first_imgJun 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Colorado’s new system for tracking hospital admissions related to influenza is a potential model for measuring the burden of serious flu complications and the severity of flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Last September Colorado became the first state to require the reporting of hospital admissions for laboratory-confirmed flu in all age-groups, the CDC says in the Jun 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Though some existing surveillance systems yield estimates of flu-related hospitalizations, no other state or national system is designed to pick up all such cases.Colorado’s first season of experience with the system indicates that “implementation of statewide, population-based surveillance for influenza-associated hospitalizations is feasible and useful for assessing the age-specific burden of serious influenza-associated morbidity and the relative severity of influenza seasons,” the CDC says.For purposes of reporting, flu-associated hospitalization was defined as a hospital admission accompanied by laboratory confirmation of flu, including confirmation by a rapid diagnostic test, according to the article. Reporting is done mainly by hospital infection-control practitioners (ICPs), who either use the state’s Web-based disease reporting system or fax reports to the state health department.By Apr 16, 2005, 50 Colorado hospitals had reported a total of 964 flu-related hospitalizations, yielding a rate of 21.0 per 100,000 people, the CDC reports. Cases peaked in the week that ended Feb 19; the same week marked the peak for the percentage of patient visits attributed to flu-like illness, as reported by sentinel healthcare providers in Colorado.By age-group, the highest rate of flu-related hospitalization was in people aged 80 and older, with 207.3 cases per 100,000. The next highest rates per 100,000 were in babies younger than 6 months, 183.0; 70- to 79-year-olds, 78.0; and children aged 6 to 23 months, 66.3. People aged 18 to 39 years had the lowest rate at 5.8 cases per 100,000.The CDC says the Colorado figures are similar to estimates based on national hospital discharge data. Those estimates include an average of 36.8 cases per 100,000 population for pneumonia and flu hospitalizations for flu seasons from 1979-80 through 2000-01.While national estimates based on hospital discharge data take at least a year to compile, the Colorado system yields “real-time, population-based” numbers. “The system provides improved ability to assess the severity of influenza seasons, track the time course of the season, determine which populations are most affected by severe influenza-related illness, and focus prevention and control efforts on those populations,” the CDC states.A national system like Colorado’s could help guide flu immunization policy and help health agencies quickly determine if a flu season is causing high rates of hospitalizations, the article says. In addition, such a system could help identify a flu pandemic and guide the public health response.Ken Gershman, MD, MPH, a Colorado epidemiologist who contributed much of the MMWR article, said Colorado had previously required healthcare providers to report all positive influenza tests. The switch to requiring only the reporting of cases involving hospitalization has lightened the workload for providers, he told CIDRAP News.”Over the past 5 or 6 years we’ve seen the number of positive tests go up quite high, because the availability of tests has become widespread,” said Gershman, who is chief of the communicable disease program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “Two years ago, we had about 13,000 reports in our system, and that overwhelmed hospitals and public health.” As a result, hospitals supported changing the requirement to cover only hospital admissions, because they could see it would be less burdensome, he added.Gershman said that while Colorado is the only state that requires reporting of flu-related hospital admissions in all age-groups, a CDC colleague told him that New Jersey requires reporting of hospital cases among children.The MMWR article says the surveillance program has some limitations that are likely to result in underestimates of cases. One is that not everyone hospitalized with a respiratory illness or a flu-related exacerbation of a chronic disease is likely to be tested for flu. A second is that rapid flu tests are less sensitive than viral culture tests.The possibility of making flu-related hospitalizations reportable in more states will be discussed at next week’s annual meeting of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, CDC spokeswoman Jennifer Morcone told CIDRAP News today.CDC. Surveillance for laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations—Colorado, 2004-05 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Jun 3;54(21):535-7See also:Sep 22, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Flu-related hospitalizations have risen among elderly”last_img read more

