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Local Health Officials Report Trouble In Properly Tracking COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPhoto: CDCMAYVILLE – Health officials in Chautauqua County say they are having trouble properly keeping track of novel Coronavirus testing.“We recommend that all county physicians and hospitals notify the Chautauqua County Health Department when a COVID-19 test is performed, but we cannot assure that we have record of every test that has been performed in the county,” said officials. “Thus, we are not able to give an accurate report of the number of tests that have been done.”However, as of Saturday afternoon, officials say there remains no confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thirty-four people remain in precautionary quarantine status and are being monitored daily by public health nurses.Health experts continue to stress the importance of following the precautionary guidelines and social gathering regulations. Complying with these guidelines will help decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus: Wash your hands (for 20 seconds) often throughout the day;Cover your cough and sneezes;Avoid close contact with others (leave at least 6 feet between people); andStay home.Officials say testing supplies and personal protective equipment used when doing a test, continue to be in very low supply, not only in Chautauqua County, but around New York State and the nation.“Please communicate with your healthcare provider’s office if you feel you have COVID-19 symptoms,” said officials. “They will assess your condition over the phone and direct your care. Just having symptoms does not mean you need tested; testing does not change the way your symptoms are treated.”Currently there is no vaccine or medication that will fight the virus.Officials are also asking residents to support local food establishments that are offering takeout, although they ask to continue to practice precautionary hygiene:Keep the suggested 6 foot physical distance between you and other people;Wash or sanitize your hands as soon as you get home and before you eat or prepare food;Wash your hands again after you unpack your groceries/food;Avoid touching your face;Only go to the store if you are feeling well; andThe CDC does not recommend wearing gloves or masks when shopping or going out to pick up food.“Stay well – make the most of your time at home; get out, move and enjoy some fresh air,” said officials. “And always, wash your hands and frequently touched surfaces.  You can wash that virus off with just soap and water.”Officials say the Chautauqua County COVID-19 Response team continues to meet daily to evaluate and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. This team is made up of local public health and emergency response professionals. Share: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)last_img read more

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Ohio, Five Other States Dropped From New York COVID-19 Travel Advisory

first_imgMGN Stock Image.ALBANY – Six states have been removed from the tri-state Coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from areas of high infection rates to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced the update Tuesday; New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey formed the tri-state advisory back in late June.California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio were removed from the list in this week’s update; Puerto Rico was put back on the list after being taken off last week.There are currently 30 U.S. states and territories impacted by the advisory. The full updated list of states on the travel advisory:AlabamaAlaskaArkansasDelawareFloridaGeorgiaGuamIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOklahomaPuerto RicoSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaWest VirginaWisconsinThe travel advisory quarantine applies to any person that arrives from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.People caught violating the advisory risk civil penalties ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, Gov. Cuomo said earlier this summer.There are exceptions to the quarantine travel advisory rules: Essential workers are exempt and stays of less than 24 hours in an area wouldn’t constitute enforcement. Share: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)last_img read more

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Wayne Brady Sets Departure Date From Kinky Boots

first_img Kinky Boots View Comments Related Shows Wayne Brady has set an exit date from the land of Lola. The Emmy winner will depart Broadway’s Kinky Boots on March 27 after beginning performances at at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on November 21. No word yet on who will replace him in Lola’s big red boots.Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.Kinky Boots also currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

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UVM Dean Domenico Grasso Featured in EPA Report of Science Advisory Committee Accomplishments

first_imgUVM Dean DomenicoGrasso Featured in EPA Report of Science AdvisoryCommitteeAccomplishmentsA soon-to-bepublished report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ScienceAdvice for EPA – Current and Future Challenges, recognizes the service andaccomplishments of EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) members, including formerSAB Chair and University of Vermont Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences,Domenico Grasso.Dr. Grasso, an environmentalengineer, served as Vice Chair of the overall EPA Science Advisory Board andChair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Committee on Valuing the Protection ofEcological Systems and Services from 1998 through 2007.  He isalso Chair Emeritus of the SAB Committee on EnvironmentalEngineering.  Grasso is featured in the report along with EPAScience Advisory Board colleagues from Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and the WorldBank.EPA’s strategy to reorient the Agency’s ecologicalresearch program around the concept of ecosystem services was evaluated by Dr.Grasso’s committee featured in the report.”Strengthening EPA’s ability to assess the value ofecological protection is a priority for the Agency because life depends onecosystems and the services they provide” says Grasso.  TheCommittee’s goal was to help EPA improve its ability to identify, quantify, andassess the value of the ecological effects of its activities, thereby helpingdecision makers to make more informed choices among environmental policyoptions.  This novel and important approach has”the potential to be transformative for environmental decision making as well asecological science,” according to the report. “I considered my EPAadvisory role a unique chance to serve and strengthen our nation’s scientificabilities and decision-making around environmental and economic issues,” saidGrasso, “It was an honor to work with so many distinguished colleagues fromacross the U.S. and hope our efforts continue to inform and advance the nation’s21st century environmental policies.”On-line of the EPA report are available on thewebsite:http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebSABSO/AccomplishmentsRepor…(link is external)Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & PublicRelationsUVM, College of Engineering and MathematicalSciencesPhone: 802-656-8748last_img read more

