WHO: Hepatitis toll ‘in millions’

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 17 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle WHO: Hepatitis toll ‘in millions’ by: – July 28, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Hepatitis is diagnosed by blood testsMedical experts are calling for global action to tackle the viruses that cause the liver disease hepatitis.The first worldwide estimates in drug users show 10 million have hepatitis C while 1.3 million have hepatitis B.Writing in the Lancet, experts say only a fraction of those who could benefit are receiving antiviral drugs.Only one in five infants around the world are vaccinated against hepatitis B at birth, they say.The figures, published in the Lancet, show about 67% of injecting drug users in the world have been exposed to hepatitis C, while around 10% have come into contact with hepatitis B.In the UK, around half of injecting drug users have been infected with the hepatitis C virus, while the rate for exposure to hepatitis B is 9% – the highest in western Europe.The research was led by Prof Louisa Degenhardt of the Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and Paul Nelson from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.They say: “The public-health response to blood-borne virus transmission in injecting drug users has mainly centred on HIV.“Maintenance and strengthening of the response to HIV in injecting drug users remains crucial, but the significance of viral hepatitis needs to receive greater attention than it does at present.”Commenting on the study in the Lancet, Dr Joseph Amon, of Human Rights Watch, New York City, US, said: “This study provides us with a first step and powerful data to draw attention to the problem of viral hepatitis in people who use drugs.“The next step is to challenge governments to act, and hold them accountable for implementation of rights-respecting and evidence-based programmes.”Health risksHepatitis is caused by five main viruses – A, B and C, and, more rarely D and E.Hepatitis B is the most common, and can be passed from mother to baby at birth or in early childhood as well as through contaminated injections or injected drug use.Hepatitis C is also spread through using unsterile needles and less commonly through unsafe sex or sharing razors or toothbrushes.The E virus, caught from infected water or food, is a common cause of outbreaks of the disease in developing countries, said the World Health Organization.Many of those carrying hepatitis are not aware they have it and can unknowingly transmit it to others.BBC Newslast_img read more

Chelsea to offer Abraham, Tomori five-year contracts

first_imgRelatedPosts Abraham: Playing against Lewandowski great for me Tammy Abraham snubs new Chelsea deal Tammy Abraham Chelsea future in doubt Chelsea have started negotiations to improve contracts to Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.The Anglo-Nigerian duo have been impressive for the Blues this season and are set to commit their futures in West LondonAccording to the Guardian, the Blues hierarchy is ready to roll out five-year contracts to the Anglo-Nigerian duo after impressing under manager Frank Lampard.Twenty-one-year-old Abraham has found the back of the net seven times in seven competitive matches, including a hat trick at Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.His current deal was signed in 2017, and will run through to 2022, having already played at Bristol City and Aston Villa on loan in the Championship, scoring an impressive 52 goals in both spells.For Tomori, he has started Chelsea’s last three competitive games, also getting on the scoresheet in the 5-2 triumph at Wolves.He was ever-present on loan at Derby County last season, under Lampard’s watch, with the Rams reaching the Championship play-off final, but losing 2-1 to Abraham’s Villa.His present Chelsea deal expires in 2021.The move to tie the youngsters, Abraham and Tomori’s, futures at Stamford Bridge is a sign they are part of Lampard’s rebuilding project.It also puts both players in the spotlight of where their international allegiance lies. Abraham and Tomori are both eligible to play for either England or Nigeria, but are yet to decide which country to switch to.Tags: Anglo-NigeriaTammy Abrahamlast_img read more

Toomey seriously hurt in fall

first_img Press Association Jockey Brian Toomey was on Thursday night suffering from a “life-threatening head injury” in hospital following a heavy fall at Perth. Toomey, a 3lb claimer, was partnering the Lisa Harrison-trained Solway Dandy in the Book Now For 2014 Perth Festival Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle when the 11-4 favourite came to grief three flights from home. An air ambulance arrived shortly after the accident, but Toomey was instead transported to Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital by road. center_img Speaking shortly before 10pm, a spokesperson for NHS Tayside said Toomey was “suffering from a life-threatening head injury.” Toomey is attached to the yard of Kevin Ryan in North Yorkshire and is the boyfriend of the trainer’s daughter, Amy. Hambleton Racing have horses with Ryan and tweeted: “Very concerned to hear the news about Brian Toomey this evening, thoughts with him and Amy.” last_img read more

Finch, Christian all but bat Redbacks out of Shield final

first_imgA THIRD consecutive Sheffield Shield title for Victoria appears all but certain after the Bushrangers ground South Australia into the Alice Springs dust on the fourth day of the final.Needing only to draw to lift the Shield, Victoria batted without urgency throughout the day; they started in the morning on 2 for 38 and added 216 over the course of the day, for the loss of a further four wickets.That meant that by stumps Victoria’s lead had swelled to 454 runs, and even the most diehard South Australia supporter would agree that to overhaul a target of at least that magnitude on the final day will be essentially impossible.At the close of play Victoria were on 6 for 254, with Daniel Christian unbeaten on 53 from 178 deliveries and Seb Gotch on 29 from 115.Scores: Victoria 487 and 6 for 254 (Finch 83, Christian 53*) lead South Australia 287 by 454 runs.last_img read more

