Organ Donation Saves Lives

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsOrgan Donation Saves LivesBy Meghann Scully – December 21, 2020 160 center_img Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postorgan donor Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NO REPRO FEE 12/06/2020 HSE Covid-19 Media Briefing. Pictured is Dr Catherine Motherway, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Intensive Care Consultant, ULHG at the HSE weekly operational update on the response to Covid-19, in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall IrelandAS is tradition, we remember our donors in this past year and celebrate and give thanks for their selfless gift to others.The HSE’s ODTI are asking people to share their views and wishes on organ donation with their families and friends over Christmas and in the New Year.  We would remind all to stay safe in these difficult times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up We are joined again this year by patients, donor families and staff in their appeal to the public to #HaveThatConversation and remember that organ donation saves lives.Approximately 500 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Ireland. This is includes patients on dialysis awaiting kidney transplants and patients waiting for lung, heart and liver transplants. While some kidney donations can take place through the living donation programme, all other organ donations can only proceed when another life is lost.Dr Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Consultant in University Hospital Limerick and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation explains that organ donation is among the greatest gifts we can give to another.“Having that conversation and letting family members know our views and wishes on organ donation is really important.“The priority for all of us who work in intensive care is to save lives. However, sadly at times this is not always possible. As part of end of life care when appropriate we offer families the opportunity for their relative to donate organs.“In such circumstances we approach families to ask if their loved one would have wanted to donate organs.  When faced with sudden loss and grief we know that for families who have had that conversation and have talked about organ donation the decision making can be easier and less daunting when they know what their relative would have wanted.“It can bring great comfort to a family that we in the intensive care and transplant community can honour their loved ones wishes to become an organ donor and transform someone else’s life.“We are constantly humbled working with families of our donors who in the midst of tragedy find the strength to help others in need. They have our deepest gratitude and sympathy.”In 2017 Janet O Brien lost her son Luke O Reilly (20) tragically following an attack on Halloween night. Luke’s organs were donated and Janet says Luke lives on through organ donation. She said “I instinctively knew donation was what Luke would have wanted and I find solace in knowing my son has helped others.”Rebecca Maher’s daughter Matilda passed away when she was 8 months old. Matilda was born with a major heart condition and was too sick to go on the transplant list. Matilda became an organ donor and Rebecca says for herself and her husband Brendan “It has given us huge comfort to know that Matilda has saved somebody else’s life and the life of their family.”Karen Kelly is Josh’s mammy. Last year Josh, now 8 years old, was placed on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. Following a thorough testing regime, in Beaumont hospital Karen was confirmed as a suitable donor for Josh.Karen bravely donated her kidney to Josh. Her kidney surgery took place in Beaumont in October and on the same day Josh received his new kidney in Temple Street. Karen said “For me the hardest part was not being able to be with Josh during his surgery in Temple Street as I recovered in Beaumont Hospital.Josh is now a happy and healthy 8 year old and I am very proud to be an organ donor. I really want to reach out and support and anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances and let everyone know how important organ donation is in saving and improving lives.”Since his double lung transplant in 2017 David Crosby has continued to run marathons across the world in honour of the donor who gave him the gift of life. He said; “My plans for 2020 were unfortunately put on hold but I am determined to keep on running and complete the Marathon super six series as soon as I can.“I would like everyone to know how important it is to share your wishes on organ donation. I will be forever grateful to my donor their family who saved my life.” he added.Organ donation continues to be a rare event; of 31,000 deaths each year in Ireland, we see an average of 80 multi organ donations per annum.The HSE and ODTI sincerely thank the families of deceased donors who at a time of great tragedy found the strength to offer a new lease of life to many people.For all the positive stories of successful transplant, sadly some patients do and will die each year while waiting for a transplant.ODTI and their extended team, remain committed to increasing organ donations and transplants and urge all, to have that conversation about donation and make their wishes known.  Having the conversation ensures wherever possible the loss of one precious life can be turned to benefit many others through donation. 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HBS faculty win McKinsey Awards

first_imgThree Harvard Business School professors, Gary P. Pisano, the Harry E. Figgie Jr. Professor of Business Administration; Willy C. Shih, professor of management practice; and Clayton M. Christensen, the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, were recently honored with 2009 McKinsey Awards, presented by the Harvard Business Review and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.Pisano and Shih took first-place honors for their July-August 2009 article “Restoring American Competitiveness.” Second place went to Christensen and his co-authors, Jeffrey H. Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal B. Gregersen of INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration), for “The Innovator’s DNA,” which appeared in the December 2009 issue.Established in 1959, the annual awards recognize the best articles published each year in the magazine.To read the full story, visit the Harvard Business School Web site.last_img read more

