FDA Approves Quest COVID-19 Test for ‘Pooled’ Sample Use

first_imgWith pooling, instead of running each person’s test individually, laboratories would combine parts of samples from several people and test them together. A negative result would clear everyone in the batch. A positive result would require each sample to be individually retested. Pooling works best with lab-run tests, which take hours – not the much quicker individual tests used in clinics or doctor’s offices. Pooling is not always be the best option. It won’t save time or resources when used in a COVID-19 hot spot such as a nursing home outbreak. That’s because the logistical and financial benefits of pooling only add up when a small number of pools test positive. The potential benefits of sample pooling include stretching laboratory supplies further, reducing costs and expanding testing to millions more Americans who may unknowingly be spreading the virus. Health officials think infected people who aren’t showing symptoms are largely responsible for the rising number of cases in more than half the country. The approach might enable mass testing at schools or businesses, though it’s unclear when that could happen. File photo WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a new approach to coronavirus testing that combines test samples in batches instead of running them one by one, speeding up the process.center_img Experts generally recommend the technique when fewer than 10% of people are expected to test positive. For example, pooling would not be cost-effective in Arizona, where a surge has pushed positive test results to well over 10%. But the approach could make sense in areas with a lower rate of positive results. “It’s a really good tool. It can be used in any of a number of circumstances, including at the community level or even in schools,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, told a Senate hearing last month. The FDA said Saturday that it reissued an emergency use authorization to Quest Diagnostics to use its COVID-19 test with pooled samples. It is the first test to be authorized to be used in this way.last_img read more

College dedicates Unity Garden

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Unity Garden will stand as a symbol of social justice and sustainability, Director of Justice Education Jan Pilarski said. The garden, located in front of Havican Hall, was dedicated Tuesday. Pilarski said Karen Borja, a 2011 graduate, spearheaded the project. Senior Heather Smith took responsibility for planting the garden this summer as an intern with Unity Gardens, a South Bend nonprofit that advocates community building through gardening. “I hope this garden becomes something bigger [so] that we can have an option for healthy food that students can grow and learn about,” Smith said. To achieve that “something bigger,” Smith said she tapped into landscaping services at the College to help her expand the garden. “When I started planting, I realized the garden was pretty small, so landscaping helped me double the size,” she said. “They did the labor, like tilling the land and building the [wooden support] frames, and I cared for the garden.” Smith said she enjoyed having the freedom to choose what vegetables went into the garden. “I went with a salad theme for the garden. If students saw okra or a huge head of cabbage, they might not know what to do with it,” she said, “I planted lots of leafy lettuce, mustard greens, kale, swish chard, tomatoes and herbs.” On Mondays over the summer, preschoolers from the Early Childhood Development Center, which has its own Unity Garden, joined Smith to help weed and pick vegetables, she said. “It was great to have them out there, helping, tasting lettuce,” Smith said. “They were great.” Smith said the garden raised her awareness about local food security problems. “There are some people who need healthy food but can’t get it from anywhere else [other than the Unity Gardens],” she said. The garden was made possible through the Dooley Endowment, a fund intended for student-initiated social justice projects, Pilarski said. The endowment is named after Saint Mary’s alumnus Katherine T. Dooley, ’28. “She was passionate about social justice and Saint Mary’s,” Pilarski said. There are 41 other Unity Gardens of varying sizes in the South Bend area, Sara Stewart, executive director for Unity Gardens, said. Stewart added that the gardens help close social divisions. “We live in a society that separates us, and gardens are a natural way to share,” she said. “By bringing together people that would usually never interact, we can see our strengths in different ways.” Stewart said the interactive aspect of the gardens is more significant than the gardening itself. “This isn’t just about access to healthy vegetables,” she said. “It’s more about unification of the community and social cohesion.”last_img read more

First Command rallies around 40th Marine Corps Marathon

first_imgFirst Command Financial Services is sponsoring the 40th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), continuing the company’s history of supporting ‘The People’s Marathon’.Taking place on 23-25 October, the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon boasts an entire weekend of events, including:Health & Fitness Expo and Runners ConferenceMCM Pep RallyRunners Brunch and Carb DinnerMCM 10K and Kids RunMarine Corps MarathonMCM Finish FestivalFirst Command is the sponsor of the MCM Pep Rally on 23 October and will have a booth in the Health and Fitness Expo.“We consider it a great honour to be affiliated with ‘The People’s Marathon’, and we look forward to joining the tens of thousands of volunteers and fans who will be cheering on the runners as they make their way through the heart of our nation’s capital,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command.“We view our ongoing support of this event as a clear demonstration of the connection we feel with all of the armed forces.”First Command’s relationship with the MCM began in 1998 when more than 170 First Command employees and their families volunteered to assist nearly 15,000 runners.First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Bank and First Command Financial Planning, ‘assist American families in their efforts to build wealth, reduce debt and pursue their lifetime financial goals and dreams.’www.firstcommand.comwww.marinemarathon.com Relatedlast_img read more

