Apr 5, 2011Walnut-linked E coli outbreak sickens 13 CanadiansThe Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said yesterday that 13 patients from three provinces have been sickened so far in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to potentially tainted walnuts. On Apr 3 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a health alert about packaged and bulk walnuts that were recalled by Amira Enterprises, Inc, a distributor based in Quebec, due to possible E coli O157:H7 contamination. The CFIA said the walnuts were imported from the United States. The PHAC said that the sick patients were from Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick. Nine of the patients were hospitalized, two of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney complication. It advised consumers who still have raw walnuts in their homes to reduce the risk of E coli infection by roasting them at 350ºF for 10 minutes, turning the nuts once after 5 minutes.Adjuvanted H1N1 vaccine shows good profile in preterm babiesAn Italian trial of an adjuvanted 2009 H1N1 vaccine in children ages 6 months to 23 months found that one dose provoked a significant immune response and was safe and well tolerated, even in preterm babies who are thought to have a lower immune response. The researchers published their findings yesterday in an early online edition of Pediatrics. The study included 105 babies at three different gestational age levels: under 32 weeks, 32 to 36 weeks, and 37 to 42 weeks. The children received the vaccine, made by Novartis, at study enrollment, with a second dose 4 weeks later. Researchers obtained serum samples at baseline, before the second dose, and 4 weeks after the second dose. They found evidence of seroprotection in all groups after the first dose. They said though some of the children had detectable antibodies before vaccination, the vaccine had an immunogenic effect, because it was seen even in children without baseline antibodies against the virus. They suggested the safety profile of the adjuvanted vaccine was noteworthy, especially for low-gestational-age children who may be at higher risk for adverse events.Apr 4 Pediatrics abstract
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Share UWF Preseason Outlook Video: Men’s Soccer PENSACOLA, Fla. – Follow the University of West Florida men’s soccer team through their preseason practices as they prepare for the 2014 season. Head coach Bill Elliott talks about the teams’ goals and expectations with new additions to the team. Elliott enters his 20th season at the helm of the UWF men’s soccer team this fall.Make sure to view the video in HD 1080p quality, and be on the lookout for the rest of the fall preseason outlook videos coming soon on GoArgos.com.The UWF men’s soccer team will kick off the 2014 campaign at home on Sept. 4 against Trevecca Nazarene at 7:30 p.m. CT.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS# Print Friendly Version
What appeared all but imminent became official Sunday morning as the Ravens released kicker Billy Cundiff, meaning rookie Justin Tucker has won the job for the 2012 season.The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter as the 2010 Pro Bowl kicker will not receive the opportunity to atone for his 32-yard miss in the AFC Championship game last January that would have sent the Ravens to overtime in Foxborough.The writing appeared on the wall for the 32-year-old Cundiff after coach John Harbaugh elected to have Tucker handle all kicking duties in the Ravens’ 48-17 preseason win over the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday. Tucker connected on field goals from 33 and 53 yards while Cundiff watched from the sidelines, and Harbaugh’s comments since had been anything but a ringing endorsement for the incumbent kicker.“Billy had a great camp, the best he has had with us,” Harbaugh said in a team statement. “He showed, like he always has, a toughness and an ability to come back and be a top-flight NFL kicker. These decisions are never easy, and this one was difficult for all of us – Ozzie [Newsome], Jerry [Rosburg] and me. “Of course, that says something about Justin [Tucker], the way he has kicked and our belief in him. But, that does not say something less about Billy. Billy was ready in every way to be our kicker. He’ll kick in the NFL. He’s a very good kicker and an even better person.”Tucker is 5-for-5 in the preseason and made 40 of 48 field goal attempts in his career at Texas.Cundiff performed well during training camp and the preseason, but it was clear the rookie from Texas had kicked even better in his opportunities. While Cundiff will forever be defined in Baltimore by his miss against the Patriots, he struggled in 2011 while making 28 of 37 kicks during the regular season — all misses coming on the road — and was only 1-for-6 on tries from 50-plus yards.The veteran was frustrated following Thursday’s preseason game as it appeared he knew his time was running out with the Ravens.“Regardless of my track record, if you look at it in the last two years as a full-time kicker, inside of 50 yards, I’m about 90 percent,” Cundiff said. “If you look at the playoffs, I’m [11 of 12 in three seasons in Baltimore]. In the last two years, if you take all of my touchbacks combined, I have more touchbacks than anybody else in the league. I feel as if that’s not good enough, then I’ll take my services elsewhere.”In January 2011, the Ravens signed Cundiff to a five-year, $15 million contract that included a $3 million signing bonus. Releasing Cundiff clears his $2.2 million base salary from the cap this season — with a $600,000 cap hit remaining — but now leaves $1.8 million in dead money for the 2013 salary cap.With Tucker reportedly making $390,000 this season, the Ravens will roughly save $1.8 million on the 2012 salary cap with this decision. The Ravens must trim their preseason roster from 90 players to 75 by 4 p.m. Monday. The final cut-down to 53 players must take place by 9 p.m. Friday evening.
Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis have come up with novel way of helping COVID-19 relief efforts, by simply cracking open a bottle of wine.The two That 70s Show vets took to Ashton’s Twitter account on Sunday to announce that they have teamed up with Nocking Point Wines and Battle Creek Vineyards to launch their very own Quarantine Wine, with all of the profits going to a handful of charities helping COVID-19 relief efforts.“100 percent, that’s right, 100 percent of the profits will go to a handful of charities that we have vetted for you and are so proud of during this time,” Kunis added. “Anything from feeding families who have fallen on hard times…”“To supplying PPE equipment to frontline medical workers,” Kutcher chimed in. “To helping small businesses and people who are in distress recover.”The wine, a Pinot Noir,” which sells at a price of two bottles for $50, comes with an interactive front label that “is meant to be written on by YOU,” according to their website.“Crack open a bottle of this wine, enjoy a virtual happy hour with a friend or loved one, and write (or draw!) who you’re toasting to from the comfort of your own home,” it continues. “Snap a pic and post it using #QUARANTINEWINE, #PPE, and #SOCIALDISTANCING to spread the word about this awesome wine and fundraising cause,” Kunis and Kutcher ask. “We hope that you enjoy this wine as much as we do and we can’t thank you enough for your support!”The four charities they chose are Give Directly, Direct Relief, The Frontline Responders Fund and America’s Food Fund.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.