Show me the data: US doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

first_imgThe report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among US doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.Global pressure to find a cure or vaccine has accelerated the process of reporting coronavirus study results, feeding confusion over whether therapies have been proven effective. One influential COVID study was withdrawn this month by respected British medical journal The Lancet over data concerns.Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, used to fight inflammation in other diseases, reduced death rates by around a third among the most severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital. British scientists announced the results and said they would work to publish full details as soon as possible. “We have been burned before, not just during the coronavirus pandemic but even pre-COVID, with exciting results that when we have access to the data are not as convincing,” said Dr. Kathryn Hibbert, director of the medical intensive care unit at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital.Hibbert said published data would help her evaluate the findings and see which patients benefited the most and at what dose.”I am very hopeful this is true because it would be a huge step forward in being able to help our patients,” she said, but added she would not change practice at this point.Steroids can suppress immune systems, warned Dr. Thomas McGinn, deputy physician-in-chief at New York’s largest healthcare system, Northwell Health where, he told Reuters, physicians are using steroids on a case-by-case basis. “We have to see what the study looks like given the current environment of retractions,” said McGinn. “I just wait to see the real data, see if it’s peer reviewed and gets published in a real journal, he said.University of Washington professor of medicine Dr Mark Wurfel urged the researchers to put out data before official publication.”That would be very, very helpful in terms of helping us align our patient populations with theirs and decide whether it’s appropriate to apply this therapy to our patients.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Historic World Family Declaration is Online – Sign Now

first_imgWorld Congress of Families 18 March 2014The World Family Declaration, an initiative of the World Congress of Families and endorsed by pro-family organizations across the globe, is now online at www.worldfamilydeclaration.org and available for electronic signature.“Never before has there been a universal banner uniting all peoples to rally in protection of the natural family, and never has it needed protection as urgently as now,” stated WCF Director of UN Affairs Doug Clark. “We have created the World Family Declaration to address that need and be that banner.”Opening with the words “We the people of many lands and cultures,” the Declaration is grounded in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”That language is echoed in 111 national constitutions, many of which repeat it verbatim while others describe the family in such varied terms as the “natural and moral foundation of the human community” (Niger) or “foundation of the nation” (Philippines), or as society’s “cornerstone” (Greece), “fundamental pillar” (Afghanistan), “basic institution” (Colombia), or “fundamental nucleus” (Chile).Speaking at the recent launch of the World Family Declaration at the ONE UN New York, WCF International Secretary Allan Carlson observed, “I applaud those nations which have placed language about protection of the natural family in their constitutions.  Endnote #3 of this Declaration provides a solid review of these provisions. Even if and when the actions of a government might stray from this principle, such a constitutional provision stands both as a rebuke and a summons for a return to good order.”“It is my hope,” continued Carlson, “that the World Family Declaration will play a significant role in rallying international attention again to the most important unit of society, the natural family.”Clark added, “Today we unfurl a banner to remind the world of the foundational and irreplaceable role of the family. In the words of the Declaration, ‘We urge citizens, leaders, and people of influence everywhereto place as their highest priority the protection and strengthening of the family.’”http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=71b5ff0a93830214b96a42bf6&id=673255cfdf&e=0fb7d3bc0blast_img read more

Charity Begins at the Politically Correct Home? The Family First Case

first_imgRex Ahdar – University of Otago – Faculty of LawNovember 2015Otago Law Review (2015) 14(1) 171-189Abstract:     Is advancing the traditional or nuclear family a non-charitable purpose? Is it “controversial” and impermissibly political “propaganda” in the 21st century to advocate the two-parent, opposite-sex, married couple as the optimal domestic configuration in which to have and raise children? The New Zealand Charities Registration Board thought so and deregistered the organisation that had the temerity to advance it: Family First New Zealand. This article examines the Family First deregistration decision. The case is a particularly clear example of official institutional antipathy towards the conservative political and religious understanding of domestic personal relations.http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2791257last_img read more

Why Relationships Cause Depression in Women.

