Death rate for flu, pneumonia fell sharply in 2006

first_imgJun 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the death rate in the United States dropped significantly from 2005 to 2006, led by a 12.8% decline in mortality related to seasonal influenza and pneumonia. The findings were released in a 52-page preliminary report on death trends for 2006 from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Heron said a final report on 2006 deaths would be published in the fall. Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania, told the AP that while US life expectancy doesn’t appear very impressive, “we may be in the process of catching up.” The overall age-adjusted death rate in 2006 was 776.4 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 799 per 100,000 in 2005, the CDC said in a news release. The preliminary number of total deaths was 2,425,900, down 22,117 from 2005. Life expectancy in the United States still lags behind about 30 other countries, according to World Health Organization data for the same year, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Death rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States dropped significantly in 2006, but the drop in flu and pneumonia mortality was the steepest. Other conditions that had declining death rates included lower respiratory diseases (6.5%), stroke (6.4%), heart disease (5.5%), diabetes (5.3%), hypertension (5%), chronic liver disease/cirrhosis (3.3%), suicide (2.8%), septicemia (2.7%), cancer (1.6%), and accidents (1.5%). On the other hand, officials have also noted a rise in deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, which could reflect the steadily aging population, she said. Alzheimer’s disease passed diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death in 2006, according to the report. “We’ll keep watching as more and more baby boomers age,” Heron said. Heron said she was surprised that deaths dropped in so many of the categories and said the drop in diabetes deaths is particularly notable. “We’re making improvements in treating diabetes,” she said. Racial disparities in the death trends are still apparent, but aren’t as acute as in previous years, the authors reported. However, record high life expectancies were noted for both blacks and whites of both genders.center_img The CDC said the data are based on more than 95% of death certificates that are collected in 50 states and the District of Columbia as part of the National Vital Statistics System. For the first time, US life expectancy reached 78.1 years, an increase of 0.3 from 2005, according to the CDC release. CDC preliminary report on 2006 death trends “With a rapidly growing older population, declines in the number of deaths (as opposed to death rates) are unusual, and the 2006 decline is likely the result of more mild influenza mortality in 2006 compared with 2005,” the CDC release said. See also: Melonie Heron, a demographer at the CDC and lead author of the report, told CIDRAP News that the agency’s experts aren’t sure yet what contributed to the drop in influenza and pneumonia deaths. “We’re all speculating. It may be that the flu strain that year was less virulent or that the flu vaccine was really good,” she said. Jun 11 CDC press release A total of 56,247 deaths were attributed to flu and pneumonia in 2006, a rate of 18.8 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the CDC report.last_img read more

Government Offices Closed for Veteran’s Day

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — All BMV license branches will be closed on Friday (11/11) in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.License branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday.There will also be no mail delivery today, and most banks and government offices are closed as well.last_img

Key dates for Ferguson’s successor

first_img Monday, May 13: Trophy parade – The new boss will watch on as Ferguson and a United squad he believes has the potential for greatness parade the club’s 20th league title around Manchester. The 21st will be expected swiftly. Sunday, May 19: Final day of the season – As the final whistle blows on Ferguson’s reign following the Barclays Premier League clash against West Brom at the Hawthorns, plans for life after Fergie will begin in earnest. Press Association Saturday, May 25, Champions League final at Wembley – Watching Bayern Munich battle Borussia Dortmund will be a reminder to the new United boss that his team will be expected to be involved in the European showpiece final in 2014. Saturday, July 13: Match debut – The first of five pre-season friendlies on a tour which includes trips to Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong, will be the new United boss’ first match, versus a Singha All Star XI at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. Sunday, August 11: First competitive match – Wembley, with silverware at stake, in a possible Manchester derby… that could be the scenario for the first competitive match for Ferguson’s successor as the Premier League champions take on the FA Cup winners, with Wigan or Manchester City to provide the opposition. Saturday, August 17: First match of the Premier League season – United’s bid to defend their title will begin on the opening day of the Premier League season, with the fixtures to be revealed on Wednesday, June 19. center_img After Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would retire at the end of the season, here we look at the key dates awaiting his successor.last_img read more


first_imgA recovering alcoholic from Donegal, who bought his partner an engagement ring and then raped her on the same day, has been jailed for eight years.The accused pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, aggravated sexual assault and assault of the woman in their Donegal home on August 17, 2008.Judge Paul Carney jailed the accused for eight years for rape and aggravated assault and six months for common assault to run concurrently. He also suspended the final two years and ordered that the accused be supervised for 18 months after his release.The court was told the man and his partner were both recovering alcoholics.She said they had bought an engagement ring on the day of the assault and the man returned home at 3am with a bottle of vodka and forced this into the woman’s mouth and committed the assaults.She sustained very heavy bruising around her face and eyes. She waited at the house until the accused fell asleep and she then escaped.The woman, who was not in court, filed a victim impact statement which stated that she is now “virtually a recluse”.She said she has “flashbacks and nightmares” of her ordeal and has gone from being a friendly woman to a nervous person. She is not able to form relationships with men and cannot be alone with a man.The court heard an apology from the man.Mr Grehan noted that the accused had pleaded guilty in advance of the trial date. He said that his client has no previous convictions for sexual offences or any serious violence.The court also heard the accused told gardaí he had been abused himself when he was younger.RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC RAPED PARTNER ON SAME DAY HE BOUGHT HER ENGAGEMENT RING was last modified: July 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reader Project: Calculate the Speed of Plant Package Delivery

