Chile Carries Out First Transplant of Locally-Obtained Stem Cells

first_imgBy Dialogo July 24, 2009 SANTIAGO, 23 July 2009 (AFP) – A forty-eight-year-old man with leukemia became the first patient in Chile to receive a transplant of umbilical-cord stem cells stored in the country’s only public stem-cell bank, a procedure that could cure him. The transplant, which took place on Monday, was made possible by the fact that one of the samples kept in the Bank of Life turned out to be compatible with the patient, whose best chance for survival was the transplant, according to doctors from Catholic University of Santiago Hospital, where the operation was done. “The patient previously received chemotherapy and radiation for seven days, and following a day of rest, the stem cells were injected into a vein, as if it were a transfusion,” the coordinator of the hospital’s Hematology and Oncology Unit, Francisco Barriga, explained to AFP. The doctor, who is also the technical director of the Bank of Life, explained that the purpose of the chemotherapy was to eliminate the patient’s sick cells, so that the new cells will be the ones to restore all the functions of the blood, a process which may take at least a year. “From an immunological point of view, he was reborn. This is so much the case that after the whole process, we will vaccinate him like an infant,” Barriga specified. The specialist clarified that the transplant’s success will not be known immediately. “The first year is the most difficult. If the leukemia has not reappeared in two or three years, more or less, then we will consider him cured,” he indicated. The Bank of Life has been in operation in Chile for two years. It has around two hundred samples available, and its long-term objective is to become an option not only for Chileans, but for foreigners as well. “We can have these cells for ourselves and for whoever needs them in the world,” Barriga affirmed. The doctor indicated that the Chilean cells will soon be registered with a worldwide network of umbilical-cord donors and blood banks. “In this way, the blood of a Chilean child can be used in a transplant for a German child, for example,” he commented. According to Barriga, around one hundred young Chileans die of leukemia annually, without access to medical procedures of this kind. For this reason, he considers it necessary to reach agreements with other local clinics to store more stem cells and to train more specialists to take advantage of umbilical-cord blood and process it every time a child is born, since this is the source from which stem cells are extracted. “After a baby is born and is taken by the pediatric doctor, the mother still has the placenta inside and a segment of the umbilical cord coming out. At that moment we need to find the large vein in the cord and extract the blood left in there. We have five minutes to do this before the mother expels the placenta,” Barriga explains. The extracted blood is processed in a laboratory, and the stem cells are separated from the white blood cells. They are frozen at -40°C, submerged in liquid nitrogen at -190°C, and stored in the bank to await a compatible patient.last_img read more

The path for high school sports to return to the field this fall

first_imgFan attendance is also in question. Paske said he believes most games won’t be a problem, and fans will be able to follow social distancing policies. His concern is football games, which typically have a bigger turnout. NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas is a member on the task force, and says the goal is to “examine potential impacts of the COVID crisis on the fall season and the 2020/2021 school year,” adding “it is not in place to make rule changes or regulation changes.” The first meeting will take place on June 10. The guidance offers three phases, with criteria including guidelines on pre-workout screenings and limitations on gatherings. These phases were set in accordance with guidelines sent out by the White House and the CDC. (WBNG) — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has a COVID-19 task force in place to work toward a safe return to high school sports for the 2020 fall season. Zayas said the biggest challenge right now is asking people to be patient, due to limited information. “If we start making decisions based on the information we have today, it’s very likely the situation is going to change in the next three months.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. Johnson City High School Athletic Director Jeff Paske said he would find it difficult for students to play with masks on, but added “if that’s what we have to do I’m sure the students would step up and make it happen.” Paske echoed that sentiment, saying it’s been difficult leaving parents, athletes and coaches with unanswered questions. Nothing is set in stone, but Paske mentioned tickets being issued to family members as an option, although he called that idea “a rough draft.” “Some of them I imagine want to be told ‘yup, let’s go ahead let’s go,’ and be out there the next day but it’s the times we live in right now, and we just have to adjust accordingly.” The guidance also recommends athletes wear cloth face coverings during practices and games. Zayas says there is a Department of Health representative on the task force to navigate how that would impact student-athletes. Dr. Zayas also serves on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was also part of a sub-committee which recently put out a guidance, outlining how states could approach the 2020 high school fall season. Zayas says the most important takeaway from the guidance is that it is not a mandate. He said the document “serves as a template for state high school athletic associations throughout the country.” Zayas said he’s hoping to use the guidance as a format for New York state to start building its own guidance. For the entire 16-page guidance, click here. Right now, the plan is for the fall season to begin as scheduled on August 24, If revisions need to be made, Zayas said they will be made based on that start date. last_img read more