Peterson’s 13 points, improved ball security guide Syracuse in blowout win

first_imgSophomore guard Alexis Peterson has been Syracuse’s sparkplug this season.With a 9-0 lead against North Carolina Central on Sunday, a Peterson 3 continued an early onslaught from which the Orange never looked back.The sophomore’s 3 was SU’s third triple in the first four and a half minutes and gave her six of the Orange’s first 12 points. It was another dynamic outing for SU’s leading scorer and even though it wasn’t as necessary in No. 20 Syracuse’s (7-1) 70-25 win over the Eagles (2-8) in the Carrier Dome, her 13 points and ball security embodied what led SU to a blowout victory.“It’s been 10 days since we played so we had to find a way to get some energy, get some effort and get some points on the boards,” Peterson said, “and we knew we couldn’t start slow.”While Peterson’s role has expanded since last season, she said she doesn’t feel anyadditional pressure now that she’s more heavily relied upon. Hillsman said she’s a good off-ball defender because of her anticipation. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Peterson only collected three turnovers herself, she was all over the court.Immediately following an Eagles timeout about two minutes into the second half, Peterson made a steal and canned a 3 just seconds later.“Just to be aggressive,” Peterson said of the key on defense. “We like to get a lot ofdeflections so we can get our early offense, get steals. We all want to be aggressive.”Peterson leads Syracuse in turnovers committed, but against NCCU, she didn’t have a single one.“Lex did a very good job of playing under control,” Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She wasn’t turning the ball over and that’s huge for her to take care of the ball and run our team.”Though it’s Peterson who was clearly the engine to SU’s hot start on Sunday, and the Orange’s hot start through eight games as a whole, she wasn’t about to take the credit.Said Peterson: “Each night out it could be anyone.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to narrowly edge Wake Forest

first_img Published on January 13, 2015 at 7:01 pm Phil D’Abbraccio: (14-2): Syracuse 66, Wake Forest 63Tree downEven with Chris McCullough’s absence and Devin Thomas’ presence, Syracuse has enough to get past Wake Forest. Thomas will still own the Orange from the high post and may flirt with 30 points, but he won’t negate the dominance of Rakeem Christmas down low or the hot shooting from the fingertips of Trevor Cooney. The Demon Deacons put up valiant fights against the first three Atlantic Coast Conference teams they faced, but they’re 9-8 for a reason. No forest fire on the SU sideline tonight.Jesse Dougherty (14-2): Syracuse 60, Wake Forest 53Into the woods From now on, games are going to be won and lost in the paint for Syracuse. That’s the reality for a team that recently lost two of its five scholarship big men to season-ending injuries. Thomas has been one of the ACC, and country’s, best post scorers as of late, but Christmas has enough juice on both ends of the floor to lead SU to its fourth-straight conference win in as many contests. Cooney isn’t as hot as he was against Florida State but he won’t need to be — not this time, at least.Jacob Klinger (14-2): Syracuse 61, Wake Forest 60Wide awakeYes, the battle for this game will predominantly be fought in the paint, but I see Syracuse winning it on the outside. McCullough, slumping or not, will be sorely missed and Chinonso Obokoh will be exposed – join the club – by Thomas. It’ll be weird, but steady play from Kaleb Joseph and the rest of the SU backcourt will keep the Demon Deacons at bay. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SCA students petition to pause production classes

first_imgGerardo Garcia, a junior majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production who helped organize the petition, said the production classes at SCA emphasize hands-on and collaborative philosophies that don’t come through in a virtual format. “Currently, our production classes have shifted to online, and it’s not the same effect — we’re not learning the same tools that we would have learned,” Garcia said. “It’s all very conceptual, and although the conceptual aspect is important, USC — and SCA specifically — markets itself on its physical production education.” The petition, which has amassed more than 700 signatures to date, asks SCA Dean Elizabeth Daley to place the track on hold for the duration of next semester in the event that classes remain online. It argued that access to in-person resources is a cornerstone of the University’s production courses, and the classes cannot be replicated remotely. Ashlyn Bradshaw, a sophomore majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, said she does not plan to sign the petition. She said the degree plan for the production major would make it difficult to ensure a timely graduation for current students if courses were suspended for a semester. “If physical production courses don’t fit on an online medium, why force it?” Garcia said. “It sort of feels like SCA’s best interests are in their financials, and they’re not taking the time to consider our educational consequences if we continued online.” Garcia cited the “Advanced Production Workshop” class production students take in the fall of their senior year as part of the production curriculum lost in the online format. The class culminates with a $10,000-budget movie, an experience he said would be eliminated if the course is held online next semester. Garcia said administrators should take into consideration elements of the curriculum that can’t be conducted remotely. He said the filming equipment SCA provides and the opportunity to shoot films with other students in the production cohort are central to instruction and part of what attracts students to the program. The production track includes hands-on, workshop-style classes that center upon collaboration and technique using tools the School of Cinematic Arts offers to prepare students to work on sets in the film industry. Some students say production skills cannot be effectively taught online. (Daily Trojan file photo) “Nothing is a perfect solution, but we’re looking at all the scenarios that we can, and we are definitely not going to close down,” Daley said. “When something goes wrong on a movie set, you don’t close it down — you move ahead.”center_img Students in the School of Cinematic Arts production program have launched a petition to pause the school’s production courses should the University decide to continue remote instruction through Fall 2020. The interruption to students’ academic progress caused by temporarily suspending the production program would pose an insurmountable difficulty for students whose circumstances prohibit them from extending the timeline of their degrees, Daley said. “It’s just tricky because the production course for fall and spring admits is so compacted,” Bradshaw said. “Unless they figured out a way where maybe our major didn’t need as many requirements or they took a class away, I don’t really see how pausing it would work in terms of getting us all out in four years.” According to Daley, SCA will not consider suspending any of its degree programs and plans to modify courses for an online format if in-person classes do not resume as scheduled in August. Daley said that while pausing the production track is not a possibility, SCA administrators and faculty have begun to look at alternative course plans should in-person classes not resume in August. “I think if they really respected their education, they would pause the production track and just wait until we go back to doing classes in person,” Garcia said. “That is a big portion of what physical production is: learning the tools and collaborating.” “In the fall, we’ve looked at a bunch of different scenarios,” Daley said. “Maybe we’ll get to come back just like we always do, but if that doesn’t happen, then how could we work in smaller groups, how could we shift the curriculum a little bit perhaps so that maybe you take certain courses in the fall that work a little better online and some of the other courses get delayed until either later in the fall or spring?”last_img read more

