FDA Flags Accuracy Issue with Widely Used Coronavirus Test

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Potential accuracy issues with a widely used coronavirus test could lead to false results for patients, U.S. health officials warned. The FDA said one possible problem was related to the incorrect use of equipment that rapidly spins samples in preparation for processing. The agency’s letter tells lab workers to follow new instructions developed by the company for this step. A spokeswoman for Thermo Fisher said the company was working with FDA “to make sure that laboratory personnel understand the need for strict adherence to the instructions for use.” She added that company data shows most users “follow our workflow properly and obtain accurate results.” Related The FDA has used its emergency powers to OK more than 200 tests for coronavirus since February. No test is perfect and all are expected to give at least a small percentage of false negatives and false positives. The warning comes nearly a month after Connecticut public health officials first reported that at least 90 people had received false positive results for the coronavirus. Most of those receiving the false results were residents of nursing homes or assisted living facilities. ___ The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert Monday to doctors and laboratory technicians using Thermo Fisher’s TaqPath genetic test. Regulators said issues related to laboratory equipment and software used to run the test could lead to inaccuracies. The agency advised technicians to follow updated instructions and software developed by the company to ensure accurate results. A second issue relates to the software used on Thermo Fisher’s testing platform. FDA said labs must upgrade the software to a new version.center_img Dr. Albert Ko of Yale’s School of Public Health said the potential accuracy problems have “pretty serious implications” given that Thermo Fisher’s test is used widely both in the U.S. and around the world to screen for coronavirus. File photo The FDA statement did not provide any details on how many test results may have been affected by the problem. WHO: Herd Immunity Requires Effective VaccineUp to 204,691 Extra Deaths in the U.S. So Far in This Pandemic YearNJ Paramedic Draws Women on the Font Lines Lab tests are the backbone of U.S. screening for coronavirus, accounting for more than half of the roughly 750,000 tests developed daily. The tests look for traces of coronavirus’ genetic material in nasal swabs taken from patients. Thermo Fisher’s test was granted emergency use by the FDA in mid-March. The test runs on a large, automated machine used in hospital, government and commercial labs to look for diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and flu. The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

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UA study: Divorce can raise risk of early death

first_imgUSA Today:Be careful. Your health could plummet as if you had taken up smoking, become overweight or started drinking excessively.A new review by the University of Arizona of more than 30 published studies found divorced adults have a significantly higher risk of early death compared with married adults.The risk of dying early was 23 percent greater among divorced adults than married couples tracked by researchers for an average of 11 years. Researchers found the risks associated with divorce are similar to other well-established public-health risks, such as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, getting limited exercise, being overweight and drinking heavily, said the study’s lead author, UA psychology professor David Sbarra.The study did not conclusively determine that divorce leads to early death.Read the whole story: USA Today More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Certain leisure activities may reduce post-surgical delirium among older adults

first_imgDelirium, or the medical term for experiencing sudden confusion, is upsetting for both older adults and their families. In fact, it is one of the most common complications older adults face after surgery (a time often referred to as the “post-operative” period). Researchers believe that older adults who have higher levels of “cognitive reserve” may have a better chance for reducing their chances of developing dementia–which theoretically could reduce the risks for developing delirium.One way to understand cognitive reserve is to think of your brain as a muscle. When you exercise a muscle, you strengthen it. Activities such as reading, playing computer games, singing, emailing and even knitting may act as “exercise” for your brain, “strengthening” it in a way that could help prevent dementia and delirium. A group of researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, examined whether certain leisure activities known to reduce dementia risks could also reduce the risk of post-surgical delirium. They published their findings in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.The researchers examined a group of 142 older adults who were scheduled for elective knee, hip, or spinal surgery. They determined whether or not the people participated in leisure activities such as reading books or newspapers, knitting, emailing, playing cards or other games, working on crossword puzzles, or joining in group meetings. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email Sharecenter_img Pinterest Of those involved in the study, 32 percent developed post-operative delirium. Those who were diagnosed with delirium had participated in fewer leisure activities before surgery compared with people who didn’t experience delirium.Out of all the activities, reading books, using email, and playing computer games reduced the risk of delirium. Playing computer games and singing were the only two activities that predicted lower severity of delirium.The researchers reported that each additional day of participation in a leisure activity reduced post-operative delirium by 8 percent. According to the researchers, maintaining leisure activities later in life could be an important way to lessen the chances of developing delirium following surgery. This is important, since delirium increases an older adult’s risk for functional decline, dementia, and even mortality. What’s more, people with severe post-operative delirium are at greater risk for being institutionalized and for dying. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Trafalgar man fined for stealing electricity

