The geology of Antarctica: a review

first_imgGeological field work in Antarctica and the off-lying islands during the past two decades has contributed materially to the establishment of the stratigraphical succession in both East and West Antarctica. The tectonic evolution of Antarctica is discussed in relation to the known stratigraphical and structural data for the continent, and the rôle of Antarctica in several reconstructions of the former supercontinent of Gondwanaland critically examined. In this context, various aspects of the palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, geochronology and stratigraphy of Antarctica is reviewed.last_img

Jazz Foundation Taps Brittany Howard, Chevy Chase, Bruce Willis, & More For Annual Gala

first_imgSince 2001, the Jazz Foundation of America—a nonprofit with a mission of “saving jazz and blues… one musician at a time” and that offers financial support to musicians facing crisis related to natural disasters, health, or housing—has hosted its “A Great Night In Harlem” annual gala. On Friday, April 20th, the event will return to New York City’s Apollo Theater for its 16th annual celebration. For the historic evening, the organization will honor singer Roberta Flack, the Heath Brothers, and blues legend Otis Rush.Roberta Flack, the Grammy Award-winning singer behind hits like “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song”, will receive the Clark and Gwen Terry Courage Award. The Heath Brothers, the iconic jazz act featuring Jimmy, Percy, and Albert “Tootie” Heath, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, as will the soulful blues artist, Otis Rush.To further honor the artists, the Jazz Foundation of America has curated a standout lineup of musical performers and guest speakers to pay tribute to these important jazz and blues musicians. This year, the event has tapped performers like Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmie Vaughan, Nona Hendryx, Isaiah Sharkey, Davell Crawford, Jon Faddis, Eddie Palmieri, Rufus Reid, Matthew Whitaker, and Harold Mabern to celebrate the iconic artists. Furthermore, movie and television stars like Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, and Bruce Willis—the latter two are repeat offenders who have appeared at the event in past years—will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the honored artists.The Jazz Foundation of America has a long history of offering tributes to seminal members of the music community. It has previously honored legendary musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Maurice White, Clark Terry, and many others keystone musical artists. To celebrate its award recipients, the “Great Night In Harlem” gala has previously hosted the likes of John Mayer, Keith Richards, Chaka Khan, Bono, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, and Dr. John to perform.As noted by Steve Jordan, the show’s musical director and a board member of Jazz Foundation of America, “‘A Great Night In Harlem’ is one of my favorite events of the year. There’s nothing like playing music at the world famous Apollo Theatre. Every Gala is loaded with legends, and this year is no exception.”For more information about the event or to purchase tickets to this undoubtedly special night, head over to the Jazz Foundation of America’s website here. You can also find more information and event updates on the gala’s Facebook event page here.last_img read more

Protein, fat, or carbs?

