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Arcade Fire Is Newest Addition to Bridge School Benefit

first_imgAs if Neil Young and Elvis Costello weren’t impressive enough, Arcade Fire will join the stage for this years Bridge School Benefit.  The Canadian-born, Grammy award-winning band will perform on October 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  Other acts include Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, fun., Heart, My Morning Jacket, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more.Neil Young and his wife, Pegi, hold the Bridge School Benefit every October to assist and raise awareness for children with severe physical impairments and complex communication needs.  The concerts start at 5 p.m. on October 26 and 2 p.m. on October 27.  Tickets are still available at $35-$175.What a month to be an Arcade Fire fan.ArcadeFireTube reports, the indie-rock band will be performing a show in Miami at Little Haiti Cultural Center on October 24.  They are also rumored to be playing two shows in Brooklyn next week after multiple concert flyers were spotted around town.  A warm-up show is also set in Los Angeles when their new album, Reflektor, is set for release on October 29.-Lindsey Winepol[Via Consequence of Sound and The Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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University announces this year’s public-spirited Zuckerman Fellows

first_imgA trustee of the University of Notre Dame, a former naval intelligence officer, and a former special assistant to the Iraqi Ministry of Health are among this year’s Zuckerman Fellows.Established by a gift from Mortimer B. Zuckerman LL.M. ’62, the fellowship enables people with an interest in public service and professional training in medicine, law, or business to pursue master’s degrees at the Graduate School of Education, the School of Public Health, or the Kennedy School of Government (KSG). The fellows also participate in a co-curricular program designed by KSG’s Center for Public Leadership that includes leadership skill building, a guest speaker series, and a field trip.This year’s 25 Zuckerman Fellows bring a wealth of experience in public service and leadership to the Harvard community, including work for organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Center for American Progress, Teach for America, Americorps, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as government agencies and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).The 2007–08 fellows, grouped according to their School affiliation, are:Graduate School of Education: Andrew Blanco, Katie Greenzang, Jennifer Kesselheim, Kelly Leventis, and Kate RicheyHarvard School of Public Health: Johnathan Bernard, Beverly Du, Rena Patel, Aaron Remenschneider, Rickquel Tripp, Emily Can Dyke, and Amit VoraKennedy School of Government: Tobias Berkman, Elana Berkowitz, Ethan Brackett, Stephen Chan, Elizabeth Côté, Brad Davis, Brian Elliot, Ingrid Ganske, Daniel Hsu, Moushumi Khan, Amy Lawrence, Keri Oxley, and Shireen Santoshamlast_img read more

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U.S. Marshall Service To Auction Seized Fyre Festival Merchandise

first_imgThe saga of the infamous Fyre Festival will never end. Even three years after “businessman” Billy MacFarland and rapper Ja Rule‘s doomed vacation getaway music festival for social media influencers and the ultra wealthy, the story continues to develop as now the U.S Marshall Service has begun to auction off seized Fyre Festival merchandise.After the music festival was held at a “private island” (aka Exuma, a not-private island) in the Bahamas in May 2017 with disastrous results, MacFarland filed for bankruptcy, was sentenced to six years in prison, and was assessed a $26 million fine for a variety of fraud. Yet this doesn’t even address the $100 million class action suit brought against Fyre organizers by attendees. Last month, those attendees have now lowered their sights to a mere $7.5 million settlement, as MacFarland still sits penniless in an Ohio prison.Related: The Most Famous Concerts That Never HappenedIn the aftermath of Fyre, the U.S. Marshall Service seized the merchandise from among MacFarland’s property. Now, the unsold merchandise will be sold in an effort to compensate the many victims of the festival’s huckster organizer. The 126 items, currently up for bids via Gaston & Sheehan, include t-shirts, hats, wristbands, tokens, sweatshirts, and sweatpants bearing the now-infamous logo.“This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was on pre-trial release,” U.S. Marshal Ralph Sozio said in a statement.Online bidding for Fyre Festival merchandise ends August 13th. Click here to bid on a piece of history.As for MacFarland, he has used the coronavirus pandemic and the real problem of the cancellation of all in-person visitation at prisons across the country as a way to crawl back into the public eye by creating a charity. His new non-profit organization, Project -315, seeks to raise funds so that prisoners can call their families since now they cannot see them in person.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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University of Vermont Medical Center ‘Surge Site’ Ready for Patients

