Suburban Diagnostics introduces Abbott ID NOW test for faster COVID-19 testing of patients in emergency cases

first_img Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Suburban Diagnostics introduces Abbott ID NOW test for faster COVID-19 testing of patients in emergency cases Share Abbott ID NOW test reportedly needs 30 minutes to generate a report after sample collection, whereas obtaining a COVID-19 test report generally takes between 24-36 hours of time, after the regular RT-PCR testSuburban Diagnostics introduces the Abbott ID NOW test – a rapid molecular test, using a rear technology that will accelerate the reporting process, resulting in patients getting the test results faster. The test is ICMR approved and hence the reports will be valid in case of emergency treatment or hospitalisation or even for domestic travel, as per the company release.Obtaining a COVID-19 test report generally takes between 24-36 hours of time, after the regular RT-PCR test. Suburban Diagnostics’ new Abbott ID NOW test reportedly only needs 30 minutes to generate a report after sample collection. It is a faster alternative to the RT-PCR test in times of emergency, when waiting longer is not a viable option for the patient.“We have introduced this test for patients who are in an emergency and need COVID-19 test reports faster. The test will be available only at selected Suburban Diagnostics centres,” says Sushant Kinra, COO, Suburban Diagnostics. “It is our endeavour to be at the forefront in this war against the virus. We are hopeful that this facility will be instrumental in saving more lives, as it will help people in quickening the process of treatment during emergency,” he added. Adoption of AI/ML can disrupt healthcare services By EH News Bureau on April 27, 2021 center_img Related Posts Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha COVID-19 Updates Lab Diagnostics News MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Comments (0) WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Commentlast_img read more

Staying Safe Beyond the Boundaries

first_imgOn Dec. 8, as the sun set over the Whitefish Range, the call went out that there were two snowboarders missing beyond the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort. Within minutes, members of the North Valley Rescue, Flathead Backcountry Nordic Patrol and Whitefish Mountain Resort Ski Patrol were mobilized. A few hours later the two snowboarders were found and on their way back to safety. Last week’s incident served as a reminder of the importance of being prepared while exploring the backcountry. It’s also an example of resources available when something goes wrong, according to Brian Heino, Flathead County Search and Rescue coordinator. “We’re really fortunate here in the Flathead Valley because we’ve got North Valley Rescue and Flathead County Search and Rescue, the Flathead Backcountry Nordic Patrol and Two Bear Air,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of resources and not every place is as fortunate as us.” Flathead County Search and Rescue was formed in 1947 after Sheriff Dick Walsh organized a group of volunteers to find a missing boy. After the search ended, Walsh asked the volunteers to leave their contact information in case another search party ever needed to be formed. Since 1950, the search and rescue team, part of the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, has served an important role. In 1970, North Valley Rescue formed to cover the north end of the Flathead and is based in Columbia Falls. About the same time, the Essex Nordic Patrol, which later become the Flathead Nordic Backcountry Patrol, was organized to oversee the cross-country trails around the Izaak Walton Inn. In 1981 it expanded its scope to include all of Flathead County. More recently, in 2011, Two Bear Air was created with the help of Whitefish philanthropist Mike Goguen, who purchased a Bell 407 helicopter to start the non-profit search and rescue air service. Kalispell Regional Medical Center also operates the A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance service that serves rural communities throughout Northwest Montana and was the first rural medical air service in the country. Although each service has different goals, it’s common for them to work together. But Heino said search and rescue efforts are successful when the people they are looking for are prepared for the worst. Heino said that anyone venturing into the backcountry, even the terrain that’s just beyond the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort, should bring supplies like food, water, a way to start a fire, some sort of shelter, a signal, basic medical gear and basic navigational tools. “Those things can make the difference in someone making it out alive,” he said. As cell service expands across the remote parts of Northwest Montana, the number of calls the search and rescue team receives has increased. Heino said in the past, Flathead County Search and Rescue would receive anywhere from 125 to 150 calls annually; this year they had hit 150 calls by early December. The advancement of cell phone technology has also made searches easier. Whenever a lost person calls the local 911 dispatcher, emergency officials can “ping” the phone to find its location. With that information, rescuers know where to go. But there is one more key item in being prepared for a backcountry adventure: education and information. Both of those items can be found through the Flathead Avalanche Center, according to director Erich Peitzsch. Throughout the winter, the avalanche center offers backcountry safety classes that are as short as an hour and as long as a weekend. Peitzsch said although more training is always better, even just taking a short course is beneficial if you’re going to be traveling in avalanche country. Though some might believe it’s too early in the season to run into avalanches, Peitzsch said when there is enough snow to ski, there is enough snow to slide. “The hour-long course is a good reminder for folks who have taken training courses before but it’s also good for anyone who hasn’t had any training before,” Peitzsch said. But Peitzsch said education is only one piece of the puzzle and that having the proper gear and getting information about weather and avalanche conditions are also critical before heading out. The best place to get avalanche information is from the center’s own website, www.flatheadavalanche.org. Avalanche advisories for the Flathead, Swan and Whitefish ranges as well as parts of Glacier National Park are posted on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter. The forecasts are compiled by a team of experts who head into the backcountry multiple times a week to dig snow pits and gather as much information as they can. However, they also rely on observations reported by the public. “Even one small snow pit gives us a lot of information about what’s happening in the area,” he said. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Blue Water gains Enhanced offering