first_imgGet out your pencil and hand calculator.  A team of Swedish and French scientists measured the velocity of a message traveling on the intraplant internet (see 08/12/2005, 11/09/2004, 10/04/2004 and 07/13/2001 entries).  Publishing in Science,1 they believe they have witnessed a signaling molecule, in the form of a messenger-RNA (mRNA; see yesterday’s entry) moving through the phloem, from leaf to shoot, telling the tip to begin flowering.  The leaf is sensitive to day length.  When the clock strikes that the days are right for flowering, messenger molecules travel to the tips to initiate the process.  This is one method by which a plant, distributed in space without a central nervous system, can keep synchronized with itself.    The mRNA moved 6 to 7 mm in an Arabidopsis leaf to the tip in 2 to 5 hours, which they calculated as 1.2 to 3.5 millimeters per hour.Problem:  Calculate what speed range that would represent in miles per hour if the mRNA were the size of a delivery truck on a freeway.  You need to find out the approximate size of an mRNA molecule and work it out with proportions.  Send your answer here.1Tao Huang et al., “The mRNA of the Arabidopsis Gene FT Moves from Leaf to Shoot Apex and Induces Flowering,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5741, 1694-1696, 9 September 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117768].Your answer can be reprinted here to help other readers visualize what a human might see if shrunk to the size of an mRNA molecule.  The answer will be simplified somewhat since it will not take into account how many twists and turns the molecule must make on its route, nor the amount of traffic and inspections it encounters, but it should be interesting.  One reader estimated 20-60 mph, one 23-66 mph or up to 68 to 200 mph, another 2000 to 6000 mph, and another, 8181 mph.  Give us your best calculation: write here and tell us how you arrived at it.  Hint: an RNA molecule is about 1 nanometer wide (10-9m).  You need to figure not only the length of an average mRNA, but whether or not it folds into a more compact structure before traveling.    The reader who seemed to work the hardest on the problem said, “if we use 5 nm as the width of the mRNA folded up on itself, the scaled speed increases dramatically, and would be in the range of 1100 to 3300 mph.”  Additional factors would need to be known, like how compact the mRNA folds, and whether it passively “rides along” in the sap for part of its journey.  Anyway, it was an interesting investigation – thanks to all who wrote in with their calculations.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Afcon safety, security systems ‘in place’

first_img28 November 2012South Africa has put effective plans in place to ensure a safe and secure 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu told reporters in Pretoria on Tuesday.“Everything is in place with regards to security; we started planning as early as May this year, [and] both national and international screening with regard to all participating 16 teams has been completed,” Sotyu said.“Security will be provided to all the participating teams including Bafana Bafana 24/7. We will strengthen security at all ports of our entry during this period, especially our borders, airports, seaports and land ports of entry.“All the teams will be escorted from the airport to their respective hotels; teams will also be escorted from their hotels to their training venues 24/7 to make sure that they are safe,” she said.Sotyu also said permanent police officers would be deployed to all the hotels where the national teams will be staying.She said Home Affairs was ready to handle the movement of both people and goods at the ports of entry.“We also have our own police officers that we’ve trained with regard to assistance at the ports of entry in case we need more man power,” she said.“Buses carrying players will be escorted by the police all the times; each and every movement of the buses carrying the teams will be provided with security by the police.”Dedicated investigators for criminal casesWith regard to criminal cases during the tournament, Sotyu said that unlike the 2010 Fifa World Cup there wouldn’t be special courts for criminal activities, but there would be dedicated investigators who will focus on the cases that happen during the tournament.While there would be the normal procedure of handling the cases, she said criminal cases committed during the tournament will always be prioritised in the courts of law.Police were going to make sure that they control the crowd in and outside the stadiums.Chairperson of the National Joint Intelligence Structure, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, said part of their security concept to effectively deal with any form of hooliganism in the stadiums was also in place.“Part of our security concept to deal with hooliganism in and around the stadiums includes ensuring that we put ‘spotters’ among the spectators to identity the so- called hooligans, remove them from the stadium and take them into police custody.“We will ensure that the intelligence community that we are working with in the region, through the Southern African Regional Police Chief Council Organisation (Sarpcco) and Interpol, will also assist us with the movement of the people who will be coming to our country for the tournament,” he said.Sarpcco is an official forum comprising all the police chiefs from southern Africa.“We are not going to drop the standards which we’ve created in dealing with all the major events that we host in our country,” he said.Should the security guards, who will be working at the stadiums, decide to embark on an illegal strike like they did during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, General Mawela said: “We have plan D and even plan E.”“We have a reserve group at a national level who can be moved around the country at any given time and we also have the contingency funds whereby we will ensure that people will be moved around head office to whatever affected stadium. We will never have any problem with regards to this issue.”South Africa will host the tournament from 19 January to 10 February 2013.Source: read more