first_imgThe UVM Medical Center indicated there could be between 50 and 70 staff embers working at the site. The Center has different containment zones for patients and supplies. Staff are already familiarizing themselves with the layout to prepare for any influx of patients. The University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center is now operating its Patrick Gym as a “surge site” and is now ready to accept patients, if needed, according to a report from CBS affiliate WCAX. The site is a partnership between the University of Vermont and its Medical Center, the state, and the National Guard. The site was built over the past 10 days and can handle up to 50 patients, but it may be expanded to accept up to 100.center_img The most serious patients will still be sent to main area hospitals, while the surge site would handle patients in need of observation.last_img read more

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first_imgFor the second time in three years, the Prairie Village City Council has begrudgingly changed the city’s firearms policies in response to a mandate from the state government.Acknowledging that failure to do so would likely bring legal action from the Kansas Attorney General or possibly an employee, the council on Monday approved with a 7-4 vote a change to its policies allowing licensed city employees to carry concealed firearms on the job. As a result of the signing of HB 2502 by Gov. Sam Brownback last month, all Kansas municipalities will be required on July 1 to allow city workers to carry concealed firearms both inside city buildings and in the field while on assignment. Employees will not be allowed to store weapons in city vehicles on the job, but could carry them while performing city work like parks maintenance or building inspections.Some councilors suggested openly defying the legislature and waiting for the state to take action to force the city’s hand.“You know what? I’m getting tired of being told by the state legislature about gun carrying, who can carry and all this nonsense that’s going on in Topeka,” said Ward 6 Councilor Terrence Gallagher. “I don’t support this. I figure we wait until they turn around and tell us we have to implement it and we don’t pass it. We say, the heck with you.”Gallagher joined councilors Jori Nelson, Dan Runion and Courtney McFadden in voting against the policy change. But a majority of councilmembers heeded the warning of city attorney Katie Logan that there appeared to be little precedent for the city to ignore the new state law. Some of the councilors noted that they were voting in favor of the measure “under protest” because they felt they had no choice.Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan said the city was already working on training protocols for the new policy and would take adherence to its particulars seriously. Under the policy, employees will not be allowed to concealed carry in the police department building. Moreover, the choice to carry a concealed weapon cannot “interfere or delay in the performance” of assigned duties. Employees who choose to carry a concealed weapon would be required to comply with any gun restrictions requested on private property.“If there are violations, it’s going to lead to discipline including termination,” Jordan said.In 2014, Prairie Village and Leawood were forced to remove their city-wide bans on openly carried weapons in response to the passage and signing of HB 2578, a law that drew similar protest from council members. Jordan reminded the council that another change to city gun law was likely coming as well. Next year, the city’s exemption from HB 2052 — which allows member of the public to carry concealed firearms in city buildings will expire. Unless the city council decides to hire an armed security guard and install metal detectors at its entrances, an expensive proposition, it will have to change city law to comply with the state statute by next summer.The new employee policy approved by the council on Monday is embedded below.https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/21074428/GunsPolicy.pdflast_img read more

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Home sweet home: Minnesota gets energy from fans

