NIH fetal tissue research would be barred under House panel’s spending plan

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Politics About the Author Reprints WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee’s draft 2018 spending plan would prohibit federal funds from being spent on research that uses fetal tissue, a symbolic win for conservatives who are also taking aim at money for family planning and public health programs around the country.The proposal from the House Appropriations health subcommittee is unlikely to be enacted, and the restriction would impact a tiny portion of the National Institutes of Health’s roughly $33 billion budget — in 2016, the agency spent roughly $103 million on research involving fetal tissue. NIH fetal tissue research would be barred under House panel’s spending plan Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED By Lev Facher July 13, 2017 Reprints [email protected] What is it? The National Institutes of Health James Shannon building in Bethesda, Md. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APcenter_img Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. @levfacher STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Lev Facher Log In | Learn More What’s included? GET STARTED Tags Congresspolicylast_img read more

Flesh-eating bacteria: 5 things to know after a hiker’s almost-fatal infection

first_imgHealthFlesh-eating bacteria: 5 things to know after a hiker’s almost-fatal infection By Catherine Caruso July 25, 2017 Reprints Tags antibioticslists Here are five things to know about flesh-eating infections:1. What causes the infection?Multiple types of bacteria can cause so-called flesh-eating infections, also known as necrotizing fasciitis, but Atkins fell victim to Group A Streptococcus, which Dr. Bernard Camins, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, considers “the quintessential flesh-eating bacteria.”advertisement 4. What are the symptoms?A necrotizing fasciitis infection can develop within a few hours, and is difficult to diagnose, especially early on when patients may have vague symptoms, such as pain or soreness at the injury site. Early symptoms can also include reddish or purplish areas of swelling that spread rapidly, and Camins said one giveaway is when people have “pain that is out of proportion to what the wound looks like.” Later symptoms include fever, chills, or vomiting. Doctors generally treat the infection with a combination of strong antibiotics to knock out the bacteria and surgery to remove dead tissue.5. How can I avoid it?To avoid infection, Camins recommends washing wounds with soap and water, applying antibacterial ointment like Polysporin, and checking wounds on a regular basis. And if you are in huge amounts of pain from a wound that otherwise looks OK, get yourself to a hospital ASAP. Last month, a few minor blisters turned into a flesh-eating nightmare for hiker Wayne Atkins, who developed a dangerous bacterial infection after climbing Mount Garfield, a 4,500-foot peak in New Hampshire. Atkins survived, but barely: He spent 2 1/2 weeks in a medically induced coma while doctors pumped him full of antibiotics and removed chunks of his flesh to get rid of the infection.And Atkins was lucky, relatively speaking: Infection with flesh-eating bacteria is considered a surgical emergency, and can require limb amputation. One in four people with necrotizing fasciitis dies.But is there any reason for the rest of us to be concerned? Or was Atkins’s case a bacterial lightning strike?advertisement Illustration of Group-A Streptococcus bacteria. James Archer/CDC Related: Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Group A strep may sound familiar: It is the same bacteria that causes strep throat.2. Where does a person catch that bacteria?Around 3 percent of healthy adults and 5 to 15 percent of healthy children have Group A strep bacteria colonies in their nose and throat or on their skin. When people develop necrotizing fasciitis, it’s usually because Group A strep already on their skin get inside a wound after an injury or surgery, though a needle prick or blister could be enough. From there, the bacteria quickly start destroying skin, fat and muscle, and eventually work their way into the bloodstream.3. Why does a generally harmless bacteria turn deadly?According to Camins, Group A strep bacteria are very unpredictable, and scientists don’t know for sure. They can turn deadly once they breach the body’s natural barriers and reach the superficial fascia, a layer of connective tissue just underneath the skin. From there, they start spreading rapidly into the surrounding tissues, releasing destructive toxins along the way.This is more common in people with weakened immune systems whose bodies can’t fight off the bacteria as effectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only 700 to 1,100 cases of necrotizing fasciitis occur every year in the U.S., and most occur in people with diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, or other conditions that weaken the immune system.last_img read more

