Sting in the tail for diabetes children

first_imgFacebook Diabetes Ireland says it is very concerned for children from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary who had been getting treatment in Dublin but who have been moved back to Limerick before the position of dietician is even advertised.The post is vital to the ongoing treatment of young children with type 1 diabetes and will allow for the roll-out of insulin pumps,  which in turn will save small children constant, painful injections.The dietician will make it possible for parents to get the complicated instructions to use the pump which delivers a small dose of insulin subcutaneously through a tiny tube, doing away with the need for several injections a day into tiny limbs.“We welcome the fact that the dietician will be appointed. That is a major breakthrough. But we are concerned that these children have been sent back to Limerick without the full supports in place to treat them. The diabetes unit in the Regional now has to cater for  children with fully fledged diabetes, who are using insulin pumps without the necessary back-up services,” a spokesperson for Diabetes Ireland told the Limerick Post.Diabetes Ireland has waged a long campaign to have children supplied with insulin pumps without having to travel five or six times a year to Dublin.“Evidence suggests that the pumps offer a high level of insulin control in childhood, and children who have them are much less likely to develop serious problems by the age of thirty. These are vascular problems which can become very serious and necessitate amputations,” the spokesperson said.HSE statistics  show there were 781 diabetes related limb amputations in 2010 and 2011, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous two years.When the dietician and a nurse support are in place, it will be possible to roll out the delivery of insulin pumps to children under the age of five in the next 12 moths, and for the following two years, other age groups up to young adults will be included. Twitter WhatsApp Email Print THERE was good news this week for children with diabetes and their parents, with the announcement that the post of children’s dietician for the diabetes unit in Limerick’s Regional Hospital is about to be advertised. However, the Limerick Post has learned that children who were being treated in Dublin have been sent back to Limerick before the support structures to treat them are put in place.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Linkedin Previous articleShannon is set to soarNext articleAwards highlight the best in Limerick admin NewsLocal NewsSting in the tail for diabetes childrenBy admin – November 22, 2012 484 Advertisementlast_img read more

What it takes to be a COVID-19 contact tracer in NYC

first_imgiStock/koto_fejaBy: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Out-of-work New Yorkers looking to secure employment as New York City COVID-19 contact tracers — tracking the spread of the virus in an effort to contain it during the city’s recovery phase — will need what some might see as a surprising prerequisite.According to the job posting, qualified candidates must have the “ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.”“Structural racism and inequities have left communities of color vulnerable to many chronic conditions—which makes a crisis like COVID-19 even more deadly and inequitable,” Patrick Gallahue, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told ABC News. “An understanding of these factors has to be a core part of the response.”In New York City, the epicenter of the United States’ COVID-19 outbreak, and where nearly 20,000 people have died of the virus, COVID-19 infections and deaths have disproportionately harmed the black community. Some 28% of the city’s deaths have been African Americans despite being 22% of the population, according to state data.A robust contact tracing program is viewed to be one of the keys to re-opening both New York City as well as the country as a whole after weeks of business closures and strict social distancing measures. To tamp down flare-ups of the virus as restrictions are lifted, identifying and isolating infected persons and their contacts are critical.Experts believe a small army of contact tracers (around 100,000) — able to act quickly, precisely and with cultural sensitivity — will be needed at a cost of around $3.6 billion to get the job done.“Given the magnitude of COVID-19 cases and plans to eventually relax mitigation efforts such as stay at home orders and social distancing, communities need a large number of trained contact tracers,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent post. “The time to start building the trained workforce is now.”Several states have already states have already started the process, although qualifications are uneven.In New York, in addition to understanding how racism fits into the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates should have health-related professional experience and computer skills and the ability to show empathy toward distressed individuals. Being able to speak multiple languages in addition to English is a plus.The listed salary for the position is $57,000.New York City is hiring 1,000 contact tracers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Since the positions opened, there have already been at least 4,000 applications for the new roles.Those 1,000 tracers are part of what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to as the “army” the state is hiring to reach out to individuals who are newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients.A contact tracer is “a detective, investigator, in the public health space,” Cuomo said during an April press conference. In conjunction with former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University, the state plans to hire between 6,400 and 17,000 contact tracers to stem the spread of COVID-19.New York City’s contact tracer qualifications go beyond what Massachusetts, among the first states to roll out an extensive contact tracing program, lists for qualities candidates should have if they want to apply to be contact tracers in the state.Although the job posting does mention that candidates should have “excellent interpersonal skills” and the “ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress,” there’s no mention of race in the posting.This handout illustration image taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19isolated emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab.Massachusetts candidates need to have a high school diploma, but neither specialized health education nor professional health experience are prerequisites for applying. The posting is listed by Partners in Health, a Boston-based health nonprofit that’s working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local health departments.More than 36,000 applicants applied for the 1,000 contact tracer positions, which pay $27 per hour. Roughly 900 of those slots have been filled, according to Partners in Health. In addition to contact tracers, the organization is also hiring for adjacent roles, such as care resource coordinators, who help people in quarantine get food and health care.St. Louis County, Missouri has closed its search for contact tracers due to “overwhelming popularity.” Like Massachusetts, St. Louis only requires possession of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and says “use of a personal telephone, personal computer and other personal electronic equipment will be required.” It pays $15 an hour.Preferred qualifications include “an understanding of health and disease” and “the ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Carry-over effects from breeding modulate the annual cycle of a long-distance migrant: an experimental demonstration

first_imgCarry-over effects relate to events or processes that influence individual performance in a subsequent season, but their occurrence in the annual cycle of migratory avian taxa is seldom studied. We investigated if different levels of resource allocation to reproduction may result in carry-over effects that change the timing and destination of long-distance migration. We reduced the parental investment of Cory’s Shearwaters Calonectris diomedea by removing their chick at an early stage. When compared to individuals with greater parental investment (controls that raised chicks to close to fledging), manipulated birds started most stages of migration sooner and returned to the colony earlier at the start of the following breeding season. Late arrival in the subsequent nesting season increased the probability of skipping a breeding year. Manipulated males were less likely to engage in long-distance migration, which supports the idea that partial migration is condition dependent. Our study demonstrates experimentally that energetic or time-dependent costs of reproduction may have an enduring impact on migration schedule and on nonbreeding geographical distribution of long-distance migrants, which may also influence the ability to breed in the following season.last_img read more

Hatton baker strengthens hand with Aberdeen acquisition

first_imgMurdoch Allan bakers has bought a Scottish bakery firm, as it expands to meet demand.The Hatton, Aberdeenshire-based baker has taken over Thain’s Bakery in Aberdeen, famed for its 24-hour pie shop.The owners of Thain’s – Graeme and Alan Thain, will remain within the business – founded by their family in 1962.Murdoch Allan managing director Paul Allan said: “This new arrangement secures both businesses, going forward and retains several of Scotland’s pre-eminent bakery brands. .“This move is also a vote of confidence in the Thain’s business and workforce, and allows Murdoch Allan to further secure its capacity to meet the volume of demand created by our various contracts.”Murdoch’s bakery acquired Robb’s Bakery in Stritchen previously and, in 2002, it took over Hatton’s United Biscuit factory – doubling turnover. It now operates six retail outlets in the north east, and supplies corner shops and independent supermarkets.Thain’s operates a 24-hour shop on George Street in Aberdeen, where its macaroni pies are particularly popular.last_img read more