first_imgA group of fans dressed in Zubaz and cat shirts became a student-section staple this season, known for their zany attire and unwavering support of the Gophers.“Even back in the days where there were few fans, we loved the Gophers and we’re here to support them,” said Tanner Glaza, an environmental and ecological engineering student. “Whether it’s a Sunday afternoon or a Friday night, we’re here because we love them.” The Minnesota fans got creative over the weekend, holding signs with messages like, “Killhite,” “U C LA, We see OH,” and “Making Goehns,” all to references to Minnesota players and the team’s sights — a national championship. Another familiar Gophers fan made an appearance Saturday — Minnesota’s own “blanket lady.” She’s a regular at women’s basketball, known for waving a blanket to rile up the crowd, and she stopped over at the Sports Pavilion to pump up the student section. Minnesota hasn’t lost at the Sports Pavillion in over two seasons, partially thanks to an environment that fans call “electric.” While the fans think that the players build off of them, the team is what really gets the crowd going.“We know the team plays its heart out for us, so we like to be there to give a little something back to them,” said Antonio Rivera, a communications student.While Minnesota won’t have any more home matches this season, the Sports Pavilion has a certain way of drawing its fans and athletes to return in the future. “I’m going to miss playing at the Pav, but I think our best is yet to come,” Wilhite said. “We’ll be back. We’ll be the ones cheering loud next year.” Home sweet home: Minnesota gets energy from fansThe Gophers saw two matches with big fan showings, especially students.Alex Tuthill-PreusVolleyball fans celebrate another point scored by the Gophers in the Sports Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Emily PolglazeDecember 12, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhile one chapter continued for the Gophers on Saturday, another ended.Minnesota’s seniors played their last match at the Sports Pavilion en route to their second consecutive Final Four. Both regional matches hosted at the gym saw large, lively crowds, making for an atmosphere players say they will long cherish. “The Sports Pavilion is just an amazing place to play,” said senior middle blocker Sarah Wilhite on Saturday. “Especially tonight, the crowd showed up. They were loud, and I think that brought the energy to our side.”The student section — popular throughout the season — swelled in size while the team hosted NCAA play. The section hosted around 250 students per match in the regular season, but spilled over to 315 in attendance Saturday.Students started to show up over an hour before match time. Some were turned away for capacity. To gain access to the match and join, some students even turned to ticket scalpers. “The Gopher Block” has become host to a cast of colorful characters over the course of the season. The women’s hockey team frequently appeared in costumes that ranged from a bottle of ketchup to an astronaut toward the end of the season. The team couldn’t attend over the weekend due to a road series, but the Gophers still had plenty of support. last_img read more

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Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman coming into his own in year two

first_imgA Tifton, Georgia native and four-star player coming out high school, Bateman chose the Gophers over SEC schools such as Georgia and Texas A&M. To this day, Bateman is one of the highest rated recruits that Fleck has brought to Minnesota.“I fell in love with Minnesota,” Bateman said. “I’ve thought about it, I think I’m going to retire and live on Lake Minnetonka. I love it here.”As the season approached, Bateman received devastating news. Anthony Bateman, Rashod’s uncle and father figure passed away. Anthony was Bateman’s receiver coach and assistant basketball coach in high school. He also provided Rashod with rides home, shelter and clothes whenever he needed it. “He was always there,” Bateman said. “It was just that type of bond that we had.”Fleck had high praise for the way Bateman handled the passing of his uncle.“To watch him go through all that. Go back home, come back, go through grief. Have some tough days at practice, open up and talk about it. Losing the biggest male figure in his life two weeks ago and play like that, that’s what it’s all about,” said Fleck after last Thursday’s game.With high praise from players and coaches about his relentless work ethic, Bateman knows he still has room to improve at the wide receiver position. “I just feel like I can still work on my route running and being physical through routes,” said Bateman. “As this season goes, I’m going to continue to work on it.”As for his highlight catch in the opening game of the year, he has watched it a lot less than every other Gopher fan.“Maybe twice,” he said. “I still got a whole season ahead of me, so I’m just trying to stay locked in for my teammates.” Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman coming into his own in year twoWith defenses focused on Tyler Johnson, Bateman is adding an extra playmaker to the offense. Kamaan RichardsWide receiver Rashod Bateman reaches to catch a pass at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29. Minnesota defeated South Dakota State 28-21. John MillerSeptember 5, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintEveryone knows about Gopher’s senior star wide receiver Tyler Johnson. However, it’s another receiver who will be just as crucial to the Gopher’s success in 2019: sophomore Rashod Bateman.Coming into the season, Johnson received much of the attention on the offensive side of the ball, and rightfully so. Johnson is coming off a year where he had 1,169 yards receiving to go along with 12 touchdowns, both program records for a single season. Yet, after a successful freshman campaign, opponents might want to start paying attention to his running mate, Bateman. “We knew about Rashod [last year], but nobody really knew about Rashod, and he was making plays that maybe surprised people,” said head coach P.J. Fleck.When South Dakota State double-teamed Johnson throughout the first game of the season, it was Bateman who stepped up to give the offense the receiving threat it needed. He ended up finishing the game with five catches for 132 yards receiving. One of those catches was a one-handed highlight reel 42-yard touchdown. The catch was displayed all over social media and major sports networks.“It was an elite catch,” quarterback Tanner Morgan said after the game. “Rashod is one of the hardest working guys on this team. I’m just blessed to have [Bateman] out there.”With Johnson receiving more attention from opposing defenses this year, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca highlighted how important it is to have a receiver of Bateman’s talent opposite Johnson.“I think Rashod has let people know, ‘Hey, I can be a real force out there on the field,’” Ciarrocca said.Bateman is looking to build off of one of the best receiving seasons for a freshman in Gophers history. Last year, he set two season records, one for most receptions at 51, and the other for most receiving yards at 704. He also completed six touchdowns last year, which was second most for a freshman at the University. “I feel like what I did last year doesn’t apply to this year,” Bateman said. “I feel like I’m a different person. A lot of people think it’s just individual, just me by myself, but it’s not. I got a lot of help from my teammates.”last_img read more