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Trafalgar man fined for stealing electricity by: – March 21, 2014 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Albert Joseph, 63, of Trafalgar has been fined $700.00 for stealing electricity from the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) over a three year period.Joseph, who resides in Fond-Canie, pleaded guilty to illegally abstracting 690 kilowatts of valued at $700.00 between October 9, 2011 and March 17, 2014, when he appeared before Magistrate Bernard Paquette on Friday, March 21, 2014.Information revealed in court by police prosecutor sergeant Constance Cuffy indicates that DOMLEC officials noticed that there was no recent electricity payment of the house and deployed senior technician Vincent Theophile to conduct a routine investigation on March 14, 2014.Upon arrival, Theophile noticed that the DOMLEC service line was partially put in the house under the roof’s eave.He also noticed that a single core 1.5mm single wire was connected to the DOMLEC electricity line but electricity used was not being recorded by the meter. He attempted to pull the utility line but it was held on the inside of the house by a piece of binding wire.Although he heard the sound of a radio or TV playing downstairs and called, there was no response from anyone.He therefore contacted Bernard Francis, supervisor of the technicians at DOMLEC to inform him of his findings. Francis subsequently reported the incident to the police and explained how Joseph extracted the electricity.“When I came to live there a year ago I met the whole place with power…even when the meter showing zero it still had electricity. When I pull the small wire all the power would go out. I spoke to the DOMLEC people they say they call the police already,” Joseph explained to the police.He was arrested and later gave a detailed record of how he was able to extract the electricity. Attorney at Law Ronald Charles who pleaded on his client’s behalf told the magistrate that his client is very remorseful for his actions. “He has embarrassed himself and his family and is sorry”. Charles added that his client is a family man with three children and begged the magistrate not to impose a custodial sentence.Magistrate Pacquette told Joseph that because of his age, his guilty plea and the fact that he has no previous convictions, he would not impose a custodial sentence on him.“You will pay the DOMLEC bill of $700.00 promptly in one week or in default spend one week in jail,” Magistrate Pacquette told the defendant.He was further fined $500.00 which he must pay within one month or in default of payment spend one week in jail.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Kuznetsov Mystifies Winnipeg in Caps 5-3 Win

first_imgEvgeny Kuznetsov continues to put NHL teams on notice with his ability to make sensational plays when the game seems to matter most.In a contest where the Caps played sluggish, at times, the star in the making took over a 3-3 hockey game to deliver a goal and an assist over the last 24 minutes and allow the Caps to win their third straight tilt, 5-3, at the Verizon Center.Kuznetsov, who had an assist on Justin Williams’ tally that opened the scoring to notch another three point night, now has 8 goals and 16 assists in 21 games to lead the Capitals in scoring with 24 points.Dmitry Orlov had the winning tally late in period two after Kuzya circled the Winnipeg zone confusing the Jets defense. #92, after a lap and a quarter around the offensive zone, dropped the biscuit to #9 in the middle of the ice just inside the blue line and Orlov hammered another one home with Williams screening the Jets keeper, Michael Hutchinson (29 saves). That’s three goals in three games for Orlov, who was superb on this night. Kuznetsov then sealed the deal with a nice forecheck on overrated Winnipeg defensemen Dustin Byfuglien. That allowed Marcus Johansson to gather the puck and send Kuzya in all alone on Hutchinson and the Russian beat him five hole on the backhand. At that point, it would have been very appropriate for the Caps in game entertainment crew to blast the famed INXS song, “Mystify,” because that is what Kuznetsov did to the Jets on this night.Braden Holtby (23 saves) gave up three goals, two of them were on grade A opportunities in the slot and the third he had no chance on, Mathieu Perreault’s power play tally that tied the game at three, because Blake Wheeler was standing directly in front of him. The Caps defense needed to do a better job of boxing out there or getting out and blocking that shot.Recently the Capitals have been really strong at closing out games, a big part of which is due to their depth. Coach Barry Trotz can keep coming at you with four lines and three defensive pairs and eventually the opponent wears down. For the first seven minutes in period three it did not look like that would be the case in this one, but then Washington took over dominating the play over the last 13 minutes. In that stretch Kuznetsov provided the insurance tally and it was the Capitals relentless forecheck, cycle game, and physical play in the offensive zone that broke Winnipeg’s will. In fact, from the 13:40 mark of the third period until just 24 seconds remaining, the Jets only had TWO shots on goal. Now that is shutting a club down and displaying a killer instinct, something the Caps have been trying to build this season. They are well on their way to having that, from what I’ve seen in these first 21 games.Overall, the Caps held the Jets to 26 shots on goal while they had 34 themselves. In shot attempts, the Capitals had the edge there too, at 62-57. Winnipeg is a big team and presented issues for Washington on this night, but ultimately Trotz’ crew got their legs moving and took over a hockey game that looked like it could go either way for about 35 minutes. I continue to like the way this team is handling the last 25 minutes of hockey games by taking control, stifling their opponents, and getting victories.This triumph pushes the Caps to 15-5-1 (31 points) and with the Rangers losing to Montreal on Thanksgiving Eve, Washington is only three points back of first place in the Metropolitan Division, with a game in hand.It wasn’t pretty, but it was another solid victory and now the Capitals will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5 pm on Friday to close out their five game home stand. The Bolts were in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring, so I expect the Caps to be pumped up to show Steve Yzerman’s team just how good Washington is this season.Notes: Alex Ovechkin notched his 11th goal of the season on the power play late in period one. The Caps had two different man advantage situations in that frame and the Jets received two power plays in period two. Both teams went 1 for 2 with the man advantage. I thought referees Kelly Sutherland and Chris Rooney let a few other Jet infractions go, but that’s hockey…John Carlson had two assists and led the Caps in ice time with 23:57. Byfuglien played 27:51 for Winnipeg and he ran out of gas in period three. He was -2…the Capitals lost the face off battle, 31-23. Michael Latta was 1-6…the Gr8 had 15 shot attempts (8 SOG) and five hits to go with his PPG in 22:02 of ice time…Orlov had an assist on Nicklas Backstrom’s 8th goal of the season, that made it 3-2. Nate Schmidt made a great pass across the crease to feed #19 on the doorstep for a layup…Happy Thanksgiving everyone!last_img read more

