The number of children being stricken by a mysteri

first_imgThe number of children being stricken by a mysterious paralyzing condition continues to increase, federal officials say.At least 252 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far this year from 27 states, including 90 that have been confirmed through Nov. 9, the CDC reported Tuesday.Most of the cases have occurred among children between the ages of 2 and 8.The illness usually starts as a fever and seemingly routine respiratory symptoms. But in some cases — between three and 10 days later — children suddenly suffer paralysis.The cause of the condition remains a mystery. But officials say there is a possibility it is being caused by a virus that affects the digestive system known as an enterovirus, though that remains just a theory.Another possibility is that the condition is being caused by an overreaction of the immune system to an infection. Also under investigation are rhinoviruses, which cause the common cold and other respiratory illnesses.Regardless, public health officials say they are racing to try to determine the cause and the best treatments.”As a mom, I know what its like to be scared for your child. And I know parents want answers,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said during a briefing for reporters. “We’ve learned a lot about AFM since 2014, but there are things we still don’t understand.”No one has died from the condition so far this year, she noted, adding the condition remains rare.In about half of cases, the patients eventually fully recover. But the other half appear to be left with permanent disabilities, Messonnier says.AFM outbreaks appear to occur every two years, with most cases occurring in the late summer and fall. The pace of cases this year appears to be on track to have the same number as in the past few outbreaks, Messonnier says.While environmental toxins remain a possibility, Messonnier says that seems unlikely given how widespread the cases are.She also encouraged parents to continue to get their children vaccinated, saying vaccines don’t appear to be a possible cause. There is no evidence the condition is being caused by the polio virus.”We are trying to figure out what the triggers are that would cause AFM,” Messonnier says. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer North Dakota lawmaker Rae Ann Kelsch died last month at age 58 after eating raw oysters at a New Orleans restaurant. The alleged culprit: a fast-moving bacterial infection — linked to consuming raw or undercooked shellfish — that caused her organs to shut down.The place where Kelsch ate oysters has not been publicly released.Oysters have long been a trademark of southern cuisine, but they also pose health risks for some.”There’s always going to be a small amount of risk,” says Dr. Fred Lopez, who studies infectious disease at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center.Lopez says the biggest danger comes from a pervasive bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which is what reportedly killed Kelsch.Vibrio vulnificus naturally thrives in brackish waters where the temperature is above 68 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, it’s actually more common in the Gulf of Mexico, where the waters are warmer, than on the East and West coasts.”If you’re consuming a raw oyster that comes from the Gulf Coast waters … particularly in the summer months,” says Lopez, “You have to assume that it has Vibrio vulnificus.”Thomas “Uptown T” Stewart is the famous oyster shucker at the New Orleans restaurant Pascal’s Manale. Stewart has worked at the restaurant for more than 30 years, and he knows his clients well. It seems like he’s always shouting “What’s happening, y’all?” to people walking through the front door.Stewart’s side of the bar is covered by a pile of raw oysters and ice. One by one he digs them out, pries open the shells with a knife and frees the meat with effortless speed.Brent and Paula Coussou are on the other side of the bar. They’re each nursing a beer, and there’s a row of empty oysters between them. They say they’ve been coming to the restaurant for as long as Stewart has been working there.”This guy here’s the best. The best,” says Brent Coussou.” I mean, I’ve been to a lot of places and it’s just, his oysters are very clean. He doesn’t have any chiplies in his oysters.”That may not be an official term, but he’s referring to those crunchy bits of shell that sometimes get slurped down with the raw oyster.Coussou heard the news about the politician who died, but he’s not worried. He says he’s never gotten sick.Although many oysters are exposed to Vibrio vulnificus, they aren’t dangerous to everyone. People with specific pre-existing health problems are most vulnerable.That list includes liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, alcoholism and cancer. Generally speaking, people with weakened immune systems are the most at risk. Lopez says those people shouldn’t eat raw oysters — period.”They can eat shellfish,” he says. “They just need to make sure that they’re thoroughly cooked — boiled, fried, steamed, etc.”Proper cooking kills the bacteria completely. All things considered, Vibrio vulnificus infections are still very rare.But when people with weakened immune systems are infected by Vibrio vulnificus, anywhere from one-third to one-half of those people die.”That’s a very high mortality rate,” says Lopez.That’s why there are very strict regulations around oyster harvesting. The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) sets those regulations for the Food and Drug Administration.”Probably, shellfish and milk are the two most regulated foods in the country,” says Ken Moore, Executive Director of the ISSC.There’s an old adage, that you should only eat raw oysters in months with an “R.” September through April — basically the cooler months. So this isn’t a new idea.Moore says regulations have tightened over the last 10 years or so. For example, during the warm summer months, oysters that are meant to be eaten raw must be refrigerated within an hour of harvesting. He says it’s had a positive effect.”We’ve actually seen a reduction in [raw oyster Vibrio vulnificus] cases,” Moore says. “We think that the controls that we have in place are actually keeping those numbers low.”Dr. Alex Billioux agrees. He’s the assistant secretary for Louisiana’s Office of Public Health.”It is very, very rare to become ill from eating oysters,” says Billioux.And though infections from raw oysters are down, Billioux says the amount of Vibrio vulnificus in the water is actually increasing due to warming waters. “I definitely expect our jobs to become harder as the waters continue to warm because of climate change,” he says.That could mean more testing, scrutiny, and risk in the future.”I think that’s sort of the big point when we start talking about the climate change effects,” Billioux says. “It really can touch everything.”This story comes to us from member station WWNO in New Orleans. Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana and local listeners. You can listen to the audio here. Copyright 2018 WWNO – New Orleans Public Radio. To see more, visit WWNO – New Orleans Public Radio.last_img read more