Fed survey finds most oil and gas executives think U.S. oil production has peaked

first_imgFed survey finds most oil and gas executives think U.S. oil production has peaked FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Nearly two-thirds of U.S. energy company executives polled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas believe U.S. crude oil production has peaked, according to a survey released on Wednesday.The COVID-19 pandemic has knocked global oil demand and prices, prompting deep cuts in drilling this year by shale oil producers. The United States last [year] pumped 12.2 million barrels per day, taking top spot in global crude oil output.Survey results said 66% of 154 oil and gas firm executives contacted by the Dallas Fed this month believe U.S. crude oil production has peaked. The survey includes executives from Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.Global demand destruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, work from home policies and the continued growth of electric vehicles has energy companies looking to a prolonged downturn in crude oil and fuel consumption.Earlier this year, BP Plc said the pandemic would reduce demand by 3 million barrels per day (bpd) through 2025 and forecast a peak in demand between 2019 and 2050, according to the company’s energy outlook.Executives surveyed, on average, expect the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to be $43.27 a barrel by the end of 2020. On Wednesday, WTI was up 36 cents at $40.16 a barrel.[Erwin Seba]More: Energy executives say U.S. oil production has peaked: Dallas Fed surveylast_img read more

H9N2 flu vaccine looks good in clinical trial

first_imgSep 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists reported yesterday that an experimental vaccine triggered a good immune response to H9N2 avian influenza virus, a type that has caused a few human infections and is considered capable of evolving into a pandemic strain.When combined with an adjuvant (immune-boosting chemical), low doses of the vaccine generated a strong antibody response in volunteers, according to researchers led by Robert L. Atmar, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Their report was published online by Clinical Infectious Diseases.The vaccine was made by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, formerly Chiron Corp. In 2004 Chiron won a contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to make 40,000 doses of the experimental H9N2 vaccine. The NIAID supported the new study.”The results of this clinical trial add to the growing body of information demonstrating the potential value of adjuvanted avian influenza vaccines,” NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, commented in a news release. “In the event of an influenza pandemic, adjuvanted vaccines could provide a way to extend a limited vaccine supply to more people.”Atmar and colleagues write that H9N2 viruses are widespread in Eurasian poultry. Two of the three different Asian lineages of these viruses can bind to human as well as bird cell receptors (sialic acid residues) and therefore may be more likely to infect humans than other avian flu viruses are, they report.An H9N2 virus infected two children in Hong Kong in 1999, marking the first human cases. Another Hong Kong child had an H9N2 infection in 2003. All three children recovered.In a phase 1 trial, the researchers tested the vaccine in 96 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 34. The vaccine consisted of purified preparations of the viral surface proteins hemagglutinin and neuraminidase, derived from an H9N2 virus isolated from chickens in Hong Kong in 1997.Half of the volunteers received the vaccine only, while half received the vaccine with Novartis’s MF59 adjuvant. Four dose sizes were used: 3.75, 7.5, 15, or 30 micrograms (mcg). (For comparison, seasonal flu vaccine typically contains 15 mcg of each of three different antigens.) Each volunteer received two doses 28 days apart. The volunteers were tested for antibodies before each vaccination and 4 weeks after the second dose.Results showed that the adjuvanted vaccine generated significantly better immune responses than the nonadjuvanted vaccine at all dose levels. For example, all those who received adjuvanted vaccine at the lowest dose (3.75 mcg) had a strong antibody response (hemagglutination inhibition titer of at least 32) after the second dose, whereas only 67% of those who received the lowest dose of nonadjuvanted vaccine had a strong response.In general, a single dose of adjuvanted vaccine triggered as good an antibody response as two doses of nonadjuvanted vaccine. This raises the possibility that a single-dose vaccination may be effective with an adjuvanted vaccine, the authors write.”In our trial, a single inoculation of adjuvant-containing H9N2 vaccine, even at the lowest dosage, generated a good antibody response,” Atmar commented in the NIAID news release.The injections caused no serious reactions, but mild pain and tenderness at the injection site were more common in those receiving adjuvanted vaccine.On the negative side, the researchers found that the vaccine generated little reaction to an H9N2 virus different from the one used in the vaccine. Only a minority of the volunteers showed any immune response to this virus, and none had a strong response.MF59 is currently licensed for use as a vaccine adjuvant in Europe but not in the United States, the NIAID said.Atmar RL, Keitel WA, Patel SM. Safety and immunogenicity of nonadjuvanted and MF59-adjuvanted influenza A/H9N2 vaccine preparations. Clin Infect Dis 2006 Nov 1;43(9) [Full text]See also: Sep 25 NIAID news release 10, 2003, CIDRAP News story “Hong Kong probes human case of avian flu” overview of the implications of avian influenza for human disease read more

