Skipping measles vaccine tied to triple risk of disease spread

first_imgAn analysis of 16 years’ worth of confirmed measles cases in the United States to better understand transmission patterns found that unvaccinated people are about three to four times more infectious than those with measles who have gotten one or two doses and that pockets of unvaccinated people are fertile ground for superspreading events.Factors apart from vaccination—such as contact patterns, high population density, and reduced or declining antibody levels—can contribute to measles transmission. The authors said the goal of the study was to more clearly tease out transmission, which could help target public health resources for preventing and controlling the disease.A team led by experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and including researchers from Britain and Australia, reported its findings today in JAMA Pediatrics.Transmissibility and superspreadersFor the study, the group examined 2,218 cases of measles in US residents and international travelers that were reported from 2001 through 2017.Transmissibility, defined at the effective reproduction number (R), was 0.76 in people who had received no measles vaccine doses, 0.17 in those who had gotten one dose, and 0.27 in those who had received two or more doses. The R was 0.52 for those with unknown vaccination status.For patients born before 1957, R was 0.35, and for people born on or after 1957, R was 0.64.Other findings included higher transmissibility in children 5 to 17 years old who had primary or secondary measles, compared with other age-groups. The researchers found that transmission is concentrated in unvaccinated primary and secondary cases.There were 23 possible superspreading events, and 19 of 23 superspreaders were unvaccinated, with vaccination unknown for the other 4. Superspreading events during 16 outbreaks had a median size of 21 cases and a median duration of 44 days, occurring mostly in close-contact settings such as hospitals, households, and schools.Vaccine refusal and increased transmissionThough the measles vaccine is highly effective, ranging from 93% for one dose and 97% for two doses, the authors said their findings also suggest an association of vaccination with limiting disease communicability. They added that the patterns they found underscore the fact that US measles transmission is driven by a failure to vaccinate rather than a failure of vaccine performance.Also, the low transmissibility they found in adults born when measles was still endemic—assuming that many were naturally infected— supports the use of birth date before vaccine introduction as presumptive evidence of measles immunity in elimination settings, they wrote.Higher transmission among school-aged contacts shows that school-aged kids are a primary conduit of measles transmission in the United States, underscoring the importance of policies aimed at reaching high two-dose coverage in that age-group, the authors said.See also:Nov 18 JAMA Pediatr abstractlast_img read more

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Management Changes Coming in Goodyear Retail Operations

first_imgLSI 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 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. 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.  From Staff & Wire Reports AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAKRON, OHIO — E.A. “Chip” Sterosky, general manager of countrywide retail, has announced his retirement from the retail operations division of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Sterosky started with Goodyear as a store manager in 1976 and has held various zone and regional positions since then. As a result of Sterosky’s retirement, management of the 624 Goodyear Auto Service Centers will be divided between Dave Cranston, general manager east, and Gary Sass, general manager west. Both will report to Mike Blackburn, general manager of retail operations. The position of manager of retail sales promotions, vacated by Sass, will also report to Blackburn. Goodyear’s retail operations division includes 763 company-owned tire stores, 139 of which are operated under the Just Tires retail format, according to Goodyear. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,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 With 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. last_img read more

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County: Library Policies Go To Council Tuesday

first_imgCOUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council will be voting to adopt revisions to library policies at the Nov. 26 Council Meeting.The library policies have not been revised since 2010.Over several months, the Library Board conducted a systematic review of the library policies in parallel with an internal review by library management and approved revisions to the policies at the Nov. 4 Library Board Meeting.Key policy changes include revision of policies related to photographing or videotaping in the library, donations, public access computing including Internet use and meeting space.See the Nov. 26 Council agenda packet for detailed information.last_img read more

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Mogul status

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Dark Relationship Explored In Melodrama ‘Daddy’