Home Counties’ comforts

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Brisbane has had another quiet month on the property price growth front

first_imgBrisbane home values remained stable during February.BRISBANE has had another quiet month on the property price growth front with preliminary figures revealing on a very small shift in values during February.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said results to February 25 showed that home values nationally were down 0.3 per cent for the month to date and Brisbane was down 0.1 per cent.He said in Brisbane there had been no real change to values in January and February wasn’t much different.“It’s more of the same for the Brisbane market – it’s pretty much dead flat,’’ Mr Kusher said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago“That’s the condition we’re expecting for the rest of the year. If migration and the economy picks up, we might see the market pick up. There’s some demand coming from interstate, but it’s focused on specific areas. And there’s oversupply in the unit market which is impacting the rest of the market.’’Mr Kusher said Brisbane did not have the same economic drivers that Sydney and Melbourne had.Although he said the jobs market was starting to increase in Queensland if not Brisbane.“There’s a general lack of confidence in the market,’’ Mr Kusher said.Sydney’s drop of 0.6 per cent during February was dragging down the national results, Mr Kusher said.While Brisbane had shown little price movement as a whole, it wasn’t the only capital to experience that.“Most of the other capitals are pretty flat or slightly falling, that’s why we’re seeing monthly falls and the annual growth slowing each month,’’ Mr Kusher said.last_img read more

Messi risks UK ban

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly UK visa restrictions will strengthen Nigeria’s democracy — Forum Lionel Messi could be banned from travelling to the UK if Barcelona play an English side in the Champions League in the event of Brexit.The Barcelona forward has previously been convicted for tax fraud and as part of his punishment he was hit with a 21-month suspended prison sentence by the Spanish courts.That has not been an issue for Messi in the past as he has a dual Spanish-Argentine passport, making him an EU citizen.And therefore he is free to travel to the UK as it is a non-violent conviction.But if the UK leaves the EU, Messi would be among the stars that could face a stumbling block, according to immigration lawyer Andrew Osbourne of firm Lewis Silkin.In an interview with the Athletic, he said: “There is a specific point around European games. If you are an EU citizen with a criminal conviction, you can travel to the UK, as long as you are not deemed to be a threat to national security.“If you are not an EU citizen and have a conviction or prison sentence imposed – even if suspended – you are banned from coming to the UK.“There are a number of very famous footballers with convictions and suspended sentences for tax evasion. They, thus far, have not had to worry as they have EU passports.“But post-Brexit, they potentially may not be able to enter the country (as they will be treated like non-EU nationals).“Anyone with a prison sentence of any sort, the starting point is you are not allowed in.“This could provide disruption to Champions League squads and also whether they (UEFA) will play finals in England if players potentially may not be able to come in.“Clubs will need to take steps.”There is an expectation that Messi would be handed an exemption by the Home Office if the situation did arise. Tags: BREXITLionel MessiUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