SA ‘to be palaeoscience world leader’

first_img The Wits centre became the ninth centre of excellence in the country. “Apart from knowledge development, a major outcome of this centre is without a doubt human capital development at different levels, from semi-skilled through to professional, and the creation of expertise and careers in newly developing fields such as palaeotourism,” Hanekom said. The centres of excellence programme forms part of government interventions being introduced to strengthen research capacity in palaeosciences and encourage a thriving research environment. “Because of its ancient rock history, [South Africa] has a remarkably diverse palaeontological and archaeological heritage, which includes the earliest evidence of life, a rich record of the origins of fish, reptiles, early dinosaurs, mammals, and it has an amazing record of distant human origins and culture,” Rubidge said. “The establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Palaeosciences will enable Wits University and its partners to explore this heritage and establish South Africa as world leader in this field of research.” SAinfo reporter 12 April 2013 The launch of the Centre of Excellence for Palaeosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg will help establish South Africa as a world leader in this field, says Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom. Hanekom launched the centre on Thursday in association with its partners: the National Research Foundation, the University of Cape Town, Iziko Museum in Cape Town, the National Museum in Bloemfontein, Albany Museum in Grahamstown and Ditsong Museum in Pretoria. The opening came after two years of research and public consultation led by the Science and Technology and Arts and Culture Departments. “The Centre of Excellence partnership between Wits and our South African partner institutions will comprise some 30 scientists and many more students and technical personnel, as well as established international research partnerships, making this one of the largest palaeoscience collaborations in the world,” the head of the centre, Professor Bruce Rubidge, said in a statement. Some of the activities to be carried out by the centre include research on the development of new knowledge and technology, education and training, networking across national and international boundaries and knowledge sharing, among others.‘Preserving and developing knowledge’ “With our geographic location comes the responsibility to protect, preserve and develop knowledge about our abundant fossil wealth,” Hanekom said at the launch. “This strategy for the Palaeosciences sets out some of what the South African government plans to do to meet its responsibility in this regard.” The Centres of Excellence programme was introduced in 2004 as part of the National Research and Development Strategy.last_img read more

