NEWS SCAN: Pandemic library, business preparedness, TB and HIV, global malaria map, antibody production

first_imgMarch 24, 2009Pandemic flu resource library launched onlineTo improve the nation’s preparedness for pandemic influenza, a clearinghouse of pandemic communication materials was launched yesterday by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), a group of more than 400 communication specialists from public health agencies and some private groups. The Pandemic Influenza Resource Library offers a wide variety of materials for state and local pandemic planning, such as fact sheets, posters, public service announcements, guidebooks, and questionnaires, the group said. Visitors to the site can add their own pandemic materials.[Pandemic flu library home page]British report finds business preparedness nearly staticThe business sector in the United Kingdom has improved little in the past decade in its preparedness for disasters and disruptions, including those caused by epidemics, according to a recent report by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Cabinet Office. The report, based on a survey of 1,012 senior executives, says that 52% of organizations have a business continuity plan, up from 47% in 2008, but overall preparedness is “near-stagnant,” the CMI said in a news release. The two top concerns facing organizations were electronic attacks and human disease, such as pandemic influenza, cited by 58% and 57%, respectively.WHO says 25% of TB deaths are HIV-relatedIn its annual report on tuberculosis (TB), the World Health Organization (WHO) said the number of new TB cases was stable in 2007, but one out of four TB deaths was related to HIV, twice as many as previously recognized. There were an estimated 1.37 million new cases of TB among HIV-infected people, with 456,000 deaths. The report also reveals that the proportion of African TB patients who were tested for HIV in 2007 was 37%, compared with just 4% in 2004. The annual report was released to mark World TB Day today.[WHO statement on TB death rates][WHO statement on World TB Day]Researchers create global map of malaria prevalenceResearchers have created a global map of malaria prevalence, based on 8,000 local surveys of Plasmodium falciparum infection rates, and published it in PLoS Medicine. The researchers report that the global level of malaria endemicity is much lower than indicated by historical maps. Nevertheless, in 2007, 2.4 billion people still had some level of risk for the disease, and 60% of them were living in areas with a stable risk of transmission. That included 690 million people in Central and Southeast Asia, 660 million in Africa, and 40 million in the Americas.[PLoS Medicine press release][Full text of report]Company wins DoD contract for fast antibody, vaccine productionXcellerex, Inc., of Marlboro, Mass., today announced its receipt of an $11 million phase 2 contract from the US Department of Defense to develop technology for accelerated manufacturing of monoclonal antibodies and vaccines. The new contract follows successful completion of a 12-month phase 1 contract, said the company, which is collaborating with Dowpharma, Biopharm Services, and deltaDOT on the project. The aim of the project is to help protect the US military from biologic threats.[Mar 24 Xcellerex statement]last_img read more

‘Clueless’ Arsenal board slammed after Manchester City defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement ‘Clueless’ Arsenal board slammed after Manchester City defeat Arsenal were well beaten (Picture: Getty)Jermaine Jenas believes Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City summed up the problems running through the club and criticised their board for not having ‘a clue’ about what direction the Gunners are heading in.Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg saw his side totally overwhelmed by the defending champions, with the magnificent Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling getting the goals for Pep Guardiola’s men.Arsenal have won just one game in five since Ljungberg took charge on a temporary basis but the club’s hierarchy seem no closer to appointing Unai Emery’s full-time successor. Ljungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:48FullscreenLjungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man City is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.And Jenas believes the lack of direction from the top is damning.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In a weird way, I felt a bit sorry for the players on the pitch,’ Jenas said on Match of the Day 2.‘They had no direction, no confidence, and they were taken apart at will. And do you know what, fair play to a lot of the fans who did stay, they were singing for their club and I almost felt sorry for the players who were on the pitch taking the battering.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‘That’s the bigger picture. They need to sort themselves out at the top end of things.‘[They are] talking about interviewing 12 different managers, which tells me they haven’t got a clue in terms of the type of club or team that they want to be.‘And now they have a team on the pitch who have no direction, with a manager who has very little experience, and that’s why I want to protect the players.‘I felt really sorry for them, because that was really embarrassing for them.’Should Arsenal hire Ljungberg on a permanent basis?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal’s board tell Freddie Ljungberg to ‘wait and see’ after he demands managerial appointmentMORE: Freddie Ljungberg pins blame on Sead Kolasinac as Manchester City punish 10-man Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 7:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link247Shareslast_img read more

Tottenham Showed REAL Maturity – Kane

first_imgStar striker Harry Kane was very delighted after he helped his team to an impressive 1-1 draw with champions Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash at the Santiago Bernebeu on Tuesday night.While speaking after the game, Kane was quick to point out that Spurs showed real maturity to get a point in the Group D clash. In his words,  he said:“A point at the Bernabeu, you would take that every day of the week. It shows how far we have come as a team.”“We are happy. Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them.” he added.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Real Madrid from the penalty spot just before halftime after Serge Aurier had been adjudged to have fouled Toni Kroos. Spurs had earlier taken the lead through a Raphael Varane OG off a Kane shot.Both teams will meet again in the reverse leg at the Wembley Stadium on November 1.RelatedUCL Wrap: Holders Real Finally Beat Dortmund At Home; City, Spurs Win While Liverpool Record Another DrawSeptember 27, 2017In “UEFA”Big Boost! Tottenham Star Is Back In Training And Ready To Face MadridOctober 31, 2017In “England”Pochettino’s Joke Backfires as Real Madrid Release Damning StatementMay 25, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more