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QuadGraphics is a global provider of print and me

first_imgQuad/Graphics is a global provider of print and media solutions.Sussex-based Quad/Graphics Inc. today acquired Ivie & Associates Inc. for $92.5 million.Quad/Graphics is a global provider of print and media solutions.Ivie is a marketing and advertising firm with its international headquarters in Shanghai, China and its North American headquarters in Flower Mound, Texas. It is one of the Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., serving a global base of top brands. Ivie was founded by chief executive officer Warren Ivie in 1993.Quad does not plan to retain Ivie’s China office and the 40 employees there, a spokeswoman said. It will retain the 600 North American employees of Ivie, including Warren Ivie, bringing Quad’s total employee count to about 22,000 worldwide.The acquisition, Quad said, will allow the firm to improve process efficiency and marketing spend effectiveness for clients, while broadening scale and expertise in digital, media and creative. The combined entity will have 1,200 employees focused on content creation and marketing at more than 70 customer locations. “This acquisition brings together two highly-respected companies with best-in-class capabilities that are highly complementary,” said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Quad/Graphics. “Ivie is a leader in customized marketing and business process outsourcing, and Quad, together with our BlueSoHo business, is a leader in content production and workflow process optimization.”“We share a long and trusted partnership that has resulted in Quad producing high-quality products for Ivie for many years,” Ivie said. “We are confident in the value we are creating for all our stakeholders through this business combination.”Quad/Graphics has been diversifying its business beyond print services to offer an integrated marketing platform that offers integrated media management, content and creative production, and data analysis and insights.The company also today reported its fourth quarter earnings.Net income was $55.3 million, or $1.06 per share, in the fourth quarter, up from $37.5 million, or 73 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 2016. Quad recorded a $42.8 million income tax benefit in the fourth quarter, compared with a $7.4 million income tax expense in the year-ago quarter.Operating income totaled $29.2 million, down from $62.3 million in the year-ago quarter.Revenue was $1.2 billion, flat from the fourth quarter of 2016.“We are pleased with our fourth quarter and full-year 2017 results, which were in-line with our expectations and demonstrate continued execution of our strategic priorities to generate consistent earnings and strong, sustainable free cash flow that further strengthen our balance sheet, provide long-term shareholder value and accelerate our Quad 3.0 transformation,” Quadracci said. “We have made great progress with our transformation and will continue to leverage our strong print foundation as part of a much larger and more robust integrated marketing platform.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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Miller Park is the home of the Milwaukee BrewersL

first_imgMiller Park is the home of the Milwaukee Brewers.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:09 pmThe Milwaukee Brewers and other partners are expected to announce a plan Saturday to save the July 3 Milwaukee lakefront fireworks show, which has been at risk of being cancelled this year without a sponsor.Milwaukee County Parks has sought a sponsor of the show since U.S. Bank announced that the 2018 event would be its last.The Brewers on Friday announced a press conference will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Miller Park to announce “plans to continue a community tradition.” According to a report from WISN-TV Channel 12, a media partner of BizTimes Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Parks confirmed that the news conference is about saving the July 3 lakefront fireworks show. It will be co-hosted by the team, Brewers star Christian Yelich, Milwaukee County and “partners,” the media advisory said.The 45-minute fireworks show costs about $350,000 to put on. The annual event has drawn tens of thousands of visitors annually to Milwaukee’s lakefront for an early Independence Day celebration.Milwaukee County Parks, which hosts firework viewers at Veterans Park, began talks with area businesses immediately after U.S. Bank announced it was discontinuing its sponsorship. However, Guy Smith, executive director at Milwaukee County Parks, released a statement in late February saying “time is running out, and there’s a real possibility that the July 3 fireworks display may not return.”U.S. Bank and its predecessor First Wisconsin have funded the fireworks display for nearly 40 years. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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St John School is hosting an Open House on Wednes

