Some immunity to novel H1N1 flu found in seniors

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgMay 21, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a search for factors that may give some patients a protective edge against novel H1N1 influenza, researchers said today that adults, especially those older than 60, appear to have some cross-antibody response but that seasonal influenza vaccines appear unlikely to offer any protection.The findings, from scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appear in tomorrow’s edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Results are based on microneutralization and hemagglutination inhibition assays on child and adult serum specimens that were used in previous vaccine studies by the CDC as well as its academic and industry partners.Epidemiologic patterns in the novel flu outbreak have consistently shown the disease taking its hardest toll on younger people—in the United States, 64% of the novel flu cases have occurred in the 5- to 24-year-old age-group. Officials have wondered if older people haven’t yet been exposed to the strain in the community or if another factor, such as preexisting immunity, is providing some protection against the virus. Only 1% of cases have occurred in people over age 65.Researchers assessed cross-reactive antibody levels to the novel influenza H1N1 virus in cohorts of children and adults before and after they had been vaccinated with a seasonal flu vaccine during any of the past four seasons.Before vaccination, children showed no cross-reactive antibody reaction to the new flu strain. However, the antibody was detected in 6% to 9% of adults ages 18 to 64 and in 33% of those older than age 60.Vaccination with any form of the seasonal flu vaccine did not provoke a response to the novel strain in children. Adults ages 18 to 64 who had been vaccinated showed a slight response to the new strain: a twofold increase compared with 12-fold to 19-fold increases seen against the seasonal H1N1 strain. No increase in cross-reactive antibody response was seen in people over age 60 who had been vaccinated.”These data suggest that receipt of recent (2005-2009) seasonal influenza vaccines is unlikely to elicit a protective antibody response to the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus,” the CDC reported.Though the number of sera samples from children was small, the findings suggest that US children are serologically naive to the new virus, the researchers concluded. However, the analysis suggests adults—especially those older than 60—have some degree of preexisting immunity to the novel strain.Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the CDC’s science and public health program, today at a media briefing urged caution in interpreting the results. Cross-reactive antibody assessment is an indirect measure of immune response, and though the findings are interesting, they’re not definitive, she said. “The laboratory findings we’re reporting seem to correlate with the epidemiologic data that we have so far.”Another reason to not over-interpret the results, she said, is that the microneutralization assay was used as a surrogate and isn’t the standard test the CDC uses against influenza viruses. (Microneutralization assays appear more sensitive, but researchers have not agreed on clinical correlates for the method.) She also said the study findings are based on relatively small numbers of patient serum samples.The response in older people could be explained by exposure to a related virus, exposure to a seasonal flu vaccine that provided protection, or that immune response to the new virus might be similar to that of other viruses, Schuchat said. However, she added that CDC virologists have compared the novel strain with past viruses and found that the new one is very different. “It’s not a close genetic match,” she said.She also said experts aren’t very impressed by the prevaccination-to-postvaccination ratio of 2:1 that suggests a weak response to the new virus. “That’s pretty wimpy,” Schuchat said, adding that the ratio for seasonal flu vaccines ranges around 12:1. “Wouldn’t it be great if there was boosting? But we don’t think we have sufficient evidence of that at this point,” she said.CDC. Serum cross-reactive antibody response to a novel influenza A (H1N1) virus after vaccination with seasonal influenza vaccine. MMWR 2009 May 22;58(19):521-4 [Full text]See also:May 6 CIDRAP News story “Fewer senior swine flu cases may hint at protection”last_img read more


