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Worry over drug-resistant TB

first_imgOn the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the national health care law, medical researchers from around the globe gathered at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT for the annual New England Tuberculosis Symposium. The focus of the all-day event was a disturbing global health trend: the emergence of a form of incurable tuberculosis that is drug-resistant.The highlight of Thursday’s symposium was an eight-member panel, moderated by Barry Bloom, that focused on the reasons for the emergence of drug-resistant TB, especially in poorer nations such as India, and what can be done to remedy this growing crisis. Bloom is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.Khisimuzi Mdluli from TB Alliance, a global nonprofit working against the disease, spoke repeatedly about the need to develop new drugs to combat tuberculosis. Since the 1960s, two drugs — isoniazid and rifampicin — have been the standard TB treatment. “We need more choices,” said Mdluli, “so if people don’t respond to the first [treatment] regimen, what can we do next? We don’t have good answers.”According to the World Health Organization, millions of people (8.8 million in 2010) contract tuberculosis each year, and about a million die from it. Mdluli called for more mobilization around fighting TB, urging a coordinated public awareness campaign similar to the one waged around HIV.The disease, he says, is mistakenly viewed as a problem of poverty. “TB doesn’t discriminate; anyone can get it,” he said. When asked by Bloom what is needed to foster the development of new drugs, Mdluli replied: “money, money, money.”Rob Warren of Stellenbosch University (from left) and Bob Horsburgh of Boston University listen as Scott Podolsky makes a point. Podolsky is assistant professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.Epidemiologist Bob Horsburgh of Boston University seconded Mdudli’s assertion that TB attacks the poor and rich alike. “We need to convince the upper classes that they are at risk too, because they really are,” he said. “It’s not uncommon [in places like India] for a lower-class household worker to spread TB to the whole [upper-class] household.”One of the main problems in detecting, and thus treating, tuberculosis, the panelists agreed, is the public stigma attached to having the disease. Sarah Fortune, the Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health, detailed how crucial early detection can be in treating TB, explaining that educating people about better treatment options can help remove any stigma and thus help early detection efforts.Zarir Udwadia, a doctor and TB specialist at Hinduja National Hospital in Mumbai, India, described the rising stress that drug-resistant tuberculosis is placing on India’s already-overstretched health care system. “In India,” said Udwadia, “the public health system is lousy; people don’t want to go there,” so they go to private health providers, who are largely unregulated.He called for a public-private partnership in India, where “TB might be diagnosed in the private sector, and then patients could get treatment in the public sector.”The panel also included Jeremy Greene, Harvard assistant professor in the history of science and instructor at Harvard Medical School (HMS); Scott Podolsky, assistant professor of global health and social medicine at HMS and director of the Center for the History of Medicine; and Rob Warren of Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.The panelists agreed that more resources needed to be placed on treating drug-resistant TB. Horsburgh summed up the issue: “We’ve had the tools to cure TB for 40 years now. Why have we failed? We lacked the political will to do it. We need to do what AIDS activists have done to raise awareness” for a cure.The symposium was a step in that direction. Early in the session, Bloom told the panel that he’d recently been asked by India’s prime minister to serve as an adviser in that nation’s search for a new health minister. Bloom garnered laughter from the panel and the audience when he described the discussion as “a job interview” for each of them.last_img read more

Designer’s labour of love on market

first_imgThere are three bathrooms through the house.The home has some ultra modern touches including an infra-red sauna which uses heaters to emit a specific wavelength of infra-red light instead of steam like traditional saunas.The colonial-style home was built around the 1890s. It is on a large 1012sq m block. There are high ceilings in the entrance hall. From the dining room there is access to the kitchen, which has Bianco Romano granite benchtops, Ilve and Miele appliances and two-pac cabinetry.There is also a casual meals area and a servery window to a semi-enclosed loggia. This outdoor area has storage space, an integrated barbecue, wet bar and commercial fridge.The living room opens onto a private garden and flat lawn.Custom-designed Wyer + Craw cabinetry is used throughout the home and the living room has a bookcase wall which has a television unit.The home at 94 Gerler Street, Bardon has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a three-car garage and a pool, according to agent Tim Douglas of Place — Paddington. Alexandra Bain in her Bardon home. Pic Annette DewALEXANDRA Bain bought her home at 94 Gerler St, Bardon, in 2012. Ms Bain said it was a “gracious yet tired character house’’ but she recognised it had good bones for a family home.“Its symmetry and grand proportions allowed me to envisage the magnificent home it is today,’’ she said.Ms Bain, an interior designer, improved the flow and light within the home, and modernised it. What started out as a simple main bedroom has been transformed into something more sumptuous with an adjoining ensuite and separate his and hers walk in wardrobes. Light and airy yet still traditional was the theme.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoTwo other bedrooms which were initially dark and internal, bordered by a dilapidated veranda, were replaced by the main bedroom’s ensuite as well as another oversized bedroom with a skylight and sash windows. An additional two bedrooms and a bathroom were added in an upstairs extension.Ms Bain said her aim had been to maintain the traditional stye of the original home.This involved the use of imported wallpapers, heavy mouldings and antique light fittings.Her favourite part of the home is the sitting room which is next to an intimate dining room.“I have added a superb antique French painted fireplace surround which is 3.2m tall and beautifully carved,” she said. “These areas have soaring ceilings and bay windows, with new french doors opening to the balcony. “It’s a magical space and I could sit there for hours.”center_img Now that is a chandelier!last_img read more