first_imgSt. John School is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, October 18th at 9:30 am. We are accepting registrations for the 2018/2019 school year for Grades K3-8.From a foundation of values and knowledge, our K3-8th grade learners soar.By blending compassion with curiosity, St. John School sets the stage for dynamic discovery. Students learn the value of doing the right thing, as they build math skills using iPads, our inquiry-based i2 STEM programs, OWL curriculum, Collins Writing Program, Latin Greek Roots Program, Italian language, and explore extra-curricular passions, including music, Math Olympiads, Minecraft, dance, drama, Chinese, and more.*Advertisement* We invite you to discover your child’s future at St. John School’s Open House. For more information, please contact Mrs. Vinnie DeLeo at 617-227-3143 x 101 or vdeleo@sjsne.com.last_img read more

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Keep up with whats happening on the Events Calend

first_imgKeep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar. Here’s what else you need to know for today… Today is Wednesday, February 27 and if you lost a necklace on Margaret Street sometime earlier this week – it may have been found, continue reading. Friday, March 1 Currently Need to submit a post? Great, start here! Popover Royalty is Coming to the West End Weather Forecast: From The Community: Currently 6:30PM MBTA Fare Hike Hearing. There will be a hearing at 10 Park Plaza on the 2nd floor regarding the MBTA fare hike. Under the draft proposal, fares would increase an average of 6.3 percent, with bus fares increasing by $0.10, subway fares by $0.15, a monthly LinkPass by $5.50 and a weekly LinkPass by $1.25. Notable News:center_img North End Reflections: Designing Boston: Building Community A new cafe and bistro opening up on Canal Street will pay tribute to a quintessential New England dish – the popover. Popover King is hoping to reimagine classic New England baked goods and is opening on March 15, read more on Boston.com. 1:00PM Friday Film Series: Blacklisted. Stop by the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their Friday film series featuring Hollywood directors and writers before and after the blacklist. This week’s film is The Sound of Fury, see additional details here. 6:00PM Library Concert. Join NEMPAC at the North End Boston Public Library for the Faculty Performance Series to celebrate the music from the Great American Songbook. This event is sponsored by a generous Anonymous Donor. Treats will be provided by the Friends of the North End Library. *Advertisement* In the Public Interest: Redefining the Architect’s Role and Responsibility will showcase innovative architectural practices that reimagine the architect’s contribution toward the public good. In concert with this exhibition, the BSA Foundation’s next Designing Boston panel will delve into what it means to practice public interest and publicly engaged architecture, continue reading. Currently 6:30PM Friends of Cutillo Park Meeting. The Friends of Cutillo Park hold their monthly meeting on the last Wednesday of the month at the Nazzaro Community Center, see additional details here. Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!last_img read more

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Chris Evans Led Comicazi Customers on an Escape the Room Trip

first_img 1/19/2017, 10:53 a.m. By Lisa Weidenfeld· Print Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Chris Evans Led Comicazi Customers on an Escape the Room Trip It’s part of his campaign for Omaze to help raise money for Christopher’s Haven. center_img Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. 000 Photo by OmazeA group of innocent Comicazi customers got more than they bargained for at a recent visit to the Somerville comic book shop. A Captain America doll started asking them to join him on a mission to stop Hydra. But it wasn’t just a doll with a built in recorder—it was actually Chris Evans in a hidden room, giving them instructions. It’s all part of his campaign for Omaze to raise money for Christopher’s Haven, a nonprofit that offers housing for families who have kids being treated at local hospitals. Omaze is also the organization that offered a pizza date with Tom Brady, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.The charity offer Evans is promoting is an Escape the Room adventure, but as he discovers in the smaller scale version he filmed to promote the event, directing people on a mission is harder than it seems. His unsuspecting victims misinterpret casual comments he makes, miss a giant banner with a clue on it, and in the first interaction, reject his mission entirely. So much for saving the world.You can see the whole video below, but if you’d like to win the chance to play the game with him, entry details are available here. You’re also welcome to explore Comicazi on your own time to see if Chris Evans is still hanging out there. Just don’t turn him down when he asks for your assistance in defeating Hydra.last_img read more

