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Fighting disease on a global scale

first_imgThe idea that the wave of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer breaking over the world is largely the result of wealth and inactivity is not only wrong, it’s counterproductive, says a Harvard research fellow who recently founded a nonprofit organization to fight disease.In the past, such noncommunicable diseases have been attributed to lifestyle because of their links to high-calorie diets in wealthy, increasingly sedentary industrialized nations. But Alessandro Demaio, a fellow at the interfaculty Harvard Global Equity Initiative, takes issue with that description.Instead of wealthy Western businessmen, he says, the typical person suffering a noncommunicable disease today is a woman under 70, living in poverty, most likely in Asia.Demaio sees noncommunicable diseases as likely to be high on the global health agenda after 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, which have guided global health efforts since their establishment in 2000.In the fall, Demaio and a handful of others, both at the Harvard School of Public Health and outside the University, started a global nonprofit, NCDFREE. As part of its effort to raise awareness about noncommunicable diseases, it hopes to find young leaders to work at the local level, and to make “NCD” a household term, much as AIDS/HIV has become over the past 25 years.The nonprofit is using a combination of Web savvy and old-fashioned face-to-face meetings to promote change. Financed partly through a successful crowd-sourcing campaign and with seed funding from the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, members have traveled to Mongolia and Ghana to create videos of “change makers” producing results against noncommunicable diseases.The videos were shown as part of launch events held in September in both Boston and Melbourne, Australia, which also featured TED-style talks and artist performances. The organization has also created a crowd-sourced film about NCDs for the World Health Organization, using cellphone-camera clips. NCDFREE estimates that its message has reached a million people.Felicia Knaul, head of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, believes NCDFREE goes a step beyond advocacy to capacity-building by raising the profile of “change makers” and helping them get further training. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFelicia Knaul, associate professor of global health and social medicine and head of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, said that although Demaio is based at HGEI, he works largely independently. She described him as dynamic and good at bringing people together.Noncommunicable diseases have become the leading health problem in most nations, Knaul said, with the exception of the poorest, where inefficient or absent health care systems provide little protection against infectious disease.Advances in science are blurring the lines between infectious and noncommunicable diseases, she pointed out. Cancer, for example, is typically considered a noncommunicable disease, but cervical cancer is known to be transmitted by the human papilloma virus.Though advocacy to fight noncommunicable diseases is clearly important, NCDFREE goes a step beyond advocacy to capacity-building, Knaul said, by raising the profile of “change makers” and helping them get further training.The nonprofit is “very good at giving the microphone to smart people with good ideas from developing countries,” she said, adding that its leaders are taking a broad approach that avoids the “only my disease counts” problems that have plagued some past efforts.“That’s the right approach,” she said.last_img read more


