Daily Archives: October 11, 2014

Faecal capsules ‘may help stop gut infection’ – BBC News


How English became language of science

How English became language of science http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29543708

Ferguson weekend protests gain pace

Ferguson weekend protests gain pace http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29581326

Putin ‘orders Russia troop pullback’

Putin ‘orders Russia troop pullback’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29586627

Mexico bodies ‘not all students’

Mexico bodies ‘not all students’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-29585715

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit

Donors gather for Gaza aid summit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29586636

Kobane situation ‘dangerous’ – US

Kobane situation ‘dangerous’ – US http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29586675

UN hopes for rapid Ebola containment

UN hopes for rapid Ebola containment http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29586629

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this pressed – for information: CDC running twofold probe of EV-D68 cases, neuro illnesses | CIDRAP

While the nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases may be starting to subside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still in the early stages of investigating it and determining whether it’s connected to unexplained neurologic illnesses in children in Colorado and elsewhere, says a top CDC virology expert.

Today the count of confirmed cases rose by 13, to 691, according to the CDC. The illnesses have been confirmed in all but four states: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona. The cases confirmed yesterday and today mark a slowdown from earlier this week and much of last week.

“We’re getting a sense that on average there’s at least an indication of a decline in the number of cases,” Mark Pallansch, PhD, director of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases, told CIDRAP News today.

via CDC running twofold probe of EV-D68 cases, neuro illnesses | CIDRAP.

U.S. Ebola strategy assigns critical role to airport quarantine stations – Newsday


Is $1,125 hepatitis pill from Bay Area drugmaker worth it? – SFGate


Bernanke testifies he was reluctant to lend money to AIG – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com


this pressed-for information: 12 states confirm Enterovirus D68 cases|CNN


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(CNN) — Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed more than 100 cases of Enterovirus D68 in 12 states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New York and Oklahoma.

Yet the real number of severe respiratory illnesses caused by this virus is probably even higher, the CDC says.

Enteroviruses are very common, especially in the early fall. The CDC estimates that 10 million to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. These viruses usually present like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough.

Most people recover without any treatment. But Enterovirus D68 appears to be exacerbating breathing problems in children who have asthma.

What parents should know

The virus is hard to track, as many enteroviruses cause similar symptoms and hospitals generally do not test for specific types. But the CDC has asked hospitals across the country to send in samples if workers suspect that Enterovirus D68 has caused a patient’s severe respiratory illness.

Alabama, Indiana and Oklahoma are the latest to join the growing list of states with confirmed cases, health officials say.

Seven of 24 specimens sent to the CDC from Oklahoma hospitals and laboratories have tested positive for Enterovirus D68, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Tuesday. The state has seen an increase in pediatric admissions at hospitals in its central region.

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So why all the concern now?

What’s unusual at the moment is the high number of hospitalizations.

The virus has sent more than 30 children a day to a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital, where about 15% of the youngsters were placed in intensive care, officials said.

“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, a director for infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where about 475 children were recently treated.

“I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” she said.

What parents should know about EV-D68

What’s special about this particular type of enterovirus?

An analysis by the CDC showed at least 30 of the Kansas City children tested positive for EV-D68, Missouri health officials said.

It’s a type of enterovirus that’s uncommon, but not new.

It was first identified in the 1960s and there have been fewer than 100 reported cases since that time. But it’s possible, Pallansch said, that the relatively low number of reports might be because EV-D68 is hard to identify.

EV-D68 was seen last year in the United States and this year in various parts of the world. Over the years, clusters have been reported in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and various countries including the Philippines, Japan and the Netherlands.

Experts say they don’t know why it’s flared up this time around.

“Why one virus or another crops up in one part of the country or another part of the country from one year to the next is inexplicable,” said William Schaffner, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. “It’s a mystery to me.”

What are the symptoms?

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Another post (this pressed will follow shortly): get informed, be your family and yourselves best friends, no matter what the downplayer may want you to believe; then you can be level headed instead of fearing, and in denial!

Michigan toddler dies of enterovirus D68


The fatal attraction of lead

The fatal attraction of lead http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29568505

Coptic landmark restored in Cairo

Coptic landmark restored in Cairo http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29584656

UK expects ‘handful’ of Ebola cases

UK expects ‘handful’ of Ebola cases http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29584816

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this pressed: London mayor warns of ‘thousands’ of terror suspects|via Reporte.us

The mayor of London has disclosed that “thousands” of potential terror suspects are being monitored every day in the British capital, providing a broad glimpse of the threat of homegrown Islamic extremism against America‘s staunchest ally.

