There’s just no stopping Bob Weir, as the Grateful Dead guitarist has announced five spring tour dates for his newly formed Campfire Band in support of the 2016 solo release, Blue Mountain. Comprised of Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf and Josh Kaufman, the acoustic ensemble will support Weir for shows in Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama.The tour begins on April 13th in Dallas, before Weir and co. head to Austin, TX for two nights at the Moody Theatre for the long running Austin City Limits program. The fun doesn’t stop there, as the band will go on to play shows in New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL on April 18th and 19th, respectively.Weir recently reunited the Campfire Band at Bryce Dessner’s MusicNOW Festival, and did promise more Campfire dates ahead. We’ll be sure to update if more tour dates get announced. In the meantime, Weir has been keeping busy by performing at NAMM and at the Sundance Film Festival Grateful Dead documentary premiere. He’s also set to head to Los Muertos Con Queso this weekend, and has Dead & Company tour dates plotted through the summer. The music never stopped!Bob Weir Campfire Band Tour DatesAPR 13: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, TXAPR 15: ACL Live at Austin, TXAPR 16: ACL Live at Austin, TXAPR 18: The Saenger Theatre at New Orleans, LAAPR 19: Saenger Theatre at Mobile, AL
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
Ivory Coast are seeking pre-Afcon friendlies with the Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.The Ivorians, Cameroon, Mali and Guinea have been put together in Group D an all-West African affair and so, are seeking to prep themselves up for the Afcon Group D battles with friendlies against these two strong neighbouring countries.Nigeria, who won the last Afcon in South Africa failed to qualify for the 2015 edition in Equatorial Guinea while Ghana is placed in Group C alongside Senegal, Algeria and South Africa.Supersport.com understands that the Ghana FA is yet to fully accept the friendly as the body is still deliberating on a venue for the Black Stars’ pre-tournament preparations.An Abu Dhabi camping base had been initially planned but there have been reported objections to the choice within the FA ranks with head coach Avram Grant believed to be preferring a location in Spain. South Africa is the latest country that has been suggested as a possible camping base for the Black Stars.Despite having their choice of camping destination contested by the country’s sports ministry, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF), have maintained securing the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi for the Elephants to begin camp effective January 2, 2015.