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NEWS SCAN: Surgeon general nominated, past pandemic viruses evolved stealthily

first_imgRural doctor and ‘genius grant’ winner nominated as surgeon generalPresident Barack Obama today nominated an Alabama family physician and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner to be surgeon general. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, founded a health clinic to serve tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala., home to poor, mostly uninsured African-American and immigrant Asian fishermen, and rebuilt it three times after two hurricanes and a fire. She is a faculty member at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.[Reuters story, Macarthur Foundation bio]Viruses of past flu pandemics circulated undetected for yearsThe influenza strains that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century did not emerge suddenly, but circulated for months or years, researchers from Tennessee and China say in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Applying a “molecular clock” calculation to viral isolates from the 1918, 1957, and 1968 pandemics, the researchers estimate that each strain evolved through a series of reassortments that included at least one flu virus contemporaneously circulating in swine or birds. Current surveillance programs will not detect such reassortments, they say.[PNAS abstract]last_img read more

Everest Under-17s turn tables on Cold Fusion

first_img… Club gets new uniforms, compliments of HACCAFTER going down to Zeelugt’s Cold Fusion in their tapeball encounter recently, Everest turned the table on their opponents in a feature Under-17 35-over clash, played last Saturday at their Camp Road, Georgetown venue.In a game that fluctuated throughout, Everest triumphed by a mere seven runs in a thrilling affair. Set a challenging 131 for victory after the home team were limited to 130 all out in 31 overs, Cold Fusion were restricted to 123 all out in 33.3 overs.For Everest, Aaron Beharry led the way with a top score of 23 with extras playing a big role with 36, including a whopping 31 wides. The bowling honours were shared by P. Binand (3 for 8 off 3 overs), Kapildeo Charandeen (3 for 16 in 3), Aaron Mohabir (2 for 10 in 4) and Andre Seepersaud (2 for 26 off 7).Everest skipper Vishal Persaud collects the winning trophy from sponsor Prem Raghubir.Seepersaud completed a fine all-round performance with a fine 39 and received solid support from D. George who stroked 21. The rest of the batting however floundered to the bowling of Mohamed Jameer who captured four for 19 in 5.3 overs. There were two wickets each for Andre Tilku, Demerara Under-19 selectee Renaldo Mohamed and Vishal Persaud. Jameer was named man-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling performance.The winning trophy which was handed over to Everest skipper Vishal Persaud was donated by Prem Raghubir of Royal Woodworking Establishment.Opportunity was also taken to hand over cricket gear and uniforms to the recently-formed Cold Fusion players. Manniram Shew handed over a set for uniforms to the club’s president Bhudnarine Persaud on behalf of Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan, owner and president of Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) of Toronto, Canada.Saheed Mohamed of Everest also presented two helmets and a pair of batting gloves.last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr addresses helmet-throwing incident against the Baltimore Ravens