Prescribing opioids: Balancing pain relief and addiction prevention haunted my early days in medicine

first_img The attorney general of Oklahoma recently charged a doctor with second-degree murder in the overdose-related deaths of five of her patients. In describing these charges, AG Mike Hunter said:“Nichols prescribed patients, who entrusted their well-being to her, a horrifyingly excessive amount of opioid medications. Nichols’ blatant disregard for the lives of her patients is unconscionable.”Horrifyingly excessive. Those words stopped me in my tracks because they could easily have described the first time I prescribed opioids on my own.advertisement Tags opioidspatientsphysicians No one responded. I was surprised.Trial and error. In managing pain, finding that middle ground is all about trying, and possibly failing. When the goal is to treat patients in ways that don’t foster addiction, I’m left wondering: How many patients’ lives have been destroyed and how many medical decisions have been questioned by a mode of practice that is such a shot in the dark?As I begin to treat psychiatric patients exclusively, I’m actually relieved that I won’t have to deal with prescribing opioids that much anymore. But, I’m aware — and sad — that the fallout of the opioid addiction epidemic is what I will face every day. So pain won’t be that far behind me. Columnist, Off the Charts Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu is a psychiatrist and a columnist for STAT. Related: About the Author Reprints Mike Reddy for STAT Fatal drug overdoses in US on the rise, CDC says “This seems like an unusually large dose of oxycodone,” said the inpatient pharmacist, who paged me to double check the order.My patient had a long history of opioid abuse, so I knew that she had developed a high tolerance. She needed a higher dose to manage her pain, and my intention had been to help her do that.I remember learning two things about pain in medical school. First: Pain is effectively the fifth vital sign, and needs to be taken as seriously as a spike in temperature or drop in blood pressure. Second: Each opioid medication is metabolized differently. I remember learning the relative strength of each analgesic in terms of its morphine equivalents.This was supposed to help me compare apples to apples when it came to prescribing.I logged onto her records to compare what I had ordered with what I had written down on the patient’s medication list. “Oh, my God,” I said to the pharmacist. “Yeah, this is a lot.” I profusely thanked him and lowered the dose to one I hoped would manage her pain. I’m starting my career as a doctor as the opioid epidemic escalates in the U.S. It puts me in the middle of wanting to honor and treat the pain my patients tell me they feel while sometimes having to count what’s in their prescription bottles to verify they are taking the prescribed dose and not more.Practicing medicine means being part of the opioid police, while, at the same time, having little guidance on how to effectively treat pain. So I worried: Was I underprescribing? Was I overprescribing? And would this trial and error ever get easier?advertisement [email protected] Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu I didn’t catch my own mistake because tolerance felt like a moving target — I was still learning how much was too much, and, unfortunately, how little was too little.Soon after, I had a patient who was dealing with addiction and had infections in his legs that required someone to change his dressings every day. He was in such a fragile state of health that I worried about sedating him too much with opioids. Thinking about my overprescribing mistake, I decided to go with 1,000 milligrams of Tylenol, which is equivalent to two extra-strength over-the-counter tablets, hoping it would do the trick.It did not.The next morning when I made my rounds, this patient cursed at me, telling me how much pain I had caused him, asking me if I knew how it felt to have the skin peeled off my legs. I felt horrible that I caused my patient so much suffering.But he was right — I have never experienced that type of pain. I was trying to spare him the sedative and addictive effects of opioids, but in doing so, I made a choice that didn’t address his actual issue: pain. I chose Tylenol because I was in the first few weeks of my residency. I was afraid of hurting my patient. Prescribing an opioid seemed riskier than prescribing Tylenol.My training was to use morphine equivalents, but I’ve never taken morphine. It was like trying to describe the way fruit tastes relative to an apple without never having eaten an apple.This is what I mean when I say I feel like I’m stuck in the middle trying to treat a person in pain while not feeding an epidemic that often leads to death. The guidance for other illnesses is more defined — I’ve never had a heart attack, but feel confident I could treat someone based on what I’ve learned and seen. With pain management, it’s not that clear.I promised to get my patient something a bit stronger for his next dressing change. But what? Looking for assistance I tweeted out : The first time I prescribed opioids, I misread my patient’s medication list and accidentally ordered a dose that could easily have hurt her. Related: Doctors must be honest about their own biases when treating people in pain Off the ChartsPrescribing opioids: Balancing pain relief and addiction prevention haunted my early days in medicine @JenniferAdaeze By Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu Aug. 3, 2017 Reprintslast_img read more

