MBB : Eastern Michigan considers SU assistant Murphy top candidate for head coaching position

first_img Published on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy is under strong consideration for the vacant head coaching position at Eastern Michigan. EMU will give an official announcement on the head coaching situation Thursday, said athletic department spokesman Jeremy Allen.Pete Moore, Syracuse’s director of athletic communications, said he talked to Eastern Michigan about Murphy on Tuesday. He said the school told him its decision had not been finalized, but that it has completed interviews and that Murphy is a candidate.On Tuesday afternoon, FoxSports.com reported Murphy accepted the position. Phone calls to Murphy seeking comment Tuesday were not returned.Allen said Murphy is a top candidate for the position. He added that an official decision on Eastern Michigan’s next head coach had yet to be finalized, even though an announcement will come Thursday.The news comes two weeks after Murphy removed his name from consideration for an opening at Kent State, where he had been an assistant for two years prior to his seven-year stint at Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEastern Michigan is located about 35 miles from Murphy’s native Detroit, where he already has strong basketball roots. He helped coach Detroit Central High School to a Class A state title in 1998 and Crockett Technical to the Class B state title in 2001.The Eastern Michigan job would give Murphy his first head coaching opportunity in the college ranks. He will look to turn things around at a slumping program. The Eagles finished with a record of 9-22 this past season. They also lose their leading scorer, Brandon Bowdry.Murphy was hired at Syracuse in 2004 after assistant coach Troy Weaver left SU for a position with the NBA’s Utah Jazz.He became known as a prolific recruiter who helped the Orange develop some of its top young players over the past seven years, including Hakim Warrick, Terrence Roberts and Wes Johnson. At the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, SU forward C.J. Fair said Murphy was instrumental in his growth in his freshman season.Murphy was also known for penning the Orange’s popular 2009-10 season theme song, ‘Shut It Down.’aljohn@syr.edubplogiur@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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PAHO/WHO Urges Northern Hemisphere Countries to Prepare for Heatwaves

first_imgWashington, D.C. (PAHO) – In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the North American, Central American and Caribbean region to be prepared for heatwaves, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.The heatwaves that have had the greatest impact since 2000 were the one in Brazil in 2010 that caused the death of 737 people, and the one in Argentina in the summer of 2013-2014 that caused 1,877 deaths and left 800,000 people with no power, which increased heat stress in that population. According to health authorities in the United States, heatwaves are the natural phenomenon that caused the highest number of deaths in that country.Weather forecasts for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (the Region) predict heat waves during the summer of 2019. This could increase drought-induced stress, lead to forest fires, and have harmful effects on human health.Contingency plans to address heatwaves Due to the situation, PAHO has developed a guide to help countries in the Region formulate contingency plans to address heatwaves. This guide provides recommendations that the health sector and meteorological agencies can implement to prepare for and better respond to this threat, promote health, prevent the adverse effects of heatwaves, treat affected people, and save lives.The document stresses that heatwave contingency plans should be able to determine the extent of the threat, with alert activation procedures, a description of roles and functions, and intra- and inter-agency coordination mechanisms.The document also highlights that countries should strengthen the epidemiological surveillance of heat-related morbidity and mortality, the capacity of health services (training of staff, improvements in the design of new hospitals, and equipping of existing hospitals in high-risk areas), and enhance the actions of local authorities, the media, and communities in terms of inter-agency response measures, prevention measures, and self-care. The impact of heatwaves on health Exposure to heat causes severe symptoms such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke (a condition which causes faintness, as well as dry, warm skin, due to the inability of the body to control high temperatures). The majority of heat-related deaths are due to the worsening of cardiopulmonary, renal, endocrine and psychiatric conditions. Other symptoms include edema in the lower limbs, heat rash on the neck, cramps, headache, irritability, lethargy and weakness.People with chronic diseases that take daily medications have a greater risk of complications and death during a heatwave, as do older people and children.Reactions to heat depend on each person’s ability to adapt and serious effects can appear suddenly. This is why it is important to pay attention to the alerts and recommendations of local authorities.Preventing the harmful effects of heatStay tuned to weather alerts and forecasts.Avoid sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.Do not leave children or older persons in parked vehiclesDo not exercise or engage in intense outdoor activities without proper protectionDrink water every 2 hours, even if you aren’t thirsty.Keep the home cool by covering windows during the day and using air conditioners or fans during the hottest hours.If you have a chronic disease and take drugs, consult your doctor. What to do if there are signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke:Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. The individual should receive medical care in a hospitalStop all physical activity.Call an ambulance immediately.Go to or move the affected person to a cool site.Use any physical means to facilitate cooling (such as cooling the head and body down with water and fanning the person to reduce their temperature).Warning signs in moderate and severe cases:Heat exhaustion:Heavy sweatingCool, pale skinTemperature < 40º CDizziness or faintnessHeadacheRapid breathingWeak, rapid pulse Heatstroke:Red, hot, and dry skinTemperature > 40ºCThrobbing headacheUnconscious or in a comaRapid, strong pulselast_img read more

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FDA Approves Sleep Apnea Implant Treatment

first_img The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment option for patients with moderate to severe central sleep apnea—and it won’t leave you with unsightly CPAP mask marks.The Remedē System is an implantable device that stimulates a nerve in the chest responsible for sending signals to the diaphragm to stimulate breathing.A common disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while snoozing, sleep apnea leaves patients tired, and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and heart failure.AdChoices广告Aside from various lifestyle changes (weight loss, quitting smoking) or surgery, the prevailing treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, which requires a mask be worn on the mouth and nose.But perhaps even worse than sleep apnea itself are the lines and creases covering the wearer’s face the next morning.The Remedē System implant stimulates breathing in sleep apnea patients (via FDA)Enter Remedē System: The battery-powered pulse generator sits under the skin in the upper chest, connected to thin wires threaded through veins near the phrenic nerve. Small electrical stimulus—programmed using an external controller—make the diaphragm muscle contract, causing the user to take a breath.Two modes allow the patient (or, more likely, the physician) to set the system to generate pulses at a fixed rate (asynchronous therapy) or only when it detects a pause in breathing (synchronous therapy).“This implantable device offers patients another treatment option for central sleep apnea,” according to Tina Kiang, acting director of the Division of Anesthesiology, General Hospital, Respiratory, Infection Control, and Dental Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.In a six-month clinical trial of 141 adult patients, more than half of people with the Remedē System reported at least 50 percent reduction in frequency and severity of apnea episodes, versus 11 percent in a control group (sans an active implant).There is no word on the new treatment’s availability or pricing (for reference, CPAP machines range from $200 to upwards of $2,000). It is also unclear whether the implant is be a one-time procedure, or needs to be replaced every so often.The FDA did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. New AI Tool Can Help Doctors Detect Brain AneurysmsFDA Approves First New Major Depression Drug in Decades Stay on targetlast_img read more

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