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FlixBus connects Zagreb with 450 destinations throughout Europe

first_imgThe expansion of FlixBus from the first day, when it started with four international lines from Zagreb, Split, Rijeka and Pula, is impressive until today. With five Croatian bus partners from Slavonia, Dalmatia, Istria, Zagorje and the city of Zagreb, all parts of Croatia are connected with the largest business, cultural and entertainment centers directly such as Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt, Milan, Turin, Rome, Ljubljana and other major hubs.When it comes to Croatia, there are currently directly (without transfers) connected to over 100 cities with 7 neighboring countries, but with transfers in the largest hubs of FlixBus, passengers have access to far more destinations. Thus, at the moment Zagreb is connected with 450 destinations and in addition to these 7 countries (Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland), it is very easy to reach France, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, the Netherlands and Denmark. .˝All previous preparations and research for the entry of FlixBus into Croatia and the rest of the region have been elaborated in detail through many studies of the complete team and support from the main branch of FlixBus. Therefore, we are proud of the speed and flow of business development. We have charted a sustainable path and steps towards achieving the goal, which is European No.1˝ Dean Čebohin pointed out and concluded that globally, FlixBus with 100.000 connections in 900 destinations and 20 countries provides carefree travel for almost 35 million passengers, and Croatia is part of that.FlixBus teams in the background work on network planning, quality development, investing in high technology and software, dealing with customer support, traffic management, marketing and sales development. It is this background machinery that is in charge of connecting 1.000 destinations in 20 European countries, through 100.000 daily connections, for their smooth management and development, FlixBus points out.”With the daily development of the network, the number of available destinations is growing, not only from Zagreb, but also from other cities throughout Croatia, and European cities are also available seven times a week.”Said Petra Milinović, Public Relations Manager for FlixBus.Related news:REVOLUTION IN TRANSPORT – ACHIEVEMENT OF VOLLA AND UBER ACHIEVEMENT!last_img read more