Belgian metal industry launches €100m job-creation fund

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgBelgium’s pension fund for the metal industry is backing an impact investment fund that aims to invest in unlisted Belgian companies with a view to generating sustainable employment, and ideally achieve a return in the process.The investment vehicle, Invest for Jobs, was created by the social partners in the metal and technology industry in Belgium, meaning it is a joint employer/labour initiative.A private company, it has €100m in capital, €40m of which comes from the pension fund for the metal industry (Pensioenfonds Metaal OFP) and the remainder from the metal industry’s subsistence protection fund (FBZMN or, by its French acronym, FSEFM). The focus will now be on deploying the €100m of capital it has raised, although the company may carry out another capital-raising round next year or after that, depending on investment opportunities, according to Eric Jonkers, one of the directors.  The metal industry pension fund has some €1bn in assets under management.Freddy Willockx, president of the pension fund board (and former pensions minister), told IPE the pension fund decided to invest in Invest for Jobs because it felt it could contribute more directly to job creation. He noted that the investment was approved by FSMA, the pension fund’s regulator.According to a statement from Invest for Jobs, it is the only investment fund in Belgium to be run by the social partners of an industry.The fund aims to provide long-term financing of private Belgian companies that are capable of creating sustainable employment.The fund’s investment horizon is at least five years but goes out to 30 years.The minimum investment is €1m, while management fees are a maximum of 1% per annum.The fund can provide financing to companies in the form of equity, bonds or mezzanine debt.It aims to offer “a reasonable financial return for elevated social gain”, according to the statement.Marc Bolland, a director alongside Jonkers, told IPE it was not possible to give a precise figure for the targeted return, even though internally the fund has developed a target asset allocation.“Contrary to other funds, we are not looking to maximise financial profit,” he said. “Our policy is, above all, to have an impact, which is to support job creation. Financial return is, therefore, an integral part but not the priority.” He said the investment fund was targeting a stable long-term return “in the spirit” of the regulation on European long-term investment funds (ELTIFs).The social partners are heavily involved in the investment fund.They are represented equally on a non-executive board, alongside independent administrators/trustees.Nico Cué, secretary general of the trade union federation for the metal industry, CMB, is president of the non-executive board.Stephan Vanhaverbeke, director of social affairs at Agoria, the employers federation for the Belgian technology industry, is vice-president of the board.The presidency will rotate between the employer and employee representatives, who also appoint the members of the investment committee.Jonkers and Bolland are responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund, whose manager is called “General Partner to Investor for Jobs”, a private company.The vehicle is a regulated alternative investment fund, taking the form of a regulated alternative investment fund under the AIFM Directive.It is legally incorporated as a “société commandite par actions”, a limited stock partnership; any investor wanting to invest in the fund becomes a shareholder, with voting rights.last_img read more


Sandra S. Barrett, age 69

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgSandra S. Barrett, age 69, of Erlanger, Kentucky died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Villaspring Healthcare in Erlanger. Born October 12, 1946 in Brookville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Herbert L. “Whitey” Merrell & Aurelia S. “Ree” (Senefeld) Merrell. She was employed at Macy’s Department Store for over 24 years prior to her retirement. In her leisure time she enjoyed shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence, Kentucky. Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Barrett of Union, Kentucky; a son, Craig Barrett of Hebron, Kentucky; as well as one granddaughter, Devonee Barrett. Rev. Sean Danda, Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Brookville, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, January 30, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will then follow in St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery in Brookville. Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the services at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barrett family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more


Girls Area Softball Sectionals Scores

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgGirls Area Softball Sectional Scores.Monday  (5-23)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Rising Sun.Jac-Cen-Del  13   Oldenburg Academy  0Hauser  10     South Decatur  0Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switz. County.South Ripley  17     Austin  0Southwestern  3     North Decatur  1Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Madison  10     Lawrenceburg  0Franklin County  3     South Dearborn  2last_img