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Six New England Yoga Festivals Happening This Summer

first_img 000 5/4/2017, 2:08 p.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. By Jamie Ducharme· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.*center_img Print Six New England Yoga Festivals Happening This Summer Hit your mat from Boston to rural Vermont. Wild Vibes photo by Monica JustesenPut away your flower crown and cut-off shorts. This summer, festival style is going to look a little different.We found six New England yoga festivals—from Boston to rural Vermont—that celebrate yoga, of course, but also music, movement, wellness, and community. Whether you want to flow from dawn until dusk, try out a new style, or make a few yogi friends, trade Coachella for crow pose at these New England yoga festivals.Wanderlust StrattonWhen: June 22-25Where: Bondville, VermontWhat: Wanderlust is taking over Stratton Mountain for four days of outdoor wellness, music, sustainable food, and learning. The lineup includes yoga classes taught by master instructors of all styles, a wide range of musical performers, speakers, guided meditations, hikes and runs, outdoor adventures, and more.Starting at $90. Stratton Mountain, 5 Village Lodge Road, Bondville, Vermont, wanderlust.com.Wild VibesWhen: July 1Where: South Berwick, MaineWhat: This annual event combines yoga, music, and art for a day-long celebration of “mindful movement, holistic well-being, education and awareness, and sustainability and community contribution.” You can also expect belly dancers, SUP yoga, waterfront views, workshops, kids’ yoga, and more.Starting at $54. Spring Hill, 117 Pond Road, South Berwick, Maine, wildvibes.org.Maine YogaFestWhen: July 7-9Where: Portland, MaineWhat: Want to try SUP yoga, Thai yoga and massage, Spa yoga, vibrational yoga, barre yoga fusion, and more? They’re all at the Maine YogaFest. The weekend-long event also includes workshops on topics including self-love, mindfulness and sport, resilience, radical joy, and more.Starting at $99. East End Community School/East End Beach, 195 North St., Portland, Maine, maineyogafest.com.Nantucket Yoga Festival photo by Rachel Fabiszak PhotographyNantucket Yoga FestivalWhen: July 7-9Where: NantucketWhat: This annual festival packs all the yoga you can handle into three days, with workshops on topics ranging from purifying your consciousness to overcoming imposter syndrome. Buy tickets for a single day, the opening ceremony, Saturday’s VIP event, or the entire weekend.Starting at $175. The Westmoor Club, 10 Westmoor Lane, Nantucket, nantucketyogafestival.com.Vermont Be True Yoga FestivalWhen: August 4-6Where: Fairlee, VermontWhat: Get back to basics with this yoga festival preaching mindfulness, unity, wellness, and community. In addition to yoga, expect meditation, mindfulness hikes and walks, horseback riding, biking, paddleboarding, music, and wellness workshops. Camp out all weekend for the full festival experience.Starting at $70. Milldale Farm Center for Wellness, 1478 Bloodbrook Road, Fairlee, Vermont, eventbrite.com.Photo by Julianne Lesinski for Wanderlust FestivalWanderlust 108When: August 12Where: BostonWhat: In addition to its Stratton festival, Wanderlust’s “mindfulness triathlon” is traveling the globe this summer. The Boston event will include a 5K, 90 minutes of live DJ yoga, a 30-minute guided meditation, and bonus activities such as aerial yoga, AcroYoga, hula hooping, walking meditation, and more.Starting at $45. DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston, wanderlust.com.last_img read more

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WATCH Golf gender reveal ends in major pain for unlucky cameraman

first_imgThe golf shot gender reveal is all good and fun…until someone gets hurt. That much is now painfully clear for one friendly cameraman.One Texas couple was celebrating the gender reveal of their baby with a smashed golf ball in the backyard. Dad took driver off the deck and sent the ball on a line forward. Smash. Blue dust everywhere, they’re going to have a boy!Their cameraman might not be, though. As you can see in the video below, Cameraman 1 took that exploding ball directly where it hurts. He would not be thwarted from his duties, though.Notice how committed he is to maintaining the camera shot despite the world of pain he is now experiencing. The slow-motion footage only makes it better as you onlookers quickly realize what has happened as well.Let it be a lesson to us all: gender reveal golf balls can still fly forward. So stand back! Perhaps use Dustin Johnson for a tamer reveal. Either way, check out the hilarious video for yourself below.last_img read more

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