Idina Menzel Talks Her Challenging But Rewarding 2014

first_img If/Then Star Files Idina Menzel has had a memorable 2014 and she recently sat down with ET and opened up about everything from her Frozen anthem “Let It Go” going viral to her split with Taye Diggs, Dad to her son Walker. “This whole year has been professionally rewarding and fantastic and personally a little a bit more challenging,” the Tony winner admitted. What’s helped? Performing on the Great White Way. Menzel went on to say that doing “If/Then every single night is actually an opportunity to work through some of the emotions that I have.” Check out the interview below and then the Broadway belter in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Idina Menzel Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

Sudden Oak Death

first_imgUniversity scientists and forestry experts are using rhododendron leaves as bait to detect the presence of a disease that can kill Georgia’s historic oak trees. The disease, sudden oak death, isn’t as quick as the name indicates, making it a hard disease to track. And despite several years of work, researchers at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Forestry Commission haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet in Georgia.”Sudden oak death is actually a misnomer,” said Jean Williams-Woodward, a plant pathologist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “It isn’t sudden, and it doesn’t just affect oak trees.”The pathogen, first seen in California in 1995, has been popping up along Georgia waterways. The disease causes dark, bleeding, rust-colored cankers on the tree’s trunk. On forest understory plants such as rhododendron, sudden oak death or ramorum blight causes leaf spots or scorch-like symptoms.Sudden oak death was coined because a number of oak trees appeared to be dying suddenly in California, she said. The disease, caused by the fungus-like organism Phytophthora ramorum, actually takes three or more years to kill a tree.Leaf BaitingIn 2005, the Georgia Forestry Commission began monitoring selected Georgia waterways by floating rhododendron leaves in sample bags. They were looking for black spots on the leaves. They found them in 2009. “We’ve detected the disease in a stream in Forsyth County,” she said. “But we can’t pin down the source. It was repeatedly detected since 2009, and all of the known affected areas have been fumigated. Stream water moves, so it is picking it up all over again from somewhere.” Pathogens flushed into streams through runoff can lead experts to the source. They’re focusing on streams located in urban areas and around nurseries. The Georgia Forestry Commission is continuing to bait the infected stream and monitor for the disease. Streams in South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have also tested positive for the pathogen. Finding the pathogen in the water only hints at disease. It takes much longer to find the culprit, Williams-Woodward said. “We are seeing introduction, but it takes a tree several years to show signs of infection. We don’t know where it is actually coming from.”The number of detections in Georgia is reduced when compared to 2004 and 2005 but so are the resources to look for the pathogen. “The chances of having an introduction not being detected are pretty high,” Williams-Woodward said. Not just oaksSudden oak death can kill a number of trees. “We are seeing some other plants showing symptoms,” she said. “In California it is mostly tanoaks, which is not a true oak species. In the United Kingdom, the disease kills beech and larch trees. We don’t need to focus just on oaks. We could be missing others.”Potential hosts that produce spores could be leading experts in the wrong direction as well. “We are assuming rhododendron or mountain laurel are spore hosts, but along our urban streams we don’t have a lot of these ornamental plants growing,” she said. “The disease affects a lot of plants including ferns and other non-flowering shrubs. The infection on a Japanese honeysuckle looks like tiny black spots on leaves. We don’t know if Chinese privet is susceptible. We could be looking for the wrong symptoms.” Beech, oak and hickory trees are all susceptible to the disease. So are maple, magnolia, dogwood and hollies.Sudden oak death is just one of several threats to our forest ecosystem, Williams-Woodward said. “We need to be concerned about what we have introduced into our ecosystems,” she said. “There are a multitude of new diseases and insects introduced to our forests every year.”last_img read more

