Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A slight chance of snow Monday afternoon is forecast to give way to another dangerously cold arctic blast this week on Long Island.Rain and snow showers with wind gusts up to 26 mph Monday will come before temperatures drop down from 28 to 15 overnight, setting the tone through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.“The core of this latest arctic air mass will be settling in tomorrow and will remain with us until Thursday,” said Tim Morrin, an Upton-based NWS meteorologist who added that wind chills may be below zero again Tuesday.The threat of hypothermia, icy roads and bursting pipes is expected to continue with the bitter cold brought on by the polar vortex for the third time this month.Temps are expected to hit a high of 20 Tuesday with another slight chance of snow comes after midnight into Wednesday morning, when highs will be near 24 and lows will drop down to 15 after sundown.Thursday could hit a high of 31 and Friday is forecast to go above freezing with a high near 35, although it is expected to drop down to 24 both nights.Another slight chance of light snow is forecast for Saturday night as temps hold in the low 30s.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and senior staff will discuss the latest developments on key credit union issues and the association’s advocacy efforts today during NAFCU’s member-only call-in, which is slated to run 4-5 p.m. Eastern.“Today’s call offers a unique opportunity for NAFCU member credit union leaders to hear directly from your advocacy team about developments in Washington having an impact on you,” said Berger.Berger will be accompanied during the call by Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt, Legislative Affairs Vice President Brad Thaler, Regulatory Compliance Director Brandy Bruyere, Director of Research and Chief Economist Curt Long and others.The call-in, “NAFCU CEO and Staff Issues Update,” will spotlight key legislative, regulatory, compliance and economic issues of concern to the association’s members – among them, cyber and data security, field-of-membership rules, NCUA’s budget, risk-based capital and more. The call will also look at the Fed’s decision last week not to raise interest rates. continue reading »
So far this year 388 cases of human West Nile virus infection have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The total includes 13 fatalities. Despite patients’ persistent symptoms, most returned to a reasonable level of functioning and independence, the researchers noted. The researchers emphasized the high prominence of fatigue among patients; 41 (84%) reported fatigue, and half of them had fatigue scores that resembled patients who have moderate to severe multiple sclerosis. According to the CDC, West Nile virus, a flavivirus, infected at least 2,949 people in 2005, causing 116 deaths. Although 80% of those infected will have no symptoms, about 20% will develop a fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and, occasionally, a rash on the trunk. One in 150 patients develops severe neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis, meningitis, or poliomyelitis, according to the CDC. Of the 49 patients in the study, 11 (22%) had been diagnosed with West Nile meningitis or encephalitis and 38 (78%) had been diagnosed with West Nile fever. Fifteen (31%) of the patients had been hospitalized. The fever group included all of the nonhospitalized patients and four who had been hospitalized. The retrospective cohort study, published in the Sep 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, involved 49 patients who were identified through North Dakota’s disease surveillance system. In 2003 when the disease had its largest spike in North America, North Dakota reported 617 cases. Paradoxically, patients who had more severe illness were not more likely than those with less severe illness to report more chronic symptoms. “On the contrary, some of the few statistically significant associations found in our study were higher rates of fatigue, word-finding difficulties, and excessive sleepiness in the nonhospitalized group of patients,” they wrote. The most common complaints reported by patients were fatigue, memory problems, extremity weakness, word-finding difficulty, and headache. The surveys revealed an overall sense of poor health in 24 (49%) patients, fatigue in 24 (49%), depression in 12 (24%), and moderate to severe disability in 4 (8%). Ten patients (20%) reported new tremor. Neuropsychological testing showed abnormalities in motor skills, attention, and executive function. No significant associations were apparent between any of the patients’ risk factors and the study findings. They theorized that fatigue alone may not explain the patients’ clinical and neuropsychological symptoms, which may be caused instead by subtle disease damage to the frontal-subcortical brain structures. Aug 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) West Nile fever may not be the benign illness it’s usually considered to be, according to findings from a North Dakota research group. See also: The patients were assessed on average 13 months after they were diagnosed. Their medical records were reviewed, and they underwent a complete neurologic examination and took standardized surveys to determine their quality of life, functional ability, fatigue level, and depression level. Extensive neuropsychological testing was performed to gauge patients’ cognitive function. Patients who have had West Nile virus infections can continue to experience troubling symptoms, even a year after their illness, the researchers found. Carson PJ, Konweko P, Wold KS, et al. Long-term clinical and neuropsychological outcomes of West Nile virus infection. Clin Infect Dis 2006 Sep 15;43(6):723-30 [Full text] “This might suggest that West Nile fever is not a self-limited benign illness, as previously though, and may, in fact, be a subclinical encephalitis,” the researchers wrote. CDC West Nile virus 2006 cumulative case count