COLUMN: Easy start worth it before marathon

first_imgSo apparently the Sun Belt isn’t that good. Maybe if either Arkansas State or Idaho had home-field advantage, it would have been different. One of them could have held USC under 50 points, or gotten to double digits themselves. But probably not.Now the Trojans move into the exciting part of the schedule. With all due respect to the Red Wolves and Vandals, this is the part that will actually determine USC’s role in postseason play.Finally, a real game.As fellow Daily Trojan columnist Regan Estes discussed Tuesday, the excitement of it goes beyond the usual anticipation for the start of in-conference competition. It’s grown to be one of the best recent rivalries in the sport, and despite Stanford’s fall from the AP Poll’s top 25, this is a legitimate challenge for the Trojans.Though certainly less interesting, I think it was worthwhile for USC to schedule two pretty soft games. I think those two scheduling decisions will pay off greatly in USC’s quest for a College Football Playoff spot, especially considering the immediate future of the Pac-12 and when comparing it to USC’s 2016   non-conference schedule.Stanford is the official start of a long haul for USC. Eight of USC’s 10 remaining games feature opponents that either ranked or have received votes in the AP Poll. The exceptions are Washington and Colorado, but those look more like traps than cupcakes.The Pac-12 hasn’t looked great so far this season, but it’s still arguably the deepest conference in the NCAA, simply because no conference so far can really be called “the toughest.”The Big Ten currently has the most momentum right now. The defending national champions received 59 first place votes, and Michigan State received the other two in the AP Poll after beating now No. 12 Oregon. But beyond that, the conference’s top 25 representation only includes No. 23 Northwestern and No. 24 Wisconsin.The SEC had a really rough weekend, with Arkansas falling from the top 25 after a loss to Toledo and Auburn needing overtime to stave off Jacksonville State.The other big inter-conference matchup was Oklahoma of the Big 12 taking down Tennessee of the SEC.That leaves Ohio State at      No. 1 and Michigan State at No. 4, Alabama leading the SEC at No. 2, TCU and Baylor representing the Big 12 at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, and USC at No. 6. The ACC still has Florida State in the top 10 at No. 9, the lowest of any top-ranked Power Five team. At this point, independent Notre Dame is still worth a mention at No. 8, but I don’t think the Irish will last.If at the end of the year, the five conference winners have equal overall records, the odd man out will probably be the ACC winner. The only thing we can really bet on, though, is that the Big Ten winner will almost certainly not be left out of the CFP. The winner between Michigan State and Ohio State will have to have a spot over a Pac-12 team given how high-profile that                         Michigan State-Oregon matchup was. But the Pac-12 winner is still more likely to take one of those bottom spots over the ACC winner — though don’t sleep on No. 11 Clemson in the discussion.Here’s where scheduling becomes interesting. Aside from the Notre Dame tradition, USC didn’t add any big time            non-conference games this year, but the 2016 Cowboy Classic between USC and Alabama will absolutely qualify as one. Oregon went for the latter approach the past two seasons with its Michigan State home-and-home, which obviously backfired to some degree this year.Personally, from the standpoint of a partisan fan hoping to see his favorite team in the playoffs, I don’t think scheduling that extra non-conference challenge is worth the risk. I’d say the odds of winning those games are, for all intents and purposes, a              50-50 shot, but a crucial loss is more damaging than a trademark win is beneficial.Oregon probably would have still made the playoff last year if its win over Michigan State was instead an FCS win. The Pac-12 conference schedule is strong enough to stand alone. Now, the Ducks have no margin for error the rest of the season, and the Spartans still have to win their conference for it to matter. If the Spartans or the 2016 Trojans end up with one more loss than the other conference winner, one extra big win won’t counter that extra loss.Thankfully, USC made it through the first two weeks still intact. Not just in regard to its record, but also its roster, because the risk of significant injury drops in those games. Down the road, as the team — still not up to full scholarship capacity, by the way — fights its way to the finish line of conference play, we’ll be thankful USC didn’t make it any harder on itself than needed.So in the future, I don’t hope to watch any USC games against non-Power Five conferences. They’re quite boring and leave little room for interesting commentary.But I do hope USC schedules them anyway. Yes, the Cowboy Classic would be a fun annual tradition, but that’s what Notre Dame is for. The revenue will take care of itself, and the Trojans will hopefully be back to being good enough that winning the conference is the only necessary statement.If we do get an annual rivalry game going with a Sun Belt team, let’s do it with Troy University. “The Trojan War” could totally earn a national primetime spot.Luke Holthouse is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Holthouse Party,” runs Wednesdays.last_img read more