first_imgThe agreement covers the international air, sea and road transport of equipment for Enhanced Drilling’s projects over the next two-and-a-half years. The contract currently runs until the end of 2017, with two one-year options to prolong the agreement.”We are located close to each other in several places such as Baku, Houston, Rio de Janeiro, Bergen and Aberdeen. This is of great importance for our cooperation,” said Morten Iversen of Blue Water’s office in Stavanger, Norway. www.bws.dkwww.enhanced-drilling.comlast_img read more

Caribbean expert warns of Caribbean heat season

first_imgPHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten, CMC —  A Caribbean climatologist says that while the Caribbean is best known for having wet, dry and hurricane seasons, a little known fact is that the region also has a distinct heat season.May – October is heat seasonCédric Van Meerbeeck, climatologist at the Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says that since about 1995, the Caribbean has had a distinct heat season which lasts from about May to October and is forecast to be more intense this year that the last two years.“But the heat season is something that didn’t happen in the past. Yes, people feel more comfortable and sometimes even cold around Christmas time and you know that it gets hotter towards September. But it’s not really common knowledge that there is a six-month period that noticeably warmer than the other part of the year and that is May to October….Impacting health“And during that heat season, you find that the levels of heat discomfort and heat stress [increases] so that’s impacting your health, also the health of some animals,” Van Meerbeeck said, adding this has implications for comfort levels as well as major sectors in the region, such as tourism and agriculture.He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on the side-line of the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) that while the heat season peaks in September, the region has its most heat waves between August and October.“Heat waves might not look as extreme as they are in some desert areas or some part of the United States and other regions. However, they do impact us because mostly that’s also the time of the year when the humidity is high,” Van Meerbeeck explained.“When humidity is high, your body doesn’t cool as effectively as when the air is quite dry and so you feel more heat stress even though the temperature does not increase immensely,” Van Meerbeeck said, urging people to stay as cool as possible, especially from August onward.The climatologist said that for the first half of the heat season, the air is still relatively dry, therefore, the temperatures are not necessarily so uncomfortable.Second half of heat season is worse“But it is really that second part of the heat season that we want to warn against. Keep cool; don’t go in the sun in the middle of the day; seek shade, seek ventilation in your homes.“If you have an AC, make sure you run the AC while you sleep so that your brain and your body can recover better and that you can function normal in the face of the heat,” the climatologist advised.“Last year, we were quite fortunate that there were not many heat waves. It was not that brutal. A comparable season would have been 2016 when we really had a lot of heat between August and October.”Caused by rising ocean temperaturesVan Meerbeeck said the cause of the higher temperature is the rising temperatures of the ocean, which releases heat into the atmosphere during the heat season.“It doesn’t change the weather much from day to day, but over longer periods of time, it does affect the amount of energy that is in the atmosphere and therefore that is the temperature that you feel,” the climatologist said, adding this is definitely linked to climate change.“And this is one of the clearest links that we observe in the Caribbean beside sea level rise. The increasing temperature now means that even though we didn’t have a heat season outside of maybe August to October in the past, now you find that heat waves actually occur for a longer period of time every year in the warmer years particularly.“But now, in the cooler years, you now have heat waves. That didn’t used to be the case up until about 1995. It’s really something recent, where the trend of temperate going up with climate change is really affecting the heat level that we have in the season.”He said this has implications for agriculture and fisheries, especially the livestock subsector and fish, especially in the northern Caribbean, that are sensitive to the heating of the sea surface.“But for livestock, it’s important to also provide cooling for them. For us that is important. Maybe ethically that’s one thing but also in terms of our food security, our protein stock really comes from chicken and chicken are amongst the most sensitive animals to excessive heat especially broilers.”Van Meerbeeck said it is a good practice to keep poultry birds cool “So you can make sure that your chicken stock does not reduce and does not experience that heat stress which leads to less protein being available at a reasonable cost for us.”As regards to tourism, the climatologist said that heat is not that much of a problem as long as awareness is built with tourists.“But they should really do their best to keep cool whenever they can, stay hydrated, seek the shade, seek well-ventilated places; if you go in the sun, don’t go in the middle of the day,” Van Meerbeeck said, adding that hotels should also remind tourists to stay cool.last_img read more