first_imgAlso Read | Odell Beckham Jr To Continue Cleveland Browns Stay Despite Rift With Browns Coach LIVE TV ‘Cannon fodder’ for the headlines would be an apt description of Odell Beckham Jr’s December. After weeks of speculation regarding his future with the Cleveland Browns, Odell Beckham Jr finally made an appearance for the Browns during the Week 16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. That appearance, however, appeared to be anything but satisfactory for the Cleveland Browns wide receiver. However, OBJ has now clarified any doubts of a rift with Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens.Also Read | Marshawn Lynch To Come Out Of NFL Retirement In ‘Beast Mode’ With The Seattle SeahawksOdell Beckham Jr rant during the loss to Baltimore Ravens “We were just talking. Football, the refs making calls. Basically they were warning me that one more personal foul — or whatever it is — and I’d be out the game. I thought (it) was pretty stupid that I got a personal foul for a celebration that I’ve done all year. It’s not like there was a player in front of me or anybody. It was very unintentional. The whole field is facing this way and I’m facing (the other) way. I’m not talking to nobody. Personally I thought it was stupid, but it is what it is.” – Odell Beckham Jr. Colin DCunha Odell is FED up with his coach pic.twitter.com/iITnLECTr9— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 22, 2019 Interestingly, Odell Beckham Jr. did have somewhat of a productive outing against the Baltimore Ravens in their Week 16 matchup. While the Ravens (13-2) have been arguably the best side in the NFL this year, OBJ did have four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown during the 15-31 loss at the FirstEnergy Stadium.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Moving Away From Cleveland Browns? Patriots Trade Rumours Circle NFL Written By This was Odell’s first touchdown in almost a month 😳(via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/38GMG1gZkZ— ESPN (@espn) December 22, 2019center_img COMMENT Odell Beckham Jr was a picture of flailing arms and frustration against the NFL’s runaway leaders, the Baltimore Ravens. Late in the fourth quarter, OBJ cut the Ravens’ lead to nine by catching a touchdown. The Browns were then faced with two options – either kick the extra point or attempt the two-point conversion. The Cleveland Browns chose the latter and failed in the attempt, leading Odell Beckham Jr to throw his helmet on the sidelines and exchange a few choice words with Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens. However, the Browns wide receiver has dispelled any rumours of a rift with Freddie Kitchens in a post-match interview after the incident.Also Read | Odell Beckham Jr Shuts Haters, Addresses Those Doubting His Ability In NFL SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 24th December, 2019 15:04 IST Odell Beckham Jr Addresses Helmet-throwing Incident Against The Baltimore Ravens Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cut a frustrated figure during the Browns’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens. OBJ has now addressed the issue. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 24th December, 2019 15:04 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Blow for Newcastle! Magpies miss out on Remy replacement

first_img Filip Djuricic Mainz have beaten Newcastle to the signing of Serbian star Filip Djuricic.Magpies manager Alan Pardew is in the market for new forwards after Loic Remy returned to parent club QPR at the end of his loan.He had been strongly linked with Benfica’s Djuricic, who failed to establish himself during his first season in Portugal following his switch from Heerenveen last summer.Newcastle reportedly attempted to sign him during January but Benfica were still hopeful of getting the best out of the 22-year-old.But, as talkSPORT told you in April, it was reported that the two clubs had opened negotiations about a summer switch for Djuricic.However the Premier League club will have to look elsewhere after he completed a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Mainz. 1last_img read more

Doctors Weigh Changes In Intern Hours Role With Patients Pay Models

first_imgMany changes in the way America’s doctors deliver care are challenging long-held notions of how health care functions for patients.Kaiser Health News: Some Doctors Questioning Whether Shorter Shifts For Interns Are Endangering PatientsThese days, interns, as first-year residents fresh out of medical school are known, no longer face the punishing shifts Casoy endured just four years ago. In July 2011, after more than two decades of impassioned debate, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) reduced the maximum allowable shift for the least experienced doctors from 30 straight hours to 16. … But as a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether the rules have made the situation worse (Boodman, 7/9). In the meantime, a study looks at doctors’ roles in coordinating care and the savings that it could bring –Detroit Free Press: Blue Cross Study: 1 Doctor Overseeing Care Better For Health, Cuts CostsA single doctor overseeing your care not only improves your health, it shrinks the cost of maintaining it, according to a new study based on the actual cases by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan doctors. The study found adult patients who belong to a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) saved an average of $26.37 a month per person, or an estimated $155 million collectively over the first three years, according to the study published this month in the journal, Health Services Research (Erb, 7/8).And doctors report difficulties with new payment methods –Medpage Today: Group Practices Struggle With New Pay ModelsCollaborating with payers to implement new payment models was an intense challenge this year, according to a survey of 1,067 group practice executives. In fact, preparing for different reimbursement models was executives’ second-biggest concern, behind rising operating costs, a survey of members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) — American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) showed (Pittman, 7/8). Doctors Weigh Changes In Intern Hours, Role With Patients, Pay Models This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more