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first_imgPinterest Arguments that schizophrenia is a distinct disease have been “fatally undermined”. Just as we now have the concept of autism spectrum disorder, psychosis (typically characterised by distressing hallucinations, delusions, and confused thoughts) is also argued to exist along a continuum and in degrees. Schizophrenia is the severe end of a spectrum or continuum of experiences.Jim van Os, a professor of psychiatry at Maastricht University, has argued that we cannot shift to this new way of thinking without changing our language. As such, he proposes the term schizophrenia “should be abolished”. In its place, he suggests the concept of a psychosis spectrum disorder.Another problem is that schizophrenia is portrayed as a “hopeless chronic brain disease”. As a result, some people given this diagnosis, and some parents, have been told cancer would have been preferable, as it would be easier to cure. Yet this view of schizophrenia is only possible by excluding people who do have positive outcomes. For example, some who recover are effectively told that “it mustn’t have been schizophrenia after all”.Schizophrenia, when understood as a discrete, hopeless and deteriorating brain disease, argues van Os, “does not exist”.Breaking down breakdownsSchizophrenia may instead turn out to be many different things. The eminent psychiatrist Sir Robin Murray describes how::I expect to see the end of the concept of schizophrenia soon … the syndrome is already beginning to breakdown, for example, into those cases caused by copy number [genetic] variations, drug abuse, social adversity, etc. Presumably this process will accelerate, and the term schizophrenia will be confined to history, like “dropsy”.Research is now exploring the different ways people may end up with many of the experiences deemed characteristic of schizophrenia: hallucinations, delusions, disorganised thinking and behaviour, apathy and flat emotion.Indeed, one past error has been to mistake a path for the path or, more commonly, to mistake a back road for a motorway. For example, based on their work on the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which is transmitted to humans via cats, researchers E. Fuller Torrey and Robert Yolken have argued that “the most important etiological agent [cause of schizophrenia] may turn out to be a contagious cat”. It will not.Evidence does suggest that exposure to Toxoplasma gondii when young can increase the odds of someone being diagnosed with schizophrenia. However, the size of this effect involves less than a twofold increase in the odds of someone being diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is, at best, comparable to other risk factors, and probably much lower.For example, suffering childhood adversity, using cannabis, and having childhood viral infections of the central nervous system, all increase the odds of someone being diagnosed with a psychotic disorder (such as schizophrenia) by around two to threefold. More nuanced analyses reveal much higher numbers.Compared with non-cannabis users, the daily use of high-potency, skunk-like cannabis is associated with a fivefold increase in the odds of someone developing psychosis. Compared with someone who has not suffered trauma, those who have suffered five different types of trauma (including sexual and physical abuse) see their odds of developing psychosis increase more than fiftyfold.Other routes to “schizophrenia” are also being identified. Around 1% of cases appear to stem from the deletion of a small stretch of DNA on chromosome 22, referred to as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. It is also possible that a low single digit percentage of people with a schizophrenia diagnosis may have their experiences grounded in inflammation of the brain caused by autoimmune disorders, such as anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, although this remains controversial.All the factors above could lead to similar experiences, which we in our infancy have put into a bucket called schizophrenia. One person’s experiences may result from a brain disorder with a strong genetic basis, potentially driven by an exaggeration of the normal process of pruning connections between brain cells that happens during adolescence. Another person’s experiences may be due to a complex post-traumatic reaction. Such internal and external factors could also work in combination.Either way, it turns out that the two extreme camps in the schizophrenia wars – those who view it as a genetically-based neurodevelopmental disorder and those who view it as a response to psychosocial factors, such as adversity – both had parts of the puzzle. The idea that schizophrenia was a single thing, reached by a single route, contributed to this conflict.Implications for treatmentMany medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, can be reached by multiple routes that nevertheless impact the same biological pathways and respond to the same treatment. Schizophrenia could be like this. Indeed, it has been argued that the many different causes of schizophrenia discussed above may all have a common final effect: increased levels of dopamine.If so, the debate about breaking schizophrenia down by factors that lead to it would be somewhat academic, as it would not guide treatment. However, there is emerging evidence that different routes to experiences currently deemed indicative of schizophrenia may need different treatments.Preliminary evidence suggests that people with a history of childhood trauma who are diagnosed with schizophrenia are less likely to be helped by antipsychotic drugs. However, more research into this is needed and, of course, anyone taking antipsychotics should not stop taking them without medical advice. It has also been suggested that if some cases of schizophrenia are actually a form of autoimmune encephalitis, then the most effective treatment could be immunotherapy (such as corticosteroids) and plasma exchange (washing of the blood).Yet the emerging picture here is unclear. Some new interventions, such as the family-therapy based Open Dialogue approach, show promise for a wide range of people with schizophrenia diagnoses. Both general interventions and specific ones, tailored to someone’s personal route to the experiences associated with schizophrenia, may be needed. This makes it critical to test for and ask people about all potentially relevant causes. This includes childhood abuse, which is still not being routinely asked about and identified.The potential for different treatments to work for different people further explains the schizophrenia wars. The psychiatrist, patient or family who see dramatic beneficial effects of antipsychotic drugs naturally evangelically advocate for this approach. The psychiatrist, patient or family who see drugs not working, but alternative approaches appearing to help, laud these. Each group sees the other as denying an approach that they have experienced to work. Such passionate advocacy is to be applauded, up to the point where people are denied an approach that may work for them.What comes next?None of this is to say the concept of schizophrenia has no use. Many psychiatrists still see it as a useful clinical syndrome that helps define a group of people with clear health needs. Here it is viewed as defining a biology that is not yet understood but which shares a common and substantial genetic basis across many patients.Some people who receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia will find it helpful. It can help them access treatment. It can enhance support from family and friends. It can give a name to the problems they have. It can indicate they are experiencing an illness and not a personal failing. Of course, many do not find this diagnosis helpful. We need to retain the benefits and discard the negatives of the term schizophrenia, as we move into a post-schizophrenia era.What this will look like is unclear. Japan recently renamed schizophrenia as “integration disorder”. We have seen the idea of a new “psychosis spectrum disorder”. However, historically, the classification of diseases in psychiatry has been argued to be the outcome of a struggle in which “the most famous and articulate professor won”. The future must be based on evidence and a conversation which includes the perspectives of people who suffer – and cope well with – these experiences.Whatever emerges from the ashes of schizophrenia, it must provide better ways to help those struggling with very real experiences.By Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Trinity College DublinThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img LinkedIn The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very profession that once sustained it. Its passing will not be mourned.Today, having a diagnosis of schizophrenia is associated with a life-expectancy reduction of nearly two decades. By some criteria, only one in seven people recover. Despite heralded advances in treatments, staggeringly, the proportion of people who recover hasn’t increased over time. Something is profoundly wrong.Part of the problem turns out to be the concept of schizophrenia itself. Sharelast_img read more

