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December 20, 2020

Scientists Present Vaccine That Reduces AIDS Infections by 31%

first_imgBy Dialogo September 28, 2009 Following tests in 16,000 volunteers, a group of scientists from the United States and Thailand presented today in Bangkok a vaccine that reduces the risk of AIDS infection by 31.2 percent, marking the first time that it has been possible to slow the spread of the disease with measures of this kind. “These results show that development of a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine is possible,” emphasized Col. Nelson Michael, director of the Division of Retrovirology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and of the U.S. Military HIV Research Program. These results are very encouraging, although more studies are needed, the military officer added in a press conference in Bangkok. The experimental vaccine was presented in the Thai capital by members of the group that collaborated on the research: the U.S. Army, the Thai Health Ministry, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Sanofi-Pasteur, and Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, warned against getting carried away, but said that “I don’t think there’s any doubt that this is a very important result,” after twenty years without progress. The experimental vaccine is known as RV144 and mixes two genetic formulas that had not previously been effective in humans and that on this occasion protected 31.2 percent of the volunteers who were inoculated with the new combination. The study began in 2003, involved 16,402 volunteers – men and women between eighteen and thirty years old – and started by giving half the group the vaccine and the other half a placebo. Among those who received the placebo, seventy-four individuals became infected; among the others, only fifty-one. Dr. Fauci indicated that scientists normally consider a vaccine feasible when its level of effectiveness is above 70 percent, but in the case of AIDS, any protection is already progress. A more detailed report on the clinical trial will be presented at the AIDS Vaccine Conference to be held in Paris from 19 to 22 October.last_img read more

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August 16, 2020

NBA trade rumors: Bulls, Grizzlies have discussed sign-and-trade involving Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday

first_imgChicago acquired Tomas Satoransky last month and also selected Coby White out of North Carolina with the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, which makes Dunn expendable. He averaged 11.3 points while shooting 42.5% from the field in 46 games in 2018-19, but, he struggled with turnovers and was inconsistent for long stretches.“I only control what I can control,” Dunn told The Athletic in an interview after the 2018-19 season. “This summer, I’m excited because I actually know what my game is moving forward. The best thing for me is to be aggressive. I think that’s when I’m at my best. When they needed me to be aggressive, look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.” Related News The Bulls appear like they’re still shopping Kris Dunn.Chicago has recently discussed a sign-and-trade that would send the 25-year-old guard to the Grizzlies in exchange for wing Justin Holiday, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune, which cites unidentified league sources. NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies explore Andre Iguodala market; Rockets, Mavs interested Holiday, meanwhile, is a free agent and has received interest from at least eight teams, according to an earlier report from The Athletic. He began last season with the Bulls and was sent to the Grizzlies in early January.Holiday averaged 10.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 34.8% from 3-point range in 82 total games. NBA free agency rumors: Grizzlies, Tyus Jones agree to $28M offer sheet NBA free agency rumors: Mavericks acquiring Delon Wright from Grizzlies in sign-and-trade deal The Timberwolves originally selected Dunn out of Providence with the fifth pick in the 2016 draft. He spent just one season in Minnesota before he was sent to Chicago as part of the Jimmy Butler deal.“I’m not selfish,” Dunn said. “I do whatever it takes to win. I think the two years I’ve been here I showed what I can do defensively as a point guard. I made big-time shots. I took over games. Some people might let that go under the carpet, but it’s alright because I know what I can do. I’m not scared of the moment.”last_img read more

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August 14, 2020

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, December 11, 2013,•12:53 p.m. Officers took report of found property, in the 1100 block of N. A.•7:01 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 400 block of N. Woodlawn.•9:20 p.m. Ryan E. Sipes, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with operating a motor vehicle with suspended drivers license and defective turn signal lamp.last_img

