More children with asthma getting unnecessary antibiotics, study findsNew research presented today at the annual meeting of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) indicates that children with asthma are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those without a diagnosis of asthma, even though antibiotics are not recommended for asthma treatment.The study, presented by Esme Baan, MD, of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, compared antibiotic prescription data for 1.5 million children from the United Kingdom, including 150,000 with asthma, and 375,000 from the Netherlands, including approximately 30,000 with asthma. The patients, ages 5 to 18 years, were identified from population-based primary care databases in both countries.Baan and her co-authors found that 197 antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed per 1,000 children with asthma per year in the Netherlands, compared with 126 prescriptions per 1,000 children without asthma. The United Kingdom saw 374 antibiotic prescriptions per 1,000 children with asthma annually, compared with 250 prescriptions per 1,000 children without asthma. In both countries, amoxicillin was the most commonly prescribed antibiotic.Baan said in a news release that their analysis found most of the antibiotic prescriptions in the asthmatic children were linked to asthma exacerbations or bronchitis—conditions often caused by a virus.”It can be difficult for a GP [general practitioner] to differentiate between a deterioration in asthma symptoms and a bacterial respiratory infection,” Baan said. “We think this might be leading to more antibiotic prescriptions in children with asthma.”The Netherlands and the United Kingdom both follow the same international guidelines on asthma treatment, which state that antibiotics should not be given for deterioration in asthma symptoms. Baan says she suspects the situation may be similar in other countries.Sep 11 ERS International Congress 2017 news release Sep 11 MedPage Today story Environmental hygiene cited as key to combating resistant bacteria in ICUClinicians in Spain were able to combat a simultaneous intensive care unit (ICU) outbreak of OXA-48–producing Enterobacteriaceae (OXA-48-PE) and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MRAB) by focusing on environmental hygiene and other measures, according to a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control.The authors describe on outbreak from July to October 2015 that involved 13 patients colonized or infected by OXA-48-PE and 18 by MRAB in an ICU. Interventions included patient isolation, daily hygiene with 4% chlorhexidine soap, and contact precautions. An in-depth cleaning of the ICU was performed with a chlorine solution, followed by decontamination with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP). Researchers obtained environmental samples before and after the decontamination.The cumulative incidence of OXA-48-PE and MRAB was 3.48% and 4.81%, respectively, before interventions. In the period after the intervention, the rates were 0.8% and 0%, respectively. Before the VHP biodecontamination, 4.5% of environmental samples were positive for OXA-48-PE and none for MRAB. After biodecontamination, 1.4% of samples were positive for OXA-48-PE and none for MRAB.The authors conclude, “This study emphasizes the importance of environmental hygiene in the control of outbreaks caused by microorganisms of high environmental impact. The rapid effect after the VHP treatment suggests an influence of this measure in eradication.”Sep 8 Am J Infect Control study
This Nativity Scene is owned by Dawn Jones. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Creche from Peru belongs to Karen Schramm. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com The Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is holding its annual Creche Show this WinterFest Weekend. The show began Friday and continued Saturday at the church. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Light of the World Creche was created by Daniel Prueitt who was inspired by his visit to the Los Alamos event in 1994. It is displayed illuminated. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This Nativity was handmade by Mary Woods for her grandchildren. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Tiffany Harding purchased this handmade Creche from the artist in front of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com This display features ceramic Nativity Scenes. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com A Creche ornament hangs with others on a tree. It belongs to Kate Kettering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
Aces head coach Alex Compton expects his team to give a good fight – even score an upset – against Painters at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.“We don’t have a chance but we’re still going to compete,” Compton said. “We just want a win to close out our campaign. The season’s over at the sound of that last buzzer on Wednesday.”Aces’ hopes of reaching the quarterfinals were doomed when Blackwater Elite beat Alaska’s fellow eliminated squad GlobalPort Batang Pier 118-107 on Sunday night.“I was really praying (for a GlobalPort win last Sunday). I was at the church. Unfortunately [my prayer] was not answered,” Compton said. “But Blackwater really earned that victory. They did a good job.”Alaska had a poor start in the conference. It lost its first six matches before racking up three straight wins. But Aces encountered a huge roadblock in its match against Meralco Bolts.“I was mad after the Meralco game. In a game where we needed our best effort, we brought less than our best,” Compton said. “I think the bottom line was we didn’t squeeze out wins and a few games that we really needed that were crucial.”“It was a crazy conference. It’s been a crazy year. We’re done for the whole season, and there’s going to be a whole lot of time for looking back and analyzing and reflecting, and we got to make us better.”ILONGGA UST VOLLEY CAPTAINShannen Palec was named the new team captain of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses as the team prepares for the UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament.A native of the component city of Passi in Iloilo province, Palec will do co-captain chores with libero Rica Jane Rivera, replacing the high-leaping spiker Cherry Rondina, said Golden Tigresses head coach Emilio Reyes.“Si Shannen na iyong pinaka-ate ng lahat. This time, bago siya um-exit, ma-exercise niya naman iyong pagiging leader na in authority talaga siya,” Reyes told Varsitarian.net.Palec, who will be playing in her final year in the upcoming season, said she does not mind her position in the squad but is willing to do everything to help her team reach its goals in UAAP Season 80.“Expected na ako na mag-lead sa team kasi ako na iyong pinaka-senior. Para sa akin may pressure pero iniisip ko lang kung paano ko sila ili-lead at paano madadala iyong mga games,” said Palec, who also played for Cocolife in Philippine Superliga.In preparation for upcoming matches, Golden Tigresses is set to suit up in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. Its sponsor is yet to be announced.Golden Tigresses is hoping to improve on its third-place finish in the last UAAP season, where it reached the Final Four stage for the first time in years but lost to the eventual champion De La Salle University Lady Spikers./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ BUZZER BEATER Spoiler’s role’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Wednesday. September 20, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]AFTER its unceremonious exit from the playoff contention in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Alaska Aces hopes to play the spoiler’s role when it battles Rain or Shine Elasto Painters tonight to close out its season campaign.
Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, has admitted that he used to be so upset about sitting on the bench that he told people not to talk to him.However, with time, he has learnt to put the team first.Fabregas became the first Spaniard to make 300 appearances in the Premier League on Saturday, as the Blues beat Swansea 3-1.It was only his sixth start this season, with another 11 appearances coming off the bench.“In the beginning, when I didn’t play, I told people to not even speak to me because I was really upset,” Fabregas told UK newspapers.“But now that changes with time, age, maturity and experience, which all help you to understand that the most important thing is always the team.“Don’t get me wrong: I want to play. But sometimes you have to fight for it.”Fabregas, who has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, also insisted he wanted to stay for a long time.“For sure, it’s Chelsea I’m thinking about,” he continued.“Until the day Chelsea tell me they don’t want me, I can leave, and it happens to everyone, then you have to move on.“When my brain says you can’t do it anymore then I will move, probably away from Europe. But for now, it’s all about Chelsea and performing here.”
CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed yesterday they had made former test skipper Graeme Smith’s tenure as director of cricket permanent, keeping him in the role until March 2022. Smith, the most successful test captain in history, has been in the role in an acting capacity since December.CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul told a media conference that Smith had impressed since in the position.“Graeme has made a huge impact with his energy, expertise, hard work ethic and characteristic determination and passion he has brought to the position,” said Faul. “Although there is certainly a great deal of work to be done, as reflected by the performances of our various national teams, he has certainly put our cricket on an upward trajectory that provides light at the end of the tunnel.”Faul added they were pleased to tie Smith down ahead of what is likely to be a turbulent time for the game due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We wanted to appoint him permanently from the word go, but there was a lot of uncertainty at the time,” Faul said. “Graeme also wanted to have the opportunity to see if the partnership can work.“I’m not sure if anybody’s career can start with so many challenges and what will be a new way of looking at cricket.”Smith appointed former team mate Mark Boucher as head coach of the national team and started with a 3-1 home test series loss to England, but ended the 2019/20 season with a 3-0 One-Day International whitewash of a strong Australia side. “There is a lot of work that still needs to be done, not just at international level but throughout our pipeline development pathways as well but I am determined to get South African cricket back to where it belongs as one of the world leaders at international level,” Smith, 39, said.The former opening batsman played 117 tests, leading South Africa in 108 of those and winning 53.South Africa are due to tour Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in June but that looks increasingly unlikely due to the global health crisis.
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About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: It’s on Alexis & Lukaku to win starting spotby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez must take it upon themselves to break into his starting line-up.Both players have struggled this season, with just ten goals between them in all competitions.Another United star, Paul Pogba, has returned to form under Solskjaer in his first two matches in charge. But the Norwegian says the improvement of his players is down to their own desire.”I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself. The players have done the performances,” Solskjaer said ahead of United’s match against Bournemouth.”I’m here to help them, guide them on the path, and then it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.”I don’t agree I’ve done that with Paul, and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game when you’re a footballer. You’ve got to do it yourself.”Yes you want help from your manager and your team-mates. I give them some guidelines. There’s been loads of talk about freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager.”You can’t tell all the players what to do. They are here for a reason – they are good players. It’s up to them to use their imagination, creativity and enjoy playing for this club, because that is the best time of your life. It’s not a bad time being a manager either, for a little while.”