H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Working while ill, Sanofi’s vaccine, ICUs could be swamped, China first to vaccinate, Canada’s vaccine deliberations

first_imgSep 21, 2009Poll: Many workers feel pressure to work when illMore than 80% of workers feel pressure to come to work when sick, and 69% have received little direction from employers on pandemic H1N1, according to a survey released today. The poll of 1,028 employees by Mansfield Communications found that 84% of workers believe the recession creates more pressure to show up for work, even when they’re feeling sick. Mansfield’s Rob Ireland said that employers need to communicate clearly about extended sick-leave policies and how to minimize disease spread.http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS58759+21-Sep-2009+BW20090921Sep 21 Reuters storyUS orders 27.3 million more doses of Sanofi vaccineThe US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has ordered another 27.3 million 15-microgram doses of pandemic H1N1 vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur, bringing the total government order of Sanofi vaccine to 75.3 million doses, the company announced today. HHS had previously ordered a total of about 195 million doses from five companies. Sanofi’s H1N1 vaccine and versions made by Novartis, CSL Ltd., and MedImmune were licensed by the Food and Drug Administration last week.http://www.vaccineplace.com/docs/US_ADD_ORDER_H1N1_VACCINE_ENG_210909.pdfSep 21 Sanofi press releaseSanofi projects mid October for US vaccine deliveryAn official from Sanofi said today that the company would begin delivering pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine to the United States by mid October, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Chris Viehbacher, head of the France-based company, said Sanofi would be able to produce at least 800 million doses of pandemic flu vaccine per year.http://www.wtopnews.com/?nid=105&sid=1767120Sep 21 AP storyWHO’s Chan says severe cases could overwhelm ICUsMargaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), told a WHO Western Pacific regional meeting today that the overall clinical picture of the pandemic H1N1 virus is reassuring, but health officials are increasingly concerned about a small group of patients who rapidly become severely ill. Though numbers have been small, they could burden intensive care units as infections spread. She said the second wave of the pandemic appears to be beginning.http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2009/WPRO_ceremony_20090925/en/index.htmlSep 21 Margaret Chan speechChina begins immunizing studentsChina today became the first country to start administering the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Medical workers are vaccinating students who will take part in National Day celebrations. Health workers, border inspectors, and transportation workers will also be among the first to receive vaccine, followed by the military, police, children and their teachers, and those with chronic conditions.http://health.yahoo.com/news/afp/healthfluchina_20090921133554.htmlSep 21 AFP storyCanadian experts applaud deliberate vaccine process|Some of Canada’s infectious disease experts are applauding the country’s decision to put its pandemic vaccine through the full approval process, rather than speeding it through with an emergency use authorization, the Canadian Press reported. One expert said the vaccine uses an adjuvant that hasn’t been used before, and a more thorough and deliberate review could avoid future problems and build public trust in the new vaccine.http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5g3xUqfcj5tds9LjeSUvnZSpdrJQASep 20 Canadian Press storyHealth departments’ job losses accelerateBudget cuts forced public health departments to cut 8,000 positions between January and June, according to a new survey from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The trends reflects a big increase in the continuing erosion of the health department workforce, which lost more jobs in the first 6 months of 2009 than all of 2008. The news comes as departments prepare to launch two immunization campaigns, one for seasonal flu and the other for the pandemic H1N1.http://www.naccho.org/press/releases/0921.cfmSep 21 NACCHO press releaselast_img read more

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Former Trojan And Current Saint Track Standout Jacob Steinmetz Named USTFCAA Indoor Track All-Academic Individual

first_imgFormer East Central Trojan and current Thomas More University senior Jacob Steinmetz was recently named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCAA) All-Academic Individual for the indoor season. To be named a USTFCCCA All-Academic athlete, the student-athlete must have a cumulative 3.25 GPA, achieved an A or B standard in a championship event and completed at least two semesters or three quarters at the certifying institution. Steinmetz finished 12th at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in the weight throw with a school-record mark of 17.22-meters (56-06). He qualified for the national championship with a throw of 17.03 meters. Steinmetz also broke the Mid-South Conference Championships meet record with a throw of 16.78 meters. He was named the Mid-South Conference Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week three times this season. Thomas More’s Saints are scheduled to open the 2021 indoor season on January 23 when they compete at the Otterbein University Invitational in Westerville, Ohio.Photo and story courtesy of Thomas More University.last_img read more

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LA Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell standing out in his draft class

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Everybody else out there seemed to be worried and wondering if we did the right thing. Now everybody is looking at it like, ‘Man, this man can play a little bit,’ ” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Russell. “When you’re a high draft pick, everybody expects you to come out like guns are blazing and you’re supposed to sustain that for 82-plus games. That just doesn’t happen.“I’m sure they’re extremely happy with Porzingis over in New York just like we’re extremely happy with D’Angelo.”Scott said he and Russell never talked about where he stood in regards to his draft stock. But Scott stressed to him not to pay attention toward any public scrutiny before saying, “We took you for a reason and we know you’re going to be a hell of a basketball player.”Russell admitted monitoring specific rookies, such as Towns and Phoenix’s Devin Booker, since they remain close friends. But Russell has continuously downplayed rookie comparisons.“It’s all about the opportunity,” Russell said. “Everybody has a different route toward reaching their potential. Some people bloom early and some people bloom late. If I’m a late bloomer and I’m around this league for a long time, I would prefer that.” Story timeScott will gladly reminisce about the Showtime Lakers anytime a reporter asks. But he has resisted talking much about his 14-year NBA career with his players, for one specific reason.“Some of them don’t want to hear some of the stories we had and the success we had,” Scott said. “I try to talk about them about the things they can do.” There marked one exception on Saturday. Scott and Lakers trainer Gary Vitti brought up former NBA guard Sleepy Floyd, who was drafted by the former New Jersey Nets 13th in 1982 and once got in a fight with Scott. Scott shared that Russell asked, “Who’s that?”Injury updateScott expects both Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams to play in Sunday’s game against New York. Bryant missed practice on Saturday, but Scott believes Bryant’s pain in his right shoulder will not be an issue.Williams practiced on Saturday for the first time in a week and had no reported setbacks in his previously strained left hamstring. center_img The bench provided a visible reminder to D’Angelo Russell that he remains far from the finished product he wanted to become during his rookie season. So did a few of his contemporaries named Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis, all of whom initially posted better numbers than Russell.But when the Lakers (14-52) host the New York Knicks (27-4) on Sunday at Staples Center, the inevitable storyline between Porzingis and Russell will cast the Lakers’ rookie in a positive light. Russell still ranks fourth in his rookie class in points (13.5), 14th in shooting percentage (42.7) and third in assists (3.5). But that does not fully account for his numbers in the 10 games since he has become a starter, during which he has averaged 21 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from 3-point range.Since the NBA All-Star break, Russell has also topped Porzingis in points (19.8 to 14.4) and minutes played (32.2 to 25.5). Meanwhile, Okafor will need season-ending surgery on his right knee.last_img read more

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