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A small investment of time and research can pay off with big PR dividends

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: https://mwcua.com Details You have no budget for marketing and public relations, but you know that some of the best exposure you can gain for your credit union is to through mainstream media, including business publications. Well, there’s good news. While there is a definite trend towards blurred lines between “suggested advertising” and straight public-relations driven placement, there are still opportunities out there. And oftentimes, they don’t cost you any more than the time it takes to craft a great pitch idea that helps a reporter who is looking for good stories to better position their publication or media outlet.If you’re working in the credit union space, there’s a pretty good chance that you are a subject-matter expert (SME). What is that, you ask? It is a person with a large degree of knowledge or expertise in a certain area – or subject.Where is this headed? Well, as an SME, you can easily position yourself for publicity just by paying attention to the calendar – both the physical one and editorial calendars. Editorial calendars are used by publications to highlight certain topics at specific times of the month, year, or otherwise.So, if you are an SME in finance, here are a few ideas for getting yourself out there and gaining publicity for your business, and thus, possibly driving traffic to your credit union’s website which could then result in new members and/or loan applications.Also, specific times of the year lend themselves to a financial focus – tax time, end of the year, the holidays. What this means is you can “pitch” yourself to media to discuss certain topics that they are naturally interested in, just based on the time of the year.For example, this is a link to the editorial calendar for Money magazine.A peek around the site and you’ll quickly know what stories you could potentially contribute to as an SME. Of course, not everyone can get into Money, but typically, local newspapers, business publications and magazines also have their calendars posted on their websites. You can also pitch to television reporters and editors based on your expertise and the cycle of the calendar.With Christmas is coming up in just a few months, now is the time to talk about budgeting for the holidays without breaking the bank. See how easy it is?With a small investment of your time, you could gain valuable publicity for your credit union.last_img read more

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This week: Cordray at NAFCU, data breach hearing, tax bill review

first_imgCFPB Director Richard Cordray will be at NAFCU headquarters Tuesday for a meeting with the association’s board of directors to discuss various regulatory issues affecting the credit union industry, including the bureau’s various lending and Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules.Also this week, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting Consumers in the Era of Major Data Breaches.” Witnesses include executives from Equifax, Yahoo!, Verizon Communications Inc. and Entrust Datacard Corp. It will be the first time Equifax’s current CEO will testify on the issue before Congress. Last week, NAFCU recommended ways for Congress to create a national data security standard and greatly minimize the number and impact of data breaches during testimony before a House Financial Services subcommittee.Today, the House Ways and Means Committee will begin reviewing the Republican tax bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which, as urged by NAFCU, leaves the credit union tax exemption intact. A mark on the bill from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, released Friday, further ensures protection of the industry’s tax exemption. NAFCU continues to review the bill for any additional impacts on credit unions. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Mesut Ozil finally explains why he refused pay cut and takes swipe at Arsenal board over redundancies