first_img Share Tweet Share LifestyleRelationships Why Relationships Cause Depression in Women. by: – April 18, 2011 59 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Ashley JuddIn a new memoir that came out last week, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, actress Ashley Judd frankly discusses a number of difficult topics: the childhood neglect she was forced to endure, her molestation at the hands of a stranger, and the feelings of loneliness she struggled with for much of her life.Her depression got so bad that in 2006 she spent 47 days at a treatment facility where she got help with the codependent relationships she had a tendency to form, and with other coping strategies that weren’t doing much for her.Judd had an unusual amount of difficulties in her young life: She was abused, her parents divorced, her mother’s boyfriend — a heroin addict — lived with them for a period, and her mother (Naomi, one-half of the famed country music duo The Judds) was on the road frequently during her childhood. But the coverage of her book got me thinking about women and depression.We’re twice as likely as men to suffer from it — and that might be, in part, because of the higher importance we place on interpersonal relationships. Psychologist Valerie Whiffen, author of A Secret Sadness: The Hidden Relationship Patterns That Make Women Depressed, discusses that issue in her book, so I contacted her to find out more.Do women place more importance on their relationships than men?Yes, they do. Women’s relationships are more intimate, and they’re concerned about a wider variety of people than men are. They provide more social support than men do and are more affected emotionally by the support they receive, especially if they are vulnerable. When women’s closest relationships falter, they’re more likely than men to become depressed. While objective aspects of women’s lives have changed a great deal in the past 30 years, particularly with regard to education and work, one only has to look at contemporary young women to see how important relationships still are to our gender: Young women spend much more time on Facebook managing their profiles and connecting with friends than young men do.Why are we so much more invested in personal relationships?My opinion is that this can be explained on three levels: sociological, biological, and psychological. On the sociological level, consider the gender role that has been ascribed to women around the world and throughout human history. We’re considered the nurturers and caregivers, particularly for small children and the elderly. I believe that we’re subtly trained to fulfill this role from a very early age — that is, to be tender, kind, and responsive to others. I think, too, that gender roles are influenced by innate biological differences between the sexes. Early in human history, women who were good at relationships may have been more successful reproductively, with the result that their genes have survived at a higher rate than those of women who didn’t have good “people skills.” Biological and sociological differences may be reflected in individual women’s psychology: Women’s self-esteem is very much tied to how successful we are in relationships, and women who feel good about themselves are, on average, women who see themselves as successful interpersonally.Why might it be bad for us to link our sense of identity so closely to our relationships?Generally speaking, the harder we work and the more effort we make, the better we do. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of relationships. Sometimes a relationship isn’t good because of the other person, but women have difficulty seeing this. For instance, a woman in an abusive relationship is highly likely to blame herself for the abuse she experiences and to believe that if she tries harder to meet her partner’s needs, he will stop abusing her. The same can be said of women in difficult, non-abusive relationships: They tend to blame themselves for the failure of the relationship, which leads directly to feelings of depression.What are some indicators that a relationship is making you depressed?The relationship makes you feel bad about yourself. You critique yourself and wonder what you need to change in order to be a “better” partner. You feel jealous and inadequate, even when you have little cause. Your partner gives you more negative than positive feedback, or worse, seems indifferent to you, which hurts your feelings and makes you sad.What’s another way to look at our relationships, or to think about how they should or shouldn’t define us?Carl Jung used to believe that men’s task in adulthood is to become more like women, while women’s task is to become more like men. Men are good at focusing on themselves, on what makes them happy, and on what they need to do for their personal growth. Women would benefit from thinking about what they need to get from relationships to be happy, rather than what they should be giving.by Marie ClaireYahoo Shinelast_img read more