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Wisconsin alums J.J. Watt, Sam Dekker mock Minnesota football after rivalry result

first_imgpic.twitter.com/WKKJY9XlU2— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 30, 2019Dekker, meanwhile, posted a vintage Dennis Green gif and referenced the time he dunked on Minnesota while in college.Minnesota… pic.twitter.com/aMoPzVXAcq— Sam Dekker (@dekker) November 30, 2019Go ahead, then I’d just respond with me dunking on the Minnesota team at the Barn https://t.co/1NJnRY61YN— Sam Dekker (@dekker) November 30, 2019Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, another Badgers product, was more reserved, though equally excited about the result.ON WISCONSIN!!!!!— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) November 30, 2019It was an impressive season for the Golden Gophers, and a bowl game awaits them. That doesn’t mean they won’t wonder what could have been had they played better in the snow Saturday against the Badgers. No. 12 Wisconsin grounded No. 8 Minnesota’s best season of the modern era Saturday with a 38-17 thumping that will send the Badgers to the Big Ten title game against Ohio State.The Golden Gophers entered play with one loss. They exited knowing they had squandered their slight chance at reaching the College Football Playoff. Proud Wisconsin alums did not miss the opportunity to go after Minnesota on social media. NFL star J.J. Watt and recent NBA forward Sam Dekker led the charge against the Golden Gophers, calling out coach P.J. Fleck and his “Row the boat” mantra that has at times been derided as a look-at-me approach.The row boat stops here.pic.twitter.com/xmv6iTvMSW— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 30, 2019MORE: Harbaugh fumes after another loss to Ohio StateWatt posted a “Simpsons” gif of a boat being rowed in a circle.last_img read more

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January 14, 2020

Learning to Swim Reduces Unintentional Drowning

first_imgLiberia is a coastal country with more than 350 miles of shoreline, dozens of rivers and thousands of streams and lagoons. Monrovia, its capital city, is one of the wettest cities in the world. The country has one of the largest maritime flag registries in the world. Yet, few Liberians know how to swim. As the dry season gets into high gear, more and more people will be heading to various beaches and waterways to spend some downtime. The chances of someone drowning are great, but this can be prevented with the right policies. Matter of fact, which agency of government regulates beaches, lagoons, and swimming pools in the Republic? Of course, a sound system will be a great first step, but the biggest problem is cultural, or is it racial?Many black people seem to fear water, even in the Caribbean that is surrounded by large bodies of water – which lie to the east and northeast. There are a lot of mythologies (i.e. mamie wata) in most ‘African’ cultures that contribute to the high rate of drowning among blacks; however, Liberia is not alone. This aqua-phobia can also be seen here in Nigeria, another coastal country with rich natural water systems, where I now live.Researchers in Canada recently found that “black immigrants are four times more likely not to know how to swim than native-born Canadians.” Moreover, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says drowning rates among blacks aged 5–19 years are 5.5 times higher than those among whites in the same age range. In the state of Connecticut, two students from Ghana drowned in their high school pool last year, prompting a new state law. It requires all schools to have a trained, dedicated person — either a lifeguard or swim instructor — “to monitor the pool for students who may be struggling in the water.”An earlier study by the CDC showed that nearly 60 percent of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31 percent of white children.This attitude stems from cultural differences, experts believe. More white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and white parents make sure their children learn how to swim than black parents do.Despite ingrained negative cultural beliefs about water, the Liberian government should come up with sound policies to protect people going to rivers and streams this season, like: All public beaches and pools should have trained lifeguards. Encourage people to swim with a companion. Never leave a child near water unattended. Do not trust a child’s life to another child. Make sure everyone learns to swim well. Work with the YMCA/YWCA and Red Cross to develop and offer swimming lessons. Teach children always to ask permission before going near water. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets.But lifeguards are no guarantee of safety, what is needed is a comprehensive cultural shift and education about the health and recreational benefits of swimming. Only this, I am afraid, will reduce the elevated rate of unintentional drowning in Liberia.Wynfred Russell lives in Kano, Nigeria. He can be reached at: [email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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