Envision Financial names new commercial banking and insurance head

IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Langley, B.C.-based Envision Financial has named David Lanphear as vice president, commercial banking and insurance. In his new role, Lanphear is responsible for the financial performance, leadership and overall strategic direction of Envision’s commercial banking and commercial insurance teams. Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Keywords Appointments PenderFund names new SVP for investments Lanphear has close to 15 years of financial services experience and has held a number of increasingly senior positions over the course of his career including investment advisor, assistant vice president, Envision Investment Services and assistant vice president, Envision Insurance Services. He is a Certified Financial Planner, has been awarded Envision Financial’s CEO’s Award of Excellence in 2008 and 2010. Additionally, Lanphear was the recipient of the National Credit Union Young Leader Award in 2008. Lanphear currently serves as president on the board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Langley. “Dave has a proven track record of creating highly engaged teams while still driving results,” says Shelley Besse, Envision Financial president. “His leadership skills and passion for our members and our people are a tremendous asset to our organization — I’m so pleased he has taken on the leadership of our commercial teams.” Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, British Columbia’s third-largest credit union with 37 branches and 29 insurance offices throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Kitimat and Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions. CETFA elects new board leader read more

Home Capital shareholders reject additional Buffett investment

first_img FSRA consults on standards for residential mortgage lending Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low That would have been on top of Buffett’s initial Home Capital investment of $153 million in June. Home Capital chairwoman Brenda Eprile said the board was “grateful” to have Berkshire as a major shareholder but it respects the decision made by other shareholders. “To me, this decision on the second tranche is a clear message that the majority of our shareholders believe that Home Capital’s improved deposit inflows and liquidity position diminish the need for additional capital.” Home Capital shares were up 5¢, or 0.36%, to $14.13 in the early afternoon on Tuesday once trading resumed after the announcement. Buffett’s backing and extension of a $2-billion credit facility to Home Capital in June helped restore investor confidence after the alternative mortgage lender faced a partial run on its deposits following regulators’ accusations that the company misled investors. The mortgage lender’s board unanimously recommended that shareholders approve the additional investment. However, Home Capital shareholders were mixed on Buffett’s second tranche, with some arguing that it would be too dilutive and provide few additional benefits. Shareholder Harry Houtman cheered, “Wow, great!” when the results of the vote — which needed a simple majority to pass — was announced. Houtman, who is the founder of Link Charity which holds 20,000 shares but also holds 4,000 shares of Home Capital himself, said he didn’t want another Canadian firm bought by a U.S. investment company. “We would lose control of this company,” said Houtman, who was among the roughly 50 people who attended the meeting at a small Toronto conference room. Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The rejection follows a recommendation by Institutional Shareholder Services that shareholders vote against the proposal. The influential proxy advisory firm said that when it was announced, the second round of equity investment from Berkshire seemed the best available alternative for stabilizing Home Capital. But since then, ISS said, the company has made substantial progress such as board and management renewal, Ontario Securities Commission and class action settlements, asset sale, dividend suspension, repayment of Berkshire’s line of credit and restoration of deposit inflows to historical averages. Still, longtime shareholder Ken Alexander voted in favour of giving Warren Buffet a bigger piece of the company to buy Home Capital more stability. “He’s had such a wonderful track record, over the years,” Alexander said. “I don’t like to see Americans controlling a Canadian company, but I think he’s the best one for it.” Donald Johnson, a member of BMO Capital Markets’ advisory board who initially reached out to Buffett on behalf of Home Capital, said he was surprised at the proportion of voters who turned the deal down. Johnson said the short-term pain for shareholders would be outweighed by the benefits of giving Buffett a nearly 39% stake. “That way, if the company owned that percentage of the company, they would definitely be there in the long term and provide any assistance, support,” he said. Johnson, who met Buffett more than 20 years ago, said he would be surprised if Berkshire attempted to increase its stake in the future after being turned down this time. When asked whether Berkshire could decide to sell off its existing stake, Johnson said it’s a “possibility. Time will tell.” Analysts viewed the vote against Buffett’s second tranche, and its dilutive effects, as positive. “We view this as a favourable development,” said Cormark Securities analyst Jeff Fenwick in a note to clients. “While HCG has faced significant challenges in 2017, a lack of equity was not one of them.” GMP Securities analyst Stephen Boland told clients that it believes Berkshire “remains committed as a long term 20% shareholder, despite having the second tranche voted down.” Keywords MortgagesCompanies Home Capital Group Inc. OSFI proposes new stress test for uninsured mortgages Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Armina Ligaya Related news Shareholders of Toronto-based Home Capital Group Inc. overwhelmingly voted against Warren Buffett upping his stake in the mortgage lender, with some citing a fear of losing control of a Canadian firm to U.S. hands. At a special meeting on Tuesday, 88.79% of shareholders rejected a plan that would have seen Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquire 23.9 million more shares for $246.7 million, at $10.30 per share. last_img read more

