FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood

first_imgDec 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A test to screen blood and organ donors for West Nile virus (WNV) has won approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after 2 years of trial use.The FDA yesterday announced approval of the Procleix West Nile virus assay, developed by Gen-Probe Inc., San Diego, and marketed by Chiron Corp., Emeryville, Calif. The test detects West Nile RNA in blood.The test has been used to screen more than 29 million units of donated blood since June 2003 and has detected the virus in more than 1,500 cases, preventing transfusion of contaminated blood into as many as 4,500 people, Gen-Probe officials said in a news release.The test is intended to help protect recipients of donated blood and organs from the virus. The FDA said there have been 30 cases in which people probably acquired WNV from a blood transfusion, and nine of the patients died.”This approval is the result of a tremendous cooperative effort among FDA, other public health agencies, the test kit manufacturers and the blood industry,” Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a news release.”To develop an investigational test to screen blood, tissue and organ donors, and to get this test in blood banks throughout the country, and then licensed this quickly is a remarkable achievement for public health and patient safety,” Goodman added.Another blood test is available to help doctors diagnose WNV, but it must be used in tandem with other laboratory tests, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Procleix is the first approved test that stands alone, making it suitable for use by blood banks, the story said.Another WNV blood test, developed by Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., is still being used experimentally, Reuters reported. An FDA official said the agency is allowing Roche to use the test on a trial basis until it has enough data to apply for approval, the story said.Efforts to develop a WNV blood test began in 2002 when it was discovered that the virus could be transmitted in blood, the FDA said. With help from the FDA and other federal health agencies, biotechnology firms developed investigational tests that were quickly adopted on a trial basis. A total of about 1,600 infected donations were detected by the investigational tests, the FDA said.Close to 20,000 cases of WNV illness, with 762 deaths, have occurred in the United States since the virus first arrived in 1999, the FDA said.See also:FDA news release about WNV blood testhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108523.htmApr 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Six West Nile cases in 2003 linked to donated blood”last_img read more

MBB : CAPSIZED: Seton Hall sinks Syracuse in worst home loss since 1998

first_img Comments No one attempted to alleviate Syracuse’s worst home loss in more than a decade. Not Jim Boeheim. Not his players.‘The worst loss I’ve been a part of,’ junior point guard Scoop Jardine said.It was a loss that stunned the Carrier Dome crowd into dazed silence. That made Boeheim question the effort of his players. That caused both the SU head coach and his players to admit to the shaken confidence that has come with a three-game losing streak.And it all came as the worst-shooting team in the Big East — Seton Hall — roared into the Dome and put up its best 3-point shooting performance of the season against Syracuse’s once-feared 2-3 zone defense.The Pirates made their first seven shots — and first three 3-pointers — en route to shredding No. 9 SU’s zone early and taking a commanding lead into the half. Seton Hall (9-12, 3-6 Big East) didn’t slow down, pulling away in the second half for a 90-68 victory over the Orange (18-3, 5-3) in front of 21,950 inside the Dome on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in some of the effort tonight,’ Boeheim said. ‘We’ll see what we can do about that.’The 22-point loss is Syracuse’s worst home loss since Feb. 7, 1998, when the same Seton Hall program beat the Orangemen 85-61 inside the Dome. And this season, after the second-best start in program history, Syracuse has now lost three consecutive Big East games. In all three of those losses, SU’s zone has been exposed and decimated.‘Our defense is bad,’ SU shooting guard Brandon Triche said. ‘I’m playing defense bad.’Jeremy Hazell was the immediate difference-maker in Tuesday’s second meeting between the Orange and the Pirates. Hazell didn’t play the last time his Seton Hall squad squared off against Syracuse on Jan. 8, a game in which the Pirates started 0-of-17 from 3-point range.This time, Hazell was in the starting lineup and changed his team’s fortunes right from the opening tip. Fifteen seconds in, he got the ball beyond the 3-point line. Seventeen seconds in, there was no chance for another 0-of-17.‘Any time someone gets hot, you need to make an adjustment,’ sophomore forward James Southerland said. ‘Contain him a little more. We didn’t adjust.’The Orange’s failure to adjust let Hazell and a slew of other Pirates get hot early. On Seton Hall’s next possession — after Hazell’s opening 3-pointer — forward Fuquan Edwin hit a long jump shot from the right corner. Seton Hall made its next four shots, and then Jeff Robinson capped off the opening rally with a 3-pointer near the exact same spot where Hazell started it.Five minutes in, SU had given up a whopping 19 points. And though SU’s offense scored 11 points in that same span, it couldn’t keep up. And it was Hazell leading the charge with 14 first-half points.‘We haven’t had Jeremy Hazell for two and a half months,’ Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said. ‘When he’s out there, everybody looks like a better shooter. Him being out there and playing against the zone was pretty nice.’At halftime, Seton Hall had scored 43 on the Orange defense — the second consecutive game an opponent has scored 40-plus first-half points against Syracuse. And when the half was over, Seton Hall’s other numbers — along with the 43 points — told the story: 55.2 percent shooting and 63.6 percent 3-point shooting. And the Orange found itself trailing 43-30 at the break.Syracuse never threatened, failing to get any closer the rest of the way.‘Same thing has happened these last three games,’ Triche said. ‘They had a game plan — they followed it. We had a game plan — we didn’t follow it. The last three games, we’re just losing focus.’The second half only pushed the Orange further back. There was never a comeback attempt, like against Pittsburgh and Villanova. Seton Hall scored the first seven points of the half and quickly built a 20-point lead.The Pirates, who lost at home Saturday to Rutgers, picked up its first win over a ranked team this season. A team that shoots 29 percent from 3-point range on the season made 10-of-17 tries Tuesday.At the end of his postgame press conference, Boeheim called into question the effort of his players. And in the Syracuse locker room, his players wouldn’t dispute that fact, either.‘There’s really nothing you can do but move forward,’ Jardine said. ‘But it’s unacceptable to play that way.’bplogiur@syr.edu Published on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