first_img Healthy diet helps older men maintain physical function Quick, which is healthiest diet? One focused on carbs, fat, or protein?The answer? Any of them. Rebutting the breathless claims of the superiority of various fads, new research finds that consuming more carbs, fat, or protein can promote good health as long as they are part of an overall sensible and varied diet.A team led by Stephen Juraschek at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that any of the diets could lead to a reduction in two chemical markers of heart damage. The improvements, which occurred over just six weeks, show that a fundamentally healthy diet can begin to make a difference in heart health almost right away.“I have friends who talk all the time about the new trend diet. It used to be Atkins, now it’s Paleolithic and ketogenic. There are the people who hate carbs, the people who still hate fat,” said Juraschek, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The problem with all of these fad diets is that they overemphasize a certain macronutrient profile and underemphasize the importance of balance and heathy eating overall.”While “eat healthy” may simplify the dietary message, the broader problem is that most of us don’t, Juraschek said. Despite decades of advice to the contrary, the typical American meal remains heavy on meat and carbohydrates — often heavily processed — with fruits and vegetables almost an afterthought. While the guidelines recommend Americans eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, the average American eats just 1.8, Juraschek said, and our two most common vegetables are potatoes — often in the form of french fries and potato chips — and canned tomatoes.“Our reduction in cardiovascular mortality has stagnated. We as a population are not achieving a healthy lifestyle,” Juraschek said. “This is a population trend that we have not been able to improve upon in the United States.” “We get so caught up in the macronutrients, we miss the quality of the diet, the balance of the diet, and the emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Let’s re-evaluate how we’re constructing our plate.” — Stephen Juraschek Amino acid leucine, found in animal products and beans, blocks effectiveness of medications The findings emerged from a new study in which researchers applied new tests to old blood samples from a key study on diet and heart health.The original study, called OmniHeart, published its results in 2005 and investigated variations on a diet designed to lower blood pressure in middle-aged participants with either prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension. Its aim was to see whether higher levels of carbohydrates, protein, or unsaturatedfat could improve on the base diet’s performance. The researchers examined two risk factors for heart disease — blood pressure and cholesterol — and found that each of the diets improved those factors, though the higher-fat and -protein diets performed slightly better than the carb diet.Each of the three experimental diets were designed to be healthy, including between nine and 11 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, as well as whole grains, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy products, unsaturated fats, moderate salt, and high fiber. It also featured lean proteins from meat, fish, and poultry, as well as some sweets. The increased macronutrient in each version of the diet also came from healthy sources: plant protein, unsaturated fats, and less-processed carbohydrates.Juraschek said that one common critique of OmniHeart was that it was so short — just six weeks on each diet — that it is difficult to know whether those improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol actually could prevent heart attacks down the road. The new study, conducted with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland — some of whom were investigators in the original study — took the analysis a step further.In work published recently in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers examined levels of troponin, a compound created by the breakdown of proteins in heart muscle, and C-reactive protein, a marker of cardiac inflammation. Both declined over each six-week feeding period, troponin by between 8.6 percent and 10.8 percent, and C-reactive protein by between 13.9 percent and 17 percent. Related Dietary link found to drug-resistant breast cancercenter_img Growing support for plant-based diet “We’re taking it a step further,” Juraschek said. “We’re looking at whether the diets directly influence cardiac damage. Not only do the diets reduce blood pressure, they reduce direct injury to the heart and they reduce inflammation.”Consistent with the original study’s findings for blood pressure and cholesterol, the improvement in cardiac muscle injury was slightly better for those on the higher-protein and -fat diets, but the largest improvement by far, Juraschek said, came as participants switched from their everyday diet to the study diet — whichever one it was.“We get so caught up in the macronutrients, we miss the quality of the diet, the balance of the diet, and the emphasis on fruits and vegetables,” Juraschek said. “Let’s re-evaluate how we’re constructing our plate.”Research was supported by National Institutes of Health and Alpha Omega Alpha Postgraduate Award. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. donated equipment that identified markers of cardiac injury. Study finds greater adherence lowers risk of Type 2 diabetes by 23% Associated with 25 percent lower likelihood of developing age-related impairments last_img read more