Boris Johnson made the comments in an interview published in The Daily Telegraph Saturday, saying “In London we’re very very vigilant and very very concerned. Every day … the security services are involved in thousands of operations.”

via   London mayor warns of ‘thousands’ of terror suspects.

this pressed for the record: Thousands join ‘weekend of resistance’ as Brown protests expand beyond Ferguson – CSMonitor.com

Protests over the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, continue to grow as thousands of people from all over the United States descended on greater St. Louis to take part in a weekend-long series of events and marches demanding “justice” for the killing.

Events in what one student called “the epicenter of the movement against police brutality” have transformed since the violence of the immediate aftermath of the shooting into a more sophisticated, but often edgy and raw, strategy where protesters are fanning out to civic events like the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and sporting events, including this weekend’s baseball playoffs featuring the St. Louis Cardinals.

via Thousands join ‘weekend of resistance’ as Brown protests expand beyond Ferguson – CSMonitor.com.

this press for “unlikely” situations: Ebolavirus VP35 is a multifunctional virulence factor

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: resear...

English: Biosafety level 4 hazmat suit: researcher is working with the Ebola virus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nurse-nun visits graves of victims of 1976 Zai...

Nurse-nun visits graves of victims of 1976 Zaire Ebola outbreak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC mi...

English: Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of...

English: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Polski: Mikrofotografia elektronowa cząsteczek wirusa Ebola w fałszywych kolorach. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The isolation ward of Gulu Municipal Hospital,...

The isolation ward of Gulu Municipal Hospital, Gulu, Uganda, during an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in October 2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Ebola virus (EBOV) is a member of the filoviridae family that causes severe hemorrhagic fever during sporadic outbreaks, and no approved treatments are currently available. The multifunctional EBOV VP35 protein facilitates immune evasion by antagonizing antiviral signaling pathways and is important for viral RNA synthesis. In order to elucidate regulatory mechanisms and to develop countermeasures, we recently solved the structures of the Zaire and Reston EBOV VP35 interferon inhibitory domain (IID) in the free form and of the Zaire EBOV VP35 IID bound to dsRNA. Together with biochemical, cell biological and virological studies, our structural work revealed that distinct regions within EBOV VP35 IID contribute to virulence through host immune evasion and viral RNA synthesis. Here we summarize our recent structural and functional studies and discuss the potential of multifunctional Ebola VP35 as a therapeutic target.

Key words: filoviruses, ebola virus, marburg virus, VP35, IFN antagonist, RNA binding protein, virulence factor, immune evasion, drug target

via Ebolavirus VP35 is a multifunctional virulence factor.

this pressed-pay per page media? yes: Ebola Screenings Begin at New York’s JFK Airport – WSJ

Ebola screenings began on Saturday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for travelers coming from the most-affected West African countries, in an effort to curb the spread of the disease in the U.S.About two dozen flights with some passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were expected to land at JFK on Saturday, according to officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the…

Ebola screenings began on Saturday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for travelers coming from the most-affected West African countries, in an effort to curb the spread of the disease in the U.S.

About two dozen flights with some passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were expected to land at JFK on Saturday, according to officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the…

via Ebola Screenings Begin at New York’s JFK Airport – WSJ.

this pressed: James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy

James Bond, the world’s most famous spy and one of the most enduring fiction characters ever created, will star in a new series of comic books that will reveal untold tales and explore the origins of the man who is licensed to kill. The books, which are slated for release beginning next year, will re-tell some of Bond’s exploits from the original novels and the big screen, as well as bringing his fans new stories from his days before Casino Royale; Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, which came out in 1953.
Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/james-bond-comic-books-to-explore-origins-of-worlds-most-famous-spy/#uob8mbT7Y01rWR4W.99

James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy.

this pressed- for the record: BBC News – Syria: Kobane siege death toll ‘passes 500’

At least 553 people are said to have died in a month of fighting for Kobane, the Kurdish town just inside Syria under Islamic State (IS) attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based Syrian opposition body which monitors the conflict, counted 298 IS fighters among the dead.

via BBC News – Syria: Kobane siege death toll ‘passes 500’.

this pressed: Bats, white-nose syndrome and you | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

via   Bats, white-nose syndrome and you | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region.

this pressed from Twitter: How the CDC would combat an Ebola outbreak, however unlikely — Newsweek

Protect yourselves beyond the “however unlikely!”


The man behind ‘cradle of Kung Fu’

The man behind ‘cradle of Kung Fu’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-29561279

The man with the world’s most dangerous job?