Play NZ – New Zealand’s great new campaign focused on the gaming community

first_imgThe new campaign aims to attract primarily the Australian, but also the global, mass gaming community aged 25 to 39 by promoting New Zealand as one big RPG “open world” game. As Australians spend more and more time indoors and in the digital world, the use of games has increased by 75% since March, the New Zealand Tourist Office points out. According to the Tourism Research Australia ( TRA) data show that Australians spent $ 3,5 billion in New Zealand last year. A recent report by consultant Ernst & Young Australia estimated that the opening of the road corridor could generate between $ 1,8 and $ 3,7 billion for the New Zealand economy. Although the campaign only creates the look and experience of a video game, it is not a real video game, but puts the player in the first person position on various tourist attractions in New Zealand. Explore more about the Play NZ campaign and game HERE Andrew Waddel, New Zealand’s general manager for tourism, said they realized that a growing number of people were eager for new experiences, exploration and, above all, a sense of fun and adventure. “You might not think, but playing and traveling go hand in hand.” Plaz NZ is designed to engage a growing audience to play games online, and the game shows locations in New Zealand with the goal of getting players to actually visit it. It should be emphasized that Australia and New Zealand have already agreed on a tourist corridor or travel bubble, but which is currently out of force due to the bad epidemiological situation in Australia and the increase in the number of new cases in New Zealand. But this does not mean that promotion should not be done, this way through a “virtual” marketing approach to the target group. Says Andy DiLallo, creative director of TBWA \ Sydney, and Eleven Sydney said: “In a traditional campaign, we could barely scratch the surface of everything a place like New Zealand has to offer. Imitating the game was the perfect tool to show off many aspects of New Zealand. In an open game format, a new adventure is always around the corner. ” New Zealand is in a new campaign “Play NZ”Invited tourists to get to know and explore some of New Zealand’s biggest attractions in a totally different way. Through the right game, ie in the style of a real video game. So the New Zealand Tourist Board in collaboration with Twitch, the most popular gaming streaming platform, has established a collaboration to promote the new campaign, as well as one of Australia’s twitch gaming stars, Kathleen Belsten AKA Loserfruit, which has over 1,8 million followers on platform and 2,7 million on YouTube. The website also features 360 videos for exploring New Zealand and attractions That’s exactly what New Zealand did. Challenge: How to promote the tourist destination to the younger population and the gaming community and create a motive for them to come? The result is logical and natural, right? How different than to make a game. “New Zealand Tourism wants to create inspiration for young Australian travelers, especially those aged 25 to 39, so that when the road corridor reopens, they will want to revisit these virtual real-life experiences.”Point out from TU New Zealand. last_img read more