Neymar Kovid; Infection to PSG colleagues | Covid |…

first_imgKovid confirmed to French football club PSG’s Brazilian player Neymar and his team after returning from a holiday on the Spanish island of Ibiza. Neymar and others went on a holiday to Ibiza Island after PSG lost to German club Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final this time. Kovid confirmed Neymar on Wednesday morning. The player then entered the isolation. International media reported that Neymar had no other health problems.Neymar spends 14 days in isolation at his home in Paris. With this, it is certain that the superstar will miss PSG’s first match in League One against RC Lens on the 10th of this month and the match on September 13 against Marseille. Kovid had earlier confirmed to PSG’s Argentine players Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, who were with Neymar for the holiday. Those who are in isolation will also miss the first games of the season.PSG said on Twitter that all the club members were in the quarantine and that Kovid would continue to be tested in the coming days.Neymar is the latest superstar to be confirmed by Kovid from international football. Didier Deschamps has been ruled out of action against Sweden and Croatia following Kovid’s confirmation of Manchester United’s Frenchman Paul Pogba.English Summary: Neymar, PSG and Brazil star footballer, tests positive for Covid-19: Reportslast_img read more

Horse Sport Ireland Amateur Championship Final 2019

first_img 3 September 2019, 13:38 The Horse Sport Ireland Amateur Championship Final took place on Sunday at the Whites Cross Charity Show in Co. Cork, bringing the Championship which has been running since April across the provinces to a close. Pictured below is Aileen McDermott, Horse Sport Ireland Amateur Champion 2019 with her mare Amber Balou. Aileen is from Co. Westmeath and Amber Balou is her own home-bred mare. Also pictured is Michael Hennessy: Show Jumping Ireland – Whites Cross Show Organiser. Also presenting is Horse Sport Ireland’s Avalon Everett, and Sean Kelly, Show Jumping Ireland Munster Region Amateur representative. All top-ten finishers were presented with a rosette and a voucher, names below:2nd Gerard Curtin with Aldora3rd Peter Brady Jnr with Hollymount Cruise Hill4th Denise Jackman with Cruising The Ring5th Caroline Ryan with Failte Iroko6th Martin Flesk with Killuppaun Magic7th Gary Flynn with Bahrain Prince8th Lorraine Younge with Little Miss Russel9th Máire Cosgrove with Briarhill Cruise10th Val Joy with MB Daddys DollarsHorse Sport Ireland would like to congratulate all who took part in yesterday’s final, and all those who attended the qualifiers. Thanks go also to the organisers, volunteers and all others involved in the success of the Championships. Tags: amateur, amateur championships, show jumping Home  »  General  »  Horse Sport Ireland Amateur Championship Final 2019 Horse Sport Ireland Amateur Championship Final 2019 last_img read more

Kansas’ Bill Self responds to notice of allegations, says ‘enforcement staff has created a false narrative’

