Study: Low oxygen, inflammation predict critical COVID-19 illness, deathLow oxygen levels at hospital admission and signs of inflammation were the strongest predictors of serious COVID-19 illness and death in a prospective cohort study published late last week in BMJ.Researchers found that 2,741 (51.9%) of 5,279 people testing positive for COVID-19 from Mar 1 to Apr 8 were hospitalized in NYU Langone Health in New York City and Long Island. Of the 2,741 hospitalized patients, 1,739 (69.5%) were released from the hospital, 990 (36.1%) were critically ill, and 665 (24.3%) were released to hospice or died.Of the 990 critically ill patients, 647 (65.4%) needed mechanical ventilation, 102 (10.3%) needed intensive care but not mechanical ventilation, and 241 (24.3%) were released to hospice or died without receiving either intensive care or mechanical ventilation. Of the 647 patients (23.6%) needing mechanical ventilation, 391 (60.4%) died, and 170 (26.2%) were extubated or released from the hospital.Advanced age was the strongest predictor of hospitalization, with a double or higher risk for all age-groups older than 44 years and 37.9 odds ratio (95% confidence interval, 26.1 to 56.0) for those 75 years and older.Risk factors for hospitalization and critical illness also included heart failure, male sex, chronic kidney disease, and body mass index (BMI) greater than 40. But oxygen saturation at hospital admission of less than 88% and high levels of the inflammatory markers troponin, C-reactive protein, and D-dimer were more strongly linked to serious illness than age or underlying illnesses.Median length of hospitalization was 7 days for all hospitalized coronavirus patients and 36 days for those with serious illness. Of all hospitalized coronavirus patients, 94% have been released from the hospital to hospice or have died.The risk of serious illness and death declined during the study period, with the lowest risk in the last week, which “raises the possibility that familiarity with the disease, ongoing iteration of protocols and practices in response to observed outcomes, and initiation of new treatments might improve outcomes even in the absence of vaccination or regimens known to be effective,” the authors wrote.May 22 BMJ studyCOVID-19 cuts large swath of critical illness, death on West Coast, study findsThe likelihood of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care in Kaiser Permanente healthcare systems in California and Washington state was 40.7%, and the risk of death was 18.9%, according to a prospective cohort study also published in BMJ.As of Apr 22, 1,840 health system members were hospitalized with COVID-19, including 678 in northern California, 1,059 in southern California, and 103 in Washington. The case-fatality rate was 23.5% in men and 14.9% in women. Risk of death increased with age for both sexes, peaking at 37.3% in hospitalized patients 80 years or older.Men were more likely than women to require intensive care (48.5% vs 32.0%) and to die (23.5% vs 14.9%). Of the 1,328 people hospitalized by Apr 9 who had 14 days or more of follow-up at data analysis, median patient age was 61 years (range, 18 to 103), with 50% of them 48 to 72 years old, 4 (0.3%) younger than 20 years, 528 (39.8%) 65 years or older, and 162 (12.2%) 80 years or older; 741 (55.8%) were men. Probability of intensive care unit (ICU) admission was 48.5% for men and 32.0% for women.People infected with COVID-19 on Mar 1 were estimated to infect, on average, 1.39 to 1.54 other people. After public health measures were implemented, the number declined to less than 1, meaning transmission of the virus was slowing.Median length of hospitalization was 9.3 days among survivors and 12.7 days among those who died. Median length of ICU stay was 10.6 days.The long median hospital stay indicates that unmitigated transmission of the novel coronavirus could overwhelm US hospital capacity, as it did in Italy and New York City, the authors said. “Hospitals should ensure capacity to manage patients with COVID-19 in the coming months in a manner that is responsive to changes in social distancing or other pandemic mitigating measures,” they wrote.May 22 BMJ study Swiss study indicates children infrequently transmit COVID-19 to adultsA study today in Pediatrics looked at COVID-19 transmission dynamics in 39 Swiss family household clusters of illnesses and identified only 3 (8%) in which a child was the suspected index patient. The study suggests children most commonly contract the virus from adults, and not vice versa and could favor school reopening.The study was conducted Mar 10 through Apr 10 via Geneva University Hospital’s surveillance network, with 40 children under the age of 16 diagnosed as having COVID-19. Household contact (HHC) information was collected for 39 of those cases. Only 3 households reported having a child with symptom onset preceding any illness in adults. No