LIVE: Excitement as Cranes fans storm Namboole

first_imgIs it too early to make one’s way to Namboole? This #FOMO is too much. #UGAvsCOM #MujjeTulumbe— Fredrick Tumusiime (@tufre80) September 4, 2016 ___________________________________________________________________Kick off 5pm___________________________________________________________________15___________________________________________________________________30_________________________________________________________________45____________________________________________________________________________HALF TIME_________________________________________________00___________________________________________________________________ 60___________________________________________________________________75_________________________________________________________________90___________________________________________________________________#MujjeTulumbe Tweets*******PREVIEWSunday September 4Mandela Stadium, NambooleUganda vs Comoros 5pmCranes coach Micho Milutin Sredejovic believes Uganda can finally make it, but like many long-suffering fans, knows we have been here before. Uganda’s football history since 1978 is full of near misses, most recently against Kenya in 2011 and against Zambia in 2013.The last two games tell why Micho is calling for cool heads, on and off the pitch. Exactly like it is now, all Cranes needed against Kenya was a win, while against Zambia they needed not only a win, but one more goal. Both did not come and Chipolopolo advanced 9-8 on penalties.In the years before, there were even more painful close shaves, failing to beat Nigeria after missing a late penalty in Nakivubo in 1993 and a rude welcome to Mandela Stadium Namboole where Rwanda defeated Uganda 1-0 in 2003.“We need to remain focused and avoid being complacent so that we can re-write Uganda’s AFCON history and make it back to the competition after the last appearance in 1978,” Micho warned after excitement reached a high after Cranes’ stunning win in Botswana in June.Micho told, ” This is one game like many others we have played. We shall need calm heads but with the value attached to it, we need to finish every move and chance created. I also call upon the fans to cheer up the team at all times.”Cranes’ taskAll Uganda has to do is beat Comoros to advance to their first Nations Cup final since 1978. If Cranes win their final game, they will be one of the two best second placed teams, that will make it to Gabon.They set themselves up in this position by stunning Botswana 2-1 in June. 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts GabonTable of the 2nd best teamsOnly four other teams, CAR, Tunisia, Mali (already qualified) and Benin can end up with 13 points, but if CAR and Tunisia get the 13 points, they will deny their 2nd placed teams the chance, as that will leave them at 10 and 12 points respectively.Mali and Benin play each other in the final match, so even if both get 13 points, one will be group leader – leaving Uganda as the second team at 13.Teams that have qualified for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations  (full fixtures page 2)Guinea-Bissau (Group E winners)Morocco (Group F winners)Egypt (Group G winners)Ghana (Group H winners)Algeria (Group J winners)Senegal (Group K winners)Zimbabwe (Group L winners)Cameroon (Group M winners)Mali (Group C  winners or runners-up)Groups in contention for two second best qualification placesGroup A  Liberia      5 3 1 1 10 4 10Tunisia      5 3 1 1 12 2 10Togo          5 2 2 1  6  4  8Djibouti     5 0 0 5  1 19 0Final gamesTunisia vs LiberiaTogo vs DjiboutiGroup BDR Congo     5 4 0 1 12 5 12C.A.R.           5 3 1 1 8  7   10Angola          5 1 1 3 6  7   4Madagascar 5 0 2 3 4 11 2Final gameDR Congs vs CARGroup CMali            5 4 1 0 8 1 13Benin         5 3 2 0 10 5 11S.Sudan     5 1 0 4 3 11 3E.Guinea   5 0 1 4 2 6 1Final gamesMali vs BeninGroup DB. Faso       5 3 1 1 4 1 10Uganda      5 3 1 1 5 2 10Botswana   5 2 0 3 4 6 6Comoros     5 1 0 4 2 6 3Final gamesUganda vs ComorosBurkina Faso v BotswanaShare on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2center_img PICTORIAL: The nation expects. The stage is set. Will Cranes finally deliver in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying on Sunday when they take on Comoros?last_img read more