Upgrade your mask as more-transmissible COVID strain surges

first_imgThough B.1.1.7 is projected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. in just a few weeks, it’s not the only one. At the end of January, results of the phase 3 clinical trial announced by Johnson & Johnson crystallized concern about a variant in South Africa. While the vaccine was 72 percent effective in preventing moderate to severe illness in the U.S., that number was just 57 percent in South Africa, likely due to the prevalence there of a virus strain believed to both spread more quickly and partially evade immune protection. The good news about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, developed in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center lab of Harvard Medical School Professor Dan Barouch, is that it proved 85 percent effective against severe disease, which should ease the strain on health care facilities. The hazard of immune-evading variants was illustrated this week, when South Africa decided to halt distribution of an AstraZeneca vaccine due to ineffectiveness.In a late January interview, Barouch called the pandemic landscape “more complicated” today and said that Johnson & Johnson is testing whether a second dose would increase the single-shot vaccine’s effectiveness further — both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are delivered in two doses. In addition, he’s getting back to work, saying that his lab is looking “very closely” at how to modify the vaccine so it is more effective against the new variants.The variants’ impact has pandemic experts revising estimates of when life will return to whatever post-pandemic “normal” looks like. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor and a top Biden coronavirus adviser, in December projected that enough Americans would be vaccinated by summer’s end that some sort of “normality that is close to where we were before” would occur by the end of the year. Recent news about the rise of coronavirus variants has made even Fauci uncertain about the pandemic’s end, telling The Washington Post this month that he had no “definitive answer” to the question of when normalcy might return. Experts say young, frontline workers could suffer long-term effects How COVID experiences will reshape the workplace Scholars say shutdowns and remote work yielded insights for employers, workers Newest vaccine emerges amid a ‘more complicated pandemic’ With the variants now spreading in the U.S., Allen, long a proponent of in-person schooling, said it is critically important that schools crack down on lax mask wearing and hand sanitizing, and re-examine ventilation and/or filtration of classroom air, so that they’re achieving the recommended four to six air changes per hour. With the new variant, he said, luck may run out for schools that have not had rigorous protocols in place but nonetheless have seen few cases.“I think the margin for getting lucky is about to shrink,” Allen said. “It really has become crystal clear what needs to be done.” Pandemic pushes mental health to the breaking point The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. HMS and Beth Israel’s Barouch talks about Johnson & Johnson entry Even as coronavirus cases slide nationally, Harvard experts are warning the public to keep its guard up because more highly transmissible variants are likely to reverse that decline in the weeks to come, with one recently arrived strain already accounting for 10 percent of cases in Florida.Atul Gawande, professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and Cynthia and John F. Fish Distinguished Chair in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said that recent actions in Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin to relax mask mandates are coming too soon despite cases declining nationally to just 91,000 a day last week from an early January peak of more than 300,000 new cases per day.Gawande, on a conference call with reporters Tuesday, cited a study released over the weekend by researchers from the University of California, Scripps Research Institute, and the University of Arizona that performed a genetic analysis of viral samples across the country in search of a fast-spreading strain that has become dominant in the U.K. They found that the strain, referred to as B.1.1.7, appeared in U.S. samples as early as late November and has spread to 30 states. They also found that the variant increases transmission rates by between 35 percent and 45 percent, causing cases to double every week and a half. The researchers projected that it will become the dominant strain here in March.Though the U.S. vaccination campaign is forging ahead, with 32 million Americans having received at least one dose, Gawande said the speed of the new variant’s spread appears almost certain to outstrip that of the vaccination effort. In Israel, he said, 50 percent of the population has been vaccinated, but with the U.K. variant at 50 percent of cases, hospitalizations continue to rise. Unless mitigation efforts here are stepped up to counter the new strain’s increased infectivity, he said, a now-familiar pattern can be expected: a spike in cases followed within weeks by a jump in hospitalizations, then a surge in deaths.,“The doubling rate is every 10 days, so that’s very concerning — extremely concerning,” said Gawande, also a professor of health policy and management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We have a nicely falling rate of hospitalizations, cases, and deaths, but then we’re seeing a rising number of [B.1.1.7.] cases. We know what happens. Two to three weeks after that we see a rising number of B.1.1.7 related hospitalizations, and then we will see deaths to follow.”Gawande said that, contrary to the actions in the three Midwestern states, mask mandates should be the last precaution removed when cases start falling, not the first. He recommended that prevention and mitigation strategies continue and that every American upgrade from cloth to “medical grade” masks. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research suggesting that wearing a cloth mask over a surgical one improves safety.Gawande’s call on masks echoes that of Joseph Allen, associate professor of exposure assessment science at the Harvard Chan School. Allen said last week that all Americans should be upgrading to N95 respirators or the equivalent. Early in the pandemic officials recommended that the public rely on cloth or paper surgical masks to reserve N95s for first responders, but now — particularly with highly infectious variants emerging — people should be routinely wearing N95 respirators, which remove 95 percent of viral particles.Though N95s should be abundant by now, Allen acknowledged that even a year into the pandemic, supply hasn’t caught up to demand. Equivalent masks imported from overseas can also be effective, he said, including the South Korean-made KF94 and the Chinese-made KN95, although Allen cautioned that less-effective KN95 knockoffs are also being sold. If those masks are not available, Allen recommended double-masking, using a surgical mask because of its greater filtration properties with a close-fitting cloth mask on top. The cloth mask’s fit, he said, should improve the surgical mask’s filtration by closing gaps around the nose and at the corners of the mouth. That combination, he said, should boost the masks’ screening ability to about 70 percent. The effect is additive, he said, and two people double-masking should reduce particles by 90 percent, while adding in appropriate distancing can provide 99 percent effectiveness. “The doubling rate is every 10 days, so that’s very concerning — extremely concerning.” — Atul Gawande Relatedlast_img read more