CAF President Issa Hayatou Wants To Quit

first_imgAfrican Football Confederation (CAF) chairman Issa Hayatou says he is stressed out and wants to stand down from his job.“I want to stop because it’s restricting; it’s not easy,” he told French radio station RFI on Sunday.“I’ve had 37 years in football, that’s a lot, and what’s more I am a member of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee. It’s very restrictive in terms of all the travel, you are all the time on an aeroplane, you’re all the time stressed out.”Hayatou, who last November rejected claims made in a British television documentary that he had received secret payments from bankrupt marketing firm ISL, was elected CAF president for the first time in 1988. His current term of office concludes in 2013.He told RFI, “I am 65 years old, I reckon it’s time to think about standing down and leaving, but I don’t know what Africans will think of that. But for me personally, I would like to quit.”Source: Goallast_img read more

K-49 railroad crossing closing for repairs south of U.S. 160/K-49 Junction

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Starting June 13th, the BNSF Railway Co will begin a permitted railroad crossing repair project on K-49 Highway between the US-160/K-49 junction and West 20th Street South in Sumner County.  The purpose of the railroad crossing repair project is to conduct routine maintenance and necessary upgrades. It is scheduled to be completed around June 17th, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.Local traffic will need to use alternate routes. With both lanes being affected and closed by the project, through traffic will be detoured around the closing using US-160 and US-81 Highways. Potential time delays greater than thirty minutes can be expected.For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website, www.ksdot.org/tworks.  Highway construction project locations and road condition information can be viewed at the http://511.ksdot.org website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. Persons with questions about this road work or other KDOT projects can call South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager, Zach Oswald, at 620-663-3361 or 1-877-550-5368 (Toll free).Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 218 weeks ago Couldn’t wait until harvest was all done? Bet the custom cutters will like that. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Soldiers ready for Melbourne – Cottrell

first_imgJermaine LannamanGleaner WriterWest Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell believes title-holders Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has more than what it takes to beat Melbourne at Up Park Camp in quarter-final action of the Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup, beginning today.The match-up, one of two on the weekend, will see the JDF – winners of Zone A, entering the contest as slight favourites against the Nikita Miller-captained Melbourne, who ended as runners-up in Zone D.The other quarter-final encounter will see Zone D winners St Thomas CA hosting Zone A runner-up St Ann at Goodyear Oval.”The JDF is normally a very confident team and we are looking forward to any challenge that Melbourne may bring,” said Cottrell.”We are also defending champions and want to defend our crown, as after winning the last two titles the aim is to win five.”Cottrell, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, is set to lead the soldiers attack along with national trial invitees, fellow pacemen Reynard Leveridge and Leighton Leslie, as well as his national team-mate, left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli.Their batting, in the meanwhile, is expected to see in-form national one-day opener, Jermaine Harrison, looking to add to his recent back-to-back hundreds, leading their charge along with Rasheed Outar and Joseph Palmer.However, Robert Samuels, coach of Melbourne, is expressing equal confidence, stating that his team is in a comeback mode.”Melbourne has been missing out on the Senior Cup in recent years due to a number of reasons,” he said.”But I am confident that this time will be different.”We will be missing Damion Jacobs, who is overseas, but still have in our line-up Jamaica players Nikita Miller, Andre McCarthy and Guyanese opener, Trevon Griffith.”There is also young Jamaica fast bowler, Oshane Thomas, who is bowling fairly quick, and should pose some problems.”The St Thomas versus St Ann encounter, in the meantime, will see Carlton Baugh Jr leading the home team against St Ann, which will be captained by opener John Campbell.last_img read more