Klopp ‘respects’ FA Cup but health of Liverpool stars comes first

first_imgKlopp worriedLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp insists he respects the FA Cup but that won’t stop Liverpool’s manager prioritising his fatigued players’ health in Sunday’s FA Cup derby clash against Everton.Naby Keita became the latest addition to Liverpool’s growing injury list when he pick up a groin problem before the runaway leaders’ 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the Premier League on Thursday.With defenders Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and forward Rhian Brewster all out, Klopp finds himself down to just 12 fit senior outfield players, plus new signing Takumi Minamino and a number of youth team members.A third round Merseyside derby at Anfield would traditionally see seven-time FA Cup winners Liverpool field a full-strength team.But regardless of the FA Cup’s place in Liverpool’s storied history, Klopp, who has yet to win the competition, hinted he would be forced to rest several stars after a frantic festive period that included six games in 16 days.“We respect them and we respect the competition, respect what the people want us to achieve – that’s a very important part of it – but I cannot do things because of the name of the opponent,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“People have told me already a couple of times I wouldn’t respect the cup competitions but that is not true.“But my first job is to respect the players, my absolutely number one job. I see them every day, every second, I see them all the time and I have to make a decision is it allowed to bring them again or not?“I am usually not emotional, I try to make decisions because of situations and not because of the opponent.”– Everton opportunity? –Liverpool beat Everton 5-2 in the league at Anfield a month ago but that was the final game of Marco Silva’s reign. Klopp expects a much sterner test this time, especially as new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is the only boss to beat Liverpool this season while the Italian was in charge of Napoli.“I heard a little bit of what Carlo said this morning and they are obviously on fire and we have to make sure we are ready for that,” Klopp said.“We need the crowd because that’s the only advantage we have: it is just two teams who play each other, two teams from the same city.”Everton, who suffered their first defeat under Ancelotti at the hands of Manchester City on Wednesday, have not beaten Liverpool at Anfield since 1999.Ancelotti, an FA Cup winner with Chelsea in 2010, on Friday urged his players to seize a “fantastic opportunity” in the tie.“It is a fantastic challenge but also a fantastic opportunity,” Ancelotti said.“We are going to play against the best team in this moment, they are world champions so congratulations to them, but this is a fantastic challenge for us.”Ancelotti guided Napoli to a 2-0 Champions League victory over Liverpool in September and took a point from a 1-1 draw at Anfield in November before he was sacked.Asked the secret to beating Klopp, the 60-year-old offered a shrug and a smile. “Score more goals,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Several hospitalized after being injected with insulin instead of the flu shot

first_imgTen people are recovering after they were accidentally injected with insulin instead of the flu shot.The incident was reported at care facility for intellectually and developmentally disabled people in Oklahoma on Wednesday.Authorities are reporting that the Jacquelyn House contracted a pharmacist to administer the flu shot to patients and employees but somehow the pharmacist administered insulin to some of the patients instead of the flu shot.Witnesses told reporters that those who were injected with insulin all had severe reactions to the medication which ranged from extreme pain to unresponsiveness.All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can’t communicate what they need,” police Chief Tracy Roles said during a press conference.She also credited EMS officials for their ability to identify those in need of help as many of the patients are nonverbal and did not have the ability to explain their symptoms.“I give a lot of praise to the fire and EMS staff for doing an outstanding job of identifying the problem,” Roles said.As of Thursday, several of the patients remained in the hospital as medical personnel work to remove the long-acting insulin from their systems.It was also reported that authorities are still investigating how the incident may have occurred.last_img read more

Live: DOJ Inspector General testifies on FBI’s conduct in Russia probe

first_imgInspector General Michael Horowitz is set to be grilled by the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee after his report cleared the FBI officials who began the Russia probe of biased conduct, but did indicate improper FISA filings in the surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page.last_img

Tishman Family Partners With Gates Foundation For Evergreen Scholarship

first_imgDan Tishman (left) and Oscar Soule in conversation on the Evergreen campus during the alumni reunion, ‘Return to Evergreen’ on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Photo by Shauna Bittle, Evergreen Photo Services 2012Low-income Evergreen students studying sustainability, nature conservation or business will soon get some extra help from high-level sources. A $500,000 pledge from the Dan and Sheryl Tishman Family Foundation, along with a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used by The Evergreen State College Foundation to create a new $1 million scholarship fund. The fund will support up to 25 students annually.Dan Tishman, who graduated from Evergreen in 1977, is chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, one of New York City’s top building companies. Responsible for rebuilding the World Trade Center complex after the attacks of 9/11, Tishman Construction is also noted for environmentally friendly buildings throughout the city. Tishman is also chairman of the Board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the world’s leading environmental advocacy organizations.“Sheryl and I are so pleased that this pledge will create opportunities for Evergreen students for years to come. We are true believers in the value of education and hope that this scholarship program will make a difference in many, many lives,” said Tishman.“I am especially proud to make this investment to support students at my alma mater, Evergreen, a college that allowed me to explore my passion for sustainability and nature conservation, which ultimately developed into a lifelong commitment,” he said.Les Purce, president of The Evergreen State College, sees the Tishman and Gates Foundation gifts as directly supporting Evergreen’s commitment to college access. “The investment by the Tishman Family Foundation, along with the matching Gates Foundation grant, will support students from the widest range of backgrounds in completing their degrees today, tomorrow and long into the future.”Submitted by The Evergreen State College Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more