Editorial: Ending Federal Study on Effects of Surface Mining Is a Move Meant to ‘Please the Coal Industry’

first_imgEditorial: Ending Federal Study on Effects of Surface Mining Is a Move Meant to ‘Please the Coal Industry’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lexington (Ky.) Herald Leader:There’s no good explanation, no budgetary or scientific reason for ending a federal study into the possible health effects of living near surface coal mining in Appalachia.This study is well underway. The only reason the Trump administration would pull the plug now is to please the coal industry. And that reason is not good enough when so many people are waiting for answers.The scientists who are delving into what’s known and not known come from across the country and from an impressive range of disciplines and backgrounds. They are working as volunteers under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.One industry argument against the study is that surface mining in Appalachia provides only a tiny fraction of the nation’s coal supply. That ignores the huge impact it has — during and after mining — on the people who live nearby. As Appalachia’s thin seams are mined, more rock has to be blasted away, which puts a new set of potentially harmful substances into the air and water.It would be wasteful — the opposite of economical — to have spent this much time, money and effort without getting the final product, a report that many people are awaiting.More: Health and strip mining? Study onlast_img read more


first_imgBriefs THE FLORIDA BAR CITIZENS FORUM, an advisory group to the Bar that meets three times per year, participated in a law-related education workshop presented by Justice Fred Lewis and FLREA Executive Director Annette Pitts on February 16 in Tallahassee. The Citizens Forum had advised the Bar in August to support an initiative to create awareness of the public’s lack of knowledge of the principles of democracy and to revitalize civics courses in schools. A Florida Bar poll later revealed that only 59 percent of Florida adults could correctly identify the three branches of government. President Alan Bookman is conducting editorial board visits around the state to discuss the poll and the status of civic education. The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau is also making presentations to community groups about the initiative.Bar Diversity Symposium set for April “A Progress Report on Diversity in Florida’s Legal Profession” will be the theme of The Florida Bar’s Annual Diversity Symposium at the Florida A&M University College of Law in Orlando on April 28. The event will highlight actions taken by the Bar to promote diversity in the areas of education, employment, the judiciary, and in Bar leadership opportunities. Veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray will be the keynote speaker. The symposium is open to all Bar members and a reception will precede the event April 27 at Zinfandel’s Restaurant at the Orlando Marriott Downtown beginning at 6 p.m. There is no registration fee for the symposium, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by April 14. Online registration is available at A block of rooms has been reserved at the Orlando Marriott Downtown – (407) 843-6664 – for April 27 only. To receive the rate of $119, reservations must be made by April 14. Registrants should notify the hotel of assistive devices required for hotel accommodations. For more information contact Maria S. Johnson, member outreach coordinator, at [email protected] or (850) 561-5648. “There is no compelling reason for us to be doing this now, because this [doctrine] has only been used twice, including the current instance, in the history of our court. So what is the compelling reason for doing this now, especially when it comes so close on the heels of the Bush v. Holmes decision?. . . It’s deceitful in the fact that the average person reading this would have no clue as to the significant impact that this would have on the court system throughout the state of Florida.” – Rep. Curtis Richardson, D-Tallahassee April 1, 2006 Regular News “The added language [from the amendment to the bill approved by the committee] has made it as clear as mud to me. I don’t know how I could strictly construe anything here because I don’t know how it provides me with any guidance. I don’t have enough clarity on what those words mean. When I get into litigation with a contract, I can tell you it’s not the words that are there that are the problem. It’s the words that are left out, and I think we’ve left a lot of words out.” – Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa “This is absolutely about vouchers. It seems to me every time the Supreme Court does something the legislature doesn’t like, we decide we’re going to retaliate. This is more than retaliation; this is something that you’re going to put into the constitution to make one branch more powerful than another branch. This is a naked power grab by the legislature.” – Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach “We have a proud tradition of checks and balances.. . . This is going to be a system where we remove the checks and we simply create an imbalance and it doesn’t make sense to me why we’re doing it.. . . We’re ranting and raving about the courts overstepping their bounds and we’re doing the exact same thing from this side.” – Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach center_img “We’re just asking the people how to interpret the constitution. It’s not retaliatory or offensive to ask the people how to interpret the constitution.” – Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala “How can anyone say that the directive that the legislature create a free, uniform system of public education somehow meets the standards of limiting the legislature from coming up with new, bold, and creative ideas?. . . What we are doing is righting the ship. We are turning things back the way they should have been in the Bush v. Holmes decision.” – Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs THE FRED G. MINNIS, SR., BAR Association recently held its Third Annual Scholarship Awards banquet at Stetson University School of Law. More than 250 guests, members of the judiciary, and Bar leaders — including Florida Bar President Alan Bookman, left, — were in attendance. The guest speaker was Ft. Pierce lawyer Linnes Finney, right, president–elect of the National Bar Association, who expressed concerns over the declining numbers of black college and law school students and the need to increase the number of students applying to law school. The association’s diversity awards were presented to Pinellas Pasco Public Defender Bob Dillinger and Ruden McClosky. Scholarships were presented to Stetson students Royce Bluitt, Patice LaDell Holland, and Bridgette Sanders. Additional scholarships were given to high school students for their academic achievement and civic involvement, including Shauntiel Bennett, Sakira Hadley, and Sherman Willard Jones III. Jeannine S. Williams received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. The Fred G. Minnis Bar is named for the first black lawyer to have a full-time practice in St. Petersburg. B riefs What They Said.. . “As I listen to you and read this, it appears to me your intent is not to attack the Supreme Court or undo the Bush v. Holmes case, but merely have a policy statement restoring the balance among the three branches of government.” – Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral last_img read more