The man with the world’s most dangerous job? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29570920

Ferguson weekend protests begin

Ferguson weekend protests begin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29581326

Former major stripped of bravery medal

Former major stripped of bravery medal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29581498

Bahrain opposition ‘to boycott poll’

Bahrain opposition ‘to boycott poll’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29583378

UN chief in surprise visit to Libya

UN chief in surprise visit to Libya http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29583614

New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks

New York’s JFK starts Ebola checks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-29578845

Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991: great compositions/performances

Dvořák Symphony No 9 “New World” Celibidache, Münchner Philharmoniker, 1991

Antonín Dvořák – Suite in A Major “American”, Op. 98b, B 190: make music part ofyour life series

Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 11th, 2014: St. Damien of Molokai

The Leper Priest, the Hero of Molokai. Born in Tremelo, Belgium, on January 3, 1840, he joined the Sacred Hearts Fathers in 1860. He was bom Joseph and received the name Damien in religious life. In … continue reading

Father Damien, SS.CC.
Saint Damien of Molokai
Father Damien, photograph by William Brigham.jpg

A photograph of Father Damien taken shortly before his death
Religious priest and missionary
Born January 3, 1840
Tremelo, Belgium
Died April 15, 1889 (aged 49)
Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Episcopal Church; some churches of Anglican Communion; individual Lutheran Churches
Beatified June 4, 1995, Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg), Brussels, by Pope John Paul II
Canonized October 11, 2009, Vatican City, by Pope Benedict XVI
Major shrine Leuven, Belgium (bodily relics)
Molokaʻi, Hawaii (relics of his hand)
Feast May 10 (Catholic Church; obligatory in Hawaii, option in the rest of the United States);[1] April 15 (Episcopal Church of the United States)
Patronage people with leprosy

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today’s holiday: Daniel Boone Festival

Daniel Boone Festival

Held annually in Barbourville, Kentucky, this festival honors the frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820). In 1775, he became the first person to carve a trail through the Appalachian Mountains from eastern Tennessee to the Ohio River. An important part of the festival is the signing of the Cherokee Cane Treaty, which provides the Cherokee people with cane that they use to make baskets. Other festival events include an old-fashioned barbecue featuring pioneer and American-Indian foods, a long-rifle shoot, and competitions such as hog-calling, wood-chopping, and fiddling. More… Discuss

quotation: Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease. Aesop

Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Henry Heinz (1844)

Henry Heinz (1844)

Heinz was a pioneer in the American food industry. He got an early start in the food business, peddling surplus home-grown vegetables to neighbors by the age of eight. In 1876, he, his brother, and a cousin founded a pickles and condiments company that became the H. J. Heinz Company when he bought them out in 1888. The company’s tomato ketchup quickly became a bestseller and remains the most popular ketchup in the US today. Why did Heinz make “57 varieties” his company slogan? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa (1899)

Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa (1899)

The Boer Wars were fought between the British Empire and Dutch settlers in South Africa, called Boers. The Second Boer War was sparked by the discovery of gold in the Transvaal, a region annexed to Britain but controlled by anti-British statesman Paul Kruger. Tensions rose as the Boer government began limiting the rights of British settlers moving into the region. It has been argued that what method of control now commonly associated with the Nazis was first employed by the British in this war? More… Discuss

Enough is (Not) Enough

Enough is (Not) Enough

You know that sinking feeling you get when you ravenously tear open a bloated snack bag only to find a whole lot of air and a mere handful of chips lying forlornly at the bottom? Well, a group of South Korean college students finally had enough and decided to air their grievances by building a raft out of 160 sealed bags of potato chips. Two of them then paddled the raft 0.62 miles (1.3 kilometers) across the Han River, supported the entire way by the nitrogen gas sealed inside the chip bags. Korean law requires food content to fill at least 65 percent of a snack bag, but many consumers are convinced that manufacturers are falling short of this benchmark. More… Discuss

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim is a modern art museum located in New York City. It is named for its benefactor, art collector Solomon Guggenheim. Founded in the 1930s, it is known for its remarkable circular building designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The structure resembles a white ribbon spiraling upward and outward in a smooth coil of white concrete. It has no separate floors but instead uses a spiral ramp, realizing Wright’s ideal of a continuous space. Why has Wright’s design been criticized? More… Discuss

Frank Lloyd Wright, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, 1942-1959

word: tacit


Definition: (adjective) Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Synonyms: understood, silent
Usage: Management has given its tacit approval to the plan. Discuss.

Cameroon Boko Haram hostages freed

Cameroon Boko Haram hostages freed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29581495