Voting rights, unsettled

first_imgAs the highly charged presidential election nears on Nov. 8, voters in some states may find it more difficult to cast their ballots. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 14 states will have new voting restrictions in place, ranging from photo ID requirements to early voting cutbacks to registration restrictions.Proponents of voting restrictions argue that these are common-sense measures aimed at preventing fraud (despite studies that show voter fraud is extremely rare), while critics charge that the restrictions are politically motivated to suppress turnout, particularly among minorities. To examine the debate in historical perspective, the Gazette spoke to Alex Keyssar ’69, Ph.D. ’77, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and author of “The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States.” In a question-and-answer session, Keyssar — who is currently teaching the HKS course “Voting Rights and Electoral Policies” — discussed the history of such rights, the potential impact of restrictions at the polls in November, and what can be done to improve the electoral process to make voting more accessible.GAZETTE: When and why did the movement toward more restrictive voting laws begin?KEYSSAR: It has multiple origins. There’s a small but real origin in the late 1990s as a reaction to the passage of the National Voter Registration Act, aka the “motor voter” bill. I think the big impulse came from the 2000 election and the realization that every vote does count, as well as the [recognition of] what were perhaps intentional or perhaps inadvertent acts of voter suppression in Florida. Then Georgia and Indiana passed voter ID laws, which opened the door. The Republicans losing the 2006 congressional elections and [Barack] Obama’s election in 2008 provided more impetus to it, and Republicans focused very strongly on winning the state legislatures. That’s where it really picked up.There’s no disguising that this is partisan legislation, especially on the voter ID issue. The voter ID laws have almost invariably been passed by straight-line party votes. In the case of the Indiana law, which was one of the first, all the Republicans voted for it and all the Democrats voted against it. The rationale was to prevent the commission of in-person voter impersonation fraud, even though there was no record that that crime had ever been committed for 50 years in Indiana. Talking about the myth of voter fraud, I think there are a lot of people who do believe it, but it’s linked in uncomfortable and disturbing ways with a notion that people of other races and ethnicities may be particularly prone to committing voter fraud.GAZETTE: In 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder effectively invalidated the “preclearance” provision of the Voting Rights Act, which required states and counties with a history of voter suppression to obtain federal approval for any changes in voting procedures. How has the court’s decision changed the electoral landscape?KEYSSAR: [Supreme Court Associate Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s famous line was that getting rid of preclearance was “like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” There’s no greater proof of that than the fact that within about three hours of the decision in Shelby County, Texas, declared it would implement a law that had previously been turned back. And then a whole bunch of other states jumped on.The genius of the preclearance provision was that it anticipated that once African-Americans were enfranchised, there would be efforts to strip them of their political power using other devices. In the states that had been covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Department of Justice and the federal courts had been turning back voting laws. And other states were deterred from even thinking about it.GAZETTE: In your book, you describe the history of the right to vote as “a record of slow and fitful progress … that was hard-won and often subject to reverses.” Can you put today’s voting environment in context with this historical push and pull?KEYSSAR: This is not unprecedented. In the two-steps-forward, one-step-back history of voting rights, there are a lot of micro and state stories. The most macro example is what happened in the South in the late 19th century after the 14th and 15th Amendments enfranchised African-Americans, with the majority of the black population subsequently being denied the right to vote. But during the same period in the North, there was a significant tightening of procedural laws and constitutional requirements aimed mostly at poor people and immigrant workers. You started getting literacy tests, not just in the South but in the North. Massachusetts passed a literacy test. New York passed an English language literacy test in 1921. You started getting much more complicated registration laws, which in some cases required people to register every year, usually only if they lived in large cities. You started seeing requirements to bring proof of citizenship to the polls. It was done in the name of preventing corruption, and I think that was perhaps a real goal, but it was accompanied by a desire to minimize the influence of certain kinds of voters.The parallel to the present is instructive. When you look at what was happening during the late 19th century, it was a reaction to the empowerment of the black population in parts of the South and the increasing political activity resulting from a very large wave of immigration. And where are we now? We have the achievement of political power by segments of the African-American community, and we have large-scale immigration again of a sort not seen in a century. I think those factors shed light on what is making this so edgy and so contested again.Let me also make a distinction between disenfranchisement and voter suppression. When I think of disenfranchisement, I think of it as the kind of action for an individual or a class of individuals that basically says you no longer have the right to vote. Whereas suppression is more on the order of putting obstacles in your path, which could be overcome with more or less difficulty. What’s going on now is mostly a matter of suppression — and for a lot of people, it’s making it close to impossible to vote.GAZETTE: How do you expect voting restrictions to affect turnout in November?KEYSSAR: The answer is that we don’t know. The best estimates predict participation of affected people — minorities, young, old — could be down from 4 to 5 percent to as much as 8 to 10 percent. Turnout bobs up and down all the time. If turnout increases or decreases by 2 percent, there are a lot of factors that could be causing that, so it’s very hard to tease out the impact. It’s going to be hard to figure it out even after the election.GAZETTE: Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about a “rigged” election and his recruitment of “Trump election observers” to watch the polls have raised fears of voter intimidation. At the same time, the Department of Justice will be deploying fewer election monitors as a result of the Shelby County decision. Are you concerned about voter intimidation at the polls?KEYSSAR: Yes. I don’t want to be too alarmist, but there is a history of voter intimidation in a lot of places. I’ll be surprised if we don’t see some incidents, but I doubt that it will be very widespread. The Machiavellian scenario would be to provoke enough chaos to then declare that the legitimacy of the election was under a cloud. The seeds have been planted. Whether the results will permit such an interpretation remains to be seen.GAZETTE: Is the future of voting rights more likely to be decided by Congress or the courts?KEYSSAR: I think that if Hillary Clinton is elected and if the Senate permits confirmation of Merrick Garland or some other Democratic nominee, there’s a considerable likelihood that you’ll see strict voter ID laws appealed to the Supreme Court and that the court will trim the most draconian of these laws in some ways, as the appeals courts have started doing. My guess is that voter ID requirements in most places are here to stay; it’s a question of who’s responsible for making sure everyone has an ID. Most countries use some sort of ID requirement, but they don’t make it really difficult for a lot of people to get ahold of an ID.If the Democrats win the presidency and both chambers of Congress, I think you’ll see congressional action on something like a new version of the Voting Rights Act. You might even see some movement toward a federal mandate for automatic registration. But I don’t think anybody is going to spend a whole lot of time and energy on that unless they think they have a chance of getting it through. At the extreme end, there is a constitutional amendment proposed by Reps. [Mark] Pocan and [Keith] Ellison to put a right to vote in the Constitution. That could be given more impetus if there’s a lot of funky stuff that happens in this election. I’ve been an advocate of a constitutional amendment since 2000, but I’m not optimistic about that.GAZETTE: The topic of your final class this fall is “What is to be done?” So let me ask you: What is to be done?KEYSSAR: I think people want to make voting less contested and more of a routine, even celebratory public ritual. One major change would have to do with money in elections and somehow bringing that under control. I also think that nonpartisan districting commissions are essential. Partisan gerrymanders, as well as racially tinged gerrymanders, almost certainly have a more distorting effect on the expression of the will of the people than voter suppression does. Take North Carolina as the quintessential example. The popular vote in North Carolina for the state legislature and members of Congress for the last several years has been pretty much evenly split, but the seats are overwhelmingly Republican. And that matters. That’s how the Republican legislature got to put together its voting laws.I would put getting rid of the Electoral College and going to a national popular vote fairly high up on my roster. Having elections on Sundays or a holiday, or declaring Election Day to be a holiday, would be a very positive step. Greater federal involvement in the creation of something that looks like a preclearance provision for places that are recurrent abusers is also necessary. That’s about the half dozen things that I would start with. If we can get all that done, we will have had a good year!The last thing I would say is that we ought not be surprised that there are these ongoing conflicts and challenges. Democracy isn’t a fixed set of institutions; democracy is an ongoing project. And if you think of it in those terms, then you expect there are going to be challenges, and you recognize that maintaining it is always going to take work.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more