Watch out for silent evidence…

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Anthony DemangoneSocial media and our 24-hour news cycle have a tendency to distort reality. It isn’t that both information channels intentionally mislead us. Rather, both have a tendency to focus on a very small number of issues.If an alien visited our world today, “it” might think that the number one issue facing our planet is whatever the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is doing today. I just visited CNN’s website, and they are focusing on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s homecoming, the plane crash involving a Philadelphia news executive, and the fact that a whale has washed up on shore in California.What’s missing?  A great deal. This missing story is referred to as “silent evidence.”Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in his book, The Black Swan, talks a great deal about silent evidence. He uses a story from Cicero to highlight the issue.Diagoras, a nonbeliever in the gods, was shown painted tablets bearing the portraits of some worshippers who prayed, then survived a subsequent shipwreck. The implication was that praying protects you from drowning.Diagoras asked, “Where are the pictures of those who prayed, then drowned?”The winners often tell the story, and we don’t have a great way of hearing from the losers. You often hear about some lady or gentlemen who turned their life around by flipping homes, day trading, or getting into the healthy food vending business. continue reading »last_img read more

Minnesota finishes Big Tens in third

first_imgHe said the first takedown got his momentum going.“I was looking to build a lead on him,” Pfarr said. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a higher lead. I beat him pretty good [in the regular season] at the Penn State dual, but I guess a win is a win. It got me into the final.”In the final, Pfarr faced Michigan’s Domenic Abounader, an opponent who he previously lost to in the regular season.A late takedown in the third period by Abounader prevented Pfarr from winning his first Big Ten title.Pfarr said his opponent came prepared to face him.“He must have watched some video on me,” Pfarr said. “He came out and got two takedowns on me right away. I wasn’t expecting it. He’s pretty good at top, but I was confident with my ability to get away. And at one point, the [score] was tied up, but he ended getting a third takedown in the final period, and I wasn’t able to comeback from that.”Ness, the 157-pounder, faced a tough opponent in Illinois’ Isaiah Martinez, who has been undefeated the whole season.The redshirt senior failed to win his second Big Ten title, losing to Martinez 12-5.“There were a lot of opportunities for him to score points,” Eggum said. “For Dylan, that was a winnable match, no question about it. I think overall, he wrestled extremely well, but there are some things he could work on. He will make some adjustments and look towards the NCAAs.”The whole team will try to make adjustments as it heads into Minnesota’s final meet of the season later this month.“There are still some things that we need to improve on,” Eggum said. “[But] the most important thing is for us is to stay positive and be focused for what is coming up next.” Minnesota finishes Big Tens in thirdRedshirt senior Chris Dardanes took home the title at 133 pounds.Daily File Photo, Liam James DoyleSenior Dylan Ness wrestles during his match in the Williams Arena on Jan. 30 against the Iowa Hawkeyes. Danny ChenMarch 9, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers left the Big Ten championships on Sunday with a third-place finish and a senior earning a title — strikingly similar results to last year’s championship.Only this time the Gophers relied on their performance in the 133-pound weight class with redshirt senior Chris Dardanes taking home the title.Dardanes is one of seven Minnesota wrestlers who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.Head assistant coach Brandon Eggum said the team could qualify even more wrestlers, depending on at-large bids.“Hopefully, we can [get] one of the other guys through with the allocations,” Eggum said. “They go through a … scoring system where maybe [Ethan] Lizak or [Nick] Wanzek can get in as well.”While the team waits for additional qualifications, Dardanes’ fate is sealed.Dardanes finished third at last year’s Big Ten championships and fourth the year before that. But on Sunday he improved on his already-perfect season.The redshirt senior moved to 23-0 by defeating No. 2 Ryan Taylor of Wisconsin in a 7-2 decision.Dardanes said the championship round was a lot closer than the score made it seem.“I felt like I was really efficient and controlled the tide,” Dardanes said. “[But] my opponent was really athletic, quick and strong, too. He was definitely a tough opponent to face.”Redshirt sophomore Brett Pfarr and redshirt senior Dylan Ness also wrestled in title matches on Sunday, but both fell.It was Pfarr’s first experience competing in the Big Ten championships, and he reached the final match by defeating Penn State’s Matt McCutcheon 4-2.last_img read more