Not many surprises in this month’s USDA report

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prior to the report release corn and soybeans were down 3 cents, with wheat down 11 cents.  At 12:20 pm corn was down 4 cents, soybeans down 1 cent, and wheat down 12 cents. Corn usage was cut 25 million bushels in the ethanol column. Corn for ethanol now stands at 5.175 billion bushels. This is not a huge surprise even though usage has been over 100 million bushels each of the last four weeks. Seeing several weeks above 100 million bushels is encouraging. But with numbers reaching the mid-90 million bushel mark earlier this spring for several weeks, it is just too little, too late to keep the total corn used for ethanol at 5.2 billion bushels. Margins have been declining for two weeks as they fell to levels seen in early April.Old crop soybean ending stocks went down 20 million bushels due to increased demand. Ending stocks now stand at 330 million bushels. Both crush and exports were increased 10 million bushels. Higher demand is not a surprise as crush margins remain strong an crushers have strong basis levels. New crop ending stocks for soybeans went down 25 million bushels to 475 million bushels.  If ideas for higher soybean acres are revealed in the June 30 acres report it will push ending stocks above 500 million bushels. That could then be the final nail to push new crop November soybeans to the mid $8.00 mark.U.S. wheat ending stocks went up 21 million bushels to 814 million bushels. The U.S. yield was increased to 44.2 bushels per acre, up from 43.5 bushels last month.Quickly looking at world production numbers, Brazil soybeans were unchanged at 94.5 million tons. Argentina soybean production was estimated at 59.5 million tons, up one million tons from last month.  Brazil corn production was estimated at 81 million tons, up 3 million tons from last month. Wheat production in Argentina , Australia, and Russia were unchanged.Weather has been a dominant feature the last two weeks for grains. It has been too wet in some of the US wheat areas, particularly in the southeast United State. Conversely, it has been too dry in Canada, Europe, Russia, India, and Australia. That combination has been a big reason for the wheat rally that has taken place so far in June.  Wheat prices earlier today were at a two-month high. There are big concerns that the hard red winter wheat crop has quality concerns with wet conditions in the west. Wet areas in the western Midwest account for ideas that corn acres could be down slightly from USDA’s earlier projections. In addition, many think that soybean acres will be increasing 1-2 million acres from their March 31 planting intentions report.  USDA most likely will not be revising corn or soybean acres with this report. They did not, no surprise there. They will be releasing another big report this month on June 30 that will detail acres and grain stocks in the United States as of June 1. Producers were mailed surveys earlier this month to detail grain stocks and acres.Planting has wrapped up for the most part in Ohio. The planting progress report earlier this week put U.S. soybeans planted at 79%, this was less than traders had expected.  That low planting progress has accounted for part of the soybean rally this week. The first soybean crop condition report was out on Monday with the good and excellent totals at 69%. This was below trade expectations. Last Friday, July CBOT soybeans closed at $9.17. Earlier this morning they reached $9.5775 and ran into selling ahead of the report. Wet weather and planting delays are the keys for soybean prices this week. Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska are the states with the biggest amount of soybeans yet to plant. They were expected to plant 18 million acres of soybeans this year. Yet, 8.5 million acres are not planted yet.  Normally they could get those acres planted with decent conditions. However, the 7-day forecast suggests those states could get anywhere from 2-6 inches of rain in that time frame.Corn has made a near term bottom early in June with July CBOT corn at $3.4825 and December CBOT corn reaching $3.65. End users have been actively buying their near term corn needs the last three weeks. Basis levels for corn have been under pressure the last ten days as quite a bit of corn is moving to town. There still remains a record amount of corn on farm in producer’s bins. However, corn has been actively moving to grain facilities the past few weeks. Central Ohio basis levels have declined 5-8 cents at some facilities from their peak mid-May. Corn is going to be watching to see if heat and rain continues. Earlier this week the forecast for the Midwest had normal to above normal temperatures and rainfall. Lest no one forget, corn will also have one eye on wheat prices. If the recent rally for wheat cannot hold above the $5.10 for July CBOT wheat, declines could once again spill over into corn.Weather will be dominant factor the next three weeks. The June 30 reports for acres and grain stocks have the potential to be huge price movers. The market is going to have a hard time moving and staying higher on just wet weather concerns we have seen the past week.last_img read more

Now dominant Naomi Osaka out to ‘get another one’ at Indian Wells

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments MARCH 07: Naomi Osaka of Japan fields questions from the media at a press conference during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 07, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPOne year after she burst onto the scene with an Indian Wells WTA triumph that launched a meteoric rise to world number one, Naomi Osaka is looking forward, not back.The Japanese star, who in January added an Australian Open title to the US Open crown she seized in September, says she’s a long way from the carefree, unseeded player who arrived at the California desert last year ranked 44th in the world.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ AFC presidential candidate pledges more cash to members “I kept playing really great players in every round and I was just like, I’m here for a good time, you know.“But then I kept winning, I was like, ‘Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did.”It hasn’t been a smooth progression ever since, back-to-back Grand Slam titles notwithstanding.She went through a phase of putting “ridiculous pressure” on herself at every tournament.Finally, she says, she “just decided to have fun again,” and set herself some mature goals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “For me, it’s not a dramatic change,” Osaka said. “Maybe if it was a fitness trainer it would be more dramatic. I’m still hitting and doing the same things.“The drills are different but I’m still playing the same way.”And she indicated they are quickly building a rapport.“I talk to Jermaine a lot, he’s a really easy going guy,” she said. “He asks me questions and I like to think a lot so it definitely helps me out.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just want to do the things that I practice and know that I can do well and even if things aren’t going my way try to find a way to win matches,” she said.“I think I did that in the Australian Open. Hopefully I can refine that skill.”Helping her work on that will be new coach Jermaine Jenkins, former hitting partner of Venus Williams and US Tennis Association national women’s coach.Jenkins joined Osaka’s team last week after Osaka shocking split with coach Sascha Bajin 17 days after her Australian Open triumph.“He seemed like a really good choice (as coach) because I do like to hit with a guy,” she said. “He seemed like he was a good hitter, too.”Mladenovic rematchBetween coaches Osaka played her first match as world number one and lost in Dubai to 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic.Osaka will get a chance to avenge that defeat when she faces Mladenovic in her second-round Indian Wells opener on Saturday.Mladenovic booked the rematch with a 7-5, 6-2 first-round victory over Zheng Saisai on Thursday.Osaka said that so far working with Jenkins hadn’t altered her routine too much. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end But she’s learning to cope with the pressure of heightened expectations, and that includes thinking of her first ever title defense as a clean slate.“It’s not about defending, it’s about getting another one,” she said. “I don’t really believe in defending, I believe in getting another one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I was just here to have fun, maybe get to the quarters,” she admitted of her mindset in 2018.“It sounds bad saying it but it’s true because I never really went far in a tournament like this. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more