In Venezuela, Hundreds March For Press Freedom

first_imgBy Dialogo May 28, 2009 Hundreds of opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched in support of press freedom in Venezuela, two years after his government refused to renew the concession of an opposition-aligned television station. Many protesters also waved flags in support of Globovision — a second anti-Chavez channel now under investigation by broadcast regulators. “In a democracy, there is at least freedom of expression,” said Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma, an opposition leader who’s been subordinated to a Chavez-appointed official since he was elected in November. Protesters carrying torches marched peacefully to Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission to turn over a symbolic copy of the constitution. Hundreds of police and National Guard troops looked on. Since Chavez refused to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, on May 28 two years ago, Globovision is Venezuela’s only remaining anti-Chavez television station on the open airwaves. RCTV now only airs on cable. Earlier this month, broadcast regulators opened an investigation into Globovision for inciting “panic and anxiety” by criticizing the government for its slow response to a moderate earthquake. Human Rights Watch and press freedom groups have criticized the investigation, saying it aims to harass Chavez’s opponents. Some marchers worried it could also be the beginning of a larger crackdown on news media. “I’m sure that if they close Globovision … they’re going to go after the freedom of El Nacional and other newspapers in Venezuela,” said Juan Andres Benain, a 33-year-old artist. Chavez warned private news media this month that they’re “playing with fire,” and specifically targeted Globovision director Alberto Federico Ravell, calling him “a crazy man with a cannon.” But some Chavez supporters including Mariela Romero, 48, said they believe the closure of Globovision would be warranted because it supported a short-lived 2002 coup against Chavez. Romero, a street vendor, also said she doesn’t believe that more “respectful” media outlets will be threatened. “They don’t think there’s freedom of expression — but there is,” she said, gesturing toward the marchers.last_img read more

Education about student loans is insufficient

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » One in four Americans take on student loan debt, and the federal options usually only cover a small portion of the full cost of college. Prime, young members are heading toward a bright future of earnings and are looking for guidance on how to pay for higher education without overburdening themselves. A quality education should begin with sound advice, not only about the best course of study, but also the best means of how to finance it.The good news is that borrowers are receiving more advice than they have in the past.  According to a survey conducted by LendKey and YouGov, nearly 70% of borrowers aged 18-34 received some type of loan advice when financing their higher education, compared to less than 60% of borrowers over the age of 55. While this looks promising, over 36% of total borrowers either did not receive any information on their student loan options or did not remember if they received any advice on repayment options. The largest portion of respondents, 42.6%, were only provided one financing option by their college or university leaving a gap in education on student loan options. You can be the trusted advisor these student loan borrowers need at the beginning of their credit journey and you are well positioned to serve their financial needs in the future.last_img read more

Health department alerts passengers to possible virus exposure on Greyhound bus

first_imgStill, the department is asking any individuals that were on the bus at that time to self quarantine until Sept. 11. Symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, fever and shortness of beath. The health department says passengers on the bus departing Binghamton for Port Authority in New York City on Aug. 28 around 1:30 p.m. may have been exposed to the virus. However, the department did not release any information regarding a positive case traced to the bus. (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department has issued a public health statement saying passengers that were on a Greyhound bus may have been exposed to COVID-19. All public health statements by the Broome County Health Department are posted here.last_img