Thousands Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington

first_imgRelatedThousands Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington RelatedThousands Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington Thousands Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington UncategorizedAugust 7, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail More than 8,000 Jamaicans and friends of the country, converged on the grounds of the Organization of American States (OAS), in downtown Washington, DC on August 3 to celebrate Jamaica’s 46th anniversary of Independence.The occasion was the Independence Sunday Market, hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica.The grounds of the OAS were converted into a grand market, with more than 30 booths showcasing a variety of Jamaican products, ranging from art and craft to cuisine.Thousands of patrons were in attendance, including members of the United States Congress and Senate, the Washington diplomatic corps and Government, who danced to the sounds of Image, Bare Essentials, and Storm bands, while popular recording artistes Richie Stephens and General Degree, gave scintillating performances.Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Ronald Robinson, was also in attendance.Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, said the Sunday Market, was designed to “give Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica a taste of the island as we celebrate our 46 years of Independence with One Love, as One Family.” Ambassador Johnson commended the sponsors for their financial assistance in making the event possible.The event was sponsored by the Development Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica National Building Society, Grace Foods, Jamaica Broilers Group, Bert Smith & Company, Red Stripe, J Wray & Nephew, Jamaica Tourist Board and Air Jamaica.center_img RelatedThousands Celebrate Jamaica’s Independence in Washington Advertisementslast_img read more

Student life: Campus refuel spots

first_imgThe CU-Boulder campus is home to numerous spots to refuel during the school year. With the end of the semester in sight, don’t forget there are plenty of quick, convenient places to grab a bite or a cup of coffee or tea.The Laughing Goat in Norlin LibraryThe Laughing Goat is where you are most likely to find your bespectacled academics and petal-to-the-metal paper-writing intellectuals. It’s a great place to get things done and sip some organic, fair trade, Boulder-type coffee with those pretty foam designs on the top. Personally, I recommend the blueberry scones, but be careful- they’re addictive.Pekoe Sip House in ATLAS 1st floorFor us non-coffee folk out there, Pekoe offers the great tea alternative. With all kinds of crazy tea drinks, as well as the pure originals, you can’t go wrong. With winter coming, be sure to try the Peace of Mind (so good!) and snag one of their tables to chit chat with friends or accomplish something productive.The Center for CommunityThe C4C is the better, more thought out version of a college dining hall, with globally diverse fare and vegetarian, gluten-free, and allergen labeled options. The absolute best thing about the C4C, however, is Pho Friday at the Black Coats station. Trust me, the line that stretches halfway around the dining hall is worth it!Farrand Market in Farrand HallFarrand Market is a great place to grab a quick to-go meal, or wait your turn for a really, really good burger (be sure to tell them to cook it one level more rare than you actually want). Healthy options as well as delicious sandwiches and pastas abound, just don’t be the person that holds up the line!Village Express at Williams VillageWilly Vanilly’s favorite source for daytime nourishment, the Village Express is the only known campus source of the takeout-breakfast. There are all kinds of options here including made to order hot food as well as grab-and-go type things for when that super dependable BuffBus (not) is just about to pick up.Jamba Juice in the UMCJamba Juice is the ultimate 3 p.m., did-so-much-homework-I-can-barely-think energy juice. Thick smoothies and fresh juices can substitute as a meal when you just can’t make it to get solid food, but you won’t even mind- they’re filling and delicious, they’ll make you forget about that weird UMC smell while you study binge.Etai’s at Biofrontier BuildingYour one stop shop for sandwiches, salads, pastries and beverages, Etai’s Café is a convenient and delicious source of sustenance. Etai’s is located conveniently just past Muenzinger and is quick and easy between classes.By Sarah Ellsworth: IPHY major Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 29, 2016 center_img Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Communitylast_img read more