[The Source Podcast] Software Defined Storage: ScaleIO at VMworld 2017

first_imgScaleIO software solutions has been helping Dell EMC customers deliver scalable, flexible block storage for traditional and cloud native workloads. announced at Dell EMC World 2017 and is on target for availability before the end of 2017. adds compression, snapshots, VVols and Direct Path IO support in addition to enhanced space efficiency. I caught up with Jason Brown (@FelixNU98), Principal Product Marketing Manager ScaleIO, at VMworld 2017 to get the latest on We talked use cases and consumption models.  For Software Only, visit for details; ScaleIO Ready Nodes, pre-configured and pre-qualified, or VxRack System Flex featuring rack scale flexible deployments, ScaleIOs flexible deployment models provide choice in deployment.  Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at Dell EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more


Latino Student Alliance hosts dance event

first_imgThe Latino Student Alliance (LSA) is hosting a quinceañera-themed formal tonight from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Jordan Hall of Science galleria.LSA president Enrique Lorenzo said the dance is open to all Notre Dame students, and tickets are available for purchase both at the door of the event and at the La Fortune Student Center until 7 p.m. tonight.“We’re really trying to pull the Latino community on campus together while at the same time introducing non-Latinos to the culture, which I think is part of the drive for the theme being quinceañera,” Lorenzo said.Club treasurer Kaylee Calles and vice-president Daniela Nuñez said the quinceañera theme, which was decided upon in April, is essentially the equivalent of a sweet-16 party.“It’s a very traditional thing within our culture to have a 15th birthday party, and that’s what a quinceañera is,” Calles said. “A girl is now considered a woman in society.”Since the LSA hosted salsa night at Legends last Friday, Nuñez said this formal provides another opportunity to expose students to Spanish music as well as different styles of dancing and Latin American foods from Mexico, El Salvador and Venezuela.“For Latinos it’ll remind them of what they’ve experienced in the past, but for non-Latinos it’ll be something new that they can take part of,” Lorenzo said.Nuñez said the club decided to go all out with the quinceañera theme, including an announcement of the secret quinceañera identity at the formal and a father-daughter dance.“There’s also the ‘baile sorpresa’ (surprise dance for the birthday girl) which is a choreographed dance with a certain number of couples,” Nuñez said.This formal marks the first LSA dance, Lorenzo said, as the club is technically in its first year.“[LSA] used to be La Alianza and MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan),” Nuñez said. “Then last semester both executive boards kind of saw that we were overlapping in terms of goals. Really you couldn’t distinguish between the two of them, and so that’s why we decided to converge and just have LSA.”Planning is already underway for LSA events next semester, Nuñez said. Upcoming 2015 events include an all-class retreat, a Latin Expressions talent showcase and a dance at the Morris Inn.Tags: Formal, Latino Student Alliance, LSA, quinceañeralast_img read more