first_imgOther school officials and head football coach Les Miles also released their own statements.  The University of Kansas received an official notice of allegations from the NCAA on Monday which includes a number of allegations toward the men’s basketball program, the school announced.The university firmly “rejects the assertion” of Adidas and Adidas employees participating in a pay-for-play scheme with the university and expressed their full support for Bill Self, who has a head coach responsibility charge in the allegations. The allegations come in the wake of the pay-for-play scandal that rocked the NCAA basketball world two years ago which saw Louisville coach Rick Pitino lose his job and Kansas center Silvio de Sousa suspended for two years — it has since been reduced to one.In June, the NCAA issued a statement saying six schools would be notified of major allegations.Once notified of violations, a school has 90 days to respond and Kansas has said its “response will fully and comprehensively present its positions regarding the notice.” Self, who has spent 16 seasons at the helm of Kansas released a statement following the notice.“By the NCAA’s own admission through its public statements early this summer, it’s no secret that there is tremendous pressure on the NCAA to respond to the federal court proceedings involving college basketball. …”In its haste and attempt to regain control, the enforcement staff has created a false narrative regarding me and our basketball program. The narrative is based on innuendo, half-truths, misimpressions and mischaracterizations. In reality, we all know there is only one version of the truth. The truth is based on verifiable facts, and I am confident the facts we will demonstrate in our case will expose the inaccuracies of the enforcement staff’s narrative.”I have always taken pride in my commitment to rules compliance and led programs that operate with integrity and within the rules, and I am proud of the success that we have achieved at each program along the way. Every student-athlete who has ever played for me and their families know we follow the rules.”These allegations are serious and damaging to the University and to myself, and I hate that KU has to go through this process. With our staff’s full cooperation, these allegations will be addressed within NCAA procedures and with urgency and resolve. I will strenuously defend myself and the program, but I will respect the process and will not speak to the details of the case.”In total, Kansas was charged with five Level 1 violations, including a lack of institutional control. Related News Bruce Pearl’s new Auburn contract has some eye-popping numbers Kansas basketball expected to be notified of multiple major violations from NCAA, report says Rick Pitino reaches settlement with Louisville: ‘I move on to a new chapter in my life’last_img read more

Largest health insurer on Colorado exchange collapses — 83,000 must hunt…

first_imgDENVER |Colorado’s biggest nonprofit health insurer announced its closure Friday, forcing nearly 83,000 Coloradans to find a new insurer for 2016.Colorado HealthOP announced Friday that the state Division of Insurance has said it can’t keep selling health insurance. That’s because the cooperative relied on federal support, and federal authorities announced last month they wouldn’t be able to pay most of what they owed to a program designed to help health insurance co-ops get established.The Colorado announcement makes the co-op the seventh in the nation to collapse. Similar nonprofit insurers have already failed in Kentucky, Louisiana, Iowa/Nebraska, Nevada, New York and Tennessee.Open enrollment for 2016 starts Nov. 1. The Colorado Division of Insurance must first certify insurers before they’re allowed to sell plans, so the decision essentially puts Colorado HealthOP out of business.In a statement announcing its closure Friday, Colorado HealthOP said it was “well on its way” to repaying some $72.3 million it has borrowed from the federal fund. The co-op reported a net loss of $23 million last year.Colorado HealthOP CEO Julia Hutchins called the de-certification “irresponsible and premature.”“The Division has let local and national politics hurt Coloradans’ access to low-cost health care options and assessed Colorado taxpayers with significant avoidable costs,” Hutchins said in the statement.The Division of Insurance released a statement saying it had no choice but to order Colorado HealthOP closed. Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar said in a statement that the lack of federal support put the co-op at risk of not being able to cover claims.“I sympathize with the HealthOP, but the Division has requirements and it has to protect consumers,” Salazar wrote.Colorado HealthOP’s board of directors has requested that the state allow a board-appointed independent consumer protection ombudsman to assist through the shut-down.Republicans pointed to the co-op’s closure as a sad but predictable outcome.“Taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in loans given out to the CO-OP, money that will likely never be repaid,” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said in a statement after the announcement. When Gardner was in the House, he joined other Republicans in a 2013 bill to repeal the fund in question.Hutchins pointed out that the payments to insurance cooperatives have been offset by tax credit insurance subsidies going to larger insurers, and that those least able to afford insurance will be most hurt by the national wave of co-op closures.“We need to step back and look at the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing access to low-cost coverage,” Hutchins said.One Republican echoed her thoughts, saying the co-op failures could drive up costs for all. Colorado HealthOP accounted for nearly 40 percent of the exchange’s total customers, so its departure shakes up the overall exchange dramatically.“I really wonder about the viability of the exchange,” said Rep. Lang Sias, R-Arvada and a member of a legislative health insurance oversight committee.Sias said rates for everyone will go up next year.“They’re all going to be paying more, on average, I would expect,” Sias said.___Kristen Wyatt can be reached at https://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyattlast_img read more

A pitch for a bright future

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT WHEN Jessie Trembath walks out to the pitch for her first cricket game of the 2016/’17 season,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Road is the only way to go

first_imgIT MAY cost hundreds of dollars more but for Sharon King, the commute by car is the only way to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img