first_imgOzil claims he would have accepted an even bigger pay cut than 12.5% (Picture: Getty)‘People who know me know exactly how generous I am and, as far as I’m aware, I was not the only player who rejected the cut in the end, but only my name came out.‘I guess that’s because it is me and people have been trying for two years to destroy me, to make me unhappy, to push an agenda they hope will turn the supporters against me and paint a picture that is not true.‘Possibly the decision affected my chances on the pitch, I don’t know. But I’m not afraid to stand up for what I feel is right — and when you see what has happened now with the jobs, maybe I was.’MORE: Arsenal bosses to offer Mesut Ozil massive pay-off to leave the clubMORE: Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil sends message to team-mates after FA Cup final winFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. View 4 comments Mesut Ozil finally explains why he refused pay cut and takes swipe at Arsenal board over redundancies The German has not played for Arsenal since he refused a pay cut (Picture: Getty)Ozil was notably the only player who was publicly outed as having refused to take a pay cut, though he insists it was not a lack of compassion or generosity on his part but a lack of information and detail from Arsenal’s board.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told The Athletic: ‘As players, we all wanted to contribute. But we needed more information and many questions were unanswered.‘Everyone was fine with a deferral while there was so much uncertainty — I would have been OK to take a bigger share — and then a cut if required, once the football and financial outlook was clearer. But we were rushed into it without proper consultation.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘For anyone in this situation, you have a right to know everything, to understand why it is happening and where the money is going. But we didn’t get enough details, we just had to give a decision. It was far too quick for something so important and there was a lot of pressure.‘This was not fair, especially for the young guys, and I refused. I had a baby at home and have commitments to my family here, in Turkey and in Germany — to my charities, too, and also a new project we started to support people in London that was from the heart and not for publicity. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kSharescenter_img The German says his concerns were validated by the Gunners’ recent staff cuts (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil says Arsenal bosses ‘rushed’ the squad into taking a pay cut and feels his refusal was entirely justified after the club made 55 members of staff redundant.At the height of the coronavirus crisis, and with Arsenal’s finances severely hit, the north London club became the first team in the Premier League to agree to a squad wage cut of 12.5%.They did so under the impression they were keeping other staff members at the club in their jobs, but last week Arsenal announced a horde of redundancies that have disappointed many of the players. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lamprell Cuts Into Moray East Steel

first_imgUAE-based Lamprell has held a steel cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction of jacket foundations for the 950MW Moray East wind project offshore Scotland.GeoSea, part of DEME Offshore, the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contractor for the project’s 100 wind turbine foundations and three offshore substation foundations, contracted Lamprell to fabricate 45 wind turbine and three substation jacket foundations at the end of last year. Smulders is producing the remaining 55 turbine jackets.The 48 jacket foundations will be fabricated at Lamprell’s Hamriyah and Sharjah yards in the UAE.Lamprell expects that the USD 200 million Moray East project and walk-in work will be the main supporters of the company’s projected revenue range of USD 250-400 million for 2019.In a recent financial report, Lamprell said that ”lessons learned on the East Anglia One project in pricing against the in-depth understanding of the market and in managing project risk profile effectively have been embedded for work on the 950MW project.”Located 22 kilometers off the Scottish coast, Moray East will comprise 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines scheduled to be fully up and running in 2022.last_img read more

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Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed ‘can be reversed’

first_img Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share HealthLifestyle Type 2 diabetes in newly diagnosed ‘can be reversed’ by: – June 24, 2011 Researchers found that blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal in one week.An extreme eight-week diet of 600 calories a day can reverse Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease, says a Diabetologia study.Newcastle University researchers found the low-calorie diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal.Seven out of 11 people studied were free of diabetes three months later, say findings published in the journal.More research is needed to see whether the reversal is permanent, say experts.Type 2 diabetes affects 2.5m people in the UK. It develops when not enough insulin is produced in the body or the insulin that is made by the body doesn’t work properly.When this happens, glucose – a type of sugar – builds up in the blood instead of being broken down into energy or fuel which the body needs.The 11 participants in the study were all diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the previous four years.They cut their food intake drastically for two months, eating only liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables.Fat loss After one week of the diet, researchers found that the pre-breakfast blood sugar levels of all participants had returned to normal.MRI scans of their pancreases also revealed that the fat levels in the organ had decreased from around 8% – an elevated level – to a more normal 6%.Three months after the end of the diet, when participants had returned to eating normally and received advice on healthy eating and portion size, most no longer suffered from the condition.Professor Roy Taylor, director of Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University and lead study author, said he was not suggesting that people should follow the diet.“This diet was only used to test the hypothesis that if people lose substantial weight they will lose their diabetes.“Although this study involved people diagnosed with diabetes within the last four years, there is potential for people with longer-standing diabetes to turn things around too.”Susceptibility questionDr Ee Lin Lim, also from Newcastle University’s research team, said that although dietary factors were already known to have an impact on Type 2 diabetes, the research showed that the disease did not have to be a life sentence.“It’s easy to take a pill, but harder to change lifestyle for good. Asking people to shift weight does actually work,” she said.However, not everyone in the study managed to stay free of diabetes.“It all depends on how much individuals are susceptible to diabetes. We need to find out why some people are more susceptible than others, then target these obese people. We can’t know the reasons for that in this study,” Dr Lim said.Professor Edwin Gale, a diabetes expert from the University of Bristol, said the study did not reveal anything new.“We have known that starvation is a good cure for diabetes. If we introduced rationing tomorrow, then we could get rid of diabetes in this country.“If you can catch people with diabetes in the early stages while beta cells are still functioning, then you can delay its onset for years, but you will get it sooner or later because it’s in the system.”But Keith Frayn, professor of human metabolism at the University of Oxford, said the Newcastle study was important.“People who lose large amounts of weight following surgery to alter their stomach size or the plumbing of their intestines often lose their diabetes and no longer need treatment.“This study shows that a period of marked weight loss can produce the same reversal of Type 2 diabetes.“It offers great hope for many people with diabetes, although it must be said that not everyone will find it possible to stick to the extremely low-calorie diet used in this study.”Dr Iain Frame, director of research at Diabetes UK, which funded the study, said the diet was not an easy fix.“Such a drastic diet should only be undertaken under medical supervision. Despite being a very small trial, we look forward to future results particularly to see whether the reversal would remain in the long term.”BBC Newslast_img read more