patients identified in the study required intensive care unit admission, and all saw symptoms resolve within 7 days of infection.”85% (75/88) of adult HHC developed symptoms at some point, compared to 43% (10/23) of pediatric HHC (p<0.001). Also, 92% (36/39) of mothers developed symptoms, compared to 75% (24/32) of fathers (p=0.04)," the authors wrote.In a commentary on the study, Benjamin Lee, MD and William V. Raszka, Jr, MD both of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, write that the findings add to a small but growing body of literary that offer encouragement for school reopening. They note that data so far "provide early reassurance that school-based transmission could be a manageable problem and school closures may not have to be a foregone conclusion, particularly for elementary school aged-children who appear to be at the lowest risk of infection." May 26 Pediatrics study May 26 Pediatrics commentary
LocalNewsSports Time for Dominica’s 1st Olympic gold medal by: – December 12, 2012 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Mr. Norris Prevost (file photo)The time has come for Dominica to capture its first Olympic gold medal, a Member of Parliament has said.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central constituency, Norris Prevost told athletes that capturing an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 games would make citizens extremely proud.“As the Dominica flag was raised at the 2012 Olympics in London, I recalled the pride which swelled the hearts of all Dominicans, when under the leadership of the United Workers Party government in 1996, Dominica participated in its first Olympic Games,” Mr. Prevost said at the Dominica Amateur Athletic Association’s (DAAA) award ceremony at the weekend.Mr. Prevost recalled making that similar call four years ago to athletes, teachers, coaches and other sports partners, “to share with the United Workers Party, that common Olympic vision”.That vision he explained is for the island to win its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 games, which has been scheduled for Brazil.He believes that Dominica winning an Olympic goal medal should be a matter of national pride.“I wish to call on government to make sports one of Dominica’s top National priorities, and to invest the necessary resources in our athletes, coaches and athletic facilities”. Mr. Prevost also called on the government to “invest heavily in supporting and training” local athletes in the same fashion that Jamaica does.He further called on “government, coaches and our athletes, to borrow a page from the Jamaica model. Let’s make sports a matter of national pride; Grenada won its 1st Gold in 2012 Olympics, Dominica, let’s do it in 2016. I believe we can,” he noted.Dominica Vibes News 17 Views no discussions
UWF lands 12 on GSC Fall All-Academic Team BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Tuesday the Gulf South Conference announced its 2012 Fall Sports All-Academic Team, and the University of West Florida had 12 student-athletes earn the honor. The conference also announced the 2012 GSC Fall Sports Academic Honor Roll, and UWF had 44 student-athletes make the grade.Academic All-GSC teams are selected by the GSC sports information directors (SIDs) and faculty athletic representatives (FARs) in a joint vote. Nominees must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale for their entire academic career and may not be freshmen or first-semester or quarter transfers. The student-athlete must be a significant contributor to the squad. Other factors include leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities.Frank Cope from the UWF men’s soccer team and Monica Malavassi from the women’s soccer team both earned their third GSC all-academic team selection this year. Cope (3.50 GPA) and Malavassi (3.66 GPA) have succeeded both on and off the field for the Argonauts, as both have earned numerous national, regional and conference awards.Along with Cope, four other members of the Argos men’s soccer team earned all-academic status, including goalkeeper Steven Hermosa (3.72), defender Trey Kramer (3.65), defender James Moore (3.24) and midfielder Lucas Williams (3.69). For Kramer, it was his second all-academic selection.From the national champion UWF women’s soccer team, Malavassi was joined on the GSC all-academic team by defender Kelly Andres (3.32), midfielder Daniela Cruz (3.41) and defender Taylor Harbison (3.36). Cruz’s selection was the second of her career.The UWF volleyball team boasted two All-Americans in 2012, and both players were also stars in the classroom. Sophomore Autumn Duyn (3.55), the GSC Player of the Year, and Haley Shackelford (3.45) both earned spots on the GSC all-academic team.The Argos also had one cross country student-athlete earn GSC all-academic honors, as junior Renea Porsch (3.50) earned the award for the second straight year. Porsch was a unanimous all-academic selection and is also a two-time All-GSC pick.The GSC academic honor roll includes all student-athletes that meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, including freshmen and first-year transfers. UWF had 44 student-athletes meet or exceed the 3.0 GPA, including six from men’s cross country, five from women’s cross country, 10 from men’s soccer, 14 from women’s soccer and nine from volleyball.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#2012 GSC Fall All-Academic Team 2012 GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll Print Friendly Version Renea Porsch earned her second GSC All-Academic honor on Tuesday (Photo by Bill Stockland) Share