first_img“Daddy.” Independent/Matt SaundersIf you smell disgust and contempt in the air while viewing Jeremy O. Harris’s new play “Daddy,” subtitled “A Melodrama,” you’re still breathing.Daddy, the inimitable Alan Cumming (Andre), is a very wealthy man who flaunts everything he has to flaunt. His art collection, described by the young African American artist he’s picked up, is “cool, like, amazing . . . or whatever. But it’s like, yeah, you have money but curatorially the taste is like, booty . . .” Franklin (Ronald Peet) observes.Great choice of words! “Booty,” a slang expression for black ass, speaks to what matters in Franklin’s world, and at the same time to Andre’s fetishism. But, despite all their talking, they don’t share a lot of tangible information about themselves . . . who they are, where they come from, what they do.We learn that they met at a club, and we see that things started happening very quickly after that. Andre showers Franklin with presents; they take drugs, have sex in Andre’s swimming pool, and talk about having sex, while Franklin noticeably squirms at Andre’s prurience, his spankings, and persistent aggression.Surrounding the central couple are Franklin’s friends, the ultra-cool, air head Bellamy (Kahyun Kim), and the obnoxious, and apparently jealous, Max. As played by Tommy Dorfman, he is the most reasonable character here, as he recognizes that there is something seminally wrong with Franklin’s new relationship.In addition, a gospel choir (Carrie Compere, Denise Manning, Onyie Nwachukwu) appears at the height of Andre’s sexual advances, and underscoring Franklin’s cries for his daddy. That these actors/singers also double as domestic help and artist assistants brings to mind Tony Kushner’s musical, “Carolyn or Change.”The gospel singers represent an essence of African American culture in domestic and family life. That connection is clearly made when Franklin’s mother, portrayed by the beguiling Charlayne Woodward, arrives, megaphone in hand, leading the singers into Andre’s pool. It’s a riot, as if the high-priestess mom still needs to baptize her son to win his obedience. Sadly, he rebuffs Zora’s efforts to rescue him from Andre’s narcissistic, possessive, and usurious ways.As Franklin spirals downward from a sensitive, self-questioning young artist to feeling rubbed off and lost, his art work also evolves into frightening, life-size representations of himself, Andre, and his mother. But these soft sculptures look primitive, and typical of early folk art, conceivably the work of American slaves.Regardless, the overwhelming impression that one is left with is a scathing indictment on the way gay men live, and specifically the dyad of the older man/younger man. In spite of Montana Levi Blanco’s imaginative, upscale costumes, Andre prefers nudity.The production, interestingly, is helmed by a gifted female director, Danya Taymor.All of the action takes place in, and around the swimming pool outside Andre’s contemporary fortress of a home. In fact, the production values are so high end, it looks like it was produced by Netflix for the stage.The CakeDefinitely a Hallmark play, “The Cake” lives fashionably in that zone where people-friendly, shallow social acknowledgements thrive.In fact, it’s an adorable, entertaining confection, with a great role for Debra Jo Rupp. As a stage actress, Rupp is known for her comedic range, as she demonstrated in the one-woman show, “Becoming Dr. Ruth.” Regardless of her numerous television roles, she remains an actress better known for the characters she plays than by her own name. Still, her voice, which sounds like it’s syphoned through a tin can, and her high-pitched giggle, remain distinctive.Here, as Southern baker Della, a pastry chef bar none, Rupp’s comedic appetite gets piqued. Bouncing up and down in her bakery, the one that barely supports itself, she’s practicing for her appearance as a contest on a television baking show. To her dismay, she loses the gig when she’s exposed for refusing to bake the cake for a same-sex marriage.It’s actually the wedding of the little girl whom she had adored from the day she was born, and her African American girlfriend from New York City, a tell-all journalist, with a barb apparently, splendidly played by Marinda Anderson. As Jen, her bride and Della’s dear friend, Genevieve Angelson is a blushing ingenue and a nice guy.And as Della’s husband, the one who plumbs for a living, but can’t get it up at home, Dan Daily pulls off a surprising jest. Underlying the great debate over marriage, Della and Tim face the apathy that comes after many years of living together. That we see how they change also speaks to the wonders of marriage.Designer John Lee Beatty knows kitsch, particularly when it comes to wallpaper. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter has a fanciful way of addressing social issues. Slickly directed by Lynne Meadow. Sharelast_img read more

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MOX to raise production capacity

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ASCO develops dry ice ray technology

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Wärtsilä divests its pumps business

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SapuraKencana, Proserv in subsea technology pact

first_imgMalaysia’s SapuraKencana Petroleum and UK’s Proserv are teaming to provide enhanced technology services offerings to clients in Asia Pacific. SapuraKencana’s  subsidiary, SapuraKencana Technology will, together with Proserv, provide a range of services across the drilling, production, maintenance and decommissioning market sectors with a focus on subsea production and subsea maintenance services.“The partnership will leverage on mutual strengths — Proserv’s suite of advanced subsea production equipment and controls and SK Technology’s technical support, resources and assets — to better support and enhance client projects,” SapuraKencana said Wednesday.Vivek Arora, Senior Vice President of Business Acquisition at SKPB said, “The partnership with Proserv allows our Group to strengthen the diversity of its range of services to clients, especially in operations and maintenance services. We can now provide clients with more technical expertise and resources to support a range of subsea projects, in particular facility optimization, to extend lifespan of fields, services and support.David Lamont, Chief Executive Officer at Proserv said, “We’re partnering with a company that is well-respected throughout Asia Pacific and that shares our values and commitment to service excellence. Our specialist capabilities complement SKPB’s diverse range of services, allowing us to further enhance our offering to clients particularly in the subsea services sector, whilst continuing to grow our presence in Malaysia and throughout the Asia Pacific region.Proserv is a technology services company first and foremost and this partnership firmly underlines our commitment to clients in the region through the delivery of highly reliable, efficient and competitive technology solutions.”last_img read more

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Why construction needs the Minecraft generation

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