33 Botanical Garden

first_imgBy A. Jefferson Lewis IIIUniversity ofGeorgiaNestled near the University of Georgia campus in Athens is the313-acre State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The botanical gardenserves first the interests of the university community. But it’salso a public garden. It’s an excellent place for home gardenersto learn about plants, gardening and a host of related topics.The garden offers many educational programs, including seminars,workshops, lectures, demonstrations and field trips. Some ofthese are indoors in classrooms. But many are outdoors, providinghands-on experience.Looking at a plant in a book is one thing. Actually seeing itgrowing in the landscape is another. Being there lets you examineform, size, texture and other characteristics that determinewhether a plant is suitable for a particular area or use.Flowers galoreWildflowers, native plants, pruning, organic gardening and floraldesign are but a few of many topics offered. The garden hosts thepopular Master Gardener program for the greater Athens area, too.The garden doesn’t just cover plant and gardening topics.Changing art exhibitions explore the beauty of flowers, plantsand nature. Classes in watercolor and other media are offeredoccasionally, too.Special exhibitions such as the recent Frabel glass flowerexhibition and Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition,”Exploring Garden Transformations 1900-2000,” explore specialtopics.Fruits, veggies, tooWhile “gardening” means flowers and ornamental plants to manypeople, to others it means fruits and vegetables. The diversityof fruits and vegetables grown in the Southeastern United Statesis almost as endless as their cultural requirements. The HeritageGarden contains a number of older, heirloom varieties.Cooking classes that involve herbs, edible flowers and otherculinary topics round out a full range of gardening topics.The garden has many programs for children, too, includingafter-school programs and summer camps. It’s a favoritedestination for field trips.It also offers teacher training workshops. These enable teachersto take programs such as “Monarchs (butterflies) in theClassroom” and “Endangered Plant Stewardship Network” back totheir own classrooms.Unintended educationMuch of the learning that goes on at the Garden is passive. Manyvisitors don’t come with learning in mind. They just want toenjoy the beautiful outdoors.Interpretive signs and other information are placed throughoutthe theme gardens, special collections, nature trails andconservatory. They enable visitors to learn about plants, planthunters, horticultural and botanical milestones, endangeredhabitants and historical plants as they enjoy the Garden.To learn about programs, special events and other opportunitiesat The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, write to 2450 SouthMilledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605. Or call (706) 542-1244, [email protected] or visit the Web site ( Lewis is the director of the State Botanical Garden ofGeorgia near Athens, Ga.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 33last_img read more


Tribute In Colombia To Late, Legendary Vallenata Music Composer

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2009 Thursday saw the beginning of Colombia’s tribute to the folk music of vallenata composer Rafael Escalona, whom Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez described as one of his referents, and after whose death on Wednesday in Bogota at age 81 national mourning was declared. When the death of the “maestro”, as he was usually called, became known, President Alvaro Uribe interrupted a business meeting in the city of Cali (southwest) for a minute of silence and ordered the transfer of his coffin to the National Capitol (seat of Congress). Hundreds of people lined up to pay their respects in Bogota before his transfer via presidential plane to Valledupar, the city in northern Colombia where he will be buried on Friday. At that location, the remains will be placed in a public square where the Vallenata Festival will be held before the funeral. The winner of the 2006 Latin Grammy for his life and work, Escalona is one of the few real people mentioned in “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece. The composer left a legacy of hundreds of compositions considered ‘classics’ of vallenata music. “With his obvious chronicling skills, he told the world details of Caribbean idiosyncrasies and captured scenarios beyond national borders where he left the mark of Colombian music,” the Minister of Culture said in his declaration of national mourning. His songs were first heard in Argentina and Mexico thanks to groups like ‘Bovea y sus Vallenatos’ and ‘El Cuarteto Imperial,’ and in Venezuela by bands such as ‘Billo’s Caracas Boys’ and ‘Los Melódicos,’ but were often confused with cumbias, another emblematic rhythm characteristic of the Colombian Caribbean. In the nineties the singer Carlos Vives rescued some of Escalona’s famous compositions like ‘La Casa en el Aire’, ‘El Testamento,’ and the elegy to ‘Jaime Molina,’ which he internationalized and adapted to a more contemporary sound. “Nobody took the art of turning events in legends and anonymous citizens into universal characters as far as Escalona did,” emphasized the newspaper El Tiempo, which devoted its editorial to the composer.last_img read more


