 and will not advance to the finals.In the boys’ pole vault, Wellington athletes Matthew Mason and Lukas Soria did not place.Below are the final results for Sumner County athletes at the state track meet for Classes 1a through 3A.Class 3AGirls 4×100  6 Conway Springs 51.55          (Jera Wolke, Madelyn Koester, Makenzie Curry , MaKayla Hollis, Emma Barkley)     Girls 4×40011 Conway Springs                                      4:21.06   1             Makenzie Curry, Emma Barkley, Kayla Koester, Madelyn Koester, Lacey Pauly\Girls 32007 Devyn Smith ,  Belle Plaine 12:35.80   Girls pole vault3 MaKayla Hollis Conway Springs        10-00.009 Abagail Heimerman Conway Springs         9-00.00                 Girls triple jump7 Jessica Heidel, Belle Plaine   34-05.75      Boys triple jump5 Lucas Shaffer  Conway Springs        43-00.00Girls shot put  4 Alicia Carter Conway Springs  36-04.50             8 Miranda Huff   Conway Springs        34-10.00      Boys Javelin2 Mason Misak, Conway Springs   180-07       Girls long jump2 Jessica Heidel Belle Plaine   17-01.25       Boys high jump4 Lucas Shaffer , Conway Springs  6-02.00Girls Javelin  5 Skylar Misak   Conway Springs          124-11  7 Alicia Carter   Conway Springs          117-06Girls 1002 Jessica Heidel  Belle Plaine       12.63    Class 2ABoys 110 Hurdles8 Kaleb Hunt Oxford                   16.39Boys 20013 Kaleb Hunt  Oxford                   23.86Boys high jump  6 Kaleb Hunt Oxford                 6-00.00          Class 1ABoys 110 hurdles11 Jordan Schmidt Caldwell    17.44Girls 4x 100  8 Caldwell       52.95             (Emberly Blake , Hanna Stuewe, Suzann Hagar ,  Tylyn Ward,     Shelby Schmidt,           Madeline May)     Boys 4x 1008 Caldwell                                              46.12   2   1            (Dakota Volavka, Colten Ward, Jordan Schmidt, Ross Kuehny, Justin Brown, Jalen Risley)14 South Haven                                           48.87   1                (Garrett Bacon, Lucas Cully,  Zach Bacon, Dallas Anderson, Zachariah Pounds        Alex NicholsonGirls 4006 Suzann Hagar , Caldwell     1:02.03      Boys 4007 Colten Ward,  Caldwell     52.58            15 Seth Hemberger,  Argonia    54.43Girls 300 hurdles  8 Shelby Schmidt  Caldwell  48.52      Boys 300 hurdles12 Jordan Schmidt  Caldwell     44.28Boys 20016 Seth Hemberger  Argonia    25.18               Girls 4×40013 Caldwell                                            4:27.15           (Suzann Hagar, Tylyn Ward, Hanna Stuewe, Shelby Schmidt, Madeline May, Paytn Dvorak)      Boys 4×40011 Caldwell                                            3:44.08        (Colten Ward, Ross Kuehny, Dakota Volavka, Justin Brown, Adrian Arnett, Jalen Risley)South Haven15 South Haven                                         3:51.47     (Dallas Anderson, Alex Nicholson, Zach Bacon, Zachariah Pounds, Ryan Ingram, Lucas Cully)Boys 320014 Rustin Blaylock South Haven           11:42.94              15 Jaryn Halling   Caldwell              11:49.46              16 Zach Haxton    Argonia               12:01.25Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Kimmy Hagar · 219 weeks ago Shelby Schmidt is missing from the pole vault, she placed 6th for 1A Caldwell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Kelseymarie · 219 weeks ago Makenzie Curry of Conway Springs received 3rd in the 800m. 2:27:21 Report Reply 0 replies · active 219 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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