UK Government wants Premier League back ‘as soon as possible’

first_img The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden said in the House of Commons: “I personally have been in talks with the Premier League, with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community. “But, of course, any such moves would have to be consistent with public health guidance.”Advertisement British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stressed for patience as the country begins to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections. read also:​Premier League to foot £4m cost for coronavirus testing kits The Premier League will have to meet specific criteria before being allowed to return. This includes testing equipment for participants and ensuring fans do not gather outside stadiums. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 UK Government has said it wants to get Premier League back up and running ‘as soon as possible’, with more talks planned for this week over a June return. All 20 clubs will hold their latest conference call on Friday. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The World Loading… last_img read more

Seniors set for home finale

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team hosts border rival Minnesota for what should be an emotional two-game series this weekend. The Badgers (15-38, 3-15 Big Ten) — who failed to qualify for the Big Ten tournament — will be playing the last two games of their season, and for seniors Joey Daniels and Lynn Anderson, the last two games of their careers.“We have been having some talks in the locker room,” pitcher Letty Olivarez said. “We just want to come together for these last two games and do it for one another. Especially for the seniors who aren’t going to be here next year and deserve to go out with a win.”Anderson and Daniels have both enjoyed very successful careers at UW. Daniels leads the team in batting average and on-base percentage and has started all 53 games at catcher this year. Anderson leads the team in home runs and slugging percentage and is second on the team in batting average and RBIs.“I am just trying not to think of it as ‘the last game,’” Anderson said. “I am going to try and go out and have fun. Just play ball.”Contributing to the excitement of the weekend is a chance to play the rival Gophers one last time. Like most Badger teams, the softball team has developed a heated rivalry with the Gophers over the years, and the team looks forward to these games every year.“Just like other UW sports, we take this rivalry seriously,” Olivarez said. “We are rivals with a few other teams in the Big Ten, but Minnesota is right near the top of that list. This is a pretty big rivalry for us, and I am sure that we will draw some motivation from that when we are playing.”Without a chance of making the Big Ten tournament, it is possible some of the reserve players will see more time than usual. Freshman pitcher Kristyn Hansen has only thrown 30.2 innings this year, and freshmen Dana Rasmussen and Cassandra Wilkosz have combined for only eight at-bats this season.The Badgers’ offense has been on a tear lately, averaging 4.6 runs over their last five games. Looking to cool down the UW offense, however, is Gophers pitcher Brianna Hasset, one of the top pitchers in the Big Ten. Hasset has compiled a 1.79 ERA and averages 1.39 strikeouts per inning. The Badgers struck out 11 times last weekend and will need to show patience at the plate if they are going to have success against Hasset.“We need to just go up to the plate with a clear mind and not think about anything,” Anderson said. “We know we can hit the ball. We have been hitting well as of lately, so we need to just go up there and attack. Good things happen if you remain aggressive.”UW has been led lately, in both pitching and hitting, by the sophomore Olivarez, who is currently on a six-game winning streak and has batted .421 over that stretch. In the last six games, she has recorded five RBIs. Olivarez was also the winning pitcher against Ohio State last weekend, pitching a complete game and only giving up three earned runs.“I have just focused on keeping both of my games separate,” Olivarez said. “When I go up to bat I am just thinking about hitting, and when I am pitching I just try to focus on that. I can’t bring one aspect into another because then I lose focus of both. I have learned more throughout the season about how to do both in the same game.”last_img read more