CNTB and the Slovenian Tourist Board approved European funds for promotion in Australia

first_imgSource: Croatian National Tourist Board “The joint promotion of Croatia and Slovenia in distant markets, and especially this one that will be realized on the large Australian market, is a unique example of successful cooperation in the tourist promotion of the two countries. We know that guests from distant markets most often realize their travels in the pre- and post-season periods during which they visit several countries, which is why we work very intensively with colleagues from the Slovenian Tourist Board., said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that more than 242 thousand arrivals and more than 741 thousand overnight stays were made from the Australian market in Croatia last year. “I am glad that this year we were successful in the joint application for the tender of the European Tourism Commission, which confirms our excellent cooperation in promotion in distant markets. I am convinced that with a joint promotional campaign on the Australian market, we will present Slovenia and Croatia as destinations for unique experiences and sustainable tourism. “, said the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak. After European funds were approved last year for the “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia” campaign, which was conducted on the Chinese market, this year the funds were approved for a campaign on the Australian market aimed at promoting and stronger positioning of Croatia and Slovenia as attractive year-round destinations. . Special focus in the campaign will be focused on the topics of active and adventure tourism, natural beauty and lesser-known tourist destinations for guests of high paying power. The campaign will also promote the rich cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, as well as other attractive tourist attributes of both countries. As part of the campaign, workshops will be organized for agents and tour operators in Sydney and Melbourne, digital media advertising activities will be carried out, and cooperation will be established with selected Australian influencers who will visit Croatia and Slovenia next spring. Also, in cooperation with one of the leading online travel agencies on the Australian market, an online campaign will be designed and implemented to present Croatia and Slovenia through two waves for guests who want to enjoy unique and authentic experiences outside the main parts of the season. The European Tourism Commission (ETC) has approved co-financing of a joint project of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board for the promotional campaign “Croatia and Slovenia: Full of Ways to Feel and Explore” which will be implemented on the Australian market until November 2020. The value and total budget of the campaign is 200.000 euros, of which half of the funds, or 100.000 euros, relate to ETC support. Let us add that the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board successfully withdrew funds through ETC’s Call for co-financing of transnational promotional campaigns in distant markets, within the Destination Europe project and the new Horizon 2022 strategy. A total of 18 applications were received. 11 of them received support.last_img read more


15,000 medical students ready to join fight against COVID-19: House

first_imgAt least 15,000 medical students nationwide are ready to be deployed in the country’s fight against COVID-19, according to House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education, and the Education and Culture Ministry.Commission X chairman Syaiful Huda said students from 158 universities had signed up to the ministry to help around 1,500 doctors and 2,500 nurses, as reported by the government’s COVID-19 rapid response team.“This is good news because many places are expected to soon have a shortage of medical workers, as COVID-19 cases escalate,” Syaiful said in a statement on Thursday.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim previously called on the public, and especially university students, across the country to join efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.The minister said he felt “touched” after hearing the willingness of the 15,000 students to volunteer in the COVID-19 fight.Read also: Doctors and nurses wanted: Regions brace for COVID-19 amid medical staff shortageApart from mobilizing university students, the ministry has also prepared laboratories to test more samples from people suspected of having contracted COVID-19, and turned some of its facilities into isolation wards.There are currently 13 medical schools and 13 educational hospitals appointed by the Health Ministry to be COVID-19 test labs.It has also prepared an educational hospital to be ready to treat COVID-19 patients.Syaiful called on the government to train the volunteers and equip them with personal protective gear to do the volunteer work. “This is important because they are our children. We don’t want them to get infected,” he said, adding that not only medical staff, but the rapid response team was also in need of volunteers for hospital administration staff and ambulance drivers.Topics :last_img read more