Experts show benefits of IV antivirals for severe H1N1

first_imgOct 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Though only available for emergency use, intravenous (IV) antivirals peramivir and zanamivir have been lifesaving for some pandemic H1N1 patients, including two dramatic cases that doctors presented yesterday during a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conference call for clinicians.With rising levels of widespread flu activity sweeping the nation, physicians will face greater numbers of critically ill patients, some of whom will require extreme measures, including investigational regimens. Yesterday’s CDC call was designed to get doctors quickly up to speed on the IV antiviral treatment options for the severest pandemic H1N1 infections.The CDC invited two well-known flu experts to discuss the cases and answer clinicians’ questions: Fred Hayden, MD, a virologist at the University of Virginia, and Andrew Pavia, MD, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Utah.On Oct 23 federal officials issued an emergency use authorization for IV peramivir, to make it easier for physicians to obtain for their severely ill.Though IV zanamivir hasn’t been studied as long as IV peramivir, physicians can request it through the emergency use provision and have used it during the H1N1 pandemic, especially when managing the few oseltamivir-resistant cases that have surfaced.Peramivir after failed oseltamivirIn discussing the first case, Stacene Maroushek, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, described a 17-year-old boy who was first brought to urgent care by his friends after he started experiencing shortness of breath. She said that about a week before his becoming ill he had attended the Minnesota State Fair in late August and had contact with other people who were sick.Upon hospitalization, he was intubated and placed on high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, and his chest x-ray showed patchy ground-glass opacities. The patient had grossly bloody diarrhea from what physicians discovered was bowel ischemia.Though he received oseltamivir suspension though his nasogastric tube, his medical team didn’t note any improvement in his condition and suspected that the drug wasn’t being absorbed properly because of his gastrointestinal condition.Doctors assessed that the boy was experiencing systemic inflammatory response along with hypotension, pancytopenia, myocarditis, coagulopathy, acute renal failure with oliguria, hepatitis, and pancreatitis.Maroushek said doctors contacted the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC to discuss IV antiviral treatment options and received emergency authorization to give the boy 600-milligram (mg) doses of IV peramivir for 5 days. Other treatment measures included norepinephrine, blood transfusions, and antibiotics for pneumonia.The patient improved 2 days after doctors initiated peramivir treatment. The boy did not develop a secondary bacterial infection. Though he was weak with symptoms of mental slowing at hospital discharge, she said the boy is improving with therapy and rehabilitation. His 25-day hospitalization cost about $300,000, she said.Oseltamivir-resistant caseIn the second case, Aditya Gaur, MD, an infectious disease specialist at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., described a severe pandemic H1N1 infection a 10-year-old girl who was immunocompromised because she was undergoing treatment for leukemia.The patient was initially admitted to the hospital for 5 days with flu symptoms such as cough, runny nose, and fever. During hospitalization she received 150 mg of oseltamivir daily.In the 12 days after leaving the hospital the patient had mild residual symptoms, but her symptoms got worse and she was hospitalized again, this time with right lower-lobe pneumonia. Gaur said her respiratory status deteriorated and she was intubated and given broad-spectrum antibiotics. She also received oseltamivir through her nasogastric tube.The girl’s tracheal aspirates were positive for influenza A, and about a week later tests showed she had the oseltamivir-resistant H275Y mutation.Her medical team obtained an emergency investigational new drug clearance to give her IV zanamivir, 600 mg every 12 hours. Over the next 2 weeks the patient tolerated the drug well and her symptoms improved, Gaur said.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Influenza Division who moderated the clinician’s conference, commented that the child’s case pointed to evidence of prolonged viral shedding, which experts have documented in immunocompromised patients.Indications for IV antiviralsHayden said the two cases show value of IV antiviral treatment options for severely ill pandemic H1N1 patients. “We’ve known for some time the need for parenteral, rapid, and reliable delivery of these drugs,” he told clinicians.He said IV zanamivir can be life saving for patients who have oseltamivir-resistant viruses, especially when poor lung function precludes use of the powder or nebulizer version.Ribavirin is an older drug that has sporadically been used intravenously for severe flu patients and can be obtained on an emergency basis, Hayden said. “There’s not enough data on it, but if a patient is not responding to other antivirals, it can be used as a salvage drug,” he added.Physicians who use IV antivirals for critically ill patients should make sure therapy duration is sufficiently long, Hayden said, “It makes sense to push to at least 10 days,” he said, adding that immunocompromised patients may need the drugs for even longer.Hayden urged physicians to move quickly to IV antivirals when they encounter patients who are as severely ill as the two case study patients.Pavia agreed that early treatment is crucial. “To make the greatest difference, you need to shut off viral replication early, but it’s never too late to intervene,” he said.Some clinicians have used antiviral combination treatments that incorporate ribavirin, he said. However, he said the lack of data makes the strategy not an attractive option. “We’re very early in using combination treatment,” Pavia said.New drug in clinical trialsPavia and Hayden both mentioned a new antiviral drug that is in clinical trials, T-705, which is being developed by Toyama Chemical, a Japanese company. The new drug is not available yet for emergency use, but they urged physicians to be alert for any clinical trials of it that might be taking place near them.Today Fujifilm Holdings Corp, Toyama’s parent company, announced the launch of phase 3 clinical trials in Japan of T-705, a viral RNA polymerase inhibitor. The company said in a press release that phase 2 studies showed promising results as a treatment for seasonal flu and that animal studies have shown efficacy against the pandemic H1N1 virus.The company says because the drug’s mechanism of action is different than existing antivirals, it might provide an alternative treatment, especially given concerns about viruses developing resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors like oseltamivir, zanamivir, and peramivir.See also:Oct 29 Fujifilm Holdings press releaseOct 26 CIDRAP News story “Emergency authorization for peramivir draws fast response”last_img read more

