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first_imgAugust 14, 2009CDC reports 41 more US flu deathsThe number of novel H1N1 deaths in the United States has risen to 477, up from 436 last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in its weekly update. Hospitalizations rose to 7,511, up from 6,506. Dan Jernigan, MD, MPH, with the CDC’s Influenza Division, said during a teleconference today that flu continues to decline, with widespread activity reported in four states. Officials are looking into reports of increased flu activity in Florida and North Carolina.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htmAug 14 CDC novel flu situation updateHong Kong reports second Tamiflu-resistant caseHealth officials in Hong Kong today announced the detection of a second case of flu resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). They found the virus in a 40-year-old woman who is a resident of a home for disabled people. She was prescribed the drug prophylactically after other residents of the home became ill. She developed flu-like symptoms about a week later. The Tamiflu-resistant strain wasn’t found in any other of the 20 novel flu cases at the home.Researchers suggest osteoporosis drugs may have antiviral benefitsResearchers from Hong Kong have found that two osteoporosis drugs, pamidronate and zoledronate, might have potential as treatment for influenza, including the novel H1N1 and the H5N1 viruses, Reuters reported today. They found that the two drugs triggered yd-T cells that killed flu-infected human cells. The next steps are to test the drugs in animals and conduct clinical trials in humans. The findings were released by the University of Hong Kong, Xinhua reported today.http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaCrisis/idUSHKG233114Aug 14 Reuters storyMassachusetts deputizes more healthcare workers to give vaccineThe Massachusetts Public Health Council on Aug 12 voted to enable such healthcare professionals as dentists, pharmacists, and paramedics to administer the novel flu vaccine in this fall’s vaccination campaigns, the Boston Globe reported yesterday. The move would open the possibility of volunteering to about 12,000 additional workers. The regulators also directed hospitals and clinics to provide vaccine to all their workers, although the workers will not be forced to receive the vaccine.http://www.boston.com/news/health/articles/2009/08/13/state_asks_volunteers_to_aid_flu_vaccinations/?s_campaign=8315Aug 13 Boston Globe storyUK releases vaccine priority planGovernment officials in the United Kingdom released details of the country’s pandemic H1N1 vaccination priority plan today, which places pregnant women, healthcare workers, and people aged 6 months to 65 years with underlying chronic medical conditions first in line to get the vaccine, reported the Guardian, a British newspaper. The plan also prioritizes people who live in households that include individuals with certain underlying conditions, such as cancer or immune system compromise.http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/13/uk-swine-flu-cases-fallAug 14 Guardian storylast_img read more

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first_img Comments All Brian Megill could do was shrug when he thought about what happened last year trying to defend Denver’s Alex Demopoulos. He had no answer as to what allowed the attack to score four goals against Syracuse while no other Pioneer had more than one.A then-freshman filled with nerves in his first collegiate start, Megill had trouble stopping Demopoulos from the very beginning.‘He smoked me hard the first play,’ Megill said. ‘He’s a very good player. We just have to account for him now.’Stopping Demopoulos is one part of what No. 1 Syracuse is looking to do Sunday when it opens up its season against No. 12 Denver at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It’ll try to stop a tough team coached by Bill Tierney, who led the Pioneers to a 12-5 record and a NCAA tournament berth in his first season as head coach.Megill wasn’t even supposed to cover Demopoulos in last season’s 15-9 win over Denver but had to take over that assignment when John Lade injured his hamstring in the days leading up to the start of the season. Now Lade gets his chance at trying to keep the quarterback of Denver’s offense from giving the Pioneers a chance at beating the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re going to have John covering him,’ Megill said. ‘He’s going to do a great job as he always does. (Demopoulos) is a very good feeder as well as a shooter.’Demopoulos is in charge of a Denver offense that has all three starting attack returning from last season, as well as several of its best offensive midfielders. It’s an experienced offense that took the Pioneers to an ECAC Championship a year ago.Tierney now has one full season at Denver under his belt and an offensive unit completely used to his system and schemes. Syracuse head coach John Desko said that only gives him more reason to expect the Pioneers to be as good or even better this season.‘It’s Coach Tierney’s and his staff’s second year there, so I think we’re going to see their system kick into place obviously more this year than last year,’ Desko said. ‘I think this Denver team’s going to be a year wiser.’Desko also said the Denver players aren’t going to be as intimidated coming in to play at the Dome after experiencing it last year. Using Army, which beat the Orange in the first round of the tournament last year, as an example, Desko said the Pioneers won’t be as ‘awestruck’ in their return to the Dome.One of the reasons Demopoulos had so much success against the Orange last season could be because SU simply didn’t know him as well, Desko said. On Sunday, there will be more of a definitive game plan in terms of defending him, including getting Lade help covering the attack. And that means keeping Demopoulos from taking unassisted shots and making sure he isn’t able to make easy assists.‘He certainly is probably their best carrier, their leader on attack,’ Desko said. ‘He looks to (Mark) Matthews a lot to finish the ball. We’re going to match up with him, know where he is, get on his hands and be aware he can be a threat.’In last season’s game, Syracuse had a 10-goal lead but let Denver slowly climb its way back. Demopoulos sparked the late comeback attempt with two goals in the fourth quarter.Giving the Pioneers an opportunity to get within striking distance is something the Orange is looking to avoid Sunday. With that in mind, stopping Demopoulos is crucial if Syracuse wants to keep a lead when it gets one.‘We got out on them pretty quick and then let them in with a few goals,’ SU midfielder Jovan Miller said. ‘If we get a big lead, just to stay on top of it.’Despite his team getting the win over Denver last year, Megill said it didn’t come without mistakes. There are certain aspects that need to be improved, whether it’s communicating better on defense or holding onto a lead for the duration of the game.‘They’re a good team, but I think we could’ve done better,’ Megill said. ‘We have a bad taste in our mouth from last year, so I’m hoping we’re going to come out firing.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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