Pellegrini: It’s hard to stay calm

first_img Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has joked that keeping calm in press conferences is one of the hardest parts of a manager’s job. “We are all human beings and when you play for your club not to go down, it is massive pressure.” Wenger admitted he himself has been close to losing his temper “many, many, many times”. “You know you have to control yourself and remain in control and polite and respectful,” he said. “But of course sometimes you feel that people are not respectful of you.” Hull manager Steve Bruce admitted there have been a number of occasions when he has said or done something he later regretted. He said: “I think sometimes, after a game in particular when you are disappointed – he has just lost a game – you have to come out and face the press and sometimes you find it quite amusing. “I think after games sometimes the emotion comes out and we have all done silly and stupid things you regret. “I have seen myself run up and down touchlines and you think, ‘Oh my God Steve what are you doing, have a bit of dignity and respect for your opponents’. “It has made fantastic headlines. It was great watching it at the time and I think we have all enjoyed it. I think even the reporter has enjoyed it as we all know who he is now, so fair play to him.” West Brom head coach Tony Pulis said managers had to find a way to deal with the pressures they are under. He said: “It’s a difficult job being a manager at a Premier League club. You have so many responsibilities and the weight of responsibility is on your shoulders. “It’s the first time Nigel has managed in the Premier League and he has done fantastically well so far. They have a great chance of staying up and getting out of trouble and a couple of weeks ago everyone wrote them off. “Nigel said what he said and he has to live by that. People deal with it differently. “We’re not all the same, thank God, and the thing is with Nigel is he is a very honest, up front sort of guy and wears his heart on his sleeve. “Those reactions don’t surprise me sometimes because he is that type of bloke.” Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said: “Managers are in pressurised situations after matches. The circumstances were difficult for the manager, but he’s apologised.” He has since apologised but the incident has received considerable public attention and highlighted how media responsibilities are very much part of a manager’s work. Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title last season, has been famously calm throughout his two seasons at City but claims he was not always that way. The 61-year-old Chilean said: “It is the most difficult thing to do as a manager! “For me one of the most difficult things was to change my character, to try and be cool and understand that every journalist can ask what he wants – with respect of course – and the managers can answer what they want, with respect. “It is difficult. Maybe as a younger manager I didn’t control so much my character. Now I can do it because the years help me.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview his side’s game at Tottenham on Sunday and he was not the only manager to be asked about one of this week’s major talking points. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he could understand how the matter unfolded given the pressures of the job. He said: “I have sympathy (with Pearson), of course. He apologised and he knows he was wrong but it is not always easy to deal with these kinds of situations. Leicester manager Nigel Pearson this week made headlines when he called a journalist “an ostrich” in a bizarre confrontation after his relegation-threatened side’s loss to Chelsea. Pearson took exception to a question and suggested the reporter was either being “very, very silly” or “absolutely stupid”. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Indian skipper Virat Kohli under pressure, argues with umpire over DRS

first_imghighlights New Delhi : Virat Kohli’s 52nd fifty along with Kedar Jadhav’s effort lower down the order helped India to post a stiff target of 225 in front of minnows of the tournament Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. India’s men found it difficult to move their feet in front of Afghanistan’s spinner which eventually had put them on backfoot. In reply, Hazratullah and Gulbadin Naib started off the proceedings for Afghanistan with Indian team all pumped up to defend the low score. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah bowled in the right lines and didn’t let the opposition batsmen take things away from them. Interestingly, in the third over when India was desperately looking for a wicket and Mohammad Shami bowled a full and straight length delivery to  Hazratullah Zazai that seems to have caught him right in front and the Indian players appealed straightaway which was turned down by Aleem Dar. But Virat Kohli’s men reviewed the on-field decision and went upstairs. However, India lost the lone review as the impact was outside leg.Seeing this, Virat wasn’t looking pleased and he straightaway went upto umpire Richard Illingworth. But that didn’t do any favour. Although, Hazratullah Zazai failed to add much to the total as he was sent back by Shami in seventh over for mere 10 runs.  India managed 224 runs against Afghanistan. Virat Kohli notched 52nd fifty against Afghanistna in World Cup 2019. Mohammad Shami scalped first wicket against Afghanistan. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse shuts out UC Davis in 4-0 win

first_img Comments Published on August 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img The second night of Syracuse field hockey’s season-opening California road trip went much like the first. It ended in a win. This time, the No. 4 Orange (2-0) rolled through the University of California, Davis (0-1), in a 4-0 victory.Roos Weers, who scored the first goal of Syracuse’s season Friday night, wasted no time in continuing what she’d started. Two minutes, 32 seconds into the contest, Weers received a backward pass from Alyssa Manley and beat UC Davis goalie Erica Cohen to the far post. Weers contributed again at 30:16, setting up Emma Tufts for a one-timer that snuck inside the far post.Syracuse went on to score two more goals, but it seemed the two-goal cushion was all the Orange backline needed. It stifled any UC Davis attempt at offense, limiting the Aggies to a single shot on goal through 70 minutes, which goalie Jess Jecko saved.Syracuse dominated on Friday like it had on Thursday. The Orange outshot Stanford and UC Davis by a combined 37 to nine margin. SU also held a 4-1 penalty corner advantage against UC Davis.And while the defense stopped UC Davis, Syracuse’s Manley added to Syracuse’s lead at 39:04 when her penalty shot found the net, giving SU a 3-0 advantage. The final goal came from SU standout Emma Russell, who beat the goalie to her left side off a feed from Laura Hurff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will conclude its three-game California road trip with a 3 p.m. EST game at Pacific on Aug. 31.last_img read more

SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm

first_img Share Citing novel coronavirus impacts across its European network, Czech gambling and lottery conglomerate SAZKA Group saw its consolidated Q1 revenues decline by 11% to €405m (Q1 2019: €458m).In an overview of Q1 performance, the group cited trading under unprecedented circumstances, in which subsidiaries OPAP Greece, Casinos Austria and LOTTO Italia have been forced to suspend their entire retail presence since mid-March. COVID-19 disruptions meant SAZKA’s revenue capacity was limited to its digital assets and POS networks in Czech Rep (SAZKA Hry / SAZKA Bet) and Austria (Tipp3/Win2Day) which have remained without interruption.As a result, SAZKA disclosed that Q1 consolidated EBITDA decreased by 23% to €124m (Q1 2019: €162m), as corporate profits decline by 51% to €43m (Q1 2019: €87m).Despite group performance being rocked by COVID-19 circumstances, SAZKA confirmed that it achieved a number of strategic initiatives during the period, settling its Novomatic co-shareholder dispute with regards to the ownership of Casinos Austria. In addition, SAZKA reiterated its support of subsidiary OPAP by acquiring leading Greek online bookmaker Stoiximan outright, expanding the firm’s digital capabilities.SAZKA Group CEO Robert Chvatal praised the work and leadership of the firm’s subsidiaries which had ‘weathered the challenges’ of an unprecedented situation, as its focus shifted to June retail reopenings. He noted: “We benefited in particular from our diverse range of products, sales channels, and geographic exposure, our favourable cost structure, and our strong liquidity.“I am extremely proud of the resilience our businesses have shown and I would like to thank the entire SAZKA Group team for their hard work and perseverance, and for seizing opportunities to progress our strategic priorities during a period which has on a personal level been very difficult for many of us.” Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon STS completes takeover of Czech software provider Betsys July 7, 2020last_img read more

High performance training facilities for PNG athletes.

first_imgThis is so upcoming athletes can continue the momentum built during the Pacific Games.Currently there is only one site for the High Performance unit based in Port Moresby and Tkatchenko wants to extend that to the Sir Ignatius Kilage Sports Stadium Lae, and the Institute of Sport in Goroka.This is to ensure athletes in the Momase and Highlands region access the facilities.He said the Chairman and CEO of the Sports Foundation will be submitting a budget to help assist upgrade those other facilities to a high performance level.“We will be working on that over the next couple of weeks for the 2016 budget.”The sports ministry will also be building a brand new high performance center here in Port Moresby near the Sir John Guise stadium and Tkatchenko said that sporting complex which will supersede what we have already started at the Telekom properties in Boroko.“This is something that the Prime minister is very keen to support; everybody has seen the result from that High performance center and coaches for the different sporting codes. It’s produced a remarkable medal tally.”“It’s also made our athletes better than before, they’ve only had two years under this program and look at what they’ve achieved.“So imagine what 5 or 10 years is going to do for our future athletes when we continue this,” he added.Photo: Pictured are athletes in training at the High Performance center in Port Moresby prior to the Pacific Games.last_img read more

Real Madrid aims for an Exit Operation of € 121M

first_imgFor the second consecutive summer, in the offices of Real Madrid he will send the “let them out before entering.” In the current Zidane squad there are no free chips, all 25 are occupied, and to them we must add those of the 11 on loan. You can also discount that of Areola, who has a hard time following, despite that being his wish, in 2020-21. Nor is it decisive: the case is that for reasons of space and money, to sign you first have to sell, being able to be around, according to the values ​​of the specialized Transfermarkt, the 121 million collected. eleven Also according to the appraisals of Transfermarkt, the club could get about 121 million euros in sales: 32 for Bale, as many for James, 16 for Lucas, the same as for Odriozola, 13 for Mariano and 12 for Nacho. In addition, these marches would make room for arrivals without jeopardizing the salary limit: around 75 million euros would be released … AS has said that the idea of ​​Madrid is to give between four or five casualties, without counting on loan. They will be in the Bale market (you don’t want to go), James (Mendes listens to offers for him), Lucas Vázquez, Mariano (will not facilitate your goodbye) and possibly Odriozola (Achraf is expected to give his go-ahead soon) and Nacho. With the latter, a club man of those who no longer abound, it is intended to decide together. This course he had been playing less (641 minutes, with injuries; the 22nd of the team) and the incorporation of a central defender is sought to ensure relief, with Dayot Upamecano (21 years) among the favorites. A breather for the wage billAs the coronavirus has shaken the established order in soccer as it was known, it is difficult, also for the actors of this game, to predict how the next transfer window will work. Even the dates are not fully established. Transfermarkt, In its recent update, on April 8, it has already shown a great decrease in the figures: Madrid has devalued 191.5 million, 17.73%, due to the pandemic.last_img read more