Enter the World’s Largest Consumer Evaluated Wine Competition

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Enter the World’s Largest Consumer Evaluated Wine CompetitionIndustry News ReleasesEnter the World’s Largest Consumer Evaluated Wine CompetitionBy Press Release – February 4, 2014 56 0 Pinterest Twitter Email Facebook Previous articleAfternoon Brief, Feb. 3Next articleWineries Report Increased Use of Social Media to Enhance Direct to Consumer Sales Press Release Linkedin ReddIt TAGSConsumer Wine AwardsLodiLodi-Tokay Rotary Club AdvertisementThe 6th Annual Consumer Wine AwardsPresented by the Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club & Diversity Wine Awards, LLCWe invite you to submit your wines to the 2014 Consumer Wine Awards held on March 22, 2014. This unique, record-breaking event is now entering its sixth year as the largest Consumer Evaluated Wine Competition in the World. Visit www.consumerwineawards.com to Enter Online or to download Entry Forms and the Competition Handbook.January 4, 2014 – First day for receiving entry forms, fees, and winesMarch 1, 2014 – Last day for accepting entry forms, fees, and winesMarch 8, 2014 – Last day for accepting wines with a Late Entry Fee of $10March 22, 2014 – Day of CompetitionBenefits for Wineries:Provide an opportunity for wineries to showcase their wines with other wines from around the worldIndependent and sophisticated Consumer Evaluators who are not professional judges (selected based on criteria developed by Diversity Wine Awards to determine wine preferences on personal, psychological and physiological traits) will evaluate all wines and offer direct feedback and recommendations to other consumers who share similar affinities and passionsConduct several formal research projects that are at the core of both our methods for assessing the wine as well as creating innovative ways to provide consumers with an alternative means for confidently exploring and enjoying new wines and supply wineries with this data collected to assist in the marketing and selling of their wineAll results will be immediately posted on www.consumerwineawards.com following the conclusion of the event and local newspapers of winning wineries will receive a press kit for additional promotionWinners will have the opportunity to showcase their wines at the exclusive Awards Ceremony in Lodi on April 19, 2014About RotaryThe Lodi-Tokay Rotary Club, chartered in September 1977, is one of Lodi’s premier community service organizations. The approximately 47 men and women members represent a cross section of the diverse businesses and professions in the northern San Joaquin County, one of California’s premier wine-grape growing regions. Our motto is “Service above Self,” and proceeds from this event will go to local and international services projects.Advertisement Sharelast_img read more

Gelfand elected to the Board of Governors

first_img Apr 23, 2021 Top Stories Michael J. GelfandMichael J. Gelfand has won a seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors representing the 15th Circuit.Gelfand defeated Manuel Farach 964 to 802 to win a runoff election for Seat 4 in the 15th Circuit.In Young Lawyers Division runoff elections, Paige Comparato with 221 votes defeated Ashley V. Gantt, 219, to win the 11th Circuit Seat 2 race for the YLD Board of Governors; and Jessica Kramer defeated Giovanni Giarratana 286 to 160 to capture the 13th Circuit Seat 1 race.The results were announced after balloting ended April 22 and the winners will be sworn in at the Bar’s Annual Convention in June. Gelfand elected to the Board of Governorslast_img read more

Santa Monica resident charged with possessing child pornography

first_imgHomeBriefsSanta Monica resident charged with possessing child pornography Aug. 01, 2019 at 5:30 amBriefsCrimeSanta Monica resident charged with possessing child pornographyGuest Author2 years agoangela brunsoncedars-sinai hospitalchild pornographycyber crimeFoltz Criminal Justice Centerguido germano A 59-year-old Santa Monica man has been charged with distributing and possessing child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.Guido Germano (dob 11/12/59) was charged in case BA479645 with one felony count each of distribution of obscene matter and possession of child or youth pornography.He is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 1 in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.Germano, who is the director of artificial intelligence medicine at Cedars-Sinai hospital, is accused of distributing child pornography videos using peer-to-peer software and downloading them onto his personal computer at his home, according to Deputy District Attorney Angela Brunson of the Cyber Crime Division.He was arrested on June 19 and released on bond. The case was filed on July 23.The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged.The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigation.Submitted by Paul Eakins, Public Information OfficerTags :angela brunsoncedars-sinai hospitalchild pornographycyber crimeFoltz Criminal Justice Centerguido germanoshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLOS ANGELES-Former Postal Service Employee Pleads Guilty to Robbery, Firearms Charges in Scheme that Stole Nearly $240,000A Tale of Love and GraceYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author11 hours agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author1 day agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author1 day agolast_img read more