Bridge extortionCommander of the Police A Division ((Georgetown-East Bank Demerara), Clifton Hicken has said motorists in Albouystown being financially extorted to gain access to their street was a criminal act and steps would be taken to address the illegality.Hicken, speaking to Guyana Times, disclosed that he was not aware of the criminal activity that was occurring in the community of Albouystown, despite two patrols being in the community.“I will have a patrol stationed at the point – immediately – of where this activity is happening even if they have to be stationed there for 24 hours,” the A Division Commander remarked.The Mayor and City Council over a month ago moved to block a dilapidated bridge at the junction of Sussex and Barr Streets in Albouystown, resulting in motorists allegedly being extorted to use the only other entrance for Barr Street.The bridge, which had been erected some years ago, was in a deplorable state, posing a serious threat to motorists. The bridge is visibly sinking in the centre, while the sides appear broken.The M&CC, early in June, took precautionary measures to have the bridge blocked, which the residents of Albouystown applauded after the Councillor of the Albouystown/Charlestown constituency, Malcolm Ferreira had reported it.Now, the residents are complaining that the bridge has been blocked for too long and is now being used as an avenue for persons to make a dollar.With the bridge being blocked, Barr Street is now left with one entrance that persons are reportedly cordoning off at nights and charging residents to enter and to exit the community.Since the blocking of the bridge, no rehabilitation work has commenced. Residents said they were grateful for the consideration displayed by the M&CC to close the bridge to prevent any mishap, but were calling on the Council to begin repairs on the bridge immediately.Guyana Times understands that despite the actions of the M&CC, many residents have reportedly opted to remove the blockage from the bridge to use it; however, the M&CC would subsequently return to ensure the bridge was once again blocked.The City Engineer’s department disclosed that the sinking of the bridge was due to heavy vehicular traffic.
As it has been at the start of the season, senior Andrew Havill led the way for the Hoosiers but was joined with a solid team effort to allow IU to retain its position on the leaderboard. Havill carded an even par round of 70 to move up to a tie for 14th with a score of 143 (+3). The native of Carmel, Indiana, is tied for second with nine birdies through two rounds.He carded three birdies and to offset three bogeys on his first nine holes – the back nine on the course – before two birdies and two bogeys on his second nine left him at even par.Meanwhile, junior Brendon Doyle showed a steady hand on the day by posting 15 pars to give him 27 through the first two rounds, which is tied for second in the field. His day started with a bogey on No. 10 and then a double bogey on No. 15 to make the turn at 3-over par. On his back nine, he registered eight pars and one bogey to give him a 74 for round two and a total score of 146 (+6) and a tie for 24th.The lone freshman on the team, Brock Ochsenreiter, also added a 4-over par 74 in round two, after playing his first nine in 2-over par and then carding a double-bogey on his final hole to end a streak of eight pars. Individually, he is tied for 36th with a two-round score of 148 (+8) and is also tied for third having played the par 3’s in 1-under par through 36 holes.The third round of 74 for IU on Saturday came from redshirt sophomore Jake Brown, who logged 14 pars and four bogeys on his round. He entered his 16th hole of the day just one over par, but finished with a trio of bogeys to put his 36-hole score at 151 (+11) and a tie for 51st.Another junior, Matthew Weber, trimmed three shots off his first round score to shoot 77 in round two. He is tied for 73rd with a score of 157 (+17) through two rounds.Competing as an individual is Jack Sparrow, who also improved on his first round score, shaving four shots off to register a 76 in round two and is tied for 71st with a score of 156 (+16).Team StandingsPos. School R1 R2 Total To Par1 