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Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant

first_img 19 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant by: – July 7, 2011center_img By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News, in StockholmThe replacement windpipe was grown in the labSurgeons in Sweden have carried out the world’s first synthetic organ transplant.Scientists in London created an artificial windpipe which was then coated in stem cells from the patient.Crucially, the technique does not need a donor, and there is no risk of the organ being rejected. The surgeons stress a windpipe can also be made within days.The 36-year-old cancer patient is doing well a month after the operation.Professor Paolo Macchiarini from Spain led the pioneering surgery, which took place at the Karolinska University Hospital.In an interview with the BBC, he said he now hopes to use the technique to treat a nine-month-old child in Korea who was born with a malformed windpipe or trachea.Professor Macchiarini already has 10 other windpipe transplants under his belt – most notably the world’s first tissue-engineered tracheal transplant in 2008 on 30-year-old Spanish woman Claudia Costillo – but all required a donor.IndistinguishableThe key to the latest technique is modelling a structure or scaffold that is an exact replica of the patient’s own windpipe, removing the need for a donor organ.To do this he enlisted the help of UK experts were given 3D scans of the 36-year-old African patient, Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene. The geology student currently lives in Iceland where he is studying for a PhD.Using these images, the scientists at University College London were able to craft a perfect copy of Mr Beyene’s trachea and two main bronchi out of glass.They then coated this was then flown to Sweden and soaked in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient’s bone marrow.After two days, the millions of holes in the porous windpipe had been seeded with the patient’ own tissue.Dr Alex Seifalian and his team used this fragile structure to create a replacement for the patient, whose own windpipe was ravaged by an inoperable tumour.Despite aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the cancer had grown to the size of a golf ball and was blocking his breathing. Without a transplant he would have died.During a 12-hour operation Professor Macchiarini removed all of the tumour and the diseased windpipe and replaced it with the tailor-made replica.The bone marrow cells and lining cells taken from his nose, which were also implanted during the operation, are able to divide and grow, turning the inert windpipe scaffold into an organ indistinguishable from a normal healthy one.And, importantly, Mr Beyene’s body will accept it as its own, meaning he will not need to take the strong anti-rejection drugs that other transplant patients have to.Professor Macchiarini said this was the real breakthrough.“Thanks to nanotechnology, this new branch of regenerative medicine, we are now able to produce a custom-made windpipe within two days or one week.“This is a synthetic windpipe. The beauty of this is you can have it immediately. There is no delay. This technique does not rely on a human donation.”He said many other organs could be repaired or replaced in the same way.A month on from his operation, Mr Beyene is still looking weak, but well.Sitting up in his hospital bed, he said: “I was very scared, very scared about the operation. But it was live or die.”He says he is looking forward to getting back to Iceland to finish his studies and then returning to his home in Eritrea where he will be reunited with his wife and young family, and meet his new three-month-old child.He says he is eternally grateful to the medical team that has saved his life. Share Sharelast_img read more

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