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Asian National Olympic Committees given reassurances over Zika ahead of Rio 2016

first_imgRepresentatives of NOCs from South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia were told that the number of mosquitoes was dropping as Brazil entered the winter months and that a series of preventative measures have been put in place to reduce the threat even further in venues and accommodation to be used for the Olympic Games. The measures include extensive spraying of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village, air conditioning to keep the temperature cool and windows closed and plug-in devices to ensure 24-hour vigilance inside apartments.“I would like to calm your fears over the Zika virus,” Sarah Paterson, continental manager for Asia and Oceania NOC relations for Rio 2016, told delegates at the Olympic Council of Asia and Olympic Solidarity Regional Forum.She added, though:: “We advise National Olympic Committees to take bite prevention measures.”According to Rio 2016, data collected by the Brazilian Ministry of Health over the past 20 years indicates there is no history of outbreaks of illnesses caused by the Aedes aegypti mosquito – which transmits dengue and Zika – during winter.João Grangeiro, the chief medical officer of Rio 2016, has stressed the importance of following the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), which has classed the link between zika and birth defect microcephaly as a public health emergency of international concern.Microcephaly causes babies to be born with small heads and under-developed brains, while Zika can also cause miscarriages, premature birth and vision problems in babies.More than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in Brazil since October.Only around 200 of these have been in Rio de Janeiro however, and, given that the Olympics and Paralympics will be held in winter months, the risk there is considered relatively low so long as adequate precautions are taken.“Although the general symptoms of the illness are mild and affect only 20 per cent of those infected, we have to be alert to the risks that the virus represents for pregnant women, who should speak with their doctors about preventative measures,” said Grangeiro.WHO advice, which is being followed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Rio 2016 organisers, is for women who are pregnant to not attend the Games.Other tips include mosquito repellent, air conditioned rooms, long clothing and avoiding impoverished and over-crowded areas.The IOC has also provided athletes and NOCs with guidance about prevention and symptoms.last_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineTwo of Britain’s most beloved brands, Elemis and Alice Temperley, have teamed up to create a limited edition luxury travel collection in support of Mothers4Children, an organization that benefits children’s charities around the world.Dubbed Safari Traveler, the stylish kit contains Elemis’ top beauty products for both face and body, including travel-size versions of their bestselling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. The attention-grabbing case was designed by Alice Temperley exclusively for Elemis and features bold animal prints, studded faux leather and double-sided golden zippers to stash all your essentials. A matching men’s bag comes in subdued charcoal and black and features moisturizer, shave gel and the brand’s popular Energizing Skin Scrub.The women’s Safari Traveler will retail for $160, while the men’s sells for $95. Both sets are exclusively available at Nordstrom through July 2011, and nationwide from August 1st. A portion of all sales will go towards Mothers4Children’s charitable initiatives.www.nordstrom.comlast_img read more

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