Ridge Man Accused of Raping Home Invasion Victim

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager has been accused of raping a victim at gunpoint during a home invasion in his hometown of Ridge last month, Suffolk County authorities said.The case was one of four armed home invasions in as many weeks that detectives are investigating.In the first case, 17-year-old Raiquon Davis and 29-year-old Steven Calderon allegedly broke into a house on Independence Court in Ridge, where they stole a wallet, cell phone and ID at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, police said. Davis allegedly raped a victim during the home invasion, although authorities said he claims the sex was consensual.Davis, who was arrested at 1 p.m. the same day and indicted two days later, pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape, attempted rape, criminal sex act, burglary and robbery Oct. 5 at Suffolk County court. Calderon, who was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. the same morning, was charged with robbery and burglary. Judge Fernando Comacho ordered both men held without bail.Nearly three hours later and 11 miles away from the first home invasion, a victim answered a knock at the door of their Halsey Street home in Port Jefferson Station when the suspect flashed a gun, assaulted one of the victims and stole cash from those inside before they suspect fled, police said. The nature of the injuries the victim suffered was unclear and there was neither an arrest nor description of the suspect.Two weeks later, a man broke into a home on Corey Place in Huntington Station, where the victim had an altercation with the suspect, who threatened the victim with a gun at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, police said. The victim, who did not actually see a gun, was not injured. Police neither arrested the suspect nor had a description of him.Then, at 2:27 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, John Gonzalez allegedly forced his way through the front door of a Grant Avenue home in Brentwood, where he struck the victim with a baseball bat, police said. The victim was treated at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Gonzalez was charged with burglary. His bail was set at $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond.last_img read more

What not to buy in December

first_img 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: Details December may be one of the best shopping months. No matter where you look, it is easy to find either a holiday or year-end deal or discount for almost anything you can imagine.However, despite all of the December sales extravaganzas, not everything is a great deal. Here are few purchases Consumer Reports and NerdWallet say are worth postponing until next year.Jewelry: If you want to really get the best deal wait until late January, to buy any diamonds or jewelry. That sweet spot between the end of the holidays and just before Valentine’s Day is generally when jewelers and department stores launch their deepest sales discounts.Fitness equipment: The very best deals are in the warmer months; however, there are sales available in early January if your fitness goals simply can’t wait.Bedding: Nothing beats 50-75% off deals during January white sales. If you can, hold off until then to buy blankets, sheet sets and towels. Imagine how much better you’ll sleep knowing you got them at such deep discounts!Winter clothing: The end of January through early February is the best time of year to get your winter gear for less.Televisions: Yes, Black Friday deals are hard to beat. If you missed them, try shopping for your next high-end television in late January/early February.last_img read more