Illinois 274 280 554 -62 Texas A&M 280 295 575 +153 Oklahoma State 287 290 577 +174 North Carolina 294 285 579 +195 Florida State 294 286 580 +206 Southern California 296 288 584 +24T7 UNLV 298 287 585 +25T7 Alabama 296 289 585 +259 Texas 294 292 586 +2610 Indiana 296 292 588 +28T11 Purdue 291 298 589 +29T11 Baylor 293 296 589 +29T13 Northwestern 295 296 591 +31T13 Arizona State 302 289 591 +3115 Army 306 306 612 +52 Indiana Player ResultsPos. Player R1 R2 Total To ParT14 Andrew Havill 73 70 143 +3T24 Brendon Doyle 72 74 146 +6T36 Brock Ochsenreiter 74 74 148 +8T51 Jake Brown 77 74 151 +11T73 Matthew Weber 80 77 157 +17T71 Jack Sparrow* 80 76 156 +16 * – Competing as an individual The Indiana men’s golf team trimmed four shots off their first round score, registering a team score of 292 (+12) on Saturday in the second round of the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational to gain sole possession of 10th place.Although they are in 10th, Indiana is just nine strokes out of fourth place against many of the top teams in the country.Today’s final round will get underway at 9:45 a.m. ET with live scoring on GolfStat.com.
A new Ohio Department of Taxation rule addresses monthly aviation fuel dealer reports. Under the rule, such reports must contain:the seller’s name and address;the seller’s tax identification number and Ohio motor fuel/aviation fuel account number;the purchaser’s name;the purchaser’s tax identification number;the the the city and state of origin of the aviation fuel;the destination of the fuel by street address;the type of fuel;the total gallons sold to Ohio airports;the number of gallons of fuel sold by product type; andthe number of gallons on which sales tax was not charged.Rule 5703-11-05, Ohio Department of Taxation, effective January 18, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
I was recently shopping at BestBuy with my wife, Kirsten. She’s close to the opposite end of the tech-geek spectrum as I am (she uses a computer every day, but mostly for useful things and is not particularly concerned about some of the religious debates around technology and the relative merits of one thing vs. the other. She’s not going to be running out to buy an iPhone as soon as it launches (I likely will be). I’m currently in the market for a new DVD player at home. I’m generally not big on DVDs as I find the whole notion of moving data bits around using atoms organized into shiny disks someone quaint. My parents are visiting us from India, and there are some things they want to watch that are not “in the cloud” somehwere — only on DVD. But I digress. What do you think? How important is a simple name in helpling customers make a decision? So, my question is this: Of the thousands of mere mortals (i.e. not tech-geeks) that will make the DVD player buying decision in the coming months and years, how many times will this story repeat itself? How many people will walk out the door with an HD DVD player simply because they think it’s the “natural” choice”? How many of these decisions will it take for HD DVD to become the prevailing standard not on technical merit, but just because of the name? If we think back to the VHS vs. BetaMax debate, I find a bit of similarity. VHS (when people asked) stood for “Video Home System”. BetaMax didn’t stand for anything. Will history repeat itself? Originally published Jun 6, 2007 10:43:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 So, we are in the market for a DVD player. I’ve been following the HD / DVD Blu-Ray debate for a while — primarily as a curious bystander, because it didn’t really affect me all that much — until now. As I was walking down the DVD player aile in the store with Kirsten, she paused and pointed to one and said “why not just buy this one”. (It was an HD DVD player). I asked her why that particular one had caught her eye. Her response: “Well, it’s an HD DVD player. Aren’t you all over that whole HD thing?” She basically thought HD DVD was what connected to our HDTV and that was that. The whole notion of Blu-Ray with all it’s technical merits never crossed her mind. It just made sense to her that an HD DVD went along with an HD TV. In her mind, Blu-Ray wasn’t even in the race. Decision made. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