first_imgArcata girls tennis makes historyThe Arcata girls tennis team earned the first North Coast Section tennis pennant in Humboldt-Del Norte League history over the weekend at the NCS Division 2 tournament at Napa Valley College.Arcata’s pairing of Aimee Reiner and Keona Gutierrez defeated Marin Catholic’s Katie Miller and Charlotte Hachman (7-5, 6-4) in the quarterfinal-round and in the semifinals, downed Head Royce’s Kira Koga-Eisenhauer and Nicole DePetra (6-3, 6-1).Arcata fell in the finals …last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It does truly dazzle the taste buds — I once again had the chance to judge the Ohio Pork Rib-Off and it once again was FANTASTIC!Oh the magical sauces, the tender, smoky meat, the delicious smells and eye appeal of the ribs — it is nothing short of amazing. Wave after wave of delicious pork cooked up from some of Ohio’s top rib makers was set before us to enjoy. Wow. First, baskets of ribs were followed by more of the same, each with a unique and tasty version of BBQ savoriness. But, there was little time to savor, because before we knew it, the next set of yummy ribs had arrived and there was more work to be done. There were no bad entries. They were all fantastic. And after the ribs came a relentless maelstrom of pulled pork leaving the judges in a sauce-covered stupor of pork-laden ecstasy. Mmmmmmmmmm….The big winner in 2016 was Keile Baney, owner of Baney-Q competition team and catering in Columbus. Baney describes his ribs as “tender but not overcooked, sweet and spicy.” The judges agreed. Baney cleaned up in this year’s competition winning Grand Champion Ribs, Grand Champion Pulled Pork and Best BBQ Sauce with Soy. Many hours went into getting ready for the competition for Baney.The Reserve Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork went to Bark Brothers BBQ from Columbus“We started preparing all day yesterday and all of last night. I got about three hours of sleep,” he said. “We just keep it simple. Don’t overthink it, but put a lot of love in it.”The proceeds from the wins will help to fund the upcoming wedding for Baney and his girlfriend Cathy Carrico who is a co-owner in the business and worked by his side in the competition.The Reserve Champion Ribs and Reserve Champion Pulled Pork went to Bark Brothers BBQ from Columbus and the People’s Choice Award went to Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City.My fellow guest judges included Director Jim Zehringer, Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Director David Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Steve Reinhard, Ohio Soybean Council; Matt Reese, Ohio’s Country Journal; Virgil Strickler, General Manager, Ohio Expo Center; and Bill Knapke, Ohio Pork Council president. Ty Higgins of Ohio Ag Net served as the competition emcee and announced the following award winners: In addition to $3,000 in prizes made possible by the Ohio Soybean Council, top teams received trophies and banners to display and showcase their successes at their respected establishments. “We (the Ohio Pork Council) are very pleased with the opportunity the Rib-Off creates to draw a crowd of food-minded individuals to celebrate pork and sample product from some of Ohio’s leaders in barbecue,” said Quinton Keeran, OPC Director of Communications and Rib-Off coordinator. “The Rib-Off provides the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the versatility of pork and celebrate what individuals are able to do with the product. Eat more pork!”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Nativesoutraged, #phantomemployeesreceivingpaychecks Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – Hundreds of dead people are collecting paychecks from the Government and there are high ranking ministry and department officials who are well aware of it, this public perspective is not yet supported by evidence but it is still making rounds in the social media buzz today and comments and conjecture are being widely circulated, promoted and broadcast as the country prepares for an unprecedented national Government Employee verification drive which runs August 8-31.“These people dead and you still letting them get a paycheck, somebody collecting their money, send their *** to jail!”While some residents defend the ousted PLP Administration which is being blamed for the mess, others are begging the Minnis administration to jail those found culpable.“If this government did not take over, I know I would have been one to fly out of this country and go in America and beg the President Trump to let me stay in America ’cause that was my only option in order to survive.”The outrage is sparked by a news report that some $80M could be saved each year if the employee list of the Bahamas public sector was cleaned up.#MagneticMediaNews#Nativesoutraged#phantomemployeesreceivingpaycheckslast_img read more

first_img ADC AUTHOR The Pentagon is looking for ways to keep military construction projects on track and fund a southern border wall as dictated by the President’s national emergency declaration. A Top Senate Democrat said Thursday that some of the money will come from the Army’s excess payroll and pension funds.“It’s coming out of military pay and pensions,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told AP. “$1 billion. That’s the plan.”The money hasn’t been spent because Army recruitment is down, Durbin said.Durbin, the minority whip and top Republican on the defense spending panel, was part of a delegation that met Thursday with Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.The Senate is expected to pass a House-backed resolution next week to nullify the emergency declaration, but it isn’t clear yet how many Republicans will stand against the President to back the resolution.“Why have this additional controversy when it could be done in a less controversial way?” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said, according to AP. “Apparently, the White House is not persuaded.”U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Jacqueline Tatelast_img read more