Outbreak strain of Salmonella found in dog food

first_img See also: The finding prompted a recall of two products by Mars Petcare US, Inc., of Franklin, Tenn., the FDA said in an Aug 25 announcement. The company recalled 5-pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and 50-pound bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry food sold in Pennsylvania. The FDA said people can be infected with Salmonella by handling contaminated pet food, especially if they don’t wash their hands afterward. The agency said 64 human cases related to S Schwarzengrund have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but none have been directly linked to the recalled products. The FDA and CDC are working with state and local officials to investigate the cases. The recalled Krasdale Gravy bags have a UPC code of 7513062596 and “best by” dates of Jul 16 and 17, 2008; the Red Flannel bags have a UPC code of 42869000062 and a “best by” date of Jul 12, 2008. But the latter products were sold in only two stores in Pennsylvania, and only one bag was unaccounted for, the company said in an Aug 21 news release posted on the FDA Web site. The Pennsylvania news release listed several precautions for handling pet food. Among other things, it said pet owners should wash their hands before and after handling pet food, feed pets somewhere other than the kitchen, wash pet food dishes after each use (preferably not in the kitchen sink), and dispose of old or spoiled pet food safely. Pets infected with Salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting, but some will have only reduced appetite, fever, and abdominal pain, the agency said. Animals also can carry the pathogen without showing signs of illness. Consumers with questions about the recalled products can call Mars Petcare at 866-298-8332, the FDA said. Salmonella often causes fever, diarrhea (potentially bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain in humans and can be serious or fatal in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immunity. In rare cases the pathogen can enter the bloodstream and cause severe disorders, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis, the FDA said.center_img Schwarzengrund was the 29th most common Salmonella serotype among human cases reported to the CDC in 2005, according to information on the CDC Web site. It accounted for 138 cases, or 0.4% of the 36,184 cases that were serotyped. Aug 25 FDA news release In an Aug 10 news release, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said it had found 21 S Schwarzengrund cases since January, many of them in infants or small children. “Most of the cases have occurred in households with pets or where people are in close contact with pets, but there is no evidence that any human consumed pet food,” the statement said. Ten dog food samples representing seven Mars Petcare products were tested by the FDA. The agency said it tested 10 subsamples from each sample, for a total of 150 tests, and found two that were contaminated—one Krasdale Gravy dry food and one Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula. The source of contamination was unknown, according to an FDA question-and-answer bulletin. Aug 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Salmonella Schwarzengrund, a relatively rare serotype that has been reported in 64 recent human illness cases, was found recently in two samples of dog food made by a Tennessee company, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Chart of 30 most common Salmonella serotypes from human cases reported to CDC in 2005 read more

US stock defy consumers, hurricane to post new records

first_imgDueling data releases showed the precarious nature of the US economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.There was a surge in July new home sales of 13.9 percent compared to the prior month, the metric’s third consecutive massive increase, according to government data, which echoed the massive jumps in existing home sales.However, a closely tracked survey showed US consumer confidence deteriorated further in August as cases of the coronavirus continued to rise, with attitudes about the present and near-term prospects worsening.”Given how reliant the US is upon domestic consumption, the dramatic collapse in consumer confidence does little to lift sentiment over forthcoming spending levels for US businesses,” said Joshua Mahony, a senior analyst at the online group IG.Where’s the vaccine?Global markets also had been underpinned by growing optimism that a coronavirus vaccine could be in the offing, and by an upbeat German business confidence indicator.But with British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca “pointing towards a wait until winter 2021 for their vaccine, hopes of a speedy implementation could be ill-founded,” Mahony noted.Trader’s attention turned towards a virtual meeting of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with the key event Thursday’s speech by Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell. “It feels like many market participants are sitting on their hands ahead of the Jackson Hole Symposium,” remarked CMC Markets analyst David Madden.Investors hope Powell will provide an update on the world’s top economy and some forward guidance on his plans for monetary policy.Key figures around 2100 GMTNew York – Dow: DOWN 0.2 percent at 28,248.44 points (close)New York – S&P 500: UP 0.4 percent at 3,443.62 (close)New York – Nasdaq: UP 0.2 percent at 13,001.99 (close)London – FTSE 100:  DOWN 1.1 percent at 6,037.01 points (close)Frankfurt – DAX 30: FLAT at 13,061.62 (close)Paris – CAC 40: FLAT at 5,008.27 (close)EURO STOXX 50: DOWN 0.1 percent at 3,329.71 (close)Tokyo – Nikkei 225: UP 1.4 percent at 23,296.77 (close) Topics : Oil prices held on to their gains as Hurricane Laura churned through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening US oil installations.That was not yet enough to spook traders in the United States or Europe, who were in an upbeat mood after China and the US said top representatives had held a phone call on the “phase one” trade agreement they signed in January.There had been concerns about the future of the deal as the Washington and Beijing’s relationship grows increasingly fraught over irritants including Hong Kong, the coronavirus, Huawei and TikTok.”The market is driven by technical momentum right now, bullish momentum, more than fundamental factors,” said Karl Haeling of LBBW. “But at the same time the market is a bit overextended.” Major Wall Street indices again posted new records on Tuesday, shrugging off worrying signs in US consumer confidence data and a hurricane’s approach towards a major oil-producing region.For the third consecutive session, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq both posted new all-time highs, with the latter tech-rich index approaching 40 records for the year. However the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average was left out of rally, retreating 0.2 percent.last_img read more