H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: No vaccine decision, cases near 6,500, low vaccine demand, flu research

first_imgMay 14, 2009WHO: No decision yet on H1N1 vaccine productionExperts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) today made no decision on recommending mass production of a vaccine for the novel H1N1 virus, and how soon such a recommendation might come is uncertain, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO. “No big decision, no pronouncements,” he told reporters. Calling the issue “enormously complicated,” he said a series of additional meetings will be needed. “It’s not possible to say a decision will be made by this [a specific] date,” he said.[May 14 WHO briefing audio file]Global novel influenza total tops 6,000The global number of novel H1N1 influenza cases reached 6,497 in 33 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 2,446 cases and 60 deaths in Mexico, 3,352 cases and 3 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, and 8 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. Other countries with more than a dozen cases include Spain (100), the United Kingdom (71), Panama (29), and France (14).[WHO update 28]US novel flu cases pass 4,000Today the US tally of confirmed H1N1 cases grew to 4,298, of which 3 were fatal, in 47 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. North Dakota and Arkansas, with one case each, were added to the list of affected states today.[Current CDC numbers]WHO shortens upcoming World Health AssemblyThe WHO today announced a shortened schedule for the upcoming World Health Assembly. The WHO had been considering the move to allow more time for health ministers to address H1N1 issues in their own countries. The WHA starting date is still May 18, but the meeting will end on May 22 instead of May 27. The agenda includes pandemic preparedness, influenza virus sharing, the International Health Regulations, and WHO budgets and administration.[May 14 WHO statement]Poll finds low demand for potential new flu vaccineA Zogby/University of Texas poll found that only 30% of respondents would get a vaccine for the novel H1N1 outbreak if one was available. Only 18% saw the outbreak as a severe threat, and 96% said they have not curbed their visits to restaurants or malls. Forty percent were confident in the government’s ability to manage the outbreak. Only 36% of respondents said they received a flu immunization for the 2008-09 season. The online poll surveyed 1,442 adults between May 4 and 6.[May 13 Zogby press release]NIH renews support for Baylor flu vaccine researchThe Baylor Institute for Immunology Research recently announced that the National Institutes of Health renewed its grant, worth $14 million over the next 5 years, to design new influenza vaccines. The work involves molecules that target the immune system’s dendritic cells. The institute applied for a grant supplement to make a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus.[May 11 Baylor press release]last_img read more

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Robert P. Crowell

first_imgRobert P. Crowell, age 76 of Batesville, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born February 7, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, he is the son of Ruth (Nee: Steele) and Cecil Crowell.  He married Linda Pactwa August 3, 1963 at St. Paul’s Church in Hammond, Indiana.  Bob taught Industrial Arts and Drafting for 33 years before retiring.  His first two years were at Sunman and his last 31 in Batesville.  He enjoyed working with young people.  He started the Coonhunters Junior Conservation Club, worked on many projects with students through the Rural Alliance for the Arts, coached the high school track and cross country teams for 10 years and had a program similar to Junior Achievement in which his students would create a business, manufacture a product and sell it to the public.Other interests included being a member of the Tri-County Harmonizers Barbara Shop Quartet, a former member of the Coonhunters small bore rifle team and re-furbishing and re-finishing antiques with Linda.  They also owned and operated the Safari Camp Ground for 16 years. Bob collect gas memorabilia and loved to collect and restore antique steam and gas engine tractors.  A member of the Pioneer Engineers Club of Rushville, he had articles published in 23 magazines on the subject.Another love of Bob’s was cars.  Over the years he owned several collectable cars and was a member of the Corvair Club of Indianapolis, the Corvair Club of Cincinnati, Vintage T-Bird Club of Indianapolis, the Ford Model T Club of America, the Ford Model T Club of Indianapolis, and the Hoosier Hills Car Club.Bob is survived by his wife Linda; daughter Patricia Crowell-Gentles of Lambertville, New Jersey; brother James Crowell of Valparaiso, Indiana as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents.  Visitation is Wednesday, November 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday, November 16th, at the Batesville United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Renick and Rev. Charles Flory officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Safe Passage.last_img read more

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Takeaways: A’s 3, White Sox 2

first_imgMatt Chapman had just executed a Matrix-like side-belly slide, evading White Sox … Oakland Coliseum’s vast foul territory has its pits and perks.Sunday afternoon, the A’s home turf helped deliver the team a 3-2, walk-off win to seal a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox.Here are three takeaways.Unfavorable challenges and redemption inningsThe moment crew chief Larry Vanover took off his headset and pumped his fist out, it looked like the A’s hot streak would trip over a blip.last_img

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Nine convicted in Rohtak orphanage sexual abuse case

first_imgA special CBI court in Panchkula on Wednesday pronounced nine people guilty of sexually exploiting the inmates of an orphanage, ‘Apna Ghar’, in Rohtak in Haryana. “One of the accused has been acquitted. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on April 24,” defence lawyer Abhishek Rana told reporters. In 2012, allegations surfaced relating to sexual abuse and physical and mental torture of the inmates, including women and minor girls, at the shelter home run by NGO Bharat Vikas Sangh. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had rescued nearly 120 inmates from the shelter after carrying out a raid on May 9, 2012, following a tip-off by three inmates who had escaped to Delhi. CBI probeA month after the raid, the shelter was sealed and the State government handed over the case to the CBI.A probe panel constituted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court had in its report also recommended investigation by the CBI into the entire episode citing sexual, physical, mental exploitation and the use of inmates as bonded labourers at the shelter. The nine who have been held guilty include Jaswanti Devi, the head of the shelter, her daughter Sushma, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, Jaswanti’s brother Jaswant Singh, cousin Sheela, counsellor Veena, employees Satish and Ram Prakash Saini, and a friend, Roshni. Rohtak’s former Child Development Project Officer Angrez Kaur Hooda has been acquitted.last_img read more

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