Ulster swoop to sign Jean Deysel

first_imgPhoto: © Munsterrugby.ie Ulster have confirmed the signing of Jean Deysel from Super rugby side the Sharks.The 32 year old back row has spent the last 3 months on loan at Munster as injury cover in the second row.The South African forward has featured prominently in the final stages on Munster’s season and came off the bench for Tommy O’Donnell early in the second half of the loss to Starlets in the PRO12 Final at the Aviva last Sunday. He’s been capped four times by the Springboks at blindside flanker.last_img read more

2018 Rainoil Open Tennis Tournament to Serve off Nov 8 in…

first_imgThe 2018 Rainoil Open Tennis Tournament is to serve off on November 8 at the Tennis Section of Ikoyi Club 1938.Speaking at the press briefing to herald the tournament in Lagos yesterday, Group Managing Director of Rainoil, Mr Gabriel Ogbechie said that over 180 players are expected to feature in the weeklong tennis fiesta.He said the tournament was made an open one in order to add value to it and allow more top quality players to be involved. “The previous format of Tennis Masters was restrictive. It was meant for only the top eight male and top eight female players on the Nigeria Tennis Federation ranking.“But since last year we decided to open it up. This year we are expecting the top 64 male players as well as the top 32 female players on the NTF ranking to take part in it,” stressed the Rainoil CEO who was accompanied to the media briefing by top executives of the oil and gas company.Mr Ogbechie stressed further why Rainoil has been sponsoring tennis in the past 10 years.“We are very passionate about tennis in Rainoil which is why we have been sponsoring this tournament for ten years now.“As a person I have played tennis since I was a child. I know that tennis is one game to encourage our young boys and girls to earn decent living for themselves.“The top tennis players in the world like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal have each earned over $100million in the course of their careers. That is why we at Rainoil want to encourage our young ones to play the game.”Ogbechie recalled some of the leading tennis tournament in the country that used to attract world’s top players.“Our plan is to make this tournament an international tennis tournament where people will come from around the world to earn good money.“In the past Nigeria used to have the Ogbe Hard Court, the Lord Rummens Classics, the Dala Tournament and several others where some of the best players in the world used to come and play.“We are hoping that Rainoil Tennis Tournament will return Nigeria to global tennis map.Organisers of the tournament have assured all participating players of free accommodation, feeding and daily allowances.Henry Atseye won the men’s singles title last year while Sarah Adegoke was the women’s singles champion. Over N5million is at stake as prize money for the 2018 edition in which the men’s champion will smile home with N500,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bolt is slowing down Degrasse claims

first_imgRising Canadian sprint prodigy feels he can grab the sprint crown from the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt as the sprinter has lost pace over the years.The 30-year-old Bolt has been the dominant force in male sprinting for close to a decade. He has announced that he will retire after this year’s World Championships in London.  Bolt has declared that he will only contest the 100 meters at the event and hopes to go out on top, but De Grasse is scheming to scupper that dream.“He’s one of the best. For me to have people stop talking about it, I have to go out there and beat him,” De Grasse said.The 22-year-old is, however, yet to come close so far.  De Grasse finished in third place at the last two major championships, not only behind Bolt, but behind American Justin Gatlin as well.  The Canadian, however, feels experience and improved form could make the difference this year.  De Grasse recently clocked a heavily wind-aided 9.69 in Stockholm.  Bolt on the other hand opened his season with a 10.03 clocking in Kingston at the Racers Grand Prix.“Everyone knows he’s slowing down a little bit,” De Grasse said. “He’s getting older, but he’s still the man to beat.“He’s still running fast times.”last_img read more