Fearing second COVID-19 wave, Europe aims to train ‘army’ of medics

first_imgSome sent medical students and retired doctors to help out in intensive care wards as hospital staff were overwhelmed. Those worst-hit by the pandemic had to provide more beds and essential equipment for acute care units, and some built new hospitals.But problems and shortages persist. Italy, for example, may need to boost by 50% the number of anesthetists, resuscitation experts and other medics it has working in intensive care, according to the Italian society of intensive care SIAARTI.Crash coursesAcross Europe, hospitals have been re-training surgeons, cardiologists, internal medicine physicians and nurses from other departments, and have moved them to intensive care units when needed.Many have attended crash courses on how to handle COVID-19 patients, said Jozef Kesecioglu, president of ESICM and head of intensive care at the University Medical Center of Utrecht, in the Netherlands.”We gave them jobs with less responsibility, such as washing patients, turning patients around, checking the lungs or looking at scans,” he told Reuters.Intensive care specialists had continued to do the most delicate work, such as handling tubes in patients’ throats or adjusting mechanical ventilation, Kesecioglu said.He plans to call back the same people to offer them more training. Under normal circumstances, intensive care workers undergo years of training but he said: “We should not wait until the new wave comes, we should give them regular training.”The Netherlands is trying to recruit more skilled workers and hopes to narrow structural gaps in the intensive care workforce, said Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Centre, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe.SIAARTI says medical students who specialize in intensive care medicine should be fully integrated into wards for the last two years of their five-year training, and has recommended financial incentives be offered to attract more students.The European Commission, the European Union’s executive, funded cross-border transfers of medical staff to the most affected countries at the height of the coronavirus crisis.In April, teams of “flying doctors” were sent from Norway and Romania to Italy.But the experiment has failed to gather much support, and Cecconi said moving doctors from one country to another “should be an option but not the first option,” as language barriers may make them less effective.Some patients were also moved around to receive treatment. France transferred some to less-affected regions of the country and sent others to Germany, which also took in COVID-19 patients from Italy.But Cecconi warned of transportation risks and logistical complications.”Often our patients are very sick,” he said. “I’d rather have skilled people who know how to work in my environment.” “We need a healthcare army,” said Maurizio Cecconi, president-elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), which brings together medics from around the world who work in wards with extremely ill patients.Cecconi, who heads the intensive care department at the Humanitas hospital in Milan, says medical staff need to be more flexible in the work they do, and more mobile.”If there is another big wave, we should be prepared to deploy doctors and nurses from nearby regions within Italy. This did not happen a lot in the first wave,” he told Reuters.Many countries were caught unprepared by the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April, and hastily retrained medics to work with patients with severe cases of the disease, to ramp up numbers and replace those who fell sick. Topics :center_img Europeans are enjoying the gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, but in hospitals they are already preparing for the next wave of infections.Some intensive care specialists are trying to hire more permanent staff. Others want to create a reservist “army” of medical professionals ready to be deployed wherever needed to work in wards with seriously ill patients.European countries have been giving medics crash courses in how to deal with COVID-19 patients, and are now looking at ways to retrain staff to avoid shortages of key workers if there is a second wave of the novel coronavirus.last_img read more


Baby name tops list of pre-birth parental arguments

first_imgThe Telegraph 7 December 2012 According to a survey released this week, the baby’s name is the most common topic of argument between first-time expectant parents. While only 28 per cent of parents-to-be argue over the mother’s return to work, a third argue over whether to learn the sex of their baby before its birth, and a mere 17 per cent have words over having a second baby, nearly three quarters of expectant parents row over the child’s name. Parenthetically, according to this survey, conducted by, 58 per cent argue over the pregnant woman’s diet, and 52 per cent argue over breastfeeding. I sort of wish I could be a fly on the wall in those debates, as I cannot for the life of me imagine how they would go. What man wants to agitate his pregnant partner by dictating to her about her body? That the name issue is a hot topic isn’t that surprising, I suppose; the name is with your child for life and, according to plenty of serious and not-so-serious surveys, can have quite an impact on the direction the child takes in life. Names signify a couple’s class, religious and social aspirations, and intellectual associations. …Studies on names also reveal regular discrimination. One recent study conducted by School Stickers, a company that supplies classroom rewards, concluded that while children named Elizabeth or Benjamin were likely to be well-behaved in school, their classmates christened Paige or Bradley were on a one-way road to naughtiness. read more