Bulldogs And Wildcats Battle In The Cold

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldog Track and Field team traveled to Franklin County tonight on a bitter cold night to compete against the Wildcats.  Both the boys and the girls came up just a bit short, with the final scores being close to the same as the girls lost 73-59 and the boys 74-58.  Being just a dual meet, points and awards are only given to the top 3 per individual event and only the 1st place for each of the relays.Scoring ast Place for the Bulldogs: Gabby Gibbs-Shot Put and High Jump; Liz Loichinger-1600m run and 3200m run; Haylee Harmeyer-400m dash; Emma Gausman-800m run; Adam Bedel-Discus; Garrett Wagner-110m Hurdles; Josh Myers-1600m run and 3200m run; Iam Yorn-300m hurdles; 4 x 800m relay-Liz Loichinger, Emma Gausman, Trysta Vierling and Haylee Harmeyer, and Quinten Gowdy, Joseph Choi, JJ Kuisel and Adam Moster; 4 x 400m relay-Stephanie Nobbe, Taylor Rowlett, Emma Gausman and Haylee Harmeyer.Placing 2nd for the Dogs: Pole Vault-Stephanie Nobbe and Christopher Laymon; Discus-Katie Bedel and Dylan Flannery; Shot Put-Dylan Flannery; High Jump-Kent Meyers; 100m hurdles-Roxi Hund; 1600m run-Emma Gausman; 300m hurdles-Garrett Wagner; 800m run-Quinten Gowdy; 200m dash-Haylee Harmeyer.And finishing the scoring in 3rd place were: Shot Put-Adam Bedel; Long Jump-Taylor Rowlett and Adam Bedel; 110m Hurdles-Ian Yorn; 100m dash-Stephanie Nobbe and Jake Cruse; 1600m run-Adam Moster; 400m dash-Zach Harmeyer; 300m hurdlers-Joseph Choi; 800m run-Christopher Laymon; 200m dash-Gavin Koester; 3200m run-Ava Ralston and Adam Hollowell.Despite the very cold conditions, I am proud to say that Batesville had a good handful of athletes to get a personal best tonight and they are listed below by event: 100m dash-Kayla Meyer, Shalee Harrington, June Pagaldai, Gabe Gunter, Austin Pohlman, and Jack Forbeck; 200m dash-Haylee Harmeyer, Taylor Townsley, June Pagaldai, Gabe Gunter, Austin Pohlman; 800m run-Trysta Vierling; 100/110m hurdles-Shy Laker and Ethan Brewer; 300m hurdles-Shy Laker and Ian Yorn; 1600m run-Nathan Villani; Shot Put-Rebecca Deputy, Georgie Doll, Mitchell Thomas, Adam Bedel, Luke Nuhring; Discus-Katie Bedel, Adam Bedel, Dylan Flannery and Grant Story; Long Jump-Taylor Rowlett, Shalee Harrington, Adam Bedel, Isaac Barker, Austin Pohlman and Ethan Brewer; 4 x 800 split-James Gossmeyer, Nathan Villani, Dillon Murray and Adam Hollowell; 4 x 400m split-Taylor Rowlett, Trysta Vierling and  Joseph Choi.Congratulations to everyone!  Was tough to do that in such cold conditions. Very proud of you all!The Dogs will get one day of training then they are back in the competition against Lawrenceburg. Hopefully the spring weather will arrive soon!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more


Van Gaal denies misconduct charge

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied a charge of misconduct in relation to media comments and requested a personal hearing on a date to be confirmed. Press Association Van Gaal said he would contest the charge so the FA’s announcement on Tuesday comes as no surprise. “Louis Van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge in relation to media comments and requests personal hearing, date to be confirmed,” said the FA on Twitter. “The Man Utd manager was charged following The FA Cup tie against Cambridge United on 23 Jan 2015. It is alleged his comments constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute.” Having seen the Barclays Premier League giants held by their Sky Bet League Two hosts in the initial encounter between them on January 23, Van Gaal said: ”Every aspect of the match is against us – the pitch, the referee, everything that you can think about is against you.” He later repeated ”every aspect of a match is against us”, adding: ”You have seen the referee. It’s always the same. ”Everywhere I have coached these games – and I have coached them also with other clubs – it’s always the same.” United won the replay 3-0 at Old Trafford. center_img The Dutchman said following United’s surprise fourth-round goalless draw at Cambridge last month that “every aspect of the match” had been ” against” his team, including the referee Chris Foy. The Football Association charged Van Gaal last week, saying that the veteran boss’ words “allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute”. last_img read more