That’s a mistake. Download the free video Of course, the chances of your companycreating a video that reaches 19 million people in three weeks areessentially zero. It’s not going to happen, so don’t bother. Videodoesn’t need to be viral to have an impact on your business. In fact,any robust inbound marketingcontent strategy should include a videocomponent, designed with assumption that none of the videos will “goviral.” Instead, businesses should put time into video for at least sixother reasons: The video was published July 19, and it already has over 15 millions views. Topics: (2) Videos Are Marketing Annuities– Like a blog post, videos are annuitites; once you’ve published yourvideo and it passes its intial burst of traffic, you’ll continue to get traffic and banding value indefinitely. Mostmarketers understand that truly viral videos are almost impossible tocreate — and they use this as a reason to abandon video altogether. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Aug 3, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 to become an online video marketing superstar. (5) Videos Are Easier to Produce Than YouThink –If your company is in a content mindset, videos will be easy to produce. Don’t getsucked into production details. Just plan the video, schedule time to shoot it, and make sure the shooting doesn’t drag on. It doesn’t need to be perfect. (6) More Video, More Likely to Have a Big Success– Justlike venture capital or movie production, onlinemarketing video is porfolio business. No successful moviestudio bets their year on a single film. They spread their resourcesacross multiple films, and hope they’ll get one money-maker out oftheir portfolio. You should approach your marketing videos the same way. (1) Video Gives Your Company Voice –It’s onething to read a paragraph about a company, but it’s a completelydifferent thing to spend four minutes listening to a company’s founderexplain the vision and purpose of the company. Video adds a personaldimension to company websites, which are typically heavy on impersonaltext. Webinar: How to Use Online Video for Marketing Video: How to Use Online Video for Marketing Learn how to use online video and podcasts for promoting your brand and generating new business. (4) Video IsAnother Channel for Your Content– Effective inbound marketing contentstrategies need to be executed in multiple media types. Some forms ofinformation are best communicated in blog posts; some in photos orgraphics; some in webinars; others in video. If you’re not using oreven experimenting with any of one these channels, you’re missingpotential customers. When peopletalk about online video they typically talk about videos like this one,the Minnesota wedding entrance choreographed to the Chris BrownballadForever. Does your company use video for marketing? Why? What else should be on this list? That’swhat you call a viral video. It’s the stuff marketers dream of — 15million people reached with no money spent on distribution orproduction. Businesses that achieve that kind of reach profitenormously. If you have any doubts, checkout what it did to Forever’s itunessales. Video Marketing (3) Videos Build Company Culture– Videos are fun and they showthat your company can have fun. They serve as morale builders within thecompany, and recruiting tools outside the company.
Link Building Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Editor’s Note: The contents of this articles are out of date. It remains live for posterity (hah, remember when people used link building directories?), but the advice is no longer current with Google’s recommendations. If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest SEO trends, I recommend checking out this article.Links are the top metric by which search engines determine who you are and what you are about, and ultimately how you are ranked in search results. In other words, links are your website’s life line. A great way to jumpstart your link-building efforts to get that online vote of trust is to submit your business to directories, which is a great way to get your small business website on the map.Wondering how to get more inbound linksto your website, and where to start? Here’s a list of top link-building directories, which are all FREE resources to help you get started.Access 4 Essential Link-Building TipsLocal Directories:Loopt.comLocaleze.comBiglocal.comOpenlist.comOutside.inBOTW.org/top/Regional/United_StatesSuperpages.comSearch Engine Local Business Listings:Yahoo.com, Google.com and Bing.com LocalGetlisted.org (to double check if you’ve been listed)Blog Directories:DoFollowBlogs.comPlaceBlogger.comBloglines.comBlogsearch.Google.comTechnorati.comBlogged.comBlogCatalog.comBlogmarks.netMyBlogLog.comZimbio.comReview and Rating Directories:Yelp.comRateitall.comInsiderPages.comDirectories not only help you get more inbound links but also bring in more qualified traffic and generate leads. As you add your business to directories, be sure to use very specific categories including location, industry-specific niches and anything else that makes you unique. Whether you are locally focused or have branches throughout the country, you should be listed where people are looking for you. Inbound links pointing to your site from other trusted sources on the Web are like people raising their hand to Google and saying, “You should pay attention to this one!”Photo Credit: Jurek Durczak Topics: Originally published Feb 11, 2010 2:30:00 PM, updated September 07 2017
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