Keegan Retires, Kramer Tapped to be Goodyear Chairman

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement AKRON, Ohio — Richard Kramer has been elected chairman of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., succeeding Bob Keegan, who is retiring.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kramer takes over as board chairman on Oct. 1 and will continue as president and CEO of the tiremaker. Kramer, 46, succeeded Keegan as president and CEO on April 13. Since coming to Goodyear in 2000, Kramer has served as vice president of corporate finance, senior vice president of strategy, CFO, president of North American Tire and COO.   “This is the next step and a natural evolution of the well-thought-out and orderly succession plan,” said Goodyear Director James Boland. “Bob Keegan agreed to stay on as executive chairman earlier this year to assist with the transition. Both Bob and the board felt that the time is right to complete the process.” Keegan, 63, joined Goodyear in 2000 as COO, became president and CEO in January 2003 and chairman of the board in July of that same year.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Multipurpose cargo ship launched at Turku

first_imgAura II (artists impression below) is 105.4m long and 18.8m wide, and is scheduled for delivery in late spring 2012. It will be classed by Bureau Veritas, at Ice Class 1A, and has been design for low environmental impact, being powered by Wartsila 6L20 medium speed engines capable of running on biofuels, in a diesel-electric plant.”The building schedule for the vessel is tight. Test runs have already been started and the sea trial of the vessel is due in April. Intensive work onboard the launched ship continues”, explains Turku Shipyard director Jari Anttila.  www.stxeurope.comlast_img

Jumbo wins Ithaca contract

first_imgInstallation of the mooring system will be executed by Jumbo’s Fairplayer – a DP2 heavy lift vessel equipped with two 900-tonne revolving deepwater cranes.The Ithaca-operated Greater Stella Area (GSA) is located in the Central North Sea, and will be developed by drilling subsea wells tied back to a centrally located floating production unit with onward hydrocarbon transportation to nearby existing infrastructure.”This award is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen Jumbo’s experience in becoming a leading deepwater mooring contractor,” said Roddy Lafontaine, manager of commerce offshore at Jumbo.The offshore installation works are expected to commence in June/July 2014.  www.jumbomaritime.nllast_img

Principal celebrates 60th birthday with pupils

first_imgRio Grande Primary School principal Brenda Manuel with some of the Grade 1 pupils. From left, are, Rahna Williams, 6, Tamia Parenzee, 6, Cizara Fisher, 6, Veron Claasen, 7, Ziyaad Jones, 6, and Ramesh Adams, 7. Instead of having a private party, Ms Manuel treated all the pupils at her school with party packets and each received a plate of akhni. Brenda Manuel would not dream of celebrating her 60th birthday anywhere else but with the 600 children who bring so much joy to her heart.Ms Manuel, the principal of Rio Grande Primary School in Manenberg, celebrated her birthday on Monday August 22, and instead of hosting a private party for family and friends, she wanted to do something special for her pupils. She treated all the children with party packets and a plate of akhni. After “40 years and seven months” at the school, Ms Manuel said it was only fitting that she shared her special day with her “blessings”.“I was a fragile young girl of 19 years old when I started working here. By the grace of God, I am still here. With all its ups and downs, I will remain faithful to this community. My job has become more difficult over the years, but this helped me to develop into a strong woman. I’m here for my children (the pupils). It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it,” Ms Manuel said.She is very passionate about Manenberg and the children at her school, especially, and believes she still has lots more to offer.“I don’t feel 60. I feel like a 20-year-old. I feel energised, and believe the years ahead will just get better. I have not given retirement serious thought – only time will tell. However, I am grateful for my health and for my wonderful staff who support me. I have a lot of energy and health left for the school. I have been teaching at Rio Grande since my first day as a teacher, and I have never felt the need to go anywhere else. I have four daughters, and I named each of them after girls I used to teach. I am also now blessed with four granddaughters.”The school does have a feeding scheme, as poverty remains a challenge in that community. The food Ms Manuel arranged for the children, however, is just a little bit more special. She also gave all her staff members gift packs.“I wanted to show them all that I do appreciate them, and I wanted to spoil them. They are always my priority,” Ms Manuel said.last_img read more

Lawyers warned over capital allowances changes

first_imgCommercial property lawyers could face future action for negligence if they fail to advise clients about impending tax relief changes. From 1 April, capital allowances, which allow for tax relief for fixtures in property, must be identified and documented at the point at which commercial properties are bought or sold, or they will be lost forever.Capital allowances specialists Catax Solutions said the UK could be sitting on an estimated £1bn in unclaimed tax relief. More than 98,000 non-residential property transactions took place in the tax year 2012/2013, of which 10,000 qualified for a capital allowances claims, said Catax.In November the Law Society partnered with Catax to help raise awareness of the tax relief changes.Mark Tighe, managing director at Catax Solutions, said there has been a lack of awareness over the changes as it had been unclear whether lawyers, accountants or surveyors should take responsibility for advice. However, he said it is incumbent on legal advisers to inform clients of the changes.He said: ‘Unfortunately, the loss of a sizeable tax benefit is only the start. Things are likely to get litigious for any party that oversaw the transaction — whether lawyer, broker, accountant or financial adviser — when their clients discover that they have lost potentially sizeable tax relief.‘If awareness levels stay as they are then, from a legal standpoint, the next few years could be fractious and represent a considerable financial threat.’The changes were announced in the 2012 Finance Bill.last_img read more