Wireless tracking of hand washingNew low-power wireless “Zigbee” technology might be an inexpensive and useful tool for encouraging hand hygiene in healthcare workers, researchers from the University of Iowa reported today in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Workers wear pager-sized badges that permit automated tracking of their use of hand hygiene dispenser stations before entering and after leaving patient rooms. The automated system correctly flagged more than 90% of study subjects entering and leaving rooms if they remained there for at least 30 seconds.[Mar 18 SHEA press release] German researcher being watched after Ebola lab accidentA researcher at Germany’s Nernhard-Nocht-Institut was hospitalized in isolation after she sustained a needle injury while working with the Ebola virus on Mar12, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. She hasnt shown any signs of infection, but experts recommended that she receive an experimental vaccine against the virus. Reports didn’t name the Ebola strain she was working with but said it had a mortality rate of 90%.[Mar 17 Bloomberg News story] Nanotechnology test for anthrax shows promiseA new nanotechnology test to quickly detect miniscule amounts of anthrax toxin showed promising results in an initial “proof of concept” study, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday in a press release. The testing method, developed by FDA scientists, uses a europium nanoparticle-based immunoassay (ENIA) to detect a Bacillus anthracis protein that plays a key role in infecting cells. The researchers, who reported their findings in the March issue of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, said ENIA detected the protein in amounts 100 times lower than can be detected with current tests, such as the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).[Mar 17 FDA press release][Mar Clin Vaccine Immunol abstract] Egypt finds H5N1 in backyard birds, poultry shipmentAnimal health officials in Egypt recently reported four more H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry, three in backyard birds and one in a truckload of poultry, the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported. The outbreaks in backyard birds were detected on Mar13 in Beheira, Sharkiya, and Sixth of October governorates. The virus also was detected on Mar 13 in a shipment of 520 layer hens that were being sent from Sharkiya governorate to Qalyobiya governorate. Salmonella outbreak reaches 100 confirmed casesThe number of illnesses with confirmed connections to a multistate Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak, believed to be linked to sprouts, has grown to 100, with at least 43more probable cases, according to state health departments. Nebraska reported84 confirmed cases and 13 probable infections in a statement yesterday. Officials told CIDRAP News that Kansas has 6 confirmed cases and South Dakota has 5 confirmed cases and 26 probable ones. Iowa health officials said in a Mar3 statement that they had confirmed 5 cases and identified 4 probable cases. An epidemiologic investigation has linked the outbreak to sprouts, but tests have not yet confirmed them as the source. Sun Sprout Enterprises of Omaha has recalled three kinds of sprouts as a precaution. Mar 18, 2009 read more
Related TopicsBCSBCS PollCommitteeMichigan Here is the latest up to the second College Bowl Recap of all the action thus far.Bowl action resumes today with four more big bowl games to be played.They are as followsMichigan vs Florida St in the Orange Bowl Stanford vs North Carolina Sun Bowl Nebraska vs Tennessee Music City Bowl Georgia vs TCU Liberty BowlCelebration BowlGrambling St 10NC Central 9Camellia BowlApp State 31Toledo 28New Mexico BowlUTSA 20New Mexico 23Las Vegas BowlHouston 10San Diego St 34Cure BowlArkansas State 31UCF 13New Orleans BowlSouthern Miss 28Louisiana Lafayette 21Miami Beach BowlCentral Michigan 10Tulsa 55Boca Raton BowlWestern Kentucky 51Memphis 31Poinsettia BowlBYU 24Wyoming 21Idaho Potato BowlIdaho – 61Colorado State – 50Armed Forces BowlLouisiana Tech 48Navy 45Dollar General BowlOhio 23Troy 28BCSBahamas BowlEastern Michigan 20Old Dominion 24Hawaii BowlHawaii 52Middle Tennessee 35Quick Lane BowlMaryland 30Boston College 36Independence BowlVanderbilt 17NC State 41St. Petersburgh BowlMiami of OH 16Mississippi St 17Military BowlTemple 26Wake Forest 34Holiday BowlMinnesota 17Washington St 12Cactus BowlBoise St 12Baylor 31Heart of Dallas BowlArmy 38North Texas 31Russell Athletic BowlWest Virginia 14Miami (FL) 31Pinstripe BowlPittsburgh 24Northwestern 31Texas BowlTexas A&M 28Kansas St 33Foster Farms BowlIndiana 24Utah 26Birmingham BowlSouth Florida 46South Carolina 39Belk BowlArkansas 24Virginia Tech 35Alamo BowlOklahoma St 38Colorado 8 Vince McKee read more
AFL: Nathan Buckley’s stunning comeback has continued, with the Collingwood coach taking out the AFL Coaches Association senior coach of the year award. Buckley, who has taken the Pies from 13th last year to Saturday’s grand final against West Coast, was presented with the award, voted on by his fellow senior coaches and assistants, on Tuesday night. Winning the award for the first time, Buckley polled 344 votes to finish ahead of his opposition on Saturday, the Eagles’ Adam Simpson (271) and Melbourne’s Simon Goodwin (82). Simpson also had a strong case, taking the Eagles from 12 wins and a loss in last year’s semi-finals to GWS to a 16-win home-and-away season before wins over Collinwood and Melbourne to reach this year’s grand final. This came despite many pundits writing off West Coast ahead of the 2018 season — some going so far as to tip the Eagles for the wooden spoon. Simpson had to make it through the latter stages of the season, including finals, without star ruckman Nic Naitanui, who went down with a knee injury in a round 17 loss to Collingwood. The Eagles also lost star midfielder Andrew Gaff for the finals after his punch broke the jaw of Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw in the Western Derby. But the award continued a remarkable turnaround for Buckley, the seventh-year coach who weathered intense criticism and a searching internal review last year to continue in the role. “I think it’s an acknowledgement of a pretty strong year by our club and our team,” Buckley told Fox Footy’s AFL 360. “I do think it speaks to performance, either above or below expectations, because it’s pretty hard to measure the effectiveness of a senior coach from anywhere other than inside the four walls. “The fact that it comes from the peers, I acknowledge. “I think they would understand and pick up and see things that would speak to them maybe a little more specifically than just that performance above expectation.” The Pies played finals in Buckley’s first two years in charge after taking over from Mick Malthouse, but finished out of the eight for the next four years. Buckley delivered Collingwood to their first grand final since 2011 after finishing the home-and-away season in third spot with a 15-7 record. He did so despite losing key players like Jamie Elliott, Daniel Wells, Lynden Dunn, Matt Scharenberg, James Aish, Ben Reid, Darcy Moore and Adam Treloar to lengthy or season-ending injuries. In other awards announced at a ceremony in Melbourne, North Melbourne’s two-time premiership coach Denis Pagan was honoured as an AFLCA coaching legend, joining the likes of Kevin Sheedy, Leigh Matthews, David Parkin, Tom Hafey and Ron Barassi. Sydney’s Rhyce Shaw was voted assistant coach of the year ahead of Hawthorn’s Chris Newman and Darren Glass. – AAP/ABC read more
CARDINIA WATERS BOWLS IT WAS a sad ending to the season for the Cardinia Waters Saturday Division 3 side on…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.