Parents regain custody of child

first_imgOtago Daily Times 20 Sept 2013A former Dunedin couple have regained custody of their  daughter after two years, following a High Court decision overturning a care and protection order.Justice Graham Panckhurst has ruled it was ”very unlikely” the parents deliberately inflicted the then 8-month-old’s injuries.The couple, whose names are suppressed, lived in Dunedin when their baby was put into Child Youth and Family care after a hospital visit in July 2011 where she was found to has unexplained fractures.Removing child from parents defendedAfter a family court hearing in December 2011, Judge Stephen Coyle found the injuries to be non-accidental, based on the specialist medical evidence given, and inflicted by her parents, despite ”a lack of evidence to suggest either were      anything other than caring parents”.Guardianship of the baby was awarded to a family member in the North Island and the parents given access. The parents then sold their house in Dunedin and moved to the North Island to be near their daughter.There was nothing to indicate a propensity to deliberately cause harm to their daughter. They had regular contact with friends, family and medical professionals so it was ”amazing” no sign of swelling, bruising or tenderness was observed, he said.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/274021/parents-regain-custody-childlast_img read more

Officials Aiming For Successful NRA Convention

first_imgConvention attendee looks over Smith & Wesson pistols at NRA meeting.Some say it will be the largest convention in state history.The National Rifle Association is coming to Indiana in April, and officials believe it could draw crowds of up to 77,000 people and have an economic impact of $55 million.The city began working with the NRA several years ago to bring the convention to the state, which will feature more than 600 exhibitors, seminars and celebrity appearances.The convention will put the city into the national spotlight, and officials in Indianapolis say they are also prepared to handle the likely draw of protestors.The NRA Convention is set for Apr. 25-27.last_img

Bruce reveals Welbeck approach

first_img Press Association Four goals in six matches suggest he has enjoyed starting as a central striker under Arsene Wenger and Bruce is unsurprised. “I rang his brother (and agent, Chris) but there was some rather big clubs in for him,” said Bruce, whose side take on the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. “I think Spurs were in there, Arsenal as well of course, and one or two from Europe as well. “He had a pick shall we say but, yes, we had a dabble. “I’ve got no doubt in my mind after working with him that he can play at any top four side, no question. He’s a top player. “He’s played a lot on the left (for United) and then people start criticising his goalscoring record, but you put him down the middle as a striker and he will score.” Bruce, as a former Red Devils captain, was surprised to see his old club cash in on one of their brightest homegrown talents but understands the dilemma Louis van Gaal faced balancing his forward options. “They’ve made changes at United and decided he’s surplus but I believe he can play in any top team around Europe,” said Bruce. “When you’ve got (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie and (Radamel) Falcao you’ve got a decision to make but it surprised me because not often do you see Manchester United selling a very good young player. “The proof will come over time whether they regret it but I’m sure it will work out for him at Arsenal.” Steve Bruce has revealed he tried to sign Danny Welbeck for Hull in the summer, but has no doubt he has the class to thrive at the very highest level with Arsenal. center_img Tigers boss Bruce has history with the England striker, having taken him to Sunderland on loan in 2010-11, and was keen to renew their acquaintance when it became clear Welbeck’s Manchester United days were numbered. He admits Hull’s interest never got past an initial enquiry, with heavyweight suitors from home and abroad vying for the 23-year-old’s signature, and accepts the player deserves to be among the Champions League elite. last_img read more