La Habra draws defending champion

first_img11:00 La Habra High school will open the fifth annual Showtime softball tournament against Cerritos Valley Christian, and then take on defending champion Lakewood when action begins Saturday at Regional Park in La Mirada. Eight teams, including four Daily News schools, will play two games each in the tournament. The competition continues with pool play May 6, with the championship game scheduled at 1 p.m. that day. The schedule for Saturday’s first two rounds: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! (Field 1) 9 a.m. — La Habra vs. Cerritos Valley Christian; 11 a.m. — CVC vs. La Mirada; 1 p.m. — Lakewood vs. La Habra; 3 p.m. — Lakewood vs. La Mirada. (Field 2) 9 a.m. — Long Beach Poly vs. Norco; 11 a.m. — Norco vs. St. Paul; 1 p.m. — Long Beach Poly vs. El Rancho; 3 p.m. — El Rancho vs. St. Paul. Next week’s schedule: (Field 1) 9 a.m. — La Habra vs. La Mirada; 11 a.m. — Lakewood vs. CVC; 1 p.m. — Championship game; 3 p.m. — 5th/6th place game. (Field 2) 9 a.m. — El Rancho vs. Norco; 11 a.m. — Long Beach Poly vs. St. Paul; 1 p.m. — 3rd/4th place game; 3 p.m. — 7th/8th place game.last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: I was honoured to have been asked to talk at the ‘Fight Back Conference’ at Relay For Life 2015. My talk was on ‘The Positive Impact Of Physical Activity On A Cancer Diagnosis’.The following article is a breakdown of my talk. If you’re becoming more active during or after cancer treatment, you’ll need to consider how much activity is appropriate for you.This will depend on different things, for example any side effects or symptoms you may have and your level of fitness before treatment.It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body and you should start with gentle and low intensity activities.You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter.There are a number of tips that can help you to get started.They’ll also help you stay motivated; Join an activity group or association.Walk or cycle to the shops.Keep a record of how active you’ve been.Set goals you can achieve.Take up activities you enjoy. Make sure they are fun.Tell your friends about it.  They may want to join you.The activities you do will depend on different factors. Make sure you keep to the level of activity that is appropriate for you and choose activities you enjoy and, if possible, do a mix of activities:Aerobic exercises – walking, dancing, running, cycling or swimming – are good for heart health.Resistance exercises – lifting small weights or ‘sit to stand’ exercises that you can do at home – help strengthen muscle.Flexibility exercises – stretches, yoga, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong – improve suppleness. These are also great for balance.If you are living with advanced cancer, being physically active can benefit you. It can help improve symptoms such as tiredness, poor appetite and constipation.It reduces stress and helps you sleep better.Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do.To begin with try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting or lying down. Just moving around the house and doing simple day to day things will help.You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises.See if you can get your family and friends to join in with you.Resistance exercises can help strengthen your muscles and bones.This helps with getting in and out of chairs or baths, going up and down stairs, and going shopping.It also helps reduce the risk of accidentally falling. There are chair-based exercises that can help improve your muscle strength and flexibility. Example from the evidence;An RCT in Glasgow offered a 12 week group exercise sessions for women with early stage breast cancer as an addition to standard care.8The study found significant improvements in physical functioning, active daily living, shoulder range of movement, cardio-vascular fitness, positive mood, and breast cancer-specific quality of life. There were no adverse events reported. There was also evidence that the intervention group spent fewer nights in hospital and made fewer visits to their GP than the control group.  It’s important to get advice before you start becoming more active.Your cancer doctor, GP or specialist nurse can tell you what type of exercise is most appropriate for you.You can also get support from a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.Your physiotherapist can show you exercises that will help improve your fitness and an occupational therapist can show you ways to help you to save your energy so that you can take some gentle physical activity.Good evidence exists to support the promotion of physical activity throughout the cancer care pathway.Activity should be promoted to patients at all stages of cancer from initial diagnosis through to the later stages, where being active can continue to benefit physical function and quality of life. The evidence shows that if an activity recommendation is carefully tailored to the individual, and takes account of potential side effects, it is likely to have a positive impact.#TrainSmartIf you are unsure how to start or would like to join a friendly and supportive team, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnRelay for Lifelast_img read more