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US flu ebbs but still causes considerable illness

first_imgFeb 8, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – US flu indicators continued their decline last week, though many states are still reporting brisk levels of flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today.Clinic visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) are still above baseline in all 10 of the CDC’s regions, though the national marker fell to 3.6% last week, compared with 4.2% reported the week before. Based on clinic visit surveillance, 19 states and New York City reported high ILI activity, compared with 24 states and New York City the previous week. The intensity activity seen in western states appears to have eased a bit.Nationally, the number of states reporting widespread geographic influenza spread dropped from 42 to 38 states last week. Nine states reported regional flu activity.The percentage of respiratory swabs that tested positive for flu dropped last week to 23.3% from 25.5%.Indicators for serious illness presented a mixed picture. The overall percentage of deaths from flu and pneumonia, while still markedly above the epidemic threshold, dropped from 9.4% to 9.0% last week.The CDC received reports of 14 more pediatric deaths, though 11 of them occurred in earlier weeks. Seven of the deaths were from influenza B, four were from an undetermined influenza A type, and three were linked to H3N2. So far this season 59 pediatric flu deaths have been reported.The rate of hospitalization for lab-confirmed flu, however, increased from 25.9 to 29.8 per 100,000 population last week. The most affected group is still people age 65 or older, which accounted for more than 50% of the reported cases.The H3N2 virus still predominates, followed by influenza B. The CDC said predominant viruses have varied by state and region over the course of the flu season.About 74% of specimens tested positive for influenza A during the week, compared with 24% for influenza B. Of the 1,100 influenza A viruses that were subtyped, 1,026 (93%) were H3N2, with the rest being 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1).Elsewhere in North America, flu indicators in Canada have also decreased, though doctors’ visits for ILI are still running above expected levels for this time of year, according to a Feb 5 update on respiratory virus activity from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).Seven regions in Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland are still reporting widespread flu activity. H3N2 is still the dominant strain in Canada, and that country is still experiencing less influenza B compared with the United States.Mexico reported that 32.7% of respiratory swabs tested positive for flu, with influenza A responsible for the majority of cases and H3N2 predominating among subtyped viruses.In Europe, flu surveillance showed a mixed picture, according to an update today from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Flu activity continued to rise across the continent, with signs that a few countries have passed their peaks, while the numbers showed a resurgence of flu activity in others.Overall the percentage of respiratory samples in Europe that tested positive for flu last week was 55%, a level that has risen progressively over the past 3 weeks, according to the ECDC.Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and Sweden reported high-intensity transmission. Increasing trends were reported by 22 countries and the United Kingdom. The countries that saw a resurgence of ILI after appearing to peak include Denmark, Greece, Ireland, and Luxembourg.The proportions of circulating strains in Europe remained similar to previous weeks, at 51% influenza A and 49% influenza B, but the percentage of pH1N1 virus increased in recent weeks from 52% about 3 weeks ago to 64% last week.See also:Feb 8 CDC weekly influenza updateFeb 5 PAHO flu and other respiratory virus updateFeb 8 ECDC weekly influenza updatelast_img read more

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