CWI/PCL 4-day tournament…. Jaguars 61 runs short of victory target

Posted On Sep 19 2020 by

first_imgOPENER Devon Smith fell agonisingly short of his 33rd first-class century, but despite his effort, the advantage is still with the Guyana Jaguars, as the hosts closes in on victory against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the end of the penultimate day yesterday at the National Stadium, Providence.The tourists could only set a modest total of 165 for the hosts to chase, and at stumps on day three of the sixth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter, the title-holders were 104-4, 61 runs short of the victory target.For the Volcanoes there was little to be positive about, although Smith did at least offer some resistance in their second innings, battling to 95, but it was generally another disappointed batting display, as they were bowled out for 241.When the hosts chase began, they lost Tagenarine Chanderpaul off the sixth ball into the innings without scoring, before the demise of skipper Leon Johnson (12), Chanderpaul Hemraj (19) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11) during the final session of play, but any further hope the visitors had of making the Jaguars uncomfortable was withdrawn by Vishaul Singh and Anthony Bramble.Singh remained unbeaten on 48 while Bramble is on ten.Earlier, rain delayed the start of play by 45 minutes, with the tourists, batting a second time, resumed on 127-6, an overall lead of 50 runs.Smith, who resumed on 49, immediately brought up his fifty with a boundary off left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul. The 36-year-old was joined by his nephew Dennis Smith at the start of the day’s play, and together they showed no signs of nerves, as they frustrated the home side for most of the session.As the partnership flourished, both batsmen played freely, mixing caution with aggression before Permaul (2-79) brought an end to the 68-run stand when he had Dennis Smith trapped leg before wicket for a 74-ball 28, at 196-7.Soon after, Smith was bowled between bat/pad by Gudakesh Motie (2-46), an innings which spanned 271 minutes, 185 balls, with seven fours and a six.However, Shane Shillingford and Delorn Johnson survived until lunch at 214-8, with the visitors leading by 137.After the interval, Keemo Paul (2-56) removed Johnson with the first delivery of the second new ball before rain intervened. Soon after the resumption, pacer Keon Joseph (2-29) claimed the final wicket of Shillingford for 26. Medium pacer Sherefane Rutherford (2-19) was the other successful bowler for the Jaguars.After losing the 21-year-old Chanderpaul, leg before wicket to Johnson, Hemraj and Johnson took the hosts to tea at 23-1, but the Jaguars skipper was bowled by Johnson soon after the interval before Hemraj was trapped in front to Kyle Mayers.However, both Chanderpaul and Singh were given chances, with the 43-year-old dropped on eight while Singh was put down when he was on 30 and 41, as the visitors bowlers bowled in the right areas and troubled the left-handed pair constantly.But, the ever-reliable Chanderpaul was taken at first slip off Shillingford just before the close. Singh and Bramble then continued their defiance till the end. Play resumes today at 09:00hrs.Windward Islands first innings 117; Guyana Jaguars first innings 184Windward Islands Volcanoes 2nd innings (O/N 127-6)D. Smith b Motie 95T. Theophile c wk Bramble b Joseph 16T. Gabriel b Rutherford 9M. Bascombe lbw b Rutherford 9R. Cato lbw b Motie 4D. Hector lbw b Permaul 20K. Mayers b Paul 11Dennis Smith lbw b Permaul 28S. Shillingford c Paul b Joseph 26D. Johnson c Rutherford b Paul 6S. Lewis not out 0Extras: (nb-3, b-9, lb-3)Total: (all out; 84.1 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-45, 3-56, 4-71, 5-102, 6-127, 7-196, 8-206, 9-236, 10-241Bowling: Joseph 12.1-3-29-2, 18-3-56-2, Permaul 30-4-79-2, Rutherford 6-0-19-2, Motie 18-2-46-2GUYANA JAGUARS 2nd inningsT. Chanderpaul lbw b Johnson 0C. Hemraj lbw b Mayers 19L. Johnson b Johnson 12V. Singh not out 48S. Chanderpaul c Devon Smith b Shillingford 11A. Bramble not out 10Extras: (nb-3, b-1) 4Total: (four wickets; 32.4 overs) 104Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-28, 3-51, 4-88Bowling: Johnson 7-1-24-2, Lewis 8-1-30-0, Mayers 7-3-20-1, Shillingford 10-0-25-1, Theophile .4-0-4-0last_img read more


The Latest: Steelers hold back some of 2020 ticket inventory

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_img May 22, 2020 The Latest: Steelers hold back some of 2020 ticket inventory Badminton is aiming to begin its revamped schedule in mid-August at the Hyderabad Open in India.The world tour would resume at the Taipei Open from Sept. 1-6 in an updated calendar released by the Badminton World Federation.The Thomas & Uber Cup Finals in Denmark are confirmed on the new dates of Oct. 3-11 and the World Tour Finals have been pushed back a week to Dec. 16-20.The season-ending Finals in Guangzhou is one of five tournaments in China at the end of the year. That is not including the Hong Kong Open in November.The Asia championships scheduled for April in Wuhan have been canceled and the European championships remain without a new date after being suspended since April. Djokovic will play in all of the round robin tournaments. The other participants are to include Dominic Thiem and Grigor Dimitrov.Organizers left open the possibility that the “humanitarian” tour could be played in front of spectators.No professional tennis tournaments have been played since March. The French Open has been postponed and Wimbledon has been canceled because of the coronavirus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.The NFL released its 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14. The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date.___The Southeastern Conference is allowing voluntary athletic activities to occur on each of its campuses starting June 8, at the discretion of each university.center_img SEC officials noted the workouts would take place “under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.”The SEC had suspended all athletic activities through May 31 due to the pandemic. SEC officials consider June 8 the start of a transition period allowing student-athletes to adapt gradually to full training.The SEC decided to resume athletic activities June 8 with the guidance of the league’s task force on medical guidance and return to activity. That task force includes public health, infectious disease and sports medicine professionals from each of the league’s 14 member schools. The task force prepared a series of best practices for screening, testing, monitoring, tracing, social distancing and maintaining clean environments to serve as a guide for each school.Permitted actions are limited by the NCAA to voluntary activities supervised by strength and conditioning personnel.___ The BWF says it is still working on how to unfreeze the rankings and make necessary changes to Olympic qualifying.___Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is starting the “202 Assist” program to help with paying rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The John Wall Family Foundation set a goal of raising $300,000 over the next month.The program is named for Washington’s area code and will work with the city to find those in need and disperse funds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall. Wall is a five-time NBA All-Star who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft. He sat out all of the 2019-20 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon.His foundation donated 2,300 masks and hundreds of meals to front-line workers in Washington and in his home state of North Carolina in April.___Novak Djokovic is planning to set up a series of tennis tournaments in the Balkan region while the sport is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.The top-ranked player’s media team says the Adria Tour will start in Belgrade on June 13 and end on July 5 with Djokovic’s exhibition match against Bosnian player Damir Dzumhur in Sarajevo. The other events are scheduled for the Croatian Adriatic resort of Zadar, Montenegro and Banja Luka in northern Bosnia.last_img read more


Cheruiyot unstoppable

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgTIMOTHY Cheruiyot led from gun to tape in Doha on Sunday  night to add a world 1500m gold to the silver he collected two years ago, finishing fully two seconds clear of an eye-wateringly good field to clock 3:29.26, half a second off his 2019 world-leading mark.Silver went to Algeria’s London 2012 champion Taoufik Makhloufi in 3:31.38 and bronze to European indoor champion Marcin Lewandowski in a Polish record of 3:31.46.For Norway’s 19-year-old European 1500 and 5000m champion, who had finished fifth in the longer race on day four, finished a frustrated and perplexed fourth in 3:31.70.last_img read more


Ladies Chess Tournament Debuts in Ibadan

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_img“Rating level of our female players on FIDE chart is relatively low when compared with their male counterparts. This explains why an event like this is a step in right direction as a way of encouraging them to be the best among their peers in both continental and world level,” he remarked Tuesday night in a telephone interview.The event is organised by chess enthusiasts under the aegis of ‘Just Chess Venture’.All notable female players from all the states of the federation are participating at the tournament among whom are Toritsemuwa Ofowino, Akintoye Deborah, Doris Adebayo, Peace Sampson, Olufunmilayo Oyegunle, Labake Coker and Amarachi Agiri among others.The event will climax on Sunday with attractive prizes to all the deserved winners. A special celebration is in place for the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF), Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, who will attain the Golden Age same day.On Saturday, FIDE Master, Adegboyega Adebayo, will engage 20 of the participating players in a simultaneous chess exhibition display.As at the time of this report, Akintoye, Adebayo, Ofowino, Sampson and Omishogbon all had perfect scores after the first two rounds on Tuesday.The event is a combination of Swiss and knockout pairing. The first five rounds would be used to select top eight players that will go into the knockout phase stating from quarter finals.While the remaining players will continue with the Swiss pairings and complete the mandatory eight rounds for the four remains prizes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe maiden edition of all female chess tournament got underway on Tuesday in Ibadan with 27 players on parade at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium complex in Ibadan.The event, according to the Tournament Director, Babatunde Ogunsiku, is part of efforts at improving the level of the game among female players in the country.last_img read more